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Scheduled Events, Activities & Programs


Warwick Family Central presents “Back to School Basics” – Aug. 15

Warwick Family Central presents “Back to School Basics” on Tues., August 15 from 6:30-7:45 pm at the Albert Wisner Public Library in Warwick. With summer winding down and school gearing up, August presents an opportune time to develop back to school habits and routines. Presenter Hope Stuart will provide parents with terrific tips for keeping track of after-school activities, setting up a homework space, and building a system for the family backpacks. Family Central is a non-profit parenting support network based in Warwick and partnering with the Library. Its mission is to strengthen the role of community in supporting the well-being of families and children. Registration information 

Free Family Style Dinner – Aug. 18

Warwick Community Kitchen invites you to join us for dinner on Fri., Aug. 18 from 5-7 p.m. at Vision Community Church in the former Pine Island Elementary School (20 Schoolhouse Rd., off County Routes 1 & 6). We will offer a family style dinner, consisting of BBQ, Hot dogs, Hamburgers, Potato Salad, Mac and Cheese, and dessert in continuous seatings. There is no charge for dinner, and good fellowship in our dining room. Everyone is welcome, and we hope to see you then. For more information on who we are and what we do, please visit our website:

“Play For The Park SummerFest” – Aug. 19

The “Play For The Park SummerFest” presented by Warwick Playground Dreams is set for Saturday, August 19 from 12-8 pm, rain or shine, at the Warwick Town Park, 117 Union Corners Rd., Warwick. The community-wide Summerfest will feature live music, craft beer, cider and wine, food trucks & vendors, 50+ area vendors, a car show with an estimated 75-100 participants, raffles, a kids zone complete with bounce houses, craft workshops, slime making station, bubble tent, fire trucks from multiple departments, activities, face painting, balloon twisters, character appearances, schedule games with prizes and much more! Admission is a $5 suggested donation for adults, and children are free. All proceeds from this event will benefit Warwick Playground Dreams.
Volunteers are needed! Volunteer hours count toward WVHS community service hours! 
If you can volunteer, email: or visit our Facebook page: Play for the Park Volunteers:
For more information, visit Warwick Playground Dreams at: or

Take a Walk Through History – summer Wednesdays & Sundays

Beginning Wed., July 5 the Warwick Historical Society will be opening many of Warwick’s Historic properties for self-guided tours. Some of the destinations will be Baird’s Tavern, the Old School Baptist Meeting House, Hasbrouck Barn and the Lehigh & Hudson River Railway Caboose. Self-guided tours will be offered every Wed. from 10 am-2 pm, and on the 2nd and 4th Sundays from noon-2 pm. Begin at the A.W. Buckbee Center, where you’ll be given a brochure and map and find a list of the open buildings. Experienced docents will be at each building for questions. Tours are free for Warwick Historical Society members and children 12 & under; non-member price is $10. Tours are also free for active military families as part of the Blue Star Museum Program. Reservations are not required, but are appreciated – call 845-986-3236.

Winslow “Summer Adventures” Program – weekly programs until Aug. 25

Summer will be here before you know it! Don’t forget to register for “Summer Adventures” at Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center, our week-long, full day (9 am-3 pm) Farm Experience for children ages 6–12.  You can pick from seven different themes – all include riding, barn activities and fun and games! Activities include a daily group lesson with trail ride, grooming and tacking, mounted games, horsemanship, hiking, crafts, outdoor cooking – all related to the theme of the week. The program runs Mon.-Fri. from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, and the fee is $295 per week.  For information and registration form, go to: Questions? Call us at 845-986-6686.

Warwick Historical Society “Party in the Park” – Aug. 26

The Warwick Historical Society is changing things up this year with the all new “Party in the Park” on Sat., August 26 from 6-9 pm. Join us as we celebrate the Village’s 150th Anniversary and recognize Warwick’s artists-past and present-with an evening in the park filled with lively music, delicious food and drinks, and great friends. The party will feature cocktail style dining courtesy of The Landmark Inn, a signature cocktail designed by Black Dirt Distillery, craft beer from Glenmere Brewing Company and homemade desserts. Music will be by Soulia and the Sultans. For more info.: or 845-986-3236.

