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School Tool Box

Have your school supplies shipped right to home!

For years, guardians and teachers alike have expressed an interest in an online school supply ordering option. Now, that option is here!

The Horsemen PTA has partnered with teachers in grades Pre-K–8 (more may join in, so keep an eye out) to post each grade’s supply lists on SchoolToolBox.com. Your supplies are delivered right to your home.

Five percent of your purchase (approximately $1-$3) will go toward funding everything from chess club in the lower grades to helping send kids on the 8th grade Washington DC trip (fingers crossed for 2023). The Horsemen PTA also funds mini-grants for teachers, movie nights, and other community events. You’ll have the option to donate more if you choose. 

While you’re on the site, you can fulfill items on teachers’ wish lists if you choose. Teachers’ granted wishes go directly to them.

HOW: It’s easy. 

  1. Go to SchoolToolBox.com and create an account. 
  2. Search for your child(ren)’s school by name.
  3. Select their grade(s) for 2022/23. You do not need to know the teacher’s name.
  4. Select all or some of the required items. Select all or some of the suggested items.
  5. Consider donating to the PTA and consider purchasing items off teachers’ wish lists, including those of specials teachers.
  6. Your supplies ship to your home.

Thank you for your support! 

Fundraising

“No Cook Wednesday”: PTA Food Trucks Fundraiser Nov. 18

Take a night off from cooking and grab your dinner to go with food trucks brought to you by Horsemen PTA!

Food trucks will be available on Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the John Paulding School parking lot. Please note registration is required for a spot in line. Click here to register.

Please note this event has been rescheduled from Nov. 11 to Nov. 18 due to a forecast of heavy rain! We are rolling over registrations from Nov. 11 to Nov. 18. Please change your sign-up if you require a different time slot for the new date!

Here are the trucks that will be attending:

Physical distancing and face masks required. This is a grab-and-go event—please send only one member of your family to wait in line, and please register for only one person regardless of the number of trucks you would like to visit and number of meals you will be taking to go.

20 percent of proceeds will benefit our schools via the Horsemen PTA.

Thank you for your support, and see you in line!

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PTA Statement on Racial Inequity and Injustice in America

National PTA condemns the inequitable and brutal treatment of all African Americans in this country. No human being should be subject to what we saw happen to George Floyd last week. Millions of people are outraged by the killing of another unarmed black man, and like so many Americans, we mourn the recent deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other African Americans who died, unable to achieve their full potential in life.

This ongoing problem of unequal justice has led to protests across this country and continues to have a profound effect on African Americans and communities of color, who feel hurt, frustrated, angry and afraid. Our nation must do better, and PTA stands with those who peacefully seek to inspire meaningful change.

While we understand significant reforms are needed to create lasting change that will end the systemic discrimination and injustices that have existed for far too long, PTA has a rich legacy in coming together to help solve the toughest problems facing our children and families. PTA can help lead the way with our collective voice.

For over 120 years, PTA has been the conscience of this country, speaking on behalf of our nation’s most valuable and vulnerable resource⁠—our children. This year, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the unification of the National Parent Teacher Association and the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers, we recognize we are experiencing times that mirror why the unification was necessary. It is imperative that we remain united and supportive during this difficult time.

Our transcendent goal has always been to change the lives of children for the better and we will continue to ensure our society values and protects every child. We encourage PTA members and all concerned citizens to speak out and demand that every child be afforded the opportunity to make their potential a reality. Together, we can move above and beyond the perceived division of our diverse experiences and build a shared experience—the experience of working together as human beings, intent on building a better nation and world for our children’s future.

View press release from National PTA here.

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Welcome

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The Parent Teacher Association is a 100% volunteer organization made up of parent volunteers that supplies valuable resources and funding to support all types of school programs.
(Check out our Made Possible by Horsemen PTA Contributions Page for some examples.)  This web site was created to provide information about the PTA, its officers, events and programs. We invite you to join our organization and make your child’s experience in school an even more memorable one for yourself and your children.

