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    October 2018 Newsletter
    Posted on 10/08/2018

    Dear Mercer Families,


    Thank you for helping to make our start of the school year smooth. One important part of the development of children during the middle school years is building strong and productive academic habits. For example, at this point, our students are familiar with school routines like getting to class on-time, knowing our structures for learning and what to expect when class begins, and how to use their composition books and planners, etc. At school, we work hard to establish routines to support productive habits and behaviors.


    At home, it is also important to establish habits and routines, particularly in these middle school years. Establishing routines and procedures create consistent behaviors that result in an increase in student performance. Developing these habits during the middle school years is important toward long-term success.


    Examples that you can support at home include, reading 30 minutes, at minimum, every night and completing student-reading logs. Other examples include students preparing and organizing themselves for the next day before going to bed. Developing predictable routines and patterns of behaviors are important strategies to establish in these middle school years.


    Lastly, at our open house, I referenced the 3 most important indicators of success, these are indicators you can monitor on the Source.


          Attendance – Behavior - Coursework (grades)

    This graph shows the connection between attendance & its impact on grades and high school success. Learn more at

    Go Mustangs!

    Mr. Carter



    Contact Information

     Main Office: (206) 252-8000

    Ms. Hodges and

    Ms. Francis


     Grade Level Administrators

    6th: Ms. Encarnacion

    7th: Ms. Wilhelm

    8th: Ms. Gerlitz


     Grade Level Counselors

    6th: Mr. Malaki

    7th: Ms. Chappelle

    8th: Ms. Bradley


     Attendance: (206) 252-8004

          Ms. Kolner


     Nurse: (206) 252-8007

    Ms. Eckerdt


     Registrar: (206) 252-8010

    Ms. Nouch


     Bilingual Office: (206) 252-8008

    Ms. Bunnell – Tagalog

    Ms. Chung - Chinese

          Mr. Idle – Somali

    Mr. Miranda- Spanish

    Mr. Siew– Chinese

    Ms. Ssebuliba – Spanish

    Mr. Tran – Vietnamese


     After School

     Activities: (206) 252-8056

          Damien Hicks


     School Based

     Health Center: (206) 762-2394

    Trina Lucas


    PTSA Meeting: October 10, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

    Participating in or joining Mercer’s PTSA is a great way to get connected and get involved at Mercer.

    PTSA meets the second Wednesday of each month.

    This is a great opportunity to get involved! Please visit the PTSA webpage for more information.

    Literacy & Math Toolkit Nights, October 18 & 25, 6:00 pm

    What does literacy and math instruction look like at Mercer?

    How can parents/guardians support student learning in math, reading, and writing?

    Please join us for one or both of our Toolkit Nights! 

     Join us for “Got Books?” Mercer Literacy Night on Thursday, October 18th at 6:00 pm.  Mercer families are invited for an interactive evening of reading and writing!! Hands on activities will give parents and caregivers the chance to learn what their students are doing every day to build their literacy skills. Mercer staff will share fun ideas on how to promote literacy at home.  Cookies will be served with fun family  door prizes given away throughout the night!

    Literacy Toolkit Night

    October 18! 

    Choose 1 or both events to attend!
    Math Toolkit Night

    October 25! 

    6-8 pm

    Join us for “Math on the Midway” a carnival themed math night Thursday, October 25. This fun and engaging event will provide parents the opportunity to learn about math @ Mercer through interactive math activities presented by both staff and students.  We will be treated with cookies as well as fun family door prizes given away throughout the night!

    Tool Kit Night is a great opportunity for you to experience what your student learns at schools and tips on how you can support your children’s math and literacy skill development at home. Translation and materials are available upon request. If you are in need of childcare please contact Ms. Tonja Davis at (206) 252-8072,

    We look forward to seeing you here!


    FamilyID Registration for Athletics and OST

    . Registration for Athletics and After School Activities MUST be done through FamilyID. To register for Fall Sports and After School Programming, please follow these steps:


    1. A parent/guardian should register by clicking on this link:

    1. If this is your first time using FamilyID, click Create Account and follow the process below.
    1. Create your secure FamilyID account by entering the account owner First and Last names (parent/guardian), E-mail address and password. Select I Agree to the FamilyID Terms of Service. Click Create Account.

    2. You will receive an email with a link to activate your new account. (If you don’t see the email, check your E-mail filters (spam, junk, etc.).

    3. Click on the link in your activation E-mail, which will log you in to

    4. Once in the registration form, complete the information requested. All fields with a red* are required to have an answer.

    5. Next click on the green Register Now.


    1. If you already have a FamilyID account, Click Log In. To find your program, click on the link provided by the Asa Mercer under Programs tab.

    1. Click the Continue button when your form is complete.
    2. Review your registration summary.

    Registration for Athletics and OST must be completed through Family ID. If you need support please contact Damien Hicks at (206) 252-8056. Athletic and OST information is also available for student pick up from our bulletin boards and information can be found our website:

    After School Activities, Session #1 Oct. 1 – Nov. 21

    After School Activities or Out of School time (OST) has begun. It is not too late. Course information is available on-line and at school. You must register on-line.


    Classes this session include: Cooking, Architecture, STEM, Robotics, Hip-Hop Dance, and more… visit to register!


    After school activities offer a range of FREE programs. Our OST schedule:

    Monday/Tuesday/Thursday: 3:55-5:15 pm

    Wednesday: 2:55-4:15

    Friday: No OST programming


    PTSA Spirit Wear Orders, Due October 11
    Show your MUSTANG pride with
    Brand new gear! 
    Order forms are available 
    in the main office

    1st Quarter Progress Reports, Wednesday, October 10

    Students bring home progress reports several times throughout the year. Dates for progress reports are:

    October 10 (*date change), December 14, March 8, May 17

    You can always check your student’s progress using the Source.

    Discover U Week | October 8-11

    Each day this week, Mercer staff and students will dedicate

    some time to talk with students about  College and Career


    You can learn more about Discover U week here:

    Free and Reduced Lunch Forms, due by October 18

    Families have until Tuesday, October 18 to get free or reduced lunch applications in. If you believe you might qualify please complete the application and return to our Mercer cafeteria nutritional staff. Applications are available in the cafeteria, in multiple languages, and using the link below:

    Seattle Schools Nutrition Services website


    Campus Hours


    Main Office Hours: 8:00 am-4:30 pm, M-F, (206) 252-8000

    Student arrival: 8:25 am. 1st period warning bell rings at 8:50 am. Class begins at 8:55 am.

    Student dismissal: Students need to be off campus by 3:55 pm, M, T, Th, F, and 2:45 pm on Wednesdays unless in an after-school activity or pre-arranged activity with teacher/staff.


    IMPORTANT OCTOBER DATES : Please remember each Wednesday is a 2:30 pm dismissal

    10: Mid-quarter progress reports

    10: PTSA Meeting (6:30 PM)

    12: No school – State in-service day

    15: A, B, C & Tardy Dance and Activity Tracking begins!

    17: Healthy Youth Survey (science classes)

    18: Literacy Toolkit Night (6:00 pm)

    25: Math Toolkit Night (6:00 pm)


    November Dates

    1: Picture Re-take day

    7: Quarter #1 ends

    9: A, B, C Dance & Activity Day (2:00-3:45 pm)