Originally delivered on 4/20/2022 8:01 am

SUBJECT: Mercer Bits & Pieces Newsletter

April 20, 2022

Hope everyone enjoyed Spring Break! We are in the home stretch of this school year. Please check out the newsletter to ensure you don't miss any end-of-the-year events!


Click here to see the full Mercer PTA calendar.


General PTA Meeting 

The next PTA meeting will be held at 6:00 PM on April 21st at Mercer. The PTA’s Executive Board will propose, discuss, and call for a member vote to exit the National PTA network and form an unaffiliated parent teacher organization (PTO) as many schools in our district have already done. Come to the meeting to learn more and voice your household's vote. This is our last general PTA meeting of the school year. Check out our FAQs in the meantime. See you there!  

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.

May Mercer Meal at Chipotle

Whether you DINE-IN or TAKE-OUT you can support our awesome Mercer Eagles on May 9th, 4-8 PM, at CHIPOTLE!! Please show the flyer on your phone, printed out or use the promo code (RMK4RVB) when ordering online and Mercer will receive 33% of all orders!! Hope to see you there!!

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!


Thank you!

Thanks to everyone who visited Lucy Blue and had a chance to try the Meat Eagle Pizza! We raised $655 for the Mercer PTA!

Technology Safety Program

On the morning of May 2nd, Guest Speaker Stephen Smith, President of A Wired Family, LLC, will present a powerful program to our 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.  The program will cover the basics concerning the evolution of the mobile and broadband world as it relates to student communication including: inappropriate online behavior, bullying and its impact on mental health. He will also cover the causes, the technology and how students can help control these trends. More information about Stephen can be found here

4th, 5th and 6th grade parents/guardians must fill out the attached form for their child to attend this presentation.  

We will have a very limited number of seats for parents who would like to attend the 2nd presentation on May 2nd at 10:30AM. If you would like to attend, you will also need to fill out this form. We have a very limited number of seats and participation will be on a first come first serve basis! (You can be a parent of any grade level to attend this presentation - although only 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students will attend.)

If you have any questions at all please reach out to Guy Frye, guyfrye@foresthills.edu.

2021/2022 Mercer Yearbook Orders 

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.

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


Stock the Makerspace for May Innovation Day!

Donations may be placed on the back tables of the Mercer Makerspace. We will organize them as they come in. We are looking for any type of materials that students can use to build, create, and invent!  Examples of materials include oatmeal canisters, cardboard of all sizes and types, pie tins, toilet paper/paper towel rolls, q tips, straws, etc. We can use just about anything! Thanks!

Baby Shower to Support Jack's Closet

9United is again partnering with Jack's Closet to support their foster and kinship families. They are in great need of the BABY & TODDLER items listed in this flyer! Collection begins TODAY thru May 6th. Please consider donating these much needed items! 

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!

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. Attached is the list of acceptable caps for your reference. 

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.


Donuts with Dudes

Calling all special dudes – enjoy a complimentary breakfast at school with your 6th grader before school!

     Date:  4/22/22

     Time:  8:15 AM – 8:55 AM

     Location:  Mercer Cafeteria

     RSVP here:  http://evite.me/XWdBaqW7P6


Olympic Day

  • District-led event at Anderson High School
  • Students participate in fun activities against the other FH Elementary Schools
  • During the school day and not typically attended by parent spectators
  • 6th grade Committee will reach out if volunteers needed

     Date:  5/6/22

     Location:  Anderson High School


 6th Grade Variety Show

The annual talent show is back!  All students are welcome to participate, individually or in groups. Auditions will be held only to ensure that the acts are appropriate for school. The teachers will be helping us communicate this fun activity to the students.


     Dates:  5/4 and 5/5

     Location:  At school during Lunch and Recess


     Date:  5/16/22

     Time:  6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

      Location:  TBD (likely Turpin or Mercer Auditorium)

*Need one parent volunteer to video this performance 


6th Grade Promotion Day

Promotion Day is a special event celebrating our 6th grade students and commemorating their time at Mercer before sending them off to Middle School. Students will fill out a Google form at school to help select and vote on class songs for the promotion ceremony.

     Date:  5/27/22

     Time:  1:00 PM

     Location:  Turpin Auditorium

* Parents: If you have pictures of your 6th grader FROM THIS SCHOOL YEAR that you would like to send in, please do. Ideally, these are school-related pictures of your child individually or with their Mercer friends. Send these pictures to: Diana Ellis at kbedde@mac.com by 4/22/22.

NOTE: Volunteers are needed for this event. You can sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0B44AAA92CA3F85-6thgrade1

Please reach out to Megan (meganpcarter@gmail.com) or Jill (guenthertennis@gmail.com) with any questions.


Summer Enrichment Programs

Please follow the links below for information on some local summer camps and academies. There are options for reading, nature and various STEM programs. Registration is now open.

     Xavier Summer Reading Enrichment Program

     CINSAM Summer Programs

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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