South Orangetown Central School District

Family Engagement Center

Upcoming Events and Programs

Online Course: Growth Mindset for Parents
Ongoing | FREE
Log on to learn about growth mindset! To begin this free course for parents, click on the following link: https://www.mindsetkit.org/growth-mindset-parents.

Family Engagement Center Grand Opening
Thursday, October 18 | 6:30pm
South Orangetown Middle School
Meet Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services Dr. Karen Tesik to tour the new Center and learn about the K-12 programs and services offered!

SOCES Science Family Fun Night
Wednesday, October 24 | 5:00pm & 6:00pm
William O. Schaefer Elementary School
South Orangetown elementary school families are invited to participate in this fun, K-5 event. Advance registration required. Registration information will be sent to families from William O. Schaefer Elementary School and Cottage Lane Elementary School.

Community Blood Drive
Thursday, November 1 | 8:30am-8:30pm
Tappan Zee High School Gym
Roll your sleeves up, South Orangetown! Tappan Zee High School is hosting this community blood drive for the New York Blood Center. All students, staff and community members ages 16 and older may participate.  All student donors require parental permission. Parent permission forms may be downloaded from the New York Blood Center website at http://nybloodcenter.org/donate-blood/become-donor/can-i-donate-blood/. Donors may sign up online at www.nybloodcenter.org.  Walk-ins are always welcome!

PreK Playgroup
Wednesday, November 7 | 9:30am & 10:30am
Family Engagement Center
Come meet other South Orangetown families with toddlers and preschoolers! Free and open to all South Orangetown residents with children ages 2-4.

SOCES Tech Toys & Gadgets Family Fun Night
Wednesday, November 14 | 5:00pm & 6:00pm
Cottage Lane Elementary School
South Orangetown elementary school families are invited to participate in this fun, K-5 event. Advance registration required. Registration information will be sent to families from William O. Schaefer Elementary School and Cottage Lane Elementary School.

Fall Parent Book Group Meeting: “The Talent Code”
Monday, November 26 | 7:00pm
SOMS Library
Join other SOCSD parents for a conversation about “The Talent Code” by Daniel Coyle. Copies are available for borrowing in the FEC! Advance registration required; sign-up information will be posted in mid-November.

Piermont Chamber of Commerce Holiday Festival Benefiting FEC
Sunday, December 2 | 1:00-5:00pm
Village of Piermont
The Piermont Chamber of Commerce has selected the Family Engagement Center as the beneficiary of its annual Holiday Festival!

Pre-K Playgroup
Wednesday, December 5 | 9:30am & 10:30am
Family Engagement Center
Come meet other South Orangetown families with toddlers and preschoolers! Free and open to all South Orangetown residents with children ages 2-4.

About the FEC

The South Orangetown Family Engagement Center (FEC) promotes active parent involvement to support student success, from pre-K through graduation. All programs and services are offered at no cost and include:

Parent Education

  • Workshops on topics of interest, offered in partnership with our schools
  • 1:1 and small group training sessions on topics requested by parents or schools to help families better access school district tools and resources
  • Online classes about growth mindset, executive function and more
  • Book group discussions focused on education and parenting

Playgroups

  • Monthly playgroups for South Orangetown families with children ages 2-4
  • Hour-long sessions meet at 9:30am and 10:30am on the first Wednesday of each month

Drop-In Resource Center

  • Get referrals to community agencies and information about college, careers and internship opportunities
  • Computer access available for families

The South Orangetown Family Engagement Center (FEC) is part of the Rockland 21C Collaborative for Children and Youth, whose mission is to ensure the optimal development of every child by building a comprehensive support system that links family, school and community.

Contact

Family Resource Center
South Orangetown Middle School
160 Van Wyck Road, Room 309
Blauvelt, NY 10913

Karen Tesik, Ed.D.
Interim Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services
(845) 680-1025