Heads Up

Calling all WI Students: Enter the PTA Halloween Essay Contest!

WI families: We are pleased to announce a new PTA contest!

What if Trick-Or-Treating could be saved this year?

Washington Irving students are invited to write a persuasive essay explaining creative ways that trick or treating could be done safely with health precautions. Students can also choose to write a persuasive essay offering alternative ways to celebrate Halloween safely.

Rules:

  • Entries must be 200-word persuasive essays.
  • Entries are due by October 17 at 8 p.m. Submit via email to: communication@horsemenpta.com
  • Entries will be judged by their creativity, composition and originality. Judged by PTA.
  • Essays are not a part of classwork. Students can choose to write in their spare time.
  • Three winners will be chosen:
    • 1st prize – LICKS gift certificate $20
    • 2nd prize – Halloween craft supplies
    • 3rd prize – Two bags of Halloween candy

Please note: The villages have not made decisions yet regarding trick-or-treating. Winning essays will not be a deciding factor on village rules. We understand that this contest cannot influence each family’s decision for Halloween.

SPONSORED BY THE HEADS UP RIVERTOWNS HORSEMEN PTA COMMITTEE

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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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Screenagers Screening & Panel Discussion Rescheduled for 2/15

Now Rescheduled for Wednesday, 2/15

 REGISTER HERE

Horseman PTA  in partnership with Rivertown Parents present:

Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age

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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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Cyber Parenting Seminar March 8, 2016

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

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

7:00-8:30pm

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

7:00-8:30pm

 

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

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How to Help Your Kids at School — Even if You Don’t Understand What They Are doing

It’s back-to-school time, and it’s not just kids feeling the anxiety. Parents have their own set of worries with a new school year starting, so, here is some help from Laura Bay, an educator from Washington State who is the president of the National PTA. She offers some words of advice on how to help your kids at school—even if you don’t understand what they are doing.

Back-to-school is a stressful time. There are new people to meet, and there is pressure to fit in.

There is new material to learn, and it seems to get more challenging every year. Then there are the stakes, which couldn’t be higher.

And I’m just talking about the parents.

The elephant in the room for many parents is that the expectations for our children are different than when we were in school. Students are now focusing more on critical thinking, analyzing and problem solving, and some parents have grown unsure about how—and whether—they can help their children in this new environment.

The answer for parents is clear—yes, we can.

To help parents help their children, the National PTA is trying something different this year. Along with other national organizations such as Scholastic, National Council of La Raza, GreatSchools, and Common Sense Media, we’re helping launch Be a Learning Hero — a public service partnership designed to support parents to be learning heroes for their kids at back to school and throughout the school year.

The new site, Be A Learning Hero, acknowledges that education has changed. It doesn’t opine, and it doesn’t advocate. Lots of parents don’t have time for that anyway. Instead, Be A Learning Hero takes a practical stance and addresses this question: if our education system is evolving, and therefore impacting how teachers teach and how students learn, how can we best help parents support their children?

We’re not talking about supporting children with new back-to-school outfits or school supplies. We’re talking about simple, actionable steps all parents can take to help their children succeed in school.

BeALearningHero.org has just released the five steps called the SUPER 5, that empower parents to support their children’s learning and development for back to school:

  1. Learn what the specific learning goals are for your child’s new grade.
  2. Know where your child excels and where there is room to grow.
  3. Spend time in your child’s school and be in regular contact with his or her teacher. Given that not all parents’ schedules always align with the school day, parents can also use phone calls, text messages, emails and school websites and apps to keep in touch with their child’s educators.
  4. Promote your child’s emotional intelligence — it matters for academic success.
  5. Make home another space for learning, and get tools for boosting your child’s math and English skills at the kitchen table.

Parents can visit BeALearningHero.org for practical, trusted resources to turn these tips into action at home. We want our children to be successful, and we want to feel like we’re contributing to our children’s success.

Even if we don’t remember the Pythagorean Theorem and haven’t recently read any books by Roald Dahl or Judy Blume, we can still help our children succeed by understanding their learning goals, monitoring their progress and knowing how to help.

  • This post was written by Laura Bay, National PTA President and is Reprinted from National PTA’s One Voice Blog, August 25, 2015