Message from the Principal : Mr. Joe Mercora

 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.


  1. Thank you to all who helped with our talent show. It was an incredible display of our student’s unlimited potential. I would like to especially thank our wonderful parents Ms. Jen Harrington, Ms. Jill Rossiter, Ms. Elena Schloss and Ms. Dianne Snyder for their efforts in making this happen. Congratulations to all of our students who took part in this event. It was a magical evening.  
  2. Congratulations to all of our students and thank you to all of our parents and teachers who assisted and took part in our Science Fair. We have some true future scientists in our midst and I am so excited about their futures and all of the good they will do for our world. A special thank you to our own 5th grade teacher, Michael Jones, for all of his tireless efforts in coordinating the projects, including the display and judging. A special thank you to Ms. Jen Mayer for her work and leadership every year with this event. As always, it was a special evening.
  3. Someone who often stays out of the spotlight but is vital in ALL of our many, many PTA events is our fearless president. I would like to personally thank Ms. Anna Dabney on behalf of our entire school community for her leadership in running our PTA. It is truly a pleasure working with this amazing group of parents under Anna’s outstanding leadership.
  4. Mr. Yankou has again put together a wonderful assembly for our students as we conclude Black History Month. Thank you to him, our teachers and students for all of their dedication to this most important month.
  5. Thank you to all who participated in donating materials to the Hi Tor Animal Shelter. Your participation helped small animals get much needed materials for their care. A special thank you to our wonderful Student Council for spearheading this initiative.


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:

  1. March 5th – PTA Meeting 7:00 p.m. in the Faculty Room.
  2. March 9th – Superintendent’s Conference Day – NO SCHOOL for students.
  3. March 16th – GAME NIGHT where we will play Bingo – All Purpose Room from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  4. Report Card Conferences – Second trimester is coming to an end. Report Card Conferences will take place by appointment only. There are two days where your child will be dismissed early so please make the necessary arrangements. The dates are as follows:
  • Tuesday, March 20th – Daytime Conferences – Students will be dismissed at 11:45 a.m.
  • Thursday, March 22nd – Evening Conferences – Regular dismissal time.
  • Friday, March 23rd – Daytime Conferences – Students will be dismissed at 11:45 a.m.

 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

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