Originally delivered on 1/19/2022 8:00 am

SUBJECT: Mercer Bits & Pieces Newsletter

January 19, 2022

Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a wonderful break.

Please take a moment to scan this newsletter to find out what is happening at Mercer and in the community over the next couple of months so you don’t miss anything! Specifically, please note that yearbook orders are due January 31st. Details, below.


Click here to see the full Mercer PTA calendar.


FHSD Science & Innovation Expo

The Forest Hills Science and Innovation Expo is right around the corner! On January 22, 2022, from 9AM-12PM at Nagel Middle School, students from all over the district have the option to present either a Science Expo or an Innovation Expo project. Click here to learn more about this event. Note that Guy Frye is Mercer’s contact for the Expo if you have any questions.

Boys Night Out!

Mercer boys are invited to bring their mom or special guest to the Cincinnati Cyclones hockey game on January 29th at 7:30PM at the Heritage Bank Center. Formerly known as Mother/Son night, this event is fun one-on-one time for our boys and their VIP. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here

If your son would like to participate in the Hype Squad (boys get to go out on the ice when the players come out), plan to arrive no later than 7:00 PM and report to the sales booth behind Section 137. Contact Melissa Watson with questions.

NOTE: While masks are not currently required to be worn in our section of seats, please bring them with you as they might be needed in certain areas of the arena.

Mercer Meal at Gold Star

Please join us February 8th at Gold Star Anderson for our Mercer Meal!! This is an ALL DAY fundraiser. Order online, at the drive thru or in the restaurant and 20% will be given back to Mercer Eagles! Spread the word to your friends and family! Click here for flyer. Thanks to Gold Star for their support of Mercer Elementary!!

Skate Night at Beechmont Rollarena

All Mercer families are invited to attend on Tuesday, February 22nd (rescheduled from January 13th), from 6:30-8:30 PM. Cost is $3.50 to enter plus $2.00 for regular skate rental. Pay at the door. Let the good times roll!


2021/22 Mercer Yearbook Orders Due January 31st

Yearbook orders for the 2021-2022 yearbook are very behind this year.  Our price is based on selling a minimum number of yearbooks.  Kids comment each year how much they enjoy their yearbooks and cherish the photos and memories! PLEASE get your yearbook orders submitted by January 31st. We will receive yearbooks at school the last week in May.

The theme for the yearbook is “Let Your Light Shine." Yearbooks are $18.00 each. Go to Jostens.comand search for Mercer Elementary School, Cincinnati, OH, to order. Donations can also be made online and are very appreciated. Please contact Diana Ellis if you have any questions. 

Yearbook Clipart Wanted from Students

Students have the opportunity to draw clipart for the 2021-2022 yearbook.  The image to the left includes samples from the 2018-2019 yearbook when students created art for the yearbook. Directions are attached. All drawings should be submitted to Mrs. Bohart in the Art room by the end of January. This information has been shared with all the teachers, and Mrs. Bohart is also discussing with the students in Art class.  If you have any questions, please contact Diana Ellis at kbedde@mac.com.

Spirit Wear for Sale

Sweatshirts, t-shirts, socks and bows are still available with quick delivery! Shop at https://www.mercerpta.org/form/m/154105


Grade-level Facebook Groups
Seeking volunteers in grades 1-6 to be admins/owners for grade-level Facebook groups. These parent-led groups can be resources for assignments, class events, and making friends. Contact elizabeth.bevacqua@gmail.com if interested. 

Kindergarten parents: join https://www.facebook.com/groups/1078447506275574/

Picnic Tables Campaign

Last year, your donations to the COVID fundraiser enabled Mercer PTA to purchase four picnic tables for the outdoor learning area. Thank you! In December, two picnic tables were delivered!

