Greene Notes

September 16, 2022

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Welcome to the E.H. Greene Intermediate School Newsletter! Every Friday, you will receive a weekly update about important information, dates, and the fantastic things going on in our school and community!

E.H. Greene Intermediate School

Address: 5200 Aldine Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

Office Hours: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

School Hours: 8:00 am - 2:45 pm

Phone: (513) 686-1750

Attendance Phone: (513) 686-1707 or ehgattendance@sycamoreschools.org

UPCOMING WEEK

Dates

Letter Days for the week of September 19-23:

Monday - B Day, Tuesday - C Day, Wednesday -D Day, Thursday - A Day, Friday- B Day


Important Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday and Wednesday, September 20 and 21-Fall MAP Testing

Wednesday, September 29 - Picture Retake Day (THIS IS A CHANGE SO IT DOESN'T INTERFERE WITH MAP TESTING)

Wednesday, October 5 (7PM)-PTO General Meeting

KEY INFORMATION FOR THE WEEK!

Walk-A-Thon

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Music Specials Class Changes

Students were given a choice to select a music class for the 2022-23 school year. We have allowed students to make changes to their music choice (with parent approval) as they settle into their new routines and schedules. However, Friday, 9/23 will be the deadline for changing a music class. After the 23rd, students are committed to the music course that they are currently attending. If you would like to request a music change by 9/23, please contact your child's school counselor.

Jennifer Asher (last names A-K)

Tracey Bachmann (last names L-Z)

MAP Testing

On September 20th and 21st (Tuesday and Wednesday), your child will take a MAP Growth test. MAP Growth scores help teachers check student performance by measuring achievement and growth. MAP Growth tests are unique and adapt to your child’s responses to measure your child’s skill level. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. These results will provide a more complete picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn. Since MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, it’s easy for teachers to identify students' needs then plan instruction accordingly. MAP Growth reports also provide typical growth data for students who are in the same grade, subject, and have the same starting performance level. This school year, your student will take the test three times a year in the fall, winter, and spring.

We appreciate your help in making this a positive and successful experience for your student. A few suggestions to help your student:

1. Make sure your student gets a good night of sleep prior to the test date.

2. Make sure your student has a healthy breakfast at home and/or takes advantage of the school's breakfast.

3. Make sure your student arrives at school on time. Some teams test right away in the morning on these dates.

4. Gently encourage your student to do their best. While we all want our students to do their best, we also want the students to not feel excess stress or anxiety.

If you have additional questions, please consult the MAP family toolkit: https://www.nwea.org/the-map-suite/family-toolkit/

Bikers/Walkers: Permanent and Temporary Changes

PERMANENT: Thanks to some discussion and problem-solving with some 6th graders (particularly Bryce Hutzelman and Evan Milar), we have installed a few bike racks at the "upper" parking lot at District Office. If a student comes from the Zig-Zag/Hagewa route and would prefer to park their bike and walk the new path to the bus entrance of our building, they can do that. Students can still take the Stonehenge route and arrive via the front entrance. We will have bike racks at both locations.


TEMPORARY: There will be construction going on by the new bus entrance on Stonehenge (right where Aldine turns into Stonehenge). This will necessitate the sidewalk being closed for a period of time. So, students who bikes/walks that route may want to consider one of the other options


  • Park at the Upper Lot of District Office (more racks will be temporarily added)
  • Enter/Leave the school via the Aldine/Kenwood route
  • Utilize the Sidewalk on the other side of Stonehenge.



Thanks...we LOVE that so many kids are able to walk/bike and want to continue to support this for our kids. Nice work, Bryce and Evan!

After-School Clubs and Activities: Parent Pick-Up

We are so excited to have a number of after-school clubs/activities started or getting started soon. Since we have a new building, I wanted to review the "pick-up" process.


  1. Parents should pull along the curb to wait for their student. The first car will pull to the front of the sidewalk just past the front entrance. The remaining cars will line up in a single-file line behind the first car. We have quite a long driveway and a number of parents should be able to fit on the lot.
  2. Parents DO NOT need to leave their cars to come get their kiddos!
  3. Students have been instructed to come out the front door and wait until they see their car pull-up to the sidewalk space in front of the building and gym. Please reinforce this with your student.
  4. After retrieving your student, you may pull ahead or, if careful, pull to the left and follow the circle through the parking lot to exit the school grounds. This process is different than pick-up or dismissal where we expect parents to "stay in line". The reason for this difference is because of the different times that clubs/activities may exit.
  5. If you would like, you are welcome to utilize any spaces in the main parking lot if you arrive significantly early and want to wait. More spaces will open up as construction slows down.


