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Important School Dates:
• May 1-2 – New York State Math Test
• May 9 – Public High School and Grades 6-12 and K-12 Schools Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences (as determined by school)
• May 15 – Public Elementary School and K-8 Schools: Afternoon Parent-Teacher Conferences (as determined by school)
• May 16 – Public Middle School Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences (as determined by school)
• May 27 – Memorial Day (schools closed)

Fleet Week
It’s finally Fleet Week, and the fun begins right here in Staten Island! On Tuesday, May 21, at 10am, your family can watch helicopters descend on Miller Field in New Dorp to kick off the week-long series of events in celebration of our nation’s Armed Forces. The event is free and open to the public and includes free tours of the helicopters, official air and land demonstrations, military personnel and displays, and much more.

The following morning, view the famous Parade of Ships as they make their way down the New York Harbor (visible along the Hudson River from Battery Park to just south of the George Washington Bridge). Here in Staten Island, you can watch the nautical parade from Fort Wadsworth Overlook (210 New York Avenue). The event is followed by Navy Band concerts in both Washington Square Park and the South Street Seaport, as well as a performance by the U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team at the South Street Seaport.

Free ship tours are available to the public from 8am to 5pm at Pier 88 in Manhattan and at USS The Sullivans Homeport Pier (305 Front Street) in Staten Island and at Pier 86 in Manhattan (Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum), 10am to 3pm. The tours will be open from Wednesday, May 22 until Monday, May 27. The ships will depart on Tuesday, May 28, signaling the official end of Fleet Week.

Festive events are scheduled throughout New York City all week long. For more information about Fleet Week, go to militarynews.com/app/fleetweeknewyork. To find out about Staten Island Fleet Week, which includes free ship tours and a live music festival at Sullivans Pier on Memorial Day Weekend, go to sifleetweek.com. Check the SI Parent event calendar for the event lineup.

Bronx Zoo Dinosaur Safari Returns
The Bronx Zoo has featured dinosaur exhibits before, but the zoo’s newest Dinosaur Safari is the biggest and most realistic dinosaur ride in the country, according to the zoo. The experience will take riders through 2 acres of woods, in which they will meet animatronic dinosaurs including two 40-foot-long infamous T. rexes, a 60-foot-long herbivore called Omeisaurus, and the Spinosaurus, which was one of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs to ever exist. The Omeisaurus, while lesser known, will delight dinosaur fanatics as it towers over the safari trail. The dinosaurs roar, call out to each other, and interact with each other in amazing ways. The Dinosaur Safari is a limited engagement ride—it will run April 19-Nov. 3 only. Dino lovers can immerse themselves in the experience with the zoo’s Total Experience ticket. Get the full scoop from our sister publication, NY Metro Parent.

2019 Annual TD 5 Boro Bike Tour
The TD Five Boro Bike Tour has been a major New York City event for both cyclists and onlookers since it started in 1977. On Sunday, May 5, thousands of cyclists of all ages and skill levels will spin their wheels freely throughout all five boroughs where the streets have been cleared of cars. The 40-mile tour kicks off at 7:30am in lower Manhattan and will conclude at Fort Wadsworth here in Staten Island, where a festival is held at the finish line. The tour is the largest charitable bike ride in the U.S., with proceeds funding Bike NYC’s free bike education programs. If your plans that day don’t include a bicycle, you might want to steer clear of traveling far. Parts of the Verrazano Bridge will be closed for the duration of the tour, along with many streets and other bridges located within New York City.

Sad News for Local Sports Hero
Local travel baseball coach Scott Kain, who was featured in Staten Island Parent’s February Good Sports column, lost his nearly lifelong battle with cancer on April 2 at age 54. Kain coached in the Line Drive baseball program for many years and made tons of friends while impacting hundreds of young athletes along the way. Good Sports writer Joe LoVerde expressed his sadness over the loss: “To say he’ll be missed is an understatement.” Rest in peace, Scott.

