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.

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 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.


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 )


Spirit Wear Delivery Complete

Thank you to all of the families who participated in the Spirit Wear flash sale! All orders have now been delivered. Thank you also to the volunteers who safely picked up and delivered the orders to porches and front stoops throughout our villages.

We’ll take this opportunity to remind you that you can order Spirit Wear at any time of the year. (You just won’t be able to snag the prime prices we can coordinate as part of a group order.) Simply visit the “Spirit Wear” link in the navigation menu for this website to get started. Go, Horsemen!


Announcing the 2020-21 PTA Executive Board Slate

The Horsemen PTA nominating committee would like to announce the following nominations for the 2020-21 school year Horsemen PTA executive board:

  • President – Christina Grillo (incumbent)
  • Vice Presidents – Alison Madrigal and Brenda Rodriguez
  • Secretary – Andrea Williamson (incumbent)
  • Treasurer – Maribel Correa (incumbent)

All members in good standing (paid 2019-20 school year dues) may vote in the election during the May 13 general meeting, which starts at 8:30 p.m. and will be conducted virtually over Zoom. Here is the dial-in information:

Join Zoom Meeting:


Meeting ID: 893 1026 7245

Password: 024668

Attendees may enter up to 15 minutes before the meeting start time if extra time is needed to learn this new technology.

Here is a video tutorial on how to join a Zoom meeting: