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    Mercer August Newsletter
    Posted on 08/06/2020
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    Dear Mercer Families, 

    Welcome to our new families who are joining us this school year. I know we (myself included) are anxious to hear more about this new school year. I am hopeful I will have more details to share with you soon. Until then, please know we are working hard to do as much as we can to prepare for a successful launch of the school year. Until I have more to share with you, I am pleased to share a letter from our fabulous Mercer PTSA. 

    Go Mustangs! 

    Cindy Watters, Principal

    Letter from PTSA

    Dear Mercer Families,

    The 2019-2020 school year is behind us -- and what an unexpected year it was. We know the year ahead also brings uncertainty and questions. As the Mercer Parent-Teacher-Student-Association (PTSA), we hope to partner with the school and families to work together to create the best possible year ahead, knowing it will look very different due to COVID-19. 

    Black Lives Matter: Systemic racism and anti-Blackness occur in our PTSA, schools, city and country. We, the PTSA, have not engaged in anti-racist work as intentionally as is necessary to create real change. We're working through the summer, and into the school year, to change this by:

    • Challenging ourselves to manage our own discomfort and lean into this work that takes us out of our comfort zones
    • Educating ourselves about how our lack of impactful action has made us complicit in perpetuating racism
    • Educating ourselves to learn and practice skills necessary for anti-racism

    We're dedicated to doing this in a way that centers our Black families' experience without burdening them with the work of educating or doing the work for non Black families. We strongly affirm that Black Lives Matter and commit to grow in being an anti-racist organization, supporting racial equity, and addressing systemic racism at Mercer and in our PTSA. When Black lives matter, everyone benefits. We need more voices, leadership, and input from Mercer families so we challenge you to join us and hold us accountable for creating real change. This is how we will demonstrate that Black Lives Matter to us. To share thoughts or be involved, please send an email to Mercer_PTSA@Outlook.com

    Thank You Outgoing PTSA Board, Welcome 2020-2021 Board: The Mercer PTSA wants to thank our 2019-2020 board for their service! We also want to welcome our new PTSA board leaders for the 2020-2021 school year. In addition, we have added important new positions which are open and reflect work we want to lean into. We would love more people to join in these roles or in other ways! Please contact us at Mercer_PTSA@Outlook.com to learn more. The Mercer PTSA 2020-2021 board is: 

    • Co-Presidents - Dieu Nguyen (and open position) 
    • Treasurer - Flo Beaumon
    • Secretary - Ben Bergsten-Buret
    • Vice President - Debra Allen
    • Race & Equity Co-Chairs - (open positions) 
    • Family Engagement & Advocacy Co-Chairs - (open positions) 
    • Volunteer Coordinator Co-Chairs - (open positions) 
    • Fundraising Co-Chairs - (open positions) 
    • Membership Co-Chairs - Juli Russell and Suyan Wen 
    • Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs - Suyan Wen and Lee Brunk
    • Communications Chair  - Devin Bruckner
    • Spirit Wear Co-Chairs - Jason Loui and Jennifer Seminara 

    Other Important Reminders and Links: 

    • Grocery Gift Cards: 
      • Donate to provide grocery gift cards for Mercer families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can donate online or send checks to Mercer Middle School PTSA, 1600 S. Columbian Way, Seattle, 98108. 
      • If your family is in need of grocery gift cards, please contact Tonja Davis at tldavis@seattleschools.org or 206-252-8020.
    • Join our Mercer Supporters Facebook Group to see more frequent updates and conversation. 
    • Sign up for PTSA emails and communications
    • Mark your calendars for our PTSA meetings. They are the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30, starting in August (email us for the Zoom link). All are invited to join.
    • Volunteers: We're looking to grow our PTSA next year. Contact us at mercer_ptsa@outlook.com to get involved! 

    We are grateful to be part of the Mercer Community!

    - The Mercer PTSA Board