Greene Notes

September 21, 2018

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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.

Attendance Line: (513) 686-1756


Thursday, September 27 - Greene School Walk-a-thon - 8:30 am - 2:30 pm (see schedule below)

Friday, September 28 - Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL

Monday, October 1- Picture Retake Day 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (see information below)

Walk-A-Thon Information

6 more days until Walk-A-Thon!! We had an amazing first counting day today, raising just over $8,000!!! Keep collecting to help us beat last year's totals of $25,000. Walk-A-Thon is one of our leading fundraisers and all of the money collected goes directly back to our students and staff at E.H. Greene. You can continue to make pledge donations online at We'll have more fabulous raffles on Thursday -Walk-A-Thon Day! We returned the envelopes to the students, so they can continue collecting pledges. We will do a final collection on the day of the Walk-A-Thon, September 27th.

15 % of our fundraising will be allocated to support a community service project for E.H. Greene students, parents, and staff, so “no student sleeps on the floor in our district”.

We can still use volunteers to help make Walk-A-Thon a success. Please consider helping as a monitor or counter. You can walk with your child too! Sign up at:

Students who turn $100 or more will have their names added to the 2018 Walk-A-Thon Plaque.

Our students will walk at the following times:
5th Grade - 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. - Rooms: 53, 54, 55, 56
5th Grade - 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. - Rooms: 16, 17, 18, 19
5th Grade - 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. - Rooms: 10, 11, 12, 13
5th Grade - 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. - Rooms: 3, 4, 5, 6
6th Grade - 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. - Rooms: 41, 42, 43,45
6th Grade - 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. - Rooms: 20, 21, 22, 23
6th Grade - 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. - Rooms: 24, 25, 26, 27
6th Grade - 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. - Rooms: 33, 35, 36, 37

We would like all students to wear their team shirt during the Walk-A-Thon.

**Also, please bring any GENTLY used adult and kid shoes (* no cleats or dance shoes*) to be donated to Cincinnati's Freestore FoodBank "Back on Track" program. A shoe collection bin is in the front entrance of the school. Thank you!

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From the Principal

Thank you to those who have reached out with questions about our Project Based Learning pilot. I want to take a moment to clarify some common concerns that have been voiced by the parents. Our teachers have received training through the Buck Institute and PBL Ohio. According to Buck, Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge. The implementation of this instructional delivery model was initiated by our teachers and in the 17-18 school year, we had one team using the PBL model (5th grade Green Team). This year we have a second team joining them (6th grade Purple Team). We are in the process of training two additional teams for next school year, one 5th grade and one 6th grade team.

This model has created some questions about how we place students on teams. We have continued to use the process of asking families to list friends they would like their child to be placed with in a homeroom. We are currently examining that process to ensure we place students with teachers who will highlight their learning strengths.

As a parent, and after talking to many of our families, PBL isn't for every student. During my experience at the Greene School what has stood out most from an instructional standpoint is how we have so many strong teachers. I spend much of my time in classrooms and interacting with your children. There is no doubt in my mind that they are receiving the best education and experience possible this year, regardless of what team they are on.

I believe the Greene School experience is second to none. Before the school year started, I challenged my staff to help share the story of the Greene School experience. We have to be aware that we can either share our story or allow someone else to share it for us. This can obviously become a problem. Our students are much like I was when I was a 5th and 6th grader. When I came home from school and was asked what I did, my typical response was, "Nothing." When community members have access to see the experience in some classrooms, but not others, the story gets distorted. There is not one team that I value or provide additional resources to over another. Much of the change in the Greene School is initiated by our wonderful staff. With that being said, you will be able to see more of a day in the life a of a Greene School student on our social media accounts. Check them out below. I also want to share a resource with you if you are trying to get a different answer from your child about how their school day was. Here is an article: 25 Ways to Ask Your Kids ‘So How Was School Today?’ Without Asking Them ‘So How Was School Today?’ Should you have questions about this or anything else at the Greene School, please contact me so we can talk.

Twitter Accounts:

Greene School: @EHGreeneSchool

Yellow Team: @GreeneYellow

Orange Team: @orangeaviators

Red Team: @aves_red

Green Team: @PBLGreenTeam

White Team: @EHGWhiteTeam

Purple Team: @PBLwithPurple

PBIS for Parents

This week’s video features cafeteria behavior. Please review this video with your child and emphasize the importance of including others. We work hard to make sure no one sits alone at lunch. Another important skill in the cafeteria is cleaning up after yourself. Our custodians clean the tables in between groups, but it’s a big help to have the students clean up after themselves. Please see the link below to view the video.

Have you heard about our First Classes Passes? Be sure to ask your child about why they might receive a First Class Pass and what rewards they can “buy” with them.

Box Tops for Education

Please begin clipping and mark your calendars for our fall Box Tops collection, October 1-5. The wing in each grade that collects the most box tops will receive an extra recess! Students should please turn Box Tops in to their homeroom teacher.

