A regular meeting of the Board of Education of the South Orangetown Central School District will convene at 6:30PM on Thursday, October 21 in the South Orangetown Middle School Library at 160 Van Wyck Road, Blauvelt, New York, at which time it is anticipated the Board of Education will move immediately into Executive Session to discuss matters pertaining to lease agreements, to receive advice from legal counsel and to discuss matters pertaining to the employment history of a particular individual. The public meeting will reconvene at approximately 7:30PM, followed by a Board workshop at 7:45PM. Please note that there is no public commentary during Board of Education workshops.
- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masking is mandatory, regardless of vaccination status, for all indoor school district activities and events, effective August 30, 2021. (See Board Policy 5300 – District Code of Conduct Responsibilities of Students and Conduct of Visitors).
- View Board Policy 1230 – Public Participation at Board Meetings. Please note that there is no public commentary during Board of Education workshops.
The Board of Education is currently reviewing school district policies. Click here to go to the Policies Under Review webpage.
SOCSD American Rescue Plan (ARP)/Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act Funding Proposal
Posted July 1, 2021
As stated during the 2021-22 budget presentation, the District has been allocated $3,696,781 from the SOCSD American Rescue Plan (ARP)/ Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act – Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. This is a grant-funded program better known as the ARP/CRRSA ESSER Monies. The District will be spending these funds based on the draft plan that was previously presented to parents and community members. The majority of this grant is targeted to provide services and supports to students to address learning loss and regression and mental health at all four schools. These supports will run in the summer and throughout the school year and allow every student an opportunity to participate.
- The District has specifically targeted monies to provide additional support for students in the area of reading at the elementary levels.
- The District is also looking to provide ongoing access to the new instructional tools that students learned to use and found highly engaging, including those for social emotional learning.
- SOCSD is also seeking to recoup monies expended related to COVID-19 including, but not limited to, cost of required health and safety training, contact tracing, daily screening tools, cleaning supplies and provision of free school meal service.
- The District will also recoup monies incurred by purchasing technology equipment for staff and students.
- The ARP/CRSSA GEER monies are targeted to:
- Provide direct support for academic needs at the secondary level through the creation of a student academic support center where students can drop in to request assistance at any time during the day. This will be partnered with the new Tappan Zee High School Counseling Center.
- To provide additional reading support at the secondary level.
- To expand fall/spring learning institutes.
Public comment on the proposed use of ARP funding ended on August 20, 2021; CRRSA/ESSER and GEER 2 funds ended on June 15, 2021.
For Rockland County Department of Health flu clinics, visit the RCDOH website at rocklandgov.com/departments/health/programs-and-services/flu/.
The Rockland County Department of Health posts information regarding upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinics for those ages 12+ on its website at rocklandgov.com/departments/health/coronavirus-covid-19.
From the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Are you a homeowner or renter who was affected by the recent disaster? First, file a claim with your insurance company. Then, see if you are eligible to receive disaster assistance by:
- Going online to DisasterAssistance.gov.
- Or calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available.
The Rockland County Disaster Recovery Center is open from 8AM to 7PM every day. It is located at Orangetown Soccer Club Complex, 175 Old Orangeburg Road, Orangeburg, NY 10962.
District & Community Events
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2nd Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest
Pumpkin pickup October 18–24
Photo submissions due by October 26
Voting will take place on October 27 & 28
Everyone is welcome: Palisades Free Library presents its second annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest! Decorate your pumpkin to represent a book character, title, author, quote, or cover! You may use paper, glue, paint, markers, or any other craft supplies to decorate your pumpkin. Winners from each age group will be announced October 29 and will receive a PRIZE! More information at palisadeslibrary.org.
Graphic Novel Book Club & Author Talk: The Witches of Brooklyn by Sophie Escabasse
Thursday, October 21, 4:30PM–5:30PM (book discussion – in person)
Thursday, October 28, 4:30PM–5:15PM (author talk – virtual)
Ages 7-12: Join the Graphic Novel Book Club and discuss The Witches of Brooklyn by Sophie Escabasse. This Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year Selection for 2021 tells the adventures of a young witch discovering her powers. Discuss the book with the group on October 21 and tune in for a virtual chat with the book’s author on October 28. Copies of the book will be available to borrow at the library beginning October 1. Register at palisadeslibrary.org.
