Originally delivered on 8/25/2021 8:00 am

SUBJECT: Mercer Bits & Pieces Newsletter

August 25, 2021

Welcome back! Hopefully all of our Mercer Eagles had a wonderful summer.  The PTA is excited for a brand new school year! Please see below for important information about upcoming events and activities as well as how YOU can get involved!


MARK YOUR CALENDAR
THIS MONTH AT MERCER

Interested in Cub Scouts?

PACK 177 WELCOMES BOYS & GIRLS IN GRADES K-6! Parents and prospective scouts, please join us for an Open House (details, below) where you will be able to meet scouts and leaders, see typical den activities, and learn more information about our pack. 

And did we mention ROCKETS? Everyone will have a model rocket to build at the meeting! Hope you can join us!


Pack 177 Join Scouting Night

Thursday, August 26, at 7:00pm

K of C Hall, 2651 Bartles Rd

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is coming back to Mercer this Fall! Register your 3rd-5th grade girl for a season of learning important skills, setting and achieving goals and starting healthy habits for life! This is not a running club.

The team will meet for 10 weeks beginning September 13th on Mondays and Wednesdays after school until 5:15. Girls must be able to attend both practices each week. The season ends with a 5K Celebration on Saturday, November 20th, at Sawyer Point.

Registration is now open and will close September 1st at 11:59 PM. If more than 16 girls apply, a random lottery will be conducted on September 3rd. If fewer than 16 girls apply, all girls’ registrations will be processed on September 3rd.

Visit https://www.pinwheel.us/register/index/Fall2021Program or www.gotrcincinnati.org to register and learn more. Please direct questions to info@gotrcincinnati.org.

*The material contained in this communication (GOTR), and the activities and organizations which it describes, are not endorsed or promoted by Forest Hills School District.*

Chipotle Dine-Out Night

Chipotle will be hosting Mercer's first dine-out night of the school year! Whether you dine in or take out, you can support our awesome Mercer Eagles on September 14th from 4-8 PM at Chipotle (7630 Beechmont Ave.) Please show this flyer on your phone. You may also print it out or use the promo code (2LJGLBN) when ordering online, and Mercer will receive 33% of all orders. Hope to see you there!


NEWS TO NOTE

2020/2021 Yearbooks

The Mercer 2020-2021 yearbooks will arrive the week of September 20th. If you have not placed your 2020-2021 yearbook order, the sales site is still open, and you can place your order at Jostens.com. If you are unsure about your order status, please contact Diana Ellis. The cost of the Mercer 2021 yearbook is $17.00, and the yearbook will have 112 pages. It is a yearbook your child will want to have. There are many wonderful memories and many beautiful smiles!

Please disregard all emails you have received from Jostens this week regarding sales of the 2021-2022 yearbooks. We have not opened sales for the 2022 Mercer Yearbook and will not do so until the sales of last year’s yearbooks are closed and all yearbooks are distributed. There will be a notification in the Bits & Pieces when the sales site for 2022 is open.

2021/2022 PTA Executive Board

This year's PTA board members are listed, below. Please reach out if you have questions or suggestions. Want to help? Click here for volunteer opportunities!

PTA Membership

Join us! Five levels of PTA membership start at $10 with special gifts for families upgrading to Blue, Silver, Gold or Eagle levels. Gifts include spirit gear, event admission or coupons and more. Your membership donation supports PTA programs all year. Click here to join now! 

Room Parents/Guardians Needed!

Room Parents/Guardians are needed for the 2021-2022 school year. Please consider signing up on the Mercer PTA website. Click Volunteer and then Room Parent  to sign up. You may also click here to go directly to the SignUpGenius form.


Duties include: 1) Organize and purchase all items for a craft, game and goody bag for Fall (10/29) and Winter (12/17) parties. Please note no snacks are permitted at this time (subject to change). 2) Attend the party to assist with the craft and game.


Background check is required and a mask must be worn. If you have any questions, please contact Bridget Wright.

Spirit Wear

Mercer spirit wear is now available! Show your Eagle pride with t-shirts, hoodies, bows and more. Order online and pick up items when ready from U Sports on Five Mile Rd. New this year... custom Mercer socks! Order at https://hoopswagg.com/mercer-elementary and have them shipped to your home.

Makerspace Supplies Needed!

The Mercer Makerspace is in need of recycled and craft materials: paper bags, toilet paper rolls, chip tubes, straws, pipe cleaners, foil, building materials, tape, old toys, etc. Contact Mr. Frye with questions. Thank you!

Shopping Rewards

When you register Mercer's PTA with AmazonSmile, Kroger Rewards, and Box Tops, our group receives a donation from those retailers. It's free for you and raises funds for us. Ask your friends and family to support us with their shopping, too! For registration instructions, visit mercerpta.org/shoppingprograms. 

COUNSELOR CORNER

What a great start to the school year! I am so excited to partner with you to make this our best year yet! I am here to support you and your child so please feel free to reach out to me at any time. (giginaughton@foresthills.edu or (513) 232-7000 ext 2300)

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Wow! A huge thank you to everyone who donated to Project Backpack! Because of your support, we were able to provide school supplies to 30 students! We appreciate you!

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I'm excited to announce a new initiative this year called Nurturing the Nest. Many of you have asked for a parent support group - an opportunity to ask, discuss and share parenting concerns and issues. Our first informal get together will be on Wednesday, September 15th, at 9:30 AM. More information will be coming soon!


Mrs. Naughton

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Mercer Buddy Club Walks

The Mercer Eagle Buddy Club will be participating in two local walks this school year. The Buddy Walk on Saturday, September 11, 2021, and the Autism Speaks Walk on Saturday, September 18, 2021. These two walks are sponsored by great organizations that raise money for both Down syndrome awareness and Autism awareness.  Our team, the Mercer Miracles, will be participating in both walks this year.  Below, you will find the links and information for each walk:


Buddy Walk - September 11th

Follow this link and click on 'Join Our Team'. The Buddy Walk is being held at 10:00 AM at Sawyer Point Park.

 

Autism Speaks Walk - September 18th

Follow this link, then click on Register and Join a Team. You can then put our team name in (Mercer Miracles) and it will give you directions on how to join.  The Autism Speaks Walk starts at 10:30 AM at the University of Cincinnati Campus Green Lawn. There is a program prior to the walk starting at 10:00 AM.

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