Greene Notes

February 15, 2019

Our Flight Pattern

Welcome to the E.H. Greene Intermediate School Newsletter! We will share important information and highlight the great things our students and teachers are doing at our school. You can expect this in your inbox each week on Friday afternoon.


Attendance Line: (513) 686-1756



IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR


Monday, February 18 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day

Wednesday, February 20 - Board of Education Meeting - 7:00 - 10:00 pm - Cafeteria

Wednesday, February 20 & Thursday, February 21 - Author Visit - Gordon Korman

Now through Sunday, February 24 - Order yearbooks online (information below)

Saturday, March 2 - Pancake Day at the High School


Please note the correct dates for our 6th Grade Celebrations and Field Day. (They are incorrect on the printed District Calendar; they are correct on the district website calendar.)

Wednesday, May 22- 6th Grade Celebrations

Thursday, May 23 - Field Day/Last Day of Classes

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Author Visit Book Signing Form

Please click here to access the form.

Transition

We will use this section to keep you up to speed as we transition students from the elementary schools to Greene and from Greene to the junior high.


Rising 7th Graders


Important Transition Dates:


In the upcoming weeks of February, all rising 7th graders will receive via postal mail information on the scheduling process. In addition, we will be communicating our course planner through the Greene S'more. The course planner outlines the courses your child will be required to take and also elective options.


  • Friday, Feb. 22, 2019: Rising 7th grader tours at the JH
  • Tuesday Feb. 26, 2019: Parent Information Night/Academic Fair. More details to come! 6:00pm in the media center is for parents whose son/daughter receives special education services. 7:00pm Presentation/Academic Fair Q&A time immediately following
  • The scheduling process will be taking place through a computer based process this year. We are very excited, as it has saved Greene and Junior High staff much manpower! The mailing you receive, in addition to the course planner, will allow you to work with your child to determine the courses he/she is required/interested in taking. Then, in early March, the JH counselors will sit with each child to enter in the information. After this process is completed, your child will bring home a verification sheet for tentatively scheduled courses. At this point, you can review the verification sheet with your child. Thank you for your cooperation in advance and for your patience with this updated process!



The staff at the junior high is so excited to welcome your son/daughter! We look forward to meeting you along this transition. If questions arise, please do not hesitate to reach out to the junior high for assistance!


Rising 6th Graders

At the Greene School, we place a high value on relationships and believe that placement with at least one friend assists our students with the transition to the intermediate school. Students are placed by academic, social, and emotional needs. We collaborate with teachers and parents to gather information. In addition, we ask parents to list six friends on a student information form that you will receive in February. While we will not be taking parent requests for specific teachers or teams, we will be taking requests for placement with a friend. This friend will be in your child’s homeroom and with him/her at lunch and recess, providing a familiar face throughout the day allowing for continued relationship building at Greene. We do offer a variety of Project Based Learning experiences at the Greene School. If you were not placed in a PBL team as a 5th grader, we will give you the option of selecting a PBL team as a 6th grader, if you complete the form.


Rising 5th Graders

More info to come...

Junior High Sports Fall Dates


If your child is interested in participating in a fall sport at Sycamore Junior High in 2019, please make note of the following important dates:


Football:

Equipment Passout will be Thursday Night July 25th here at the Junior High. The 8th-grade times is 6:00-6:45 and 7th 6:45-7:30. Conditioning starts Monday, July 29th from 8:30-11:30 and the official first day of practice takes place on Thursday, Aug 1st, 8:30-11:30.


Volleyball:

Open gyms will be on July 23, 25, and 30 from 9-11 am. Tryouts begin Thursday, Aug 1 with the 8th grade practicing from 8-10 am and 7th 10:00-12 noon.


Cross Country:

Will start on Thursday, Aug 1st. Practice time is 8-9:30 am. The team will meet outside of the auditorium doors on the football stadium side of the school.


Tennis:

Begins on Monday, Aug 5th. Practice times will be 9-11 am. Please meet at the Junior High Tennis Courts.


Boys and Girls Golf:

Tryouts will take place on August 1,2 and 5. Times and places will be announced at a later date.


Soccer:

Boys and Girls Soccer begins with conditioning on July 29, 30, and 31. Official practice and tryouts start on Thursday, Aug 1st. Girls will practice from 8-10 and Boys 10-12 noon. Please meet at the Tree of Life Church, located over the 71 bridge on Cooper Rd. The church address is 6477 Cooper Rd.

Greene School Yearbooks - Order now!

Now is the time to order your Greene School Yearbook! All orders are done online using the following site: ybpay.lifetouch.com. You will also need to use the following yearbook ID code when ordering: 1592719. An informational flyer was also sent home with your student today. The order deadline is February 24th.

PTO Survey

We need your feedback! Parents, please take a few moments to complete this survey.