Young (and Adult!) Explorers Nature Hikes
Sunday, October 24, 8:30–11:00AM at Harriman State Park or Kakiat Park
Grades 3-8 and parents/guardians: Discover nature, make new friends, and have fun! On these exploratory hikes, we will be looking at various forms of life in the forest, from plants and trees to birds and bugs. We will learn about the delicate ecosystem in which the forest exists and how various life forms interact and depend on each other for their survival. Parents/guardians are invited to join separate guided hikes with Dominican College Professor, Dr. Regina Alvarez. Cost is $10 per family. This event is sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County. Learn more & register at http://rocklandcce.org/events/2021/05/02/young-and-adult-explorers-nature-hike.
Wednesday, October 27, 5:00PM-5:30PM
Wear your costume for a special evening storytime with Miss Kimberly. Lots of Halloween fun! For more information and to register, visit www.orangeburglibrary.org.
Take & Make Ghost Windsock
Thursday, October 28, starting at 11:00AM
Ages 3+: Create a whimsical ghost windsock for Halloween! Hang it up inside and allow the streamers to float over your heads. Craft kits will be available for pickup in the vestibule on the day of the program. Register at palisadeslibrary.org.
Eyes of the Wild: Creepy Crawlies
Thursday, October 28, 6:30PM-7:30PM
Meet some animals LIVE at the Manse Barn in Tappan, NY! For more information and to register, visit www.orangeburglibrary.org.
How to Write a Great College Application Essay (Virtual)
Monday, November 1, 7:00PM-8:00PM
Come learn the basics of great admissions essays and some techniques to jump-start your writing from Dr. Dominique Padurano, President of Crimson Coaching™, an elite tutoring, test prep and college counseling firm. Register at www.orangeburglibrary.org.
Impact Projects: How to Stand Out During the College Application Process (Virtual)
Monday, November 22, 7:00PM-8:00PM
Dr. Dominique Padurano, President of Crimson Coaching™, returns for another virtual program to help teens and families stand out during the college admissions process. Register at www.orangeburglibrary.org.
The Rockland YMCA will resume before and after school childcare programs for South Orangetown students starting September 2021. For information or to register, visit the YMCA’s School Age Child Care webpage or call (845) 727-1037.
Ages 3-5 with an adult: Shake your sillies out with stories, songs, parachute play, and more. Register at tappanlibrary.org.
Infants to 2 years with an adult: Have fun with your little one with music, puppets, scarves and a short book. Register at tappanlibrary.org.
Arduino Programming (Virtual)
Ages 11+: Learn how to construct and program an Arduino circuit board for real-world use. Participants will be loaned an Arduino kit for hands-on experience for this 8-week virtual program. Register at tappanlibrary.org.
Robotics, Programming and Flight Simulation STEM After-School Programs
Sessions throughout October, November and December
Ranging from grades 1-adult: The Town of Ramapo Challenger Center is offering a wide variety of after-school programs including Lego Academy, Ozobot & Sphero Robotics, Flight Simulator and Computer Programming with Scratch! For information about programs and sessions, visit http://www.ramapoparks.org/page/after-school-programs–37.html.
Teen Advisory Board
Thursdays (monthly) – begins November 4, 3:30PM-4:30PM
Grades 6-12: Help plan programming, make displays, and suggest book titles to add to the collection. Earn an hour of community service. Register at www.orangeburglibrary.org
Virtual Snacking with Erika
Mondays (monthly) – begins November 8, 4:30PM-5:15PM
Grades K-5: Erika Goldstein from ShopRite of Northvale will show how to make a fun, healthy, and delicious fruit & vegetable Thanksgiving turkey, and a fruit cornucopia. Register at www.orangeburglibrary.org.
Teen Leadership Rockland
Designated Tuesdays, 6:00–8:15PM from November 9 to May 17
Various locations within Rockland County
Grade 10: Develop leadership skills and connect with peers and community leaders through interactive seminars. Financial and transportation assistance is available for families with demonstrated need. The application deadline is October 11. Cost is $175. This program is sponsored by Leadership Rockland and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County. Learn more and register at http://rocklandcce.org/youth/teen-leadership-rockland.
Teen Book Chats
Wednesdays (monthly) – begins November 10, 5:00PM-6:00PM
Grades 6-12: Attention all readers! Our teen librarian, Kathleen, will be hosting an informal monthly book chat. Come to discuss what you’ve been reading: good, bad, or other. Or discuss books you’ve been wanting to read! This program will count as one hour of community service. Register at www.orangeburglibrary.org.