Greene Notes

August 28, 2020

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.

Important Dates

Tuesday, September 1 - "New to the District" 5th & 6th Grade Orientation (for student and only 1 parent who are new to Sycamore). This will be steamed for Virtual Classroom Parents

9:00 am - 5th Grade Orientation - Greene Cafeteria

10:00 - 11:00 am - chromebook checkout - 5th & 6th

11:00 am - 6th Grade Orientation - Greene Cafeteria

Thursday, September 3 - First Day "Transition" - 8:00 am - 2:40 pm - for F2F 5th Graders

Thursday, September 3 - First Day for Virtual Classroom 5th Grade Students

Friday, September 4 - First Day "Transition" - 8:00 am - 2:40 pm - for F2F 6th Graders

Friday, September 4 - First Day for Virtual Classroom 6th Grade Students

Monday, September 7 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day

Tuesday, September 8 - First Official Day of School - F2F and Virtual

Thursday, September 17 - Curriculum Preview 6:00 pm (Virtual for all)

Informational Videos for F2F

We have changed many of our processes to ensure your students are safe in the building. Below you will find a link to the video. I want to give a special thanks to Ryan, a senior at Sycamore High School who filmed and edited this as well as the many students and parents who made this happen!

Changes for 2020-2021

We have made changes this year to our schedule that I want to share with you. Below you will see the changes with the rationale.

Cohorts for F2F

This year we have developed homeroom cohorts that students will stay with throughout the day. Teachers will switch rooms and students will stay in their homeroom for core classes. Each homeroom cohort will travel to the same specials class, lunch and recess together. Students will be assigned seats in each of these spaces. We developed this plan to keep students and staff safe. Homeroom cohorts will limit the number of people that interact with each other while at school. We were also able to maintain academic programming while developing homeroom cohorts.

Changes to Schedules

We will not consider any schedule changes for this school year. Putting our schedule together this year was a giant puzzle. We made it work, but the pieces only fit together one way. Changes to schedules are not possible as we work to ensure the safest return to school that is possible.

Specials Choices

This year all students will take the same specials courses: Physical Education, Art, Computer Science (5th grade only)/STEAM (6th grade only), and one music course. We are not able to offer multiple music courses to students this school year.

Advanced Art

We are not able to offer Advanced Art this school year. In order to make the schedule work, the number of sections of regular art class did not allow room for Advanced Art.

Music Performances

We will not host in person music performances this school year. Given the current orders by the department of health, this is not possible.

Specials Rotations

We will not follow the A-D specials rotation this school year. Instead, students will switch specials at the semester. We will continue to provide students with two specials bells per day.

Instrumental Music Groupings

Instrumental music classes will be heterogeneously mixed this year. We were unable to develop cohorts of students based on the specific instrument they chose.

General Music/Choir

This school year General Music and Choir will be combined. Teachers will be working to synthesize curriculum for the two classes to create an experience where students learn about music theory and participate in vocal singing when district established criteria for safety is met.

Media Center

We will not offer Media Center as a special or allow classes to go into the Media Center this school year. Too much of the equipment in our Media Center/Makerspace is not able to be sanitized properly. We are looking to expand the number of e-books students have access to and will be providing instructions on how to access them in Language Arts class. Teachers will also be able to check out class sets of books for students that align to the standards in their class. Please keep in mind that these sets cannot be shared among students.

Curriculum Preview - SAVE THE DATE

We will host Curriculum Preview 2020 on September 17. It will be virtual for all families. More information to come soon.

Bell Schedules

We have bell schedules for both F2F and students in the Virtual Classroom. Click HERE to view.

Picture Day

Today was Picture Day at the Greene School. If you have any questions regarding ordering pictures of your child, please see the informational flyer below. You will need to reference the Event Code : FE40920. If your child was not able to come for Picture Day, we have scheduled a Picture Re-Take Day on September 22, 2020. Thank you!

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Supply List for Face to Face Students

  • Earbuds

  • Four 2-pocket folders, one for each core class

  • A 5-subject notebook

  • 24 pre-sharpened pencils

  • Eraser

  • A Box of Highlighters (any color)

  • Box of tissues

  • 2 glue sticks

  • TI-15 calculator for math

*needed for all 6th grade students and 5th grade accelerated math students

*will be available to purchase the first week of school for $15

  • Scissors

  • 1 pack of black dry erase markers

  • Durable pencil pouch (labeled with student name)

  • 12-pack of colored pencils

  • Personal refillable water bottle

  • Personal sanitizer (to be resupplied)

  • Personal tissues (to be resupplied)

  • Mask and back up mask

  • Personal pencil sharpener

  • 2 fine-tip or ultra-fine tip black Sharpies

  • 9x12 Sketchbook (for Art Class)

Supply List for Virtual Classroom

  • Earbuds
  • 24 pre-sharpened pencils
  • Eraser
  • 2 glue sticks
  • TI-15 calculator for math *needed for all 6th grade students and 5th grade accelerated math student. They will be available to purchase the first week of school for $15
  • Scissors
  • 12-pack of colored pencils
  • Personal pencil sharpener
  • 9x12 Sketchbook (for Art Class)

Greene School T-Shirts

Greene School t-shirts are now available for ordering. This year, shirts will be offered in either GREEN or GOLD and will be $10 each. Please click the link to see more details. Ordering deadline is FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th at 3:00.

Greene School T-shirt Order Form

Updating Final Forms

As in the past, we need ALL parents or guardians to log into Final Forms and update any necessary changes for our 2020-2021 school year ASAP. Also newly added is a Covid-19 Parent Agreement that must be signed before the school year begins. You are required to sign the forms at the beginning of each new school year. A signature is also required after any update or as additional forms are added.

We are asking that ALL parents of students log into FinalForms and complete their forms for the 2020-2021 school year ASAP so that potential issues/problems/questions can be addressed before our return to school in September. Some forms require a student signature.
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2019 - 2020 Yearbooks

The 2019-2020 yearbooks were distributed to students at the end of July. If you were not able to pick up your pre-ordered yearbook at that time, your student will receive it on their first day of school.

For rising 6th graders - books will be in their homerooms

For rising 7th graders - books will be at the Junior High School

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Shop at and Support Sycamore High School

The new online store at features 150+ Sycamore Aviators-licensed items and other gifts including:

  • School supplies and required readings;
  • Aves Face Masks - two styles;
  • Spirit and sportswear from Nike, Under Armour, and Champion brands; AND
  • Novelty and gift items (stickers, water bottles, flags, magnets, mugs).

We offer free contactless delivery within the District (including any school locations for teachers and staff) on all orders $19.99 and above, as well as curbside pickup at the Sycamore High School main office/theatre entrance on Wednesdays in August. If that time doesn't work for you, please reach out, and we will do our best to work out other arrangements.

As always, enjoy tax-free shopping at the Aves Hangar. As a non-profit organization, we never charge tax on any items and sales benefit Sycamore High School. For questions or more information, email Amy Browns Taylor at