District Notices

A regular meeting/budget workshop of the Board of Education of the South Orangetown Central School District will convene on Thursday, March 29, 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.

The Spring 2018 Continuing Education catalog is available online!

District & Community Events

Click here for e-Backpack submission guidelines.
For parent workshops, resources and playgroups, click here to go to the Family Resources Center webpage.
Looking for PTA events, activities and updates? Click here to go to the PTA webpage.

Hudson Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Competition
Friday, March 23 – Sunday, March 25
Rockland Community College Field House
Student-built robots will take over the Eugene Levy Fieldhouse at Rockland Community College March 23-25, as more than 1,000 students from 40 local and international teams will compete in the second annual FIRST Robotics Competition’s Hudson Valley Regional. The highly-anticipated, three-day tournament brings a series of high-stakes, high-intensity robotic competitions to the Hudson Valley. In addition to South Orangetown BOTZ–Tappan Zee High School’s own rookie FRC team–other participating local high school teams include Carmel, Clarkstown North, Clarkstown South, Nanuet, New Rochelle, Ossining, Putnam Valley, Yonkers, and Yorktown. This event is free and open to the public.

**On Saturday, March 24, from 12:00-4:00pm, there will be a Science & Technology College and Career Expo and family showcase on-site with free, hands-on activities for all grades.** For more information: https://www.nycfirst.org/hvregional2018

TZHS Track & Field Booster Club’s 7th Annual Flying Dutchmen 5K
Saturday, March 24
Tappan Zee High School
Come out and join the South Orangetown running community in racing or walking to support the Tappan Zee Cross Country and Track & Field programs! Check-in is 8:00-8:45am; kids (ages 8 & under) run around the track at 8:45am; and the 5K race/walk starts at 9:15am. Timing will be provided by FAT (Fulton Accurate Timing). There will be age group and overall female and male awards. Early registration is $20 and must be received by March 21. Kids’ race is free! First 150 registered runners and walkers will receive a short sleeve T-shirt. All kids’ run participants will receive medals. Late and race day registration will be $25 (cash or check) but not guaranteed t-shirts. Registration forms are available in the Athletics Office. Questions? Contact Pat Driscoll at [email protected].

Cropsey Farm Junior Farmers’ Summer Camp Open House
Sunday, March 25
Cropsey Farm, 220 S. Little Tor Road, New City
Rockland Farm Alliance’s Cropsey Farm will be hosting an Open House for it’s Junior Farmers’ Summer Camp which will run August 6-17. Children ages 5-10 will be introduced to sustainable agriculture and healthy living through play, scientific discovery, planting, harvesting, cooking and crafts on the farm. For more information, contact [email protected] or visit www.rocklandfarm.org.

Toddler Story Time at the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Mondays, April 2-30
10:15am and 11:15am
Stories, songs, and playtime for toddlers and caregivers.

Babysitter Training & Certification at the Tappan Library
Monday, April 2 & Wednesday, April 4
For grades 6-12. Learn from the experts and receive Red Cross certification. Must attend both sessions. Register in the library. $25 fee.

Animals Around the World
Tuesday, April 3
Meet a variety of animals from across the globe! Online registration required at www.taplib.org.

Crazy Self-Portraits at the Tappan Library
Thursday, April 5
For grades K-5. Make a very different kind of self-portrait using recycled materials. Online registration required at www.taplib.org.

DIY Craft at the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Thursday, April  5
Drop-in 4:30-6:30pm
All ages welcome, accompanied by an adult, for crafts and snacks.

Family Movie Night Featuring Wonder (PG, 1 hour and 53 minutes)
Thursday, April  5
Call to register: (845) 359-4595.

Kids Yoga at the Tappan Library
Friday, April 6
For grades K-5. Hop, jump, bend, and stretch into fun and healthy poses! Online registration required at www.taplib.org.

Resource & Transition Fair
Wednesday, April 11
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. Participants will have the opportunity to: 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 learn about programs and resources offered by various agencies for adult day habilitation programs for those not going onto post-secondary education and employment.

Story & Craft at the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Thursdays, April 12-26
4:30–5:30 p.m.
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.

LEGO Lab at the Tappan Library
Friday, April 13
For grades K-5. You bring your imagination, we’ll supply the LEGOs! Online registration required at www.taplib.org.

Monthly Music Together at the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Tuesday, April 17
Music education for parents and young children.

Earth Day Celebration at the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Thursday, April 19
Children are invited to use recycled material to make masterpieces and eat some yummy dessert! Call to register: (845) 359-4595.

Family Bingo at the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Friday, April 20
For ages 4 and up, with an adult, for snacks, prizes and fun. Call to register: (845) 359-4595.

Star Wars Origami
Friday, April 27
For grades 4-8. In anticipation of Star Wars Day, create your favorite characters from folded paper. Online registration required at www.taplib.org.

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].

A Perfect Storm: The Opioid and Prescription Drug Epidemic
Tuesday, May 1 at 7pm
Casa Mia Manor House, 577 Route 303, Blauvelt
For parents and students in Grade 7 and older. Keynote speaker: Craig Vedder, New York State Trooper, School and Community Outreach. Panel of speakers includes: Tom Zugibe, Rockland County District Attorney; Shari Ovadia, LCSW; Jonathan, a young man in recovery; Orangetown Police Department Captain Donald Butterworth; Family Advocate Randi Kelder. The event will be moderated by Victoria Shaw. Co-sponsored by SOCASA, South Orangetown Central School District, Pearl River School District, Rockland County Office of the District Attorney, Orangetown Police Department and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.


Kamikaze Kanoers Registration Open
The Kamikaze Kanoers, a competitive Girl Scout canoe racing team, is enrolling new members. Team members will learn canoeing skills and create friendships that last a lifetime. Girls who are not currently Girl Scouts are welcome to join the team. (They will become registered girl scouts when they join the team.) Practices are held at Camp Addison Boyce in Tomkins Cove, generally on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4pm-6:30pm starting March 19 through race weekend. To race, girls must be between 11 and 18 years old on race day. For more information, contact For information please contact Patty Zollinger ([email protected]) or Jeannie Raumberger ([email protected]) or visit the team website: http://janetreubig.com/kamikaze/Kamikaze/Welcome.html.

Challenger Center Mini Space Camp
Tuesday, April 3 – Thursday, April 5
For kids in grades K – 4. Morning (9am–noon) and afternoon (1-4pm) sessions available. For more information, call (845) 357-3416 or go to www.ramapoparks.org/page/spring-mini-space-camp-65.html.

Champion Youth Cheer Program
Our program includes a sense of team spirit, improved self-esteem, skill attainment, developing and demonstrating cheer 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. Classes every Saturday, April 14–July 28, at Clarkstown Reformed Church, 107 Strawtown Road, West Nyack. New students and Level 1, Ages 4-8 at 1:00-1:40; New students and Level 2, Ages 9-13 at 1:45 – 2:25. For more information, call 1 (800) 956-6956 or visit championyouth.org.

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.