Mercersburg Elementary

January Update

Welcome Back

Greetings and Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! As we enter 2021, I sit here and reflect on 2020. Just like every year, 2020 had its share of struggles and some that will be talked about for a long time. As we begin 2021, I realize that there will remain a level of anxiety and frustration around COVID-19 and its impact not only in our schools but our families and communities. However, in spite of all of that, I am excited and ready to begin moving forward in a new year. I enter this year with hope and optimism for the children, school, and the district. It's easy to get pulled back into the sea of negativity, but having an optimistic attitude allows us to have a mindset to turn obstacles into opportunities. No matter what the year or the circumstances, being able to turn obstacles into opportunities will benefit our students in the future.

During the course of the past year, the passion, commitment, and resiliency shown by our students, families, teachers, and staff has given me a lot to be optimistic about leading into 2021 and future years.

While I am happy to welcome in a new year, I want to thank 2020 for showing us that we are stronger and more capable than we ever thought we could be. Have a great start to 2021!

Mr. Kaczmark

Remote Learning Information

Dear Elementary Families,

We hope you are all doing well and staying safe and healthy. This is just a reminder that our virtual learning is currently until January 18th, with the tentative student return date of January 19th. The school board will be meeting on the 11th of January to discuss options and make a decision about our return to in-person learning.

We understand how difficult this is for our students, our families, and our teachers. Please know we will provide the option of live synchronous education to our students in these demanding circumstances. We will offer live remote synchronous instruction at the elementary level on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, with Wednesday still being a virtual day. We will also record lessons to be posted for our remote learning students. Please review the expectations for both options and reach out to your child’s teacher or administrator regarding questions you have about what option would be best suited for your family. It is the expectation that children will be present for the live synchronous instruction portions of the day or be marked absent from class unless this is communicated to the teacher or the office.

Our hope is that our community can mitigate the spread of this virus to allow our students to return to an optimal learning environment. We are committed to meeting and making adjustments that will allow our students to be successful in not only the virtual environment but also when we transition back to the brick and mortar setting.

As always, thank you for your patience, flexibility, and support as we navigate these difficult times. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community remain a top priority.

Please Stay Safe, and Please Stay Healthy!

Elementary Principals,

Ryan Kaczmark and Brett Kagarise

Health Message

Even though we are going virtual until January 19th, we still need to keep an accurate count of COVID-19 exposures and cases in our buildings. During the period of December 14th through January 19th, please contact the school and notify us if your child is exposed or has a confirmed case of the COVID-19 ( This would include the Christmas break). Helping us keep an accurate count will help us ensure that we are bringing back students to a safe environment and allow us to stay in school longer once we return. I am confident if we all do our part this will allow us to return from the virtual learning environment.

Meals from January 4th - 18th

For meals for Jan 4- Jan 18, families can fill out the survey below each week from Thursday through Sunday. Pick-up will be on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 pm at the High School, Mercersburg, or St Thomas. Children will receive meals (5 breakfasts and 5 lunches) for consumption on Thursday and Friday of that week plus for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of the following week. For example: sign up any time this Thursday-Sunday. Pick up next Wednesday 12/16 and receive breakfast and lunch for 12/17,18, 21, 22, 23. All community members ages 0-18 years are eligible. Parents must fill out the survey each week to receive these meals. A weekly reminder set up on your cell phone is highly recommended. It is hard to add meals once the survey is closed.

Finally, The Food Service Department would like to thank all our TSD families and community members for adapting to all these changes we’ve had to make this year. It is greatly appreciated! Please stay safe!


Act 80 Day ( No School for Students)

Friday, Jan. 15th, 7pm

30 South Park Avenue

Mercersburg, PA

This is an Act 80 Day. No School for students.

No School

Monday, Jan. 18th, 7:30am

30 South Park Avenue

Mercersburg, PA

The School will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tentative Back in Person Date

Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 7:30am

30 South Park Avenue

Mercersburg, PA

This is our tentative return to in-person instruction day. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION.

End of the Second Marking Period.

Friday, Jan. 22nd, 3pm

30 South Park Avenue

Mercersburg, PA

This is the end of the 2nd marking period.

Two Hour Delay

Friday, Jan. 29th, 7:30am

30 South Park Avenue

Mercersburg, PA

We will be running a 2-hour delay schedule. Students will report to school 2 hours later

2nd marking period report cards go home

Monday, Feb. 1st, 2:30pm

30 South Park Avenue

Mercersburg, PA

We will be sending home the 2nd marking period report cards.

Act 80 Day: No School for students:

Monday, Feb. 8th, 7:30am

Mercersburg Elementary School

No School for students. This is an Act 80 Day.

Kindergarten Registration


Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-22 School year will be scheduled for children who will be five years of age on or before September 1, 2021. We will be releasing more information shortly and launching a school reach message once registration is ready. To help you prepare for registration, please see the information below.

The following information is required on the day of registration:

· Proof of child’s age – birth certificate, baptismal certificate

· Custodial documentation (if applicable)

· Immunization Record

· Two proofs of residency in the Tuscarora School District

· If your child(ren) will be transported from/to child care, please bring the name, address, and contact number of the provider. The child care must be within the boundary of the school your child attends.

The following documented immunizations are required for entrance into kindergarten:

· 4 Diphtheria Tetanus Pertussis (one dose on or after the 4th birthday)

· 3 Polio

· 2 Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)

· 3 Hepatitis B

· 2 Varicella (Chicken Pox) – either vaccine or date of disease