W.E.C. Mural and 5th. Grade Luau

A Message from the William E. Cottle Elementary School- The Cottle Weekly

Principal’s Message


Dear Cottle Families,

This last week of the school year brought us both joy and sadness.  We proudly cheered as our WEC Chorus belted out a spirited version of the National Anthem at Citifield last Saturday.  Go, Cottle, and let’s go, Mets!

We laughed and had a great time with our Cottle Cubs as they played Bingo with Mr. Morash and Mr. K – in person this year instead of playing remotely!  

On Wednesday, we again shared joy and pride as we celebrated our Kindergarten Graduation and 5th Grade Moving Up ceremonies.  Congratulations and thanks to all our graduates for their accomplishments, to their families for their support, and to their teachers for all their hard work!  Special thanks to our wonderful PTA for arranging a reception after the Kindergarten graduation ceremony.  

There’s always a hint of sadness, too, as our students move up to Middle School.  Likewise, we feel happy for our retiring faculty members, but we also feel sad because we will miss them!  Our students gave our retirees a grand and glorious “clap out” through the halls of Cottle to the tune of Bon Jovi’s Who Says You Can’t Go Home and Toy Story instrumentals.

So, as we came down the home stretch of the 2021-2022 school year this week, Mr. K and I recognized once again how fortunate we are to be part of the Cottle team.  We want to thank all the members of our WEC community for their teamwork, their tenacity, and their dedication, particularly our tireless custodial team, our steadfast school security personnel and School Resource Officer, our caring and considerate food service team, all our extraordinary teachers, teaching assistants, aides, school psychologists, service support staff, specialists, and the many generous and thoughtful Cottle families who have supported and assisted us this year.  

Huge thanks go to our extremely talented office staff, Ms. Diana Scotton and Ms. Charlene Spillane, for seamlessly handling management of the many facets of the main office every day, and to our outstanding school nurse, Ms. Fiona Higgins, for diligently guarding our health and safety.  My personal thanks and a fist pump to Mr. K for all his countless contributions to our school’s success this year and to our Superintendent, Dr. Amy Goodman, for her counsel and support. 

Pete and I will be at Cottle throughout the summer, so as always feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.  Please be sure to keep current with news and activities at Cottle during the summer by visiting the WEC and District websites.  Finally, and most importantly, please be sure to have a safe, healthy, and relaxing summer break!  


John Morash   and     Peter Kilgallen                                                                     

Principal                     Assistant Principal

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