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2022-2023 School Budget Vote and BOE Election FAQ

Q: How do I vote?

A: Eligible residents of Tarrytown may vote in the auditorium at Washington Irving School and eligible residents of Sleepy Hollow may vote in the cafeteria at W.L. Morse School on May 17, 2022 from 7:00AM – 9:00PM.

Q: How do I apply for an absentee ballot?

A: You can apply for an absentee ballot on the tufsd.org website under Voter Information or click on the following links for the forms –
Absentee Ballot Application (English)
Absentee Ballot Application (Spanish)

Q: Who is an eligible voter for this election?

A: As noted on the tufsd.org website – To be eligible to vote in this election, a person must be: (1) At least 18 years of age by May 2022; (2) A U.S. citizen ; (3) A resident of the school district for 30 days or longer immediately preceding the vote and not otherwise prohibited from voting. All other qualified voters must register.
Note: Qualified voters who are registered with the Westchester County Board of Elections are eligible to vote in school district elections. If you are not registered, you can register with the Westchester County Board of Elections by mail or remotely through the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles website at:   https://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/electronic-voter-registration-application

Q. What propositions are included in the ballot this year?

A. The ballot will include four propositions, as follows:

  • Proposition 1: School Budget Proposition for 2022-23 in the amount of $86,430,432.
  • Establishment of a capital reserve fund to which the District will commit surplus funds a maximum of 10 years and $12 million.
  • Approval of expected transportation costs related to the identification of a Child Safety Zone in an area of the District where students currently walk to school, but should be bused for safety reasons.
  • Two (2) Board of Education Trustee seats.

Q: Who is running for the two Board of Education (BOE) trustee seats?

A: Trustees Jennifer Liddy Green’s and Kevin Miller’s terms end on June 30. There are 3 candidates on the ballot to fill the two opening trustee seats that will be vacated by Green and Miller – Ida Michael, John Sutherland, and Amanda Wallwin. Trustees serve for three-year terms.

Q: What important budget themes have been discussed for this year?

A. As reported from the BOE on the tufsd.org website, “Among the stated budget themes for this year are to: maintain appropriate K-12 class size and course offerings; continue support for after-school and summer programs to address learning loss during the Covid pandemic; reduce the district’s reliance on the appropriated fund balance; maintains a focus on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; identify district transportation needs, particularly with the establishment of a Child Safety Zone in Sleepy Hollow; and continue Tarrytown’s highly successful Columbia University Teachers College Writing Project.”

Q. What new things are included in the budget this year?

A: Please refer to the “Budget Highlights” on the fourth and fifth slide of this budget overview presentation.

Q. Where can I see the full budget?

A. Click on the highlighted text to view the 2022-2023 Proposed Budget.

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Morse Book Fair – April 22-28

We’re excited to invite you to the Scholastic Book Fair at WL Morse hosted by the Horsemen PTA! This event will take place on Friday, April 22 to Thursday, April 28 and is an opportunity for students to build their home libraries and further their love of reading. All purchases benefit our school community via the PTA.

After missing out on many beloved traditions, our spring Book Fair will be a familiar, welcome, and safe event for the students.

Here’s what you need to know about the Book Fair –

Friday, April 22 – Monday-April 25 – Tuesday, April 26
Students will visit the fair with their classes, explore the books at the fair and complete a reading wish list to take home. (You may purchase books from this wish list by sending it back into school with payment.)

Sunday, April 24
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
To ensure every family has a chance to visit the fair, the fair will be open for shopping only on Sunday, April 24, from 1-4 p.m. Signup required through SignUpGenius.

Monday, April 25
Please join us for an evening family event including guided tours of Morse School, a free book raffle, story time with Morse staff, fair shopping and more! Signup required through SignUpGenius.

Wednesday, April 27
7:10 a.m – 8:10 a.m.

Donuts with Grownups” breakfast event
Grab a free donut and shop the fair with your child!

