Hello, our return to school this week went smoothly. Even with an obnoxious snowstorm and the incessant gas lines, we were fully staffed and your children’s excellent education continued without further interruption. Normalcy is returning. Four of our Varsity teams are in the play-offs right now and games are proceeding. Our high school musical, Bye, Bye Birdie, is in rehearsal and promises to be a sensation! Our grade school will be open this Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm for children to come and socialize, and for parents and siblings to join in if they desire. Our elementary school will begin extended mornings and afternoons beginning Tuesday, November 13.
 
I wish to alert you to two important new Quick Links on our district website’s homepage:

·        We have made available a comprehensive guidebook entitled A Guide to Disaster Assistance and Relief Funding that was provided by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s office. This helpful resource provides useful information for obtaining the kinds of assistance to which you may be entitled.

·        A second link will help you if you need assistance providing breakfast and lunch to your children due to a change in status brought about by the storm.
 
I am also happy to share with you below a letter from Babylon Helps, our local relief effort centered in the American Legion Hall on Grove St. As you probably know, scores of caring volunteers have been steadily providing hot meals, clothing, school supplies and so much more to our friends and neighbors who need a helping hand. It truly takes a Village to make a difference. We are rising up from the storm slowly but surely and no doubt we will be stronger and better for having endured.

We are that Village! We are dauntless! We are Babylon!
 
Sincerely,
Richard Rozakis
Superintendent of Schools
 

BABYLON HELPS NOVEMBER 10, 11, 12
Dear Friends,
We continued providing hot food, cleaning supplies and clothing through the Nor'ester on Tuesday and Wednesday at the American Legion Hall at 22 Grove Place. We will there today (Friday, Nov. 9) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. preparing for what promises to be a big weekend for cleanup.
Here are some key points for this weekend (more to follow):
We will need volunteers this weekend for clean up crews. We have compiled a list of people requesting help, and crews will meet on Saturday at the Legion Hall at 9 a.m. If you know someone who needs help, pls let us know.
We also will need volunteers to help at the hall and to deliver food around town.
While we are no longer accepting donations other than cleaning supplies (bleach, gloves, masks, paper towels, mops, contractor bags, etc.) we could use soups or trays of hot food for Saturday. We have heard repeatedly that the hot soup and meals have helped those who are cleaning up.
We will not be using the main Legion Hall on Sunday, Nov. 11, as the Legion will host its Veteran's Day Memorial. Pls try to attend the ceremony at 11 a.m. if possible, and stay for some food afterward. The Legion's support of this effort has been extraordinary, and it would be great if we can bring a big crowd to honor the Legion and our veterans. On Sunday, volunteer crews will meet briefly at 9 a.m. in the parking lot behind the Legion Hall.
On Saturday, Nov. 10, Babylon Grade School -- gym, library, cafeteria -- will be open from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The school administration and teachers are volunteering their time and will supervise children who want to warm up, play games or just spend some time together. Students can be dropped off, and parents and siblings are welcome.
Debbie Bonventre will be opening her NY state-licensed Home Day Care this Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. "for anyone with children 6 weeks to 6 years old who needs to work their homes or help others effected by Hurricane Sandy. This will be completely free. If you have older children please let me know, if we have enough we will open somewhere else for them. Along with my staff and Juliettes Girl Scouts, we will be well staffed and qualified. If you need help call Debbie Bonventre at 943-3465 or email cadiroze@aol.com."
Three Babylon locations continue to serve as warming/charging centers -- the Legion Hall (which opens at 9 a.m.), Babylon Village Hall and St. Joseph's RC Church.
Hot showers are available to all at the YMCA in Bay Shore and LA Fitness in West Babylon (near McDonald's), St. Vincent de Paul (631-669-0068 ext. 157).Please send any questions to bv.sandy.relief@gmail.com or call 631-752-8842.