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Welcome to the EPTA of the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns

The Elementary Parent Teacher Association is a 100% volunteer organization made up of Parents and Teachers that supplies valuable resources and funding to support all types of school programs.

This web site was created to provide information about the EPTA, its officers, events and programs. We invite you to join our organization and are always looking for volunteers to support our efforts. Join the EPTA and make your child's experience in school an even more memorable one for yourself and your children.

Upcoming Events and News...

Support The Public Schools of the Tarrytowns:
An Action Plan!

The Lower Westchester Education Consortium (LWEC) is currently launching a letter-writing campaign to reach out to our legislators and Governor with our concerns.

Please review the four letters below about the issues that threaten to compromise our children's education, and – if you agree send one or more letters to our state leaders. It is critical that our representatives hear your voice!  The legislators need to know that parents do not want their children to lose valuable programs because of their inaction. Please tell our legislators to ACT NOW! 

  1. Tax Levy Cap
  2. Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) legislation
  3. Unfunded Mandates
  4. Meaningful local control of our schools.

Thank you for your participation in this important campaign!

Learn More About How You Can Help! >

Third Annual Read Out @ Warner

Saturday, February 2, 2013, 10:00 – 4:00 PM |  Warner Library – Children's Room

Time to read! Join us for a day of reading, fun, and surprises as we celebrate reading and raise money for the Children's Room. Open to all kids in grades K-5. Bring your own books, choose from the library's collection, listen to one of the guest readers, come read to younger children, or have a parent read to you!

Gather sponsors, who can pledge to donate an amount per hour that you spend in the library reading, or a lump sum.

All proceeds will go towards the Warner Library Children's Room.

Thank you in advance for your support!

For more information and the sponsor sheet, download the flyer below!


Rivertown Parents: Building the Bridge Between School and Home

Math Facts for Grown-Ups

Tuesday, November 27th [cancelled due to weather, new date TBD]
Dobbs Ferry Middle School/High School Cafeteria  |  505 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry

The EPTA of the Tarrytowns, in partnership with Rivertown Parents invites you to “Math Facts for Grown-Ups,” a refresher on math skills and simple strategies to help your child with math at home for parents and caregivers of children in grades one through five.

The evening will be hosted by Josh Rosen, Math Specialist K-6 for the Dobbs Ferry School District.

The workshop will focus on various ways that parents can help their children develop fluency with basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Participants will learn games and activities that can easily be played at home, as well as strategies to help students develop automaticity with these facts. Come ready to do math and leave with strategies that can be immediately applied at home.

Admission is free, all are welcome, Spanish translation will be provided.

For more information, download the flyer below!


Rivertown Parents Kick-Off Event:
How Rivertown Parents Can Get Their Kids the Education They Deserve

Wednesday, October 17th  |  7:00 pm  |  Rotunda at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry

Keynote Speaker: Peg Tyre, author of the best-selling book “The Good School: How Smart Parents Get Their Kids the Education They Deserve”

7pmMeet and Greet Rivertown School Superintendents:
Dr. Lauren Allan, Ardsley Union Free School District
Dr. Lisa Brady, Dobbs Ferry Union Free School District
Dr. Roy Montesano, Hastings on Hudson Union Free School District
Dr. Kristopher Harrison, Irvington Union Free School District
Dr. Howard Smith, Public Schools of the Tarrytowns

7:30pm – 9pm — Lecture Followed by Q&A.
Join us to discuss with your school leaders how to get the most out of your child’s public school education:
• Learn how to constructively engage teachers, administrators and school boards
• Find out what you should be looking for in your school's reading and math curricula
• Learn smarter ways to sift through educational research and apply it to your school
• Meet parents and educators from the surrounding communities

Moderated by Irvington resident and author, Allison Gilbert

Brought to you by Rivertown Parents, a group established in 2012, comprised of the parent-teacher-student associations of the Rivertown school districts and Mercy College. The mission of Rivertown Parents is to promote and foster communication in the Rivertowns among parents, children and their schools and to provide educational resources to the community at large.

