PTA Election, Uncategorized

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


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.

book fair, JP

JP 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: or email

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, or Rachael Sokolowski,

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:

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!

special needs committee horsemen pta principal brand
SHHS, special needs committee

SNC Presents Principal Brand, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.

The Special Needs Committee of the Horsemen PTA invites all parents and guardians of children with special needs to a conversation with SHHS principal, Ms. Debbie Brand, as we discuss meeting the needs of all learners in school. This meeting will be virtual per district policy regarding meetings due to COVID-19. Please join us on Zoom to welcome and meet Principal Brand!

Access the link below Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m.:

Spanish translation will be available!

special needs committee horsemen pta principal brand
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:

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


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 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 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:

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: )