Hugh Mercer Elementary School

October 4, 2021

Dear Patriot Families,

Happy end-of-the-nine-weeks! Congratulations to our students for a great kick-off to the 21-22 school year. BIG thanks to our team who is working tirelessly to be sure each day is a special day. We also want to thank each of you for being partners in your child’s education. We appreciate your teamwork in navigating this year together. We know there may continue to be some COVID-19 speed bumps along the way, however, please know we are here to help however we can. We know together we will make this a wonderful year for our Patriot students.

We look forward to a wonderful week. Thanks for your continued support of our Patriots.


Kim Doucette, Principal


It’s hard to believe it is the first week of October. There are a few special dates this month to remember. More information will be coming soon.

October is Bully Prevention Month:

  • Be on the lookout for a poster contest, coming soon.

  • October 7 is the Cyberbullying Prevention Presentation via Zoom from 5:00 - 6:00 PM (zoom link to follow)

  • October 12 is the end of the grading period.

  • October 13 is a Teacher Workday. School is not in session.

  • October 20 is an Early Dismissal for students (Staff Inservice)

  • October 20 is Unity Day. Students and staff will celebrate by wearing orange.

  • October 22 - Report Cards will be sent home.

  • October 29 we will have a Bully Prevention Month Spirit Day -- Superhero Day! All students and staff are encouraged to dress like a Superhero in celebration of being a super-caring friend. *To ensure distancing and safety, we will not gather as a large group this year nor have visitors. Please do not send food or treats. Our cafeteria team will be making a special treat to share!




Back-To-School Night will be a drive through parade. Students and their families will drive through this exciting event to wave hello at our Patriot teachers and staff. Your family is encouraged to decorate your vehicle -- or create a sign to say hello!

  • K-2 Back to School Night - November 3 from 4:30 PM. - 6:00 PM

  • 3-5 Back to School Night - November 4 from 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM


Conferences will be held virtually on TEAMS or ZOOM this year on the following dates:

October 28, January 20, and April 7. Conferences will be held at the following times on all dates:

  • 4:00 PM. - 5:30 PM (conferences)
  • 6:00 PM. - 7:00 PM. (conferences)


  • If your child is ill, please don’t send him/her to school.
  • If your child tests positive for COVID-19, please call the school at (540) 372-1115 and keep him/her at home.
  • If your child is waiting for test results, please keep him/her home as well.
  • Please, call the school if someone in your home has tested positive for COVID or if your child has been exposed and keep him/her at home until you speak with our team.

If your child has to stay home due to quarantine or isolation, please call us. We will be sure your child has work from school, their laptop/iPad, and that they are enrolled in our virtual learning experience “Second Shift Teaching." A second shift teacher will Zoom with your student after-school hours. Let your child’s teacher know if you need more information on Second Shift, if your child must stay home due to COVID-19.

Please, see our school division protocols here (and on the website)

COVID Information - Fredericksburg City Schools (fxbgschools.us)