In light of the declaration of Statewide and local States of Emergency pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor issued Executive Order 202.1, which has since been extended, suspending certain requirements of the Open Meetings Law, including the provision that the public be allowed to attend in person. Additionally, Board members are permitted to attend meetings through conference call or videoconference without giving the public the right to attend at any in-district or remote location.
A special meeting of the Board of Education of the South Orangetown Central School District will convene on Tuesday, April 20 at 8:00AM to vote on the BOCES 2021-2022 Budget and Election of BOCES Board Members. This meeting will be a virtual-audio only meeting and may be viewed on the SOCSD Events YouTube channel. The trustees will participate remotely, but the public may not attend at any of remote locations. Public comment will not be permitted; however, community members may email the Board of Education any time at [email protected].
A meeting of the Finance Council is scheduled for Wednesday, April 21 at 6:30PM. Members of the Board of Education are anticipated to be in attendance, however no action will be taken at this meeting. This meeting will be a virtual-audio only meeting and may be viewed on the SOCSD Events YouTube channel.
The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the South Orangetown Central School District will convene on Thursday, April 22 at 6:30PM, at which time it is anticipated the Board of Education will move immediately into Executive Session to discuss the employment history of particular individuals and to receive advice from legal counsel. The public meeting will reconvene at 7:30PM. This meeting will be a virtual-audio only meeting and may be viewed on the SOCSD Events YouTube channel. The trustees will participate remotely, but the public may not attend at any of remote locations. Public comment will not be permitted; however, community members may email the Board of Education any time at [email protected].
ANNUAL BUDGET VOTE AND BOARD ELECTION
The annual budget vote and election of board members will take place on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. On June 30, 2021, the term of office expires for Board Member Thomas Henry. Nominating petitions will be available in the District Clerk’s office beginning Monday, March 1, 2021. The number of signatures needed on a candidate’s petition is 32 (2% of the 2019 voting population). Petitions must be submitted to the Office of the District Clerk no later than 5:00PM on Monday, April 19, 2021. For more information, contact Kathy Muscari at (845) 680-1012.
The Board of Education is currently reviewing school district policies. Click here to go to the Policies Under Review webpage.
District & Community Events
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Craft-to-Go: Rainbow Tambourine
Pick up: April 8-14
Ages 2-5: Spring means blue skies, green grass, and flowers in every color! Pick up supplies between Apr. 8-14 to create a colorful tambourine. Then join us via Zoom on Thurs. April 15 at 1pm for a rainbow-themed storytime. Register at tappanlibrary.org to receive a Zoom link.
PreK Zumbini (Virtual)
Friday, April 9, 11AM
Join certified instructor Miss Lauren for a special Zumba program created just for little ones! Zumbini combines music, dance, and educational tools for bonding, learning, and fun! Register at tappanlibrary.org to receive a Zoom link.
Virtual Snacking with Erika
Monday, April 12, 4:30-5:00PM
Grades K-5: Erika Goldstein from ShopRite of Northvale ShopRite of Northvale will show us how to make a fun, healthy, and yummy snack! Register at orangeburglibrary.org for Zoom information and ingredients so you can make your own.
Kids Art Class (Virtual)
Tuesday, April 13, 5PM
Grades 1-5: Pick up supplies between April 6-13. Then join Ms. Alexis in a virtual art class (project TBA). Register at tappanlibrary.org to receive a Zoom link.
Plastic Wrap Stained Glass
Monday, April 19, 4:30-5:00PM
Grades 3-5: Make some beautiful stained glass art using plastic wrap. Register at orangeburglibrary.org for Zoom information and supply list.
How to Craft a College List (Virtual)
Monday, April 26, 6:30PM
Grades 9-12 and Parents: Making a list of schools to visit and apply to can be overwhelming. College application coach Dr. Dominique Padurano will discuss how to come up with a list that’s both academically and financially realistic. Register at tappanlibrary.org to receive a Zoom link.
LEGO Book & Build Challenge (Virtual)
Friday, April 30, 4:30PM
Ages 5+: Each month we’ll share a story and then give a building challenge based on the book. Work with LEGOs, Duplos, or blocks at home–then show off your creation and continue the tale! Register at tappanlibrary.org to receive a Zoom link.
Here Comes the Fun: Nyack Celebrates the Season With ‘Spring Fling’
Through Sunday, June 20
After a tough winter and ongoing battle with the pandemic, Nyack is thawing out and planning lots of fun activities for families, friends and kids of all ages. Now underway, the event runs for 13 weeks, and is presented by Montefiore Nyack Hospital, along with an energetic group of leading Nyack businesses and civic organizations. Masks and social distancing required. Information at the Visit Nyack website.
The Town of Orangetown Parks and Recreation Department is hosting special outdoor events in addition to its regular spring programming. Please click on this link below to view spring programs and find out more about Bike NY, a learn-to-bike program; Movies in the Park, a Friday night movie series; Orange Bike Road, a family biking event; and Gone Fishing, a catch-and-release learn to fish program.
4-H Beginner Dog Training for Youth
Saturdays, May 1 – 22, 10:00am – 11:00am (Rain Date: Wednesday evening, May 26)
Outside at 10 Patriot Hills Drive, Stony Point, NY 10980
Ages 8-18: This foundation training class employs positive training methods that reward desirable behaviors to help your dog learn in a humane way. These methods foster a trusting and closer bond between owners and their dogs. Learn from a professional dog trainer:
- Canine body language and how it can help you to understand what your dog is saying to you.
- How to communicate clearly with your dog through the use of a reward marker.
- How to teach your dog to pay attention to you, come when called, sit, down, stand, and walk politely on leash.
Cost: $80. Financial assistance is available to those with demonstrated need. Sponsored by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County and Four Paws Guidance Dog Training. Contact Kristin Ruggiero, (845) 429-7085 x 103, [email protected]. More information online at: http://rocklandcce.org/events/2021/05/01/beginner-dog-training-for-youth.
Free ESL Virtual Workshops for Adults
Practice basic English, listening and speaking skills in an information conversation group with ESL instructor, Linda B. Lopez. Register at orangeburglibrary.org for Zoom information.
Ages 5 and under: Innovative music and movement program with Miss Catherine. Register at orangeburglibrary.org for Zoom information.
Preschool Storytime (Virtual)
Ages 3-5 years: Enjoy a picture book and have fun singing and dancing. Online registration required at tappanlibrary.org.
Toddler Storytime (Virtual)
Ages 19 months to 2 years: Songs, puppets, and silliness for toddlers. Online registration required at tappanlibrary.org.
Baby Storytime (Virtual)
Infants to 18 months: Music and movement for little ones. Online registration required at tappanlibrary.org.