Originally delivered on 9/11/2019 10:03 am

SUBJECT: Mercer Bits & Pieces Newsletter [copy]


September, 2019


 9/127:00 PMDestination Imagination info meeting Nagel
 9/13All DayPep Rally (wear Mercer colors)
 9/16-9/26All DayMove 4 Mercer Fundraiser
 9/208:30 AMEagle Council (Cafetaria)
 9/205:30-6:45 PM
Rock the Stands
 9/23-9/27All Day
 9/246:30-8:30Mercer Skate Night
 9/256:30-7:00Girl Scout Formation Meeting
 9/27All DayMove 4 Mercer
 10/84:00-8:00Dine-out Chipotle
 10/197:00-9:00Daddy Daughter Dance




It is almost time for Move 4 Mercer!

Our event will kick off with a Pep Rally on 9/13 followed by two weeks of fundraising. During this time any student who makes a donation will receive a Move 4 Mercer bag AND be entered to win fun daily prizes.

Prizes include gift cards for local restaurants like Gold Star and LaRosas as well as tickets to Newport Aquarium and free canoe rentals from Scenic River Excursions. We will also giveaway Move 4 Mercer tees. The sooner your child brings in their donation, the more chances they will have to win.

Individual Incentives

Top Fundraisers will enjoy a Limo ride to have lunch with Jodi. This amazing prize is sponsored by MOD Pizza and Affinity Air Limousine Service.

The Top Fundraiser will be principal for the day.

Students have an individual goal of raising $40

More details can be found at:https://www.mercerpto.org/m4m

To make a donation, please visit:https://www.mercerpto.org/form/m/82180

Please sign-up here to volunteer on 9/27 for Move 4 Mercer:


Destination Imagination

Destination Imagination is a program that engages students in team-project-based challenges that are designed to build confidence and develop creativity, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills. It is open to students K-12.

An informational meeting will be held on September 12 at 7pm at Nagel Middle School in the Learning Commons. This meeting is for parents who are interested in learning more, or are ready to manage a team.

Question? Please contact Colleen Berliner (colleen.berliner@gmail.com). Destination Imagination is sponsored by the Forest Hills Foundation For Education. For more info about DI, go to DestinationImagination.org.


What is Mercer Rock the Stands?
It's giving back..
It's community-building...
It's fun!

The Rock the Stands event will be held on Friday, September 20th from 5:30pm until the start of the football game between Turpin High School and West Clermont.

Parent volunteers for the practice field are always welcome and needed. Click on the following link to sign up and volunteer:

Rock the stands volunteer sign up

Also - tickets to the Turpin vs. West Clermont football game can be purchased in advance on the Mercer PTA website at $4 each or click on link below:

Rock the stands ticket


Let's show our Mercer Spirit!

Monday - Pajama Day

Tuesday - Sports Day

Wednesday - USA Day

Thursday - Crazy Hair/Hat Day

Friday - Mercer to the Extreme Day




Quickness/Speed/Agility 2019-2020  

Fun Exercise, Running form and Coordination            Grades 2-6 Instructor: Nicki Pendleton Skylis       

This class will have a strong focus on the correct running form and mechanics because most kids are never taught how to run properly.

To learn more about this great program and to register just click on the following link:

Quickness, Speed, and Agility information


Join all your friends on September 24th at Beechmont Rollarena for an all-you-can-skate party from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Admission is $3.25 and skate rental is $2.


innoVationGirls Registration for Mercer Elementary

innoVationGirls is a platform for Girls (7-17) to engage with business, solve real-world problems and learn 21st century skills. To learn more see the attached flyer



Spread the word: It's the new way to earn! Use the app to scan your receipts and earn Box Tops cash for your school.

Get the app now


Guac On!

Join us for dinner to support Mercer Elementary.

Where: Chipotle on Beechmont

When: Tuesday, October 8th

Time: 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Don't forget to bring a copy of the flyer!


Interested in Girl Scouts?


Please attend this Girl Scout Troop Formation meeting:

Wednesday, September 25

Mercer Elementary School

In the Art Room


 Click here for flyer


Interested in Cub Scouts? It's not too late to join. Contact Jill@JumbleOfJill.com

*Pack 177 welcomes boys & girls in grades K-4

Click here for flyer.


Save the Date

Mercer Daddy Daughter

Snow Ball

October 19th

7 - 9 pm


We are excited to announce our continued partnership with Skool Aid for the 2019/2020 school year. Please click the hyperlinks, below, to check out the after school classes to be offered at Mercer throughout the year:

Nature Explorers (Environmental Science)- Thursdays

Fun with Drums- Wednesdays

Performance and Improv- Mondays 

Cost varies per class.

Contact Skool Aid for registration and more information: www.skoolaid.com 

Mercer Dads Club Events

Open to all Mercer Dads/Guardians/Granddads/etc. and kids. Please consider spending some extra Dad time with your kids at these fun events:

Open Gym is back! Feel free to check out the dates and sign up.

Also, come to the Turpin field for the annual turkey bowl flag football game on Thanksgiving Eve. Click on the link for more information and to sign up for the turkey bowl.



Become a PTA member and join today! It is easy and fast to join. Just click on the following PTA link to find out more!


Classroom Party and Teacher Gift Collections: 

Please click here if you would like to contribute to the classroom party fund and the teacher gift fund.  Classroom party funds will be pooled by grade, meaning all funds collected for each grade will be split equally between that grade’s classrooms. Teacher gift funds will be pooled for the entire school and divided equally for all classroom teachers. More details are provided on the website. 


If you would like to volunteer to be a room parent, please click here. Duties include planning the fall and winter parties and organizing any additional activities requested by the teacher. Please note that you can only sign up to be a room parent for one classroom. Also, room parents and any parent volunteering in the classroom must have a background check. Additional information will follow for those who sign up to be room parents.


Golden Eagle Award

The Golden Eagle recognizes a volunteer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to benefit the Mercer community.

We would like to give a shout out to both Andrea Kachelmeyer and Katie Johnson for all their hard work this summer and school year on Move 4 Mercer, it is going to be a great event!

The theme for the 2019-2020 yearbook is “Better Together.”  Go to the Jostens site, beginning September 15th, to purchase your Mercer Yearbook.  Yearbooks cost $16 for a 104 page hardcover, color yearbook.  Donations are very much appreciated, all donations go directly towards purchasing yearbooks for students.
Jostens Sales Link for the Mercer Yearbook:  http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A06336265
Jostens is not able to track duplicate orders, so please keep your email receipt.


Sixth Grade Activities

CONGRATS, you have a sixth grader! We have so many fun activities planned for your student, but before we can get started, we need a little help from you.

1) Review the calendar of events and add them to your personal calendar.

2) Complete permission slips, then return to your students homeroom teacher.

3) Pay for all your 6th grade activities for the year:


4) Sign up to join in on the fun with your student:


Please contact Sarah Neugebauer (scneugebauer@yahoo.com) or Shannon Walker (shannon@anotherventure.com with any questions.


If you have Mercer-related news you would like to share in Bits & Pieces, please contact Angela Tomson or Cathy Rappaport.

You can expect to receive this newsletter once a month throughout the school year. (Click here for schedule.) Please read it to keep up with important information and events, and refer to our new website if you need additional information.


Mercer Elementary PTA
2600 Bartels Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45244