Mercersburg Elementary

News from the Nest

From the desk of the principal


I want to thank you all for a great first marking period! The students have done a great job and have grown a lot. Each child has truly become a super hero in the making! They are all developing a sense of community and looking out for one another. I have watched students help one another on projects, the playground and in the cafeteria! It is awesome to see their social and emotional growth at this point already.


Please be sure to send in your notes for any absences as they are considered unlawful. Notes must be received in the office within 3 days of the absence or it is unexcused. As we approach the close of the quarter, we will be reviewing our attendance records. Students with 3 or more unlawful absences will be subject to a citation. Please try to avoid this circumstance as we are mandated by state regulations on school attendance. Positive school attendance is critical in the development of successful habits at school and maintaining uninterrupted instructional time. Thank you for making every effort to get your child to school on time each day!

Red Ribbon Week

Special thanks to all who participated in Red Ribbon week! Red ribbon week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. I want to thank all of the students and teachers who participated!

Car Riders

Please DO NOT drop off students in the back of the building after 7:40 as the door is locked and students will need to walk around to the front and must be signed in by a parent.

Dismissal Notes

Please understand that in order to verify that all students are leaving on the correct bus, or as a car rider or walker with the appropriate adult identified on the emergency cards, we need to maintain consistency in our routines and procedures. Please refrain from changing dismissal procedures for your child unless an emergency arises. Exceptions will be made and approved on an individual basis. Thank you for your understanding!


Congratulations to the students for reaching their wolfgang goal! The pool party will be on Friday, November 13th from 6-8 p.m.

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Tuesday, Nov. 10th, 8am

30 South Park Avenue

Mercersburg, PA

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Wednesday, Nov. 11th, 8am

30 South Park Avenue

Mercersburg, PA

Early Dismissal

Wednesday, Nov. 25th, 12pm

30 South Park Avenue

Mercersburg, PA

Art Fair!

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in this year’s art fair. It was a huge success! We had many wonderful entries from all grade levels. Please look forward to the Arts in Action night coming in the spring at the high school. Congratualtions to all our award winners. A special thanks to Mrs. Beaumont for organizing the event and the PTO for assisting with setting up and the craft events for the evening.

Book Fair

I would like to thank you all for your participation with the book fair. A special thanks to Mrs. Bodenberg and Mrs. Kipe for organizing the event and setting up the library. I also would like the thank all of our PTO volunteers, we couldn’t have done it without you. Please remember to have your child read each night. To prepare students for education beyond elementary school, it is essential that they build reading stamina. This can only be done by practicing reading every night.

From the Curriculum

Dr. Sanders would like to inform each parent that the district has posted a “Parent Involvement” survey on the district’s website and encourages each of you to participate. Location of the survey is on the main page of the district’s site; left hand side, click on Parent Involvement Survey. The survey will then appear. This is a simple survey that will take just a few minutes to complete.

It is the hope that this communication will address any concerns of our parents and families within our schools. Thank you for help to make the district the best it can be.

Cold and Flu season

With the cooler temperatures and the crisp air, sickness is beginning to hit our families and school. 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.

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.