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Scheduled Events, Activities & Programs

Free Family Style Dinner – August 17

Warwick Community Kitchen invites you to join us for dinner on Fri., August 17 from 5-7 p.m. in the former Pine Island Elementary School (20 Schoolhouse Rd., off County Routes 1 & 6). We will offer a family style dinner consisting of our Annual BBQ – Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Potato Salad, Macaroni & Cheese, Salad 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: http://warwickcommunitykitchen.weebly.com.

“Butterfly Bags” – Bringing hope to children in foster care

For her Girl Scout Silver Award, 14 year old Amber V. is putting together backpacks for children ages newborn – 18 years in foster care, so they don’t have to pack their things in garbage bags. She is collecting NEW backpacks, throw blankets, stuffed animals, books, coloring books and crayons, journals and pens, small tissue packs, clothing, pajamas and toothbrushes. Please drop off donations by the end of summer/early Sept. Collection locations are the Albert Wisner Library in Warwick and Grace Lutheran Church in Greenwood Lake. For more information, contact ButterflyBagsForHope@gmail.com. Like us on Facebook @ButterflyBagsOfHope.

Warwick Valley Youth Wrestling Camp – August 20-23

Warwick Valley Youth Wrestling Camp will offer a summer program for students entering grades 2-8 (first graders going into second are welcome). The program will be held Monday-Thursday, August 20-23 from 9 am-12 noon in the Warwick High School Mat Room. The Warwick Valley Youth Wrestling Camp is designed to promote the sport of wrestling to students who reside in the Town of Warwick. Registration deadline is July 1. For flyer/registration form with complete information, email Phil Szumlaski at Pszumlaski@wvcsd.org. Mail completed registration form to: Phil Szumlaski, 31 Briarwood Lane, New Windsor, NY 12553.

Warwick Historical Society “Party in the Park” – Aug. 25

Join us at the “Party in the Park” on Sat., August 25 from 6-9 pm in Lewis Park – an evening of celebration. This year, the focus is on Warwick’s vibrant agri-tourism industry. From our scenic orchards and pumpkin patches, to our wineries and cideries and our farm-to-fork restaurants, Warwick has something to offer everyone. 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. Special art cows were designed by students at nine local schools; Greenwood Lake Elementary and Middle Schools, Park Avenue Elementary, Sanfordville Elementary, Warwick Middle and High Schools, Golden Hill Elementary and S.S. Seward Institute, and the cows will be auctioned at the event. For more info.: http://www.whsny.org or 845-986-3236.

Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center – Summer Adventures for kids!

Summer Adventures is our week long, full day (9 am-3 pm) farm experience for ages 6-12. You can pick from seven different weekly themes. Each week includes horseback riding, grooming, tacking, feeding, spending time with our horses, theme related games, crafts and food. The cost is $295. per week. For a flyer, and for more information about this program and all our programs, go to: https://www.winslow.org/programs-2/

Free parent program – Understanding mental illnesses that cause behavioral difficulties – begins Sept. 21

“NAMI Basics” is a free, six-session program designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents experiencing symptoms of mental illness and/or have been diagnosed. NAMI Basics helps parents and other family caregivers of children to understand the illnesses that are causing those behavioral difficulties, and the critical role families play in the treatment of those illnesses. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also the parents or family caregivers of individuals who experienced initial symptoms and/or diagnosis prior to the age 18. NAMI Orange County, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its six-week NAMI Basics Education Program for the Fall beginning Sept. 21. It will be held on Fridays at 6:30 pm at Orange Regional Medical Center, Conference Room 3.
For more information or to register, call Marcy at 845-258-8240, NAMI Orange, 845-956-6264, www.Namiorangeny@warwick.net/

Upcoming WVHS Class Reunions

The following classes are planning reunions:
– WVHS Class of 1977 & 1978 – 40th Reunion – Sept. 28-29, 2018 – info. posted!
– WVHS Class of 1968 – 50th Reunion – Sept. 28-29, 2018
– WVHS Class of 2008 – 10th Reunion – Fall 2018 – date & info TBA
– WVHS Class of 1994 – 25th Reunion – 2019 date TBA
For more information, go to:
https://www.warwickvalleyschools.com/about-wvcsd/alumni/reunion-news/

Recreational swim at the HS pool on Friday evenings

The Warwick Valley High School pool is open to the community for recreational swim every Friday evening, from 7:00-8:30 pm, at a cost of $3 per swimmer. Please consult the pool closing calendar posted at the pool for scheduled pool closing dates. For more info contact Debbi Rogan at drogan@wvcsd.org.

