Our Principal

Mrs. Carole Kelder



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Mrs. Carole Kelder



Dear Mt. Marion Families,

Spring is finally here, and after what seemed to be a long winter, the children are ready for some warm weather.  I think the adults are ready for some warm weather, too!

It’s been another busy month at Mt. Marion.  We welcomed almost 30 new faces for next year’s Kindergarten during our registration days at the end of February.  They will be back at the end of April for their first visitation.

Retired Senior Engineer from IBM, Steve Wehr, worked with our 5th and 6th grade students during Engineers Week.  On March 5th and 6th, students enjoyed participating in activities that celebrated how engineers make a difference in our world by bringing engineering to life.

Our PARP Breakfast welcomed more than 85 students for a celebration of reading on March 7th. A great big “thank you” to our PTA for organizing our Discover Program.  Students not only learn something new, they truly enjoy these extracurricular experiences!! 

On March 11th, all of our 5th and 6th grade students, their teachers, and myself went to Ashokan Field Center for a fun day of nature and activities. Students participated in activities that inspired community-building, engaging students with each other through challenges and problem-solving experiences.  They also participated in activities that emphasized the system of apprenticeship employed prior to the Industrial Revolution through hands-on experiences and live action role playing. They worked to complete a project/craft in one of blacksmithing, broom making or tinsmithing.  If you haven’t picked up your child’s project, please stop by the Main Office.

Congratulations to Mrs. Raleigh and Mrs. Kain, and all of our very talented 3rd and 4th grade actors and actresses that took part in their production of The American Revolution: 1763-1789!  For almost the last three months, students stayed after school, and sometimes volunteered to work through lunch, to memorize their lines and learn the lyrics to the songs.  We have to give a shout-out to all of our family members for volunteering their time to create the sets for the play. The hard work and dedication of everyone involved was quite evident.  There were two outstanding performances, one on Wednesday, March 20th at 2:00pm for students, and then again on the evening of March 22nd for our Mt. Marion families.  We are so pleased to have the Mt. Marion Drama Club return as one of our extracurricular activities.  Drama activities develop teamwork, self-confidence and communication skills.  We look forward to what they have in store for us next year.

The NYS English Language Arts tests are scheduled for April 1st-8th. Students in grades 4-6 will take a computer based test on April 2nd and April 3rd.  Grades 3 will be administered a paper based test on April 2nd and April 3rd, also.  Students will be tested on their abilities in the areas of reading comprehension and writing skills. 

The NYS Math Tests are scheduled for May 1st through May 3rd.   All students in grades 3-5 will be administered a paper based test, and only grade 6 students will take the computer based test.

There is no additional preparation that the students will need to take the both the ELA and Math tests; the work they have been doing up to this point is all the preparation they need. Again, this year, both the ELA and Math Tests are just two sessions.  Remember to have your child get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast each day.  Attendance is very important.

On Thursday, April 26th, the elementary schools will be hosting the first of two Kindergarten visitations.  The visit will start at approximately 9:30 AM and will last about two hours.  The students will have an opportunity to meet our Nurse, Ms. Elmendorf and Mrs. Glover (Physical Education Teacher). Our second visitation is scheduled for Thursday, May 17th.  More information will be forthcoming.

With the expectation of warm weather arriving soon, I am asking for your cooperation with helping our school remain consistent with our District Dress Code. This dress code was developed collaboratively by a committee of teachers, administrators, students, and parents. The dress code is in effect during school hours and at school functions. A copy of the dress code was included in the District Calendar that was given to all families. I will just mention a few reminders below:

  • Shirts: Shoulder straps must be the wearer’s second and third finger or more in width and should cover the midriff.
  • Skirts, skirt slits, shorts: Must be as long as the wearer’s fingertips when their arms hang straight at their sides.
  • Shoes: Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times. For safety, please send your children in with footwear that is supported/attached to their feet (including their heel).

Please remember that there is NO SCHOOL BEGINNING MONDAY, APRIL 15th to MONDAY, APRIL 22nd.  School will resume on Tuesday, April 23rd.  Remember, April showers bring May flowers!


Carole A. Kelder