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Screenagers Screening & Panel Discussion Rescheduled for 2/15

Now Rescheduled for Wednesday, 2/15


Horseman PTA  in partnership with Rivertown Parents present:

Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age


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


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



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. 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 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

NYS PTA Important Advocacy Update

NYS PTA Important Advocacy Update (4/26/15)


Please take a moment to read and review the advocacy update we’ve received from the NYS PTA. Strong support is needed from parents (voters) in order to make change. Please tell our legislators to act now!

Dear Advocate,

Please share this message below with your legislators, TODAY!

Next Steps for Assessments!

Student testing deemed questionable by parents and educators combined with a state budget that links aid increases to even greater use of test scores has resulted in a storm of protest. An effective response will require both time and collaboration with state policy makers to craft solutions that will calm the rhetoric and improve student and teacher assessment to move education forward. To those ends we request immediate legislation that requires:

  1. Time Out.  The Governor and legislature to postpone implementation of new Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) components until September 1, 2016, while distributing promised 2015 state aid increases to schools during 2015-2016 school year.
  2. APPR Review.  The NYS Board of Regents to recommended re-structure of the APPR program in a manner that recognizes students as more than a test score and educators as more than merely a test score and a classroom observation.
  3. Test Review.  The NYS Board of Regents to evaluate current state tests in direct response to testing concerns expressed in the field regarding length and frequency of test, item ambiguity, volatility of growth measures, developmental appropriateness and the validity of using test results for multiple purposes.
  4. Parent Communication. NYSED to develop a communication strategy that makes the purpose of assessments and the interpretation of results more clearly understood, by providing individual student data with sufficient depth in a timely manner so parents and teachers can use the data to improve student outcomes.

To send this message to your legislators, click on the TAKE ACTION link below:

TAKE ACTION: Next Steps for Assessments        

Thank you for your Advocacy!


State Exams info links

Dear Parents and Guardians,

There has been much talk in the community and on television as of late regarding the annual state tests for grades 3-8. We believe that it is important for you to educate yourself about the options available to you so you can make an informed decision about what is right for you and your family.

You can read this link from the Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch about the importance of the tests.

You can view an Editorial Board Meeting of about standardized testing and the implications of parents “opting out” of the tests here.

You can view Dr. Clouet’s Spring Newsletter regarding testing season.

You can read the view of the Teachers’ Association of the Tarrytowns which they posted on their Facebook page here.

You can read this link from the NYS Allies for Public Education about your options.

The PTA is planning to host a community conversation on the subject in the fall. Finally we ask that no matter how you choose, please be respectful of others.


Jacki Geoghegan and Angel Rafter

Co-Presidents, PTA