All forms of payment are supported at the fair, including cash, check, card, mobile payments(Apple Pay, etc.) and Scholastic’s eWallet solution.

We’re excited to celebrate our love of books together at the Book Fair. We look forward to seeing your child there!

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PTA Board Nominations 2022-2023

The Horsemen PTA nomination committee would like to announce the following nominations for the 2022-23 school year Horsemen PTA executive board:

  • President – Sophia Rana (incumbent)
  • Vice President – Elissa Smith
  • Treasurer – Brianna Staudt (incumbent)
  • Secretary – Fay Serafica (incumbent)

Horsemen PTA members may vote in the election at the next General Membership Meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, April 20 at 8:00PM.

If you’d like to reach out to any of the candidates or if you have any questions about voting in the upcoming election, please email info@horsemenpta.com.

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Square 1 Art Fundraiser

It’s here!  It’s here!  Our annual Square 1 Art fundraiser is under way for kids 1-5th grade.  For our K students, be on the lookout in the next week or so for your ordering packets.  There’s been a technical glitch by the company, but our youngest artists have not been forgotten.  Ordering is open online or by sending  your child’s order form to school with cash/check/money order.  Thank you for supporting our schools and your little artists!  Ordering ends April 1st and all orders ship to school.  

¡Ya está aquí! ¡Ya está aquí! 

Nuestra recaudación de fondos anual de Square 1 Art está en marcha para niños de 1 a 5o grado. Para nuestros estudiantes de K, esté atento en la próxima semana más o menos, a sus paquetes de pedido. Ha habido un fallo técnico por parte de la empresa, pero nuestros artistas más jóvenes no han sido olvidados. El pedido está abierto en línea o enviando el formulario de pedido de su hijo a la escuela con dinero en efectivo/cheque/dinero. 

¡Gracias por apoyar a nuestras escuelas y a tus pequeños artistas! El pedido termina el 1 de abril y todos los pedidos se envían a la escuela.

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JP Book Fair

JOHN PAULDING BOOK FAIR
March 6th- 10th, 2022
John Paulding All-Purpose Room

Book Fair Open House
Sunday, March 6th
10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

This shopping day is open to all families with no sign-up required.

Book Fair Shopping Hours (with teachers)
Monday, March 7th – Thursday, March 10
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m

*additional time slot at 1:30-3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 7th for afternoon Pre-K
During this visit students will create a book wish list during class time to be sent home for parent approval.

Story Time with Milk & Cookies
Tuesday, March 8th
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Parents must register to attend the event. Please click here to register.
One adult and your JP child can attend for our milk & cookies event.
Come and enjoy browsing, shopping, story time, and a craft.
Pj’s are welcome! Milk and cookies provided at the end to-go.

Breakfast and Books
Wednesday, March 9th, and Thursday, March 10th
7:45a.m.- 8:45 a.m.

Bring your child to school early to shop at the book fair and enjoy a story together. To-go breakfast provided by the PTA.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! If you’re interested and available to volunteer at the book fair, please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e48a9af28a3fa7-volunteers1 or email volunteer@horsemenpta.com

All events and book fair shopping will mandate a Covid safe environment- masks required.

If you have any questions about the book fair, please contact PTA Book Fair Co-Chairs Gabriela Barlocher, gbarlocher@gmail.com or Rachael Sokolowski, rsokolowski12@gmail.com

Spirit Wear

Spirit Wear Flash Sale Until Oct. 31

The Horsemen PTA is offering a flash sale on Spirit Wear! Check out all our new Sleepy Hollow Horsemen apparel, including T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants and winter hats. Available in youth and adult sizes in a variety of colors. Orders must be placed by Oct. 31 at midnight! Check out all the options and place your order here: https://spirithero.com/collections/sleepy

This will be a group order, so items will go into production after all orders are placed on 10/31. The orders will be distributed at school 3-4 weeks after the flash sale ends. Thank you for your support, and we hope you enjoy our new Horsemen Spirit Wear! Let’s show that Horsemen Spirit!