Originally delivered on 1/15/2020 10:01 am

SUBJECT: Mercer Bits & Pieces Newsletter [copy]


January 2020

Happy New Year everyone! We hope you all had a wonderful two weeks off. Now to get back into the swing of things.


All Day
Battle of the Schools Mod Pizza
01/16All DayCOSI Assembly
01/17All DayNo School
01/20All DayNo School
Mother/Son night - Cyclones Game
02/116:30 - 8:30Skate Night - Beechmont Rollerena
03/2111am - 2 pm
Mercer Carnival




We are SUPER excited to be taking place in

Battle of the Schools at Mod Pizza!!

Mercer is going up against Ayer Elementary.

Mercer will receive 20% of all sales on January 15th that show the Flyer (paper or on phone). The school that raises the most will receive an extra 10%!!

Mark your calendars to join us as we battle Ayer Elementary!!


Join all your friends on Tuesday, February 11th 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, or $4 for speed skates.


Mercer's Eagle Council is joining forces with 9United and their Bottlecaps to Benches program. We are hoping to collect enough bottlecaps to purchase our very own recycled bench. To do this, we will need to collect 200 pounds of bottlecaps/lids. Some acceptable caps/lids are: medicine caps, milk jug caps, detergent caps, hair spray caps, toothpaste caps, water bottle caps, cottage cheese lids, peanut butter jar lids, butter lids, pringles lids. Please send these items in with your child at your earliest convenience. We look forward to having our own bench this spring!


Skool Aid is back for another Nature Explorers class!

Please click on the link below to find out more on the great and popular class.

Nature Explorers (Environmental Science) - Thursdays

Cost for this class is $72.

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



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

Mercer Elementary

Saturday, March 21st, from 11 AM - 2 PM


You don't want to miss the NEW Dart Dash Competition, inflatable obstacle course, lots of games and prizes. La Rosa's and Mr. Frosty! It will be a blast!!

You will be able to purchase your all-inclusive activity wristband and students will start selling raffle tickets next month - all purchases and raffle sales will be online - be on the lookout for the links!


Collections for game prizes and prize baskets have begun. Please feel free to donate gift cards and/or NEW games, stuffed animals, puzzles, books, toys, art supplies, legos, posters and anything unused you would like to clear out!!  Please bring these items to school and place in the box outside of the Mercer office.

Next month we will be asking specific grade levels for donations and volunteers to make this carnival the greatest show on earth!

Be on the lookout for information or feel free to email Robert Forbeck with any questions at robertforbeck@yahoo.com



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 the PTA for their generous grants given to the following:

** Byrdseed TV Subscription for 6th Graders - $119.

** Flocabulary License Renewal for K thru 6th Grade - $2,250. This online tool is used to build vocabulary and aid retention.


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 the following:

**All the room parents for bringing together such wonderful winter parties.

**Holly French and Emily Olson for their work on COSI on Wheels.

**Melanie Barford for being the parent coordinator for the Third Grade Special Persons' Day


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


Upcoming Events

6th Grade Only

* Friday, January 24th -- Muffins with Mom -- 8:15 to 8:55 am.


It's a great time for the 6th graders to have breakfast with their Moms (or a special person in their life), reminisce and celebrate their time at Mercer. Please RSVP to Matt Detwiler:mattd01431@fuse.net by Monday, January 20th so we can plan our refreshments appropriately.

* February 4th (4 - 7:45 pm)
UC Rec Center Social at the University of Cincinnati
* March 26th (7 - 9 pm)
Sixth Grade Variety Show at Turpin High School
* April 17th (7-9 pm)
District Wide Nagel Mix & Mingle at Nagel Middle School
* May 1st (9:30 am- 1 pm)
Sixth Grade Olympic Day at Anderson High School
* May 20th (7 - 9 pm)
Sixth Grade Recognition Night at Turpin Highschool
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.



Heat-up February with Anderson Theatre's

"The Crucible"

Master playwright Arthur Miller leads us through a web of deceit and betrayal in this partially fictionalized story of the Salem withch trials in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during the winter of 1692. The story focuses upon John Proctor, his wife, Elizabeth, and Abigail Williams, the young servant-girl who maliciously embroils an entire town in a crucible of lies, accusations and terror.

Winner of the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play, "The Crucible" offers an unflinching view of what can happen when justice and truth fall victim to the worst impulses of humanity, and how a society struggles to retain its morality in the face of manipulation, fear, and blind self-interest.

This show will be best appreciated by children in grades 5 and up. Performances are February 14th and 15th at 7:00pm and February 16th at 2:00pm. Tickets are $10 and can be ordered by mailing in the attached form or visiting www.AndersonTheatre.com.


Goat Yoga to Support Turpin After Prom

Join us February 20th in the Turpin Aux gym for the GOAT of all yoga classes!! YoGoat Cincinnati and Turpin parent Kris Carnevale will lead us through 2 sessions at 4:45 and 6:00 pm. Tickets are $30 per person per session and proceeds will support "Game On" - a FUN, safe drug and alcohol-free event for our students.

Please bring your own mat. Space is limited so click this link today for more information and to register for a session. Thank you for supporting our students and Turpin After Prom!



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