District Notices

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of the South Orangetown Central School District will convene at 6:30pm on Thursday, May 31, 2018, in the South Orangetown Middle School Library, 160 Van Wyck Road, Blauvelt, at which time it is anticipated the Board of Education will move immediately into Executive Session to discuss matters pertaining to the employment history of a particular individual and matters pertaining to pending litigation. The public meeting will reconvene at 7:30pm. 

View the Adopted 2018-19 School Year Calendar.

NEW: 2018-19 Changes to School Health Examination Requirements  – Click here for detailed information.

District & Community Events

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Great American Cleanup with Keep Rockland Beautiful
Events throughout April & May taking place in Orangetown! Our cleanups offer great opportunities for volunteers of all ages to get outside, learn about our local environment, and earn community service hours. Join a community event and participate with your family, friends, and neighbors, or schedule your own cleanup and head out anytime! Interested? Visit www.keeprocklandbeautiful.org for more info, email [email protected] or call the office at (845) 708-9164.

READ Dogs at the Palisades Free Library
Tuesday, May 22
Come cuddle and read to a specially trained R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) dog who loves to listen! Children will read on a first-come, first served basis for 10 – 15 minutes depending on the number of children enrolled. For emerging and early readers. Register online: http://palisadeslibrary.evanced.info/admin/signup/Calendar

It’s Storytime! at the Palisades Free Library
Thursdays, May 24 & 31
Stories, songs, rhymes, puppets and movement for little ones ages 2–4 years with adult caregiver. Fun for all! No registration needed.

Story & Craft at the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Thursdays, May 24
For ages 3-7. Looking for fun at the end of a busy day? Listen to some themed picture books read by our children’s librarian and then make a simple creative craft on that seasonal theme. Call to register: (845) 359-4595.

Page Turners: Family Book Club at the Palisades Free Library
Thursday, May 24
Love reading and want to share your thoughts with others? Join us for a fun, relaxed discussion of Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly. Snacks will be served! For kids in Grades 3-5 with participating adult caregiver. Register in advance today and we’ll reserve your copy of the book to read before we meet: http://palisadeslibrary.evanced.info/admin/signup/Calendar

22nd Annual Town of Orangetown Highway Department Open House
Saturday, May 26
Residents and their families are invited to tour the facility, witness equipment demonstrations, meet Highway Department representatives, and learn more about the operation of the Orangetown Highway Department. Special guests will include representatives from Orangetown Police Department, Rockland County Sheriff’s Department, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Keep Rockland Beautiful, Inc., Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority and Shade Tree Commission of Rockland County who will be available to answer questions about the functions of their organizations. Event will be held at Orangetown Highway Department, 119 Route 303, Orangeburg. First 50 children in attendance will receive “Highway Helper” t-shirts.

Book Bird Houses at the Palisades Free Library
Thursday, May 31
Come listen to stories and decorate a wooden bird house with recycled pages from discarded picture books. The birds will love it and you will too! For children in Grades 2 – 5. Register online: http://palisadeslibrary.evanced.info/admin/signup/Calendar

Magic Fairy Party at the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Thursday, May 31
Kids ages 4 and up, come in for fairy wings and yummy treat. Call to register!

Five-Minute Flicks Featuring TZHS Filmmakers
Friday, June 1
For the first time, The Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library will partner with the Michael J. Armstrong Memorial Foundation to host “Five-Minute Flicks,” a new competition in collaboration with the film program at Tappan Zee High School. High school film students will present films that tell a compelling story of fiction, in any theme or genre of their choosing, in five minutes or less. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three entries. Admission is free; viewing begins at 7:00pm.

Mickey Reeves Softball Challenge
Saturday, June 2
Come watch Tappan Zee High School students compete against South Orangetown Central School District faculty in this softball tournament/scholarship fundraiser, sponsored by the TZHS chapter of National Honor Society. All donations will fund a scholarship for a graduating senior award in loving memory of Mickey Reeves, who lived his life with courage, strength and determination and he continues to be an inspiration. The Softball Challenge will be held on the TZHS Turf Field, rain or shine. Suggested donation: $5 per person.

Annual Student Art Exhibition: Interiors of the Imagination</strong
Sunday, June 3
Throughout the year, the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library offers free visual art classes focusing on a variety of materials and techniques to students in grades 1-8 taught by Alexis Starke. This year, the focus is on interiors and projects are inspired by contemporary American artist Ann Toebbe; Belgian Surrealist René Magritte; and contemporary Korean visual artist JeeYoung Lee. Patrons are always delighted to see the creations of our youngest artists. Join us for an artists’ reception on Sunday, June 3.

