September 23, 2022
Hello North Rockland Families,
Welcome to Autumn 2022!
The first month of school has been an amazing start to an incredible year and I am so excited for all that is ahead. October kicks off all the things fall in North Rockland including autumn themed lessons, festivities, athletic contests and halloween events. Over the next few weeks, be on the lookout for our many fall extracurricular activities and events structured for all NR students and families to enjoy.
District leadership has begun the interview process for the new School Resource Officers who will be officially joining our team this fall. We are looking forward to the addition of these officers to our building's hallways, which will be the final piece of our increased Safety and Security measures. Stay tuned for their introductions to the community.
It was wonderful to meet our parents and guardians at this week’s Meet the Teacher Nights. Our educators appreciate families being involved right from the start and are looking forward to the last Meet the Teacher Nights at Fieldstone Middle School September 28 and 29 at 7PM.
As a reminder all North Rockland Schools are closed September 26 - September 27 for Rosh Hashanah. We wish all our school community members of the Jewish faith a peaceful holiday and hope everyone has a restful four day weekend. We return to school Wednesday, September 28.
Finally, NRCSD’s buildings were all filled with sparkling gold today in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The color gold represents how precious children are and the resiliency of childhood cancer heroes. I’m so proud of the effort our school community put forth to raise awareness and demonstrate support for this worthy cause. As always there’s nothing we can’t accomplish #NRTogether!
Break "Brain Balancer"
NRCSD's Social Emotional Learning Office has put together a mindfulness exercise for our school community to practice during the long weekend. Give it a try!
Suicide Prevention Month Resources
North Rockland has partnered with agencies for 24/7 access to resources to aid children and young adults experiencing a behavioral health crisis:
Behavioral Health Response Team
Crisis Line - (845) 517-0400
Partnership For Safe and Healthy Youth
Crisis Line - (845) 405-4180
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Crisis Line - 988
Halloween Events 🎃👻
Mark your calendars for spooky season in NRCSD! More events will be added as they are finalized.
North Rockland High School
- October 28 - NRHS Trunk or Treat 4 - 6:00 PM / NRHS PARKING LOT - Flyer
- October 19 - PTA Sponsored Halloween Spookacular 6:30 - 8:00PM
- October 31 - Thiells Halloween Parade 9:30AM (live streamed and parent viewing)
West Haverstraw Elementary
- October 26 and 27 - Pumpkin Fest (PTA sponsored in school event)
- October 26 - Trunk or Treat with HES
- October 31 - Halloween Parade 2:30PM
- October 26 - Trunk or Treat with WHES
Willow Grove Elementary
- 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
- October 31 - SPES will host 2 Halloween Parades. We will also be having a building wide Halloween dance party that same day.
2022-23 School Start, End and Bell Times ⏰
Swim Lesson with YMCA
NR has partnered with the YMCA to offer our youngest residents an affordable way to learn how to swim. The program will be offered on weekends.
Erin's Law ⚖️
As parents and educators, we often do not spend enough time talking to our children about personal body safety. New York State passed the Erin Merryn Law, which requires all school districts to implement lessons that teach children about personal body safety. The purpose of this law is to protect children if approached by known or unknown individuals who intend to harm them.
Starting this school year, K-6 social workers will teach two lessons using the, “Play it Safe!” curriculum. These lessons ensure our K-6 students learn vital skills that will keep them safe. Students will learn the 3-part safety rule: Saying No!, Getting Away from Danger as Soon as They Can, and Telling a Trusted Adult.
Students in Grade 7-8 will participate in two grade-appropriate lessons in their health education classes. These lessons will teach them strategies to stay safe. If you want to learn more about Erin’s Law, please click here. Erin's Law Parent Notice.
