Mercersburg Elementary School

News from the Nest

Message from the Principal

I want to thank you all for a great first marking period! I am proud of the students for all of the growth that they have shown during the first marking period. As we move into November, our school year begins to become "choppy" with the holiday breaks. During this time it is important to keep a consistent routine at home. This allows for an easier transition back to school. Please remember to read twenty minutes with your child every night! During that time please check out any of the links below to help keep your child's skills sharp! I appreciate you taking time out of your schedules to join us for parent conference time. We enjoy opening up our doors and talking with the parents about all the amazing things that are happening at school. We have a lot of events coming up so please be on the lookout for updates. Please encourage your children to make a difference here at school and be better than they were yesterday.

Holiday Breaks!!!!!

Take special note of the following days off and early dismissal:


NO SCHOOL on Friday, November 9 (Act 80 Day) and Monday, November 12 for Veteran's Day.

EARLY DISMISSAL on Wednesday, November 21 at 12:00 noon and NO SCHOOL on November 22 - 27 for Thanksgiving Break.


NO SCHOOL December 24 - January 1 for Christmas Break.

School will be in session on Wednesday, January 2, which is now a weather make-up day.

Seasons Changing

As you give that last hug and kiss to your child before they leave for school, I encourage you to make sure they are dressed appropriately for the weather. Unless it is raining, most likely recess and gym class will be outside. Please, make sure they have a warm jacket, hat, and gloves if necessary. PLEASE LABEL HATS AND GLOVES

Cold and flu season are upon us so, I want to remind you that germs are spread very easily by coughing and sneezing.


  • Always cough into your elbow or tissue and then wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes.
  • Remember to wash your hands before you eat.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet.
  • Get plenty of sleep.


These are all VERY important to keep us, and our children, healthy.

As always, if your child has flu-like systems or diarrhea, vomiting or fever I ask that you keep your child home. Your child must be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to school.

TWEP Open House

2018-2019 TWEP Open House Schedule at Charles Brightbill Environmental Center:




Sunday, November 4 - 2:00 - 4:00 - Photo Contest Display; Special Speaker, Derek

Small, skilled in macrophotography - 3:00 in the North American Room at the Center


Sunday, December 2 - 2:00 - 4:00 - Nature Crafts for Kids activities


Sunday, February 3 - 2:00 - 4:00 - Game Day, come enjoy TWEP Nature Bingo, Bird Bingo

and more, games begin at 2:30


Sunday, March 3 - 2:00 - 4:00 - “Continental Critters”

presented by the Catoctin Zoo * in the JBHS auditorium at 3:00;

Elementary Art Show at the Center from 2:00 - 3:00 and

immediately after


Sunday, April 7 - 2:00 - 4:00 - tentative, Cumberland Valley Woodcarvers


Thursday, May 2 - 6:00 - 8:00 - High School/Middle School Art Show with

artist demos


Sunday, May 5 - 2:00 - 4:00 - Open House; No program planned


Open House events are free at the Center, unless otherwise noted with *

Want to visit the Center, but can’t make the dates? Call the Center 717-328-2126 and make

arrangements for a visit at another time.

Watch our TWEP website at www.twep.org for all current info and “Friend” us on Facebook

18-19 Meal Prices

Breakfast - $1.45, Reduced Breakfast - $.30

Lunch - $2.45, Reduced Lunch - $.40

Milk - $.45

Notes to school

  • Include child's first AND LAST NAME on any notes sent from home.
  • 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.
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 explaining the 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, a written note for the office is still required.

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 excuses received, please contact the school secretary at 328-2023 ext. 2500.

Lost and Found

Please label all hats, gloves and coats with your child's first and last name. As the weather gets colder it makes it easier to return items to students. If you notice that your child is missing an item, please encourage them to look in our lost and found.

PTO Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 6th, 6:30pm

30 South Park Avenue

Mercersburg, PA

No School Act 80 Day

Friday, Nov. 9th, 7:30am

30 South Park Avenue

Mercersburg, PA

No School Veteran's Day

Monday, Nov. 5th, 7:30am

Mercesburg ELementary School

Early Dismissal

Wednesday, Nov. 21st, 12pm

Mercersburg Elementary

No School Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, Nov. 22nd, 9pm

Mercersburg, PA, USA

Mercersburg, PA

We are off until Wednesday the 28th

Winter Concert

Tuesday, Dec. 4th, 7pm

5191 Fort Loudon Road

Mercersburg, PA

Grades 1,3 and 5


AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL