Originally delivered on 11/18/2020 8:02 am

SUBJECT: Mercer Bits & Pieces Newsletter


November 18, 2020

Greetings!  We hope everyone is staying healthy. During this Thanksgiving season, we are so grateful for Mercer staff and teachers who are working diligently to provide a safe, productive learning environment and a sense of normalcy for our children!


Nov. 22All DayLast day of Virtual Book Fair
Nov. 25-27All DayNO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 1All Day Take-Out Tuesday at Gold Star



Book Fair!


Mercer Elementary is holding a Virtual Book Fair through November 22nd.  20% of all online purchases will be donated to the Mercer PTA. 

  • Use coupon code FMERC2020
  • When it submits it will say "A Discount of $0.00 has been applied to your order." This is the reassurance that the code worked. 
  • You can also list "Mercer Elementary" in the comments section of your check out to be sure.
  • Go to www.josephbeth.com. Click on Books and Book Fair to select by grade range. 
  • All online purchases qualify to help our school - not just children's books.
  • Ships directly home in time for the holidays.
  • Still unsure? Watch the Video Tutorial HERE.

Get that holiday shopping done, and help our Eagles!


Destination Imagination

Destination Imagination (DI) teams are now forming.  DI is a program that engages students in team project-based lessons that are designed to build confidence and develop creativity, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills. 

If your child is interested in forming a team, contact Mr. Frye (guyfrye@foresthills.edu) or Colleen Berliner (colleenberliner@gmail.com). DI is sponsored by the Forest Hills Foundation for Education.
Take-Out Tuesday at Gold Star
Our next “Take-Out Tuesday” is December 1st at Gold Star - Anderson. You can order online for drive thru or carry out. A huge bonus... it is all day!! All online orders benefit our Mercer Eagles! Grab lunch or dinner and support our awesome Eagles!! Please pass along the attached flyerto your family and friends. Click here to order online.
We would like to encourage all families to join the PTA by going to our website and signing up. Your dues help support PTA-funded programs for our students and teachers. Also, by becoming a member, you will have access to the directory on the PTA website. 


Substitute Teachers NEEDED!!!!
With more teachers having to be out related to COVID, Mercer and our entire district is in serious need of substitute teachers. If you have a four year degree or know anyone that does, please consider getting your sub certification.  We don't want our schools to close due to lack of teachers. We really need you!!  Call Nanette at 232-7000 to learn more.
Virtual Academy Representative Needed
Forest Hills is asking for one VA representative per school. The VA Building Rep is responsible for improving/engaging communication between Mercer and our virtual families. The rep will serve as a communication bridge between Mercer and the VA families. The rep will send out reminder emails about any important events/programs/news happening in the school building (such as after school enrichment info, special things the PTA is doing/offering, info to make sure virtual students can still submit pictures for the yearbook, Spiritwear info...basically anything that keeps the VA students and families in the loop and connected). While this info might be accessible in emails sent by principals and PTA or social media, this additional communication bridge will make a big difference in helping VA students feel personally included and connected. Please contact Bridget Wright if you are interested in this role.

Teacher Gift Donations

Please visit the PTA website under Store to donate. (Note: you have to log in first.)

All money collected will be pooled together and divided among all teachers at Mercer for a holiday gift. 

Please contact Bridget Wright, PTA President, if you have any questions


Update Your Data Now!

It is very important that we have accurate information in our communication systems. Please go to the PTA website and update your child's data (grade, teacher, etc.) to ensure that you receive all communications pertinent to your family. Thanks for your cooperation!




"Future Spartan" Spirit Wear


Support the Turpin Spartans by ordering spirit wear for your aspiring Spartan! Purchase online here. Note that the link will be live all year. Let's go Spartans!


Do you have the 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.

COVID Fundraiser Update 

We are so appreciative of all those who have made monetary contributions and/or donated their time! We have collected almost $11,000 to date and have spent $7,887 on the purchase of a 20 x 40 commercial tent, 15 8ft tables, 28 folding chairs, 2 table dollies and 1 dolly for chairs. Our students have been utilizing the tent and tables for mask free outdoor learning!! We have also spent $595 on 7 portable speakerphones for teachers to use in classrooms where students are working from home due to COVID quarantine and $120 on sets of sports balls for each grade to allow for more activities at recess, thus promoting additional social distancing as well as allowing for each grade to have a dedicated set.

We are keeping the fundraiser open for additional COVID-related needs, so if you haven't donated and would like to please go to the PTA website to contribute. We will continue to provide updates on the COVID-related needs as well as what is being purchased.


Mercer Golden Eagle Award


THANK YOU to all who contributed to 9United's virtual Care & Share 2020 initiative. Your generosity will help support Forest Hills students and their families who are in need of extra assistance this year.


If you have not had a chance to participate and would still like to, please donate here.


For those of you who have had a 6th grader,  you know this year is looking a little different. In years past, we have had several activities planned for each semester. Unfortunately, due to COVID, we have been unable to do most, if not all, of the activities this semester.  We have put together a sign-up genius for some of the activities for next semester - subject to change, of course.  The attached document provides an update based on what we know today. Please review and sign up to help if you are able. A lot of details are still up in the air, so please be patient with us!


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