Update from the Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians,  

This is your weekly update from Matthew Paterson Elementary School. Please make sure to read the reminder section below! 

School Highlights   

Last week was another great week for our students, faculty, and families. Our students continue to be engaged in the curriculum. Our third-grade students present their Passport project on the county they research to parents, teachers and fellow students. Our amazing PTO held the final school store of the year. Thank you to all those parents that helped out during this school year to make this happen for our students. Fourth graders enjoyed a trip to New Windsor Cantonment.

This Week at MPES!

Monday May 22nd   – Day 1 

Tuesday May 23rd – Day 2–  Fourth Grade Canoe Trip Amelio: AM Memmel: PM 

Wednesday May 24th  – Day 3 Fourth Grade Canoe Trip Zulauf: AM Allen: PM 

Thursday May 25th  – Day 4 Kindergarten Parent Orientation

Friday May 26th – ALL Carmel Schools Are Closed

Monday May 29th – Memorial Day ALL Carmel Schools Are Closed



As part of our ongoing commitment to enhancing safety, communication and equity districtwide, Carmel Central School District has launched a new communication tool, Anonymous Alerts®. This tool enables students or parents to report urgent information to school officials quickly, easily and anonymously across all our school campuses. Through the Anonymous Alerts® mobile app or web-based reporting system, students, parents and staff can confidentially report incidents of bullying, cyber-bullying, and other sensitive topics through private messages to our administration. To place an incident report, students, parents and staff can simply visit the Carmel Central School District Anonymous Alerts website via a web browser or download a free iPhone/Android app by searching for "Anonymous Alerts" from the iPhone Store or Play Store respectively. After downloading the app, the activation code “carmelcsd” can be used to access the dedicated CCSD submission form. 

  • Kindergarten Registration for the 2023-2024 school year is now opened. Please visit the Carmel Central Website for online registration.

 Have a great rest of your day!   

Sincerely,  Mr. Michael Kirk   Principal

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