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Superintendent's Update: January 20, 2023

January 20, 2023

Dear TUFSD Families and Staff:

It’s been another busy and exciting week here in the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns - and it's hard to believe that we are approaching the midpoint in our academic calendar. With that comes midterms for our high school students next week and the end of the first semester.  We encourage students to take advantage of review opportunities and to speak with a teacher or guidance counselor if they need some extra support.

We’re also thrilled to have had our Washington Irving band, chorus, and orchestra students perform in their Winter Concert last evening and to have our Sleepy Hollow Middle School students taking the stage this weekend for their production of Peter Pan. It’s amazing to see the dedication and talent of these students, on stage and in the crew. I want to congratulate and thank all those involved in this production, including the many high school students who volunteered their time to assist throughout rehearsals and the performances. This is a great example of how our students grow and support each other here in our schools. See below for show times and information.

Following are a number of important updates and information about the coming weeks:

Peter Pan: Sleepy Hollow Middle School is proud to present its Winter Musical, Peter Pan!  Performances will be held in the SHMS/HS Auditorium tonight, Friday, January 20th at 7:00PM and on Saturday, January 21st at 11:30AM.  All are welcome. Break a leg!

Internet Safety and Awareness Parent Presentation: This presentation is organized by Sleepy Hollow Middle School and is funded through a generous donation from the Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns.  It is designed to educate parents about the risks and dangers of the internet and provide strategies to safeguard against them.  The presentation will be held on Wednesday, January 25th beginning at 6:30PM in the SHHS Auditorium.  Please see the attached flyer for details.

Washington Irving Clothing Drive: Washington Irving will be accepting clothing donations the week of January 30th.  Please see this WI Flyer for additional details.

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

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.

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.

For those celebrating the Lunar New Year beginning on Sunday, we wish you much luck and happiness in the year ahead. A ritual of the New Year is to take time to catch up with family and friends and I hope you all have the opportunity to do just that.  Have a great weekend!

 

Sincerely,

Chris Borsari

Superintendent of Schools