September 9, 2022
Hello North Rockland Families,
Tuesday we welcomed students back into our buildings for a new year of learning. Every North Rockland school eagerly greeted its new and returning learners. After going through so many challenges together during this pandemic, it felt remarkable to have a normal first day of school. A strong start to what will undeniably be an incredible year.
The week was full of a lot of emotions, positive feelings and kind, wonderful and warm feedback from our community. As Superintendent of Schools, it was an honor and a privilege to be able to visit our nine schools and spend time with students, faculty, educators and parents to begin new school year. Walking around our buildings each day I saw teachers, staff and administrators providing a welcoming, nurturing, supportive and friendly atmosphere for our learners. Seeing the genuine excitement our children displayed to be back in the classroom environment is something I will never forget.
Our successful start to the 2022-23 school year would not have been possible without every one of NR’s amazing teachers, staff and employees. They truly went above and beyond decorating hallways, classrooms and desks to be engaging, warm, and comfortable for students when they showed up on our first day. Thanks also go out to the amazing buildings and grounds crew and security team for their tireless efforts day in and day out. Our schools are once again the cleanest and safest they have ever been.
Working with our additional security team - Allied, ensured and showed that this school year will be one of the utmost safety and security. NRCSD is also working with Sheriff Lou Falco and the Rockland County Sheriff's Department to ensure we are prepared for any situation that may come our way. Security updates that can be shared will be in the coming weeks.
We are also grateful for the support provided by our local law force officers. Under the direction of Haverstraw Chief Peter Murphy and Stony Point Chief Ed Finn officers have been assigned to monitor our schools until permanent School Resource Officers are selected. We are thankful to have such talented and caring officers in our school buildings. Bringing SRO’s to the hallways of North Rockland schools has been a top priority for not only district leadership but for our communities, led by Town of Haverstraw Supervisor Howard T. Phillps Jr. and Town of Stony Point Supervisor Jim Monaghan. This initiative will certainly prove to be an asset for our entire school community!
With the return of school comes first-day bumps to smooth out. There was an issue with the distribution center in Monsey resulting in a number of bus passes not making it to our residents homes. I apologize for any inconvenience delays in bussing and bus pass distribution may have caused and thank you for your patience. To better serve our community next school year the district already has begun careful planning for next year to ensure that these outside factors can hinder our opening days. It is our goal to make improvements in all we do each year.
There’s a lot ahead - Please keep on the lookout for our variety clubs and activities as they begin, our athletic teams games schedules as they kick off their seasons and specialized parent events that are coming starting next week. Let’s continue our #NRStrong partnership to collaboratively ensure that our children's needs are met.
Congratulations on a great and safe first week of school everyone - the first of many in the incredible year ahead! Let’s keep it up and get back to it all again next week.
In closing, I ask you to pause for a moment this weekend to remember the families and loved ones we lost, as well as the brave first responders and ordinary citizens who risked their lives to save others in the terrorist attacks on our nation 21 years ago this Sunday - September 11, 2001. Especially here in North Rockland, we will never forget.
Those we lost on 9/11/2001 in North Rockland
We honor the victims. We will never forget.
Welcome Back Red Raiders!
Important Dates 📅
First Day of School - Sept. 6
Meet the Teacher Nights - Flyer/Print out
Sept. 15 - 6:30PM - NRHS
Sept. 19 - 6PM - SPES, TES and WHES
Sept. 20 - 6PM - SPES, TES and WHES
Sept. 21 - 7PM - FES, HES and WGES
Sept. 22 - 7PM - FES and WGES
Sept. 28 - 7PM- FMS
Sept. 29 - 7PM - FMS
Ice Cream Socials
Sept. 12 - 6:45PM - HES Grade 4
Sept. 13 - 6:30PM - WGES Grade 4
Sept. 14 - 5:30PM - FES Grade 4
Sept. 16 - 6PM - SPES
2022-23 School Start, End and Bell Times ⏰
Grades K-3: 9:05AM - 3:44PM
Stony Point Elementary
West Haverstraw Elementary
Grades 4-6: 8:42AM - 3:21PM
Willow Grove Elementary
Fieldstone Middle School: 8:07AM-2:46PM
North Rockland High School: 7:20AM-2:06AM
2022-23 District Calendar 🗓️
A digital version of the North Rockland 2022-23 Print Calendar you should receive in the mail can be found linked here.
All the official days linked here were formally approved by the Board of Education.
North Rockland is Going Gold 🎗️
September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
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.
Many of us in North Rockland unfortunately have felt or dealt with the pain of this terrible illness. In their honor, we ask all our staff and students to wear gold to school next Friday September 23 in an effort to raise awareness and demonstrate support for this worthy cause.
Information and Happenings by School
Parent Portal and Chromebook Care 💻
***Remember to charge your device before the first day of school!***
Getting a Parent Portal account
- 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 🚌
Back to School Information
As a reminder NR’s school bus passes have gone out.
Bus stop information can also be found linked here or on the home page of the district and all school sites.
More information can be found on the Registration and Transportation websites.
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
Security Vehicles 🚓
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.