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District Notices

A regular meeting of the Board of Education will convene on Thursday, January 25 in the South Orangetown Middle School library, 160 Van Wyck Road, Blauvelt, NY, at 7:30pm. For safety purposes, when attending Board meetings or any other school function, please observe all parking regulations. Please do not park in the fire zones. Thank you for your cooperation.

Spring Driver’s Education classes are now enrolling. Mandatory orientation is January 18, 7:00pm, at Tappan Zee High School. For details, go to the Continuing Education page.

District & Community Events

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Marionettes & Dollhouse Exhibit
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays through February 25
12:00–4:00pm
Come visit The Historical Society of Rockland County’s 42nd Annual Holiday Exhibit, Joy & Peace. In addition to our traditional dollhouse and miniature displays, this year’s exhibit will showcase the marionettes hand-crafted by the late Paul Peabody of Upper Nyack. Admission is FREE weekdays and $5 on Sundays. At 20 Zukor Road, New City. Phone: (845)634-9629. Web: www.rocklandhistory.org.

Story & Craft
Thursdays: January 18 & 25; February 1, 8, 15 & 22
4:30–5:30pm
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. Please call (845) 359-4595 or come in to register. At the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library, 25 Flywheel Park West, Piermont. Web: piermontlibrary.org

Storytime at the Palisades Free Library!
Thursdays, January 18 & 25
11:00–11:30 am
Stories, songs, rhymes, puppets and movement for little ones ages 2 – 4 years with adult caregiver. Fun for all! No registration needed. At the Palisades Free Library, 19 Closter Road, Palisades, NY. Web: palisadeslibrary.org.

Book Buddies (for grades 1–3)
Thursday, January 18, 6:00– 7:00pm
Come talk about books with your friends at the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library, 25 Flywheel Park West, Piermont. Web: piermontlibrary.org Please call (845) 359-4595 or come in to register.

Toddler Story Time at the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Mondays: January 22 & 29; February 5, 12, & 26
10:15 & 11:15am
Stories, songs and play for toddlers and caregivers. At the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library, 25 Flywheel Park West, Piermont. Web: piermontlibrary.org

Page Turners: Family Book Club
Thursday, January 23, 6:30–8:00 pm
Love reading and want to share your thoughts with others? Join us for fun, relaxed discussions. Snacks will be served! For kids in Grades 4 -5 with participating adult caregiver. Register today and we’ll reserve your copy of the book to read before we meet. At the Palisades Free Library, 19 Closter Road, Palisades, NY. Register at the library or on online! Web: palisadeslibrary.org.

Kids Yoga
Friday, January 26, 4:30-5:30 pm
Certified yoga instructor Judy Levin will teach kids how to jump, stretch, and move into fun and healthy poses at the Tappan Library, 93 Main Street, Tappan.. Dress comfortably and bring a water bottle. Online registration required at www.taplib.org.

Practice SAT with the Princeton Review
Saturday, January 27, 12:30-4:30 pm
Grades 9-12
Take a free, full-length practice test and receive a personalized score report from the Princeton Review at the Tappan Library, 93 Main Street, Tappan. Bring 2 sharpened pencils, a calculator, and a drink and snack. Online registration required at www.taplib.org.

Valentine’s Day Craft – Sew a Pillow!
Thursday, Feb. 1, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. for Children in Grades 3 – 5
Boys and girls love to sew and will enjoy making a felt pillow to give as a gift, or to keep. At the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library, 25 Flywheel Park West, Piermont. Web: piermontlibrary.org. Please call (845) 359-4595 to register.

The Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratory Contest
Saturday, February 3, 7:00pm
The Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratory Contest which has been part of Nyack Center’s Black History Month Celebration for the past few years, will take place on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Nyack Center in Nyack, NY. We are seeking student contestants, ages 13- 20, from across the county to prepare and deliver a three- to five-minute segment of a speech, sermon or letter composed by Dr. Martin Luther King. Speeches will be judged on content, comprehension of the material, interpretation, ability to stay within the allotted time frame, and overall presentation delivery. In collaboration with the colleges of Rockland County and Nyack Center, local college scholarships of $1,000, $500, and $250 will be presented to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners respectively. Scholarship awards of $500, $300 and $250 will be presented to contest winners attending institutions outside of Rockland County. For more information, please contact Mrs. Drusilla Kinzonzi at [email protected].

Library Lovers Month Bookmark Craft
Thursday, February 8
6:00–7:30pm
For children grades K and up. Drop in to make special bookmarks that will be given to our patrons in celebration of Library Lovers Month. At the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library, 25 Flywheel Park West, Piermont. Web: piermontlibrary.org.

The Y February Fun Club
February 19-23
8:00am-6:00pm
*Register by February 9*
Carefully planned activities–including daily swimming, crafts and sports–for students in grades 1-5 at the Rockland County YMCA Nyack site supervised by trained YMCA staff. Tuition is $65 per day for YMCA members; $70 per day for non-members. Payment is due in full by February 9. A minimum of 10 children per day will be needed to hold the program. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. If enrollment is not sufficient by February 9 and we decide to cancel, tuition will be refunded. For more information contact: Alyssa Butterfield ([email protected] / 845.643.3056) or Kasey Lee ([email protected] / 845.727.0165)

Family Bingo
Friday, February 9
6:30–8:00pm
Kids ages 5 and up with an adult for snacks, prizes, and fun. At the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library, 25 Flywheel Park West, Piermont. Please call (845) 359-4595 to register.

