Screenagers Screening & Panel Discussion Rescheduled for 2/15

Now Rescheduled for Wednesday, 2/15


Horseman PTA  in partnership with Rivertown Parents present:

Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age


Targeted to both parents & their children, this documentary dives deep into how technology impacts children’s development and the challenges of parenting in the digital world.  Through poignant, & unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how much tech time impacts kids’ development & offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.


Wednesday, February 15th
@7pm in the HS Auditorium

210 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow

Panel Discussion Immediately Following the Screening:

Panelists include

Amber da Silva-Barron, LCSW, Irvington

Jean O’Brien, Technology Specialist – Tarrytown Union Free School District

Amy Walsh, Social Worker – Tarrytown Union Free School District

The Movie will have Spanish Subtitles. Panel Discussion after the screening will be translated.

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Managing Anxiety – 7 Strategies to Interrupt the Worry Cycle – a Rivertown Parents Presentation



Managing Anxiety – 7 Strategies to  Interrupt the Worry Cycle

Lynn Lyons, LICSW Psychotherapist Licensed Social Worker Author

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 7:00-9:00 p.m. Irvington High School / Middle School

Campus Community Presentation Room (CPR) in the Campus Library 40 North Broadway, Irvington, New York

FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING Open to all parents, and to students 12 years & older. Registration requested by 10/26 due to limited space.


Study Skills Workshop for Parents

Free Parent Workshop

a workshop designed for middle and high school parents – but open to all!


7 Ways To Support Your Student’s Study Practice

During this powerful one-hour presentation, parents will learn how to they can support their child

with seven tools and concrete ideas that can be implemented right away for better results and grades.

There is no charge for the program, but registration is requested. Bring a friend!

Tuesday, September 27

7:00 pm

Sleepy Hollow Middle/High School Auditorium

210 North Broadway | Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591

There is no charge for the program, but registration is requested:

More info:


Thank You for a Great Year!


Volunteer! Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. – Arthur Ashe

Thank you for your generous gift of time to the PTA this year. Our volunteer organization is run solely by parents just like you. Because of your help and efforts, children had photo days, a yearbook at WI to remember their school year, lunchtime book clubs, book fairs, chess clubs, field days, movie nights, spirit wear, career day and so much more. Thank you again for your kind spirit, and stopping by to offer us a helping hand! Please look for volunteer forms in the summer packets that you will receive for your children and consider helping us again next year. Best wishes to you and your families for a happy and healthy summer.


-Jacki Geoghegan, Angel Rafter and the PTA Board

March Meeting Minutes

March 18, 2016 Meeting


Jacki Geoghegan

Angel Rafter

Donna Gates

Mitch Sylves-Berry

Amada Reimundez

Elia Londono

Senia Sakarya

Dancy Balestrieri

Maribel Palacios-Perez

Karina Arreola

Kelley Anniccherico

David Neilsen

Nitasha Kumar


Our meeting was called to order at 8:40 A.M. by Jacki and Angel.

Superintendent Site Visit Recap

Angel gave a recap of the visit to Armonk for the Superintendent evaluation. They met with 3 groups of people. Teachers, Parents/students, and the administration (superintendent, heads of departments). The common thread was that Chris Borsari is honest, has a strong moral compass, hardworking and all about the students. Chris Borsari talked to the diversity issues in our district and is looking forward to working within the community, not just in the schools. All of the people interviewed are very sad to loose him. The overwhelming vote on the ride back was for Chris Borsari. Angel encouraged that we meet with the new superintendent as soon as you can with any issues.

Jacki made the announcement that during the next PTA meeting Dr. McCann, Mr. John Staiger and Ms. Pamela Rourke will present the budget detail to the group to help understand what is changing and to help encourage people to go out and vote. The Building committee will also be present to talk about capital work. All board members are expected to attend and we requested everyone come a few minutes before 8:30 as the presentation will begin at 8:30


Donna itemized the different fundraisers for the Middle School and Kelley will send the middle school vps a detailed list with the total dollar amounts the Middle School has to spend this week.  The highlighted issue was the wrapping paper loss. Several orders were stolen from the main office resulting in a $1000 loss. They still made money, just not as much as they should have. Donna’s father is making a lock box to prevent this from happening next year.

Donna discussed changing the wrapping paper to Yankee candle. The wrapping paper rep says that many schools alternate year to year. It was majority vote to keep the wrapping paper, maybe add the yankee candle to wrapping paper.

Looking for spring fundraiser. Suggestions were asked for in the last meeting. Amada said the Little Caesar’s pizza fundraiser worked in the preschool very well. She will send details to Donna later. A bulb fundraiser was mentioned, but a few members were not in favor bulbs, because it appears to be a lot of work for little payoff and more importantly, not everyone has a yard to plant. Jacki suggested a candy fundraiser perhaps for Valentines day. Mitch suggested Script, a gift card buying fundraiser, she will send more information later as well. We will bring materials to show everyone at the next meeting.

