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Superintendent's Update: December 16, 2022

December 16, 2022

Dear TUFSD Families and Staff:

While we are quickly approaching the end of 2022 and beginning to enjoy the holiday season with concerts and celebrations across the district, our learning opportunities haven’t slowed at all. Just yesterday, our kindergarten students transformed their classroom to the ‘Starbooks Cafe’, a place where guests were greeted by students and then placed their order for a snack. We also had the opportunity to hear six students read aloud from a picture book that they wrote and illustrated. All students then sat with an adult to read their books. It’s amazing to see our youngest students developing their abilities to read, write, and speak. We were all incredibly proud of them. 

Also, our second graders took a field trip this week to the Katonah Museum of Art where they not only learned about a local illustrator and author, Jerry Pinkney, but then took the paintbrush into their own hands to create watercolors inspired by his work. The theme of Mr. Pinkney’s exhibit is ‘Tenacity and Resilience' and highlights his books which encompass issues of social justice, resilience, and tenacity in the face of adversity. Meanwhile, our sixth grade students also enjoyed a class trip to the King Tut Exhibit in Manhattan. Students learned about King Tut and ancient Egypt, as well as the many archeological expeditions to uncover his tomb. It’s wonderful to have our students able to take these trips again, not just for the learning opportunities but for the memories they create.

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

2023-24 Universal Pre-K (UPK) Applications: UPK Lottery Applications are open to the families in our community. If your child will be 4 years old by December 1, 2023, please consider applying to be a part of our lottery for the Elizabeth Mascia Child Care Center PreKindergarten Program at John Paulding School. The application can be found at the JP UPK Lottery Application Website.

Performing Arts Boosters: Breakfast with Santa: Support the Sleepy Hollow Middle and High School band, chorus, orchestra and theater students by attending the 2022 annual Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts Boosters “Breakfast with Santa”.  Bring your family to the Sleepy Hollow High School cafeteria on Saturday, Dec 17th for a delicious pancake breakfast served to you by our student holiday elves!  Please look at this flier for additional details.

JSHS Practice Night: Our senior science research students are practicing for the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) competition. Students are required to present their research as a 12-minute presentation. In order to give our seniors a chance to practice before a real audience, we will be hosting JSHS Practice Night at SHHS on TUESDAY, Jan 10 at 7:00pm.  PLEASE join us to view presentations, offer feedback and ask questions.  Please see this link for additional information. 

SHMS Toys for Tots Thank You!: Thank you to all who generously donated to the Toys for Tots drive! Between books, clothes, stuffed animals, and toys we were able to collect an amazing 200 items!! What a wonderful way to spread joy to some local families in need. Thank you for making our inaugural collection so successful! 

Sleepy Hollow Snow Angels: This program was created by the Sleepy Hollow PBA and the Sleepy Hollow Fire Department. It is a volunteer program that will help senior citizens during hazardous weather. They are seeking both people to apply who need assistance, as well as volunteers.  Please see this link for additional information.

Free Flu and COVID Vaccine Clinic: There will be a free Flu and COVID vaccine clinic on Monday, December 19th from 2:30pm - 6:00pm at the Pocantico Hills School.  Please see this flier for additional details.

Respiratory Illness Information: With winter approaching we wanted to share this information regarding the signs and symptoms of various respiratory illnesses which are impacting our region. As always, if you or your child become ill, please contact your medical provider.

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.

Looking ahead to next week, we are excited that our Varsity Boys Basketball Team and Cheer Squad will have the awesome opportunity to play at the Barclay Center Arena on December 22nd at 7:30. Tickets are available at https://www.callplaybook.com/sleepyhollow1222. And don’t forget that our winter sports teams are in full swing this weekend and next week. Our Horsemen always appreciate your support!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

Chris Borsari
Superintendent of Schools