Greene Notes

March 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


End of 3rd Quarter - March 15

Spring Break: No School March 18 - 22

Report Cards distributed - March 29

Spring AIR testing - April 2,3,11,12,16,17

April 19 - Spring Vacation Day - No School

April 22 - Professional Development Day - No School for students

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

Student Information Forms for 2019-2020

Welcome to Greene Intermediate School! We are looking forward to the arrival of your child in the fall. Below is a link to a letter that explains our placement process. Within the letter you will find the link to our Student Information Form. This form will be used to place students on teams. Please submit the form no later than Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 11:59 pm.

Rising 5th Grade Parent Letter - Current 4th Graders

Rising 6th Grade Parent Letter - Current 5th Graders

Rising 5th Important Dates (Current 4th Graders)

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Screens and Tweens - a Series for Parents

Save your spot for this unique opportunity! This event is FREE! We need to get an idea of how many people will be attending. Please CLICK HERE and complete the sign up genius so we can plan appropriately.

Keeping our children safe in this digital age is a concern we all face as parents, especially with the easy access to screens that our children have. In this 3-week series for parents, brought to you by the PTO, you will learn cutting edge information and tools that can be immediately applied at home.

  • Tuesday, April 2 (6:30-8:00 pm): SCREENAGERS Documentary screening followed by parent breakout sessions.. Click HERE for a preview
  • Tuesday, April 9 (6:30-8:00 pm) : author and speaker Steve Smith will talk about how we have become a distracted society, how social media and video games can impact mental health, and more. Click HERE to learn more.
  • Tuesday, April 16 (6:30-7:30 pm) : Sycamore Tech Dept. will lead a training on tools parents can use to help manage screen times and Chromebook safety.

PLEASE RSVP so we are prepared for your attendance.

We hope you can attend all 3 impactful sessions!

Questions? Please e-mail Patricia Barros at

Transition to the Junior High

We will use this section to keep you up to speed as we transition students to the junior high.

Rising 7th Graders (current 6th graders, class of 2025)

Hello Greene Parents,

If you were unable to attend the rising 7th grade Academic Fair, here is the presentation.

Junior High Tennis

Jr High Tennis - 2019/20 will be No Cut!

Hello Greene School Students & Parents!

We have exciting news regarding the Jr High tennis teams for 2019-20! For the first time, the girls and boys JH tennis teams will be no-cut teams. This means that beginning players do not need to fear being cut and they can focus on becoming part of a team and improving their skills!

There will be one team that plays a league schedule. This team will consist of the stronger players. The remaining players will play a different schedule and will rotate playing time, depending on how many players come out for the team. The main goal for this second group is to develop their skills and to have fun being part of a team!

Questions? Please contact the Jr High Athletic Director, Jim Dejoy, or Mike Teets, the varsity tennis coach.

2019 AIR testing Schedule

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We hope you all have a wonderful Spring Break! Please don’t forget that those Aviator Expectations still apply at home, out in the community, and wherever you might be traveling! Remind your child that no matter where they go, they’re to be SAFE, RESPONSIBLE, RESPECTFUL and a PROBLEM SOLVER! We can’t wait to see you all back here on Monday, March 25th.

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Earth Day 2019 - Bus Walk bike Day Logo Announced!

After a school-wide vote, congratulations to Lucy Wolfenberger for creating the official BWB logo! Our new logo will be used with newsletters, banners, email, and social media. The school also selected an auto magnet design. Every student will receive a magnet to remind drivers to share the road with Sycamore bikers all year long!

BWB Day will be celebrated Thursday, April 18 (May 9 if it rains), when Greene students and staff will reduce the school's carbon footprint and promote a healthy lifestyle by busing/walking and biking together to school. Parents can help reach our goal of Zero Drop-Offs by allowing students to:

• ride the bus to the Jr. High and walk to Greene from there

• meet at one of three bike meeting spots and bike to school

• walk or bike directly from home

More opportunities to bike and walk will be offered during the recess Bike Rodeo. For more information or to get involved, email us at

Start Talking - KNOW! Sleep is Fuel for Life

March 10th-16th is Sleep Awareness Week: How well is your child sleeping?

Sleep is food for the brain particularly for adolescents in the critical stages of physical, emotional, and intellectual development. Less than 15% of teens get the sleep their bodies and minds need to fuel that growth, and that’s a big problem. Sleep deprivation poses a serious threat to our children’s health, safety, and academic success.

For children 10 to 12 years old, the National Sleep Foundation recommends 9-12 hours of sleep each night; for 14 to 18-year-olds they need to be getting somewhere between 8-10 hours nightly.

To figure out what time they should be getting to sleep, you can work backwards from what time they need to go to bed. If your 11-year-old needs to be awake by 6 a.m., they should go to bed between 6 and 9 p.m.

