Symmes Elementary School

Symmesational News!

Friday, November 18, 2016

We would like to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are so thankful for each student and family represented at Symmes. We hope you all have an opportunity to to be with family and friends over the holiday. Due to the short week, there will NOT be a newsletter next week.

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Important Dates for your Calendar

Nov. 23 - 25 No School - Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 6 Symmes Players Parent Meeting 7:00 MPR

Lost and Found

The lost and found bin in the cafeteria is piling up! If your child is missing anything, please ask them to check the lost and found when they are at lunch or before school. The items will be donated to a charity at the end of December, 2016.

Symmes Players is coming!

Attention all 3rd and 4th grade families - the time to sign up for this year's Symmes Players is here! Information and registration paperwork has been sent home with the students. This year, we will be performing Disney Alice in Wonderland, Jr. There is a mandatory parent meeting on Tuesday, December 6 at 7:00 pm in the Multipurpose Room. Registration is due by December 15.

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Operation Give Back

Sycamore Community Schools believes in giving back to our community. That is why we are a proud supporter of Operation Give Back, a Blue Ash-based charitable organization that helps families and students right here in the Sycamore district.

This year we are stepping up our efforts to collect donations for Operation Give Back’s Holiday Store. The Holiday Store helps more than 100 local families have a special holiday season.

Each of our seven schools along with our District Office is collecting items for the Holiday Store from now until December 9. While you are doing your Thanksgiving grocery trip or holiday shopping, please consider picking up non-perishable food items, toiletries, paper products, warm clothing, and new toys to donate to this great cause. Click here for a detailed list of items needed. You can drop your donations off in the collection bins at your child’s school or at Operation Give Back at 10891 Millington Court, Blue Ash, Ohio 45242 Tuesdays-Thursdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monetary donations and gift cards are also greatly appreciated. Click here for more information on how to donate. Operation Give Back is also seeking volunteers for the Holiday Store on December 9-10. Please contact Operation Give Back at (513) 489-2023or to sign up to help.

We are so excited to spread some cheer to the children in our schools this holiday season, and we welcome you to be a part of this giving. #SycamoreStrong


Dear Symmes Elementary Families,

This year’s Cultural night will be held on January 27th, and we’re so excited to make this a night to remember.

We at Symmes are so fortunate to have such cultural diversity at our school; with students from our wonderful country and 27 other countries around the world. This annual event is our opportunity to bring the Symmes Elementary family and community together to share a fun-filled evening of learning, entertainment, and foods from around the world. It really is a wonderful chance for all of us to experience and embrace our diversity; and fits perfectly with this year’s Peacebuilders theme.

Please find the attached flier which provides additional detail on the event as well as an opportunity to participate in making this event as comprehensive and educational as possible. Please consider pitching in and helping to make this year’s Cultural Night one to remember. If you’re not able to participate this year, the event committee would greatly appreciate it if you would pass this along to anyone who may interested.

Also, the committee is also looking for additional volunteers to help in making this a special night.

Please contact Laura Bell at (513) 305-9779 or for more information or to confirm participation.

Thanks so much for your consideration.

Symmes Elementary Cultural Night Friday, January 27 6:00 – 8:30 PM Symmes Elementary families are invited to celebrate the diversity of cultures represented in our school. The Cultural Night Committee needs your help in making this evening a success. We would, therefore, like to extend an invitation to each and every family to showcase their culture. Please complete the form on the opposite side of this page and select the area(s) in which you wish to participate. Please return the form to school by November 22, ​and if you have questions on any of the activities we encourage you to please email the contact parent/teacher listed below.

Cultural Booths and Basket Donations:
Cristina Haggarty
Food Booths Laura Bell
Cultural Fashion Show Sara Petticrew
Cultural Group Performances Volunteers Needed!

We are also seeking committee volunteers to help make this night special. Please contact Laura Bell ( if you are able to pitch in.

Symmes Elementary Cultural Night Sign-up Sheet Please complete and return to school by Tuesday, November 22, 2016. It is very important that you submit on this date to allow for planning.
Name of Student: _______________________________ Homeroom: ____________
Country or US Region Representing:________________________________________ Parent/Guardian Name: _________________________________________________
E-Mail: ______________________________________ Phone: _________________
❒ I would like to set up a group cultural booth for (choose one):
❒ Our country (Country Name) ____________________________ (India, China, Russia, Mexico, etc.)
❒ US Region (Region or All US) _____________________________ (All US, Northeast…)
❒ Black History Month These booths are in the gym and could display such items as flags, clothing, dolls, games, books, artwork, etc. The booths could also include the making of a small craft or an explanation of a custom or holiday unique to your country, US region or Black History Month.
❒ I would like to bring samples of a cultural food to share. These booths are in the cafeteria and require you to bring already prepared and ready to serve foods. In addition, you are required to provide a written menu and a complete list of ingredients for our friends with allergies. *The committee will provide small sampling cups, spoons, and napkins.
❒ I would like to donate a basket of traditional items unique to our country or US region to be included in a basket raffle. Items may include gift cards, foods, books, traditional clothing, decorations, etc. The baskets should be valued $20.
❒ My child would like to participate in the Cultural Fashion Show. Participation includes wearing a country’s or US region’s traditional clothing the night of the event.
❒ My child would like to participate in the group performance portion of the evening. Children perform a five-minute maximum traditional dance, folk song, instrumental piece, poem or any other type of performance unique to your country or US. Due to the high interest and limited time, auditions and rehearsals will be held in January. More information will be shared closer to the event.