Grace Lutheran Church Sliced Steak Dinner – Aug. 26

Grace Lutheran Church will host a Sliced Steak Dinner on Sat., Aug. 26 from 4:00-6:30 pm. The menu includes: Sliced Steak Top Round London Broil, Sautéed Sweet Onions, Oven Roasted Potatoes, Corn-on-the-Cob, Tossed Salad, bread & butter, homemade desserts, lemonade, iced tea, water and coffee. Tickets: Adult-$14 / Senior-$12 / Child (ages 8 & under)-$8. Takeout is available. Located at 25 Waterstone Rd., Greenwood Lake, NY. For info., call: 845-477-3384.

St. Stephen’s CYO Basketball tryouts – Sept. 30 & Oct. 1

St. Stephen’s CYO Basketball will hold open tryouts for the 2017-18 season on Sat., Sept. 30 and Sun., Oct. 1 at GymRatz Basketball Performance (1723 Rt 17A, Suite #1, Florida). Times are listed below by age/division. In order to hold the tryouts offsite, there is a $5 per player Tryout Fee that will be collected when the athletes check in.
Sat., Sept. 30
• 8:00–9:30 am – Grade 6 Girls
• 9:30–11:00 am – Grade 3, 4 & 5 Boys
• 11:00 am–12:30 pm – Grade 7 Boys
• 12:30–2:00 pm – Grade 7 Girls
• 2:00–3:30 pm – Grade 3, 4 & 5 Girls
Sun., Oct. 1
• 9:00–10:30 am –Grade 6 Boys
• 10:30 am–12:00 pm – Grade 8 Girls
• 12:00–1:30 pm – Grade 8 Boys
• 1:30–3:00 pm – OPEN for possible makeups (no tryouts scheduled for this time)
• 3:00–4:30 pm – OPEN for possible make ups (no tryouts scheduled for this time)
Registration information:
Please complete the online registration. You will then be added to our mailing list and will be kept up to date on any changes to the tryout dates and times.
The following URL will take you to the online registration:
Please note: Registering online before the tryouts is recommended, as there will be a $10 registration fee (in addition to the $5 Tryout Fee) for those who do NOT register prior to Sept. 25.

St. Stephen’s Parish Basketball begins in mid-Sept.

St. Stephen’s Parish Basketball will start in mid-September. This program is open to all parishioners of St. Stephen’s Church, as well as non-parishioners – open to all 3rd-8th grade students. It’s a great way to start the basketball season in a non-competitive environment. We are in need of coaches, as well as sponsors. Forms may be picked up in the St. Stephen’s Church atrium. For more information, please contact Tim or Cathy Quinn at

Our district is doing great things – video gives WVCSD overview

Our school district is doing great things – and we want to share the good news! A short overview video of the Warwick Valley Central School District has been created to communicate the excellence and many strengths of our district. In the video, our schools are represented by students, teachers and parents who speak about why they think their school is great. To view the video, go to:


Ongoing Programs & Services

Warwick Valley Central School District posts

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Update your contact information through the Parent Portal link at bottom of the district website homepage at If you don’t know your username and password for Parent Portal, or you are not registered for an account, please contact Yvonne Koulikov at ykoulikov@wvcsd.orgMore information

Looking for recent story posts on the district website?

If the post you’re looking for is no longer on the district home page or school webpage, click on News at the top right of the home page, which will bring you to links for website posts, listed by month.

Parents: childcare transportation request form has changed for 2016-17

Parents, please note: the Childcare Request Form has changed for the 2016-17 school year. The due date for request has changed, as well as the effective date of your request if forms are submitted after the due date. Please see the transportation page for the new form.

FYI – Looking for teacher & staff contact information on the new website?

Click on “Contact” at the top of the district website home page. In the Staff Directory, you can find a school staff list (including teacher websites), by simply typing the school name in the search box, then click Go. You can also search for individual faculty & staff members by typing ONE of these options in the box below: first name or last name (not both), school, email, job type or department.

