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    September Newsletter
    Posted on 09/12/2018

    Dear Mercer Families,

    Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! As we begin to settle in and work toward supporting our students’ success, I want to take a moment to highlight systems we use toward strong school and family communication. Knowing whom to contact, staying up to speed with the events and activities, and being aware of student progress are all keys to student success and components of strong school and home partnership. Below are systems we use as ways to communicate and stay connected to your student’s learning.


    1. Monthly Newsletter

    At the beginning of each month you can access a monthly newsletter. The purpose of the newsletter is to capture news and events at Mercer. The newsletter will be linked on our website and go out via email to all Mercer families.  


    2. Mercer Website:

    Our website it a great place to visit for a range of school information that includes events, activities, and important information.


    3. SOURCE and Schoology

    The SOURCE is a great resource for students and families for viewing academic information including grades, test scores, and attendance. Schoology is an electronic platform that allows students and families to interact with teachers regarding specific things related to a class. For example, school assignments. Parents/Guardians must first be logged onto the SOURCE to receive an access code for Schoology.


    In support of communication and access, it is important that you have an email address on file.

    1. For parents and guardians without accounts please go to account set up:


    2. New to the Source for parents and guardians for the 2018-19 school year, include:

    • SchoolPay - enables parents and guardians to pay student fees or fines electronically
    • SPS Student Verification Form – parents may update information online
    • Health Portal – view student health information

    Whom to Contact?

    For classroom questions or concerns please connect with your teachers via email or by phone. Contact information is posted on our website. If you have other questions or concerns regarding academic information, scheduling, discipline, or health concerns please do not hesitate to connect with your grade level administrator, counselor, or school nurse.


    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: September 12, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

    We Need You!

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

    We have a number of vacant board positions.

    PTSA meets the second Wednesday of each month.

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

    Open House, September 27, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

    Please join us for Open House on Thursday, September 27 from 6-7:30 pm. We will begin with a brief welcome and message from Mr. Carter followed by opportunities to visit your student’s classes and meet your teachers!

    Honors opportunity for all is offered this year in our ELA Literacy Blocks. If you are interested in learning more, please join us at 5:00 pm in our cafeteria prior to Open House.




    Participating in athletics is a great way for students to meet new friends, learn new skills, and compete in the athletic arena. Fall sports begin the week of September 17. In order to participate students must complete and meet the following requirements:

    1. Complete the registration process through FamilyID (see below).

    2. Complete a Physical. Physicals are good for 2 years and must be completed prior to participation.

    3. Academic requirements. Students must earn grades C or higher and in good behavior standing in order to be eligible for game play.


    Fall sports includes Girls Soccer and Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee.

    • Co-ed frisbee will begin Monday, Sept. 17 and meets M, T, F from 4:00-5:15 pm.

    • Girls soccer will begin Tuesday, Sept. 18 and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:55-5:15 pm.

    • Games occur on Saturdays. Please visit our district athletic website for schedule information:

    • Activity bus transportation does not begin until October 1st when our full after school activities schedule begins. Transportation will need to be arranged by families.


    For more information and/or assistance with athletics or the on-line registration process please contact:

    FamilyID Registration for Athletics and OST

    After School Activities or Out of School time (OST) begins on October 1st, with the exception of fall sports, which begin the week of September 17. 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:

    Advanced Learning for 2019-2020

    In order for your child to be tested and considered for eligibility for Seattle Public School’s Advanced Learning Programs and Services you must first submit a referral form. Referrals are being accepted through September 24th for the 2019-20 school year.