Mercer Play: 101 Dalmatians Kids!

Attention Mercer families! Come and enjoy our first Mercer musical since 2019! Third and fourth grade students have been working hard for six weeks to put together a fun and entertaining version of 101 Dalmatians Kids!


All of London is barking about this exciting adaptation of the class Disney animated feature 101 Dalmatians. Join Roger, Anita, Pongo, Perdita and their pups as they make their way through madcap adventures and thwart the villainous Cruella de Vil. Adapted especially for young performers, this musical includes favorite Disney songs including “Cruella de Vil” and “Dalmatian Vacation.” With colorful characters and irresistible songs, 101 Dalmatians KIDS is sure to be a crowd favorite for all ages!


Performances, located in the Mercer Elementary School Auditorium, are:


- Saturday, May 21 at 6 p.m.

- Sunday, May 22 at 2 p.m.


Tickets are $5 each and are available at the door. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. 




Mercer Market Day


Mercer third graders were so moved by the events in Ukraine, they decided to take action. If you were not able to attend the 3rd Grade Mercer Market, you can still support the 3rd graders and their efforts to help the people of Ukraine. You can purchase a limited edition Mercer tote ($10), Mercer wallet by Anne Cate ($10) or a stadium approved Mercer wristlet by Anne Cate ($20) by contacting Nadia Greenhalgh-Stanley at Click here to see pictures of the items that are for sale. All proceeds go to the 3rd grade Ukraine project.



Donation Drive to Benefit the People of Ukraine and Ukrainian Refugees


Thank you to all the wonderful families that contributed to the Donation Drive to benefit Ukrainians! Your offerings will help refugees feel welcome as they navigate new circumstances and living arrangements here in Northeast Ohio. 



Thank you for your generosity!




Did you know? 

All parents or guardians of students in the Shaker Heights School District are automatically members of PTO. There are no membership fees, dues, or requirements. Any parent or guardian is welcome to attend any PTO meeting or event.


Families New to Mercer after School Starts


Contact  We will welcome your family and help you get acquainted with Mercer. 




The Mercer PTO is made up of volunteers who plan, organize and lead the efforts to strengthen our school community and support our students, families, teachers and staff. Every parent/guardian and teacher of a Mercer student is a member of the Mercer PTO.


If you have thought about getting more involved with the Mercer PTO, now is a great time to help. We are looking for volunteers to serve on the 2022-2023 Executive Board and to fill a variety of committee/event chair positions as we seek to build a diverse team of volunteers. Ranging from year-long commitments to just a few hours, in-person or at home, the PTO offers something for everyone. 


Executive Board, Activity, Event and Committee Chair Positions - To learn more about various PTO Executive Board, activity, event and committee chair positions for the 2022-2023 school year including the approximate time commitment, please refer to the 2022-2023 Mercer PTO Event Coordinators and Committee Chair Roles document.  


To sign up to chair an event or committee, or to volunteer for an Executive Board position, please view the 2022-2023 Mercer PTO Volunteers Sign Up Genius.


Questions? Please contact our Recruitment Chairs, Adriana Lassiter and Christian Gindlesperger.



Co-1st Vice Presidents: Kristina Gobel and Rebecca Ragor
VP of Communication: Kristina Gobel
VP of Educational Enrichment: JoAnna Garcia
VP of Outreach: Amber Brown
VP of Parent Education and Advocacy: Kristen Doud 
VP of Financial Management: Nadia Greenheigh-Stanley
Secretary: Rebecca Ragor
Treasurer: Courtney Adler
Co-Nominating Chairs: Adriana Williams and Christian Gindlesberger





Volunteer Interest Form - If you are not interested in chairing an event, but would like to be contacted during the 2021-2022 school year to assist as the event/activity gets closer, please complete the online Volunteer Interest Form. Your contact information will be shared with the event chairs who will reach out to you as the event approaches. Expressing interest on this form does not commit you to volunteering at the events.





Are you looking for some Mercer spirit products for your Mercer Meerkat? Visit the online spirit store for water bottles, yard signs, magnets, winter hats and more.



Orders are fulfilled once per month. Yard signs will be delivered. Other items are sent home with your student.




Congratulations to the entire Mercer Community! What a wonderful time we had during the Mercer Olympics. Students, teachers, and staff alike took part in various Olympic-themed activities in the classroom and during Physical Education classes. Ask your student about the warm up dance! Did your student enjoy throwing a foam “javelin” to a target on a wall or scooting across the gym as if on a bobsled? Throughout the week, students also demonstrated various IB traits, teamwork and school spirit! 


Our Mercer community raised $16,138.37 and, once again, celebrated 100% participation. Everyone, especially Mercer, is a winner. Thank you for your generosity and support.


100% of the money raised by the Mercer PTO supports both our students and teachers through teacher grants, educational enrichment opportunities such as in-person and/or virtual field trips and assemblies, activities such as the Meerkat Club, Mercer Times (student newspaper), family nights, community building activities and more.


Opening Ceremony


Did your student tell you about the virtual Mercer Olympics Opening Ceremony? Now, you can view the video too.


Closing Ceremony


You can see our special guest, learn about the participation awards, and learn the grade-level and overall winning class in the Closing Ceremony video


Stay Active at Home!


Complete the Mercer Olympics B-I-N-G-O board! You can get a different B-I-N-G-O each day, if desired.



