Community Check-In

North Rockland Central School District

North Rockland Families:

When we return to school on Monday, it will be October – a time for spooky events, as well as a time for students to check-in on their progress. We’re shifting from “back to school” to the middle of the first marking period - a period of deep instruction and exploration that truly engages student interests.

Since we have so much going on in the coming weeks, it's important to organize, review and focus on the goals your child wants to accomplish. Some tips for working towards a successful first quarter include:

  1. Reviewing your student’s progress together and asking them to identify the achievements they are most proud of or areas for improvement.

  2. Encourage them to participate in class. Speaking up is a great way of showing that you’re engaged and that you want to deepen your own understanding. Show interest and seek clarity when confused.

  3. Help students adopt a positive attitude towards their school work. It will lead them to attaining their academic goals and planning. There are many extra curricular events and college fairs in the coming weeks. Help your child mark their calendars.

  4. It’s important to create a healthy daily routine that incorporates being organized, good nutrition, exercise, a good night’s sleep and study time to ensure not only a healthy brain but that students are sticking to their programs.

  5. Set school as a priority. Set your goals for the first half of the year and then put your schoolwork first. This will help students stay focused.

Establishing student-led initiative in their education is key and can help your children take ownership, stay motivated and improve performance throughout the school year.

As this was a short week and there will be more weeks like this as we enter holiday season, the district will utilize Community Check-Ins in lieu of a traditional Update as a way to keep our families and residents informed. As a reminder the District is closed Wednesday, October 5 for Yom Kippur. For those in North Rockland observing Yom Kippur, G’mar chatima tova. The next Community Update will be released Friday, October 7.

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District Events

Halloween Events 🎃👻

Mark your calendars for spooky season in NRCSD! More events will be added as they are finalized.

North Rockland High School

  1. October 28 - NRHS Trunk or Treat 4 - 6:00 PM / NRHS PARKING LOT - Flyer

Thiells Elementary

  1. October 19 - PTA Sponsored Halloween Spookacular 6:30 - 8:00PM
  2. October 31 - Thiells Halloween Parade 9:30AM (live streamed and parent viewing)

West Haverstraw Elementary

  1. October 26 and 27 - Pumpkin Fest (PTA sponsored in school event)
  2. October 26 - Trunk or Treat with HES
  3. October 31 - Halloween Parade 2:30PM

Haverstraw Elementary

  1. October 26 - Trunk or Treat with WHES

Willow Grove Elementary

  1. October 31 - PTA is sponsoring a popcorn/water scary music/dance event during our recess periods. Students and staff will be wearing costumes.

Stony Point Elementary

  1. October 31 - SPES will host 2 Halloween Parades. We will also be having a building wide Halloween dance party that same day.

College Fairs

Volley for a Cause

In North Rockland we are blessed that we can always count on our school community to rally together!

The 2022 Volley for a Cause volleyball game will be held on October 21 at NRHS vs. Clarkstown North starting at 4:30 pm. This year we are volleying for two incredible NR Teachers with life threatening illnesses that have incurred expenses not covered by medical insurance. The official Volley for a Cause store is now open, but for a limited time. Every purchase made in the next 10 days will go directly to benefitting our educators. This cause is a powerful and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community. Let's show our support NR Strong and NR Together!

Green and Clean Halloween Checklist

Green your Halloween


There are several ways to reduce environmental impact (and choose healthier alternatives) on the candy front:

  1. Choose candy in less plastic packaging

  2. Make treats yourself.

  3. Opt for small package free gifts instead of candy.

  4. Save bags and candy buckets to be reused in future years or give away for others to use.

  5. Recycle what you can by checking packaging for recycling instructions.

Decorations and Costumes

By getting crafty you can reduce your environmental impact when it comes to spooky get-ups and decor.

  1. Decorations - Reuse instead of buying materials for decorations. Some ideas for reuse include: Turn old stockings with runs into spider-webbing, cardboard boxes into tombstones, leaves or branches collected from your yard can be used for decor just about anywhere.
  2. Make your own Costumes! - Old clothes can be used or repurposed as good pieces or parts of costumes, like worn t-shirts, black pants/shorts, etc. Check out thrift shops, consignment stores and yard sales, instead of buying new.
  3. Trick-or-Treat Bags - Use (and decorate) household items to collect candy in. A bucket, pillowcase or old even an old bag can be decorated inexpensively at home - and reused year after year.
  4. Pumpkins and Jack-O-Lanterns - Don't throw away all the goodies from inside your pumpkin. Toast the seeds for tasty treats. Make pumpkin pie or muffins with the fruit - or after using pumpkins as decor you can donate them to local farms or chicken coups for animals to eat. If they've gone bad they can be composted.

Clean Halloween

We encourage our students and staff to continue the practices that have helped mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. Washing hands frequently and thoroughly and staying home when you are not feeling well will help us make this halloween season safe and healthy.

Raider Rescue 🐾

North Rockland has partner with Hi-Tor Animal Shelter to feature one dog and one cat to help them find a loving home each week. Check out the Shelter Wish List linked here. Red Raiders to the Rescue!!!
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Meet Sony! 🐶

"Sony is three and a half years old. Sony is great with people of all ages. She is very smart and learns quickly. She is playful and loves toys. She appears to have been clicker trained and is house broken. She walks nicely on an easy walk harness and loves hiking. She was surrendered to the shelter after she was re-homed to a family with a small Yorkie that she did not get along with. Sony has shown here to do well with playful male dogs her size or larger. She would not do well in a home with cats. She has been overlooked and hasn’t had one application for her yet. Email to meet her."
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Flo 😻

"Flo is a beautiful ten year old cat currently residing at Hi-Tor Animal Care Center. She is a long

haired senior who is looking to find her forever home. Flo came to us with her sister and another

when a neighbor abandoned them while moving years ago. The good samaritan wanted her and

the two other cats to find a loving home so brought them to us. She is a very independent cat

who still loves to be pet. She loves to be brushed, and will let you know when she wants you to


Last week's adoptable friends can be found linked here.