March 12th - PTA meeting @ 7:00pm
March 9th - Supt. Conf Day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
March 20th/23rd - Daytime PT conferences (11:45am dismissal)
March 22 - Evening PT conferences
March 30th - Friday, April 6th - Spring Recess
Dear Amazing Families of Upper Nyack Elementary School,
I write this letter to you from my office after our first day back from winter break. It is wonderful to be back and seeing your children return to school was very special. We have so much to be grateful for so I will begin by saying thank you to many people.
As March is upon us, it is important to keep in mind several dates. In only a matter of four weeks, we will be on Spring Break and there are many wonderful events coming up:
As you know, your child’s safety is our top priority. Many times I have written to you about safety concerns regarding pick up, drop offs and the importance of leaving the campus promptly at dismissal time. I thank you for your incredible cooperation with all of these requests. I ask you to please consider these requests now more than ever. The quicker we have our campus cleared, the better our students can be on their way home safe with you. When I see footballs flying after school on the front grounds and students running across the campus unsupervised, I am concerned. I love seeing them happy and playing, however, I worry for any unexpected occurrences. During the school day, we benefit from demonstrating access control. We have cameras monitoring our hallways and outside recreation areas. We have a wonderful relationship with the Clarkstown Police Department who, throughout the week, stop in and walk through our school. All of our visitors must be checked and signed in with security and new visitors must show a valid ID.
We also constantly review practices to create a safer environment for your child. One such practice that we will now implement will involve the morning drop off in the All Purpose Room. Starting Monday, March 5th, we are asking that all students now enter through the main front entrance doors. This allows us to keep the doors closed which directly enter the All Purpose Room. After parents drop off students, they should leave the property and not congregate near the All Purpose Room. This alleviates congestion near the front entrance and will allow an egress in case of emergency. We ask for your cooperation on this new policy as this is just another attempt to create a safer environment for your child.
As I mentioned to you all in September at our Back to School Night, before I was Mr. Mercora the teacher and administrator, I was Joe Mercora the big brother of two younger sisters. Along with an amazing staff, always trust and be secure that we are ALL are watching your children like they are our own.
Have a wonderful day and thank you for your attention to this letter.
Mr. Joseph Mercora
CHANGES IN DISMISSAL MUST BE MADE IN WRITING. PLEASE SEND THE TEACHER A NOTE AND PLACE IN FOLDER IN BACKPACK. NO DISMISSAL CHANGE WILL BE HONORED AFTER 2:00PM.
March 9th - Supt Conf Day- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
March 20/23 - Daytime Parent Teacher Conferences(11:45am Dismissal)
March 22 - Evening Parent Teacher Conferences