Originally delivered on 12/11/2019 8:01 am

SUBJECT: Mercer Bits & Pieces Newsletter


December 2019

This will be the last issue of Bits & Pieces in 2019. The Mercer PTA would like to wish you and your families a very happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year! We are grateful for your support and look forward to a fun and productive 2020.


11AM - 11:30PM
Dine Out Night - Buffalo Wild Wings
12/138:15 AMEagle Council Holiday Party (details, below)
12/171:00-2:30 PMThird Grade "Special Persons" Day
12/188:20 AMAll Pro Dad Breakfast
12/18Varies by gradeFAME - Bah Humbug! (K-4)
12/19Varies by gradeWinter Parties
12/20-1/5/20All Day NO SCHOOL - Winter Break


Thank you Mercer students and families for your support of Penny Wars!  Due to your generosity, we were able to donate over $3,100 to 9United's Shop & Share event and provide Christmas to 60 children in need in our community!

Since we met our goal, students will have the opportunity to watch an age-appropriate holiday movie and wear pj's to school one day. In addition, the fourth graders will get a pancake breakfast to celebrate being the Penny Wars winners for the second year in a row.

Buffalo Wild Wings Dine Out Night

Mercer's next dine out night is December 12, 2019, from 11AM to 11:30PM.

Please be sure to print and present your ticket so that 10% of your bill gets donated to the Mercer PTA!

EAGLE COUNCIL REMINDER:  The Eagle Council Holiday Party will be held on Friday, December 13th. The meeting will begin at 8:15 AM due to yearbook pictures being taken and Kroger glazed donuts being served. In addition, there will be an optional gift exchange. If your child is interested in participating, they will need a wrapped $5.00 gift or gift card - clearly marked whether it is for a boy, girl or either. 
Calling all dads and father figures!
Please join us for our December All Pro Dad breakfast in the Mercer cafeteria at 8:20 AM on Wednesday, December 18th. We will have a light breakfast for you and your kiddo/s as well as some great character-building content. Please RSVP here.


Mercer Mother/Son Night Out with the Cyclones

Friday, January 31st - 7:30 PM

Click here to purchase tickets! 

For more details click here.

 *Brought to you by Mercer PTA


Save the date for the 2020 Mercer Carnival!!

Don't miss the Greatest Show on Earth at Mercer Elementary on Saturday, March 21st, from 11 AM - 2 PM. More details to follow in the January Bits & Pieces!


2019-2020 Mercer Yearbook Sales
The theme for the 2019-2020 yearbook is “Better Together.”  Yearbooks cost $16 each for a 104-page hardcover, color yearbook.  Donations are very much appreciated. All donations go directly towards purchasing yearbooks for students.  Please go to the Jostens website to purchase your Mercer Yearbook.  If you would prefer to send in your order with a cash or check payment, click here for the order form. Jostens is not able to track duplicate orders, so please keep your email receipt.

This year we are also accepting business donations, and business donors will be recognized in the yearbook.  If you own a local business and would like to make a donation to the Mercer Yearbook, please see attached.
SHARE YOUR PICTURES FOR THE YEARBOOK:  Parents, if you have pictures from Mercer activities this year and would like to share them for the 2019-2020 Mercer Yearbook, please use these instructions to access the Mercer Elementary School Private Photo Submission site.  Pictures will be accepted on this site through March 15th, 2020.  Any questions, contact Diana Ellis, kbedde@mac.com

Classroom Party Reimbursement

If you are purchasing any items for class parties, please be sure to turn in the reimbursement form, which can be found on the PTA website, and send receipts to Sean Lyons, PTA Treasurer. Reimbursement forms may be left in the Treasurer's mailbox in Mercer's office or emailed to Sean. If you have any questions, please contact Bridget Wright.


Thanks to all who participated in McAlister's Dine Out Night. We received a check for $185.05 for Mercer!


If the lights are flashing, don’t try passing!

In the state of Ohio, drivers must stop when traveling from either direction until the children are safely off the street and the school bus lights stop flashing. The driver must stop at least ten feet from the front or rear of the school bus.

  • Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
  • Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate the bus has stopped and children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop-arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.

By law, motorists must stop in both directions for a school bus on a two-lane, or two-lane-with-turning-lane road. According to Ohio traffic laws, motorists can receive up to a $500 fine and possible suspended license for up to a year for failure to stop. This does not apply to highways with four or more lanes or divided highways. Please share the road. For additional tips and reminders, visit the National Safety Council here


Did you know that the National PTA has Parent Guides to Student Success on topics relevant to Kindergarten through High School? Check them out here!


Join the Mercer Elementary PTA

Support Mercer by becoming a PTA member today! It is easy and fast to join. Click here for more information.


Restock 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, old toys etc. We are also looking for non-working electrical equipment such as remotes, speakers, computers, etc. Contact Mr. Frye with questions. Thank you!


Do you have the all-new box tops app?  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.


Golden Eagle Award


Special thanks to parent volunteers Joanna Eyer and Jessica Klimkowski for helping coordinate Penny Wars and Shop & Share.  Their leadership and dedication were instrumental to making these events such a great success! 


Please contact Angela Tomson or Cathy Rappaport if you have nominations for future Golden Eagle awards.


Upcoming Events:

December 19th - Winter Party
January 24th - Muffins with Moms
February 4th - Sixth Grade Social at UC
March 26th - Sixth Grade Variety Show

There is  still time to sign up to volunteer to participate in these events with your child.  View the sign up genius list here: Mercer Sixth Grade Activities 2019-2020

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



Registration Now Open for Anderson Community Girls Lacrosse!

Lacrosse is a spring sport that begins in Jan/Feb and typically runs through mid-May.

Key dates:

  • Nov 3: Demo Day @ Anderson High School
  • Dec 5: Parents meeting @ Nagel Library
  • Jan/Feb: Begin practice on AHS turf
  • Mar-May: Regular season games & practice

Teams are formed based on grade level, skill and the number of registered players.

Cost: $100 registration fee. LAX equipment and uniforms will need to be purchased.

For more information and to register, please see flyeror visit www.AndersonLAX.com.


If you have Mercer news you would like to share in Bits & Pieces, please contact Angela Tomson or Cathy RappaportClick here for B&P schedule.


Mercer Elementary PTA
2600 Bartels Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45244