I hope this letter finds you well.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your incredible support and commitment to our school. We remain so lucky and honored to work with your children. There are a few items that I would like to speak with you about.
A few items to note:
Thank you: to our PTA for a fantastic Teacher Appreciation Breakfast. In particular, many thanks to Ms. Jen Knecht and Ms. Maria Sherry for their amazing efforts.
Fall Festival: Will be held this Friday, October 21st from 5:00-7:00pm. Our PTA is hoping for more participants to take part in the festival to make it an outstanding and memorable event for our students. I am adding some incentive to this need. If you agree to decorate your car and take part in giving out candy for this wonderful event, your child’s name will be placed in a raffle. At the end of the event, the winning name will be picked for the prize, “Principal for a Day” which will be redeemed sometime in the month of November. A reminder that our Fall Festival is a PTA-sponsored event and it is NOT a drop off event. All children must be supervised by their parent/ guardian.
Voting Booth: Our PTA has, once again, worked with our school to provide an amazing real-life experience for your child. Thanks to the efforts of parent and PTA Treasurer, Dean Gianakouros, your child will experience voting in an actual voting booth. This will lead to great class discussions and we will facilitate a mock presidential election in November. To get the students into the voting process, this week our students voted on a costume choice for me to wear at The Fall Festival. The choices were Batman, The Flash or Captain America. Many thanks to Ms. Zwiebel, our wonderful Librarian, for her assistance.
Weather Letter: A separate letter will be coming home pertaining to making arrangements for your child’s pickup. This is particularly important for students taking the bus home from school.
SEPTSA Meeting: The first meeting of our Special Education Parent Teacher Student Association will be Wednesday, October 26th at 7:00pm. The meeting place will be at Nyack Middle School.
Pickup/Drop Off: As you know, drop off and dismissal are very important times of the day where safety is critical. Please DO NOT park in our drop off and pick up lanes. In addition, if your child is unable to enter or exit a car without assistance (an adult getting out of their car to enter or exit with a student), then you should be parking your car elsewhere and picking them up at the door. This ensures the safety of your child and also the ability for parents waiting in the pick-up/drop off line to be able to pick up their children as quickly and as safely as possible.
Thank you: For not making changes in your child’s dismissal arrangements after 2:00 pm. This is greatly appreciated by our staff.
We continue our work together to benefit one of the world’s most precious resources, children. I remain very lucky to say that I work in a GREAT school that has teachers who love teaching which helps children to love learning. I thank you for your support. Your children remain a treasure and we are very proud of them. We all want them to go very far in achieving their hopes and dreams. One of my favorite quotes is from an African proverb. It states that, If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. Let us continue our work together to make your child realize their dreams. You can anticipate my next letter coming home in November.
Mr. Joseph Mercora