Mercesburg Elementary

News from the Nest!

It's Concert Time

Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th Grades will be performing their concert on Tuesday evening, March 3rd at 7:00 pm in the James Buchanan Middle School auditorium.

Kindergarten Registration, Tuesday March 31st

The registration site is now open to enroll your child for kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year. Your child must be 5 years of age by September 1, 2020 to start kindergarten. First, create an account at the link below, then enter the required information. You must call the elementary school upon completion of the forms, to schedule an appointment time on Tuesday, March 31st, to complete enrollment during our Kindergarten Registration event.

Volunteers and Clearnances


As we approach the second half of our school year, please be aware that if you are planning to volunteer for any school day event, which include FIELD TRIPS, RACE FOR ED, and FUN DAY, you must complete and submit the following clearances to the Tuscarora School District Human Resources department:

Volunteer Registration Form

Child Abuse History Clearance

PA Criminal Record Check

Act 24 – Arrest/Conviction Form

Federal Criminal History Record Check

Tuberculin Test Results Form

Mandated Reporter Training (instructions provided in Volunteer Letter)

Volunteer packets with clearance applications, forms and directions, are available in the school office and on the school district’s website at (select Mercersburg> Parents tab). Some applications may take several weeks to process, so plan accordingly to obtain volunteer approval before end of year activities take place.

If it has been longer than five years since completing one or more of your clearances, they may have expired and must be renewed before you can continue to volunteer.

Important Survey for Parents



We would like to invite you to participate in our Federal Programs annual surveys! We’d like to hear from you regarding our Title programs! Please take a few minutes to respond!



Last Year’s Survey Summary:

Attendance Policy

As we enter cold and flu season, please be aware of the attendance policy in regards to returning notes for your child's absences from school.

Attendance Policy: In keeping with PA state regulations and the Tuscarora School Board policy #204, absences shall be treated as unlawful until the school office receives a written excuse for the reason of absence. Written excuses must be submitted to the office within three days of the absence. Even if you have communicated with your child's teacher regarding an absence (by phone call or class Dojo), a written note for the office is still required.

If the office has not received a written excuse for your child's absence, you will receive a call/text from the district's notification system, as a reminder to send in a note with a reason for absence. Sending a note by email is also an option at the following address -

More than three unlawful absences 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 written excuses received, please contact the school secretary at 328-2023 ext. 2500.

Notes to School

  • Include child's first AND LAST NAME on any notes sent from home.
  • When your child is absent from school, a note stating the reason for the absence must be submitted within 3 days upon their return to school.
  • Notes should be sent anytime you are planning to pick up your child for an early dismissal.
  • Notes for sending your child home on a different bus should be limited to emergency requests.

Classroom Celebration Policy

Tuscarora School District is a food allergy aware school district. This letter is to inform you that there are several students at our schools who have potentially life-threatening food allergies. The most common allergens that can cause anaphylaxis are peanuts; tree nuts; milk; egg; fish; shellfish; soy and wheat. Eating these foods, even in trace amounts, may cause a severe reaction (anaphylaxis) that can lead to death. Sometimes even touching contaminated surfaces may cause a reaction. School staff have been trained to recognize such a reaction and to administer medication (epinephrine) in an emergency.

You can help staff and students by helping your child understand the foods they freely enjoy can be dangerous to others. Equally important, however, is to let them know they can support their classmates by eating and handling food responsibly.

Here are a few suggestions for you as parents:

· Never take food allergies lightly; they can be serious and life-threatening

· Tell your child, “Do not share your snack or lunch with classmates.”

· Please communicate with your child’s teacher BEFORE sending any food to school (other than their lunch)

· Tell your child to get help from an adult immediately if a schoolmate has a reaction

There is a policy that has been approved by the Tuscarora School Board which states birthday celebrations may be held ONCE per month per classroom. Please communicate with your child’s teacher about when this will happen. We will be enforcing this policy throughout the elementary schools.

We will also be enforcing the following:

· Only store-bought items will be served for birthday celebrations. We encourage healthy food items or non-food items to be shared for birthday celebrations.

· The school nurse WILL review all ingredients before food is served. PLEASE NOTE: even if the word “nuts” does not appear in the ingredients list, it may be noted on the item somewhere that the food was prepared in a facility where nuts are present. These items will not be allowed due to the possible presence of nuts in the food.

· Food will be served in the café on a day at the teacher’s discretion (all birthdays for that month will be celebrated in one day)

If you have questions or concerns, please contact your building principal. Thank you very much for your understanding and cooperation.


Ryan Kaczmark & Brett Kagarise,

Principal Principals

Mercersburg & Montgomery, Mountain View & St. Thomas

Read Across America Week!

Monday, March 2nd - Hats off to Dr. Suess: Wear any kind of hat

Tuesday, March 3rd - Fox in Socks : Wear fun socks

Wednesday, March 4th - Wacky Wednesday: Wear a mismatched outfit.

Thursday, March 5th - Oh the Places You Will Go: Dress up like your future career

Friday, March 6th - Read Across America: Wear red white and blue.

Read Across America Week

Monday, March 2nd, 7:30am to Friday, March 6th, 2pm

30 South Park Avenue

Mercersburg, PA

Monday, March 2nd - Hats off to Dr. Suess: Wear any kind of hat

Tuesday, March 3rd - Fox in Socks : Wear fun socks

Wednesday, March 4th - Wacky Wednesday: Wear a mismatched outfit.

Thursday, March 5th - Oh the Places You Will Go: Dress up like your future career

Friday, March 6th - Read Across America: Wear red white and blue.

Spring Concert

Tuesday, March 3rd, 7pm

5191 Fort Loudon Road

Mercersburg, PA

The concert is for grades K, 2 and 5.

PTO Meeting

Tuesday, March 10th, 6:30pm

30 South Park Avenue

Mercersburg, PA

Early Dismissal

Friday, March 13th, 9pm

Mercersburg Elementary

Just a reminder we have an early dismissal day!

No School Act 80 Day

Monday, March 16th, 7:30am

30 South Park Avenue

Mercersburg, PA

No School for Students!

End of the Marking Period

Monday, March 23rd, 2:30pm

30 South Park Avenue

Mercersburg, PA

Just a reminder that our 3rd Marking Period will be ending.

Literacy Night/ Planetarium Visit

Monday, March 30th, 3pm

30 South Park Avenue

Mercersburg, PA

We will have the book fair and Planetarium visit,

Time: 3-5:35