Greene Notes

September 20, 2019

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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



IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR


Thursday, September 26 - Walk-a-Thon! 2nd Pledge Turn-in Day

Friday, September 27 - NO School for students - Professional Development Day

Monday, September 30 - Picture Re-take Day

Wednesday, October 2 - PTO Meeting - 10:30 - 12:30 pm - Media Center

Monday, October 14 - NO School for students - Teacher Records Day

Tuesday, October 15 - 2nd Picture Re-take Day

Thursday, October 24 - Parent-Teacher Conferences - 3:30 - 7:30 pm

Friday, October 25 - NO School for students - Parent-Teacher Conferences - 7:30 - 3:00 pm

Wednesday, October 30 - Parent-Teacher Conferences - 3:30 - 7:30 pm

A Message from the Principal

I hope your children have settled into the routines at the Greene School. Transitions to new grade levels bring change, excitement, and the opportunity to meet new people. This month I want to take a second to talk about the dynamics of some of those relationships. As I spend time in the building, I am impressed with how nice our students are. They care so much about each other and the adults in the building. While the happy vibe in the building is one I see a lot, I am also not naive to the fact that not all interactions are positive.


The term bully has become a general term in today's society to describe unkind behavior. Through our training in schools, bullying has a very specific, legal definition. It is behavior that occurs more than one time, causes mental or physical harm to the other students, and is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to create an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment.


I am not writing to share the definition or admire a problem that may exist. I am writing to let you know that if your child is struggling, the advice I always give is for them to report it to an adult they trust. We have surveyed students in the past and I am surprised when the results show that students feel they were bullied, but did not report it. When these situations come to the office, we will respond. The behavior may or may not rise to meet the definition of bullying, but that doesn't mean we will ignore it. It is our job to create a safe and nurturing learning environment for your children, and that is a job I take to heart as both an educator and a parent. If your child comes to you with a problem at school, see if you can help them solve it on their own. If the problem is big or persists, reach out to us so we can help. You can always report suspected bullying by clicking HERE.


Thank you for sending such amazing children to us everyday. I am so lucky to serve a community where each student is talented, unique, and eager to learn.

Walk-A-Thon is coming!

Thank you families and students, what an awesome first turn in for our Superhero Walkathon!! We were able to raffle off some fantastic prizes! Keep those pledges coming….you can still sign up for PledgeStar to for your student to earn a pencil buddy https://pledgestar.com/ehgreene


Last turn in for paper packets (cash/check pledges) will be the day of our event!


Superhero Walk-A-Thon will be held Thursday September 26,2019!!

Money raised through the Superhero Walkathon goes to support the school including Arts Alive, Aviation Station/STEAM bus, teacher appreciation lunches, field day, playground upgrades, and teacher/school gift requests. In addition, this year, we will be donating 15% of our proceeds to Sycamore Bridges, a non profit organization that directly serves individuals and families in need in our district!

Thank you for signing up to donate a healthy snack! We are still in need of some donations please sign up here!


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d49a8a82ca4ff2-walkathon

Help us pass out snacks and water to students after they complete the Walkathon! Some money/prize helpers needed as well….


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050a4eada72aa5fd0-superhero

Walkathon Schedule

Walkathon Schedule

September 26, 2019


5th Grade - 8:30 - 9:00 am - Green Team (Rooms 53, 53, 55, 56)

5th Grade - 9:00 - 9:30 am - Red Team (Rooms 16, 17, 18, 19)

5th Grade - 9:30 -10:00 am - Orange Team (Rooms 10, 11, 12, 13)

5th Grade -10:00 -10:30 am - Yellow Team (Rooms 3, 4, 5, 6)


6th Grade - 12:30 - 1:00 pm - Purple Team (Rooms 41, 42, 43, 45)

6th Grade - 1:00 - 1:30 pm - Gray Team (Rooms 20, 21, 22, 23)

6th Grade- 1:30 - 2:00 pm - White Team (Rooms 24, 25, 26, 27)

6th Grade - 2:00 - 2:30 pm - Blue Team (Rooms 33, 35, 36, 37)

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Greene School Shoe Collection

In conjunction with our upcoming Walkathon, we will be giving back to our local community by collecting GENTLY used adult and kid shoes (*no cleats or dance shoes) for the Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank's "Back on Track" program. A shoe collection bin will be located outside the cafeteria during Parent Lunch Week September 9-13, and then will be relocated to the main lobby.

