Originally delivered on 3/16/2022 8:00 am

SUBJECT: Mercer Bits & Pieces Newsletter

March 16, 2022

Happy St. Patrick's Day, tomorrow! We are lucky to have such wonderful staff at Mercer, and we will be celebrating them next week during our Staff Appreciation week. Please take a moment to send in a note (or notes) of appreciation to your children's teachers and/or a Mercer staff member to thank them for all they do! 


Click here to see the full Mercer PTA calendar.


Mercer Meal at Tom & Chee

Please join us for a Mercer Meal at Tom & Chee (7578 Beechmont Ave.) on Tuesday,March 29th. 20% of all purchases that day will go back to the Mercer Elementary PTA. Click here to order online. Thanks for supporting our Eagles!

General PTA Meeting 

The next PTA meeting will be held at 6:00 PM on April 21st at Mercer. We will be voting on moving from a PTA to a PTO. More information will be shared at the meeting.

Save the Date for Girls Night Out!

Mercer girls are invited to bring their dad or special guest to the Cincinnati REDS game on "Fireworks Friday", May 6th, at 6:40 PM against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Formerly known as the Daddy/ Daughter event, the purpose of this evening is to allow our girls to spend some quality time with their dads (or VIP) and their friends. Tickets are available for purchase here. Please contact Jenna Boberschmidt or Melissa Watson with questions.

Join Mercer's FH5K Team!

After two years of virtual races, we are so excited to be back in-person for the 13th annual FH5K.

May is Mental Health Awareness month and we hope you will join us as we "Take a Step to Stop the Stigma." All money raised will support wellness initiatives for the students of Forest Hills. (See more details in the "Community Connections" section below.)

When: May 14th @ 8:30AM
Where: Nagel Middle School
Adult: $30
Youth (18 and under): $25
Virtual: $20
After Party: 9-11:30AM

When registering for the Forest Hills 5K, please join our team. It is called Mercer Eagles.  Many staff members are commiting to an additional $21 donation. Please consider matching our donation when you register and help add to our team total!

If you are unable to attend the race and still want to donate you may make a $21 donation here!


Yearbook Club and Group Pictures this Week!

On Thursday, 3/17, Band and Chorus will be getting group pictures taken for the yearbook (11:35 AM for Fifth, 12:50 PM for Sixth). Please have band students bring their instruments to school, even if it is not their band day, and wear their FHSD Music shirts. Chorus students should wear their FHSD Music shirts (if also in band) or Mercer spirit wear.

On Friday, 3/18, Orchestra will be getting the group picture taken for the yearbook (11:35 AM for Fifth, 12:50 PM for Sixth). Please be sure students have their instruments with them and wear Mercer spirit wear, if possible.

The Eagle Council Leadership group picture will be taken in the Kiva on Friday, 3/18, after the Orchestra picture is taken (during Sixth grade specials). Please have students wear Mercer spirit wear, if possible.

The Destination Imagination group picture will be taken in the Kiva on Friday morning, 3/18. Please have students wear Mercer spirit wear, if possible.

21/22 Mercer Yearbook Orders and Photos Needed

The school order has been placed for yearbooks. They should be here the last week of May. If you have not ordered your yearbook, go online now to add your order so you will receive one of the extras that were ordered. Go to Jostens.com and search Mercer Elementary School, Cincinnati, OH, to order. Donations are welcomed and very appreciated. Please contact Diana Ellis if you have any questions.

Do you have a great picture from one of the Mercer events this year (Rock the Stands, Mother/Son Cyclones Game, Spirit Week, Bengals Spirit, Skate night, Wizard of Oz, etc.)? If you would like to share some images for the yearbook, please email them to Diana Ellis, 
kbedde@mac.com,no later than Monday, March 21st. Thank you!

Calling All New Eagles Attending Mercer in 22/23! 

Check out the resources for entering kindergarteners and new families here. Please share with friends and family who are new to our community!

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


Are you ready to volunteer at Mercer again? 

Forest Hills schools will be gradually introducing volunteers back into buildings. While there may be limited opportunities to volunteer at first, we want to make sure you have all of the proper background checks complete. 

If you have volunteered in the past, please contact nanettewegman@foresthills.edu to confirm your status and check whether your documentation is up to date. If you need a background check or more info, check out our volunteer page.  

Join Your Grade-Level Facebook Groups!

These parent-led groups are resources for assignments, class events, and making friends.

Find your group and introduce yourself: K/ 1st/ 2nd/ 3rd/ 4th/ 5th  

Picnic Tables Campaign

Your plastic trash is needed to create two picnic tables for Mercer's outdoor area!

How does it work? 9United transforms 1,000 pounds of select plastic bottle caps and lids into sturdy outdoor tables. Each student's donation of 200 items (about one pound) will help us reach the goal.

Donation buckets are in each grade's hallway. The grade with the most donations by weight will win a pizza party! We will check progress in mid April. Start saving and bringing in plastic caps and lids to your grade's donation bin. Visit 9united.org or this page to learn more.

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. 

 Important Dates
     3/16:  Muffins with Ma'ams - Mercer Cafeteria
     3/22:  Nagel Informational Meeting - Nagel Middle School
     4/22:  Donuts with Dudes - Mercer Cafeteria
     5/27:  6th Grade Recognition - 1:00 PM, Turpin Auditorium

Nagel Gym Shirts

Mercer's PTA is providing each 6th grade student with one free Nagel physical education t-shirt. All 7th graders are required to take one semester of Wellness/PE and must wear this t-shirt several days a week. The shirt has been newly designed for the 2022/2023 school year! They will be distributed at the 6th grade recognition ceremony. Orders are due by March 18th. Click here to fill out name and size. Additional shirts will be available for purchase from the Nagel PTO during orientation in August. If you have any questions, please contact Jill Guenther at 513-607-6163 or guenthertennis@gmail.com


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. Please mark your calendar for March 18th and 19th to witness the future of filmmaking, right in our hometown.

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

Oliver! comes to Anderson High School!
Welcome to the Victorian London of Charles Dickens, where a young boy faces hunger, cruelty, and rough kindness as he travels the dark streets of London. Despite it all, Oliver never gives up his dream of a true home and a family to love. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning Oliver! is one of the few musicals to also win an Academy Award for Best Picture, and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike. Exuberant songs like “Consider Yourself” and “You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two” mix with ballads like “Where is Love” and “As Long as He Needs Me” to make this production a musical treasure. You’ll consider yourself one of us when you experience this family-friendly production!!

Shows are April 28, 29, and 30 at 7:00 PM, and May 1 at 3:00 PM, in Titus Auditorium of Anderson High School. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online or by using the order form attached. Visit AndersonTheatre.com for more information and online sales!

2022 FH5K | We are Back In-Person!

After two years of hosting the FH5K virtually, the Forest Hills Foundation for Education is proud to host our 2022 FH5K on Saturday, May 14. It’s time for us all to come together and promote physical health, create awareness for mental health and have fun! May is Mental Health Awareness Month and we are excited to share mental health resources at the FH5K After-Party taking place at Nagel Middle School.  The Forest Hills Foundation serves as a member of the Anderson Mental Health Collaborative where several of these groups will be ready to share resources, tools and information with you and our families. 

Will you help us reach our $100,000 goal? These funds will directly impact students as we continue to provide mental health support focused on these three areas, based on student feedback: resiliency, emotional regulation and social awareness. 

Please join us as we “Take a Step to Stop the Stigma” and register for the FH5K today! Not a runner/walker? You can still donate, fundraise and/or volunteer.  

Don’t miss out on the fun! Click here to register today, create a team, and check out the race details and after-party plans.

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