East Elementary



Mrs. Mercer has been teaching for 26 years and has spent the last 17 years at East Elementary. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from Western Michigan University with teaching endorsements in Elementary Education, Mathematics, and Science. She went on to earn a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University. Prior to teaching fifth grade, Mrs. Mercer taught kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and a multi-age K-2 classroom. Mrs. Mercer participates on the school Positive Behavior Intervention Support Committee and with the BE NICE Anti-Bullying Program.


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ART PRIZE 2017-18

Thank you to those who have already volunteered to attend and chaperone on this Field Trip.  It is appreciated.
We are going on Wednesday, Sept 27.  The bus will be leaving school by 8:30, and will return to school around 2:15.  We will only have room for a few parents on the bus, so the others will have to drive separately.  With us going first thing in the morning, parking should be available at the Ford Museum.  Parents are encouraged to meet at school and then car pool together.  
All parents attending must fill out a volunteer form.  These must be updated every year.  Along with the form, a copy of both sides of your drivers license is also required.  You can stop in the office and have Mrs. Boom make a copy, or you could take a picture with your phone and send it to me to print off.  I need to have these in by Thursday of this week (9/21) to allow time for processing.  Thanks in advance for your help with this.  
We are looking forward to a great day.  If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to ask.

Weekly News 9-15-17

Happy Beautiful "Summer" Weekend! I hope you get outside with family for at least some of the gorgeous forecast ahead!  (***My weekend homework is always to get outside and have fun! We work very hard during the week and deserve it!
A few things to keep in mind as we work to stay organized in 5th grade. 
Binders:  these need to be taken home every night!  Inside are all necessary papers and the Agenda/Planner.  Students know about the "To Do/Homework" on the left side and the "Done/Keep" on the right side.  Please assist them in using these pockets in order to be most successful in fifth grade.  Papers should only be taken out with approval from one of us.  When in doubt, have them ask.  You would be surprised how many times the blame goes to the parents because they "threw it away" :)
Agendas/Planners:  These are filled out daily. All homework is to be circled. Parents are to initial or sign it daily.  ALL homework is DUE THE NEXT DAY unless it notes an alternate day.  For example, Social Studies this week has been a Study Guide due Tues. 9/19.  Students need to complete the guide by Tuesday, not the next day.  ***Please subscribe to the Agenda online to receive it via email.  Go to our East Elementary web page, Staff Directory, Teacher name, 5th grade class.
Social Studies:  We have seven units of study this year. Each unit has a unit test.  The first one is Geography. The test is next Wed. 9/20.   Study Guides are to be studied and memorized. They will not be used on the test.
Reading Logs: These are handed out each Monday. Students are to read 20 minutes a night and write a reflection.  Logs are due every Friday.  If they do not have the green log, please fill out your own version on lined paper rather than take a zero.
*Monday 9/18 - Pizza Hut Fundraiser 11:00am-11:00pm; Constitution Day = wear red, white, and blue.  **Return any and all PTC discount cards.
*Wednesday 9/20 - School Picture Day; Geography Test
*Friday 9/22 - 1/2 day for students.
*Field Trip to ART PRIZE (parents needed!!!) on Wed. 9/27.
*Bike Trip to JOHN BALL ZOO (parents needed!!!) on Wed. Oct. 11
*PTC Labels and Box tops Collection on or before Oct. 31.
Thank you for helping your student with these items.
As always, if you have any questions, please let us know.
Mrs. Mercer
Mr. Merritt

Memo 8-28-17

Good Afternoon Parents, 

We wanted to remind you that the East Elementary Open House is tomorrow night (Tuesday) from 6-7 PM.  With open house taking place after school has started, we are looking to try something a little different.  We will be having an informational meeting from 6:20- 6:40pm to go over what we are calling "A Crash Course for 5th Grade."  We will go over some of the expectations and procedures that we will utilize in 5th grade this year.  
If you are able to make it during this time, that would be great!  Otherwise, we will still be having the "normal" meet and greet style open house from 6:00-6:20, and again 6:40-7:00. Please stop in and introduce yourself. If you are unable to attend, we will send home a packet for you to read.
We are looking forward to a great year!  As always, let us know if you have any questions.
Mrs. Mercer and Mr. Merritt

Weekly News 8-20-17

I hope that you had a great summer and are looking forward to starting the school year.  I look forward to meeting you and your child and working together to make 5th grade a huge success. 
Below are a few important things to know for the first week of school.  If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.  
A few helpful things:
1. The first day of school is tomorrow, Monday, August 21st.  It is a half day!
2. A water bottle is helpful and encouraged in class.
3. We will have a daily morning snack break, starting the first day.  
4. We do have PE on Monday and Friday, so it would helpful to have gym shoes on the first day.
5. I have copied the recommended supply list below. One - 1 1/2"  binder, headphones (no earbuds please), computer mouse, composition notebook, and pencil box are important supplies to have that will be used on a daily basis.  
5th grade Supply List
*Headphones (no earbuds)
*Computer mouse
*Pencil box with pencils
*One 1 1⁄2“ Binder
*One Composition notebook (100 sheet)
To donate to the class:
*Hand sanitizer
*Disinfecting wipes
See you on Monday morning! 
Mrs. Mercer