Symmes Elementary School


January 28, 2021

Mark your Calendar

  • January 29- No School- Teacher Records Day
  • February 15- No School- Presidents' Day
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Each Friday, we record and share the morning announcements in this newsletter. During these announcements, we:

  • Highlight and give a Shout out to a Virtual Classroom Grade Level
  • Share highlights and or events for the upcoming week
  • Share birthdays of face to face and virtual students
  • Announce Bee Buck Winners for virtual and face to face

We hope that you can tune in each Friday!

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We have partnered with our friends at Operation Give Back (OGB) to grow their library in memory of our beloved principal, Mrs. Van Kirk. Anne was passionate about OGB and gave endless time and energy to many of their programs which benefit our students at Symmes and districtwide. OGB has created an Amazon Wishlist of desired books for their readers and will accept very gently used books. Please keep in mind that OBG serves a diverse population of students ranging in age from kindergarten through high school.

Books to donate should be brought to Symmes and can be dropped off in the main office. Feel free to write a note or sign the inside of the book from your family. The deadline to donate books is Friday, February 12. Please contact Beth Hill, with questions. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Kindergarten Registration Reminder

Now is the time register for Kindergarten for the Class of 2034! Please click HERE to view information and instructions about registration on our website.

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Symmes Cultural Heritage Celebration

While the Symmes Cultural Heritage Celebration has come to a close you can still tour the world! Print a passport and visit each country keeping an eye out for those Mystery Words and submit your Mystery Phrase by Sunday, January 31. We will be drawing names for prizes on Monday, February 1st morning announcements! The deadline for submitting recipes is also Sunday, January 31. There is still time to come join the fun!

The Symmes Cultural Heritage Recipe Book is Under Construction

Please share your recipes with us!! These can be celebration dishes, family favorites, quick and easy meals, anything goes.

If there is a cultural significance to the recipe or a story behind why a food is special to your family, we'd love to share that as well.

Any format is fine, but please see this link to a recipe template if needed.

If a recipe is copied from a website or cookbook please include that information so we can give credit to the original creator.

Recipes may easily be submitted to

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Time to order your 2020-2021 yearbook!

Cost is $16 for a standard cover and $18.75 for a personalized cover. Enter the school code and register as a "New User" to purchase. Deadline to purchase is April 8th. Yearbooks will be delivered in May and limited copies will be available to purchase in person so order online today!


School Code: 201541

Contact Brittany Haines at with any questions.

Free Meals Extended

For all of the families that have been taking advantage of the free breakfast and lunches for ALL Sycamore schools and students this opportunity had been EXTENDED until the end of the 2020-21 school year!

All Sycamore families can enjoy free breakfast and free lunch all school year long.

Click here for more details for face to face families.

Click here for more details for virtual families.

The Sycamore High School PTO has arranged some restaurant fundraisers to support the work of Sycamore Bridges and Operation Give Back. All proceeds will be split between these valuable organizations in our district.

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Valentine’s Day is Coming!

We want to enjoy and celebrate Valentine's Day at school SAFELY. Please be aware of the following guidelines we are following for our Valentine's Day celebrations:
    • Valentine’s cards and other party items should be brought to school no later than 2/8/21.

    • Teachers will sort the cards for their students and allow them to sit in the classroom until 2/12/21.

    • Students will receive their cards on 2/12 to open.

    • Prizes, games, and other party items should also be delivered by 2/8/21 and will sit in the classroom until 2/12/21.

    • Room parents may send in treats that are:

      • Individually wrapped

      • Store bought - no homemade items

      • Sent to school by 2/8/21

    • Students will be allowed to eat in class if they are more than 6 feet apart.

    • Additional communication about Valentine's Day Celebrations in your child's classroom will come directly from his/her teacher.

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Lost and Found

We accumulate a number of lost and found items. As a reminder, please clearly label all belongings with your child’s last name. To minimize risks due to COVID-19 while attempting to reunite items with their owners, we are following the following process.

  • Every Friday in our building newsletter we will include a picture of current lost and found items.

  • If you see an item that belongs to your child, please remind them to claim that item in the cafeteria during their lunch. They can notify any staff member in the cafeteria that they need to claim their item.

  • If your child forgets, you can email their teacher to ask for help reminding the student.

  • Your child will have 1 week to claim the item.

After 1 week, all items accumulated in the Lost and Found will be removed from the building.

Here are this weeks' lost and found items:

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Virtual Families - Ordering Curbside Meals for 2021

Reminder to all virtual families to continue to order meals for your virtual students for pick up every Wednesday. You will need to fill out the order form and choose which weeks you will pick up meals.

Please, only order for the weeks you can be there. We prepare enough meals for every family that orders each week, and when no one shows up, some parts of those meals will have to go to waste. ORDER VIRTUAL MEALS HERE

More information can be found here.

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