Book Buddies
Thursday, February 15
6:00–7:00pm
For children in grades 1-3. Come talk about books with your friends at the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library, 25 Flywheel Park West, Piermont. Please call (845) 359-4595 to register.

Town of Orangetown Ski Trip to Ski Windham
Tuesday, February 20
Students must be in grade 7 or older to attend, unless accompanied by an adult. The trip will be supervised by Orangetown Recreation staff. Buses will depart from Veteran’s Memorial Park at 7:30am and return to the part at 7:30pm. Registration is accepted at the Recreation Office, Monday through Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm. The cost for skiing and bus = $75 for adults (age 18+) / $65.00 for students (age 17 and under). Beginner package is $89 and includes ticket, lesson, skis, boots and poles. Equipment rental for skiing or snowboarding is $34. Lessons are $28 per person. Payment by cash or check. For more information, please email [email protected] or call (845) 359-6503.

Monthly Music Together
Tuesday, February 20
11:45am
Music education for parents and young children at the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library, 25 Flywheel Park West, Piermont.

Champion Youth Cheer and Dance Program
*Register by February 20*
Our program includes a sense of team spirit, improved self-esteem, skill attainment, developing and demonstrating cheer and dance skills, along with creative expression. Students learn cheers, chants, forms and techniques, dance steps, voice projection and gain self-confidence and enjoy the camaraderie of being on a team. Youth Dance Program classes meet Tuesdays, January 23-April 10. Youth Cheerleading Program: Classes meet Saturdays, January 20-April 7 (no class 3/31). Registration deadline for programs is February 20. For more information, call 1 (800) 956-6956 or visit championyouth.org.

Town of Ramapo Challenger Center February Break Chess Camp
February 19-23
9:00am-3:00pm
For Grades K-6. Sign up for CHESS WIZARDS camp and get ready for tons of challenging chess lessons, exciting games, and cool prizes! You will learn to improve you chess skills, make new friends, and work out the most important and powerful part of your body – your brain! CHESS WIZARDS campers will participate in tournaments and fun team chess games, like bughouse, work on puzzles, and enjoy some recess time and snacks. Everyone receives a special CHESS WIZARDS T-shirt, trophy, and puzzle folder. Unleash your brain power and spend some of your holiday time with CHESS WIZARDS! Cost: $295 (includes all materials) For more information, visit the LHVCC website at http://lhvcc.com/ or call (845) 357-3416.

Do-It-Yourself Crafts for Kids
Thursday, February 22
3:00–5:00pm
All ages welcome accompanied by an adult. Drop in from 3:00-5:00pm for a fun, do-it-yourself craft project and snack at the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library, 25 Flywheel Park West, Piermont.

Family Movie Night featuring The Shaggy Dog
Thursday, February 22
8:00–9:40pm
At the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library, 25 Flywheel Park West, Piermont. Please call (845) 359-4595 to register.

Town of Ramapo Challenger Center After-School Programs
The Challenger Center will be offering the following programs this spring. Six-week sessions begin in January, March and May. For details, visit the LHVCC After-School programs webpage: http://lhvcc.com/afterschool.html

LEGO WE-DO ROBOTICS: Designed primarily for students in grades 1 – 3. Each session consists of six 1.0-hour classes. Students learn to build and program LEGO We-Do robots by creating models of simple machines and animals with easy-to-use intuitive drag-and-drop software. Cost: $70 (includes all materials)

LEGO NXT ROBOTICS: Designed primarily for students in grades 4 – 8. Each session consists of six 1.5-hour classes. Students learn to build and program autonomous LEGO NXT Mindstorms robots that use ultrasonic, touch, and light sensors to successfully perform a variety of challenging tasks. Students can collect and analyze data retrieved from the sensors they program and place on the robots. Cost: $105 (includes all materials)

FLIGHT SIMULATOR: Designed primarily for anyone age 10 and up. Each session consists of six 1.5-hour classes. Students learn what it is like to pilot an airplane by exploring the science of aerodynamics and the physics of flight. Using the cockpit flight instruments students perform takeoffs, fly designated routes, and land various types of aircraft. Cost: $105 (includes all materials)

Resource & Transition Fair
Wednesday, April 11
9:00am-2:00pm
This FREE Resource and Transition Fair is offered through Rockland BOCES and the Rockland Transition Consortium for families and students of all ages with an IEP or 504 Plan. The fair will be held at the Rockland Community College Field House, 145 College Road, Suffern. Contact Dawn Kitz at [email protected] or (845) 624-5833 for information.

• Meet representatives from a variety of agencies and educational institutions (including colleges) who will offer information and answer questions
• Explore post-secondary options including recreation, advocacy, education, employment training including job coaching, and more
• Learn about programs and resources offered by various agencies for adult day habilitation programs for those not going onto post-secondary education and employment
• Hourly presentations on various topics

Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation Classic Race 2018
Sunday, April 29
Run, roll, stroll 5K, 10K and Fun Run at Bowline Point Park in Haverstraw to proudly celebrate the inspirational athletic achievements of individuals of all abilities. Proceeds to benefit Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation. For information, call (845) 786-4269 or (845) 786-4114; or, email [email protected].