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


April 12, 2024

As winter's frost melts away, nature awakens in a symphony of vibrant colors and melodies, ushering in the arrival of spring. With each passing day, the sun's warmth grows stronger, coaxing delicate buds to unfurl and flowers to bloom, painting the world in a tapestry of pastel hues. The air is infused with the sweet fragrance of blossoms, and the melody of birdsong fills the air, creating a sense of renewal and hope. As we embrace the longer days and milder temperatures, spring invites us to shed the layers of winter and embrace the promise of new beginnings, growth, and endless possibilities.

We hope everyone enjoyed watching the solar eclipses on Monday, both solar and lunar eclipses, captivate the human imagination with their stunning celestial displays. During a total solar eclipse, the sky darkens dramatically as the moon completely blocks out the sun, revealing the sun's corona, its outer atmosphere, in a breathtaking spectacle. Eclipses serve not only as awe-inspiring celestial events but also as important scientific phenomena, providing astronomers with valuable opportunities to study the sun, moon, and Earth's interactions in space. Throughout history, eclipses have sparked curiosity, inspired mythologies, and served as reminders of the vastness and wonder of the universe. Whether witnessed through ancient cultures' legends or observed through modern scientific research, eclipses continue to fascinate and inspire humanity's quest for understanding the cosmos.

Our Kindergartners embark on a journey back in time this week with a charming field trip to Muscoot Farm. This historic farm offers a delightful escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Our Kindergartners immersed themselves in the rustic charm of a bygone era, exploring the sprawling grounds and interacting with a variety of farm animals. From feeding the chickens to petting the goats, every moment was filled with hands-on learning and discovery. Students  leisurely strolled along the winding nature trails, breathed in the fresh country air, and savored the simple pleasures of farm life. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, history buff, or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, Muscoot Farm promises an unforgettable adventure for all ages.

We are also coming up on the time for New York State assessments.  The NYS English Language Arts assessments will be administered during morning sessions on Tuesday, April 16, and Wednesday, April 17.  The NYS Math assessments will be administered on Wednesday, May 1, and Thursday, May 2.  The NYS Gr. 5 Science assessment will be administered on Tuesday, May 14, and Wednesday, May 15.

This time of year is a very busy one, and it will go by quickly.  There will be many exciting events to plan for, including all our annual Spring Concerts, field trips, the PTA Spring Boutique, the PTA Spring Social, and, before you know it, we will be holding Kindergarten and Grade 5 graduations!  More specific information regarding these and other happenings will follow in the Weekly Cottle and on the PTA website.  

Updates, Events and News from the PTA:

Coffee with Dr. Sweeney (TUFSD Special Ed Director), Tuesday, 4/16, 5;30p, THS Auditorium

PTA Yankees vs. Rays Game, Sunday, 4/21, 1:35p, Yankee Stadium

PTA Spring Social, Friday 4/26, 7:30PM, Bronxville Field Club

Dr. Kate Sweeney is the Director of Special Education and Student Services for the TUFSD. Dr. Sweeney has over twenty-three (23) years of experience working in special education. Please join us for an informative discussion and FAQ segment regarding the special education needs offered for our children in the district.  Located in the THS auditorium. Please R.S.V.P. and send questions in advance by April 8, 2024 by emailing

PTA Spring Social - 4/26, *COMING UP FAST!*

The PTA is excited to announce that our annual Spring Social will be held  on Friday, April 26th at the Bronxville Field Club, from 7:30pm–11:30pm. We hope you'll join us and get dressed up for an entertaining, adult-only night out. Tickets are now available to purchase HERE.

The PTA works very hard to bring exciting opportunities and programming to our district. Please read all about the wonderful events our PTA has spearheaded so far this year by clicking HERE.

*NEW* PTA Grants Committee 

This year, the new PTA Grants Committee has made a tremendous impact on our district! Please visit HERE for all the various programs the Grants committee has funded this year in all grades, K-12. These are your tax dollars at work! 

Purchase your YEARBOOK!

Please visit HERE to purchase your 2023-24 Cottle Yearbook!

For all the latest PTA News and Event Information, please be sure to visit regularly!


John Morash   and    Peter Kilgallen

Principal                     Assistant Principal

Upcoming Events

4/16-4/17/24      NYS ELA testing

4/22-4/23/24    SCHOOL CLOSED for Passover

4/26/24        PTA Spring Social

4/29-5/3/24        PTA Spring Boutique 

5/1-5/2/24              NYS math testing

5/6-5/10/24 National Teachers Appreciation Week

5/9/24 Principal's Coffee 9:30 in-person in the Cottle Cafeteria, 7:00 p.m. Principal's coffee virtual 

5/11/24 Cottle Chorus sings National Anthem at Citi Field




School Events

  • PTA Yankee Game

    Tuckahoe Union Free School District

    William E Cottle School
  • PTA Spring Social

    Tuckahoe Union Free School District
  • Cottle Spring Boutique

    Tuckahoe Union Free School District
  • PTA Spring Boutique

    William E Cottle School
  • Math Testing

    Tuckahoe Union Free School District
  • Math State Test

    William E Cottle School
  • Incoming Grade 4 Parent Information Virtual Meeting @ 7:00 pm

    William E Cottle School
  • WEC Principal's Coffee @ 7:00 pm Virtual

    William E Cottle School
  • WEC Principal's Coffee @ 9:30 am In Person

    William E Cottle School
  • WEC Chorus perform at Mets Game

    William E Cottle School
  • Science Test

    Tuckahoe Union Free School District
  • Science State Test

    William E Cottle School
  • THS Library

    PTA Executive Board Meeting

    Tuckahoe Union Free School District
  • Recorder Spring Concert @ 5:30

    William E Cottle School
  • WEC Recorder Concert @ 5:30pm

    William E Cottle School
  • MS/HS Auditorium

    PTA Dance Recital

    Tuckahoe Union Free School District
  • WEC Chorus Concert @ 5:30pm

    William E Cottle School
  • Art Show @ 5:00 pm

    William E Cottle School
  • Science Fair @ 5:00 pm

    William E Cottle School
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