Admission is Free. All Are Welcome.

For more information, download the flyer below!


Take the Superintendent Survey!

Since our current superintendent, Dr. Howard Smith, has announced his resignation, the search is on to find his replacement.

The District has created a short survey to gather information from parents and the community about what qualities they feel are most important in our next superintendent.

Please take a moment to complete the survey below and tell them what you want!



The Public Schools of the Tarrytowns is no longer a District In Need of Improvement!

Recently, the New York State Department of Education informed our district that we are now considered a District in Good Standing, and no longer bear the stigma of being a District In Need of Improvement.

The change was made for two reasons. First, our test scores from the past year showed improvement over the year before, and second, due to the waiver that New York State was granted by the Federal Government with regards to the No Child Left Behind Act, New York altered the way districts and schools were graded, moving from strict scores to measures of growth.

We already knew that our district was a model district, indeed it has been singled out by the U.S. Department of Education for its successful graduation rate, and now we no longer have the flawed District In Need of Improvement label hanging over our heads.

How's that for a nice Back to School present!


Spring Science Challenge:
“Build and Fire a Trebuchet
(counterweight catapult)
Saturday, June 2nd |  9:00 am-12:00 noon  |  SHHS Cafeteria

The Challenge:
You and your team will construct a trebuchet and fire projectiles at toy soldiers.

2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students and their parents

Work in teams to build an actual trebuchet
Learn the physics of a trebuchet and a catapult
Compete against other teams and win prizes

For more information or to sign up, please contact:
Val Dugan at val@duganhome.com or 914-841-0005 (please leave a message).

Teams must sign up by May 14th!
We have limited spots and will be happy to organize teams for people who sign up individually.

Sponsored by the EPTA and the SHHS Science Honor Society

For more information, download the flyer below!



Rivertown Parents Survey: We Need Your Feedback!

The Tarrytown EPTA has joined a consortium consisting of Mercy College and parent-teacher-student associations from Dobbs Ferry, Hastings, and Irvington to form Rivertown Parents at Mercy College.

The purpose of Rivertown Parents is to foster stronger parent education in the Rivertowns, and to pool resources to offer a wide range of programs to all of our constituents.

Please take a moment to fill out the brief survey so that we can tailor a series of parenting lectures and workshops to better serve our communities.

Please return the survey by email to tarrytownepta@gmail.com or you can drop off a copy at your child's school.

Thank you for your time and feedback.


Get Ready for March Math Madness
Saturday, March 3, 10 and 17  |  9:00 am-12:00 noon  |  Washington Irving School

Join your friends for three Saturday mornings of fun math games with snacks and prizes. Play KenKen, Yahtzee, Multiplication Baseball, Egg-O and more…

Free for all WI Students!

RSVP by February 29th.

Sponsored by the District Task Force of the Tarrytown.

For more information and the registration form, download the flyer below!


Race to Nowhere (FREE Screening)
Tuesday, February 7th  |  7:00 pm  |  Sleepy Hollow High School Auditorium

This award-winning film explores the effects of the pressures of the achievement culture prevalent within the US educational system on students, teachers, and parents, and raises interesting questions about whether the high expectations placed on our children are beneficial or even necessary.

The film will be shown with Spanish subtitles, and a panel discussion with the District administration, a representative from the school board, and others will follow the screening.

This free screening is sponsored by the EPTA and PTSA.

For more information on the film, view the e-postcard and visit the website at www.racetonowhere.com!

Reserve your free tickets now!


Help Create “Class Baskets” for the Annual Auction
Please send in donations by February 28, 2012  |  Washington Irving School

The Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns annual dinner dance and auction is March 31, 2012. This is the district's largest fundraiser and the money raised from this event goes right back to all of our district schools from grades
pre-k through 12.

