Kindergarten Registration

WEC Field Day and Cottle Chorus at Citi Field

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


Dear Cottle Families,

This was the last full week of the school year.  Every year it seems the days fly by filled with learning, special events, daily routines, new challenges, and, in the blink of an eye, it’s the end of June!  Once again, it has been a very busy and productive year here at WEC.  

On Tuesday, we shared our pride and joy 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.  

Along with joy, we always feel a touch of melancholy as our students move up to Middle School.  Likewise, we feel happy for our retiring team member, Ms. Vanessa Strickrodt, but we also feel sad because all of them will be missed!  Our students gave our graduating 5th Graders and our retiree 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.

Please note that all Lost & Found items will be in the Auditorium from 11:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. for families to go through on Tuesday, June 25.  Please check in at the Security Vestibule.

News from the PTA:

A.Harts School Packets - 2024-25 

Believe it or not, A.Hartz School Supplies are now available for purchase for the 2024-2025 school year! Available for rising UPK-5th Grade at WEC. Order Deadline: Friday, June 28th. Order Now: For any questions, please email:

The Cottle music department would like to recognize the following students for their accomplishments in music performance:

Avi Rosenthal (grade 5) - Piano NYSSMA

Vivan Rao (grade 2) - Piano NYSSMA

Avery Ham (grade 4) - Vocal NYSSMA

Riyaan Walambe (grade 5) - Violin NYSSMA

Olivia Harris (grade 4) - Violin NYSSMA

Elena Burkard (grade 4) - Violin NYSSMA

Riyaan Walambe - Elementary All County Orchestra

Misa Purcell - Elementary All County Chorus

Adelina Kocovic - Elementary All County Chorus

We have been very fortunate to collaborate with Concordia Conservatory this year as part Concordia's Arts Alive "Meet the Instrument" Grant from ArtsWestchester.  As part of Concordia's outreach program, Concordia's faculty members came into the 3rd grade music classes and demonstrated a variety of instruments from the Brass, Strings, Woodwind and Percussion families. The grant project began on May 29th and ran for a span of three weeks, culminating in a "Meet the Instrument" assembly on Monday, June 17, 2024 for Cottle students in grades 3 and 4. At the assembly, Kathleen Suss, the executive director at Concordia Conservatory enthusiastically encouraged our Cottle cubs to join a musical performance group and Ms. Kim and Mr. Grasso spoke to our 3rd and 4th graders about the various musical opportunities offered at Cottle. Our Cottle librarian, Ms. Vincenza Iandolo, also added a literature component and shared stories about musical instruments with our 3rd graders.

We are thrilled to share the joyous memories from our end-of-year PAWSmadness assemblies, culminating in the much-anticipated Laugh Factory and Masked Singer events! During the Laugh Factory Assembly, students experienced the ultimate comical magic show, that left the students and staff hysterically entertained and engaged.  Then, our teachers, staff, and administrators donned creative costumes and sang their hearts out, bringing smiles and laughter to everyone during the Masked Singer Assembly. The excitement reached its peak as our talented students enthusiastically sang along to all the songs and eagerly guessed the identities of the masked performers. It was a wonderful celebration of our school spirit and a fantastic way to wrap up the school year. Thank you to everyone who participated and made this event unforgettable!  Special thanks to Ms. Muendel, Ms. Lavista, Ms. Valentine and all the members of the PAWS Committee!

So, as we come down the home stretch of the 2023-2024 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. Laura Moccia, for seamlessly handling management of the many facets of the main office every day, and to our wonderful school nurse, Ms. Fiona Higgins, for diligently guarding our health and safety.  My personal thanks and a high five 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 – but take some time to read, to explore, and to use your imagination!  


John Morash   and     Peter Kilgallen                                                                     

Principal                     Assistant Principal

Important Dates to Remember:

Tuesday, 6/25- Early Dismissal @ 11:30 am

Wednesday, 6/26- Last Day of School- Dismissal @ 9:30 am