Snow Day Policy ❄️
The New York State Department of Education ruled that School District’s are able to utilize the remote-learning technology implemented during the coronavirus pandemic to allow students to continue their studies on days when the snow is too heavy for them to commute to school. Some Districts across the state have adopted a policy that will eliminates traditional snow days all together, opting for a remote learning day During inclement weather. North Rockland will not follow suit by eliminating traditional snow days and instead will follow a plan that is very similar to the one that was followed last year. Specifics will be provided in the coming weeks.
School Breakfast/Lunch Remain Free in NR 🥪
For the past two years, every student has been eligible for free school meals, regardless of how much their parents made in Rockland County. That program expired at the end of the summer and has created confusion. In North Rockland we are proud to share that all our schools qualify for free breakfast and lunch. Our dedicated Food Service Department has worked to get all our schools eligible for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the next four years.
***Each child is entitled to receive one free breakfast and one free lunch meal per day. For additional meals students are encouraged to use My School Bucks.
Parent Portal and Chromebook Care 💻
***Remember to charge your device before the first day of school!***
- Parents can retrieve their child's schedule via the Parent Portal at Fieldstone and North Rockland High School.
Kindergarten students will receive their chromebook during the month of September.
Transportation and Registration 🚌
From the Nurses Office
Our nurses are so excited to welcome students back next week!
As a reminder: If you have received notification that your child is missing a vaccination, please contact your child's Healthcare Provider as soon as possible to get them caught up.
If you need further assistance please contact North Rockland Central School District Health Services Facilitator Kathy Varieur, MST, BSN, RN, NCSN at (845) 942-3418.
Elementary Report Card Committee ✏️
Redesign and Changes
Through NR's Elementary Report Card Committee the district has overhauled how report cards are structured.
Key shifts beginning in 2022-23:
- We are now reporting three times a year - trimesters.
- We are reporting on behaviors that support student learning.
- Simplified language for a better universal understanding.
Specific changes by level:
- Numeric Key for Kindergarten
NRCSD FREE App! 📲
Did you know NRCSD now offers a FREE App?
The North Rockland Central School District App is now available for download in the App Store or Google play! Just search North Rockland CSD and tap to download. Save time and find all the latest District information all in one convenient, easy use location.
Steps to download:
- Visit iTunes App Store ® or Google Play ®
- Search North Rockland CSD
- Then select North Rockland CSD App for FREE download
- Open the App enable push notifications and select the school(s) you want to subscribe to.
- Get the latest district and school news
- Select the schools you want to follow
- Get push notifications about breaking news, closures, weather, events, and more
- Tap to see school locations, phone numbers, and staff information, fast
For a tutorial and navigation overview on the NRCSD App check out the YouTube video linked here.
North Rockland Went Gold 🎗️
In honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month our hallways were bold with shades of gold. Many of us in #NR unfortunately have felt or dealt with the pain of this terrible illness. In their honor, our staff and students wore gold to school today Friday September 23 in an effort to raise awareness and demonstrate support for this worthy cause.
The Gold Ribbon is the international awareness symbol of Childhood Cancer. The color gold represents how precious children are and the resiliency of childhood cancer heroes. The Pediatric Cancer Foundation hopes that going gold this month will help send a message to policymakers that pediatric cancer research deserves more funding than it currently receives. Right now, only 4% of federal funds are going toward pediatric cancer research. More photos.
ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT NEWS
Please check the NR Athletics website for schedules, information and updates.
Follow us on Twitter @NRockathletics
Homecoming weekend is Oct 8, 2022. Football game is 1:30pm kickoff vs Mamaroneck.
Winter Sports Update
HS Winter Sports start on Nov 14, 2022
Modified (MS) Sports start on Nov 28, 2022
Online Registration will open on October 15, 2022.
Be sure to check NR Athletics Website for Schedules and information.
Click here for starting dates for: Winter Sports 2022-23, and Spring Sports 2023.
More Start Dates
2022-23 Winter Sports Start Dates
November 14, 2022: High School Winter Sports Start
November 28, 2022: Modified Teams Start
2023 Spring Sports Start Dates
March 13, 2023: High School Spring Sports Start
March 20, 2023: Modified Teams Start
Fall Sports Highlight: NRHS Girls Varsity Tennis 2022
We're sharing our team's dreams!
