Message from the Principal : Mr. Joe Mercora

Dear Amazing Families of Upper Nyack Elementary School,

 I hope this letter finds you well. It is incredible to believe that we have now completed one month of school. To say that we are proud of your children would be such an understatement. We believe in every child’s potential and want our students to fall in love with the idea of becoming the best they can be. We achieve this through showing them love and support as well as instilling the skills necessary for them to be successful in the 21st century.  In addition to our curriculum, we also focus our attention on student respect toward one another and themselves. We work with your children on differentiating between when it is time to play and when it is time to work. They did a wonderful job adjusting back to school life and are off to a GREAT start.

 This past week, our students took part in Start with Hello Week. This program focuses on the importance of demonstrating kind acts towards one another. It also creates a culture where children never feel alone or isolated. Each day started with a quote followed by an activity. One such quote included, “Do things for people, not because of who they are or what they can do in return, but because of who you are.” On this day, our students and staff were tasked with going out of their way to do something nice for someone. We saw students holding the door, complimenting friends and simply greeting their schoolmates with a smile. Students were told that Start with Hello Week is when we learn kindness skills that last the whole school year and for the rest of our lives. I would like to personally thank our Guidance Team, Mr. Hogg and Ms. Gomez, as well as our entire staff, for setting a wonderful tone of kindness and compassion.  

 Thank you:

  1. To our Upper Nyack Elementary families for all you do to support us in the work we do with your child.
  2. To our P.T.A. for an amazing meeting, Back to School Picnic and countless other things they do for our school. Please check out their new web-site at:
  3. To a group of people I consider to be the hardest working group in the field of education, the staff of Upper Nyack Elementary School.

 Upcoming October events:

All Nyack schools are closed Monday and Tuesday, September 30th –October 1st

P.T.A.sponsored Walk/Bike to School Wednesday, October 2.   PTA Meeting Monday, October 7th 7:00 p.m.

All Nyack Schools are closed Wednesday, October 9th.

All Nyack schools are closed Monday, October 14th.

Upper Nyack Elementary Picture Day for all students,  Wednesday, October 16

P.T.A. Trunk or Treat will be Friday, October 18th at 6:00 p.m. More information about this event will follow. 

We will stomp out bullying during the month of October. More news to follow on this topic.

Thank you for reading our letter. Have a great rest of your week.

Mr. Joe Mercora


Upcoming Events

  • Grade 5 class trip

    Upper Nyack School
  • Halloween Window Painting in the Village

    Nyack Public Schools
  • OCADA Rx Drug Take Back Day at Walgreens

    Nyack Public Schools
  • MS Parent/Teacher Conferences

    Nyack Public Schools
  • SCHOOLS CLOSED for Election Day

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