News from the Nest

Mercersburg Elementary School

Message from the Principal


I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I want to thank you for your continued support of Mercersburg Elementary school and the great students that you send me each day! We have numerous fun activities that will be happening in school over the next few weeks! Please remember to have your child read 20 minutes every night and continue to practice their math facts.


Mr. Kaczmark

Winter Concert

Thursday, Dec. 4th, 7pm

30 S Park Ave

Mercersburg, PA

Our Winter concert will be held Thursday December 4th.

Christmas Break

Friday, Dec. 19th, 2pm

30 S Park Ave

Mercersburg, PA

Just a reminder that we will be on Christmas Break from the 20th of December to the 4th of January. The 19th is a full day of school!

Attendance Policy

Attendance Policy: In keeping with PA state regulations and the Tuscarora School Board policy #204, absences shall be treated as unexcused until the school office receives a written excuse explaining the absence. Written excuses must be submitted to the office within three days of the absence. If the office does not receive a written excuse within three days the absence becomes unexcused. After three unexcused absences the next unexcused absence becomes an unlawful absence which could lead to notification of the local magisterial district judge, as well as a referral to the County Children and Youth Agency. If you have any questions in regards to attendance or excuses received, please contact the school secretary at 328-3127 ext. 2500.


TWEP will be hosting a Nature Crafts for Kids event on December 7 from 2-4 at the Charles Brightbill Environmental Center located on the James Buchanan High School campus. Activities will be geared to children 10 years old and younger.

Dismissal Notes

DISMISSAL NOTES: Please understand that in order to verify that all students are leaving on the correct bus, or as a car rider or walker with the appropriate adult identified on the emergency cards, we need to maintain consistency in our routines and procedures. Please refrain from changing dismissal procedures for your child unless an emergency arises. Exceptions will be made and approved on an individual basis. Thank you for your understanding! Please be sure to be here to pick up your child by 2:00.

COPPA Letters

Parents, please call the school if you have questions regarding the important COPPA letter. Many of you have returned it to us already, but we really need 100% participation. You need to fill out and return the letter for your students to be able to use computer programs here at school. Please contact the office if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks!


If you are planning to volunteer for any school day event,

which includes field trips,

you must apply for and complete the following volunteer clearances:

Volunteer Registration Form

Child Abuse History Clearance

Criminal Records Check

Act 24 – Arrest/Conviction Report

Federal Criminal History Record

Tuberculin Test Results

Clearance application packets, which include directions for completing the forms, are available in the school office. They are also available on the district’s website at (select Mercersburg under “TSD Schools” tab, then listed under “FORMS” tab). Please note that these clearances may take up to six weeks to be processed and returned to you. After your clearances have been accepted, they will remain current as long as you sign in as a volunteer at least one day during each school year.