Message from the Principal : Mr. Joe Mercora

Dear Friends,

I am hoping this letter finds you well.  I would like to congratulate you and thank you for your support during this first week. We know that there were some technical issues from time to time but we got through it together. Your children, once again, have done what has NEVER been done before. They have opened a school year remotely!  I am so proud of them. We probably did not want to make this type of history, however, the circumstances forced us to and we should take a moment to CELEBRATE this moment. We should also take a moment to say job well done to our staff and thank you to parents and caregivers for their patience and hard work!

Toward the end of next week, we will be sending you some updates to the hybrid opening that will be coming at the end of this month. We will also be scheduling another community ZOOM session with parents the week of September 22nd. We can all celebrate and be thankful that we are part of such an incredible Nyack community. A community that is hardworking, caring and compassionate to all.

I would be remiss on this day if I also did not mention that we take a moment to remember the families who were effected on September 11, 2001. There are tremendous stories of tragedy as well as bravery. Let us never forget how lucky we are to have one another. There will come a day when you are able to come into our school again and pay us a visit. When you come into the main office, you will notice a framed Nyack High Lacrosse Jersey hanging up on the wall. You will also notice a red and gold plaque outside of the library. This jersey and plaque belongs to a Nyack graduate named Welles Crowther. Welles grew up in Upper Nyack and attended our school just like your children do. He then went on to Nyack Middle School and Nyack High School just like many of your children will. He attended college and got a great job in New York City. Welles was also a volunteer firefighter here in Nyack. As a young boy, he would follow the example of his father by placing a Red Bandanna in his pocket. As the story goes, his father told him that when trouble comes and people need help, you are to take out the red bandanna and place it over your mouth and nose in order to be safe while helping others. On September 11, 2001, Welles was working in the South Tower of the World Trade Center when United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the building. It was incredible that anyone survived. Survivors later reported that they were either carried to safety or directed to safety by a man wearing a Red Bandanna. Welles went back in to the building several times to help others get to safety. What I just summarized is not even close to the Welles Crowther story. Simply put, Welles is the definition of a HERO. I would encourage you all to learn more and teach your children about this young man who grew up right here in Upper Nyack.

Please enjoy your weekend, hug your children and we look forward to our work together next week!


Mr. Joseph Mercora

 2020_Elementry School Parent Letter.pdf 

 Technology Resource for parents.pdf 

All communication to parents will be emailed.  Thank you for your support of your students and our teachers at this time.   Please email me with any concerns. (

 Joe Mercora, Principal

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