Get Involved!

There are so many ways you can get involved at the Greene School. Our PTO offers many programs from whole school events like the Walk-a-thon to classroom activities facilitated by homeroom parents. Below you will find information and links to get involved!


Join the EH Greene PTO

Your membership dues support many activities and programs at E.H. Greene including assemblies, field day, science programs, new technology, community outreach, staff appreciation, and much more! PTO members also receive access to an app called “Directory Spot “ which allows you to access the student directory electronically. Follow this link for information on how to join. https://www.sycamoreschools.org/Page/2908 . Questions contact Kim Hueil, PTO Membership and Directory Chair at khueil@icloud.com


Chairpersons needed......


We have Chair & volunteer positions available for events throughout the remainder of the year. If you are interested in volunteering, please go to

http://bit.ly/EHGVolunteerOpportunities to sign up. If you have questions, please email us at grpto@sycamoreschools.org and we will help find the perfect spot for you! Chair and volunteer positions are well supported and can have multiple individuals.

In order to make sure we reach our goals and offer the best programs for our children this year, we're asking for your help.


Here is the list of available opportunities that we need help with:

Carnival (2 co-chairs for each): Bake Sale / Sponsors & Silent Auction/ Basket Raffles/ Decorations & Signs / Games/Green Bucks/ Prizes / Food/ Publicity / Carnival volunteers Chair

Author Visit(2 co-chairs for each): Book Sales / Contest / Hospitality

Lost and Found

Community Outreach

Picture Days

6th Grade Celebration / 6th Grade Picnic (2 co-chairs for each)

Photographers for the Yearbook

Field Day

Health and Welfare

Hospitality

Math and Science Convention

Wellness Community


Thank you for your consideration and help!

Greene Picture Re-Take Day - September 30th!

The Greene School Picture Re-take Day will be Monday, September 30, from 8:00 - 12:00.

If your child did not have their photo taken during the August 5th "Get Connected Day", this will be the first opportunity to have the photo taken. Parents may go online to mylifetouch.com and place an order. The Picture Day ID is: EVT3MWTZ3. Please have your child bring the order confirmation number to the photographer.


If you are placing an order with cash or a check, you will need to complete an order form which is available in the Front Office. Your child will then bring the order form with payment to school on September 30th and give to the Lifetouch photographer.


If you want your child to have their picture re-taken, please have him or her bring the original picture packet to give to the Lifetouch photographer.


There will be a second Re-take day on October 15th.

BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION

Please begin clipping those box tops, downloading the Box Top app and scanning receipts, and mark your calendars for our Fall Box Tops collection September 30- October 4. 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 teachers. With the new box top labels, receipts must be scanned to the app in order to be counted. When scanning, push the credit tab at the bottom of the screen and enter your child's homeroom teacher's name/color of wing. This will credit your child's contribution to the classroom/wing count.

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

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Child Nutrition

The date for the roll-over cut off for free and reduced-price meals benefits is quickly approaching. On September 25th, if you have not filled out a new free and reduced-price meal application your student(s) will lose their benefits. Apply online today: https://sycamore.payschools.com or fill out a paper application and turn it into the office. Contact the Child Nutrition Office with questions - (513) 686-1796.

#speakupAVES Mental Health Awareness Month

Sycamore Community Schools has made mental health, fighting its stigma, and advocating for its awareness, a priority among all buildings and within all grade levels. For the entire month of September, we will be engaging students, staff, and families in important conversations through our #speakupAVES campaign.

Unfortunately, mental health issues are a drastically rising problem among adolescents. According to research performed by the Child Mind Institute, one in five teens and adults suffer from mental illness and 20% of children ages 13-18 live with a mental disorder. It impacts people of all ages, demographics, and income levels. That is why Sycamore is committed to caring for the whole child and providing support for students, families, and staff.


