Mercer Elementary PTO's events add exciting experiences to school days and show appreciation to the faculty. Many of the events hosted by the PTO are also fundraisers that enable behind-the-scenes support of our school such as scholarships, media purchases, and facilities improvements beyond the scope of the annual budget. Your help is essential to pull off the wide range of events below.
There are several skate nights just for Mercer's families at Beechmont Rollarena throughout the year. Students and their families are welcome.
Plants, trees and shrubs around the front entrance and playgrounds are periodically cleaned out and replanted with fresh greenery. PTO volunteers bring tools and source supplies to complete small gardening projects.
ROOM PARENTS AND 6TH GRADE ACTIVITIES LEADERS
Each grade participates in their own series of special events throughout the year. The 6th grade year is especially busy with activities to mark their final year at Mercer. Room parents assist in organizing and staffing each class or grade's events.
When your family dines in or takes out from local area restaurants on select dates, a portion of the sales is donated to our PTO by the restaurant. PTO volunteers arrange dates and details with local restaurants.
Parent volunteers express our sincere thanks to Mercer teachers, administration, and staff hosting surprise "Treat Trolleys", stocking the lounge, organizing appreciation week in March, and providing meals during conferences.
9United is a local service organization that partners with Forest Hills schools on several events throughout the year. Chalk the Walk to welcome students in August, Coin Wars and Shop & Share in December, and a Bottlecaps to Benches drive in the spring. The PTO volunteer works closely with Mercer's guidance counselor and representatives from 9United.
A volunteer works with local vendors to design, order, and occasionally coordinate the delivery of Mercer's spirit wear items, including shirts, sweats, and socks.
During a week in the fall and in the spring semesters, students can purchase books, school supplies, and small toys during Media time, online or during breaks. A portion of the sales supports the PTO. PTO volunteers staff/monitor the book fair and assist with transactions.
An opportunity for parents to socialize without kids and get to know the Mercer community. These events are held offsite in the evenings. PTO volunteers manage event planning, ticketing, and day-of coordination.
MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS
PTO volunteers coordinate with the PTO's Executive Board and Mercer's administration to promote schoolwide and grade-level activities across the PTO's website, principal's message, PTO newsletter, and social media.
Fall semester events
BACK 2 SCHOOL BASH - AUGUST
Before the first day of school, the Mercer community gathers to kick off the year with games, food, and booths -- and a chance to meet teachers and drop off school supplies. PTO volunteers coordinate vendors and arrange set-up, manage spirit wear and PTO stands, welcome new students, and assist teachers as needed.
ALL ABOUT M.E. - AUGUST
Students answer questions about themselves and attach a picture to a small poster. The sheets are hung in the school halls so that students can learn more about each other. A PTO volunteer coordinates poster distribution, collection, and display.
MERCER ROCKS THE STANDS - SEPTEMBER
Mercer students are invited to arrive early to a Turpin High School football game and tailgate with food and games just for them. Mercer students take to the field during the game's opening ceremonies and can stay for the game to cheer on the Spartans. PTO volunteers manage the pre-game activities and assist 6th graders in selling concessions.
MOVE 4 MERCER WALK-A-THON FUNDRAISER - OCTOBER
This event is the PTO's largest fundraiser. Students request sponsorships for the walk-a-thon that takes place during the school day. In addition to laps around the Turpin High School track, students can participate in field games, enjoy music, and socialize with classmates and teachers. PTO volunteers manage game stations, monitor laps, and assist teachers in coordinating classroom movements around the field.
MUSICAL THEATER - OCTOBER
Mercer students put on a musical production produced by Performing Arts, Inc. There are two productions based on grade level (1st-3rd and 4th-6th). Auditions, practices and productions are held after school hours at Mercer Elementary and Turpin High Schools. PTO volunteers coordinate ticket sales, manage attendees of performances, and staff the snack booth.
ENRICHING KIDZ - OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
Students participate in a series of classes that teach babysitting, staying home alone, pottery, study skills, and more. PTO volunteers coordinate with Enriching Kidz staff to select classes and schedule dates.
Spring semester events
RUNNING CLUB - TBD
The PTO volunteer coordinates practice dates and works with teacher/coach to facilitate interest in the club.
SKI CLUB - JANUARY-FEBRUARY
Over a series of weeks in winter, 5th and 6th grade students have the opportunity to travel together for afternoon/evening ski, snowboarding, and tubing classes at Perfect North. Information becomes available late in the fall semester.
ART SHOW - MARCH
Students and their families are invited to spend an evening strolling the halls of Mercer to enjoy students' artistic talents. PTO volunteers serve refreshments and staff the spirit wear booth.
FLYING PIGLETS and FH5K - MAY
Ahead of the Forest Hills 5K, a fundraiser for the Forest Hills Foundation, Mercer's 1st-3rd grades can run laps during recess in their own version of the race. Each lap earns tickets, and classes compete to earn the most tickets for prizes. PTO volunteers monitor the elementary race and staff a booth at the 5K event.
FAME - TBD
The Children's Theater of Cincinnati on Tour comes to Mercer to put on performances for students. PTO volunteers coordinate the arrival of the performance troupe and assist students in attending the event.
GIRLS VIP NIGHT AND BOYS VIP NIGHT - JANUARY AND MAY
Mercer students are invited to bring their special person to enjoy a fun evening of activities. PTO volunteers work with vendors to set up the events and serve as chaperones and hosts.
MERCER MANIA - MAY
Students can play carnival-like games and contests and enjoy refreshments. Families are welcome at this community building and celebration event. PTO volunteers staff games and collect admissions.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES - APRIL AND MAY
A PTO volunteer works with Mercer's administration and school supplies vendor to organize and order grade-level supply lists and arrange fulfillment.