Little Lancers Lowdown

“Where Learners are Grown with Pride!”

August 2022

Welcome Back Elba Elementary!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the new school year! Even though our hallways and classrooms are mostly quiet right now, it won’t be long before the sounds of students and teachers take over once again. While we are so excited for the first day of school on Tuesday, September 6th, I hope this letter finds you and your family enjoying the summer weather and the time with each other. Summer is such a great time to relax and rejuvenate, so thank you for taking time out of your busy summer schedule to attend Popsicles with the Principal. I had such a great time meeting all of your children and you! I am truly looking forward to getting to know all of our Little Lancers this school year!

Teachers have been in and out of the building planning and preparing for the students’ arrival. New students have been registered and school supplies have been ordered by the amazing staff here. Our school custodians have been working diligently to prepare teachers’ classrooms and our entire building. I can’t wait for you to see how beautiful our building looks when you attend Open House on Thursday, September 1st.

As the 2022-2023 school year approaches, I wanted to take a moment to welcome our incoming UPK and Kindergarten students to their new school and say welcome back to our 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students and parents. When you attend Open House you may also meet new faculty and staff or even notice some familiar faces in different positions. Please join me in welcoming them to Elba elementary!

New Faces:

Mrs. Rachael Allen - K

Mrs. Kelly Merkel - K

Ms. Amanda Paradowski - 4-7 ENL

Mr. Dakota Hirsch - Music

Mrs. Ally Terranova - K-12 Social Worker

New Roles:

Mrs. Anmarie Maher - Grade 3

Miss Emily Kreutter - Grade 5 ELA and Social Studies

Mrs. Jessica Millington - Grade 6 Social Studies & Science, Interventions

Miss Paxton Brewer - Grades 6-8 Math

Mrs. Maritza Matos - K-3 ENL

The 2022-2023 school year will bring an opportunity to continue to focus on providing your child(ren) with the very best learning experiences possible! Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Enjoy the rest of your summer!



You're Invited to Back to School Night/Open House!

Back to School Night/Open House for students and their families, in grades 1-12, will be on Thursday, September 1st from 5:30-7:00 pm. Come any time that is convenient for you. You will have an opportunity to visit your child's classroom(s) and meet their new teacher(s). Don't forget to visit your special area teachers too! There will be food available if you'd like to grab a bite to eat! You can also learn more about our PBIS program, while meeting our counseling staff, or even explore which clubs and extracurricular activities are available for our students. “Building Elba School Together” or B.E.S.T. will also be available if you want to check out and sign up to help with all of the wonderful opportunities they provide our students, faculty and staff, and the community.

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New Student Events

New Student Orientation

Students who are new to Elba Central School District are invited to a New Student Orientation on Thursday, August 25th at 5:30pm. Please meet us in the Elba Auditorium to begin! Information was mailed to families of new students with additional information. Hope to see our new families and students there!
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Kindergarten Orientation

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UPK Orientation

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First Day of School

The first day of school for all students, K-12, is Tuesday, September 6, 2022. Parents will not be allowed to accompany their child(ren) to the classrooms on the first day. There will be plenty of escorts on hand to be sure your child finds their classroom safely. UPK screening is scheduled for Tuesday, September 6th and Wednesday, September 7th, with students beginning school on Thursday, September 8th.

Elementary Data Information Sheets

Please review the Data Information Sheets which were mailed home and make any corrections that are necessary. These forms should be returned with your child the first week of school.

School Supplies

As a result of grant funding, Elba Central School is once again able to provide students will all of their school supplies. The only item we are requesting parents to send in is a quality set of headphones.

School Lunches

At this time, NYS will NOT be offering free lunches to all students. Students have the option to purchase breakfast and/or lunch. If your child qualifies for free and reduced lunches, please fill out the enclosed paperwork. You may also click here for more information. Menus will be posted online here as well as a menu will either be sent home or sent through ParentSquare.

Lunch prices:

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Bus transportation is provided to all students in grades K-12. Students will receive a postcard prior to the start of school with their indicated pick-up/drop-off times. Please be patient with your driver if he/she comes a little early or a little late the first few days. Sometimes it takes a few days to get the timing down. An adult MUST be present at drop-off for all students in grades K-2. If an adult is not present, the bus driver will not let your child off the bus. He/she will return to school and will wait to be picked up.

If your child rides the school bus and is dropped off at a location in the afternoon that is not their home, please contact Pam Pedro in the Elementary Office PRIOR to the first day of school at 585-757-9967 x1600 or by email:

If your child will NOT be riding the school bus at all this year, please notify the school with that information. This will help us with planning and communication.

School Hours

The school day for students in K-6 begins at 7:40 am and dismisses at 2:30 pm.

The morning session for UPK begins at 7:40am and ends at 10:10am. The afternoon session for UPK begins at 11:40am and ends at 2:10pm.

Student Arrival Procedures

Students who ride the bus will be dropped off at the front bus loop. Morning parent/guardian drop off, in the elementary circle, begins at 7:25am, unless your child is eating breakfast in which you can drop off at 7:20am. Students who arrive between 7:25am and 7:35am can report to breakfast or to the library. Students are welcomed into classrooms at 7:35am. Any student who enters class after 7:40am will be marked late.

Student Dismissal Procedures

For those students being picked up, dismissal is as follows:

  • UPK: 10:10am & 2:10pm

  • Grades K & 1: 2:20pm

  • Grades 2-6: 2:30pm

  • Students in grades K-4 will be waiting at the elementary door at their indicated time. Please be sure to stay in the elementary circle and off the grass for our students' safety.

  • If you have children in different grade levels in K-4, you can do one of the following:

    • Drive through the elementary circle at the corresponding times for each of your children.

    • Park your car and walk up to the elementary doors. As each of your children come downstairs, we will send them out to you.

    • Wait until your oldest child's release time and pick up all of your children then.

  • Students in Grades 5-6 will continue to exit the north door (by the arches) on their own.

If you have students in both K-4 and 5-6, you can make arrangements to pick them up at the same door. Please contact Pam Pedro in the Elementary Office PRIOR to the first day of school to make these arrangements at 585-757-9967 x1600 or by email: Students who are walking home will exit the north doors, by the arches.


If your child will be absent from school or tardy, please contact the Health Office at 585-757-9967 ext. 1240. You can leave a message any time of day or night. A written excuse must be sent when the child returns from an absence. If your child is tardy, please sign your elementary child in at the District Office. If your child will be dismissed early, please provide a note which states the child’s name, time, and the reason for early departure to the elementary office. Elementary students need to be picked up in the District Office. If your child is sent home from school from the Health Office, please park in the front bus loop. Your child will be brought out to you.

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