Francis A. Desmares School

16 Old Clinton Road ~ Flemington, NJ 08822 ~ 908.284.7540

Desmares News & Announcements

  • Back-to-School Night Schedule

    Our Desmares Back to School Night will be held on September 29. Please click the headline to access the Back to School Night Schedule. Remember, students will have an early dimissal.

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  • Oh, What a Night!

    Our Desmares students and families enjoyed a fun-filled Welcome Back Social on September 20.

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  • Show Your Love for Week of Respect

    We're gearing up for our Week of Respect. Click the headline above to view our FRSD Has Heart flyer with details for our fun theme week.

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  • Dignitaries visited our Dolphins

    In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Prosecutor Robeson visited bilingual classes and read a book in both English and Spanish about Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Click the headline above to view more photos from this special visit.

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  • Connect with our PTO

    Our PTO is always busy planning spectacular events, amazing activities and special fundraisers to support every Dolphin here at Desmares. Follow the FAD PTO on Facebook to stay informed, involved and in-the-know.

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Principal's Message

  • Welcome to Francis A. Desmares School! 

    Mr.Masessa                     Sra. Peake        

    Mark Masessa                                                  Nydia Peake
          Principal                                                    Vice Principal

    Francis A. Desmares Elementary School is committed to providing all students in grades K-4 with an academically challenging program in a supportive and nurturing environment.  Our staff members work in partnership with the Flemington-Raritan community to provide a differentiated approach to learning that prepares students for success in an ever-changing world.

    Through our curriculum, we focus on helping children to develop critical thinking skills in all academic areas while meeting their needs socially and emotionally.  We encourage students to become problem solvers and generate solutions through an inquiry-based approach to learning and a workshop approach to teaching Reading and Writing skills.  Our staff is committed to helping students learn the skills necessary to succeed in life.  Francis A. Desmares School is a place where students will develop many life-long learning skills, including how to get along with others.  We are a diverse community of learners from various backgrounds and experiences.  Our students learn a great deal from one another.  We stress each and every day how our decisions, words, and actions impact others. 

    At Francis A. Desmares School, we expect that students Respect themselves and one another, develop individual Responsibility, demonstrate Self-Esteem and Pride, show Compassion, develop Diligence and Perseverance, demonstrate Tolerance and show Patience, are Honest and Fair, learn Cooperation and Good Sportsmanship, are Loyal citizens, and have the Courage to stand up for themselves and others.  


    Francis A. Desmares School Vision Statement

    At Francis A. Desmares School, we provide a child-centered environment that fosters curiosity and the opportunity for students to reach their full potential. We are committed to creating an educational and social atmosphere that respects the uniqueness of children. We seek to develop caring, lifelong learners who are responsible, productive citizens of our community.

    Mark Masessa
    E-mail ID: mark.masessa

    Nydia Peake
    Vice Principal

    E-mail ID: nydia.peake

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