Symmes Elementary School

Symmesational News!

Friday, Sept. 1, 2017

Important Dates for your Calendar

Sept. 4 NO SCHOOL! Labor Day

Sept. 14 PTO Meeting 9:30 am

Sept. 14 Monarch Butterfly Night! 6:00

Sept. 15 Grandparents Celebration!

Sept. 26 School Picture Day

Sept. 28 Family fun Night 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Sept. 28 Cookie Dough Sale Kick-Off

Sept. 29 No School - Professional Delevopment Day

Grandparent's Day - September 15, 2017

Grandparents and other older adults can be very important people in children’s lives. Children feel a sense of pride and accomplishment when they know that people in their extended family and community are interested in their education. So, we’re having a special celebration! “Grandparents and Grandfriends Day” recognizes the importance of our heritage, our community, and relationships across generations.

We’re inviting grandparents of our students on Friday, September 15th, to Symmes Elementary for this special celebration. Your child’s teacher will be sending the schedule of events and an RSVP request home today so that we can acquire an accurate count of people who are planning to attend.

This event is intended for children and their grandparents/step-grandparents or a special “grandfriend.” Since our space is limited, parents and siblings will not be able to attend this particular event nor will they be able to stay for lunch.

We understand that all children do not have grandparents, and that some grandparents will be unable to attend. We encourage these children to bring another special older adult – a family friend, another relative such as an aunt or uncle, or a neighbor. Some children are also happy to share their grandparent with a classmate. If you have questions about who to invite, please talk with your child’s teacher.

If your child has a grandparent who cannot attend the event, please ask him/her to write a note to the grandchild and place it in a sealed envelope for the child to open and read on “Grandparents and Grandfriends Day.” Grandparents can mail the note directly to the school or pass it along through you. “Grandparents and Grandfriends Day” is a special day for both young and old. Thank you for your cooperation in making this event a success and a positive, memorable experience for your child.


School pictures will be taken on Tuesday, September 26th. Flyers were sent home yesterday with information about how to order pictures. If you order on line at, use the picture day ID: JC017220Q0. Fourth Grade group picture will also be taken on the same day at 9:30 a.m.

Reporting Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Incidences

Reporting Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Incidences

In an ongoing effort to provide a safe learning environment, Sycamore is requesting parents, students, and staff to inform administration (or whoever) of any perceived incidences of harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

Per the Sycamore Board of Education policy JFCF, harassment, intimidation, and bullying are defined as any provoked and intentional written, verbal, electronic or physical act that a student has exhibited toward another particular student more than once and the behavior both:

  1. causes mental or physical harm to the other student; and

  2. is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other student.

To view the complete policy, visit, under the Board of Education tab, scroll down to “Policies”, search for policy “JFCF”.

Sycamore will do everything possible to address any complaints of harassment, intimidation, and bullying. We encourage students, staff, parents, and community members to report this type of behavior to the district if help is needed to solve a problem.

To report an incident of harassment, intimidation, and bullying,

  1. Go to the website,

  2. Under the tab “Forms”, scroll down until you see the Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Incident Reporting Form for the individual schools.

  3. Fill the form on-line and submit it electronically.

  4. Hard copies of this form are available in each of the schools.

Complete the hard copy of the report form and turn it into the building principal.

The building principal or designee will promptly investigate all reported incidences.

It is difficult to investigate reported incidences that are anonymously submitted. However, every effort will be made to maintain the confidentiality of the reporter. Deliberate false reporting of harassment, intimidation, and bullying is prohibited.

FALL 2017 Sycamore Positive Parenting Workshops

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Sycamore Positive Parenting Workshops bring parents the best practices in youth development. Each week you will gain more manageable, effective parenting skills, including effective discipline. Classes will be taught by Sycamore teachers and parents and will cover several topics including:

  • Positive Parenting: Building on Strengths and Practical Tools

  • Creating Confident Kids: Building Grit, Curiosity and Resilience

  • Communication that Works: Listening and Setting Expectations

  • Deflecting Arguments and Setting Boundaries: Avoiding Power Struggles

  • The Discipline Difference: Effective Consequences and Consistency

  • What Kids Need to Succeed: Helping Our Students Maximize School Opportunities

The Sycamore Positive Parenting Workshops believe that every parent is a leader and can make a profound contribution in the life of their child. We look forward to working with you and hope you can join us for this interactive and fun class!


Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Sept. 26 - Oct. 24, 2017


Blue Ash Elementary School- University of Cincinnati Wing


Any Sycamore family parent or guardian.


Free! Childcare is also available at NO additional cost.



Workshops are offered in English y en Español!

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Thank you for your interest in Sycamore Positive Parenting Workshops!

We are excited to have you join us!