“Banana Splits” groups forming at WVMS

Support groups designed to help children with emotions resulting from parental separation and divorce. Fill out and return this permission form to the Middle School office as soon as possible, as group space may be limited.

Check the Transportation Dept. Lost & Found box for your items!

Please come to the Transportation Office and check the overflowing Lost & Found box for items that may belong to your student. Also, please check the overflowing Lost & Found box at your child’s school!

Do you have an old/unused instrument to donate?

Don’t know what to do with that old violin or cello that’s been collecting dust in your attic? Thanks to the Katie’s Music Wish club at Warwick Valley High School, you can find a new home for that instrument and, at the same time, help a child who is not fortunate enough to afford one. Katie’s Music Wish is a club led by high school orchestra director, Mrs. Keely Blaikner, and her WVHS students. The club’s mission is to provide string orchestra instruments to children who have been unable to get one due to a financial situation. The string instruments include the violin, viola, cello and upright string bass. Click here for more information, and how to donate instruments.

Support your child’s school – Join the PTA/PTSA

It’s not too late! Becoming a member of the PTA/PTSA at your child’s school is an important way to support its projects, programs and efforts. Visit their PTA/PTSA page to read a welcome letter, download a membership form, see a list of this year’s Board members, find contact information and more! Click on the following links:

Warwick Valley High School PTSA
Warwick Valley Middle School PTA
Park Avenue Elementary School PTA
Sanfordville Elementary School PTA

“Parent Today” FREE e-newsletter for parents

How can you help your child do better in school? The “Parent Today” e-newsletter is designed to provide parents with the information and tools you need to encourage your children’s school success. Parent Today’s bi-monthly e-newsletter, produced by Capital Region BOCES, encourages and empowers parents with research-based information and resources that supports teachers and strengthens the bridge between families and classrooms. Parent Today addresses important topics at each grade level and suggests easy-to-implement actions steps. We also help you understand the dramatic changes taking place in schools and public education today. Visit the Parent Today website to sign up. Select Warwick from the drop-down menu and use password code 10990.

Public invited to view historical display of WVHS newspaper, The Survey

In partnership with the Village of Warwick’s Sesquicentennial celebration of its 150th anniversary, the Warwick Valley Central School District has planned several joint activities and events in 2016-17. One of the first is an exhibit of memorable and historic issues of the Warwick Valley High School newspaper, The Survey. The display is in the WVCSD District Office, located in the Dorothy C. Wilson Education Center, adjacent to the Middle School. Community members are invited to view this exhibit of historic newspapers and artifacts! More information

WVCSD “call for engineers” to talk with students

As the Warwick Valley Central School District begins to expand Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education, the district is interested in having engineers from all disciplines speak with students about careers in engineering. If you are an engineer in any discipline (aeronautical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, mechanical, sound, etc.) and would like to share your career experience with students, please contact Mike Stolt, HS Tech teacher at and/or Patrick Ellis, MS Tech teacher at

Does your non-profit organization need student volunteers?

Community service is a requirement for WVHS students! Local non-profit organizations may request student volunteers for an event or an ongoing activity/program. Contact Mary Murphy in WVHS Guidance at 845-987-3000, ext. 12616 or

Wanted: parent & community member mentors involved in the sciences

The WVHS Science Research course, as offered through The University in the High School Program, is a three year program that provides high school students with an opportunity to participate in the scientific research community. Students engage in authentic research of their own design, with the final year culminating in the completion and presentation of a long term project. We’re looking for parents and community members who work in any area of the sciences to be mentors to students in this program, and welcome interest from all! Contact Mary Murphy in WVHS Guidance at 845-987-3000, ext. 12616 or


Local non-profit organization posts

Warwick Family Central – A Parenting Support Network

Explore a new family resource! Please join Family Central in their new private Facebook Group for parents and caregivers of children from birth through adolescence. Our vision is to bring our community together to develop a web of support for families to safeguard childhood and bring balance to family life. This group is a place for families to connect, find resources, offer support and meet up with new friends in Warwick. Or for information about Family Central, email

