East Elementary



Mrs. Mercer has been teaching over the past 28 years and has spent the last 18 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.

Recent Posts

A Few Notes 5-8-18

1) April AR deadline was extended a week to this Friday, May 11.
2) We will not have a May AR test requirement due to the Library closing after next week.  Tomorrow, Wed. 5/9 is the last Library check-out day. All books are due next Wed. 5/16.
3) Biography Projects are coming along. Parents will be invited to the classrooms on Monday, May 21 from 2:30-3:15pm to see and celebrate their hard work. If you are unable to attend at this time, projects will be on display at the Writing Gallery that evening from 6:30-7:30pm in the gym. You will also be able to view writing from any other class at the evening session.
4) Upcoming events:
Fri. 5/11       PTC Popcorn Day and Mismatch for $1
Wed. 5/16    All Library books due
Tues. 5/22   Safeties to Whitecaps Game
Thurs. 5/24  Bowling with KDG Buddies Field Trip
Fri. 5/25       Joe on the Go = Parent "thank you" Treat & Coffee before school
Tues. 5/29   Field Day
Wed. 5/30    Student Picnic Lunch
Fri. 6/1         Last Day = 1/2 day and awards ceremonies

Band, Orchestra, and Choir for 6th Grade

Just a reminder that the Band/Orchestra notes need to be turned in tomorrow, Fri. April 27.  I will be sending them over to the middle school for processing so they can sort out who needs to be tested for which instruments.  

It is important to note that this is really the only opportunity they will have to join band or orchestra.  Students cannot begin a brand new instrument in 7th grade.

If you have any questions, let me know.  

Music Fundraiser 4/23/18

Tonight is the Family Folk Dance Night music fundraiser! It will be held in the West Elementary gym and there are two sessions:
K-2 (5:30-6:15)
3-6 (6:45-7:30)

Even if you did not pre-register, you can still attend. Cost is $5.00. Children under 3 are free.
Hopefully some of you can join in the fun that our Music teachers have planned!


Thank you to all the VIP's who attended our special day yesterday. We were glad you could join us and see some of the things we are doing in 5th grade!
We are very proud of our singers and ukulele players! Nice work!
Keep an eye out for other upcoming events ~~~ spring is a busy time and we do not want anyone to miss out!
Mrs. Mercer

Please Sign

Today your child is coming home with five papers for you to sign and return to school.
One is a yellow Parent-Teacher Conference invitation.  The days and times are the same as the fall. They should coordinate with any siblings in the building. If a translator is needed, please indicate that on the form, and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
The other four papers are Student Summary Grading Reports. The reports show their current progress in each subject area and what their report card would say if it was printed today.
Please sign all five papers and return them to school as soon as possible.  Thank you for your help.

Social Studies Projects

We have been working on our end of unit Native American Triorama Projects.  

They are due Tuesday, Dec. 12th.

Please note that the 3-D object is to be completed at home.  I have limited art supplies that students can use.  They just need to ask and see if I have something they can use.

Here are a few due dates to keep an eye on.

Project Objective:  to create a 3-D display that illustrates and explains 1) the climate, 2) the type of land they lived on, 3) the food they ate, 4) the various shelters they had, 5) the clothing they wore, and 5) some of the customs or cultural beliefs they practiced.

1.  Select one of the Native American people groups from Unit 1 p. 17-45

     *Due on Mon. 12/4

2. Write an explanation describing what a day of life in your people group was like.

     *Assigned and written on Tues. & Wed. 12/5 & 12/6; Due Thurs. 12/7

3.  Illustrate the backdrop of the triorama.

     *Sketch on 12/6 - 12/8; Due Monday 12/11

4. Create a 3-D object to display in the triorama.

     *Assigned for an AT-HOME ACTIVITY; Due Tues. 12/12

      Object must be homemade.  It must relate to the people group (i.e. a travois 

      for the Plains.)  You may use paper, card stock, foam, clay, etc.  Real items, 

      like sticks and pebbles, may also be included.  Be creative!  DO NOT GO 


Please let me know if you have any questions.


All 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade girls who are interested in being a part of the year's Girls on the Run program are invited to a meeting tonight at 6:30pm.
The meeting will be in Ms. Thompson's room.  She will be coaching again this year with Ms. Smalley.
If you are unsure or just want to find out more information, plan to attend.
It is a wonderful program for our girls and registration online begins on Dec. 1st.
If you have any further questions, please email Ms. Thompson.


Just a reminder:
Wednesday, 11/29/17 is our Santaland shopping day.
Both 5th grade classes will be shopping after lunch.
If your child chooses to shop, they do not need the official envelope, but they do need to have a list of who to shop for and money.
Thanks for your help.

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