Story Time at the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Mondays, June 4-18
10:15am & 11:15am
Stories, songs, and playtime for little ones up to age 3, with caregivers.

Monthly Music Together at the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Tuesday, June 19
11:45 am
Music education for parents and young children.


Summer Art Classes at the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Registration opens June 4 AT 10:00am! Please call 359-4595 to register on or after June 4.
Classes for children entering Grades 4 & up: Tuesdays, July 10–August 14, 5:00–6:00pm
Classes for children entering Grades 1–4: Wednesdays, July 11–August 15, 5:00–5:45pm

Libraries Rock! Piermont Library Summer Reading Program
June 25–July 30
Be a Rock Star Reader! Join us at the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library this summer from June 25 to July 30 for our summer reading program for children ages 3-12. The theme this year is “Libraries Rock.” We’ll have special programs, crafts, and weekly book check-ins with prizes. Come in on Monday, June 25 or Thursday, June 28 to register. Then, drop in weekly on Mondays or Thursdays from 3:30-6:00pm to talk with Miss Nancy about a book and pick up your prize. On Monday, July 30 at 6:00pm, we’ll have a family pizza party for everybody in the program. Come join the fun!

Historical Society of Rockland County
Exhibits on display through October 28
Jawonio: Moving Forward, Looking Back. and Rockland Voices: Highlights From the Permanent Collection of the HSRC Featuring WWI. At The Historical Society of Rockland County, 20 Zukor Rd, New City. Web: www.rocklandhistory.org.

Nyack Farmers’ Market
Thursdays through November 29
Held rain or shine, in Nyack’s Main Street parking lot. Free parking is available during Market hours in the Artopee lot adjacent to the Market. Street parking is always free in Nyack until 11:00am. For more information, go to https://www.nyackchamber.org/nyack-farmers-market/.

Orangetown Patriots Cheer & Football
All children, ages 5-14, who live in South Orangetown, Pearl River, Nanuet and North Bergen County, are welcome to play tackle football and cheer with Orangetown Patriots, a Pop Warner Team. Register online at www.orangetownpatriots.com and find us on Facebook! Looking for more information? Please contact: [email protected] (Cheer) or [email protected] (Football).

RoCA Summer Arts Day Camp 2018 – Registration Open!
Visit the RoCA website at www.rocklandartcenter.org or call 845-358-0877 for more information.

Town of Ramapo Challenger Center After-School Programs
The Challenger Center will be offering the following programs this spring: Lego We-Do Robotics (grades 1-3), Lego NXT Robotics (grades 4-8), Flight Simulator (ages 10+) and Computer Programming with Scratch (grades 2-5). Six-week sessions begin in April and May. For details, visit the LHVCC After-School programs webpage at www.ramapoparks.org.

Trailside Museums & Zoo, Bear Mountain State Park Summer Discovery Program
In 2018, make Trailside Discovery day program your child’s up-close and personal introduction to local wildlife and ecology. They will get their hands dirty and have fun! Through hands-on activities & exciting games, children will be immersed in the natural world in engaging and age-appropriate ways. Sessions are Monday through Thursday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Grades 1 through 8. A fee of $100 per session is due with registration. Maximum 15 children per session. If minimum enrollment is not met for any session, the session may be cancelled. For more information or to register, go to www.trailsidezoo.org/education/trailside-discovery-summer-program.

Village of Nyack Spring Recreation Programs
Village of Nyack Recreation Skateboarding Class starting soon! Open to residents and non-residents with time sessions for beginners and intermediate skaters (kindergarten-grade 8). Thursdays, May 24-June 14, in Nyack’s Skatepark at Memorial Park. For more information, go to: https://www.facebook.com/Village-of-Nyack-Recreation-Department-374316639402967/.

The Village of Nyack is offering an array of youth programs open to both residents and non-residents. Programs include: Kung Fu “Mini Dragons” with Sifu Tom McCusker at CMAEC Nyack; Beginner Tennis at Nyack High School; Basketball in Village of Nyack Memorial Park; Teen Aerial Yoga with Bella at Nyack Yoga; Dramarama with Jill Lobo Through Rivertown Music at American Legion Hall; and, Ukulele with Rivertown Music at American Legion Hall. For program details or to register, visit the Village of Nyack Parks & Recreation webpage at http://nyack-ny.gov/spring-2018-recreation-classes/. And brand-new: Questions? E-mail [email protected].