parent education

Need Resilience heading into 2021?

The Horsemen PTA is excited to share their Rivertown Parents‘ presentation to help families proactively build resilience and foster mental health. This two-part, online, FREE event will be Jan. 12 and Jan. 19.  Register for one or both nights here:

  • Tues., Jan. 12: “Brain Science” 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Tues., Jan. 19: “Building Resiliency” 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Join Donna Volpitta, Ed.D. from Pathways to Empower, as she guides Rivertown Parents through her Resilient Mindset Model which provides simple explanations for how we can proactively build resilience and foster mental health.

Come with questions. Leave with strategies! Again, to register for one or both nights of the presentation, please go to

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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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Upcoming Rivertown Parents Event – Organization & Time Management with Leslie Josel

It’s 10:00 pm—Do You Know Where Your Homework Is?

Organization and Time Management Strategies

 for Success in Middle School, High School and Life


Leslie Josel

founder of Order Out of Chaos®

and author of

“What’s the Deal with Teens
and Time Management?”


Topics will include:

  • Creating a “Personal Homework Profile” for your middle-or high-school student
  • Developing time sense and “future awareness”
  • How to choose and use a paper or electronic planner
  • Real-life case studies, practical tips, tools and more!


Tuesday, April 19, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Dobbs Ferry Middle School/High School Auditorium

505 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry




RIVERTOWN PARENTS is a consortium of the PTSAs of Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington and Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow, along with Mercy College. Our mission is to promote and foster communication in the Rivertowns among parents, children and schools, and to provide educational resources to the community at large. To learn more, contact us at

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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

Rivertown Parents

Author of The Gift Of Failure, Jessica Lahey to present at Rivertown Parents Free Event


Rivertown Parents is proud to present: Jessica Lahey, author of “The Gift Of Failure—How The Best Parents Learn To Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed.”

Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Main Street School • 101 Main Street, Irvington


SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE Voted an Amazon Best Book of the Month, August 2015

Praise for The Gift of Failure:

  • Lahey adds the welcome perspective of a middle-school teacher — one of those incomparable people who impose order, compassion and even humor on the chaotic, snarled intersections of adolescence.” — The New York Times Book Review 8/18/15
  • “A refreshing, practical book for parents who want to raise resilient kids but aren’t sure how to start.” —Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way

RIVERTOWN PARENTS is a consortium of the PTSAs of Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington and Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow, along with Mercy College. Our mission is to promote and foster communication in the Rivertowns among parents, children and schools, and to provide educational resources to the community at large. To learn more, contact us at

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Upcoming Presentation with Dr. Madeline Levine 5/4



A Night with Dr. Madeline Levine:
The Challenge of Teaching Your Children Well in an Affluent Community and the Importance of Balancing Values and Coping Skills with Academics And Other Activities

Date: Monday May 4th

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Ardsley High School Auditorium

300 Farm Road, Ardsley



Dr. Levine will be available for book signings after her presentation

Books will be sold at the event


RSVP by April 30th to:
Rivertown Parents, come and hear Dr. Madeline Levine, a psychologist with over 25 years of experience as a clinician, consultant, educator and author. Her New York Times bestseller, The Price of Privilege, explores the reasons why teenagers from affluent families are experiencing epidemic rates of emotional problems — rates that are higher than those of any other socioeconomic group of young people in this country.

Her latest book, Teach Your Children Well, also a New York Times bestseller, tackles our current narrow definition of success – and gives practical, research-based solutions to help parents deal with this stress and return their families to healthier and saner versions of themselves.

Dr. Levine is a highly sought after speaker, both nationally and internationally. She is frequently the go-to person on parenting issues for print media and radio. She has been featured on television programs such as Katie, The Today Show and The Lehrer Report and on multiple radio stations including NPR programs such as the Diane Rehm Show and Forum.

We hope to see you there and you chose to join us for this very informative and provocative presentation.


Free “STEM” Event sponsored by Rivertown Parents 4/29

Join Meg Kaüfer, community organizer and founder of STEM Alliance of Larchmont-Mamaroneck, to discuss what STEM learning is, why it matters, and how school and community partnerships can foster it.

Wednesday, April 29th 7:00-8:30pm

The Campus Presentation Room
Irvington High School
40 North Broadway, Irvington, NY 10533

Free admission.

Click here for RP STEM flyer