Principal's Message

February 15, 2019

Dear Cottle Families,

Well, Mother Nature finally caught up with us this week and gave us a snow day, but that did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm during Cottle Spirit Week! Whether they were wearing their favorite sports jerseys for Sporty Monday or decked out in inside-out and mismatched clothes for Wacky Wednesday, our students displayed plenty of Cottle solidarity and spirit! Spirit Week culminated with Friendship Friday, a day to wear Cottle colors and to extend a friendly hand to all our cubs. Thank you to the members of our Cottle Student Government for their inspiration!

Simultaneously this week, our fabulous PTA held its annual Random Acts of Kindness Week. We thank them for organizing so many activities that allowed our students to spread kind words and kind deeds within our school and also throughout our community, especially to our senior citizens and hospitalized veterans. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” - Aesop.

Next week, February 18 – 22, of course is Winter Break Week, and our school will be closed. We hope you all take time to relax with your families and enjoy some winter time fun!

The week after break, from February 25 through March 1, will be the 5th Annual Building Bridges week at Cottle School. This program is run by the Tuckahoe PTA, with the assistance of over 50 volunteers pushing into the classrooms, to help educate our students about persons with different abilities. The week will be capped off with a series of assemblies with a variety of speakers (and canines). Thank you to the Building Bridges Sub-Committee, led by Charlie Zegers and Alona Trinidad, for bringing this program to our students.

Also during the first week after Winter Break, we will be holding our annual Science Fair from Wednesday, Feb. 27 – Friday, March 1. Our science fair is an optional project where young scientists are encouraged to use the scientific method and explore their curiosities. The students will once again put their theories and hypotheses to the test as they conduct experiments and present their valuable findings to their fellow classmates and visitors. Please download the schedule of class visitations and presentations here: Science-Fair-Schedule.pdf.

On March 9, 2019, the Tuckahoe School Foundation will hold TSF Night, an evening of food and fun, at Mickey Spillane’s Bar & Grill in Eastchester from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Funds raised will help support enrichment programs and educational projects within the Tuckahoe School District. Please see the following flyer:  TSF NIGHT MICKEYS THS 2019.pdf .

There’s much to look forward to in the coming weeks! Until then, please have a safe and happy Winter Break, and we look forward to seeing you soon.


John Morash Peter Kilgallen
Principal Assistant Principal



  • School Reopens

    Tuckahoe Union Free School District
  • WEC Building Bridges

    William E Cottle School
  • WEC Science Fair

    William E Cottle School
  • WEC Auditorium

    Student Support Committee Meetings

    Tuckahoe Union Free School District
  • Middle/High School Library

    BOE Workshop

    Tuckahoe Union Free School District
  • TSF Fundraiser

    Tuckahoe Union Free School District
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Box Tops News

JANUARY Raffle Winners!

Kristina D. in class 4MD
Jane K. in class 1B  – Most Box Tops

Please Collect Box Tops
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to our school. 
Last school year
we earned over $800!!!
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you will receive 1 entry
into the monthly Box Top Raffle!
Each month a small toy
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child's name & class

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PE Dept. News

American Heart Association (AHA) Newsletters

Below please find information provided by the AHA. To read this month's tips,  download the following:   
  AHA Newsletter January.pdfAHA parent-letter-healthy-eating.pdf 

Past newsletters are listed below:

AHA-Newsletter-December.pdf  |  AHA-parent-letter-sodium.pdf 
AHA parent-letter-healthy-eating.pdf  |  AHA-Newsletter-November.pdf 
AHA-parent-letter-physical.pdf  |  AHA-Newsletter-October.pdf 

The American Heart Association (AHA) is excited to share the next evolution of programming for America's school children with the launch of the Kids Heart Challenge for the 2018-2019 school year.  Last year Cottle raised $23,260 for the AHA.  The students will participate in the Kids Heart Challenge in February.  We are hopeful we can raise just as much, if not more money than last year for the American Heart Association. 

The P.E. Department - Mr. Dapolito, Mrs. Morris, and Mr. Simone

Music & Art Dept. Notices

Art Dept. News: 

Congratulations Connor Scully 5C!
Connor designed the winning mosaic that will be installed on Oak Avenue near Starbucks and the Tuckahoe Train Station!  Cottle artists in grades 4 & 5 will create the mosaic during art!


