Symmes Elementary School

Newsletter

August 28, 2020

THIS NEWSLETTER HAS A LOT OF IMPORTANT INFORMATION. PLEASE BE SURE TO READ IT THROUGH THOROUGHLY.

Important New or Updated information


    • Please note the following time changes to our Drive Thru Meet the Teacher event on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1:


    9:00 am - 9:45 am-- Kindergarten students

    10:00 am - 10:45 am-- 1st grade students

    11:00 am - 11:45 am-- 2nd grade students

    12:15 pm - 1:00 pm-- 3rd grade students

    1:15 pm - 2:00 pm-- 4th grade students


    • Please note the UPDATED information about our Virtual Classroom Materials Pick up. This is DIFFERENT INFORMATION than what was presented in the Virtual Newsletter sent earlier this week.

    Virtual Classroom Materials Pick up: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 from 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm

Mark your Calendar!

FACE-TO-FACE STUDENTS


  • September 1: Drive-Thru Meet the Teacher event for Face-to-Face students. See below for some additional details.
  • September 3: Transition Day for Symmes Face-to-Face students with last names starting with A-L. Buses will run and students will come for a full day of school.
  • September 4: Transition Day for Symmes Face-to-Face students with last names starting with M-Z. Buses will run and students will come for a full day of school.
  • September 7: Labor Day- No School
  • September 8: First Day ALL Students
  • September 15, 6:00 pm - 6:15 pm or 7:00 pm - 7:15 pm: Curriculum Preview-content will be delivered electronically, sessions will be live.
  • October 27: Picture Day



VIRTUAL CLASSROOM STUDENTS


  • September 1, 3:00pm - 4:00pm, Materials Pick Up
  • September 7: Labor Day - No School

  • September 8: First Day ALL Students

  • September 15, 6:00 pm - 6:15 pm or 7:00 pm - 7:15 pm: Curriculum Preview-content will be delivered electronically, sessions will be live.

  • October 27, 4:30pm - 6:30pm: Picture Day (Additional information coming soon)

SCHOOL HOURS for Face to Face Students

  • 9:30 am - 4:00 pm: Full day kindergarten & Grades 1-4
  • 9:30 am - 12:25 pm: Morning kindergarten
  • 1:05 pm - 4:00 pm: Afternoon kindergarten



  • 9:15 am - 9:27 pm: Drop off times for car riders
  • 4:00 pm: Pick up time for car riders (see below for additional details)

Symmes Elementary School Plan: Meet the Teacher September 1st


Dear Symmes Face to Face Families,


We miss our students greatly and hope that everyone is well. We want your children to have an opportunity to safely see their teachers and staff as well as drop off any school supplies and summer Chromebooks and chargers. This “drive through” event will take the place of Open House. We are looking forward to a great start of school.


  • Please stay in your cars during the Meet the Teacher Event.

  • Teachers will be outside and available to greet students, collect school supplies and chromebooks.

  • Please label all of your child’s supplies with their first and last name

  • Collected items will be taken to your students homeroom and placed on their assigned desk.

  • Mrs. Ferron, the school nurse, will be available to collect any medication necessary for this school year. Please notify your teacher if you have medication.

  • Please come to Symmes Elementary on September 1st at your child’s designated time. If you have children in multiple grade levels, you may have to go through the line more than one time. Your children will want to see their teacher!

  • Place a sign in your front window with: Child’s first and last name and homeroom teacher


9-9:45-- Kindergarten


10-10:45-- First Grade


11-11:45-- Second Grade


12:15-1:00-- Third Grade


1:15-2:00-- Fourth Grade


  1. Come in from the main driveway located off of Enyart Road.

  2. Turn right into the staff parking lot and follow the drive around to the front of the building.

  3. There will be a sign and staff member directing you to go to either the left or right side of the main bus driveway. Please see photo below

  4. Symmes Staff will follow a “no contact” policy. The teacher will come to your car to collect any materials. Please place the items into your car( back seat or trunk). Please do not get out of your car.

  5. Once you drop off and say hello, follow the car ahead of you to exit the parking lot.

  6. Our goal is to welcome students and families in a safe and child-friendly way. Please know that we want our students to have a great school year. Welcome 2020-2021!

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Transition Days

We are excited to welcome back our students to school whether they will be attending school face-to-face or virtually! For our students who will be attending school face-to-face, Sycamore has decided to implement transition days for our Kindergarten - 4th grade students to help make the transition back to school a little bit easier.


For the face-to-face students whose last names begin with A through L: their transition start date will be on Thursday, September 3rd. For the face-to-face students whose last name begin with M through Z, their transition start date will be on Friday, September 4th. All students (virtual and face-to-face) will begin attending classes on Tuesday, September 8th.


This transition day for face-to-face learning will allow our students to begin to learn the new safety protocol routines more easily as well as to ease our students back into the buildings.


More information will be coming soon regarding transition activities for our virtual classroom learners.


Preschool families - you will receive more details in regards to preschool’s start date soon.

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Virtual Tour

Symmes Elementary- Parent Drop Off Procedures


  • Car drop off is open from 9:15-9:27

  • Please pull into the parking lot and immediately turn right into the front parking lot. Follow the drive through the staff parking lot and along the front of the building. A staff member will be standing near the front door and will motion for you to stop at the correct spot.

  • Parents must stay in their car.

  • Students should exit only from the passenger side door and should open their own door

  • Students should not exit the car until they have a mask on.

  • Students will enter the building from the front door that is closest to their car.

  • Students will be directed to have their temperature taken and will go to their classroom.

  • Stay in that spot until the adult waves to you that it is safe to leave.



***For students who need assistance unloading, parents should park and walk their child to the sidewalk.

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Symmes Elementary- Parent Pick Up Procedures


  • Car pick up is open beginning at 4:00

  • Please be sure to have your assigned number placed prominently in the window

  • Please pull into the parking lot and immediately turn right into the front parking lot. Follow the drive through the staff parking lot and along the front of the building. A staff member will be standing near the front door and will motion for you to stop at the correct spot.

  • Parents must stay in their car.

  • Students should will enter only from the passenger side door and should open their own door

  • Stay in that spot until the adult waves to you that it is safe to leave.



***For students who need assistance loading, parents should park and call the front office unless other arrangements have been made with Symmes Staff.


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UPDATE about Yearbooks from 2019-2020

Our yearbooks from last scool year have arrived and will be distributed to Face to Face students in their classrooms after the start of school. Virtual Classroom students can pick up their yearbook at Symmes on September 1 from 3pm to 4pm. Our fourth graders from 2019-2020 can pick up their yearbooks from 4pm -5pm on September 1.

School Fees


Parents, don't forget to pay your child's academic fees for the 2020-21 school year (and any outstanding balances, if applicable). You pay the academic fee through Parent Portal on our website.

SCHOOL PICTURE INFORMATION


This year, we will be partnering with Jostens for our school photography services. You will be seeing emails from Jostens sent through Sycamore periodically which will detail the dates and procedures for picture taking and ordering. Pictures will be mailed directly to your home. Jostens will also be our service provider for yearbook information. More information on picture day will be coming soon.

Final Forms Reminder

Every student must have competed Final Forms before the start of school. Please login to Final Forms and check that all of your child's forms are complete. If you completed Final Forms earlier this summer, please note that a new page has been added which you need to sign to be considered complete. You will know you are complete if the list of pages requiring your signature are all green.

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