Symmes Elementary School

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Welcome to the Symmes Elementary Newsletter! We will share important information about Symmes each Friday. You can expect this in your inbox each week on Friday afternoon.

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Important Dates for your Calendar

August 31 Curriculum Preview 6:00 - 7:30
Sept. 2 Spirit Day

Sept. 5 Labor Day - Schools Closed
Sept. 9 PTO Meeting 9:30 a.m.

Principal's Pen

We have had an outstanding start to the 2016-2017 school year! I want your child to be happy and successful at Symmes Elementary and believe that we each play an important role towards achieving this goal. My role includes making sure that our school is a community where teachers, parents and students are invested in quality education and are able to work collaboratively for the benefit of our children. As a parent, one of your roles will be to continually show interest and support for your child’s schooling.

A child who knows that his or her family is interested and supportive of the school program will almost always have fewer problems in school and enjoy greater success than a child whose parents are not involved. When you put your child on the bus each day, please have confidence that the staff at Symmes will do everything we can to ensure a great school year ahead. Education is a joint venture. We must work together to enable students at Symmes Elementary to thrive and achieve at their highest levels.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions, suggestions or concerns. I am looking forward to an outstanding school year and I look forward to working with you. Let the excitement begin!

Mrs. Anne Van Kirk, Principal

Curriculum Preview Night

Curriculum Preview will be held this Wednesday, August 31st. The evening is divided into two sessions to help families with more than one child. The first session begins promptly at 6:00 and will last for 45 minutes. The next session will begin at 6:45 until 7:30. The evening is set aside so that our teachers can explain the curriculum and their plans for the school year. This evening is not a time for personal conferences with teachers. If you feel you need a conference before our scheduled conference times, please contact your teacher to schedule one. Information will be sent home at a later date regarding conferences. We hope to see you next Wednesday!


We are so thrilled to have such a helpful and supportive PTO. If you are a new family at Symmes, we hope you will join the PTO and become involved in the many different activities around the school. We have a lot of events that happen in the evening for those not available during the day. Funds from our membership drive, cookie sale, carnival, walk-a-thon and many other fundraisers throughout the year help to provide so many opportunities during the year for our students, families and teachers. Your support is so important! Please join us at our first PTO meeting on Sept. 9th, at 9:30 in the Multi-Purpose Room at Symmes. As always, we will provide free babysitting. Our first PTO event is our free Family Fun Night on Sept. 22 from 6:00 - 8:30. Please watch for more information regarding our PTO activities!

Some reminders:

Please remember to complete or update your Final Forms. If you have not done so, click here.


Please remember to pay your school fees. ($40.00 per child) This site also applies to paying lunch fees and full day kindergarten fees. You can do this through Parent Portal.