Greene Notes

March 16, 2018

Our Flight Pattern

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 afternoons.


Attendance Line: (513) 686-1756



IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR


March 16 - Last Day of the Quarter

March 19 - 23 - Greene Wellness Week

March 23 - Report Cards distributed

March 26 - 30 - Spring Break

April 3 - Optional OLSAT testing

April 11, 12, 18, 19, 20 - Spring AIR Testing

Transition

Our district spends a considerable amount of time working on transition. We will reserve this section of the newsletter for information to help you and your children with this process. For the purpose of clarification, we will use the following terms for each grade level: Rising 7th Graders (current 6th graders, class of 2024), Rising 6th Graders (current 5th graders, class of 2025), and Rising 5th Graders (current 4th graders, class of 2026).


Rising 7th Graders


The Junior High is looking to implement a program similar to Greene 101. Please respond to this survey to help us plan.


Two immunizations are required by the state of Ohio (ORC 3313.67) before the start of 7th grade. Tdap (tetanus, diptheria and pertussis booster) and Meningitis (MCV4). Your child may already have had them at their 11 year old check up. If so please obtain a copy of those immunizations. If not, please make an appointment for your students to get these two immunizations. Once you have obtained copies of TDAP and MCV4, send them to Laurie Dobrowolski RN at E.H. Greene Intermediate School. Thank you!


Email: dobrowolskil@sycamoreschools.org

Fax: (513) 792-6172


We are asking that records be received at E.H. Greene Intermediate School by May 11, 2018.


There are many more details that I will communicate to parents and students over the next few months.

Class of 2024 Tee Shirt order information (for parents of rising 7th graders)

Class of 2024 Parents:


Below is the link to purchase the Class of 2024 tee shirt for next year! As a reminder, the Class of 2024 will have the GOLD tee shirts for their two years at Sycamore Junior High! If you have any questions, please contact Linsey Farroh at: farrohl@sycamoreschools.org


LINK: Class of 2024 GOLD Tee Shirt


GO AVES!

Optional OLSAT Testing


An optional administration of the OLSAT for gifted service will be offered on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.


Who should take this test?


1) Current 5th grade students who are NOT in Accelerated Math or Advanced Language, but have 2 scores of 95th percentile or higher on their Math or Reading MAP within the last 12 months. These 5th grade students should register for the test and will need to score a 126 on the OLSAT for placement into 6th grade Accelerated Math and/or Advanced Language.


2) Current 5th or 6th grade Accelerated Math students who are interested in taking Double Accelerated Math and have 2 scores of 98th percentile or higher on their Math MAP within the last 12 months. These students should register for the test and will need to score a 142 on the OLSAT for placement into 6th or 7th grade Double Accelerated Math.


3) Current 6th graders who received an email invitation to test for 7th grade Accelerated Math.


Unless testing for Double Accelerated Math, current accelerated students do NOT need to take the OLSAT to re-qualify for Advanced Language or Accelerated Math.


If your child meets the above criteria and you would like to have him/her tested, please click on the link below to register for OLSAT Testing by Wednesday, March 21st.


OLSAT Registration

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Lost and Found Items

Next week, starting Monday, March 19th, all Lost and Found Items will be displayed in our Front Lobby Hall. If you have any misplaced items, please be sure to look for them and claim them before 3:30 Friday, March 23rd (Friday before Spring Break). Any items remaining after Friday will be donated. Thank you.


Know! How To Talk To Your Kids About School Violence


Have you checked in with your children regarding the recent school shooting in Florida to see what they’re thinking and how they’re feeling about it? Do you know what to say? It is only natural for us parents to struggle with what to say about this senseless tragedy, along with the additional acts and threats of school violence that have since followed. While it may not a comfortable topic to discuss with our children, it is a necessary one; and one that will hopefully help to ease some young peoples’ anxiety and fear after witnessing (through news and social media) the horrific events unfold right in front of their eyes, then replayed again and again.

As parents, it is up to us to provide a filter for what they’re seeing and hearing, give them factual information, clear up any questions, and help them feel safe.

How can we do this?