Mercer Read-A-Thon


Hello, Mercer Meerkats! We hope that your family had fun reading and celebrating literacy with the Mercer community during our 2022 Mercer Meerkat Read-A-Thon! 


We are pleased to announce that together we raised $2,987 and students logged 4,998 minutes of reading during the 2022 Mercer Meerkat Read-A- Thon. In the first two years of the Read-A-Thon, we have raised almost $11,000 and over 17,000 minutes of reading.


All funds will be used by the Mercer PTO to support both our students and teachers in new and creative ways, including teacher grants to enhance your student’s learning experience, educational enrichment opportunities and community building activities. 


Thank you for your generosity and for encouraging literacy and community while raising funds for our school!




Watch Mercer faculty and staff, along with other special guest, read some of their favorite stories:


Day 1 - Dr. David Glasner, Superintendent, Shaker Heights Schools, reading "A Visitor for Bear" by Bonny Becker

Day 2 - Ms. Roneisha Campbell, Principal, Mercer Elementary School, reading "The Gruffalo" by Julia Donaldson

Day 3 - Ms. Martin and Mrs. Richards, Fourth Grade Teachers at Mercer, reading "I Color Myself Different" by Colin Kaepernick and "Dog Breath!" by Dav Pilkey

Day 4 - Mrs. Daberko, Librarian at Mercer, reading "Creepy Carrots" by Aaron Reynolds

Day 5 - Mrs. Gaines, Kindergarten Teacher at Mercer, reading "A Friend for Henry" by Jenn Bailey

Days 6 & 7 - Ms. Horvat, Intervention Specialist at Mercer, reading "The Retired Kid" by Jon Agee, Ms. Weed, First Grade Teacher at Mercer reading "The Bad Seed" by Jory John, Mrs. Feinstein, Second Grade Teacher at Mercer, reading "Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story" by Kevin Noble Maillard, and Mr. DiScenna, Second Grade Teacher at Mercer, reading "Poetree" by Shauna LaVoy Reynolds 

Day 8 - Mrs. Ng, Administrative Assistant at Mercer, reading "The Mitten" by Jan Brett




Listen to Mercer faculty and staff read some of their favorite stories:


Mrs. Stamm reading "The Bear and the Piano" by David Litchfield

Mr. Florence reading some poems from "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein

Mrs. Kerns reading "Pete's A Pizza" by William Steig

Ms. Schlein reading "Dragon's Love Tacos" by Adam Rubin

Mrs. Janosek reading "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt

Mr. DiScenna reading "Rachel: Preserving a Sense of Wonder" by Joseph Bruchac and Thomas Locker 


Mystery Readers


Can you figure out who our mystery readers are for the Mercer Read-A-Thon?


Mystery Reader #1 reading "Need a House? Call Ms. Mouse" by George Mendoza

Mystery Reader #2 reading "Oscar, Cat-About-Town" by James Herriet

Mystery Reader #3 reading "Red: A Crayon's Story" by Michael Hall


Live Reads


Watch the recordings from our live reads!


Monday, March 22, 2021 - Mrs. Ng, Mrs. Hartley and Mrs. Daberko

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - Mrs. Richards, Mrs. Horvat and Ms. Martin

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - Dr. David Glasner, Superintendent, Shaker Heights City School District

Thursday, March 25, 2021 - Mr. Lindsay Florence, Retired Mercer Principal




Upcoming Events



2021-2022 PTO Calendar of Events 




Check back in August for the 2022-2023 PTO meeting schedule.




Did you miss the PTO meeting? Find out what happened!


2021-2022 School Year




01-19-2022 (draft)




2020-2021 School Year

















If you missed the presentations, you can watch the recordings:




09-29-2021 presentation by Dr. Rob Adams, Clinical Psychologist, titled Emotionally Healthy Kids Post/During(?) COVID


11-17-2021 conversation with Dr. David Glasner, Superintendent of the Shaker Heights School District about Forward Together & Facilities Planning


2020-2021 Archive:


9-30-2020 presentation by Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder, Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Shaker Heights School District


11-4-2020 conversation with Dr. David Glasner, Superintendent of the Shaker Heights School District


1-20-2021 conversation with Keith Langford, Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Coordinator, Shaker Heights School District


3-11-2021 conversation on Positive Parenting with Judi Miller Levy, Licensed Independent Social Worker


5-12-2021 presentation on Student Pathways from Pre-K - Grade 12 given by John Moore, District International Baccalaureate Coordinator & Diploma Programme Coordinator, Addie Tobey, Middle Years Program IB Coordinator, Denise Brown, PYP Coordinator at Onaway and Kristen Clark, Instructional Coach Liaison.


Stay up-to-date with the Mercer Elementary PTO Facebook page.




Join the Facebook pages for your child's grade.


Note: These class pages are created by Mercer parents for Mercer parents. They are not official pages of the Mercer PTO, Mercer Elementary School, or the Shaker Heights City School District.


Class of 2034 (K 2021-2022) 

Class of 2033 (1st 2021-2022)

Class of 2032 (2nd 2021-2022)

Class of 2031 (3rd 2021-2022)

Class of 2030 (4th 2021-2022)





2021-2022 PTO Budget 

Tax Exempt Form (Mercer PTO cannot reimburse for sales tax. Please use this form when making approved purchases for Mercer PTO.)

Check Request / Reimbursement Form

Deposit Form

Cash Box Form


If you have questions, please contact either Nadia Greenheigh-Stanley, Kristina Gobel or Courtney Adler.