Monthly “Second Sunday Conversations” series

In celebration of the Village of Warwick’s Sesquicentennial, a monthly series of free informal and entertaining talks will be held from 2-4 pm. Second Sunday Conversations will be held monthly and throughout the entire Sesquicentennial year of 2017. All are invited, and admission is free. For more information about this series and the upcoming Sesquicentennial, please visit

Join 4-H – Rooted in Tradition-Looking Toward the Future

4-H Clubs provide an amazing range of projects and activities that can be tailored to your child’s age and interests – all designed to grow youth into well rounded, healthy young adults. And parents get to be an important part of the experience! 4-H Cloverbuds is for ages 5-7, 4-H Members for ages 8 – 18, and Teens for ages 13+. Visit Orange County 4-H: or call 845-344-1234. For more information, contact Kathy at 646-823-5633 or

Free “Children, Youth, & Family Services Directory 2016-17” available

The Orange County Youth Bureau has compiled the Children, Youth, & Family Services Directory 2016-17, which is available free to community members. This comprehensive directory includes descriptions of the many services offered by the Youth Bureau and other agencies, and contains information about many local health & human services programs available to community members. Click on the link below to download a copy, or a limited supply of printed copies of the Directory is available. For a printed copy, contact the Youth Bureau at 845-615-3620. To download the Children, Youth, & Family Services Directory 2016-17, go to:

Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry

The Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry is open to all residents of the Town of Warwick, upon presentation of evidence of residence. The pantry is located in Warwick United Methodist Church, 135 Forester Ave. (corner of Route 17A/Galloway Road). Enter near the fellowship hall kitchen from the rear parking lot. The pantry is open for service Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., and Tuesdays from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. For more information, or to volunteer or donate, please visit or send an email to

Warwick launching “Friendly Visitor” program

The Town of Warwick has begun a Friendly Visitor Program. Volunteers in the program help older adults and adults with disabilities with a variety of tasks. Travel to medical appointments is a key need, and the need for drivers is urgent. Volunteers of all ages are invited to sign up by calling 845-986-1124 and follow the prompts for the Friendly Visitor Program. Registration is required for training. A background check and volunteer insurance will be provided. The Friendly Visitor Program is offered in partnership with the Orange County Office for the Aging and Jewish Family Service of Orange County.

Winslow’s “Day at the Barn” program on school days off

For only $45 a day, your child aged 7-12 can ride horses, learn to groom, tack and feed a horse, play games, make crafts and more at “Day at the Barn” at Winslow. Pick one or more days from our 19 scheduled days aligned with your school’s holidays. The day runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Please pack a snack, bag lunch and dress for the outdoors. Dates from Oct – May are available. Space is limited, so register early! For more information, call Winslow at 845-986-6686. Informational flyer

The Clothing Closet & The Hope of Chest

The Clothing Closet has clothes, shoes, books and toys FREE OF CHARGE for those in need. The Hope Chest sells designer clothing, shoes, art, and housewares for a fraction of their retail value. Come shop and bring us the things you no longer need. Located at 20 School House Rd., Pine Island in the former Pine Island Elementary School. Donations are accepted when we’re open: Thursday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. All proceeds from the Hope Chest support the clothing bank and other ministries of Vision Community Church in Warwick. Tax receipts available. For questions or volunteer opportunities, email

Shop for a good cause at Hope Chest Thrift Boutique & the Treasure Chest

Shop for a good cause at the Hope Chest Thrift Boutique (non-profit upscale clothing store) and The Treasure Chest (home goods)! Great prices on gently used upscale clothing and home goods. Proceeds from Hope Chest Thrift Boutique and The Treasure Chest go to support The Clothing Closet. Currently, over $100,000 worth of clothing has been given away to local families in need.

