Originally delivered on 12/15/2021 8:00 am

SUBJECT: Mercer Bits & Pieces Newsletter

December 15, 2021

Happy Holidays! Hopefully your children are enjoying Holiday Spirit week! Remember, today (Wednesday) is Holiday/Winter Socks Day, Thursday is Holiday/Winter Character Day and Friday is Holiday Sweater/Color Day. Wishing you a joy-filled holiday, and look forward to seeing you in 2022!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Click here to see the full Mercer PTA calendar.

MERCER HAPPENINGS

Holiday Festivities

Students will have the opportunity to watch the FAME presentation, "Bah Humbug", on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday of this week. This program is sponsored by the PTA and is usually in person. However, due to COVID restrictions, students will be viewing the show, virtually, from their classrooms.

Class parties will take place Friday afternoon. Thanks to our room parent volunteers for the coordination and creativity required to pull these off! 

Mercer Meal at Dewey's Pizza

Please join us from 4-9 PM at Dewey's Pizza on January 10th for our next Mercer Meal!! Mention Mercer and 20% of your meal will be donated back to the school!! Click here for flyer.


Skate Night at Beechmont Rollarena

All Mercer families are invited to attend on January 13th from 6:30-8:30PM. Cost is $3.50 to enter plus $2.00 for regular skate rental. Pay at the door. Let the good times roll!

Are you a crafter, tinkerer, hobbyist, engineer, tech or science enthusiast?  Do you have a passion for creating, inventing, or exploring? Kindergarten through 12th grade students are invited to be a part of one of the most exciting events in the Forest Hills School District… THE SCIENCE AND INNOVATION EXPO!  It will feature innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance, and craft. The Innovation Expo consists of a collection of DIY projects where students showcase their projects and will receive verbal feedback.  Registration is open. The Expo will be held at Nagel Middle School on Saturday, Jan. 22nd from 9AM to 12PM. 

Bottlecaps to Benches

Mercer recently received two picnic tables through 9United’s Bottlecaps to Benches program. You can contribute to other projects across the district by donating acceptable caps and lids at receptacles in Mercer’s cafeteria, at the lower lot of Cherry Grove United Methodist on Eight Mile Road or at Juilfs Park. http://www.9united.org/bottlecaps-to-benches.html

NEWS TO NOTE

Spirit Wear for Sale

Mercer’s sweatshirts, t-shirts, socks and more make great holiday gifts for kids! Shop the PTA store for fast delivery. Lots of smaller sizes available! Click here to shop now.

2021-2022 Mercer Yearbook Orders

The theme for Mercer's 2021-2022 yearbook is “Let Your Light Shine”.  Six sixth grade students were chosen to have their art work featured on the front and back covers. This year’s yearbook will also include clip art drawings from Mercer students. More information will be shared with all students via their teachers and Mrs. Bohart in art class. 

Please get your orders submitted by January 15th.  The yearbooks will be distributed to students the last week of school in May. The site for ordering the Mercer yearbook is Jostens.com. Search for Mercer Elementary School, Cincinnati, OH.  Donations can also be made online.  The cost for the yearbook is $18, which includes 108 pages of color pictures and memories. The cost can be paid across multiple payments if needed: https://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A06336265. Please contact Diana Ellis if you have any questions, kbedde@mac.com.

Business Donations for the Mercer Yearbook: If you would like to make a business donation and have your company featured in the yearbook, please contact Diana Ellis, kbedde@mac.com.  

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! 

HELP WANTED

Teacher and Staff Classroom Wish Lists

Teachers often to use their own money and resources to supplement materials and funds provided by the school district. These items make their classroom a more comfortable, colorful and exciting place for kids to learn and teachers to work. 

Parents and school supporters can log in to view teachers' Amazon Wish Lists for classroom needs at mercerpta.org/wishlist. When ordering through Amazon, send items to the teacher's attention at the school address:

          Mercer Elementary School

          2600 Bartels Road

          Cincinnati, OH 45244

And make sure you're shopping through AmazonSmiles for an added bonus for the school!

Stock the Makerspace

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. 

SIXTH GRADE SPOT
  • Nagel is having a Spirit Wear Pop Up Sale on 12/18. It is from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM in the Kroger Lobby at the Anderson Towne Center.


  • If you haven’t already, please sign up and pay your $25 activity fee for the 6th Grade at www.mercerpta.org.


  • Stay tuned for information coming soon about Muffins with Ma'ams and Donuts with Dudes!


COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

9United's Shop & Share was a Huge Success!

Students and families in Forest Hills led the way in serving their peers and those served by Jack's Closet, InterParish Ministries and Anderson Fire Department. Thank you for being a part of making the holidays brighter and fulfilling the needs of more than 1,200 students, families and people in our community and for supporting the efforts of 9United to grow student leadership and provide student-led service initiatives that give back where we live, learn, work and play! Learn more about 9United at www.9United.org.

In the wake of the recent tragic losses in our community, please consider joining us for this timely workshop presented by The Anderson Mental Health Collaborative.


Talking to Our Kids About Trauma
Zoom Presentation
A Community-Driven CALL TO ACTION and Discussion


  • Learn science-based strategies to use immediately with your kids
  • Challenge our reactive tendencies to blame ourselves or think “I should have known” when tragedy happens
  • Learn about great resources for a variety of mental wellness topics


A brief presentation aimed at providing hands-on resources for parents and community members looking for direction.
 

Wednesday, December 15
7:00 pm


Erica Birkley, PhD

Associate Professor and Psychologist, UC Health

Eric and Tiffany Kimble
Forest Hills Parents

 
Virtual Zoom Presentation
Register Here

Winter Cold brings Zombies to AHS Theatre!

Rot ’n Grub is a comedy like no other. It focuses on what happens after the zombie apocalypse is over - and the zombies have won. Two friends named Rot and Grub help audiences explore age-old questions, such as: How do zombies have fun? Can friendship survive the complex challenges of a changing world? And... does everything really taste like chicken? An original work making its world premiere, Rot ’n Grub was written and directed by Anderson Theatre’s own Hannah Linser-Wilder. It is a buddy comedy for the modern age, exploring loyalty and friendship in ways both totally unique and pointedly familiar. The play’s dark humor, slapstick comedy, and wry view of humanity’s future make this a world-premiere production that teen and adult audiences won’t want to miss.

Performances are at 7PM on Friday and Saturday, February 11th and 12th, and at 3PM on Sunday, February 13th. Tickets are $10. You can use the 
attached order form to purchase yours, or go to www.Showtix4U.com/events/AndersonTheatre to buy your tickets online. Visit our website AndersonTheatre.com to find out more about the season.

THANKS TO OUR BUSINESS SUPPORTERS
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