Congratulations 4th Grade Cottle T-Shirt Contest Winners
1st Place = Rio K. 4MB
2nd Place = Joshua S.  4B
3rd Place = Victoria G. 4MD
Students had to design a t-shirt with the theme: "Why I Love Cottle"

WEC Club News

Check out what went on in Cultural Diversity Club this week:   
 CulturalDiversityClubNews.pdf    2/10/19 
Who:  Grades 3, 4, & 5 (28 students max)
When: Mondays 3:00-4:30 PM (starting Nov. 5th - Feb. 25th)
Where: Room #30

Who: Grades 4 & 5
When: Tuesdays 3:00-5:00 PM (Feb. 5 - Mar. 26)
Where: Hallway outside Miss Derbin's office

Who: Grades 4 & 5
When: Thursdays 3:00-4:30 PM  (Nov.   29th- Mar. 28th) 
Longer rehearsals will be held during the last week of rehearsals.

Where: Cottle Auditorium 

Who:  Grades 3, 4, & 5
When: Mondays 7:30-8:00 AM (Oct. 15th - Feb. 10th - or 20 consecutive Mondays)
Where: Cottle Cafeteria

Who: Grades K-5
When: Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 PM (Jan.15, 22, 29 l Feb. 5, 12, 26  l Mar. 5, 12)
Where: Room 31 - Grades K-1; Room 32 - Grades 4-5; Room 35 - Grades 2-3 

Who: Students grades 2 to 5
When: Tuesdays 4:15-5:15 PM (Nov. 13th - April 2nd)

Student Government Announcements

Because of the Snow Day on Feb. 12th, Cottle Spirit Week's Twinning Tuesday will now be celebrated on Tuesday, March 5th.  On Tuesday March 5th, two or more people in class come to school dressed alike. 

District Drop-off/Pick-up Procedures

Please review the district's drop-off/pick-up procedures below. It is imperative that all vehicles follow these procedures in order to ensure the safety of our students and community members. The Eastchester Police Department will continue to assist us by enforcing all traffic safety rules especially during arrival and dismissal times. 

The drop-off/pick-up procedures can be found under the Parent Resources tab of

Thank you for your continued cooperation with this important matter.

Flu Guide for Parents

Please download the Flu Guide for Parents:  fluguideforparents.pdf 

This Week's Links

  • TSF Fundraiser

    Tuckahoe School Foundation
  • Spring Running Program for Girls grades 3 – 8.

    The PTA is excited to bring this fabulous program to Cottle and TMS.  Please see attached flyer.  More details will be sent after Winter Break and registration will begin on Wed 2/27.

  • Science Fun Day is Sat 3/30!

    Join us for an exciting morning of fun and hands on activities!  Registration is OPEN and fills up quickly.  Please see the attached flyer for registration link and register ASAP.

  • Parent Volunteers Needed for New Coalition for Youth

    The PTA is helping to facilitate communication regarding a new tri-town initiative geared towards the youth in Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe.  Adult volunteers are needed to represent the Tuckahoe School District.  Please see the attached flyer if you are interested in volunteering your time.

    PTA - Parent Teacher Association
  • PTA Presentation: “10 Seconds Can Change Your Life Forever”

    What do you do when a drunk driver changes your entire life?  Come hear Bobby Petrocelli’s powerful story tragedy turned into triumph.  Parents, guardians and students grades 6 – 12 are invited to join us Tue 3/26 @ 7pm in the TMS/HS Auditorium.

    PTA - Parent Teacher Association
  • Save-the-Date for the annual PTA Spring Social!

    Save-the-Date for the annual PTA Spring Social!  It is Friday, April 5th, 2019 and will be held at the Bronxville Field Club.  Invitations will be mailed in the coming weeks.  We sincerely hope you will be able to attend and look forward to a terrific evening to benefit our children!

    PTA - Parent Teacher Association
  • Building Bridges is Back 2/25-3/1. Volunteers Needed!

    Understanding People with Different Abilities is back for its 5th year and we need your help. Please click on the flyer for more information. 

  • Books-n-Bites Lunchtime Book Club, Sign-Up Now!

    Registration for Books-n-Bites is now open for 3rd-5th graders. Please click on the flyer for sign-up details. 
  • Cottle Yearbook Order Form

    Order your 2018 – 2019 Cottle Yearbook!  Forms were sent home this week and a copy is attached here.

  • Follow the Tuckahoe PTA!

    Please follow the Tuckahoe PTA on Facebook and Instagram!

    PTA - Parent Teacher Association

District News

  • Upcoming Board of Education Meetings

    March 4, 2019 Workshop

    March 18, 2019 Regular Meeting

    Agendas, policies & meeting information located in BoardDocs

    Board of Education
  • Around Town

    Community Links
    The information contained in the flyers on this page are solely being presented by the organizers, and are not researched by, endorsed, nor approved by the Tuckahoe Union Free School District.  The School District accepts no liability for any information contained within or obtained by parents/guardians or any damages or losses directly or indirectly as a result of the information provided by the organizers. Any issues with any of these resources should be directly reported to that organization.

    Tuckahoe Union Free School District
  • Support Our Student Athletes

    Come out and cheer on our teams! View game schedules here.