Symmes Elementary School

Newsletter

November 6, 2020

Mark your Calendar!


  • November 6: End of First Quarter
  • November 9: NO SCHOOL- Teacher Work Day
  • November 10 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: MAP Information Online Calendar
  • November 11 at 10:00 am: Symmes Ambassadors Online Gathering
  • November 17: Picture Retake Day- during the school day for face to face students and after school from 4:15 pm -5:00 pm for virtual classroom students
  • November 19: Evening Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 20: NO SCHOOL- Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • November 25, 26, and 27: NO SCHOOL- Thanksgiving Break
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School Pictures

Good news!

YOUR PHOTOS ARE READY! Pictures from picture day are now available for viewing and ordering!
Click below to get started.

VIEW AND ORDER PHOTOS HERE
https://shop.jostenspix.com


You will need our event code: FE40720 and your student's unique ID number. You can find your student's ID number by logging in to Final Forms. The ID number is the 6 digit number below your child's name


DID YOU KNOW?

  • You can personalize your photos with a variety of backgrounds and
    text
  • Photos are shipped directly to your home
  • High-res digital downloads are available
  • If you have more than one child, you can order together and pay
    once


ALSO NOTE:

Picture retakes will be on November 17 during the school day for face to face students and after school from 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm for virtual classroom students.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

ALL conferences will be held virtually, for both Virtual Classroom and Face-to Face students. Check with your child's teacher if you haven't received information about signing up. Dates are as follows:


Nov. 19 (Thursday) Evening Conferences (K-6)

Nov. 20 (Friday) Daytime conferences (No School-K-8 only)

Nov. 23 (Monday) Evening Conferences (K-4 and 7-8)

We are getting reading for construction to begin!

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The holidays are coming!

The holiday season is upon us, and while it will look different for all of us this year, the spirit of support, generosity, and empathy is not lost in our school community. Every year, Symmes Elementary sponsors a holiday gift drive as a social action project. With a few modifications, we are excited to invite you to join us for our 2020 holiday gift drive.


In previous years, students brought a permission slip to the building to participate and were given a paper snowman with the specific needs identified for that child. As a COVID modification, we have partnered with Operation Give Back (OGB) this year to ensure that students and families in our community have a bright holiday season. OGB will collect your generous donations and distribute them through their holiday store, which this year is anticipated to serve over 600 children and their families. To do this safely, Operation Give Back has created an Amazon wish list, which allows us to decrease risk through direct shipping.


How do I participate? It’s easy!

  1. Click HERE to access our Amazon Wish List for Symmes Elementary

  2. Select the items you wish to purchase for the holiday gift drive and add them to your cart

  3. Head to the checkout

  4. Choose Operation Give Back’s Registry Address as the shipping address

  5. Pay for your items

  6. Feel great about supporting our community!


Our goal as a Symmes Elementary family is to fill this wish list before December 1, 2020. If you have any questions, please reach out to Lisa Zelvy, Pupil Services Supervisor at (513) 686-1700. Thank you for generously supporting Operation Give Back and our community.

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Pre-register for the MAP Information Session

Information can also be found by visiting the district website

Shop for Sycamore Spiritwear

The Aves Hangar Bookstore and Spirit Shop inside Sycamore High School will be open on Saturday, November 28 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Wear a mask and come SHOP! You can enter the high school through the entrance labeled "Athletic Entrance" and walk straight ahead through the school to get to the store.

Annual City of Montgomery Winter Coloring Contest

Consider taking part in this annual coloring contest. Entries need to be submitted by November 20.


Preschool and Kindergarten coloring sheet

1st and 2nd grade coloring sheet

3rd and 4th grade coloring sheet

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For your information:

Symmes Elementary continues to make adjustments to our practices to ensure that our students and staff stay healthy. We are asking families to refrain from picking up and returning students in the middle of the day. If you need to schedule doctor or dentist appointments, we encourage you make appointments for the beginning or the end of the day whenever possible. We know that this may be a challenge at times but we request your understanding as we try to decrease classroom interruptions and prevent the spread of germs.

For Face to Face Students:


Thank you to the men and women that have served and who are currently serving our country. We want to honor you and your service to our great country.


If you or a family member is a veteran, or an active service member, please send us the following information:


  • A picture of your veteran or active duty service member, if possible

  • Name of veteran or active duty service member

  • Branch of service and number of years served

  • Relationship to student or staff member

  • Name of student or staff member


*** Please email this information to your child’s homeroom teacher.


Drop off/Pick up reminders

If you drop off or pick up your student remember the following:

  • Pull your car up to the car in front of you.
  • Turn off their car while you are waiting.
  • At pick up, flip your car tag to the white side once all your students are in the car. This is an easy way for the adults helping to know that you are ready to go!
  • At pick up, students will enter your car from the CENTER aisle and find their appropriate seat once in the car. Please DO NOT encourage your child to walk around the front (or back) of your car in order to get into your car.

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LOST and Found

We are accumulating a number of lost and found items. As a reminder, please clearly label all belongings with your child’s last name. To minimize risks due to COVID-19 while attempting to reunite items with their owners, we are going to follow the following process.


  • Every Friday in our building newsletter we will include a picture of current lost and found items.

  • If you see an item that belongs to your child, please remind them to claim that item in the cafeteria during their lunch. They can notify any staff member in the cafeteria that they need to claim their item.

  • If your child forgets, you can email their teacher to ask for help reminding the student.

  • Your child will have1 week to claim the item.


After 1 week, all items accumulated in the Lost and Found will be removed from the building.


Here are this weeks' lost and found items:

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For Virtual Symmes Students:


Thank you to the men and women that have served and who are currently serving our country. We want to honor you and your service to our great country.


If you or a family member is a veteran, or an active service member, please send us the following information:


  • A picture of your veteran or active duty service member, if possible

  • Name of veteran or active duty service member

  • Branch of service and number of years served

  • Relationship to student or staff member

  • Name of student or staff member


Please email this information to the following grade level representative:


Virtual Meal Curbside Pick Up

The pick-up location for all families for virtual meals is no longer at the High School. You instead will pick up at your student’s assigned school location. IF you have multiple students that attend different buildings, meals for all of your children will be available for pick up at the OLDEST child’s school. You do not need to visit multiple schools.


Pickup time for Symmes will be Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.


If you have not already signed up and would like to do so, please sign up here. Please note, the cutoff each week to sign up is Sunday at Midnight.

TECHNOLOGY HELP FOR VIRTUAL CLASSROOM STUDENTS

We know that Virtual Classroom students will experience technology issues. If you have a problem, contact Sycamore Schools Technology Support at helpdesk@sycamoreschools.org or call 686-1793. The technology phone number is dedicated to supporting Virtual teachers and families.

Need help?

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你需要帮助吗? 도움이 필요하세요? お手伝いします?


Click here to be connected with Symmes Ambassadors:

https://www.sycamoreschools.org/domain/909

Click here if you want to help other families:

https://forms.gle/azpu6FPUKLC3ntNy8