Support a Camp for Kids with Cancer
Want to bring some summer sunshine to the lives of children battling cancer? Join SunriseWALKS on Sunday, June 2, at Mount Loretto, 6581 Hylan Boulevard and help raise the funds needed to provide as many as 100 children – those with cancer and their siblings – with a fun summer at the Lucille & Jay Chazanoff Sunrise Day Camp. The six-week day camp is completely free of charge, including transportation, and welcomes all who are eligible.

You can help by participating in the SunriseWALKS event on Sunday, June 3 (registration opens at 9am and the WALK starts at 10:30am) at Mount Loretto. The short walk is followed immediately by a family carnival. You can form your own team with friends or donate to an existing team. Registration is $20 for adults and $10 for kids under 12. Not big on walking? You can donate to this wonderful cause at sunrise-walks.org/si. Visit their website to register for the walk as well. The event is sponsored by The Jewish Community Center as well as Catholic Charities of Staten Island.

NYPD Summer Youth Police Academy
The NYPD Summer Youth Police Academy gives kids between the ages of 10 and 15 the opportunity to spend their summer training with the NYPD. Police officer-led classes include lectures, role-plays, and demonstrations in the areas of law, behavioral science, drug prevention and gang resistance. The program also provides participants with lunch, uniform shirts, and field trips. Students engage in military drills like those done in the Police Academy and go on field trips to police facilities.

Accepted participants will attend the academy that is closest to their home. In Staten Island, it’s offered at Curtis High School (105 Hamilton Avenue) with the 120 Precinct, and at New Dorp High School (465 New Dorp Lane) with the 122 Precinct.  Participants attend five days a week for six weeks, from 8:30am to 2pm. The academy starts on Monday, July 1 and the last day is Friday, August 9. Applications must be submitted by  Friday, May 31 and you will be contacted if your child is accepted. Preference will be given to those who have not attended the academy previously.

For more information, call the Community Affairs Bureau’s Youth Strategies Division at 718-312-5079. Link to the application at siparent.com/nypd-summer-youth-police-academy.

Springtime Clothing Drives
Spring cleaning? Don’t toss your old clothes — give them to those in need. The Staten Island Moravian Churches are once again hosting their annual clothing drive, now in its 16th year. They will be collecting clean, laundered and gently used warm and cool weather clothing for all ages and genders. If you’d like to contribute, be sure to sort your clothes by gender and size before you bag them up. If possible, put clothes for only one size and gender in a labeled bag. Among the most needed items are infant and children’s clothing and school supplies, as well as Halloween costumes. Collection barrels will be available at these locations:

• Castleton Hill Moravian, 1657 Victory Blvd., 718-442-5215

• Great Kills Moravian, 74 Hillside Terrace, 718-317-7788

• New Dorp Moravian, 2205 Richmond Road, 718-351-0090

South Shore Artist Group Annual Exhibit
The South Shore Artist Group is hosting their 52nd Annual Art Exhibit at Conference House Park on Sunday, June 2, 11am-5pm (with a rain date of June 9). The show will host up to sixty artists, including student works. Younger visitors will be able to show off some creativity of their own at an arts and crafts table at the event. While touring the exhibit, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the park. Conference House Park is located at the southern end of Hylan Blvd. For more information on the event, call 917-903-6456 or visit southshoreartistsgroup.com.

The South Shore Artists Group (SSAG) started over 70 years ago when an artist named Thea Wilbur Olsen and a few friends gathered to paint in Wolf’s Pond Park for the benefit of Richmond Memorial Hospital. Their first exhibit was held at the Chevrolet dealership on Main Street in Tottenville in 1946. Since then, membership has grown exponentially. Today, the group features both professional and self-taught artists. Want to learn more about the talented members of the South Shore Artist Group? Just go to their website for detailed biographies and samples of each artist’s work.

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