Greene Notes

November 22, 2019

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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 afternoon.


Attendance Line: (513) 686-1756



IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR


November 27-29 - No School

December 4-5 - MAP testing

December 4 - Orchestra Concert

December 10 - Choir Concert

December 16 - Band Concert


Letter Days this Week:

Monday, November 25 - B Day

Tuesday, November 26 - C Day


Monday, December, 2 - D Day

Tuesday, December 3 - A Day

Wednesday, December 4 - B Day

Thursday, December 5 - C Day

Friday, December 6 - D Day

HASSLE-FREE FUNDRAISING

Would you like to earn money while donating money to the PTO?

The PTO is looking into additional "Hassle-Free" ways for the organization to earn money to support the 40+ PTO-sponsored programs and events that take place at Greene each year.


We're exploring Shop with Scrip (https://www.shopwithscrip.com) - an online shop where you can purchase gift cards to over 750 businesses - including groceries, gas, restaurants, and tons of other businesses. A rebate percentage of each gift card purchased goes back to the PTO. There's no soliciting or selling involved. Simply order gift cards online; the PTO will deliver them for you to use in your everyday shopping. Click here to watch a quick video about how the ScripShop works...http://bit.ly/EHGShopwithScripVideo.


As an extra incentive, we have decided that we would share the rewards with our PTO members! We're offering to 'split the pot' with you...50% of the rebate amount will go into the PTO account, and 50% of the rebate amount would go back into your bank account! Shop with Scrip recommends that you start with businesses where you shop often...groceries, gas, favorite restaurants, holiday gifts, etc.


We're still in the initial stages of determining if the ScripShop is a good fit for our organization. In considering this as a hassle-free fundraising option at Greene, we want your input! Share your thoughts by participating in the Facebook poll. Go to...http://bit.ly/EHGFBGROUP and scroll down to the post containing the poll. Any other fundraising ideas for our busy Greene School families...share them in the comments!

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A Note from the Nurse: Hand Washing

It is that time of year when it seems everyone has a cold or stomach bug. People commonly catch colds when they rub their nose or their eyes after their hands have been contaminated with the cold virus. People can also spread the stomach bug by not washing their hands before eating and after using the restroom. Handwashing - the single best way to remove germs and avoid illness. The CDC refers to handwashing as a “do it yourself vaccine” in protection against disease.


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Donations Needed

6th Grade Girl Scout Troop 4076 will be collecting new hats/gloves to be donated and used for Operation Give Back Holiday Store. All sizes and genders are needed. A bin will be placed in the front lobby for collection through December 5th. Please e-mail troop leaders Megan Lee, Ruth Breech & Lori Zieg with any questions or information. girlscoutstroop4076@gmail.com

Halloween Candy Donations

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!

Greene Fest 2020

Save the Date!
Planning for Greene Fest 2020 is underway! The Greene School Carnival is set for Saturday, February 8 from 11:00 - 3:00. Stay tuned for more info!!

Know! To Put Kindness into Action

As it turns out, being a teen is not as carefree as we adults would sometimes like to think. In a 2018 study conducted by PEW Research Center, it appears teens have a host of problems and pressures weighing them down.


When 13 to 17-year-olds nationwide were asked about a variety of issues plaguing fellow youth in their community, they named mental health, specifically anxiety and depression, as the number one problem. Seven in ten young people shared this same concern, regardless of gender, race or socioeconomic status. Bullying came in second, with more than half of all teens saying it was a major problem where they lived. Next in line was drug addiction, followed by underage drinking. The silver lining here is that even though about half of all teens see drinking and drug use as a major issue among their peer group, less than one-in-ten report feeling a lot of pressure to personally use drugs or drink alcohol.

Speaking of pressure, without question, academics is at the top, with 88% of teens saying they feel ‘a lot’ or at least ‘some’ pressure to get good grades. Not surprisingly, teens say they worry about looking good, and fitting in socially as well. Young people also report feeling pressure to participate in extracurricular activities and to be good at sports.

Nearly one in four children worry every single day about their family having money for basic expenses, and another one in four report coming across people who try to put them down - on an everyday basis. More than one in four young people say they feel tense or nervous about their day, and wished they had more good friends. The study also found that family finances, teen pregnancy, bullying, drug addiction and gang activity, while a concern for all, weighs even heavier on the minds of children growing up in lower income homes.

In looking at the near future, of those teens who say they plan to go to college, the majority say they worry about getting into a college of their choice, and are concerned with being able to afford it.

Footloose and fancy-free are certainly not words to describe the majority of today’s young people. The amount of worry and stress upon them can be overwhelming, and may lead to unhealthy behaviors and coping skills. While you cannot and should not attempt to take away every adversity in your students’ lives, you do have a unique opportunity to teach, support and provide solid advice on helping them deal with the problems and pressures they are facing.

In a series of tips to follow, we will share information on maintaining mental health, putting a stop to bullying, and preventing or dealing with substance abuse, as well as healthy ways to help students cope with the many pressures and stressors in their lives.

Source: Pew Research Center: Most U.S. Teens See Anxiety and Depression as a Major Problem Among Their Peers. Feb. 2019.

Help Wanted!

Part Time Job Opportunity

The Sycamore HS PTO is looking for an individual to serve as the store manager and merchandise buyer for the Aves Hangar Bookstore and Spirit Shop, located on the school’s campus, anticipated to begin in January 2020. This is a new position and will replace the role currently held by volunteer managers.

Retail experience and knowledge of sales and marketing principles are necessary. This is a contract position, with an average expected work-load of 20 hours/week. Schedule is somewhat flexible. Incentive opportunities are also available.

For more information on responsibilities, time commitment, requirements, etc, please visit:

https://www.sycamoreschools.org/Page/3365

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Activity Brochure

Is your child looking to get involved in after school activities? Check out our Activities Brochure. We will announce to students before clubs start and how to sign up. This post will stay at the bottom of our newsletters if you are looking for it later.


Greene School Activity Brochure 2019-20