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Superintendent's Update: November 18, 2022

November 18, 2022

Dear TUFSD Families and Staff:

At the Board of Education meeting last night, I shared with the community my intent to retire at the end of the 2022-23 school year. As I shared in a letter to colleagues, the decision comes with many emotions - but the most significant is pride. I am enormously proud of what this district has overcome and accomplished. I am also very appreciative of the trust and support of our faculty, staff, and families throughout this journey.  As we all know,  there is much work to be done between now and the end of June, and I will save the majority of my sentiments until that time.

We had an amazing turn-out for Family Science Night this week as our elementary parents and students watched and participated in experiments with electrolytes, dry ice and even some that had explosive results! Thanks to our horsemen PTA for sponsoring the event, as well as to our SHHS teachers and Science Honor students for their assistance. Over at Morse, our students enjoyed a visit from guest author Lizzy Rockwell who has written 35 children’s books including The All-Together Quilt and How Do You Feel? In addition to inspiring our students to read and write, Ms. Rockwell shares a message of inclusivity and belonging that aligns so well with the philosophy of our district. A special thanks to the Tarrytown Music Hall for allowing so many of our Washington Irving students to “follow the yellow brick road” through the free theater residency they sponsored.  Thursday’s Music Hall performances of the Wizard of Oz for students and families were incredible.

 

Following are a number of important updates and information about next week:

Thanksgiving Holiday: In observance of Thanksgiving, all schools will be dismissing according to their half day schedule on Wednesday, November 23rd and will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 24th and 25th. Schools will reopen on Monday, November 28th. Your building principals will provide you with building specific dismissal information.

High School Fall Drama: Sleepy Hollow High School is proud to present Arsenic and Old Lace, Beginning this evening, Friday, November 18th and Saturday, November 19th.  Our students and staff have been hard at work in all facets of production and will be putting on a performance you won’t want to miss. Please read the attached flier for more information regarding the performance date and times.

SHMS/SHHS B&N Book Fair: The Horsemen PTA invites you to attend a one-day book fair event at Barnes & Noble at the White Plains City Center, 12-5pm on Sunday, December 4th.  Proceeds benefit Sleepy Hollow Middle/High School while you also 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 at the event or contribute gift wrapping materials, please sign up here

WESEF Judges Needed: The Regeneron Westchester Science and Engineering Fair (WESEF) is in need of volunteers to serve as competition judges on Saturday, March 18, 2023. Medical/Mental health professionals, scientists, engineers, and graduate students are welcome.  If interested please click on this link for more information.

Fill the House: The Tarrytown Music Hall will be sponsoring a food drive in support of the Community Food Pantry of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown and the Sleepy Hollow High School Food Pantry.  The collections will be occurring from today through December 10th prior to the 8pm performance.  See this flier for further details.

Horsemen Happenings: We are proud to share our Fall edition of Horsemen Happenings.  This digital newsletter highlights some important news and accomplishments within the District. Click here to view the latest edition.

SHMS Toys for Tots Drive: Sleepy Hollow Middle School is excited to partner with the United States Marine Corp to donate toys in its inaugural Toys for Tots collection. For more than 30 years, the primary goal of Toys for Tots has been to help bring the joy of the holidays, and send a message of hope, to America's less fortunate children. Thank you for helping our community extend some holiday cheer through your gift of a new toy, book, or piece of clothing to those in need. The collection ends December 13th. You can find additional details on this flier and please reach out to Ms. Devon Badolato at dbadolato@tufsd.org if you have any additional questions.

COVID+ Reporting: Please report any COVID positive cases to your building principal and school nurse.

Rapid COVID Tests: If you are in need of additional tests for your child, please complete the following Google Form and we will be able to provide you with additional tests. 

In closing, I want to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you all have the opportunity to be with family and friends and to celebrate what is most meaningful in your lives. Please look for my next update on Friday, December 2nd. 

 

Sincerely,
Chris Borsari
Superintendent of Schools