September 29, 2017
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IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR
October 2 - Picture Re-Take Day
October 4 - PTO Meeting at 10:30 am
October 13 - End of the 1st Quarter
GTT's Present to the BOE
Members of our Greene Tech Team presented to our Board of Education. Students each led a board member through a Virtual Reality experience. Their presentation was 'Out of this World!' We look forward to seeing this teaching tool more in our classrooms.
The Walkathon was a success! We could not have asked for better weather as students enjoyed fresh air and physical fitness for a good cause.
The contest this year was to see which homeroom could have the highest participation rate for Walkathon doaners. Mr. Main's class was the winner and they got to silly string Mr. Tudor!
GTT's Present to the BOE
Thank you all for another successful walkathon! Final numbers are still being calculated, but it's looking to be our best year yet!
We had a beautiful day, and collected 123 pairs of shoes for Matthew 25 Ministries Hurricane Relief. Thank you to all of the volunteers (especially Carrie Dippold and Dianne VanderBrink), staff, and students for all of your hard work!!
Staff Member of the Month
PBIS for Parents - Playground Expectations
This week’s video focuses on the playground. This is a very important video to watch and talk about with your child. Not only is following the rules of the playground important so that all students are safe, but how to play fairly and resolve conflicts are also important skills to ensure a great recess experience for all students. Talk with your child about the activities he does at recess. Ask what issues she may have experienced or seen at recess and talk through some ways of resolving those issues. Please know that the recess monitors are always willing to work through any issues and walk the children through that difficult problem solving process. We appreciate your support in making sure that recess is a fun and relaxing break in our students’ day. Enjoy!
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
Aviation Station is coming to your neighborhood!
The Aviation Station will be rolling into your neighborhood to provide Homework Assistance, STEAM activities, and free wifi on the following days each week of the school year:
Mondays 4:00-6:00 p.m.: Fields Ertel Townhomes
Tuesdays 4:00-6:00 p.m.: Hazelwood Community Center
Wednesdays 4:00-6:00 p.m.: Sycamore Terrace
Thursdays 4:00-6:00 p.m.: Blue Ash Kohl’s parking lot (Plainfield & Hunt Roads)
If you would like your child to participate in this free service, please fill out the permission form and return it to your child’s school prior to the day of the Aviation Station visit in your community. For more information regarding the Aviation Station, please visit our website at https://www.sycamoreschools.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=2988
PTO Membership and Directory
Haunted Festival 2017 Friday, October 13, 2017 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
New this year, for each shift you volunteer the night of haunted festival you will receive 5 tickets good for games, food and drinks!!!
Haunted Festival is the Blue Ash Elementary PTO’s largest annual family fun night. Many volunteers will be needed to set up, run games, activities, and tables during Haunted Fest! We would love your help by working one shift such as running a game or selling food. We need 300 volunteers to make this festival run smoothly! Adults and children in 5th grade or higher are welcome as volunteers. This is a wonderful opportunity for grandparents, aunts, uncles, and students 5th grade and up. Choose the shift and assignment you want and you may select to work with a friend. We can’t wait to see you! If you have questions please contact Debbie Flinchpaugh-Kirby at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Aves Hangar Bookstore & Spirit Shop
Upcoming Bonus Shopping Hours
Thursday, October 5, 3-8 pm
Please visit our webpage for more information.
Questions? Email: email@example.com
Transportation Count Week
Know! To create an after school prevention plan
Heading back to school is a time of transition, especially for students entering middle or high school or students attending a new school. Studies show that times of transition increase a child’s risk for substance use. For some students it is the stress of having to navigate through a new school building and seeing so many new faces; for others it is the new or increased peer pressure to fit in and belong. For many students, it is the new or increased exposure to substance-using peers; or it could be the higher expectations coming from teachers, coaches and parents. Or, it may be a combination of the overall pressure to do well in school and in extracurricular activities.
Teachers are powerful influencers in the lives of their students. What you share in your classroom can positively impact a child’s decision to not use alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other drugs during those high-risk transition years and other times during middle and high school. Teachers are also in a position to guide parents in helping students make healthy, drug-free lifestyle choices by encouraging increased prevention-related conversations at home, as well as encouraging parents to implement an after school plan to reduce their student’s risk for use.
In most schools, the beginning of a new school year presents opportunities to connect and share such information with parents. When doing so, we ask teachers to keep three points in mind:
- KNOW! every student is at risk for substance use;
- KNOW! to increase your knowledge on current and emerging drug trends;
- KNOW! to increase the number of prevention-related conversations with your students (in the classroom and at home).
It is also important to know that for youth between the ages of 12 to 17, the hours after school are critical when it comes to preventing substance use. The majority of drinking, smoking and other drug use among teens takes place when they are hanging out together, unsupervised, after school.
In order to reduce the likelihood of your students’ use of substances, parents need to know where their children are and with whom they are spending their free time, and they must also ensure that their children (your students) are being appropriately supervised after school. This can be tricky for some families, who for one reason or another, have a child or children at home alone in the hours following school. For these families, you can encourage them to set the rule of no friends in the home without a parent or other trusted adult being present.
Another point relevant to a child’s risk, including those who are properly supervised, is how they are spending their after school hours. Those engaged in sports, band or other extracurricular activities for at least some afternoons during the school week, are at a reduced risk for use. Teachers, you’ll definitely want to share this next statistic: Youth who routinely go home and do homework - they are at the least risk for substance use.
While there is no one-size-fits-all answer to preventing students from using alcohol, tobacco or other drugs, teachers should be aware that there are certain times children are at greater risk (heading back-to-school is one of those times), and overall there are certain things you can do and encourage parents to do (like increasing prevention-related talks in the classroom and encouraging parents to provide afterschool supervision, set rules for when friends are allowed over and by encouraging certain after school activities and routines) to put students at better odds for remaining substance-free.
Learn how to get the conversation started at StartTalking.Ohio.Gov.
Greene School Activity Brochure
Pictures for the Yearbook
Calling all parents! Those cell phones take great pictures! When you capture a moment at the Greene School that you are proud of, PLEASE email the picture in its ORIGINAL SIZE to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the music program, kids having fund together, walk a thon, carnival…as long as it is Greene students, pass it on so we can fill our yearbook with some great photos! Don’t wait til the end of the year! Email your photos right away! THANK YOU!!