Symmes Elementary School


January 15, 2021

Mark your Calendar

  • January 18- No School- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 28- End of Second Quarter
  • January 29- No School- Teacher Records 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!

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Symmes Cultural Heritage Celebration

We've toured half the globe by now and the Symmes Cultural Heritage Celebration heads into Week 3, spotlight on Asia and Australia! I hope you've been looking for those Mystery words as you visit each country! Mystery Phrases are due By Sun., Jan31 to be entered into the prize raffle drawings on Mon., Feb 1st Morning Announcements! Stop by, learn something new, try a new recipe, or just enjoy the scenery! Visit daily as more countries are posted. or

The Symmes Cultural Heritage Recipe Book is Under Construction

Please share your recipes with us!! These can be celebration dishes, family favorites, quick and easy meals, anything goes.

If there is a cultural significance to the recipe or a story behind why a food is special to your family, we'd love to share that as well.

Any format is fine, but please see this link to a recipe template if needed.

If a recipe is copied from a website or cookbook please include that information so we can give credit to the original creator.

Recipes may easily be submitted to

Symmes Players News-

Attention all parents of Symmes 3rd and 4th graders! Please read THIS NOTE and follow the link to complete a brief survey about your family's interest in participating in Symmes Players this year. Your response will greatly help us plan our next steps!

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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.

Optional Gifted In-Person MAP Testing for Virtual Learners - Please note the registration deadline is January 22, 2021.

An optional administration of MAP testing for gifted services will be offered for our virtual second through fourth graders on February 4 and 5, 2021. The MAP test takes approximately 45-60 minutes per subject - reading and math; we will offer the reading test on February 4 and the math test on February 5. You may sign your child up for one or both test(s). You can indicate which test your child will take below. If your child is transitioning from the virtual environment to face-to-face learning, they will take the MAP test with their new homeroom class in school so therefore do not need to be signed up for this testing opportunity.

We will adhere to the district's safety protocols and also require that any student who signs up for testing wear a mask. Once we receive all the registrations, groups will be created and staggered times will be assigned to avoid crowds congregating. You will receive an email soon with the time, location, and further instructions for testing. Please note that the parents are responsible for transportation to and from testing.

The email address you use to sign your child up will be the email address used for any communication regarding this optional gifted testing opportunity as well as to notify you on the day of testing when your child is done and ready to be picked up.

If you have questions please contact
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Lost and Found

We accumulate a number of lost and found items. As a reminder, please clearly label all belongings with your child’s last name. To minimize risks due to COVID-19 while attempting to reunite items with their owners, we are following the following process.

  • Every Friday in our building newsletter we will include a picture of current lost and found items.

  • If you see an item that belongs to your child, please remind them to claim that item in the cafeteria during their lunch. They can notify any staff member in the cafeteria that they need to claim their item.

  • If your child forgets, you can email their teacher to ask for help reminding the student.

  • Your child will have 1 week to claim the item.

After 1 week, all items accumulated in the Lost and Found will be removed from the building.

Here are this weeks' lost and found items:

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Our Principal Picnics are Getting a Make-Over!

Beginning this week, our very own Symmes teachers are hosting virtual lunches. This week Mr. Pierce's class played a dice game with virtual 3rd graders. Next week, Mrs. Bethune, will host the 4th grade lunch. Be sure to watch for information from your teacher about which day you can have lunch with your favorite Symmes Teachers!

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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