Thanks for your help with this process!

Curriculum Preview

We are thankful so many of you joined us for Curriculum Preview. If you have a moment, could you fill out THIS SURVEY to help us with feedback in planning for future events.
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SCHOOL INFORMATION

Staff of the Month Nominations

Nomination Form is HERE. If you believe a staff member has gone "above and beyond" and you want to recognize them, please fill this out!

Parent Lunch

If your student has a birthday or special day, you are welcome to bring them a special lunch. Please double-check with our student regarding their lunch time. Let your student know that you will be bringing the lunch to the office. Then, the student will come to the office during their lunch and pick up their special lunch. We ask you only bring lunch for your student.


For now, (due to a number of factors with construction, parking, cafeteria size in relation to our class sizes, etc.), we are not having open parent lunch week for parents to join their student at lunch. We may revisit this past practice in the spring. We appreciate your understanding.

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

Delray Drive

Per our transporation department's request, PLEASE AVOID using this drive during arrival and dismissal times. Our buses travel from Greene to the Junior HIgh on this drive and use of this drive will significantly create traffic issues for yourself and our transporation department.


It is HIGHLY SUGGESTED that you would utilize Kenwood Road to Aldine Drive to arrive at school for car drop-off and pick-up. When leaving the school, turn RIGHT to avoid the congestion.


We appreciate your understanding and believe this will truly help accentuate our new building's traffic flow design to keep our bus traffic and car traffic separate.

Arrival and Dismissal Maps

Hello!


A number of parents and students have reached out to us regarding pathways for Car Riders, Bus Riders, Walkers, and Bikers.


HERE is the guidance maps and information for each of those scenarios for how your student will arrive and/or dismiss from school. PLEASE look these over and review with your student to make sure they understand the pathways to travel.


Please reach out to any of the Greene School administrators if you have questions.

Key Information

Bus Riders

You can check for your child's bus stop information by visiting the TRANSPORTATION PAGE. The transportation department will update this information. Bus Riders will be assigned to a specific bus in the morning and in the afternoon. Please keep in mind that we cannot make any changes to bus assignments at the school level. Students will not be able to ride another bus to a friend's home. If your child is a bus rider and you need to pick him or her up on a particular day, please let the office know by emailing a note to: "ehgattendance@sycamoreschools.org".



Car Rider Drop Off

Car riders will be dropped off by the main entrance no earlier than 7:15 via the traffic signs. In order to drop off students, parents should follow the main driveway to the drop-off zone. When directed, students from those cars that area in the designated area will dismiss and enter the building at one time. No cars will leave during this time. Then, when directed by staff, all cars in the designated area will leave. The next group of cars that are waiting in line will then be directed by staff to move to the drop-off zone. This process will be repeated throughout the drop-off timeframe.


Car Rider Pick Up

Dismissal begins at 2:45 pm. If your child is a car rider, please note that cars are not permitted on the lot for pick up until after 2:30 pm. In order to pick up students, parents should follow the driveway to the pick-up zone. When directed, students will be dismised to the cars in the designated area at one time. No cars will leave during this time. Then, when directed by staff, all cars in the designated area will leave. The next group of cars that are waiting in line will then be directed by staff to move to the pick-up zone. This process will be repeated throughout the pick-up timeframe.The process we use for car rider dismissal should allow all children to be picked up by 3:10 pm.


We will again be using the "Parent Pick up Tags" for Car Riders. All families will receive a numbered tag in the mail prior to the start of school.


Early Dismissal

If you have an appointment during the regular school day and need to pick your child up early, please notify the office in advance ("ehgattendance@sycamoreschools. org") , park in the visitor's lot and come into the main office. Be sure to bring an ID with you. Thank you.


Champions After School Care

Champions After School Care will not be held at Greene. Instead, Champions will take place at the 4 elementary schools. Parents can sign up for the Champions program that will be held at your student's previous (home) elementary school. The district will provide transportation from Greene to the elementary.


Parents will need to complete a Sycamore transportation form indicating that they will be going to an elementary school for After School Champions. Shari Paguette, director of the Champions programs, also requested that parents call her at at 513-680-2564 to confirm that their students will be attending a Champions program. She will then connect with our Bus compound to ensure transportation arrangements and will confirm registration with the families. Thank you.

TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION

Canvas

Parent Access to Canvas LMS

At the start of next school year (2023-24), Sycamore Schools will be transitioning to a new Learning Management System called Canvas. Canvas is a widely used Learning Management System in K-12 schools and beyond. This year, staff members will begin transitioning to this new LMS. Parents will have access to a parent account in Canvas that can be linked to their student(s). To create an account, please follow the steps below:

  1. Generate a pairing code from your student’s Sycamore Canvas course (instructions).

  2. Visit the parent login page and create an account in the top right corner (this will require the pairing code from step 1.

  3. Once submitted, the parent account will be connected to the student account for current and future courses.

Please note that this school year will be a transition year, meaning the use and adoption of Canvas will be varied from teacher to teacher with full implementation expected at the start of the 23-24 school year.

Technology

Chromebook Warranty Program Updates


We have recently experienced some changes to how our student devices are covered under warranty. To streamline the warranty process for all students, starting with the 2022-23 school year, all students will be allotted $100 of repair, per year, following the fee replacement table below. If repair costs exceed the allotted $100, the remaining costs will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian/student.


Fee Replacement Table:


Device - $250 | Screen - $100 | Shell - $100 | AC adapter - $25 | Keyboard - $25 | Device Case - $20



Important Reminders:

  • Students must keep the school issued protective case on the device at all times.

    • Accidents happen. To better protect Sycamore Chromebooks and reduce the number of devices in need of repair, Sycamore Schools has invested in an “always-on” case. This case should not be removed for any reason. Any damage that occurs when the case is not on the device will be the responsibility of the parent/student/guardian.

  • Lost/Stolen devices are not covered under the annual $100 allotment.

    • Lost - full replacement cost is the responsibility of the parent/guardian/student.

    • Stolen - Devices reported as stolen outside of school require that parents notify police and provide a copy of an official police report to the school administration. Theft Inside school requires a letter signed by the parent/guardian and stating the date, time, location and description of the situation.

  • Manufacturer’s defects and issues will continue to be covered under the manufacturer warranty and will not have an impact on the $100 allotment.


My device is broken or not functioning correctly - what do I do?

If you have broken your device or it is not functioning correctly, please visit your school’s media center for additional assistance. Our team will troubleshoot the reported issue and if a fix is not immediately available, a loaner device will be provided.


See below for additional information regarding our steps and process for determining any fees associated with Chromebook damage:

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CHILD NUTRITION INFORMATION

Food!

A few notes from Ms. Georgia in our cafeteria:


1. Make sure to check Parent Portal and see the balance of money for your students who are buying breakfast, lunch, and/or snacks. A few kiddos are in the "red" and need some money deposited in their accounts.


2. We love that our kiddos are utilizing our cafeteria for meals and/or snacks. This is a good time of year to work through your expected budget and purchases with your kids so they know what they can and can't buy on a daily or weekly basis.


3. If you need help with signing up for free and reduced lunch, please reach out to Ms. Georgia at stjohng@sycamoreschools.org. It can be a bit tricky and she would be glad to help you!

COMMUNICATION INFORMATION

Parent Communication

Greene School is using the following email for parent communication This replaces the paper form that you may have used at the elementary schools. This email is for absences, early dismissal, and/or late arrivals. Please inform us using the email by 1:00 and you will receive an confirmation email.

If you have an appointment during the regular school day and need to pick your child up early, please notify the office in advance ("ehgattendance@sycamoreschools. org") , park in the visitor's lot and come into the main office. Be sure to bring an ID with you. Thank you.

Email Notifications

Information that is emailed to parents will automatically go to the Primary Parent as designated in Final Forms. If an additional parent/guardian is wanting to receive the school emails (such as the weekly newsletter) or anybody is having issues receiving the newsletter, please refer to the following typical problems and solutions:



  • The current, accurate email address isn't in ProgressBook. You need to update your email address in Final Forms as well as any additional email addresses that you would like to have receive communication.
  • The correct email address actually is in ProgressBook. Parent may not be getting emails because you've opted out from receiving messages from the district at some point in the past. This is actually incredibly common. If you believe this is the case, please reach out to our building directly and we will work on this issue.
  • The correct email address actually is in ProgressBook. School emails may be going to your spam folder.

Final Forms

Please check and update your student information on Final Forms.


As in the past, we need ALL parents or guardians to log into Final Forms and update any necessary changes for our 2022-2023 school year ASAP. That way, any potential issues/problems/questions can be addressed before our return to school at the end of August. Some forms require a student signature. You are required to sign the forms at the beginning of each new school year. A signature is also required after any update or as additional forms are added.


Please be sure to go to the "Transportation Information" section in Final Forms. Here you may give permission to those who may pick up your child from school, and designate emergency contacts. Please be sure to "check" all those who will be able to pick up your child from school. Thank you.

