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  • UPDATE TO WATER TESTING: September 12, 2016 Letter from Dr. Montesano Reviews Water Testing in Our Schools' Drinking Water

    Emailed District-wide on 9/12/16 to all District families and staff, this letter includes a review for next steps that our District will take to continue to be in compliance with Governor Cuomo's newly signed law requiring all NYS public schools test for lead in potable (drinking) water.  Please read this letter for the latest details.  An earlier letter sent by Dr. Montesano on 9/6/16, is also attached.  The District is committed to providing up-to-date information to our community on this important topic.

  • Our Board of Education takes their annual First Day Back to School Tour of each building...

    Every year on the first day of school, Members of the Board of Ed take a tour with Dr. Montesano to officially welcome everyone into a new school year.  We hope that everyone has had a smooth and successful re-entry into school with a positive mindset.  Your Board of Education, Principals and Administrators are working hard to ensure that we continue learning together!  Check out photos of the 2016/17 Back to School Tour on Spotlight.

  • NEW Media Release Opt-Out Form

    Please note that the District has a new Media Release/Opt Out Form that is included in the summer mailings from each school to all families.  Parents/Guardians who do not wish their child's photograph to be featured on our new websites should check the appropriate boxes on this form and send it back to their child's school by September 26th, 2016

  • Welcome to Nyack Public Schools ALL NEW websites!

    Please peruse and note that over the next few weeks we will be making the last few edits and additions as we finalize the transition and prepare all the new sites for the new school year. Thank you for your patience!

  • Our NEW 2016-17 District Calendar is HERE!

    The calendar will be mailed to all District families on August 11th. PLEASE NOTE: the Free & Reduced Lunch Forms are stapled as an insert to the center of your calendars. Click below to view the calendar online.

  • First Day of School - Tuesday, September 6th


    Upper Nyack School
  • Last day of school - Friday June 24th.

    Upper Nyack School

Upcoming Events (scroll through)

  • 2nd Annual Hall of Fame Ceremony

    Nyack Public Schools
  • Homecoming Parade & Game

    Nyack Public Schools
  • Rosh Hashanah-school closed

    School closed
    Upper Nyack School
  • Rosh Hashanah-No School

    Nyack Public Schools
  • Rosh Hashanah-school closed

    School Closed
    Upper Nyack School
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Message from the Principal

 Dear Friends,

 Helen Hunt Jackson once said, September days are here and with them the summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best cheer. That being said I welcome you to what, I believe, is the greatest place in the world to send your child to school, Upper Nyack Elementary School.  A place where we love each student as if they were our own and teach them all they will need to be successful in the twenty-first century. We also take pride in providing them a SAFE environment where they can learn.

 As we begin this year together, let us remember that we are a team. Together we work for your child’s success. There is no greater cause to work together than to benefit the needs of your child. This is the first of several monthly letters I will be sending out to you. Many times our letters home are just keeping you up to date on the latest happenings at Upper Nyack Elementary School.  Here are a few to mention.

  • Welcome Ashley Chippa, new Math Specialist
  • Welcome back Patti Seminelli, Speech Teacher
  • Edelstein will be returning to work in late October. Until then, we are pleased to have Ms. Jessica Dow as our substitute for her. Ms. Dow shares the distinction of being a graduate of Nyack High School.
  • September 9th: Back to School Picnic sponsored by our PTA 5:00-7:00pm.
  • September 12th: PTA Meeting at 7:00pm
  • September 15th: Back to School Night 7:00pm. We will start the evening in the All Purpose Room at 7:00 p.m. If you would like to meet our Physical Education Team, Reading and Math Specialists, Music and Art Teachers, they will be available in the All Purpose Room at 6:30pm.

Welcome to all our new families! You have become a part of a wonderful family here at Upper Nyack Elementary School. To our families that have been here, please help our new families so they can have a successful experience with us.

Just a few safety reminders:


  • If you need childcare, you can drop off your children at 8:00am and they will be supervised by one of our staff members during our morning program. Please do not drop off your child earlier than 8:00am.


  • Car Drop Offs: If you are using our drop off or pick up lane, do not get out of the car to let your child leave or enter the car. If you feel you must do this, then please park your car in a spot on the street and wait for your child outside of their designated dismissal door.

The reason for this is to allow traffic to keep moving along on North Broadway and allow parents and children quick access to each other. 


  • Please communicate any dismissal changes to your child’s teacher first thing in the morning by putting a dismissal note in their backpack. Dismissal changes should be known by the teacher in the morning.  If an emergency arises and an appointment is made, call the office BEFORE 2:00pm to notify the teacher.  Please be advised, NO DISMISSAL CHANGES WILL BE  HONORED AFTER 2:00pm


  • Safety is our goal in all things. Please help us to create a safe environment. To those parents picking up their children, please be reminded that once your child/children are dismissed to you, please make every effort to leave the grounds so we can focus on dismissing our bus students.


  • To our parents whose children take the bus: Please make sure you have an alternate plan for your child if for some reason you cannot meet them at the bus stop on time. Whether it is another family member, fellow parent etc. please make sure that you always have someone meeting your child.


Best wishes on a successful school year. Together, we work towards your child’s success. Is there any greater mission to have?


Mr. Joseph Mercora