#speakupAVES and Warrior Run

Sycamore Community Schools continues to collaborate with 1N5, a local nonprofit organization committed to stopping the stigma and starting the conversation by increasing awareness and education about mental health.

#speakupAVES Month is focused on raising awareness and will culminate with Sycamore High School’s participation in the 1N5 Warrior Run on October 5. As a part of the high school challenge, every dollar raised by the team will be reinvested back into Sycamore High School for mental health, mindfulness, and suicide prevention programming. Click here to sponsor the “Sycamore sAVES” team and select “donate.” You can also join the team by registering to be a part of the race by clicking here and select “join the team.”

School-Based Therapy Services

Meanwhile, Sycamore Schools continue to provide better access to mental health services for students. All seven Sycamore schools are now staffed with school-based therapists for the 2019-2020 school year. Children’s Hospital provides on-site independently licensed therapists at all seven schools at no cost to the district to confidentially serve students with significant mental health challenges.

Medication Management Services

Beginning in September, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital will also begin offering medication management services to families engaged in school-based therapy. These services include the evaluation, prescription, and management of medication for clients. Medication management services are delivered by an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). The APRN will be at our District Office at 5959 Hagewa Drive two half-days per month. If parents are interested in engaging with medication management services, parents can schedule appointments directly through their building therapist. To receive these services, students must be active clients of the school-based therapist.

Help Us Start the Conversation, Stop the Stigma

But it doesn’t end with therapy and medication. It’s about providing a safe environment for students so that they can come to school feeling comfortable and ready to learn. District administrators have initiated the process of developing a comprehensive, three-year strategic plan based on feedback from a voluntary survey on mental health. Simply put, mental health awareness is not limited to the month of September in Sycamore Community Schools.

As a superintendent, I am proud of the work our school counselors, teachers, and staff are doing to increase their own awareness while supporting the whole child. As a parent, I am continually reassured by the commitment our educators have to student social and emotional wellness.

So for the month of September, let’s engage in tough and important conversations with one another around mental health. But let’s not let it end there. This is a year-long, lifetime battle, and Sycamore Community Schools is committed every day.

To discuss any of our mental health services available or with questions regarding services, Lisa Zelvy, Pupil Services Supervisor, is available to assist you. She can be reached at (513) 686-1700 or zelvyl@sycamoreschools.org.



JUNIOR HIGH FLIGHT FEST 2019

FLIGHT FEST - OCTOBER 19, 2019!

Mark your calendars for the 9th Annual Sycamore Junior High Aviator Flight Fest 2k/5k/10k Race on Saturday, October 19, 2019! Please visit our website at www.aviatorflightfest.com to Register for the Race, Sign Up to Volunteer or learn more about Family Sponsorships.

The first 100 people to register for the race will be entered in a raffle to win one of two fun gift cards!


SCAVENGER HUNT STARTS SEPTEMBER 27th!

Review the Flight Plan that arrived this week, build your team and load the app for the SJH Scavenger Hunt! All the fun starts on September 27th and will close the week of Flight Fest. Winners will be announced at the Pep Rally on Friday, October 18th!


ONLINE AUCTION IS LIVE!

The online auction is open! Be sure to check in weekly for new items as they are added. Items will continue to be added up to October 9th! The online auction closes on October 19th at 10am. The link to view the auction is below.


https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/aviator-flight-fest-2019-silent-auction-8624


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

Sycamore GEAR


Come to Sycamore GEAR's Coffee & Conversation to learn how Sycamore applies Project Based Learning to the gifted student. Take the information we learned last year at our “General Introduction to PBL” coffee and see specifically where gifted kids fit into the PBL model. Everyone is invited whether your child is in the gifted program or not!

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Volunteers needed for Blue Ash Elementary 2019 Haunted Festival

Friday, October 25, 2019

4:30 pm to 8:30 pm

For additional information and to sign up:

https://tinyurl.com/baeHF19

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Activity 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.


Greene School Activity Brochure 2019-20