Symmes Elementary School

Symmesational News

Friday, October 18, 2019

Important Dates to Remember

  • October 24- Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • October 25- NO SCHOOL for students, Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • October 30- Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • October 31- Fall Parade, 2:30 pm
  • November 5- Picture Retake Day
  • November 13- Muffins with Mom for last names beginning with A-L, 8:30 am- 9:15 am
  • November 15- Muffins with Mom for last names beginning with M-Z, 8:30 am- 9:15 am
  • November 27, 28, & 29- NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break


If you utilize our morning drop off line please:

  • DRIVE SAFELY and pay attention to our staff and other vehicles.
  • Remember that adults should stay in their vehicle.
  • Pull your vehicle forward as much as space allows.
  • Understand that the drop off line closes at 9:13 am and after that you must park and walk your child into school. Students are considered tardy after 9:15 am.

Conference Sign-ups

Please check your email for conference sign-ups! You should have received an email from your child's homeroom teachers to sign up via SignupGenius. Conferences will be held Thursday, October 24th from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Friday, October 25th from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (NO SCHOOL for students) and Wednesday, October 30 from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

Hearing and Vision Screening Volunteers Needed

Hearing and Vision Screening Volunteers needed for the week of October 21st-24th!

We are in need of volunteers to help with this year's Hearing and Vision Screenings. No training is required, we will train you! This is a fun time to interact with the kids. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Please sign up on the link below.

School Vision and Hearing Screening Information Letter

Vision and Hearing screenings will be administered on October 21st, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, 2019 to all children in kindergarten, first, and third grade as required by state law. Students new to the district in second and fourth grades will also be screened.

Why is it important to have your child’s vision screened?

Young children with vision problems do not know the way that they see the world is not the way they should be seeing it! Without early detection and treatment, children’s vision problems can lead to permanent vision loss and learning difficulties.

Vision screening will consist of one or more of the following:

1. Distance visual acuity - ability to see objects far away

2. Binocular vision - how well your child’s eyes work together

3. Color vision - ability to see colors

Why is it important to have your child’s hearing screened?

  • Hearing is important for speech, language development, reading and learning.

  • A hearing screening can detect if your child needs further hearing testing.

  • Even if your child has passed a hearing screening previously, their hearing can change.

  • Hearing problems can be related to medical problems.

  • Hearing loss is invisible and child may appear to be not paying attention.

Hearing screening will consist of one or more of the following tests:

  1. Tympanometry- Screening of middle ear function

  2. Audiometry- Screening of hearing acuity

How will the results be shared?

If your child passes the vision and hearing screening, you will not be contacted. You are welcome to contact Nurse Ferron to learn the screening findings if you wish.

If your child does not pass the vision and/or hearing screening, Nurse Ferron will share the results with you and may make a recommendation for further evaluation by an eye care specialist. If you have any questions about the school vision and hearing screening program please call the Nurse (513) 686-1743 or email

Julie Ferron MS, RN, NCSN

Symmes School Nurse

Conference Night Dinners for Staff

The PTO would like your help to provide dinner for our teachers during our two evening conference times. The dates are Thursday, October 24th and Wednesday, October 30th. If you can help, please sign up below:

Thanks so much!

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Want to be involved with the awesome team planning our largest event of the year?

The Symmes Elementary PTO Seas the Day Carnival & Silent Auction Planning Committee is looking to fill committees. Come and learn more about carnival as well as the positions and committees we would like to fill!


Auction Committee

Prizes Committee

Decorations Committee

Games Committee

Food Committee

Cash Raffle Committee

Meet at Michelle & Jon Martin’s house on Oct. 22 at 7:30 pm. We will have snacks, drinks & information!

Michelle & Jon

10740 Weatherstone Ct

Loveland, OH 45140

Watch the Board of Education Candidate Forum

This year, we have 3 candidates running for 2 Sycamore Board of Education positions. Our district PTOs presented a Board of Education candidate forum this past Tuesday. In case you missed it- here is a link to the video of the entire forum.

Aviator FLIGHT FEST - OCTOBER 19, 2019

Mark your calendars for the 9th Annual Sycamore Junior High Aviator Flight Fest 2k/5k/10k Race on Saturday, October 19, 2019! Flight Fest is not only a significant fundraiser for Sycamore Junior High but also an amazing, fun family activity. Please consider participating in this unique community event.


Parents, please consider creating a team for the 2019 SJH Scavenger Hunt! The team will come together to complete missions between September 27th and October 17th. Winners will be announced at the SJH Pep Rally on October 18th! Visit for more information.


Be sure to check in weekly for new items as they are added. Items will continue to be added up to October 9th! The online auction closes on October 19th at 10:00 am. View the auction here.

Please contact Michelle Ciotola at to learn about business and family sponsorships, volunteer opportunities, or any questions regarding Aviator Flight Fest.

Sycamore GEAR Coffee and Conversation

Do you know who Mr. Henry is? What does a Gifted Intervention Specialist do? Come join us for a Coffee and Conversation with Mr. Henry and learn more about his role within the district. Maple Dale Cafeteria on October 30 from 9:30a-11:00.

For more information about GEAR, please see our website: Sycamore GEAR
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