Mercer PTO

Mercer PTO 2021-2022 Event & Committee Chairs

The Mercer PTO is looking towards the 2021-2022 school year and we hope to bring back many of our events and activities.

We are looking for several committee chairs as we seek to build a diverse team of volunteers. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up.

If you have questions about a specific position or would like to learn more about various roles on the PTO, please email Carmen Kottha, our Recruitment Chair, at [email protected] or call/text 313-204-2299.

While we all make our way through this interesting new normal, the time has never been better to share your ideas and time with the Mercer School Community. Thank you!

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Available Slot

Kindergarten Playdates (2)

Plan and publicize (mail, email, FB) three playground playdates for rising kindergarten students and their families. Late July or August before school begins.

 
All slots filled
Christian Gindlesperger
Jodie Kapostasy

Mercer Mingle (2)

Work with office to provide an opportunity for students and parents to meet the assigned teacher(s) before the school year starts (late August).

 
All slots filled
Carmen Kottha
Sarah Emerman

Opening Day Parent Coffee (2)

Plan and publicize (newsletter, FB) reception for parents after drop off on the first day of school. Includes procuring coffee, juice and snacks.

 
1 of 2 slots filled
Lisa Farmer-Cole

Ice Cream Social (2)

Plan and publicize (newsletter, FB) an evening event at Mercer for all families to kick off the new school year. Includes procuring ice cream.

 
All slots filled
Michelle Rothbaum
Melanie Johnson

Raider Day

District-wide event. Publicize (newsletter, FB) the event. Coordinate ticket ordering and distribution for Mercer families to a Saturday high school football game, usually in September.

 
Dustin Heldman

Chelton Park Picnic (2)

Organize and run the fall picnic at Chelton Park. Procure food, music and activities, coordinate set up and clean up, recruit volunteers and publicize the event.

 
All slots filled
Takeshia Watkins
Cierra Hilson

Father's Walk (4)

Work with district and Mercer staff to coordinate and publicize (email, FB) a day (determined by Cuyahoga County) where fathers/male role models can walk their child(ren) to school.

 
2 of 4 slots filled
Arun Kottha
LaMar Cole

Family Science Night (3)

Plan and guide families through hands-on science activities. Usually held in the fall. Includes publicity, volunteer recruitment (including exhibitors), scheduling logistics, and purchasing supplies.

 
2 of 3 slots filled
Amy Karfeld
Melanie Johnson

Movie Night (3)

Plan and host a night at the movies at Mercer usually in January. Publicize the event (newsletter, FB, flyer), coordinate movie selection and concessions and secure volunteers.

 
All slots filled
Kristen Romito
Sarah Merrill
Celine Janvier

Used Book Fair (2)

Plan book fair that ensures that all Mercer Students get to select at least two used books to take home in addition to anything they want to purchase from the Scholastic Book Fair. Held in Jan with Scholastic Book Fair.

 
1 of 2 slots filled
camille billups

Mercer Skates (3)

Coordinate with Thornton Park for a fun, low-key ice skating event usually in February.

 
2 of 3 slots filled
Josie Alleman
Sarah Emerman

Theater Coordinator (2)

Jan - March. Help stage a theater production with Mercer’s 3rd and 4th grade students. Coordinate with hired director(s) and music teacher to manage casting, rehearsals, costumes, set design and construction for the weekend-long production.

 
1 of 2 slots filled
Lauren Klein

International Night (3)

Plan an evening event celebrating cultures from around the world. Recruit families to represent a variety of countries and coordinate the evening including set up, clean up and supplies.

 
All slots filled
Carmen Kottha
Tammy Heldman
Christie Mitchell-Mata

Muffins in the Morning (2)

Work with Mercer staff to host a morning event for rising kindergarten students (usually in April). Includes volunteer recruitment, staff communication, and purchasing refreshments.

 
All slots filled
Eric Weingart
Melissa Cooper

Special Person / Grandparent Day

Coordinate volunteers to greet Special Visitors, attend event (April), promote the event (including flyer), coordinate name tags and refreshments with the office. Office plans structure of morning.

 

Senior Clapout

 
Rob Adams

Family Picnic (2)

Plan and publicize (newsletter, FB) an evening event at Mercer for all families to celebrate the end of the school year. Includes procuring cold treats. Families bring their own food.

 

Mini Marathon / Field Day (3)

Work with PE teachers. Recruit volunteers to staff activity stations on the field and staff mini-marathon course in May. Purchase popsicles.

 
1 of 3 slots filled
Andy Laytin

Meerkat Club (2)

Organize 4-8 themed after school opportunities open to whole school or specific grade levels. Publicize opportunities, collect/sort permission slips, attend the events, procure supplies and coordinate volunteers.

 
All slots filled
Colleen Griffith
Kelly King

Cooking Club (3)

Promote and organize after school cooking club classes for 3rd and 4th graders. Organize volunteers, procure supplies, sort permission slips, supervise and help teach the classes with staff. Spring.

 
All slots filled
Francine Farmer
Stephanie Quaranta
Colleen Griffith

Popcorn Days (3)

Make and/or teach volunteers to make popcorn at each Popcorn Spirit Day. Distribute popcorn to students and parents. Secure popcorn supplies. 4 times per year.

 
1 of 3 slots filled
Erin Brown

Mercer Times (2)

Oversee design and production of student newspaper in Fall and Spring. Activity open to 3rd and 4th graders.

 

CommUnity Builders (2)

Seek ways to build community among Mercer families. Support district-wide day of service on MLK Day.

 
All slots filled
DeAndrea Springer-Evans
Camille Billups

New Families/New Students (2)

Recruit volunteers to be “buddy families” to those new to Shaker/Mercer and provide support throughout the year. Develop a “get to know you activity or event” for new families.

 

Spirit Store (4)

Promote school spirit by selling Mercer logo items at various events including Popcorn Spirit Days, as well as through special mailings. Order new spirit store items. Maintain inventory. Investigate and establish spirit wear website.

 
1 of 4 slots filled
Staci Cohen

Supplemental Fundraising (Shopping Rewards, Restaurant Nights)

Coordinate and publicize ways PTO can raise additional funds (Box Tops for Education, Heinen’s Tasteful Rewards, Shutterfly, Restaurant Give back nights, etc.).

 

Staff & Teacher Appreciation (3)

Coordinates staff/teacher appreciation events throughout the year including three breakfasts/lunches. Spearhead other appreciation activities during Teacher Appreciation Week and on an ongoing basis.

 
1 of 3 slots filled
Lauren Klein

Fourth Grade Activities (4)

Work with 4th grade teachers and office staff to coordinate end of year 4th grade celebration activities, including a grade level party, special field trips at the end of May, class t-shirt, Memory Book and more.

 
3 of 4 slots filled
Lisa Farmer-Cole
Stacy Jones
Stephanie Quaranta

Volunteer Coordinators (2)

Help event chairs recruit volunteers for all events. Create Sign Up Genius forms for volunteer recruitment. Ongoing.

 
1 of 2 slots filled
Lori Johnson

Landscaping

Coordinate planting of pots at all Mercer doors. Recruit volunteers to adopt pots for the year or form a committee.

 
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