Symmes Elementary School


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November 19, 2021

Mark your Calendar!

  • November 24, 25, & 26: No School, Thanksgiving Break

  • December 6 - December 10: Scholastic Book Fair during your child's Media Center time

  • December 21: Last day of school before winter break

  • December 22 - January 2: No School, Winter Break

  • January 3- School resumes

  • January 14- No School, Teacher Records Day

  • January 17- No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • January 18 & 19- No School, Staff Collaboration Days (teachers will provide relevant learning activities and assignments)

There will not be a newsletter next week because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Have a great Thanksgiving Break!

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November 22 - November 26

Monday, 11/22 - A Day

Tuesday, 11/23 - B Day

Wednesday, 11/24 - No School, Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, 11/25 - No School, Thanksgiving Break

Friday, 11/26 - No School, Thanksgiving Break

There's a new face in the office at Symmes!

We are pleased to welcome Kelly Helton to Symmes Elementary as our new Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Principal. In addition to supporting India Chambers-Richardson, Kelly will be primarily responsible for tracking student attendance and maintaining our student records. Kelly comes to us from Forest Hills School District where she worked for 13 years as a school health aide and office assistant. Join us in welcoming Kelly!

Adapt for Life Program in our Schools

In partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Sycamore Community Schools was awarded state funding to develop mental health programming for students. The grant that we received in the spring of 2021 expands the Adapt for Life Program for grades K-12. We launched the program in our schools this week.

Aligned with our PBIS framework, the Adapt for Life Program features ten lessons throughout the school year. The ADAPT framework—Ask, Describe, Assess, Plan, and Talk—is a model to help students develop healthy behaviors and essential life skills to tackle stress, whether it’s during everyday moments or in times of crisis.

Beginning the week of November 8, classroom teachers will teach lessons in grades K-4 and grades 11-12. In grades 5-10, students will experience lessons with the classroom teachers and trained facilitators from the Adapt for Life team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Lessons teach students how to better manage everyday stress through developing healthier habits and skills such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.

This grant is part of Governor Mike DeWine’s K-12 Prevention Education Initiative, which awarded $18 million to school districts in Ohio through their mental health partners. Sycamore Schools was one of 11 districts in Hamilton County to receive a one-time grant to create sustainable evidence-based mental health programming.

We are excited to be engaging in this exciting partnership with Adapt for Life. For more information about the program, tools for students, and tools for families, please visit the Adapt for Life website at Should you have questions regarding Adapt for Life, please reach out to Lisa Zelvy, Pupil Services Supervisor, at

Symmes Players Registration and Information

Registration continues for all third or fourth graders who wish to participate in Symmes Players this year! Visit for more information about the program and to register your child. Parents - Please plan to tune in to our information meeting on December 8 at 7:00. We'll answer all your questions about the program for this twenty-fifth season!

Zoom link:

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Learn more about our upcoming Book Fair

Click here for more information and to volunteer!

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PBIS Corner

Over the last couple of weeks our first quarter “Un-Bee-Lievable'' students were recognized by our principals, Mrs. Ralston and Mrs. Richardson. They each received a certificate, got their picture taken for our Symmes social media and received a special keychain. We are so proud of these students for all of their hard work this quarter and living out the 4 Bes every day!

Our “Un-Bee-Lievable'' students first quarter are:

Kindergarten: Chloe Lesan, Henry Isfort, Lila Marrinan, Bryce Jarratt, Samantha Merrick, Michael Nikitin, Ella Meier, Itsuku Onuma, Teddy Ramseyer, Nathan Kang, Quinn Chapin, Austin Barraclough

First Grade: Diana Zhang, Myles Brisben, Luca Contardi, Alicia Garcia, Harper Haring, Bailey Woodward, Elijah Parker, Ella Lu, Brooks Pfaller, Jocelynn Kibler, Will Zuidema

Second Grade: Myles Bellegia, Anshi Mishra, Savannah Allen, Julian Schroeder, Mark Niehaus, Estelle Lapina, Piper Adamow, Corinne Lane, Mila Hoeck, Russell Rissover

Third Grade: Liam Brady, Kate Cole, Sosuke Aikawa, Kanishka Sandbhor, Julia Hogan, Pratyush Karkhanis, Lauryn Hatch, Sam Brown, Hridaan Chauhan, Leah Anderson

Fourth Grade: Ma’Layah Sisco, Heitor Alves De Freitas, Zaidyn Vance, Will Daley, Shreeya Belsare, Kabir Mokhammad, Renato Mazega, Maggie Jiang, Rui Shigeta, Piper Kahle
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We accumulate many lost and found items. As a reminder, please clearly label all belongings with your child’s last name. Here is our process for the remainder of the year for reuniting lost items with their owner:

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

  • If you see an item that belongs to your child, please remind them to claim that item from our lost and found rack, located just outside our 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.

Remember: These items will be donated if not claimed by 11/23/21.

Here are this weeks' lost and found items:

Remember: The above items will be donated if not claimed by the end of day on 11/23/21.

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Tri-Health Shining Star Holiday Clinic

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Tri-Health Ninja Warrior Winter Break Camp

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