Consider that your child may also ask other special people in their lives (grandparents, aunts/uncles, friends/neighbors) to clip/save their box tops for them too. This is a great way to boost their collection and an easy way for loved ones to support our school!

Picture ReTake Information

If you would like to order pictures for our retake day on October 1, here is the information! Go to The picture day ID is: JC018006Q1.

Stay Connected with the Greene School PTO!

In an effort to become more eco-friendly and streamline our communications with families, we will be increasing our use of social media to help everyone stay connected. We’ll be posting to the PTO Facebook page and private Facebook group to share news about upcoming events and activities. Log in to your Facebook account and follow "Edwin H. Greene PTO” ( and ask to join the private "Greene School PTO” Group ( You’ll receive PTO updates in your regular Facebook newsfeed…making it so much easier to Stay Connected!

Parent Lunch Week

We had an overwhelming number of Greene School Parents that took some time out of their hectic schedules to have lunch with our students. 410 to be exact! We hope you enjoyed meeting some of your child's new friends. Shout out to our volunteer greeters: Manika Maheshwary, Diane VanderBrink, Betsy Schatz, Megan Boni, Camilla Millar, Marisela Amaya Pereda, Jessica Hodskins, Jamie Lucas, Jackie Ogden and Ashley Werthaiser.
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From our School Nurse

What a great start to the school year. Students are back and eager to learn. This is a great time to review some simple health items with you and your child.

  1. Handwashing - the single best way to remove germs and avoid illness.WET-LATHER-SCRUB-RINSE-DRY

  2. The CDC refers to handwashing as a “do it yourself vaccine” in protection against disease.
  3. Speaking of vaccines...just a reminder as your child goes to the doctor for their check up, please obtain a copy of their recent immunizations. The state of Ohio requires,before the start of 7th grade, that your child have their Tdap and MCV immunizations.
  4. If your child has an open sore, make sure they are keeping it clean with soap and water and covered while they are at school. This is for the safety of those with a sore and others.

Free and Reduced Benefits

The roll off date for Free and Reduced benefits from the 2017-2018 school year is Septemeber 26th. On Sept. 27th if you have not reapplied for the Free and Reduced Price Meal Program for the 2018-2019 school year your benefits will revert to full pay. The district will not cover any negative funds accrued after this cut off date, so it is imperative the form is turned in before Sept 26th. Please contact the Child Nutrition Department with any questions - (513) 686-1796.

Click here to apply online.


Kelsey Gash RD, LD

Child Nutrition & Wellness Director

Sycamore Community Schools

(513) 686-1796

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iSPACE Day - Saturday, October 6 ! 10:00 - 2:00 pm - Free Family fun!

Igniting Imaginations * Fueling Discovery * Sparking Success

iSPACE Day October 6, 2018

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

at iSPACE on the Scarlet Oaks Campus

300 Scarlet Oaks Drive

Cincinnati, OH 45241

Soar in for a payload of FREE hands-on family activities and demonstrations! iSPACE Day is an annual event that showcases the wonders of STEM education and careers.

This year's event includes a raffle for some great prizes:

  • Four One Day Disney Park Hopper Passes
  • One week of iSPACE Summer Camp
  • American Girl Doll
  • LOTS of LEGO!

Food Trucks in the Parking lot!

Many Thanks to our 2018 iSPACE Day Sponsors

  • TechSolve
  • Pilot Chemical Company
  • Ohio Space Grant Consortium
  • UASI - Proven. Progressive. Passionate.
  • Dougherty & Associates
  • Great Oaks Career Campuses
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Junior High Aviator Flight Fest - Update

Mark your calendars for the 8th Annual Sycamore Junior High Aviator Flight Fest 5k/10k Race & Festival on Saturday, October 20, 2018! Please visit our website at to Register for the Race and get more Flight Fest 2018 information.

Bring paid receipt showing you registered for Flight Fest 2018 race to Kenwood Athleta on 9/29/18 to receive 20% discount off one item!

Silent Auction is live for bidding on items. Bidding will close on 10/20/18. Don’t miss Instant Buy Opportunity for 2 tickets to Chris Stapleton concert on Oct.4th at Riverbend. Check out some of the new items added: Blue Jackets tickets, Main Event game passes, tickets for SJH choir concerts, reserved parking for SJH choir and band concerts, and more! Go to to see Flight Fest Silent Auction.

Follow us on twitter @avesflightfest to get race updates and information on new items added to Silent Auction.

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

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Sycamore High School Variety Show

Sycamore High School is hosting a Variety Show Saturday, October 6th @ 7pm in the HS Auditorium. Tickets: $10 available pre-sale at starting September 21st / $12 at the door.

Acts feature groups and soloists who are members of the student body including vocal and instrumental groups, cool human tricks, gymnastics, a performance by all choral ensembles and more! Proceeds benefit the Sycamore Vocal Boosters.

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2018-19 Activities Brochure

Is your child looking to get involved in after school activities? Check out our Activities Brochure. We will announce to students before clubs start and how to sign up. This post will stay at the bottom of our newsletters if you are looking for it later.

Activities Brochure 2018-19