community wardrobe

Community Wardrobe Re-Opening at WestCOP!

The Wardrobe has a new home! Thanks to the Westchester Community Opportunity Center (WestCOP) at 105 Wildey Street in Tarrytown, NY, for partnering with us.

Appointments to shop for warm weather (summer) clothing are available Thursday, July 8, through Saturday, July 10, 2021. Clients can come BY APPOINTMENT ONLY to find clothes and shoes for the whole family.

To schedule a time to get clothing, sign up here:

https://signup.com/go/mrtWWWA

or call Village of Sleepy Hollow Community Liaison Diana Loja at 914-438-7987 to make an appointment.

We are not accepting donations at this time thanks to this community’s genorosity. We will list requested items (at the time they are needed) on this site’s Community Wardrobe page.

To signup for the mailing list to receive updates on when volunteers and donations are needed, please email CommunityWardrobe@HorsemenPTA.com.

Uncategorized

It’s back! School Supplies Online!

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 to post each grade’s supply lists on SchoolToolBox.com. Your supplies are delivered right to your home.

While we still can’t predict exactly what next year will look like, we do know kids will need school supplies. Five percent of your purchase (approximately $2-$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 2022). 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.

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 2021/22. 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.
  6. Your supplies ship to your home.

Thank you for your support!

Budget Vote, Uncategorized

VOTE Tomorrow, May 18

Reminder: Tomorrow, May 18, is the SCHOOL BUDGET and BOARD OF EDUCATION TRUSTEE vote.

Polls are open 7 a.m.–9 p.m. for in-person voting. If you live in Tarrytown, you vote in the auditorium at Washington Irving School. Sleepy Hollow residents vote in the cafeteria at W. L. Morse School. Eligible voters may also vote absentee if they submit an absentee ballot application to District Clerk Nelly Valentin by Monday, May 17, and personally pick up the ballot. Please call Ms. Valentin for more information: (914) 332-6241.

Information regarding the budget, including a sample ballot and an FAQ, can be found here: https://www.tufsd.org/cms/lib/NY02205629/Centricity/Domain/3197/2021-2022%20Budget%20Book%20Revised%20Final.pdf

It is very important parents and guardians cast their vote not only on the budget but also on the added propositions. One proposition authorizes the district to purchase new buses and other vehicles as part of a multi-year project to slowly replace our aging fleet of buses. The last proposition would drop the transportation eligibility distances for students in grades 3–5 to 0.8 miles from school to 0.3 miles from school. This change would align students Pre-K to 5 in the distance they must live from their school before they are eligible for transportation. A significant number of Washington Irving students experienced difficulty getting to school this year when the district did not have resources to transport them. The proposition would make about 250 additional students eligible for transport to WI at the estimated annual cost of $150,000.

The proposed budget includes reduction of eight staff and all covid-specific hires. Most programs, including FLES, remain intact. Tarrytown residents would see a 0.12% tax rate increase, and Sleepy Hollow residents would see a tax rate increase of 2.32%.

If the budget fails and the district proposes a revised budget, the revised budget would cut materials, faculty and/or services.

Three candidates are running for three open trustee positions: Michelle DeFilippis (incumbent), Krista Barron and Cecelia Gordon.

Eligible voters are U.S. citizens who are 18 years of age or older and who have lived in Westchester County for at least 30 days prior to May 18. You must be registered with the Westchester County Board of Elections by May 13. (You can do so online via the DMV: https://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/electronic-voter-registration-application )

book fair

It’s Book Fair Time!

Did you think we’d let this school year end without a Scholastic Book Fair? The answer is: never!

Like most things this year, the Book Fair will look a little different, but it will still be as fun as ever! Be sure to sign up for our OUTDOOR Book Fair on April 24, May 1 and May 2 in the John Paulding School Parking Lot.

****Please note the original April 25 date is cancelled due to a forecast of rain. We will now open the fair on the May 2 rain date. All reservations for April 25 have been moved to May 2. Please update your reservation if that date and time does not work for your family. Thank you!****

Please note this book fair is for ALL of our elementary school families, no matter which school(s) your children attend.

Shopping reservations are required. Here is the link to sign up for a family time slot.

Twenty-five percent of all sales benefit our children and schools via the Horsemen PTA. More details in the attached flyers. Happy Reading!

To volunteer at the book fair, please sign up here. Thank you for your support of the fair and your Horsemen PTA!

PTA Election

Announcing the 2021-22 PTA Executive Board Slate

The Horsemen PTA nominating committee would like to announce the following nominations for the 2021-22 school year Horsemen PTA executive board:

  • President – Sophia Rana
  • Vice Presidents – Alison Madrigal and Brenda Rodriguez (incumbents – 2 positions open)
  • Secretary – Fay Serafica
  • Treasurer – Brianna Staudt

All members in good standing (paid 2020-21 school year dues) may vote in the election during the April 14 general meeting, which starts at 8 p.m. and will be conducted virtually over Zoom. Spanish translation will be provided. Click/tap here to join the meeting.

community wardrobe

Introducing the Community Wardrobe

Community Wardrobe is a new, joint effort of the Horsemen PTA and the Village of Sleepy Hollow that finds new homes for good clothes…free to locals who need them. Interested neighbors may come by appointment only.

The Wardrobe’s temporary home, through March, is the Riverwalk Center (aka the bathhouse) at Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow. Clients can come BY APPOINTMENT ONLY to find clothes and shoes for the whole family.

For more information, including the links to make an appointment or volunteer, please visit our Community Wardrobe page.

If you have a lead on a large, donated, walkable space in our villages, please contact us. We’re looking for a permanent home for this program.

mini-grant

Announcing the 2020-21 Horsemen PTA Mini-grant Winners

The Horsemen PTA proudly announces the selected grants for this year’s mini-grant program. This year, the mini-grant committee balanced meeting the unique needs of our current school environment with providing funding for exciting improvements for our children to look forward to when our new normal arrives. Thank you to all who applied, and congratulations to our winners!

Click here to view the full list of grant winners.

square one art

Support PTA: Order Square 1 Art by Feb. 15

Our Square 1 Art fundraiser is different this year!

Be on the lookout for art created by your child during school the week of Jan. 11.   Art will be done with the art teacher but UPLOADED by YOU.

When you see your child’s completed art on Square 1 Art paper, please take the following steps:

  1. Take a photo of your child’s completed art.
  2. Upload art here.
  3. Deadline to upload is 1/29.  Deadline to order is 2/15.

Thirty-three percent of every order benefits our schools.  Start ordering your keepsakes right away.  Orders shipped to home. 

Don’t miss out on this yearly elementary school tradition! Any questions contact Lauren McBride: lmcbride@horsemenpta.com

parent education

Need Resilience heading into 2021?

The Horsemen PTA is excited to share their Rivertown Parents‘ presentation to help families proactively build resilience and foster mental health. This two-part, online, FREE event will be Jan. 12 and Jan. 19.  Register for one or both nights here: http://www.rivertownparents.com/resilience-registration.html

  • Tues., Jan. 12: “Brain Science” 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Tues., Jan. 19: “Building Resiliency” 7:30-8:30 p.m.


Join Donna Volpitta, Ed.D. from Pathways to Empower, as she guides Rivertown Parents through her Resilient Mindset Model which provides simple explanations for how we can proactively build resilience and foster mental health.


Come with questions. Leave with strategies! Again, to register for one or both nights of the presentation, please go to http://www.rivertownparents.com/resilience-registration.html