October 27, 2017
Our Flight Pattern
Attendance Line: (513) 686-1756
IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR
October 20 - Report Cards Distributed
October 30-November 2 - Book Fair
November 2 - Parent Teacher Conferences (evening)
November 8 - Canned Food Drive Begins
Fun on the Bus
EHG's own Mr. Meno helped students with homework and STEAM activities at one of the evening stops this week! The Aviation Station will be at the Greene School next week beginning Tuesday.
The Great Fidget Debate
This week students culminated their PBL work with a debate on whether fidget spinner should be allowed in the Green Wing. Students did an amazing job presenting. You can check out the live stream here!
Student Lead Conferences
The 1st quarter is over! Students had the chance to brag about all of the great work they do at the Greene School. We are looking forward to another quarter of learning that will lead us to Winter Break.
Fun on the Bus
The Great Fidget Debate
Staff Member of the Month
Board of Education Candidate Forum
Vision Screen Signups!
Vision screens for fifth grade will take place on November 2nd and November 3rd. This is a fun, easy way to get involved and spend time with your child’s classmates. No experience is required. The vision screens are important to catch visual problems early and would not be possible without parent volunteers. Please consider volunteering. Please click on the signup link below. Questions? Please contact, Vanessa Shafer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lost and Found
Halloween Candy Donations Please!!!
The Aviation Station is rolling
With the help of our PTOs and local business sponsors, Sycamore Community Schools recently rolled out a “first-of-its kind” classroom on wheels aimed at getting kids excited about science and math! The Sycamore STEAM Aviation Station provides our K-6 students the opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) opportunities at school under the guidance of our science leaders and the help of classroom volunteers. Equipped with high tech items such as touch screens, Raspberry Pi computers, and virtual reality equipment, as well as low tech materials such as Keva planks and Makedo tools, activities have been designed to explicitly teach design thinking and collaboration through grade-level, standards-based challenges.
Another exciting component to this new classroom on wheels is our Homework Assistance outreach. Four days a week (M-TH), we travel to local neighborhoods after school (4pm-6pm) to provide homework help on the Aviation Station after school.
Monday: Fields Ertel Townhomes
Tuesday: Hazelwood Community Center
Wednesday: The Villages at Symmes Crossing
Thursday: Blue Ash Kohl’s
Our students bring their homework assignments with them as they enjoy a light snack and assistance from an adult or student helper. Once they complete their homework, students are provided with the opportunity to participate in STEAM challenges of their choice on the Aviation Station in small groups. Helpers provide guidance and direction as needed.
We are looking for parent volunteers to assist us with this outreach endeavor. A certified Sycamore staff member will always be present to answer any specific questions. You can sign up here to assist at any location. SignUpGenius-Aviation Station Homework Assistance
Please go to our website to find out more about the AVIATION STATION.If you have additional questions, please contact Chris Beech at email@example.com
The Joseph-Beth Book Fair
OCTOBER 26 - NOVEMBER 3
in the Greene School Media Center
We’re excited about our upcoming Book Fair. There will be hundreds of books available for the students to purchase. Prices will range from $2.99 to about $25.00, with the average price of a book being $6.00 or $7.00.
There will be something for all ages, so perhaps plan to get a head start on your holiday shopping. Teachers will also have Wish Lists if you choose to buy a gift for your child’s classroom.
The final day of the Book Fair is Friday November 3 ending at 12:00. It will be open each weekday from 7:45 am -3 PM, and will also be open during ALL conferences times.
Your child will visit the Book Fair during their regularly scheduled Multimedia Exploration class. Those not in that class are encouraged to visit the book fair independently any time during the week by getting a pass from their teacher.
Conference time is an excellent time to come with your child to shop at our Book Fair. We will be open during the evening conferences on Thursday, November 2 until 8 PM. Be sure to stop by the Media Center. We’ll be looking for you!
Additionally, we will be collecting loose change (or dollar bills) to help buy new books for the Operation Give Back library in Blue Ash. You can go to www.ogiveback.com to learn more about that organization. There will be a jar at the Fair in which to donate your loose change (or dollar bills). Our goal is to donate $100 worth of new books to OGB.
THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO PUT GREAT BOOKS INTO
THE HANDS OF GREAT KIDS!
Sycamore HS Variety Show
Sycamore High School Hosts Variety Show November 18th @ 7p in the Auditorium. Tickets $10 available pre-sale at www.aveschoir.org starting November 1st, and at the door. Family ticketing available too! Nuclear families up to a family of 5 for $30. Family ticketing available at in-person sales only (11:36a - 12:36p in the HS Commons on November 16th and November 17th) and at the door.
Acts feature groups and soloists who are members of the student body including vocal and instrumental groups, cool human tricks, gymnastics, a performance by all choral ensembles and more! Proceeds benefit the Sycamore Vocal Boosters.
Know! To Foster Empathy for Bullying Prevention
October is National Bullying Prevention Month.
