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Principal's Message

April 29, 2022

Dear Cottle Families,

It’s time to turn the calendar’s page and to welcome the merry month of May.  Let’s hope Mother Nature reads the calendar, too, and sends some warm, sunny days because activities at Cottle will be coming fast and furious this month!    

Our students successfully completed the New York State tests in math this week.  Thank you to all our little mathematicians and their teachers for their hard work, and to Mr. K, who once again handled the complex logistics.     

Next week our fantastic PTA members will be holding their annual Spring Boutique from Monday – Friday.  Please be sure to take part in this very enjoyable event! 

Also, next week we will celebrate National Teachers’ Appreciation Week from Monday – Friday.  We are endlessly grateful to all our teachers, TA’s, and classroom aides for their incomparable professionalism and genuine caring, and we look forward to a week of expressing our gratitude.

Building Bridges will be back in our classrooms from May 9 – May 12.  Building Bridges is a program that helps children to understand different disabilities and to be more aware of what a person with a disability experiences every day. 

A message from Ms. Derbin – The Cottle Art Show is back in person this year!  The show will be on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, from 5:00p.m. to 6:30p.m.  We are looking for parent volunteers  who can help after school to assist in setting up for the WEC Art Show to make this show a success.  Please contact Ms. Derbin directly at derbink@tuckahoeschools.org for more details if you are able to volunteer

May will also feature many musical performances and our school play by our talented students.  Please check the list of upcoming important dates below so you can mark your own calendars to “save the dates.”  More details regarding each concert and the play will follow in the coming weeks. 

Mr. K and I will also be holding another round of Principals’ Coffees at 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 19.  As before, if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to discuss school matters, please join us.   

Clearly there’s much to look forward to in May at WEC!  We hope to see you at Cottle!   

Sincerely, 

John Morash   and    Peter Kilgallen

Principal                     Assistant Principal

 

Important Upcoming Dates:

5-2-22 – 5-6-22           Cottle PTA Spring Boutique

5-2-22 – 5-6-22           Teachers’ Appreciation Week

5-4-22                          Gr. 4 to Gr. 5 Parent/Guardian Transition Mtg.

5-9-22 – 5-12-22         Building Bridges

5-11-22                       Chorus Concert Gr 4 and 5

5-17-22                       Orchestra Concert Gr 4 and 5

5-18-22                       Band Concert Gr 4 and 5

5-19-22                        Principals’ Coffees

5-23-22                       Recorder Concert Gr 3

5-27-22                       Memorial Day weekend – School closed

Principal's Message

 

Principal's Message

March 18, 2022

Dear Cottle Families,

March Madness is here; Spring Training has begun; and April is just around the corner.  That means the 2021-2022 school year has entered the home stretch.  Thank you to all of our parents/guardians, students, and staff for our continued successful school year, even in the face of pandemic challenges.  

Thank you so much to the TUFSD PTA PARP Committee for arranging a virtual author visit this week for our third through fifth grade students.  All students and teachers thoroughly enjoyed their visit with author Tracey Baptiste.

A message from our STEAM teacher, Ms. Muendel:  I am very excited to share with all of you that WEC will be holding an IN-PERSON Science Fair this school year! The Science Fair will run from Monday, May 2, 2022, through Friday, May 6, 2022.  We look forward to seeing all our creative Cottle Cub Science Fair projects! More details will be sent home within the next few days, keep a lookout!!  I also want to send a heartfelt THANK YOU to the PTA for funding the STEAM lab with 3-D Printers! The students and I are looking forward to creating many projects with the printers! Thank you all so much!!

Next week, Mr. K and I will be holding Meetings for Parents/Guardians of students entering Grade 4.  The Zoom meeting will be held next Thursday, March 24, at 6:00p.m.  The Zoom link to access the meeting and any additional information will follow in a separate email to all Parents/Guardians in the current Gr. 3 class.

NYS Testing is fast approaching.  State testing for ELA will take place on March 29 – March 30.  

As we approach spring, please keep in mind there may be more children walking to and from school.  Please abide by the traffic flows and rules for dropping off and picking up students.  Attention to these details is for the safety of all the children who attend Tuckahoe Schools.  

Finally, as we begin to prepare for what we hope will be a much more normal 2022-2023 school year at WEC, we want you all to know that we strive to create balanced classes at all grade levels.  While we will not be taking requests for specific placements, please know that the placement process at Cottle is a very thorough and collaborative effort by classroom teachers, administration, services providers and school psychologists.  It is a matter of pairing learning styles with teaching styles and assembling academically and socially balanced classes within each grade level.  If there is an extenuating circumstance regarding the placement of your child for next school year, please email administration by Friday, April 22, 2022.

We wish you warm days and no more snow!  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.  

Sincerely, 

John Morash   and    Peter Kilgallen

Principal                     Assistant Principal

 

Important Upcoming Dates:

3/24/22 – Gr. 3 to Gr. 4 Parent/Guardian Transition Mtg. (6:00p.m. via Zoom)

3/25/22 – Report cards can be accessed via Parent Portal beginning at 9:00a.m.

3/29/22 – Day 1 of the N.Y.S. English Language Arts Test  

3/30/22 – Day 2 of the N.Y.S. English Language Arts Test  

3/31/22 – Parent/Teacher Conferences (half-day 11:00 a.m. dismissal)

4/1/22 – Parent/Teacher Conferences (half-day 11:00 a.m. dismissal)

 

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