Thank you TUFSD Staff!

The Horsemen PTA wanted to show our appreciation to all the staff of TUFSD. We used the professional development day as an opportunity to commission fellow parent and baker, Amanda Duggan of A B Cakes, to make a special treat for our amazing staff. Along with Amanda’s cookies, gluten free and kosher cookies were provided as well as candy, mints, and seltzers. Treats were left at the 3 professional development locations.

Chip chip, Hooray! The PTA (and all parents) appreciate the TUFSD staff everyday!

Thank you for all you do for our students. ❤️

El PTA de Horsemen quería mostrar nuestro agradecimiento a todo el personal de TUFSD. Usamos el día de desarrollo profesional como una oportunidad para comisionar a la madre y panadera, Amanda Duggan de A B Cakes, para hacer un regalo especial para nuestro increíble personal. Junto con las galletas de Amanda, se proporcionaron galletas sin gluten y kosher, así como dulces, mentas y agua mineral. Se dejaron obsequios en los 3 lugares de desarrollo profesional.

Chip chip, ¡Hurra! ¡La PTA (y todos los padres) aprecian al personal de TUFSD todos los días!

Gracias por todo lo que hace por nuestros estudiantes. ❤️


Mini-Grants in Action

The Horsemen PTA is excited to share photos of our MINI-GRANTS IN ACTION to bring awareness of what we do in our community!

Kindergarten Teachers, Xiomara Kluge, Kiera Astacio-Rojas, Yosleydy  Reyes, Regine Revilloza were awarded a PTA mini-grant which was used to purchase 4-in-1 play centers for three kindergarten and one  Pre-K class. The centers can be used to grow oral language skills through dramatic and  thematic play. 

Thanks to a mini-grant awarded to 3rd Grade Special Education Teachers, Christine Calvert and Robin Suarez, the children enjoyed the Earth Dome program. The teachers received positive feedback from some parents, as their children went home and talked about the “giant globe in our gym.”

Thanks to a mini-grant awarded to 5th grade teachers, Christine Greiner and Eileen Horan, to purchase books for their classroom library.

Thanks to a mini grant awarded to Mr. Michael Garguilo, a SHMS Science teacher, the 7th grade students learned about the diverse array of wildlife living in their own backyard from experts at Teatown Lake Reservation Center.

Thanks to a Horsemen PTA mini-grant awarded to Mrs. Jenn Kuhn Barone, SHHS Psychologist, students (and some staff members!) enjoyed creating and using stress balls to ease anxiety before test taking last week. Students will be able to do this activity again during finals using the materials from the mini-grant.

Thanks to a Horsemen PTA Mini-grant awarded to SHHS English teacher, Sarina McGough Choi, forty English Honors Class seniors (and three chaperones) attended Some Like it Hot on Broadway on a field trip to NYC. The students spent the day walking around midtown, learning and experiencing the best Manhattan has to offer. Seniors had lunch at John’s Pizza, enjoyed Times Square, watched the city pass them by on the Steps on the NY Public Library, and witnessed skaters in Rockefeller Center.

Quotes from students of SHHS English 12 Honors Class

“The trip was wonderful, getting out into the city to see historical sites, as well as an amazing Broadway show!  The experience was a once in a lifetime experience.” 
— Emily Burk

“Thank you Sleepy Hollow PTA for helping make this wonderful opportunity a reality.”
— Diego Martinez

“Thank you to the PTA for this amazing trip. It was the best trip I have ever had.”
Christopher Panjon

“I absolutely enjoyed every moment that we spent in New York City as a class.  I am very happy that this trip was possible and that we had the opportunity to learn more about the beautiful environment of the city.” 
— Victor Luzuriaga Ledesma

“I am extremely grateful I had the opportunity to attend this field trip.  I got the chance to see places and landmarks in the city I’ve never had the chance to see before!  The Broadway show Some Like It Hot was full of life, energy, and humor.  Our chaperones were responsible and generous to us, while also keeping us in check.  It is not an easy feat to keep 40 rowdy teenagers in check, but they succeeded nonetheless.  We moved as a unit and stayed city-safe, but we also had a wonderful time just watching the city go by.  This was by far one of my favorite field trips I’ve gone one.” 
— Emma Krebs

SHHS Science teacher, Leana Peltier, applied for funds to help expand and replenish a tea station she had started herself pre-Covid for her 10th, 11th, and 12th grade Anatomy, Physiology, and AP Biology students.  This tea station creates a warm and relaxing environment that adds an element of comfort for her students while they are tasked with learning their subject matter.  As a reflective educator, Ms. Peltier is always thinking about how best to support all her students and create positive learning experiences for them.  She says “how students feel in a classroom has a direct impact on their ability to focus, learn, and be successful in their academics.  The classroom environment can influence how students feel about themselves as learners.” 

Here are some student comments about what “tea time” in her class means to them:

“it gives me something to look forward to and makes me excited to go to class.  Even when I have a hard or long day, tea rejuvenates my willingness to learn and wakes me up”

“it helps me feel more comfortable in class and relaxes me when I’m feeling stressed”

“It lets me have a break and gives us more freedom in class””it’s always such a relief and something I look forward to.  It gives me a little break from school and relieves so much stress”

“It’s such a nice part of my day and makes the classroom less gloomy, and creates a warmer environment.  It’s also tasty”


WI Movie Night – 3/3 @ 6:30pm

Elementary students voted and Minions: The Rise of Gru is the winner!

Mark your calendars for a FREE Elementary Movie Night sponsored by the Horsemen PTA on Friday, March 3rd at 6:30pm in the WI Auditorium!

Pizza with the Principals will be from 5-6pm before the movie. $2 slice and other concessions available. Come join the fun for one or both of these exciting family events! **Please note: Parents MUST stay with their child.

¡Los estudiantes de primaria votaron y Minions: The Rise of Gru es el ganador!

¡Marque sus calendarios para una noche GRATUITA de cine de los primarios grados patrocinada por los Horsemen PTA viernes 3 de marzo a las 6:30 en el Auditorio de WI!

La pizza con los directores será a las 5-6 pm antes de la película. Será $2 cada porción de pizza y venderemos otras comidas para durante la pelicula. ¡Únase a la diversión de uno o ambos de estos emocionantes eventos familiares! **Tenga en cuenta: los padres DEBEN quedarse con su hijo.


SHMS / SHHS B&N Book Fair – 12/4

The Horsemen PTA invites you to attend a one-day book fair event for Sleepy Hollow Middle School and Sleepy Hollow High School –

Barnes & Noble at the White Plains City Center
12pm – 5pm
Sunday, December 4th

Proceeds benefit our schools with voucher #12641312 at the register, while you get a head-start on holiday shopping!

Enjoy the story-reading contests (winners receive a B&N gift certificate), purchase from the MS or HS Reading Lists (for extra credit!), Test your Trivia, and enjoy our Horsemen Musical Entertainment!

If you would like to volunteer or contribute gift wrapping materials, please sign up here –


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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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.


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.