For the link to the survey, please Click here.

PTO - Spring Gifting 2019

It's that time again - to submit your requests for Spring Gifting!


Please see this link for the form to be completed. Click here. Thank you!

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The Nurse's Corner

Rising 7th Grade Parents

Thank you to all who have sent in proof of your child’s

Tdap and MCV immunizations!

  • If you are going to the doctor over the summer, please email me with your plans.

  • If your child already has had them please send a copy via email, fax or with your child.

  • If you have any difficulty getting these immunizations please call me and I will do my best to help you.


Laurie Dobrowolski BSN, RN

513-686-1753 clinic

513-792-6172 fax


dobrowolskil@sycamoreschools.org

Sycamore Advisory Committee

Sycamore Advisory Commission, a committee appointed by our Board of Education, is currently accepting applications for at-large memberships.


Applicants must live or work full time within the District, and must support the mission and goals of Sycamore Community Schools. This year the deadline for submitting an application is March 4, 2019. Application forms may be obtained by calling the District at 513-686-1700.

PBIS

Dealing with an angry child can be difficult! Trying to be respectful of what your child is going through while keeping your own emotions in check is a struggle. Here are some great tips for dealing with an angry child from Jim Fay, author of the Love and Logic series.

Know! Momo and her Deadly Challenge to our Youth

In the past, Prevention Action Alliance shared information on a dangerous internet game called the Blue Whale Challenge. It involves acts of self-harm and ultimately, to win the game is to take one’s own life. (Click here for the full Know! Tip on the Blue Whale Challenge). Another similar game is now trending throughout social media and is said to be impacting lives in multiple countries around the world – it is called the Momo Challenge. Just like the Blue Whale Challenge, there is a game administrator that lures a victim into participating in challenges that include self-harm, with the endgame being suicide.

In this challenge, the leader’s name is Momo and her avatar is a scary-looking woman with dark, scraggly hair, bulging eyes and a giant, creepy smile. Momo is known to hack into users’ cell phones. Those who engage with her are then sent disturbing and graphic photos, and are made to perform acts of self-harm, including suicide, or face the consequences of having their secrets and private information shared online.

Some are calling it an internet hoax, while others claim it is linked to teen deaths in their perspective countries. Currently, no teen deaths have been officially connected to this so-called “game” in the U.S. However, there is apparently enough merit to it that U.S. law enforcement agencies have begun issuing warnings for parents to talk with their children about the deadly risks of partaking in this challenge – should they be contacted by “Momo.”

We spoke with suicide prevention experts Shawna Hite-Jones and Austin Lucas from the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation to ask about this potentially deadly game and find out what information we should be sharing with the young people in our lives on this topic.

Q. What are your thoughts on the Momo Challenge? And do you see this being a teachable moment for our youth?

A. It absolutely is a teachable moment whether we are looking at it as a hoax or not. There have been some cases linked to it (Momo Challenge), but not definitively in terms of suicide deaths. It is trending in news media as well as social media, so it is important for us to use the opportunity to have some positive conversation with the youth in our lives, whether you’re a parent or you work with youth. It’s not that we need to get into depth about the game and its content, but really using it as an opportunity to say to them, “If you’re ever struggling or having thoughts of self-harm, know you’re not the only youth that has had those thoughts. No matter the circumstance, we want you to tell us, and we want to know because there is help out there.” It’s about using it as an opportunity to talk about what mental health is, what self-harm is, making sure they know you really care, and letting them know that they can come to you if they are ever struggling.

Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among youth and young adults ages 12-24, second only to accidental death; and for every suicide, there are 100-200 suicide attempts. This is a vital topic we must be discussing, and revisiting regularly, with our youth.

In the tip to follow, we continue the conversation with experts from the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation to learn about the risk and protective factors of suicide, who may be at greater risk, and the warning signs to look out for.

In the meantime, if you feel your child is considering self-harm or experiencing suicidal thoughts, please connect with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or go to https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ for information or to chat online with a professional. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Source: Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Suicide rates rising across the U.S., 2018. James Rogers, Fox New: Sinister 'Momo suicide challenge' sparks fear as it spreads on WhatsApp, Aug. 2018.

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GEAR BUILD IT challenge

GEAR is hosting this activity on President’s day and it is open to all students, grades 2-6. Please find details and registration on our website

http://www.sycamoregear.org/build-it-challenge-info.html. Registration closes on Feb 15.

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Please use this link to buy your tickets to the SAB Winter Social:

SYCAMOREATHLETICBOOSTERS.COM

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2018-19 Activities Brochure

Is your child looking to get involved in after school activities? Check out our Activities Brochure. We will announce to students before clubs start and how to sign up. This post will stay at the bottom of our newsletters if you are looking for it later.


Activities Brochure 2018-19