Greene Notes

October 27, 2017

Our Flight Pattern

Welcome to the E.H. Greene Intermediate School Newsletter! We will share important information and highlight the great things our students and teachers are doing at our school. You can expect this in your inbox each week on Friday afternoons.

Attendance Line: (513) 686-1756


October 20 - Report Cards Distributed

October 30-November 2 - Book Fair

November 2 - Parent Teacher Conferences (evening)

November 8 - Canned Food Drive Begins

Staff Member of the Month

Is there a staff member at the Greene School who has made a special impact on your student? Please take a minute to let us know so we can celebrate the work they do!

Staff of the Month Nomination Form

Board of Education Candidate Forum

If you missed the Sycamore School Board Candidates' Forum this week, you can watch it now. Thank you to the Association of Sycamore Schools Parent Organization for sponsoring this informative event.

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

Lost and Found

We will have tables set up near the front lobby during Conference Nights with lost and found items. This year we seem to have an increase in items that are lost and never found. After conferences, we will be donating all items that remain to a local charity.

Halloween Candy Donations Please!!!

Wondering what to do with all of that Halloween candy? Please consider donating it for use as prizes at the Greene Carnival. It’s a great way to get that candy out of the house and put it to good use, and it is very easy to do! Just drop off your candy in the bin at the front entrance to the Greene School. We really appreciate your contribution!

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

The Joseph-Beth Book Fair


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 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.



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Sycamore HS Variety Show

Sycamore High School Hosts Variety Show November 18th @ 7p in the Auditorium. Tickets $10 available pre-sale at 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:, Sherri Gordon: 7 Ways to Teach Empathy and Prevent Bullying - Discover how teaching empathy can prevent bullying, Nov 2016., Jordan Catapano: Teaching Strategies: The Importance of Empathy., 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

PTO Membership and Directory

The Greene School Directory App will soon be ready. Specific instructions on how to access will be e-mailed to those families who have joined the PTO. If you have not yet done so, there is still time to join and receive the app. Click here to be directed to the PTO Membership webpage which gives instructions on how to join either electronically or with a paper form. Any questions about Membership or Directory, please contact Betsy Rinehart at or Wendy Andersen at

Greene School Activity Brochure

Is your child looking to get involved at the Greene School? Below is a link to our 2017-2018 Activity Brochure. You will find information on all of our clubs, including the dates they meet. Please tell your children to watch our video announcements for information on how and when to sign up.

2017-2018 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

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!!