Square one art is well on it’s way. Order forms were sent home. Should be shipped before mothers day. You can go back and order past years online!

Cyber Parenting/ Internet awareness recap

Jacki thanked everyone who came out to the meeting. Gave many thanks to Jean O’Brien, couldn’t have done it without her. Jean and Jacki are working on a follow up, hands-on small group session that will cover using filters and parental controls, showing apps that their children may be using, etc. We discussed the little girl who went home after the meeting and told her parents about someone talking to her through Trivia Crack. Notices were sent home in Sleepy Hollow but not in Tarrytown. Question was asked if anything is being done for the 5th for internet awareness. Jacki said that the 5th grade PE classes the kids are being exposed to an age appropriate internet awareness program (digital passport) that educates kids in a game function.

Donna asked if there were any follow-ups to teach kids about stranger danger. It was pointed out that the email that was sent out by Pleasantville had great ideas and tips on how to talk to your kids about stranger danger. Karina requested that such notices be sent out as a flyer because not every family has internet access.

Mitch suggested that at back to school night that parents are given a chance to sign up for town notifications and the TUFSD site.

School Updates –

JP – Very successful book fair this year! Highest grossing bookfair ever at JP. PJ Party, good communication, weather, Clifford the big red dog were some of the reasons listed for the success.

Better communication is needed between Pre-k and K, Natasha met with Mrs. Barnett about how to improve this. Mrs. Barnett was very receptive to the suggestions. Pre-k will have it’s own back to school night and they will get a bus ride, like K does prior to the start of school.

Morse – Drop off is still a problem. The police officer is there but it is not really helping. Tickets need to be given to the offenders to make a difference.  Donna suggested copying Pleasantville, they are a walking school district. Donna will go and find out more and pass along the information to the appropriate people.

Dancy needs more money for trip around the community. It was denied.  Projects need to stay within the budgeted amount. It was suggested that they could use the VP fund if they decide that is where they want to spend the money. The request was for the backpacks. It was suggested to Dancy to find out from past chairs where they purchased the bags.

WI – Donna reported on Math Madness. Not a great turn out, but there were many competing sporting events on the same day. Year book is on schedule.

Middle School – Mitch told us about the successful dances they have had. A second one will be on April 1st. Coaches and teachers of the clubs are respecting the dance and adjusting their schedules around it.

2 children need scholarships for the DC trip. Middle School vps need to vote and approve to issue the funds. It was suggested that kids who get the scholarships pay back in community service, like they do for the band trip. How to do this without singling out children. Talk to band teacher to find out how they do it.

MS is doing booster ads in the yearbook, proceeds going to help purchase books for children in need. Jacki asked if the PTA was willing to sponsor an ad at the cost of $75. A vote was taken and all present were in favor.

Movie night was approved for MS students on the same night as the elementary movie night. The event is free, but a few parent chaperones will be needed. It will take place in the auditorium on 4/29.


Relay for Life update

Jacki asked if we should have a PTA team. Jacki will send out an email, since we were short on time.

Jacki concluded the meeting. Next one scheduled for April 15th.  Board member attendance required.



Upcoming Rivertown Parents Event – Organization & Time Management with Leslie Josel

It’s 10:00 pm—Do You Know Where Your Homework Is?

Organization and Time Management Strategies

 for Success in Middle School, High School and Life


Leslie Josel

founder of Order Out of Chaos®

and author of

“What’s the Deal with Teens
and Time Management?”


Topics will include:

  • Creating a “Personal Homework Profile” for your middle-or high-school student
  • Developing time sense and “future awareness”
  • How to choose and use a paper or electronic planner
  • Real-life case studies, practical tips, tools and more!


Tuesday, April 19, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Dobbs Ferry Middle School/High School Auditorium

505 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry




RIVERTOWN PARENTS is a consortium of the PTSAs of Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington and Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow, along with Mercy College. Our mission is to promote and foster communication in the Rivertowns among parents, children and schools, and to provide educational resources to the community at large. To learn more, contact us at




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In the month of February, Maddie, a 7th– grade student on Team Narwhal at Sleepy Hollow Middle School is collected coloring books and crayons to benefit children at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester County Medical Center. Coloring with crayons is proven to help relieve stress in these young patients. Maddie hopes her community service project will match coloring books and crayons with young patients to reduce their stress. Please consider dropping off new or unused coloring books and/or crayons at Sleepy Hollow Middle School’s main office. Maddie thanks you in advance for your support.

