District Update

May 26, 2022

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Dear East Ramapo Community,

As the 2021-22 school year draws to a successful close, we invite you to participate in a host of ERCSD school celebrations, academic recognition events and commencement ceremonies which are detailed in this Roundup Notes newsletter. Our educators and support staff continue to inspire students, prepare them for the future and build excitement for lifelong learning.

We are disappointed that our 2022-23 budget was not approved by our community last week. Our administrative team will address the next steps and be in communication with our school community soon.

Be sure to take a moment this Memorial Day Weekend to honor those who served our nation and are no longer with us. I hope you enjoy the extended weekend, and we look forward to welcoming the students back to school on Tuesday, May 31st.


Dr. Clarence G. Ellis

Superintendent of Schools

Another Successful Spring Fling Coordinated by the Family Resource Center

On Saturday April 30, about 3,000 members of the East Ramapo Community attended the Family Resource Center's Annual Spring Fling to enjoy the music and games, food trucks, a bouncy house, dancing and more. So many free giveaways for our families. Special thanks to all of our partners including the Health Department, the Mounted Police Foundation of Rockland, Ramapo Police Department, Spring Valley Police Department, Spring Valley Fire Department, Spring Hill Ambulance Corp, Opportunity Now, and the Village of Spring Valley. Spring Valley police even conducted child seat safety checks!

Learning Walks in Early May 2022

Learning Walk at ECC Kakiat S.T.E.A.M. and Fleetwood

This month, students and staff warmly welcomed the East Ramapo Leadership team into their ECC, Kakiat S.T.E.A.M. and Fleetwood classrooms over the past week.

These visits to our elementary, middle and high schools are important because they help the Executive Cabinet gain a strong understanding of building needs, spend time with administrators, teachers and students, observe the learning targets, student engagement, and differentiated instruction in a blended environment.

Click here to see the video.
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East Ramapo Teacher Wins Teaching Excellence Award from Mid-Hudson School Study Council

On Thursday, May 12th, 2022, the Mid-Hudson School Study Council honored a member of the East Ramapo Central School District community at the Council’s annual meeting and awards dinner. Hempstead Teacher Felicia Vaccaro is the winner of the 2022 Teaching Excellence Award!

The Council is comprised of school districts among seven counties in the Mid-Hudson region. Honorees were selected from a long list of nominations. Congratulations Ms. Vaccaro on this well-deserved honor.

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Expanded School Year Summer Programs Applications are now open!

Each summer program balances academics with engaging enrichment opportunities. Students will gain strength in their ELA/Literacy & Math skills. Positive student engagement & social well-being are addressed through writing across program activities. Daily student attendance is expected & necessary to improve skills during the program & into the academic school year.

  • The learning is free.
  • Transportation is free
  • Free breakfast & lunch are served.

There is limited seating available & space is not guaranteed. Incomplete forms & those that do not have a parent's signature will be removed & the student will not be enrolled in the summer program. You will receive communication of acceptance from the district or directly from your child’s school that confirms enrollment.

Click here to learn all about the different camps...Adventure Academy, All Sports Academy, Computer Science and Fine & Performing Arts!

We Love our East Ramapo Teachers 2022 Teacher Appreciation

East Ramapo Celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week May 2-6

During National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6, 2022), East Ramapo paid tribute to all of the teachers who empower students with the knowledge and skills they need to reach their potential and achieve their dreams. The children of today are the leaders of tomorrow, and teachers are critical in getting the children ready for their future.

Teacher Appreciation celebrations took place across the district. Whether it was a delicious breakfast in the break room, a bouquet of flowers delivered to the classroom, or a heartfelt letter written to that out-of-this-world teacher, our teachers enjoyed the collective hug!

Thank you, East Ramapo Central School District Teachers, for your dedication, determination and resilience. You are truly making a difference.

Click here to view East Ramapo students from across the district expressing their love for the teachers! Click here to view how Chestnut Ridge cleverly recognized their teachers.

Finkelstein Memorial Library - the public library for families for the East Ramapo School District

Finkelstein Memorial Library is offering Summer Reading for children entering grades K-12 in the fall! Registration is open for children and teens now! Students who sign up can log books starting July 10th and receive a welcome back at the library. Log at least one book for a completion prize at the end of summer. The more books you read and log, the more entries you’ll have to win a grand prize! Please note: Registration and logging information will be shared with the East Ramapo School District for educational purposes.

Finkelstein is also happy to offer Summer Programs for ages 0-18! Registration for each program opens 2 weeks prior & is required for all programs. Register online, by phone, or in person. This summer we will offer in-person programs (masks required) & take home craft kits. All in-person programs will take place inside or outside the library based upon the Library’s current Covid-19 policies.

Find out more about Summer Programs on our website.

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East Ramapo Central School District

As a unified community, the East Ramapo Central School District is committed to educating the whole child by providing a healthy, safe, supportive, engaging and challenging learning environment.