Originally delivered on 2/12/2020 8:01 am

SUBJECT: Mercer Bits & Pieces Newsletter


February 2020


 2/13Varies by grade Conference Night 
 2/14All day NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day
 2/17All day NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day
 2/20Varies by grade
Conference Night 
 2/217:00 PM Mercer Theatre Performance 
 2/222:00 PM Mercer Theatre Performance 
 3/6 8:30 AMEagle Council Meeting
 3/2111 AM - 2 PM
Mercer Carnival



Who: Students in grades 3-12

What: Four rounds of chess against other students

When: Saturday, Feb. 15th, from 8:15 AM - 1:00 PM

Where: Nagel Cafetorium

Why: Because you love to play chess!

How to Register: Visit chess.ayerpta.org 

All Pro Dad Breakfast!
Dads and father figures are invited to join the February All Pro Dad breakfast in the Mercer cafeteria at 8:20 AM on Wednesday, February 19th. A light breakfast will be served along with some great character-building content. Please RSVP here

Class Information:

Wednesdays 2/19, 2/26

3:45 - 5:45 PM in the Art Room

Click here for more info and to register


Class Information:

Thursdays 3/3, 3/17

3:45 - 5:45 pm in the Art Room

Click here for more info and to register


Design a Game for the Mercer Carnival!

Students will vote to choose one game from each grade level to be used in this year's Carnival.

  • All entries must be submitted by Feb. 28th
  • Voting will begin during Media class on Mar. 2nd
  • One game will be chosen from each grade
  • Winners will be notified on Monday, March 9th

Please see flyer for contest requirements.




 4th - 6th Grade

Tuesdays: March 3rd - April 28th

4:00 - 5:00 in the Maker Space

8 Week Session - $120.0


See flyer or website for additional details!


Contact Rita David at ritadavid@innovationgirls.com or 513-802-8881 with any questions.


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

See below and refer to flyer for more details!

 Purchase Raffle Tickets!

The Carnival raffle is an important part of our fundraising! The goal is $20 in raffle ticket sales per student. Click here to purchase your raffle tickets, and use this link for friends and family to purchase. See flyer for details on prizes for top sellers!

 Purchase All-inclusive Carnival Wristband!

The ALL-INCLUSIVE Wristband will give you access to games and activities all day long.  Play games as many times as you want! Click here to pre-purchase a wristband  for only $20 and we’ll have it waiting for you at Carnival. Wristbands will also be available for purchase at Carnival.

  Make a Donation!

ALL Students/Families:  We need donations for game prizes and prize baskets.  Please donate new/unused stuffed animals, games, puzzles, legos, posters, crafts, gift cards and place items in the carnival box outside of the office through March 16. 

KINDERGARTNERS:  Dollar store toys/games and/or candy. Examples: bouncy balls, glow sticks, puzzles, and/or bags of jolly ranchers, tootsie rolls, starburst, etc. Place items in carnival box outside office through March 16.

1st–3rd GRADERS:  Single-layered iced cake (home-baked or store-bought) for Cake Walk. Drop off at office between Wednesday, March 18 – Friday, March 20.

4th–6th GRADERS:  2-liter bottle of soda. Drop off at office between March 16-20.


Please consider donating 2 hours of your time the day of Carnival. Simply report to the check-in desk upon arrival and we’ll direct you to your activity station.  Adults sign up here.  Nagel/Junior High Students sign up here.

**If you have any questions regarding the Mercer Carnival, please contact Robert Forbeck at robertforbeck@yahoo.com.


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!


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

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


Big thanks to Kim Surface and Melissa Watsonfor organizing the Mother/Son night at the Cyclones game! A great time was had by all!




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


Upcoming Events:
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 High School

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.



Anderson Theatre's "The Crucible"

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.

** Click here for more information about the event and how to purchase tickets.

** SpartanRama is an adult-only event that includes games, raffles, auctions, etc., to help fund Turpin athletes.

Anderson Film & AHS Orchestra present the 2020 Film Festival!!


With original music scores by AHS Senior Ian Baker, and music performed LIVE by the AHS Symphony Orchestra, these films will showcase all the amazing skills of the Anderson Film and Orchestra students. Do not miss our third main-stage film production!

Performances are March 27 and 28, and tickets can be ordered by mailing in the attached form or by visiting Showtix4U.com/events/AndersonTheatre. See www.AndersonTheatre.com for more details.


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