Please help us by donating new items for the following "class basket" themes:

3rd Grade – Kitchen Helper
Baking pans, kitchen tools (spoons, spatulas, grater, juicer, timer, peeler, spreaders, measuring cups and spoons), solid colored dishtowels, hot pads and aprons, refrigerator magnets, salt and pepper shakers, spices, cake mixes, cutting boards, reusable shopping bags.

4th Grade – Outdoor Fun
Balls, sidewalk chalk, beach and pool toys, knee, wrist and elbow pads, helmets, bubbles, horseshoes, ring toss, frisbees, cones, sunscreen, sprinkler, slip n slide.

5th Grade – Family Garden
Terra cotta pots, other planting pots, seeds, bulbs, garden gloves, aprons, garden stool, knee pad, trowel, shears, fork, weeder, gardening books, garden journal, hats.

The "class baskets" will be auctioned off at the Foundation's annual dinner dance and auction, and the money raised will go directly back to all the students in our school district.

Donation boxes are located in Dr. Hand's office. You or your student can drop off items during school hours.

Thank you for your help!
Visit our Website at www.tufsd.org/foundation. to learn more about the Foundation.

For more information, download the flyer below!


Stay Cozy, Save Money: A Family Energy Fair
Saturday, February 4  |  10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  |  John Paulding School

Stop by to get information on lowering your electricity and
heating bills
for renters and homeowners. Presentations by Con Edison, NY energy agencies and local businesses.Plus environmental action projectscoming out ofour schools.

Enjoy Jilly Puppets performances, knitting workshops by Flying Fingers and a Pedal-a-Watt energy bike — see how much energy you can make!

Free refreshments for all.

Co-sponsored with the EPTA, TEAC and SHEAC

For more information, download the flyer below!


Second Annual Read Out @ Warner
Saturday, January 21, 2012, 10:00 – 2:00 PM |  Warner Library – Children's Room

Join us for a day of reading, fun, and surprises as we celebrate reading and raise money for the Children's Room. Open to all kids in grades K-5. Bring your own books, choose from the library's collection, listen to one of the guest readers, come read to younger children, or have a parent read to you!

Gather sponsors, who can pledge to donate an amount per hour that you spend in the library reading, or a lump sum.

All proceeds will go towards the Warner Library Children's Room.

For more information and the sponsor sheet, download the flyer below!



Legislative Advocacy:
How it Relates to Our School Budget

Thursday, December 1, 2011  |  7:30 pm  |  Sleepy Hollow High School Auditorium

As we prepare next year's budget, come to learn about all the entities, legislations and regulations that affect us and how you can become involved in the process. Presentation by Lisa Davis, Executive Director of The Westchester Putnam School Boards Association.

Sponsored by the Board of Education, EPTA, PTSA, and SEPTA.

This event is free and open to the public.
Spanish Translation will be provided.

For more information, download the flyer below!


Sleepy Gear for the Holidays!
Order by Wednesday, November 30  |  Return Form Below to Your Child's Teacher

The EPTA is taking orders on hoodies, long-sleeved t-shirts and flannel pajama bottoms all printed with the Sleepy Hollow logo! Orders will be placed and delivered to your child's class to be sent home in their back packs.
They make great gifts!

Order your Sleepy Gear today!

Please download and return the form below with your payment (cash or checks payable to the EPTA of the Tarrytowns) to your child's homeroom teacher by November 30th.


The EPTA and A Nu Toy Store Toy Drive
November 28 – December 17, 2011 |  A Nu Toy Store |  36.5 Main St., Tarrytown

Help Open Door Family Medical Centers ensure that children of less fortunate families in our neighborhoods receive a brand new toy or gift this holiday season. Please donate a new toy for our youngest patients, ages newborn to 14 years old.

Bring joy this holiday season. Please donate a new toy!

For more information, download the flyer below!


