Welcome to Buchanan-Verplanck Elementary School!

  • Dear B-V Families and Friends,

    On behalf of everyone at Buchanan-Verplanck Elementary School, I would like to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year.  I hope everyone is having a relaxing and enjoyable summer filled with time for family, friends, reading, writing, math and other fun activities.

    As I enter my eleventh year at B-V, I continue to be extremely proud of our amazing school community and family.  Through collaborative efforts and a strong school-home connection, great growth and success will continue to take place.  Our staff will work continuously to provide you with feedback on what your child is doing well, areas to work on, intervention plans and how you can support us at home.

    For many years, one of the best ways we have informed families of school happenings has been through our “B-V News” monthly newsletter.  In addition to putting out a calendar and key information, I will continue to provide updates on Twitter (@BV_Principal) in an effort to share bite-sized updates as they happen.  These updates around B-V joy and learning will be communicated directly to families in real time, giving you a peek inside our building on an ongoing basis. Through newsletters, Class Dojo or other types of communication, our staff will provide you with updates, insights and often pictures that let you know what is happening here at B-V.

    This year is also B-V's 50th Anniversary (est. 1972) so stay tuned for special ways we hope to honor Buchanan-Verplanck Elementary School.  Did you know we have a special award at B-V's Moving Up Ceremony for 5th graders named after a wonderful man and Principal?  It is the Francis B. Stein award!

    I hope to see each and every one of you throughout the school year, whether at school events, such as writing and academic celebrations, at our student showcases or at PTA meetings.  With the support of our wonderful school community, we will help maximize each child’s potential!

    If I may ever be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Feel free to send an email or call to say hello.  Thank you for your support – together we will succeed!


    Joshua S. Cohen


    Buchanan-Verplanck Elementary School