In the previous tip, Know! The End of Bullying Begins With YOU, we learned that in 2016, more than one in five students reported being bullied, and that regardless of what position a child is in - a target, bully, or bystander – they are at increased risk for a variety of mental health and behavioral problems, including substance abuse.
In addition to positive role modeling and conversations specifically telling our children, “It is never ok to hurt, harm, or humiliate another person with your words or behavior,” we can further help prevent bullying by fostering empathy.
By definition, empathy is the power to understand perspectives other than your own; the ability to recognize and share the emotions of another person. Essentially it is, “walking a mile in someone else’s shoes.”
Experts say empathy is an essential life skill that all youth should be taught to master, and that those youth who are more empathetic tend to perform better in school and have healthier relationships. It is popular belief, in fact, that a person’s emotional intelligence or emotional quotient (E.Q.), which includes one’s ability to empathize, carries more weight than a person’s intelligence quotient (I.Q.) when it comes to determining one’s overall success in life. Empathy is also an essential factor in teaching youth what bullying is and how NOT to engage in it.
Here are some ways to teach and strengthen young people’s ability to empathize:
Make sure your child’s emotional needs are being met: It is hard for young people to treat others with understanding and kindness when they do not feel loved or appreciated themselves. It is very common for youth to bully others when they’re feeling insecure or envious (due to grades, sports, or popularity - for example). To help your child avoid such feelings, strive to be a warm and loving parent and celebrate who your child is, instead of focusing on who he or she is not.
Make certain your child can identify and share their feelings: The idea here is to get your son or daughter to express their feelings – even the negative ones – without tantrums, violence, or bullying. When youth are able to recognize and talk about their own feelings, they will be better equipped to identify and understand similar feelings in others.
Encourage your son or daughter to explore other’s perspectives: Teach your child to be open-minded and look at a situation from another person’s point of view. For instance, make reference to the elderly man you saw at the grocery store struggling to push his cart, then ask your teen to imagine how much more challenging it is for him to do that and other simple tasks we take for granted. Youth who learn to become more sensitive to the experiences and feelings of others are much more likely to understand how the special needs student, for example, might feel in different situations at school – and less likely to target them.
Model empathy and engage youth using everyday opportunities: As we all know, actions speak louder than words. When you make dinner for a neighbor whose loved one passed away, explain why you’re responding the way you are, then have your child go with you to deliver it. When you go through your kids outgrown clothes to donate to those in need, talk about who their clothes benefit and how they are improving another young person’s situation.
Teach your child to find common ground with others and imagine their feelings: Research shows that youth are more likely to feel empathetic toward another if they can somehow relate to how that person might be feeling. Remind your child, for example, how hurt they were when they weren’t invited to a friend’s party. Now help them make the connection to imagine how the girl who sits alone at lunch every day must feel; your child may now be more inclined to invite them to sit at their table.
Talk to your child about how their behavior impacts others: Make sure your teen understands how cruel and damaging it can be to gossip and spread rumors about someone, whether it’s true or false. Talk to them about how even posting a fun picture of the party they attended could actually be quite hurtful to those who weren’t invited.
While some youth are naturally more empathetic than others, it is truly a skill that can be fostered and strengthened. As parents, it is our responsibility to teach our children to look beyond themselves to be more mindful, understanding, respectful, and considerate of other people’s complex emotions, feelings, and experiences.
Sources: VeryWell.com, Sherri Gordon: 7 Ways to Teach Empathy and Prevent Bullying - Discover how teaching empathy can prevent bullying, Nov 2016. TeachHub.com, Jordan Catapano: Teaching Strategies: The Importance of Empathy. BrightHubEducation.com, Lotus Snow: Empathy - Teaching your Teenager How to Care About Others, Dec. 2013.
Aviation Station is coming to your neighborhood!
The Aviation Station will be rolling into your neighborhood to provide Homework Assistance, STEAM activities, and free wifi on the following days each week of the school year:
Mondays 4:00-6:00 p.m.: Fields Ertel Townhomes
Tuesdays 4:00-6:00 p.m.: Hazelwood Community Center
Wednesdays 4:00-6:00 p.m.: Sycamore Terrace
Thursdays 4:00-6:00 p.m.: Blue Ash Kohl’s parking lot (Plainfield & Hunt Roads)
If you would like your child to participate in this free service, please fill out the permission form and return it to your child’s school prior to the day of the Aviation Station visit in your community. For more information regarding the Aviation Station, please visit our website at https://www.sycamoreschools.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=2988
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Greene School Activity Brochure
Pictures for the Yearbook
Calling all parents! Those cell phones take great pictures! When you capture a moment at the Greene School that you are proud of, PLEASE email the picture in its ORIGINAL SIZE to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the music program, kids having fund together, walk a thon, carnival…as long as it is Greene students, pass it on so we can fill our yearbook with some great photos! Don’t wait til the end of the year! Email your photos right away! THANK YOU!!