Cyber Parenting Seminar March 8, 2016

Cyber Parenting  – How to Protect Your Child in the Digital Age

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


Sleepy Hollow High School Auditorium


Join us for an informative and important discussion with Thomas Grimes, 20 year veteran Detective with the New York City Police Department

This presentation is geared toward the parents or guardians of young people who utilize or will soon utilize social networking sites or apps. The presentation will provide parents/guardians with an explicit understanding of what children and teens are doing every day online.

Free event open to parents

Please note, the discussion is not intended for students/children.


Spanish Translation will be provided



Enseñanza cibernética para Padres


Cómo Proteger a su Niño(a) en la Era Digital


Únase a nosotros a una discusión importante e informativa con Thomas Grimes, detective veterano con 20 años de experiencia en el Departamento de Policía de la Ciudad de Nueva York.


Esta presentación está dirigida a los padres o guardianes de jóvenes que utilizan o pronto utilizarán las redes sociales  o aplicaciones. La presentación proveerá a los padres con un entendimiento explícito acerca de lo que los niños y adolescentes hacen a diaro en el internet.


Martes, 8 de marzo de 2016



Auditorio de Sleepy Hollow High School

210 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow


Evento gratis abierto para todos los padres

Por favor tome en cuenta, este evento no es apropiado para estudiantes/niños.


Habrá traducción en español

WI Book Fair is Here!



Monday November 30th through Friday December 4th

Every Day 8:30 am–1:00 pm

 WI Auditorium

With a Fun Family event on Monday, November 30th from 6:00 to 8:00pm


Come visit during daytime parent-teacher conferences

12/3 & 12/4 until 2:30


Gift Certificates

Purchase gift certificates for your friends, family and teachers.

Buy early so the teachers can use them during the fair!


Purchase books for your child’s classroom (teacher wish lists will be available).

Donate money to help children who might not otherwise receive a book.

Shop at Scholastic Online

Benefit your school the week after the fair by visiting

All students will visit the fair with their classes during the school day. They will fill out a wish list to take home. Students can purchase books from their wish lists by returning the list with a check or exact cash before the end of the fair. The books will be delivered to the students in the classrooms. If books are out of stock, they can be special ordered at no additional cost and will be delivered to the classrooms about a week after the book fair ends. Students are also welcome to stop by during recess and lunch to purchase books or just to browse.

 Thank you for your support. A portion of the proceeds from the book fair go to enrichment programs throughout the school district.  

If you have any questions, or to volunteer at the book fair, please contact:

 Jacki Geoghegan at 917-553-4686 or

La Fería del Libro de Scolastic en La Escuela de WI

 Lunes 30 de noviembre al viernes 4 de diciembre.

Estos días de 8:30am-1:00pm

 Auditorio de WI

Con El Viernes 4 de diciembre, Evento Familiar Divertido las 6 hasta las 8 de la noche

Venga a visitarnos durante el día enlas conferencias

entre padres y maestros el 3/12 y 4/12 hasta 2:30 

Certificados de Regalo

Pueden comprar certificados de regalo para sus amigos, familias y profesores.  Comprarlos lo antes posible para poder usarlos durante la fería.


Comprar libros para la clase de sus hijos (la lista de sus profesores estará disponible). Donar dinero para poder ayudar a aquellos que no tendrán la oportunidad de recibir libros.

Comprar libros en linea

Pueden beneficiar a su escuela comprando libros en durante la semana despúes de la fería.

Todos los estudiantes visitarán la fería con sus clases durante el día escolar.  Rellenarán una lista de sus eleccíones y lo llevarán a casa.  Los estudiantes podrán comprar libros de sus listas devolviendo la lista con un cheque o dinero en efectivo exacto antes del fín de la fería.   Los libros serán distribuidos a los estudiantes en sus clases.  Si no queda algún libro en particular, lo podremos pedir sin gastos extras y serán entregados a los estudiantes la semana despúes de la fería.  Los estudiantes tambíen podrán visitar la fería durante la hora del almuerzo para poder comprar o mirar los libros.

Gracias por su apoyo.  Una parte de los beneficios de la fería del libro irá hacia programas de enriquecimiento por todo el distrito escolar.

Si usted tiene preguntas, o quiere ayudar en la Feria del Libro, por favor contacte a:

Jacki Geoghegan

PTA Board Meeting Friday 11/20

Our next board meeting will be held on Friday, November 20th at 8:30. We meet at the Administration Building in the Conference Room.  Our meetings are open to the public.

This meeting we will be having our vote on the motion to have the MS PTA join our unit officially to make our PTA a preK – 8 organization (though we have been acting as one unit now for a couple of years locally). Every vote counts (no matter which way you vote).

All are welcome to attend.