In North Rockland our Athletics program is more than just being part of a team. Student-athletes who participate in school sports gain important personal skills like perseverance, responsibility, physical endurance, commitment and time management. Athletics reinforces the importance of implementing healthy routines. Being a Red Raider and being part of a team teaches highschoolers that other people depend on them. Through our athletics programs our students develop the self-discipline, motivation and leadership skills that they will need to succeed on and off the field.
Over the next few weeks we are highlighting each of our fall sports teams, their coaches and their RED AND WHITE goals. First up is our Varsity Girls Tennis Team led by Head Coach Nick Teglas. Let’s make some noise for our lady Raiders!
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!!!
Reese and Chai 😻
"These two lovely ladies are not related and came in almost a year apart but are the best of
friends. They comfort each other and are inseparable. Reese likes to play around until Chai
holds her down for her daily cat bath. Both are very nervous but want to be pet. Reese loves
scratches down her back and Chai enjoys a good chin scratch. Reese is a rambunctious 1 year
old and Chai is 2 years old. Chai was originally brought in as a stray with her kitten brother.
They were both adopted together but the man never came to pick Chai up. Chai loved to try and
mother the other cats so when a stray kitten came in soon after, she immediately took to her.
Reese had come in with three other siblings but was never picked because she was always
hiding behind Chai. She has since come out of her shell and loves to greet us with her cross
eyed stare and usually is sticking out her tongue. If you are interested in
adopting please fill out an application on our website Hitor.org."
"Cassie is a beautiful white pittie who has been with us for the last year and a half. She is people friendly and loves her walks with our staff and volunteers. When she gets excited she has a cute little bunny hop that makes her even more adorable. Will you be Cassie’s happily ever after? If you are interested in adopting her please fill out an application on our website Hitor.org."
Internet Safety Materials
Going Gold Fundraiser
📢Attention NR Community🎗
Join the North Rockland Central School District and show your support for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September.
Jelien is a 6 year old Childhood Cancer Survivor, North Rockland resident and a student at West Haverstraw Elementary that fought and beat childhood cancer. She rang the bell in March 2021 and ended all of her treatments in April 2021, bravely beating childhood cancer! This shirt was created to show support for Jelien and all of the childhood cancer survivors, and all those fighting today.
The NR community will be wearing gold in September 2022 to commemorate this cause, get your limited edition shirt today! $10.00 from every purchase of this shirt will be donated to Friends of Karen, an amazing organization that helps families with children that have been diagnosed with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses in our local area.
Adult and child sizes available! Get yours & let’s GO GOLD this September🎗
SCHOOL MEAL INFORMATION
School Meal Sign up! 🍽️
NRHS Seniors who enroll in the free/reduced breakfast & lunch program qualify for college application fee waivers, free ACT and SAT exams and reduced AP exam registration fees! To qualify please complete the Free or Reduced Price Meal Application Form linked here as soon as possible.
JOIN THE NRCSD FAMILY
North Rockland is currently seeking candidates for full-time and part-time Security Aide positions for the 2022-2023 school year. School Security Aides are committed to ensuring students are learning in a safe and supportive environment.
Full-time positions include - A regionally competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. Part-time positions are - 4.5 hours per day and starting pay is $19.83/hour.
**Candidates with prior law enforcement, security or military experience are preferred.**
Applications can be submitted on OLAS at olasjobs.org. Resumes can be submitted through our Facebook job posting linked here, sent to Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Community Relations Mr. Eric Baird, North Rockland CSD, 65 Chapel St., Garnerville, NY 10923 or emailed to email@example.com.
Food Service Helpers
The North Rockland (Haverstraw-Stony Point) Central School District is seeking candidates for Food Service Helper positions at various school buildings for the 2022-2023 school year. The starting rate of pay is $14.28/hour. Apply here