Family Science Night

Wednesday, November 16  |  6:15 pm to 8:15 pm  |  Sleepy Hollow High School

For All Students In Kindergarten Through 5th Grade And Their Parents

The EPTA and the Sleepy Hollow High School Science department invite
You to a fun-filled night of discovery and exploration. Here is a
sampling of what our scientists have planned for your enjoyment:

  • Glow Beads – The Science Behind UV Glow Beads
  • Waterworks – Plumbing Problems and an iPad Competition
  • Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
  • The Physics of Flight
  • Microscopic Zoo – The World Under Our Very Noses
  • Fireworks – Incendiary Chemistry Demos
  • CSI Sleepy Hollow – The World of Forensic Science

Registration begins at 6:15 pm.
Activities begin at 6:30 pm sharp.

Please make sure to use the high school entrance – look for the balloons!

For more information, download the flyer below!


Parenting Panel
Monday, November 7  |  7:00 pm  |  Warner Library

See flyer below from Warner Library with details on an upcoming parenting panel being held at the library on November 7th at 7 pm featuring three parenting authors and experts.

This s a great chance to get a fresh look at ways to deal with the difficulty of modern parenting.

Check it out!

For more information, download the flyer.

Feeding Your Child:
Is Your Child Getting Enough Nutrition?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 |  7:00 pm  |  John Paulding - Multi-purpose room

Jeanne McLaurin is a registered dietitian with master’s degrees in nutrition from Columbia University — an MS in applied physiology and nutrition and an MEd in community nutrition education. Additionally, Jeanne has earned her certification as a health and fitness instructor from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Before that, Jeanne held the position of endocrine dietitian at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Please join us for a discussion with Ms. McLaurin on children’s nutritional needs, and what you can do to help your child develop healthy eating habits.

Complimentary child care & Spanish translation provided.

For more information, download the flyer below!


Come Build a Playground With Us!

The weekend of August 27-28, 2011

On the weekend of August 27-28, we are building the Washington Irving Fitness Playground, and we need your help!

We're going to need a ton of volunteers to help build this new community destination, so come one, come all! No experience is necessary, only enthusiasm and a willingness to help. Build Weekend will be a fun weekend with refreshments, music, and fabulous prizes! (OK, maybe not the prizes)

If you can help out, especially on Saturday, please let us know by emailing us at info@eptaofthetarrytowns.org, so we can see how many volunteers we have and plan ahead.

If you know anyone who would like to help, please pass this information along!
The more the merrier!

Thank you for your time. Come build with us!


Join us for WI Fitness Playground Day!
Saturday, June 4 , 2011  |  Starting at 10 am

We’re almost there! To put us over the top and include the popular Spaceball in our playground for the fall, we're holding an all-day fundraiser for the Washington Irving Fitness Playground. Starting at 10 am, come down to the WI track and participate in our second Walk-a-Thon. At the same time, stock up on your summer reading at our Used Book Sale, sponsor a Climbing Wall Handhold, and more!

For more information, download the flyer and sponsor sheet below!





EPTA Board Meetings (2013-14):
(9 am in the Administration Building — all are welcome!)

• September 20
• October 25
• November 15
• December 13
• January 17
• February 21
• March 21
• April 25
• May 16
• June13



Events & Fundraising
Schedule (2013-14)

September 17–October 10:
Charleston Wrap Fundraiser


September 30 (12:15 pm):
JP Class Parent Tea
Staff Lounge


October 2 (3:15 pm):
WL Morse Class Parent Tea


October 10 (2:30 pm):
WI Class Parent Tea


October 24:
Photo Day (JP, Morse, WI)


November 20:
Photo Day Make-Up/Yearbook Group Photos (JP, Morse, WI)
WI Yearbook & Group Photos


December 16-20:
WI Book Fair


December 16 (7 pm):
WI Book Fair Celebration


February 6 (7 pm):
Family Science Night


March 1, 8, (9 am-12 noon):
March Math Madness at WI


March 3-7:
Morse Book Fair


March 7 (6-8 pm):
WL Morse Book Fair Celebration


April 4 (6 pm):
JP Book Fair Kick-off & Ziti Dinner
Multi-Purpose Room


April 7-10:
JP Book Fair


May 5-9:
Staff Appreciation Week



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