Symmes Elementary School

Symmesational News!

Friday, Sept. 8, 2017

Important Dates for your Calendar

Sept. 14 PTO Meeting 9:30 am

Sept. 14 Monarch Butterfly Night! 6:00

Sept. 15 Grandparents Celebration!

Sept. 26 School Picture Day

Sept. 28 Family fun Night 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Sept. 28 Cookie Dough Sale Kick-Off

Sept. 29 No School - Professional Delevopment Day

Safety Drill

Today at 10:00 the administration conducted a Building Evacuation and Safety Drill in accordance with House Bill 178. The purpose of this drill is to prepare staff and students for the safe evacuation of the school in the event of various emergency situations. Students and staff were evacuated to an area close to the public library next door. District representatives as well as professionals from the Hamilton County Sheriff's office were on hand to assist and provide feedback on this drill. Parents are reminded that out district's Parent Reunification site is at Blue Ash Recreation Center on Cooper Road. We will continue to conduct drills throughout the school year in an effort to provide safe learning environment for students and staff.

Special Thanks to Special People!

Please be aware that we have some parking spaces that are specifically reserved for some very special people! First, we want to thank those who have served our country, especially our wounded warriors! We have a space reserved just for YOU! Secondly, we have a drawing at each PTO meeting and one lucky winner will win this reserved space that is good for a whole month! The last special parking space we have is reserved for our Bid and Buy winner! This reserves a parking space for a whole year! Be sure to check it out at our carnival this year! We hope you will be aware of these reserved spaces in our parking lot and keep them open for these very special people! Thank you!

Monarch Butterfly Night!

A very special night is planned for Thursday, September 14th at Symmes Elementary! Please pack a picnic meal for your family and join us at 6:00 p.m. near our Butterfly Garden (on the RIGHT side of the school). We will learn about monarch butterflies, watch a cool video about monarch butterflies, participate in fun crafts and become a citizen scientist! Rain does NOT cancel the event!

Grandparent's Day - September 15, 2017

Grandparents and other older adults can be very important people in children’s lives. Children feel a sense of pride and accomplishment when they know that people in their extended family and community are interested in their education. So, we’re having a special celebration! “Grandparents and Grandfriends Day” recognizes the importance of our heritage, our community, and relationships across generations.

We’re inviting grandparents of our students on Friday, September 15th, to Symmes Elementary for this special celebration. Your child’s teacher will be sending the schedule of events and an RSVP request home today so that we can acquire an accurate count of people who are planning to attend.

This event is intended for children and their grandparents/step-grandparents or a special “grandfriend.” Since our space is limited, parents and siblings will not be able to attend this particular event nor will they be able to stay for lunch.

We understand that all children do not have grandparents, and that some grandparents will be unable to attend. We encourage these children to bring another special older adult – a family friend, another relative such as an aunt or uncle, or a neighbor. Some children are also happy to share their grandparent with a classmate. If you have questions about who to invite, please talk with your child’s teacher.

If your child has a grandparent who cannot attend the event, please ask him/her to write a note to the grandchild and place it in a sealed envelope for the child to open and read on “Grandparents and Grandfriends Day.” Grandparents can mail the note directly to the school or pass it along through you. “Grandparents and Grandfriends Day” is a special day for both young and old. Thank you for your cooperation in making this event a success and a positive, memorable experience for your child.


School pictures will be taken on Tuesday, September 26th. Flyers were sent home last week with information about how to order pictures. If you order on line at, use the picture day ID: JC017220Q0. Fourth Grade group picture will also be taken on the same day at 9:30 a.m.
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Symmes Families,

Thank you for stopping at the PTO tables during curriculum preview night. It was great to visit, and we thank the many of you who are offering time or services on our students' behalf.

The first PTO meeting of the year will be held on Thursday, September 14 at 9:30 A.M. Childcare is provided. Beth Hill (Symmes Counselor) will be teaching us how we can help promote a healthy attitude toward school in our children. In addition, you can come take a look at the PTO's budget for 2017-2018! We will be broadcasting the meeting LIVE on the Symmes Elementary PTO Facebook page. Please "like" us in order to join in or watch the meeting live or at a more convenient time for your schedule. (Facebook Live posts are archived). Find the Symmes Elementary PTO Facebook page here: If you are concerned about attending the meeting and being seen on camera, don't worry, we will have a 'digital-free' zone where you will not be seen on camera.

If you have not yet signed up to be a PTO member, we would love to have you join our ranks. The online membership form can be found here: Although you do not need to pay a fee to become a member of the PTO, we welcome your $5, $10, $15, or $20 donation to our school.

The PTO is also desperately looking for volunteers: daytime, nighttime, weekends, one-time, or recurring! However you can help, we welcome your efforts. Please fill out a volunteer survey so we can match you with your volunteer interests and abilities:

Thank you in advance from the PTO Board for your time and monetary donations!


Exposing your child to a second language is one of the most valuable gifts you can give your child. Here is why:

  • Higher scores on the SAT: Students who study a foreign language for four or more years tend to score higher on the verbal section of the SAT.
  • Higher grades in high school: Foreign language classes are a requirement for colleges and universities; learning Spanish early on will make high school Spanish so much easier, ensuring higher grades.
  • It enhances reading ability in English: Starting a second language early enhances reading abilities and general literacy in the first language. Children also demonstrate better focus and multitasking skills.

Children will study Spanish vocabulary through fun games, songs, hands-on activities, etc. Cultural activities like Salsa Dance Classes, celebration of “El Día de los Muertos”, etc. will be also available during the year for parents as well!

Fall Session: Option of Tuesdays or Wednesdays 8:05 to 9:05 am starting September 19.

Grades: K- 4th

Cost: $74 for a 7-week session per student, 20% discount for the second sibling, third sibling attends at no cost! Classes require textbooks, an approximate one-time fee of $28 additional for the year.

TO REGISTER: contact World of Spanish at (513) 739-9516 and register online at World of Spanish


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Family Fun Night - Thursday, September 28th

September 28, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Enjoy a FREE night of food, BINGO, crafts and fun!

NEW this year: Every BINGO player has a chance to win a Pizza, Popcorn or Popsicle party for their entire class, extra recess time and much more!!!

This event is brought to you by the Symmes PTO and can only be a success with YOUR help.

Please contact Dana Auer at or 460-7441 to volunteer.
We can ALWAYS use extra help!

Get Ready for Family Math Night!!

On Thursday evening, October 12, 2017 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Symmes Elementary will hold an exciting event called Family Math Night! Students, parents, siblings and other relatives are invited to attend a fun-filled evening of mathematical pleasure! The intent of Family Math Night is to participate in math standards in action as we strengthen the mathematical application, problem solving, and communication skills of students through the power of family interaction. We encourage you to continue to support your child's mathematical growth through your participation in Family Math Night.

Light refresments will be served as well as the opportunity to win one of two math games: Equate or Money Bags. A special reader will be reading two engaging books during the evening that will be raffled off.

Please watch for more information to come home through back pack mail!

If you have any questions email Mrs. Wuebbolt at