Symmes Elementary School

Symmesational News!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Important Dates for your Calendar

Mar. 15 - 3rd Grade Music Concert 2:30 & 7:00 pm

Mar. 26 - Mar. 30 NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

Apr. 2 - Return from Spring Break
Apr. 12 - PTO Meeting - 9:30 am
Apr. 16 - NO SCHOOL for students


Although your child may or may not have taken the CogAT in December, you may request that your child be tested on the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT). If you wish to have your child participate in this round of testing, all requests must be made through the below online link by March 21, 2018. In order to decrease disruption to your child's instruction, this testing opportunity will take place prior to the start of the school day. We have scheduled this 45-50 minute testing session to be administered from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. on April 2, 2018 at Symmes Elementary.

Please note it is the parents' responsibility to provide transportation the morning of testing to your child’s building. Additionally, know that Sycamore cannot use kindergarten or first grade scores for gifted placement.

"SHED THE EXCESS THREADS" CLOTHES BIN CHALLENGE (2 more weeks to bring items!)

When: February 12, 2018 - March 23, 2018

Who: All 7 Sycamore Schools competing to be the winner

How: Collect the most textiles during the challenge period

What: Shoes, clothing, rags, towels, blankets, sheets, stuffed animals, etc.

Why: 85% of textiles end up in the landfill. These will be recycled and our schools will earn 7 cents for every pound. Collect more, earn more! Money goes into the school accounts!

Winning school will be recognized with an award and featured on social media.

*Did you know??? The average American discards approximately 70 pounds of clothes, shoes and textiles each year. Most of these items end up in the local landfills, which amounts to an astounding 16.9 billion pounds of preventable waste each year. We need your help to reduce this number!

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PTO Spotlights Our Staff: Sunshine Board

PTO would like to highlight the following sunshine staff members this week:

Mrs. Bethune
Miss Hake
Mrs Hill
Mrs. Haverkos

Check them out on our Sunshine Board, located in the main hallway, across from room 15.

Thank you, Symmes Staff Appreciation Committee

Tranisition to Greene School

Click here to see Transition to EH Greene power point!

Kroger Plus Card to benefit Symmes Elementary PTO

Kroger Plus Card Organization Linkage

• Go to Kroger’s website:

• Click on the “Community” button on the top right side of the screen

• Scroll down to the middle of the screen and locate the “Cincinnati, OH”

section (in blue bold type)

• Click on the green “Enroll Now” (Register/Link your Plus Card) button


• Enter your email address and password

• You will be taken to a webpage where you need to enter our organization’s name

(Symmes Elementary PTO) or organization’s number (81716)

• Click “Search”

• Select “Symmes Elementary PTO”

• Click on “Save Changes”

• The linkage between your Kroger Plus Card and our organization is now complete

• To print a copy of your account information showing the linkage for your records,

“right click” on the page with your mouse and select the “print” function


(1) Click on the “Get Started/Sign Up Today” blue wording on the lower right side of your screen under the “Create An Account” section –or-­‐

(2) Click on the red “Create An Account” button at the top right hand corner of the page


• Enter a valid email address

• Create a password

• Under “Add Your Plus Card Account”

Click on enter “Kroger Plus Card” number or “Alternate ID” number

Enter your Plus Card number or Alternate ID number

Enter your last name

Enter your zipcode

• Select your preferred Kroger store

• Click on “Create An Account”

• Now you will need to check your email inbox and follow the instructions to complete the activation process

• You will then be able to log in to your newly created account upon completing the activation process

• To now link your Kroger Plus Card to our organization:

Log in to your account

Enter your email address

Enter your password

Click “Sign In”

Your “Account Summary” will now appear on the screen under “Community Rewards”

(in the bottom right hand corner of the screen) click “Edit”

Enter the required information

Click “Save Changes”

Enter our organization’s name (Symmes Elementary PTO) or organization’s number

(81716) and click “Search” Select “Symmes Elementary PTO”

Click “Save Changes” Print a copy of your account information showing the linkage for

your records, “right click” on the page with your mouse and select the “print” function (MARK OUT ALL PERSONAL INFO EXCEPT FOR YOUR NAME)

National School Walkout

Sycamore Families,

On March 14, 2018, high schools around the country will be participating in a National School Walkout in light of the recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida. Over the past few weeks, student leaders reached out to Sycamore Community Schools administrators and staff to work cooperatively on how to honor the victims in a safe, appropriate, and meaningful way.

Sycamore High School students who are interested in participating in a peaceful and safe gathering will be allowed to walk out to the soccer field at a specific time in the school day. Student leaders will say a few words about each victim. Sycamore administrators and staff will be present to supervise the event. At the conclusion of this respectful gathering, students will return to class. Those students who choose not to participate outside will have an alternate location in the gymnasium under the supervision of staff. For security reasons, the exact timing of this event will not be disclosed publicly. Students will receive a revised bell schedule during 1st Bell on March 14. Students will attend each of their bells. Each bell will be shortened to approximately 38 minutes.

Sycamore High School will be on lockdown during the entirety of the outdoor gathering, meaning no one will be allowed to enter or exit the campus. We will have extra police presence as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of students who exit the building. While we understand that some parents and/or community members are interested in showing support for our students’ efforts, for safety and control purposes these are in-school events and not open to the public. The media will not be allowed on campus.

Representatives from the Class of 2018 have stressed to their classmates and ensured administrators that this event is not intended to be divisive or serve as a partisan statement in any form or fashion. They also understand that High School staff will be proactive in helping students adhere to these standards.

Sycamore Schools will not facilitate or permit walkouts or gatherings at the elementary, intermediate, or junior high level. A moment of silence will be held at Sycamore Junior High. Junior High and Greene students will be encouraged to do 17 Random Acts of Kindness throughout the day. If parents wish to engage younger students, they will need to come into the school and sign out their student(s) as with any other absence. It will be considered excused.

Sycamore Community Schools’ mission is to encourage our students to be productive and actively engaged citizens. Like all of us, students are rightfully troubled about the violence in schools that have taken place in recent years. We appreciate our students’ willingness to work with administrators to find their voice in a safe, dignified, and intentional way.


Frank A. Forsthoefel