WVCC offers free youth programs

The Warwick Valley Community Center offers ongoing programs for youth ages 10-18 (middle school and high school). Encourage your child to come in and enjoy the company of their peers in a safe, supervised setting. Refreshments and Teen Center facilities available on program days. Held at the Doc Fry Building on Hamilton Ave., Warwick. For information, call 845-986-6422.

Warwick Daycare – School age care for ages 5-9 years

Available for after-care & school closures. Transportation available through the WVCSD for daily drop off at WDC. For more information go to

“Backpack Snack Attack” program – fundraisers

Helping feed hungry children in our community. Backpack Snack Attack, an outreach program of the Warwick Reformed Church, is a non-profit organization that provides food on weekends to nearly 300 needy children within the Warwick, Florida & Greenwood Lake Public School Districts. A group of volunteers fill backpacks each week with 13-14 food items (per child) and deliver this food to the schools, whereupon the bags are sent home with each needy child. All donations to the program are used to purchase food and backpacks – there are no administrative costs. Interested in helping with the Backpack program?  Email Shirley Puett at backpacksnackattack@yahoo.comLearn more about Backpack Snack Attack.

Free youth programs at WV Community Center

The Warwick Valley Community Center’s Teen Center offers programs for youth in creativity, yoga, self-awareness and leadership. Programs include: Creative Mondays, Yoga for Youth, Girls Circle and Youth Advisory Board (YAB). All groups run weekly from 4 to 5:30 p.m. except the Youth Advisory Board, which meets one Friday a month. Programs are free and supervised by experienced facilitators. Registration is required for each program, so call to reserve a space. Call Annie Colonna, Director of Prevention Services, at 845-986-6422 for updated schedule information or to register. The Community Center is located at 11 Hamilton Ave., Warwick.  Visit the center’s website for class information.

Alamo Farmworkers Community Center supply drive

“The Alamo” Farmworkers Community Center is a not-for-profit organization that assists the families of migrant and permanent farmworkers whose children are in the Warwick, Goshen and Florida School Districts. Their weekly Homework Help Club needs some supply donations for its K-6 students: backpacks, art supplies, safety car booster seat or child safety seat, and unused supplementary vocabulary development & math workbooks. Books and magazines for that age group would also appreciated. A drop-off box for donations is located in the Park Avenue Elementary School lobby. The Alamo is located on Pulaski Highway between Pine Island and Goshen. To find out how you can help, call Jane at 845-987-8289.

Bright beginnings – Free preschool for children who do not speak English, or are learning it as a second language

Bright  Beginnings Preschool is currently running a program that offers FREE preschool to children who do not speak English OR are learning English as a second language. Call for more information – Bright Beginnings Preschool at 845-986-0980. Pre-Kinder Gratis para niños que no hablan Ingles. Llamen para mas informacion.

O-U BOCES offers free “English as a Second Language” class

Orange-Ulster BOCES offers a free “English as a Second Language” class. The class is held at the former Pine Island Elementary School on Thurs. & Sat. from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and the Warwick Reformed Church on Mon. & Wed. 6-9 p.m. To register for this class, please call 845-781-6715, ext. 1. Para inscribirse para la clase de Ingles como Segundo Idioma venga a este lugar (la iglesia o escuela) o por favor llame 845-781-6715, ext. 1.

Children and families diabetes support group at St. Anthony

A children and families diabetes support group is free of charge and meets monthly at St. Anthony Community Hospital. The age range of the children who attend is anywhere from 3 to 15 and it is a good way for kids (and parents) to gain support and realize that they aren’t the only ones dealing with diabetes. Meets the fourth Monday of the month at St. Anthony Community Hospital, 2nd floor Conference Room from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Call 845-570-3510 for more information.

ORMC offers support group for teens with diabetes

Group for parents & guardians also held at the same time. Are you a teen living with diabetes? Come and  share your thoughts and feelings with others who understand. Orange Regional’s “Sweet Talk,” a support group for teens ages 12 and up with diabetes, is a dynamic program where teens can share experiences, learn from each other and gain knowledge from a certified diabetes educator and a high school teacher and coach. There is also a separate group for parents and guardians held at the same time, led by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. For more information call 845-695-5858 or visit the website.

