Symmes Elementary School


February 5, 2021

Mark your Calendar

  • February 11- General PTO Meeting, 9:40 am (see details below)
  • 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!

Access your child's report card

Click here for instructions on how to access your child's report card.

PTO Meeting

General PTO meeting next Thursday 2/11/21 at 9:40am! Our guest speaker will be Margo Rapp updating us on the Sycamore Advisory Council (SAC). Be there in your car, on your couch or at your desk!

Symmes Players Information for 3rd and 4th Graders

Click here for important information about Symmes Players Theater Program

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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.

Reminders about inclement weather

So far, this has been a pretty mild winter but the snow and cold temperatures this week have reminded us that it is still winter in Cincinnati. With that in mind, we wanted to alert you to a few important cold weather notes:

  • Face-to-Face students will go outside for recess as long as the "feels like" temperature is above 20 degrees. Please send your child with a warm coat, hat, and gloves.
  • If there is a delay or closing, you should receive a text, email, or phone call from the District Office. Delays and/or closings are also posted on all local news stations and websites.
  • Delays and/or closings will apply to BOTH Face-to-Face and Virtual Classroom students.

A two-hour delay means:

  • The start of the school day is delayed 2 hours. For Symmes, that means our day would start at 11:30 am.
  • Student drop off is delayed 2 hours. For Symmes, that means you can drop off your student between 11:17 am and 11:27 am.
  • Buses will run but will arrive at your home 2 hours later than your regular pick up time.
  • Half-day, MORNING kindergarten WILL NOT meet.
  • Lunch will be served to all grade levels.
  • The school day ends at the normal time.

A closing means:

  • School is closed and students and staff should NOT come to school.
  • Any school affiliated after school activity is cancelled.

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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.

Drop up/Pick up Reminders

If you drop off or pick up your student please remember the following:

  • Pull your car up to the car in front of you.
  • Turn off their car while you are waiting.
  • At pick up, flip your car tag to the white side once all your students are in the car. This is an easy way for the adults helping to know that you are ready to go!
  • At pick up, students will enter your car from the CENTER aisle and find their appropriate seat once in the car. Please DO NOT encourage your child to walk around the front (or back) of your car in order to get into your car.

Thank you!

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Symmes Yearbook for Virtual Students

Virtual Families...if you missed picture day or were unable to attend, you can now upload a headshot of your child for the yearbook! Photo submission deadline is 2/14.

Please review these important instructions. Contact Brittany at with questions.

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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