Mercer Mailbox

September 16, 2016

Saturday, Sept 17 , Red Raider Day, 1 pm at Shaker Heights High School 
Morris to Eddy's Fruit Farm 9:30-11:30 am 
Room Representatives Meeting
6:30 pm, Library
PTO Meeting
7 pm, Library
Father/Special Adult Male Walk to Mercer & Coffee/Muffins on the Lawn
8:45-9:15 am
SHHS Planetarium
Lesak: 10:45 am-12:05 pm
Martin: 11:45 am-1:05 pm 
In This Issue
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Shaker Heights PTO
The Shaker Heights Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is dedicated to facilitating the active and informed involvement of all parents and families to achieving the educational success and well being of children.
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Upcoming Dates to Remember
Sept 28   Pre-K Parent Open House/Curriculum, 6 pm
Sept 30   Popcorn/Spirit Day, 11:30 am
Oct 3       No School in Observance of Rosh Hashanah
Oct 3-21  Box Tops Collection
Oct 7       New Date for the Family Exchange
               Kickoff Event, 7 pm
Oct 12     No School in Observance of Yom Kippur
Oct 14     Olympics Opening Ceremony, 2:30 pm
From the Principal - Mr. Florence
First trimester assessments will soon be completed. Teachers and students are developing positive relationships to build strong foundations of a successful learning community. I continue sharing with parents each year the importance of nightly reading and math fact fluency. The critical components in creating a lifelong appreciation and longing of the educational process are building student-teacher relationships and parent-guardian involvement. Together we can help our students create a vision of their best selves.
The 2016 Ohio School Report Cards were posted on the Ohio Department of Education website ( on September 15. Single data points do not define the quality of our District, school, students or teachers. A snapshot taken months ago cannot accurately reflect a Shaker education. Our philosophy as an IB World School values a holistic education for our students by developing critical, analytical thinking skills. This will be the ODE's focus going forward. 
Please join us for our September 21st PTO meeting at 7:00 p.m. I hope you can join us for what will certainly be an informative evening.

School, PTO News and District News
Mercer Mailbox is Going Online Soon (Although you may request a paper copy.)  
Our weekly newsletter will be distributed by email and backpack every Friday through September 30. If you would like a paper copy after this date, please contact the office at 216-295-4070. All broader Shaker School District news will only appear on the online version.
Room Representatives Meeting, Wednesday, September 21 at 6:30 pm in the Mercer Library 
There will be a brief meeting for all Room Representatives on Wednesday, September 21 at 6:30 pm. You will receive the information packets and sign up lists from curriculum night, have the opportunity to ask questions and review room parent responsibilities. Did not have a chance to sign up but are still interested in being a room parent? Join us - all are welcome. Stay after for the PTO meeting beginning at 7 p.m. Please email Leslie Moore at with questions. 
PTO Meeting, Wednesday, September 21 at 7 pm in the Mercer Library 
Please join us for the September PTO meeting. All Mercer parents and guardians are members of the PTO and are welcome to attend. The evening begins with an update from Mr. Florence. We hope you will consider this opportunity to share your ideas and learn about all things MERCER. Please email Leslie Moore at with questions. 
Father and Special Male Adult Walk, Thursday, Sept. 22 
Fathers and special male adults (uncle, cousin, grandfather, caregiver) of Mercer students, walk, bike or travel by car to Mercer in support of the Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative Father's Walk. Gather on the front lawn after from 8:45-9:15 am for coffee and muffins in celebration of this event. 
CommUNITY Builders  
The Family Exchange Program kick-off event will be on Friday, October 7, at 7 pm at Mercer. More information about this program will be coming home soon via backpack mail. Registration is required. If you are interested in participating and/or volunteering and would like to learn more about this program, please contact Jakecia Durham ( ). Thank you! 
Mercer PTO Volunteer Opportunities
Please consider offering your time as a Mercer volunteer - it is a great way to be part of something with your child/children in a way that works for you!  If you have not yet had the chance to see all of the volunteer opportunities, you can visit .  Many thanks to those of you who have already returned the volunteer form and/or have volunteered in the past few weeks.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Sept 30 :  Popcorn/Spirit Day: Hand out bags of popcorn during available lunch periods (contact )
Oct 7 , 7 pm:  Family Exchange Kickoff Event: Parents needed for planning committee (contact )
Oct 14-21 :  Mercer Olympics: Help needed in various shifts before and throughout Olympics week (contact )
Box Tops Fall Collection is Coming!
Clip Box Tops from your favorite products and send them to school during our fall collection drive:
Oct. 3-21. Each clip brings Mercer 10 cents!  For a list of participating products, see: .

Mercer Mailbox is a publication of Mercer Elementary. The submission deadline is Noon Wednesday to Sharon Galin at