Jockey Hollow Pony Club offers local programs

Jockey Hollow Pony Club is a local, not for profit organization promoting horsemanship programs right here in Warwick, for elementary through high-school aged youths – and beyond! Jockey Hollow Pony Club is a local chapter of the United States Pony Club (USPC). Pony Club is unique and FUN because its educational programs place equal emphasis on the teaching of riding skills, horse care fundamentals and team participation with sportsmanship. For more information, contact Scott at or Ellen at Look for us on Facebook!

Quit smoking for free – services for all who live, work or attend school in Orange County

The Orange County Dept. of Health offers free smoking cessation classes and services to anyone who lives, works or attends school in Orange County. Services offered include free acupuncture & hypnotherapy, cessation classes and nicotine replacement therapy. To sign up or for more information, call the Orange County Department of Health at 845-568-5237 or visit their website.

Village of Warwick seeks part-time school crossing guard

The Village of Warwick seeks a part-time School Crossing Guard to work approximately five hours per week, to start immediately. School Crossing Guards help children safely cross busy intersections on their way to and from school, and control traffic flow around crosswalks in the morning and at the end of the school day. All candidates are subject to a background investigation. Interested persons may apply at the Warwick Village Hall, 77 Main St., on weekdays between 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Donating blood at St. Anthony Community Hospital

Your donation stays right here in Warwick! When – Thursdays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  Where – The donor room is located on the grounds of Mount Alverno on Grand Street. (look for A-frame signs on the corner of Grand & Rt. 94, and then at their driveway).  FYI – To donate, you must weigh at least 110 lbs., have photo ID with you and have eaten before coming in. Drink plenty of fluids the day before and day of your donation. You may donate every 56 days. Every donor will receive an AMC Silver Movie Ticket. Why – Your donation benefits St. Anthony Community Hospital and stays right here in Warwick. We need blood every day, and your help is needed – and appreciated – all year long. For more information, contact Patricia Bonnier at

Community blood drives – first & third Thursday monthly

Donating blood is literally giving the gift of life. Each day, patients in our region need close to 2,000 people a day to roll up their sleeves to give the gift of life. There is simply no substitute for voluntarily donated blood. Without volunteer donors, our community would not have an adequate community blood supply. Upcoming drives sponsored by Community Blood Services are held the first and third Thursday of every month from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Dorothy C. Wilson Education Center, adjacent to the Warwick Valley Middle School.

From the WV Coalition – Talking to youth about drinking

According to a recent National Institutes of Health (NIH) study, one community trait that contributes to youth binge drinking is having “a feeling of safety.” The safe environment may lead to a sense of complacency about the risks of losing control. Talking to youth about drinking, and modeling moderation for them, greatly reduces the likelihood of underage drinking. For resources for talking to your kids about drinking, contact the Warwick Valley Community Center at 845-986-6422.

Hudson Valley Youth Orchestra looking for young musicians

Would you like to play with a group of talented young musicians? Join the Hudson Valley Youth Orchestra, which meets in Florida, NY on Thurs. and Sat.  For more information, call Stefanie Poulson at 845-313-1409.

Free programs and events at the Warwick Valley Community Center

For kids from preschool all the way through high school! The Warwick Valley Community Center offers a variety of great FREE programs and events for kids from preschool all the way through high school age. Space is limited, so “first come, first served.” The Community Center is located in the Doc Fry Building at 11 Hamilton Ave., Warwick.  For more information, call 845-986-6422 or go to . Find us at Facebook: Reachingout TeenCenter.

Sheet music donation drive – Girl Scout Gold Project

Do you have sheet music you don’t use anymore? Is your piano bench so full that it doesn’t close? Please consider donating your books (any instrument, any genre) for a sheet music section in the Albert Wisner Public Library so they can be used by all. The dropoff points are the library Help Desk, and the chorus rooms at the Middle School and High School. You can also call 845-986-7581 to arrange for pickup. This program began as a Girl Scout Gold Award project by WVHS alum, Anna Galitzine.