We are in line for the remaining two tables to be produced, but we need bottle caps! 1,000 pounds of plastic caps and lids are needed for material to make the tables. If each student brings in about 200 items (approximately one pound), we will make significant progress toward our goal. More info on our campaign will be communicated soon. In the meantime, start saving those plastic caps and lids! Click here to learn more about 9United's program: http://www.9united.org/bottlecaps-to-benches.html

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 (brought to you by Mrs. Naughton)

January Theme: Self Reflection and Goal Setting

Self reflection is the understanding of who you are and what you feel.  It means getting to know your values, strengths, areas for growth and why you think and act a certain way.  Self reflection can help our students and children with self regulation, knowing coping strategies to use from their toolbox, how to best pay attention and to improve executive functioning skills. Teaching our students to implement self reflection can help them to develop the skills needed to grow.

Self reflection is an essential part of goal setting for our students. As we start a new year, create a conversation where you discuss with your child what goals they would like to achieve in the new year.  Encourage your child to use self reflection to help give direction to their goals and encourage them to set SMART Goals. 

  • Specific - State what you want to do and use action words! Make goals that are specific and narrow. Specific goals will allow for more effective planning.

  • Measureable - Define what evidence you will use to show that you are making progress towards your goal.

  • Attainable - Make sure you can reasonably accomplish this goal.

  • Relevant - Goals should align with self reflection and help create positive change 

  • Time-based - Set a realistic but also ambitious date to reach your goal! This will be helpful with motivation and prioritization of your goal. 

A family goal could be a powerful step to improving an area of current struggle or weakness. This is a challenging season of time, so focusing on something positive or something within our control can be helpful. Need some prompts to get the conversation started? Check out these documents:   2022 It's a New Year  My SMART Goal


The 6th grade gets special attention in the yearbook for their last year of elementary school. Baby pictures and Love Lines, special messages to the kids, are included in the yearbook. Please see emails from Megan Carter with the format. These documents explain what is needed to submit your child's baby picture and message to be printed in the yearbook. There is a deadline of 1/28 provided by our Yearbook Chair, Diana Ellis. Please download these documents and send them in by 1/28:

Love Lines and Baby Pic Overview  Love Lines and Baby Pic Form

If you have any questions, please contact Megan Carter meganpcarter@gmail.com or Jill Guenther guenthertennis@gmail.com 


Anderson Autographs

Join us Saturday, 1/29 (12:30-2:00 PM), at Cincinnati's Goodfellows for the first of our monthly autograph events benefitting Forest Hills Foundation for Education - a fantastic organization supporting all Forest Hills students in Student Health & Wellness, Access to Innovative Initiatives, and Hands-On Experiential Programs.

Our inaugural guest is beloved Hall of Famer Marty Brennaman who will be signing autographs for $15 (cash, PayPal, Venmo, and Zelle accepted).

Cincinnati's Goodfellows will donate 10% of food sales during the event, so please join us for a great cause and a fun event!

For more info please visit the Anderson Autographs FB or Insta pages or email AndersonAutographs@gmail.com.

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.

Anderson Holds Fourth Mainstage Film Festival 
An alien living among us. A teen struggling with guilt and grief. A man whose life will be changed by his next coffee order. These are the seeds for the short films that will make up Anderson Film’s 2022 Film Festival. This year each film will be directed and edited by their student writers, working with a team of student technicians and actors. The stories they tell are heartfelt and vivid, comic and tragic, and a remarkable look into the imaginations of our youth.

With original music written by a group of AHS musical students and performed LIVE by the AHS Symphony Orchestra, these films will showcase all the amazing skills of both the Anderson Film and Orchestra students. All of the films from 2020’s Film Festival were nominated for Student Emmy Awards by The Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and this year is lining up to be even better. Make time this March to witness the future of filmmaking, right in our home town.

The Films are: Almost Human, Written & Directed by Will Clayton, Fraying, Written & Directed by Lily Biggs, and Clock-Watcher, Written & Directed by Andrew Kaeppner. Tickets are available using the 
attached order form or by visiting www.Showtix4u.com and searching for Anderson. More info on our website: www.AndersonTheatre.com

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