Symmes Elementary School

Symmesational News!

Friday, November 4, 2016

We hope you can join us tomorrow! The weather sounds perfect for a little work on the Nature Trail! Hope to see you then!

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Important Dates for your Calendar

Nov. 5 Nature Trail Workday 9:00 - 4:00

Nov. 7 - 11 Book Fair - MPR - 9:00 - 4:00

Nov. 9 Moms and Muffins 8:30
Nov. 10 PTO Meeting 9:30
Nov. 11 Moms and Muffins 8:30
Nov. 16 Picture Re-Take Day


Great Gathering!!!!

3rd & 4th Grade Symmes Corn Hole Tournament

Team should consist of a parent/special person and 3rd or 4th grade student

No younger siblings can attend the event

Come join in a friendly competition of corn hole!!!

The winning team will win a gift card to Dave and Busters!!!

Date: Saturday November 12, 2016

Time: 11am-2pm

Location: Symmes Walking Track rain or shine!! (will move inside if it rains)

Host: Mr. Phou

Pizza and drinks provided

Face painting by Julie Paterson!!!!

Cost: $20 per team

Please send in check made out to Symmes PTO, write” GG Corn Hole”in Memo Line


pay here

You must type a memo when paying online, “Great Gathering: Corn Hole”

Brackets will be made in advance so you must RSVP by November 4th to be in the tournament (sorry no exceptions and no refunds can be issued)

Student name: _______________________

Grade/teacher: _______________________

Parent/special person name: ________________________

I volunteer to bring a corn hole set to the school the week before the event: YES NO

Book Fair is coming!!

The Book Fair is Coming! Dive into reading with the Joseph Beth Book Fair, November 7-11 in the Symmes Multipurpose Room. Stock up on books for your eager readers, get a jumpstart on holiday shopping, and help build classroom libraries while supporting the PTO and our Library. The Book Fair will be open daily from 9:00am to 4:00pm for students and parent shoppers, with special shopper big times during Moms and Muffins! Book Fair Volunteers are needed for set up in November 4 and throughout the fair: or contact Erika McCoy at
See you at the Book Fair!

Exciting News from the Carnival Committee

Have you heard what the Carnival Committee is up to this year?

We’re planning the sweetest holiday shopping event Symmes has ever seen!

What to expect: Grab N Go Gift Card Wall, Kids’ Holiday Gifts, Teacher and Staff Holiday Gifts, Great Gathering Sign Up Table, Specialty Clothing Vendor, Themed Gift Baskets for Kids & Adults And TONS of other great items for EVERYONE on your holiday list!

Details: The Shopping Event and Silent Auction will be held during Moms and Muffins and the Bookfair – on Nov. 9th & 11th from 8 am – 11 am. We will be located in the Science Lab in Room 31 in the 4th grade hallway…just follow the Candy Land Carnival Signs! We will have items for sale, as well as items that will be part of the Silent Auction. You will be assigned a Bid Number at the door. Use your Bid Number to place a bid on an auction item – with the highest bid winning the item on Friday at 11 am. See an item that you don’t want to risk losing to a higher bidder? You can purchase the item at the “Buy It Now” price and take the item with you that day! We will be accepting cash, checks, and credit cards this year. So come prepared to get a head start on your holiday shopping! What if I can’t make it to school on Nov. 9th or Nov. 11th? We will post an Online Preview with the option to purchase some items online starting Nov. 2nd . We would encourage EVERYONE to check out the Online Preview on Nov. 2nd – even if you plan to come to the event on Nov. 9th or 11th! There are quite a few items that are certain to sell fast! Online purchases can be made with a PayPal account on our PTO website. You can check it out at Questions?? Contact Anna Hartz @ or Kim Hueil @


Congratulations to Mrs. Beran and O'Gara's class for winning the October Box Tops challenge with 248 Box Tops.

The standings for the school wide contest for the year is:

1) Office: 466
2) Goddard: 443
3) O'Gara: 378

America Recycles Day contest

Tuesday, November 15th is America Recycles Day!

To remind all of us how important recycling is to our environment we will have

"Recyclable Accessory Day"

What do you need to do? Create an accessory out of recyclables, or something that you've used before and wear it to school on Tuesday, November 15th. This could be a hat, necklace, pin, purse, or even a bow-tie. Be creative! Every participant will be entered into a raffle and there will be a prize for each grade level. Have fun! We can't wait to see what you come up with!


The Cookies are coming!!!

When: Wednesday, November 16th between 2:00-6:30pm

Where: Symmes cafeteria

Please mark your calendars.

Products must remain frozen!

Questions? Jackie Ogden (513)288-3636 or

Symmes PTO thanks you for your support.

Picture Re-Take Day

If you were not happy with your child's pictures, your child was absent on picture day, or you are new to Symmes, our photographers will be her on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. If you are a new student at Symmes you will receive a picture packet with information on how to order pictures, if you want your child to have another picture taken, simply return the original picture packet and he/whe will get another picture taken.


Girls on the Run is a program for 4th grade girls that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. At Symmes we are lucky to have staff members who work with our girls two day at week beginning in September and ending with a 5K run at Sawyer Point on November 19th at 10:00 am! The girls will have their practice 5K race on November 7th at 4:15 pm on the Symmes walking track! We are proud of our girls and wish them well on their first 5K race!


Sycamore High School Hosts Variety Show November 19th @ 7p in the Auditorium. Tickets $10 available pre-sale at and at the door. Acts feature members of the student body including vocal and instrumental groups, juggling, the Flyerettes, SEE1 and a performance by all choral ensembles. Proceeds benefit the Sycamore Vocal Boosters.


All 2nd graders will take the Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT) the week of December 5, 2016, during the school day. For those students in the other grades, you may request that your child participate in this round of testing. This is in accordance with HB 282, which requires that school districts provide two opportunities for testing to identify students as gifted. PLEASE NOTE THAT SCORES ON KINDERGARTEN and FIRST GRADE TESTS WILL NOT BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION FOR PULL-OUT GIFTED SERVICES.

Parents of 2nd graders do NOT need to request testing since it is an automatic process. However, if your child is not in 2nd grade and you would like to have your child participate in the December administration of the CogAT, use the below link to request testing. The deadline to submit your request is November 30. In order to decrease disruption to your child's instruction, this testing opportunity will take place on Saturday, December 10, at Maple Dale Elementary from 9:00 until 12:00. Please note that it is the parents' responsibility to provide transportation to and from Maple Dale.

All testing requests must be submitted using the below link. Email requests cannot be accepted. If you have any questions, please email Mindy Zellner, District Gifted Coordinator, at

Click here to request CogAT Testing for December 2016

Some reminders:

Nature Trail work day is tomorrow! We hope you can join us anytime between 9:00 and 4:00!!

BOOK FAIR begins on Monday, Nov. 7th!

On-Line Shopping Event: The Shopping Event and Silent Auction will be held during Moms and Muffins and the Bookfair – on Nov. 9th & 11th from 8 am – 11 am.