  1. Consider your own reactions: Your child is watching you and taking notes. The way you handle yourself in the midst of tragedy will hugely impact the way your child handles it. If you are able to remain calm and rational, they will be more likely to do the same.
  2. Let them express themselves: This is especially important for our teens, as they will have absorbed information independently of us. Ask your child what they’ve heard and how they’re feeling, then listen carefully to determine how to best continue the conversation.
  3. Share the truth: Do not dismiss anything your child has to say, but do address any misinformation or misunderstandings. Give them age-appropriate information so that they have an understanding of the events that took place. Experts warn, however, to avoid graphic details and unnecessary information. Older children, for instance, may be able to understand the moral implications of taking another person’s life and the social consequences.
  4. Give them a chance to ask questions: And if you don’t have all the answers, which most of us don’t, it is ok to admit it. Assure your child that he or she is safe and, if needed, seek the help of a trained professional if your child’s distress continues for several weeks.
  5. Be aware of your child’s social media activity and monitor and/or limit their exposure to the news: Experts say young children should not be allowed to watch live images of traumatic events playing out. Even for our teens, experts advise parents to watch the news with them to talk through what is happening. Depending on the needs of your child in particular, you can take it one step further by recording and screening the news ahead of time, then using the pause button to stop and address questions and concerns as things unfold.
  6. Reassure children of their safety: This is the number one goal - for our children to be able to feel safe at school - so that they can learn and grow, and just enjoy being kids. Remind them of the safety measures their school takes to protect them. And regardless of where you stand on gun control issues, let your teen know that your family, their school, and the community cares about them deeply. Remind them that all of you, and adults nationwide, are working very hard to determine and implement new measures that will protect them and prevent tragedies like this in the future.

Even as we try to move forward, this conversation will need to continue. Don’t worry about saying everything perfectly. The biggest mistake we can make is to avoid the conversation with our children. If we are the ones leading the discussion, we are in the best position possible to provide them with appropriate and correct information, as well as lend our support along the way.

* If your child is afraid to go to school, try to ease their mind by taking them through their school’s current safety/security plan in detail, including any additional measures the school may be introducing. Let your child know that in the unlikely event something were to happen, you would be made aware of it right away and that you would rush to be there for them. If your child continues to struggle with feelings of fear related to the recent school tragedy or threats of additional school violence, it may be necessary to reach out to a counselor or therapist.


Click here to print this article and start talking with your child.



Talking regularly with youth about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs reduces their risk of using in the first place.

Know! encourages you to share this Parent Tip with friends and family.


Learn more at preventionactionalliance.org

March 19th - 23rd is Wellness Week at GREENE!

Students will be participating in wellness challenges all week

We need parent helpers for our Thursday and Friday recess challenges

Thursday 3/22 & Friday 3/23 10:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m

  • Come and spend time with your child during their lunch/recess hour while getting to participate in fun fitness activities!!!

Questions?

email Allison Connors

allisonconnors@me.com

Signup here:https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c0c4aa5ab29a0ff2-green

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Students compete, win trophies in Scholastic Chess Championship

Congratulations to the following Greene students who received awards during the Cincinnati Scholastic Chess Championship last Saturday:


Hiral Kotecha

Grade 5, Gold Trophy, K-6 Under 700 Category

Ved Jathar

Grade 5, Silver Trophy, K-6 Under 700 Category

Dhruv Kotha

Grade 6, Silver Trophy, K-6 Under 700 Category

Palash Kapoor

Grade 6, Bronze Trophy, , K-6 Open Category

Aryan Ubhe

Grade 5, Bronze Trophy, K-6 Under 700 Category

Neel Nigam

Grade 6, Honorable Mention, K-6 Under 700 Category

Pictures for the Yearbook

Parents, we still need photos! 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 yearbookgreene@gmail.com.


At the music program, kids having fun 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! Our deadline to submit photos is early March! So, email your photos right away! THANK YOU!!

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Cultural Event Parent Sign Up

If you would like to sign up to represent your country or region for a dish to share or basket item donation, visit the sign up genius link below. Slots for performances are first come, first serve.


http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4ca8ac29a2fa7-greene

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Aviation Station in your neighborhood!

The Aviation Station rolls 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

Greene School Activity Brochure

Is your child looking to get involved at the Greene School? Below is a link to our 2017-2018 Activity Brochure. You will find information on all of our clubs, including the dates they meet. Please tell your children to watch our video announcements for information on how and when to sign up.



2017-2018 Activity Brochure