Parenting Plans/Copied on Correspondance

If appropriate, please provide the office with custody information and updated parenting plans for your child. Please indicate if you would like to be "copied on correspondence."

PTO INFORMATION

Greene PTO

Please fill out the google form below to join the Greene School PTO. This is an annual membership so if you are returning to Greene please fill this out again. It’s important for all parents and staff to be a PTO member. There are no membership fees this year but we kindly ask that you consider donating to the PTO if you are able to do so. It helps us cover expenses such as the DirectorySpot App. We use this information to give you access to the Greene directory and only PTO members can vote and ask for gifting requests!


Please join today! There is a lot more information to come.


Kristy and Kristofer

Greene PTO Co-Presidents


Questions please email us at grpto@sycamoreschools.org


PTO Membership Form


Greene School PTO Membership and Online Student Directory

PARENT INFORMATION

Conferences

We will have four conference dates: three in the fall and one in the spring. Our fall dates will be a mix of in-person and virtual as indicated below. Our spring date will be an in-person session. The fall dates will be student-led conferences. The spring date will be a teacher-led conference. Parents will sign up for the fall conferences through a coordinated process with teachers. Spring conferences will be requested by teachers for any student in their homeroom for which they or the team has concerns. Parents can choose to decline the conference. Of course, at any time we respect the right of parents to request a conference and will offer AM and team planning time to meet those requests.
    • 1st Date: November 7th (Monday) (Evening Conference-4:00-7:30: Virtual.
    • 2nd Date: November 10th (Thursday) Evening Conference-4:00-7:30: In-Person.
    • 3rd Date: November 14th (Monday) Evening Conference-4:00-7:30: Virtual.
    • 4th Date: February 16th (Thursday): Evening Conference-4:00-7:30: In-Person.

Activity Brochure

We are excited to release the Activity Brochure. These activities are a great opportunity for students to get involved and meet new friends. The sponsor of each club will come on our video announcements to share about the club and how to sign up a couple of weeks before they begin.


EHG Activity Brochure 2022/2023

Helpful Links

Ms. Lopez (Orange Team: Science Subject Leader) found these super helpful technology tools. We thought you would enjoy and benefit!


Student/Parent Tutorials

Transition to the Junior High

We will keep this section in the newsletter to share information about transition to the Junior High.


For Junior High Fall sports, please click on the link below for information about all the Sycamore JH Fall Sports.


Sycamore Junior High Fall Sports Start Dates 2022

Temporary Closing

Playground


The Playground Equipment was inspected and a few issues are being rectified. We hope to have this fixed as soon as possible. We apologize for this delay and appreciate your understanding. Students will still have access to our blacktop for a variety of games. We have erected our 9-Square and are working on our Gaga Pit to continue to give our kids more options at recess.


Courtyards


Our upper/cafeteria courtyard opened to students this week for lunch! The kids seemed to love it! We will develop a rotation to ensure all students get a chance eat outside at least once during the week (pending weather).


The lower courtyard will have three tables and two benches as well and seat 30. This space is great for a class. This space should be open this upcoming week!

Cincinnati Tennis Foundation

Cincinnati Tennis Foundation would like to invite members of your school community to join us for FAST Team Tennis on Saturday mornings starting in September.


Who: Grades 1-6

When: Saturdays, September 11 - October 16

What: FAST Team Tennis

Where: Withrow High School, 2488 Madison Rd.

Grades 1-2 - 9:00-10:00AM - Register Here

(Red Ball, Over or Under Net Rallies, 36' Court, Timed Quarters)

Grades 3-4 - 9:00-10:00AM - Register Here

(Red Ball, Over Net, 36' Court, Timed Quarters)

Grades 5-6 - 10:00-11:00AM - Register Here

(Orange Ball, Full 78' Court, Timed Quarters)


Please reach out if you have any questions.

We hope to see you soon!
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Laura Overbeck

513-543-5802

Cincinnati Tennis Foundation

PARENT ORGANIZATIONS

GEAR

Gina Cutshall and Manika Maheshwari are the co-represetatives for Greene with GEAR



Sycamore GEAR (Gifted Education, Advocacy, and Resources) is a parent-led group for families in Sycamore Community Schools who are interested in gifted education. Your child does not need to be identified or even receiving gifted services to become a member as membership is not limited in any way. Members must only be interested in gifted education and enrichment in our school district to join.



If you have any questions or interested, please reach out at ehgrep@sycamoregear.org

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