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Important School Dates
September 5 – First Day of School
September 12 – Parent Teacher Conferences/Orientation for Elementary and K-8 schools
September 19 – Parent Teacher Conferences/Orientation for Middle Schools
September 21-22 – High School Admissions Fair
September 26 – Parent Teacher Conferences/Orientation for High Schools and 6-12 Schools
September 30 – Rosh Hashanah (schools closed)

Staten Island Fundraising Walks

If staying fit isn’t a good enough reason to get some exercise, then maybe doing it in the name of charity will be. So grab your sneakers and walk for a cause. There are plenty of fundraising walks taking place in Staten Island this year, along with lots of other fun ways to donate your time or resources. Not up for walking? Attend a different charity event instead. Here’s a lineup of fundraising walks and charity event taking place in Staten Island this fall.

September 8 • Walk for Pancreatic Cancer Research
The Lustgarten Foundation • FDR Boardwalk
September 14 • Walk & Roll • GBS/CIDP Foundation International
FDR Boardwalk
September 15 • Walk Like MADD • Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Clove Lakes Park
September 21 • Staten Island Walk for Apraxia • Apraxia Kids
Clove Lakes Park
September 28 • Out of the Darkness Walk • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention • Clove Lakes Park
October 5 • Light the Night • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
College of Staten Island
October 6 • JDRF One Walk • JDRF (for Type 1 Diabetes Research)
College of Staten Island
October 12 • Walk to End Alzheimer’s • Alzheimer’s Association
College of Staten Island
October 20 • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
American Cancer Society • FDR Boardwalk
October 20 • Autism Speaks Walk • Autism Speaks
College of Staten Island

New walks and events are added to our website all the time. Visit the S.I. Parent Family Calendar for more information on these charity walks & more!

New Library Coming to Charleston
Local officials recently helped to break ground on the new Charleston Library, the 14th branch of the New York Public Library in Staten Island. Borough President Oddo allocated $1.6 million toward the $17 million branch, which will be located at the site of the Bricktown Commons shopping center in Charleston. The 100,000 square-foot library will have separate areas for children and teens along with an adult reading room and community rooms. It will be the first net-zero energy library in New York City and will feature solar panels on the roof.
BP Oddo said: “It’s nice to be involved in building happy things and I am not sure there’s a happier institution, a happier building, than a library. Think about all of the wonderful things that happen in our libraries. It’s really a blessing to be in a position where you have a chance to take some taxpayer money and allocate it into a project like this.”

Museum Day Returns
Smithsonian’s annual Museum Day will be held on Saturday, September 19. On Museum Day, participating museums nationwide open their doors to the public for free. Here in Staten Island, you can snag you free ticket to the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art and The Noble Maritime Collection at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, as well as the Alice Austen House Museum. Just over the bridge in Manhattan you can visit the Intrepid, Air, Sea & Space Museum, the New York City Fire Museum, the Museum of Chinese in America for free, among others. There are also several participating museums in New Jersey and around the other boroughs. Visit smithsonianmag.com to link to more info, including the full list of participating museums and to learn how to get your free ticket to Museum Day.

Nominate a “Kid of Achievement”
Do you know an outstanding student, friend or neighbor who could be considered a “Kid of Achievement?”
The Staten Island Children’s Museum’s Circle of Friends Awards Luncheon, now in its 28th year, recognizes people and organizations that have significantly contributed to the lives of Staten Island’s children. At the Luncheon, the Children’s Museum honors a “Kid of Achievement,” and is seeking nominations from the public as part of the selection process for 2019.

Ideal nominees are children and teens up to age 17 who are involved in volunteerism, have overcome obstacles and challenges to help others and who display leadership qualities.

Last year, the Staten Island Children’s Museum honored John W. Lavelle Prep High School student Kristy Autumn Anderson as its “Kid of Achievement.” Kristy was recognized for her excellence in her academic studies and community outreach. She dedicates her time in the community throughout the year by volunteering at the Richmond Terrace Therapeutic Garden, helping her neighbors register to vote and working seasonally with Dove’s Ministries Community Outreach, which distributes toys to children in need. Kristy also works hard in school and is a straight “A” student.

The public is invited to send their recommendations to the Children’s Museum no later than Friday, October 11. The Nomination Form is available here. It should include the nominee’s name, contact information and a brief description of their accomplishments.

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