Symmes Elementary School

Symmesational News!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Thanks to all who came to conferences last night and today! The last session of conferences is next Thursday evening.

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Important Dates for your Calendar


Oct. 31 Fall Costume Parade
Nov. 1 COSI on Wheels

Nov. 3 Evening Parent Teacher Conferences

Nov. 5 Nature Trail Work-Day 9:00 - 4:00


We are getting so excited for our annual Fall Costume Parade! The parade is Monday, Oct. 31 and will begin at 2:30. All children and staff are invited to dress in a costume and join in the fun. Weather permitting, we will parade along the walking track on the side of the building. Parents and friends are invited to bring your cameras and watch the parade on the track. If the weather is bad, we will parade through the gym and MPR and invite parents into those rooms. We ask that NO SCARY costumes are worn and no weapons!


Thanks to the PTO, COSI (the Center of Science and Industry) is coming to Symmes! This year COSI is bringing "Astonding Astonomy" on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The day will begin with a 45 minute interactive assembly introducing the students to our solar system, how scientists explore the universe and why the Earth is the perfect place to call home. this fun, educational assemble is followed by hands-on learning activities during which the students will explore the unique characteristics of our solar system, the sun, comets, and why earth is the only planet that can maintain human life. If you have not signed up to help and would like to, please contact Megan Boni at or 614-432-0287.

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!


Great Gathering!!!

Learn how to make four nourishing soups that will warm you up from the inside out. We’ll cover the essentials to making easy, yet rich and delicious homemade broth, from knife skills to blending, sautéing and more.

You'll prepare and take home 1 quart of each of these soups:

Avocado Cilantro

Chorizo Chicken Chili

Thai coconut

Caramelized apple and potato

Cost: $55


All levels of cooking skills welcomed!!

Spaces are limited and will take registrations on a first come first serve basis

Date: Saturday November 12, 2016

Time: 4-6pm

Location: Out of Thyme Kitchen Studio (behind Morning Star Coffee)

11915 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45249

Please send in check made out to Symmes PTO, write” GG Out of Thyme: Cooking Class”in Memo Line


pay here

You must type a memo when paying online, “Great Gathering: Out of Thyme”

RSVP by November 3rd (sorry no exceptions and no refunds can be issued)

Name: ________________________________________________

Email/phone number: ________________________________

Questions: contact Anna Hartz, 2017 Symmes Carnival Chair,

Strike Up the Band for Hunger

The Sycamore High School Marching Band would like to invite you to their 2nd Annual “Strike Up The Band For Hunger” event! The Band has teamed up with Operation Give Back to help fight hunger in the Sycamore School District. Come see the SHS Marching Band perform their award winning 2016 show, “Vortex”, while helping fight hunger in the Sycamore School District. Admission to this event is a donation of two non-perishable food items. (No donation required for elementary students and younger.) This event will take place on Saturday, November 5th from 6:00pm-6:30pm at the Sycamore High School Soccer Stadium located at 7400 Cornell Road. In case of rain, the event will take place in the Sycamore High School Main Gym. (This event was originally scheduled for 11/4 but has been rescheduled due to the high probability of Sycamore making football playoffs.)

The Symmes Carnival Committee is shaking things up this year! We're hosting a Holiday Shopping Event online and at school during the PTO Book Fair and Mom's and Muffins events! Be sure to follow the PTO blog to see just what we’re up to now! You definitely don’t want to miss this!

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 @

3rd and 4th Grade Corn Hole Tournament

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 3rd 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

Questions: contact Anna Hartz, 2017 Symmes Carnival Chair,

Some reminders:


The parade will begin at 2:30, outside on the walking track, weather permitting. NO SCARY COSTUMES OR WEAPON PERMITTED!

Volunteers are needed to help with COSI on Nov. 1st. If you have any questions, please email Megan Boni at:


Bring your family and enjoy working on our Nature Trail! The day begins at 9:00 and ends at 4:00. Come all day or stay for an hour. Grilled lunch and snacks will be provided as well as a warm fire! Bring your work gloves and lobbers!! Hope to see you then!


Don't forget to stop by our Book Fair! The book fair will begin on Nov. 7th and run through Nov. 11th. Hours are 9:00 - 4:00. Parents are invited to stop in at any time to shop. A schedule will be sent home next week.