Symmes Elementary School


December 11, 2020

Mark your Calendar!

  • December 18: Last day of school before Winter Break
  • December 21 through January 1: NO SCHOOL- Winter Break
  • January 4: Return to school
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Sycamore Mourns Loss of Symmes Elementary Principal

Sycamore Community Schools mourns the loss of a long-time administrator. On November 27th, Mrs. Anne Van Kirk, Symmes Elementary Principal, passed away after an extended, non-COVID related illness. The entire Sycamore Community School’s family extends its deepest sympathies to the Van Kirk family.

“Sycamore has lost a giant and our hearts are broken. Mrs. Van Kirk led with her heart focused on Symmes students, staff and families. She was the epitome of servant leadership,” shared Frank Forsthoefel; Superintendent.

Mrs. Van Kirk’s contributions to Sycamore Community Schools impacted thousands of lives. Mrs. Van Kirk was a dedicated, inspirational leader for teachers and students. She served in the Sycamore Community Schools for 32 years serving as the principal at Symmes Elementary since the fall of 2002. Mrs. Van Kirk started her career as a special education teacher at Edwin H. Greene Intermediate School and later moved to Symmes Elementary where she enjoyed teaching primary grades 2, 3 and 4.

Following her time as a teacher, Mrs. Van Kirk tirelessly served the Symmes Community as Assistant Principal and as Principal for the last 18 years.

“Symmes Elementary was and is the reflection of Mrs. Van Kirk’s leadership and passion,” said Forsthoefel. “She has left an indelible mark on the school she loved. I ask that the entire Sycamore Community keep the Van Kirk and Symmes Families in its thoughts and prayers.”

Anne Van Kirk's Memorial Mass will be streamed Saturday, December 12th, 11:00 am on St. Joseph Church's Facebook page for all those who wish to watch.

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The Symmes staff would like to send a HUGE thank you to everyone in our school community who has showered us with treats throughout this week. Your thoughtfulness is much appreciated.

Sycamore Families,

The Sycamore Child Nutrition Department is offering all Sycamore families the opportunity to pick up FREE “Winter Break Bundle Bags” for all children between the ages of 1-18.

We are offering a Saturday pick-up date in the hopes that most families that need access to food over the break have the opportunity to pick up outside of the normal school day.

When: Saturday, December 19 from 10:00 - 11:30 am

Where: Sycamore High School - Athletic Entrance

What: These “Winter Break Bundle Bags” will contain a variety of breakfast and lunch items, a variety of fruit and bulk frozen and fresh veggies, as well as 1 gallon of milk per student (if the family wants it).

Who can order: Any Sycamore family (face-to-face AND virtual) can order for any of their children in their household between the ages of 1-18 years of age. These will be FREE to all families.

ORDER YOUR BUNDLE BAGS HERE: Please understand that if you sign up for bundle bag(s) we expect that either you or someone in place of you will come to pick up the food. Any leftover will be wasted due to the Winter Break so it is imperative that you pick up any bundle bags ordered.

The deadline to order is this Sunday, December 13. Please contact the Child Nutrition Department with any questions. (513) 686-1796 or

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Each Friday, we will record and share the morning announcements in this newsletter. During these announcements, we will:

  • Highlight and give a Shout out to a Virtual Classroom Grade Level
  • Share highlights and or events for the upcoming week
  • Share birthdays of face to face and virtual students
  • Announce Bee Buck Winners for virtual and face to face

We hope that you can tune in each Friday!

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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.


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


  • You can personalize your photos with a variety of backgrounds and
  • 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
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This week the old footers have been removed and they are working to start the new footers and foundation for the new wing.

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Kindness during COVID-19
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CONGRATULATIONS to the great cafeteria staff at Symmes!

Our cafeteria has been awarded the Clean Kitchen Award by the Hamilton County Public Health department. This award is given to facilities that have demonstrated consistent use of sound public health knowledge and sanitation principles.

From the Nurse:

If your child has borrowed clothes from the school nurse, please launder the clothing and return to Symmes in your child's backpack. Thank you so much!
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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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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.


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

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