When children are pre-teens, hitting that target is less of an issue. However, it can be quite challenging for a teen who gets up at 6 a.m. for school to get to bed by 9 p.m. It’s tricky because not only do many teens’ activities and homework prevent them from heading to bed that early, but so do their internal clocks.

Michael Breus, Ph. D., also known as The Sleep Doctor, says, “During adolescence, teens experience a biological shift to a later sleep-wake cycle. For teens, melatonin release occurs later in the evening—usually around 11 p.m.—and drops later in the morning.” Melatonin is a hormone released in the brain that lets your body know when it is time to sleep and wake—which explains why adolescents fight to stay up later, but then have to be dragged out of bed for school in the early morning.

Even with the unique sleep-wake cycle teens experience, we must find a way to help them get the sleep they desperately need. Dr. Breus says youth who are short on sleep are at risk for a long list of intellectual, social, emotional, and behavioral problems.

The Sleep Doctor links insufficient sleep in teens to:

Cognitive issues

  • Trouble with memory
  • Diminished focus and attention
  • Difficulty learning
  • Poor judgment and decision making
  • Reduced ability to problem solve

Behavioral and social issues

  • Greater tendency to engage in risky behaviors, including smoking, drinking, and drug use
  • Hyperactivity
  • Aggressiveness, more prone to violence
  • Social withdrawal
  • Difficulty getting along with others

Emotional issues

  • Irritability and impaired moods
  • More negative attitude and outlook
  • Trouble controlling emotions
  • Greater risks for depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts

Academic and performance issues

  • Lower grades
  • Poor academic performance
  • More frequent absence and tardiness

Working to avoid these negative outcomes is important. Dr. Breus says it is key to engage your child in creating a sleep plan you both can live with. He also says it is essential to talk with your child about the importance of sleep and to help them understand that the things they want to accomplish in their lives are fueled by sleep. Let’s take a look at what we can do to help them get the quantity and quality of sleep they need.

Here are the National Sleep Foundation’s Top Ten:

  1. Stick to a sleep schedule of the same bedtime and wake up time, even on the weekends (try to keep it within an hour of the usual wake time).
  2. Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual, like reading or listening to quiet music.
  3. If you have trouble sleeping, avoid naps, especially in the afternoon.
  4. Exercise daily, but not too close to bedtime.
  5. Evaluate your room. It should be cool, dark, and quiet.
  6. Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillow(s)—with clean sheets.
  7. Avoid bright light in the evening and exposure yourself to sunlight first thing it in the morning.
  8. Avoid caffeine in the evening and large meals before bedtime.
  9. Help your body shift into sleep mode. Spend the hour before bedtime winding down. Steer clear of electronic devices that stimulate the brain.
  10. If you can’t sleep, go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired.

When it comes to those pesky electronic devices, it is best to charge them in your room away from the bed at night to eliminate your child’s temptation to reach out or respond to late night messages.

Getting proper sleep is vital, and healthy sleep habits can make all the difference in your teen’s quality of life. If your child is experiencing trouble getting the quantity or quality of sleep they need, do not hesitate to contact your physician or specialist for help.

Sources: Michael Breus, PhD, The Sleep Doctor: Teens Need More Sleep Than You Think. Mar.30, 2017. Michael Breus, PhD, The Sleep Doctor. Psychology Today: What Modern Science Says About Teen Sleep - Teenage sleep is a unique time in the sleep lifecycle. Jan 17, 2019. National Sleep Foundation: Healthy Sleep Tips.

Volunteer opportunities

Sycamore Community Schools is seeking Adult Volunteers

for April 22nd - Professional Development Day

The certified staff of Sycamore Community Schools will be participating in a professional learning activity called “Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE)” led by facilitators from Think Tank Inc. on April 22nd. The purpose of the activity is to engage our staff in authentic, empathy-building experiences to better understand the daily struggles some of our families may experience as a result of economic fatigue.

Each session will include 120 staff participants. We are in need of 20 volunteers (COPE Resource Leaders) for each session to “role play” various community and business members. As a COPE Resource Leader, you will be given your role by the COPE facilitator during training. Training will be provided in the first hour of the volunteer shift. The time commitment will be approximately 3-1/2 hours. Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide babysitting services on this day, therefore volunteers are asked not to bring their children along.

Volunteer Times and Locations

Morning Session: 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Junior High Gym and High School Gym

Afternoon Session: 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Greene Gym and Maple Dale Gym

Sign-up on Eventbrite

For the morning session at Sycamore High School, click here.

For the morning session at the Sycamore Junior High School, click here.

For the afternoon session at Maple Dale Elementary, click here.

For the afternoon session at Greene Elementary, click here.

Additional Information

Contact Chris Beech, Associate to Assistant Superintendent

e-mail address:,

phone number: 513.686.1700, ext.#5003

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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