South Orangetown Community Elementary Schools PTA

William O. Schaefer Elementary ~ Tappan Zee Elementary ~ Cottage Lane Elementary

What's Happening in SOCES...

Join us for our next meeting 

Wednesday, January 14

 7:00 PM at WOS

Encouraging and Nurturing a Growth Mindset in Our Children

Join us for an engaging evening with SOCES Assistant Principals Sheila Beglin and Jeannine Carralong with teacher Randi Nerkizian as we explore and share the difference between fixed versus growth mindset and effective ways to give praise.

To ensure enough materials are available for everyone, please RSVP to or call Ellie Pellicci at WOS, 680-1301

Do you know someone who has made outstanding contributions to our schools? Someone who has been a powerful voice for our children? Each year the PTAs of South Orangetown CSD honor those who work to improve the lives of children with the PTA Founders Day Award. Nominations are being accepted through the first week of January. Download and return the Nomination Form to your school by January 14th. Nominees will be honored at the South Orangetown Founders Day Dinner February 24, 2015. Learn more about Founders Day

SOCES PTA RIF presents...The World of Reading Contest

Get out your drawing materials! The SOCES PTA “Reading is Fundamental” (RIF) Committee is pleased to invite all SOCES students in Grades K through 5 to enter a Drawing Contest as part of our RIF Motivational Program.


When you close your eyes and think about your world of reading and all the books you have read, what do you see? Draw a picture of how you see the world of reading.


Size: Use white paper or poster board. It should be at least 8½ x 11 inches and no larger than 12 x 15 inches.

Materials: Paints, markers, pencils, crayons. No digital art or photos.

Write a sentence describing your picture on the FRONT of your poster.

Do NOT write your name on the front of your poster. Complete the ENTRY FORM and tape it to the BACK of your poster.

Only one entry per student, please.


Posters will be displayed, judged and prizes will be awarded at the RIF book distribution in each SOCES school during January. All entries will be acknowledged.


Place entry in the “RIF Posters” box in your school’s main office by 3:00pm on Wednesday, January 7, 2015.

Questions? Contact KellyAnn Monaghan at

Remember to send in your Box Tops!

Don't forget to clip and send in your Box Tops. Each school has a collection box in the lobby - just drop them in. Or send them in with your child. S/he can glue them on to printable activity sheets Box Tops can be found on scores of products - office/school supplies, cereal, snacks. clothing and even produce! Visit for a list.

Help SOCES PTA Advocate for Your Children

Decisions about our children's education, about Common Core and state testing and about funding for our schools will all be made this week by the Governor and the legislator. Now, more than ever, your voice is needed. Please visit our new Advocacy page for details on how you can contact our elected officials and tell them enough is enough.

All Kinds of Minds - How Does My Child Learn?

For those parents who have missed this Workshop at WOS with speaker Gene Thompson, below is additional information:

Brain Power TED video

Misunderstood Minds

All Kinds of Minds Parent portal

Brainology - Article for kids What You Should Know About the Brain

Gene Thompson-Grove has been facilitating All Kinds of Minds courses for educators K-12 for ten years, and has been working with South Orangetown classroom teachers, our Child Study Team members, and our administrators to use the AKOM tools, processes, beliefs and content to create more effective accommodations and interventions for struggling students.s, and other content


Wednesday, Feb 11 at 9:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday Feb 16 - Friday Feb 20
Tuesday, Feb 24 at 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday, Feb 27 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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