WVHS pool closing information for spring/summer 2018

Due to scheduled maintenance on the HS pool, which will begin in March 2018, the district will not be able to offer the following swim programs this spring/summer:

  • children’s swim lessons
  • lap swim
  • recreational swim
    The pool will be open for Fall 2018 Continuing Education programs. Thank you for your understanding.

“Day At The Barn” Program for school days off – reg. open

Registration is now open for Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center’s Day At The Barn program. Join us for a fun-filled day of horsing around on your days off from school! Pick from any of the 19 days over the course of the school year. Each day we offer horseback riding, barn activity, crafts and games all for only $50 a day. Check out the flyer on our website to see exact dates. Go to: http://www.winslow.org/programs-2/. For more information or to register, call Winslow at 986-6686.

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 Lisa Reece at lreece@wvcsd.org or Mary Murphy in WVHS Guidance at 845-987-3000, ext. 12616 or mmurphy3@wvcsd.org.

WVCSD is doing great things – watch this short video 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: https://www.warwickvalleyschools.com/video-gives-overview-of-the-warwick-valley-central-school-district/.

 

Ongoing Programs & Services

Warwick Valley Central School District posts

For parents of current WVCSD students who need to update their contact information/email address:

Update your contact information through the Parent Portal link at bottom of the district website homepage at www.warwickvalleyschools.com. 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 about Parent Portal

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.

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.

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 participated in several joint activities and events, including an exhibit of memorable and historic issues of the Warwick Valley High School newspaper, The Survey. The exhibit, created by student members of the WVHS Journalism class, is located in the WVCSD District Office, adjacent to the Middle School. Community members are invited to view this exhibit of historic newspapers and artifacts! More information

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 mmurphy3@wvcsd.org.

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 mmurphy3@wvcsd.org.

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 mstolt@wvcsd.org and/or Patrick Ellis, MS Tech teacher at pellis@wvcsd.org.

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.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/FamilyCentralNY/ Or for information about Family Central, email FamilyCentralNY@gmail.com.

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: http://cceorangecounty.org/4-h-youth or call 845-344-1234. For more information, contact Kathy at 646-823-5633 or KAL64@cornell.edu.

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 www.warwickpantry.org or send an email to info@warwickpantry.org.

Town of Warwick “Friendly Visitor” program

The Town of Warwick has a Friendly Visitor Program, in which volunteers 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, and 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 gedgedrisc@yahoo.com.

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.

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 www.warwickdaycare.org.

“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 Preschool

Enroll for the 2018-2019 school year! Call to make an appointment 845-986-0980. Accepting children ages 3-5. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday program. We offer spiritual and character development, kindergarten readiness, music, Spanish, English, yoga, field trips, STEAM, Common Core, outside play, developmentally appropriate learning activities in all areas of growth. * 2018 Orange and Rockland recipients of STEM Grant. Must be age 3 by Dec. 1 of this school year. $200 a month for half day 9:00-11:30 or 12:30-3:00 / $400 a month for full day 9:00-3:00. Bright Beginnings Preschool, 135 Forester Ave., Warwick. Email: Brightbeginningswarwick@gmail.comhttps://brightbeginningswarwick.weebly.com. Bright 
Beginnings Preschool is also 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.  www.BrightBeginningsWarwick.org.

Calvary Baptist Church Youth Group for grades 7-12

Join us at Calvary Baptist Church, at 5 Wisner Rd. across from Kings, on Friday evenings from 7:00-9:00 pm. All youth in grades 7-12 are welcome to join us for some fun and creative games, followed by a time of biblical discussion. We maintain a family atmosphere in which teens feel safe, accepted, and free to discuss what is on their minds in a comfortable and loving setting. There are many special events planned such as: concerts, game nights, field trips, parties, and mission/service projects. For more information, please contact us at 845-986-2137.

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. To check on current class days and times, or 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 scott@jockeyhollowpc.com or Ellen at ellen@jockeyhollowpc.com. 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 patricia_bonnier@bshsi.org.

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 in a mobile unit on 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.

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.