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    Dear Mercer Families
    Posted on 11/04/2019

    Dear Mercer Families,

    I can't believe it's already November. We had a great day last Thursday - thank you for helping students make good choices about their Halloween costumes. This week students and teachers are wrapping up first quarter and we are celebrating with an ABC Activity Day and Dance on Friday afternoon. 

    School holiday reminders:

    • Monday, November 11, 2019 - Veteran's Day -No School
    • Thursday & Friday , November 28-29 -Thanksgiving Holiday - No School

    PTSA Donation Letters

    On Monday, November 4 all students will receive a letter in their 7th period class from our PTSA.  Our PTSA is an amazing partner in our school community and I feel so fortunate to have their support. Please take a moment to consider how you might support the PTSA and our Mercer students either through your time or donations.

    PTSA Letter - Chinese 

    PTSA Letter - English 

    PTSA Letter - Filipino 

    PTSA Letter - Somali 

    PTSA Letter - Spanish 

    PTSA Letter - Vietnamese 

    Phone calls from Mercer

    One of the tools Mercer uses to communicate to families is through the use of automated phone calls. In addition to the automated phone calls, teachers and other staff may call you from phones in classrooms or offices.

     If you are unable to answer your phone when the call comes through please make sure to check and listen to your voicemail before calling the school. We encourage our staff to leave a message if they call and our automated system will do the same.

    Calls that come from Mercer will present as our main office number but could have been placed from any phone in the building. Our office staff is unable to track where each call comes from and will not have any information about the call you just received.  Listening to the voicemail will allow you to determine whether or not you need to call the school and if you do our office will be able to better assist you if you can tell us who called and why.

    Spirit Week! November 4 - 8, 2019

    Spirit Week is sponsored by our ASB/Leadership class in the lead up to the ABC Activity Day and students are invited to dress up according to theme days. As with Halloween costumes, please help students make good choices. The days for our first Spirit Week are:

    • Monday- Comfy Day
    • Tuesday-Twin Day
    • Wednesday-Sports Day
    • Thursday- Decades Day
    • Friday- Neon Day

    ABC Activity Day & Dance - Friday, November 8, 2019

    Our goals for students participating in the ABC Activity Day & Dance include:

    • ABC grades for all classes by Wednesday before the dance.
    • No more than 3 tardies in periods 2-7 during the three weeks before the day.
    • No suspensions during the three weeks before the day.

    Our administrative and counseling teams meet with students, talk with families and help make collaborative decisions in support of students achieving these goals.

    During the activity time students can make choices to participate in the dance, play sports, board games or video games, watch movies, read books and enjoy time with friends and classmates. There will also be a snack stand sponsored by ASB where students can buy snacks or candy during the event.

    If you have any specific questions please feel free to contact your student's grade level administrator or counselor.
    The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) will be administered through 6th grade PE classes this fall.

    SPS uses the SDQ questionnaire to identify students who may benefit from support, referrals, and extra planning.  When students are struggling academically it is especially important to find out if there are barriers to learning that need to be addressed.  This is a tool that is well established, accessible to parents and older students, translated into many languages, simple to use and helpful as a guide for decisions about the best student support.

    The report is confidential and is not part of school record.  Parents are invited to review the tool at http://www.sdqinfo.com/ where they may also complete a parent report.

    Administration of the SDQ is required for all schools with a school based health center as part of the  Family & Education Levy (FEL).

    If you do NOT want the SDQ given to your child please call or email your student’s PE teacher or the school nurse, Jill Eckerdt. The school nurse contact information is: jveckerdt@seattleschools.org or 206-252-8007.

    Go Mustangs!

    Cindy Watters, Principal

    Seattle Public Schools Notice of Non Discrimination

    https://www.seattleschools.org/district/official_notices/non_discrimination