Symmes Elementary School

Symmesational News!

Friday, Oct. 20, 2017

Important Dates for your Calendar

Oct. 20 Report Cards sent home

Oct. 26 Evening Conferences 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Oct. 27 NO SCHOOL - Parent Teacher Conferences
Oct. 31 Halloween Parade 2:30 pm

Nov. 2 Evening Conferences 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Nov. 4 Nature Trail Volunteer Day 9:30 am

Nov. 6 - 10 Book Fair

Nov. 8 Muffins with Mom 8:30 am

Nov. 9 PTO Meeting 9:30 am - Media Center

Nov. 10 Muffins with Moms 8:30 am

Nov. 15 4th Grade Group Picture - 9:45 am

Nov. 15 Picture Retake Day


We are in urgent need of volunteers for Health Screenings next week. No experience needed. We’ll train all volunteers. The most critical need is for Tuesday and Wednesday shifts. Morning and afternoon. Here is the link to the sign up genius.!/showSignUp/10c0c4ea5af23a1f58-2017
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Symmes annual fall clothing drive time!

ONE MORE WEEK TO CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSETS!! We will collect clothes through next Friday, Oct. 27. Bring them with you as you come for conferences and drop them off in the front office! Thanks so much for your generosity!!

Please donate your gently used FALL and WINTER clothing. All sizes- infant through adult would be greatly appreciated. Winter coats and shoes would be wonderful too! There is a collection bin placed in the school lobby labeled “clothing drive”, please feel free to place your clothing donations in the tote. Should you want to donate but may not have the time to drop off to the school, feel free to contact me and I can pick up your donations.

The clothes and shoes donations are used to help our school community. Nothing is more special than helping families in need.

We will be collecting clothes from Monday, October 9th through Friday, October 27th. Should you be interested in helping to sort and bag clothes, contact LaToya Goshen at

Thank you for making a difference for our students!!!!!!!!!


It's almost time for parent teacher conferences! Please make sure you have signed up for your conference time. If you are having trouble signing up, please email your child's teacher. This is a very important time for you to talk with your child's teacher and see what progress your child/children are making.

Dates for conferences are: Oct. 26 (from 4 - 8 pm), 27 (NO SCHOOL for students on Oct. 27) and Nov. 2, from 4 - 8 pm.


We will have tables set up in front of the Media Center during Conference Nights with lost and found items. This year we seem to have an increase in items that are lost and never found. After conferences, we will be donating all items that remain to a local charity.
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The Aviation Station is rolling......

With the help of our PTOs and local business sponsors, Sycamore Community Schools recently rolled out a “first-of-its kind” classroom on wheels aimed at getting kids excited about science and math! The Sycamore STEAM Aviation Station provides our K-6 students the opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) opportunities at school under the guidance of our science leaders and the help of classroom volunteers. Equipped with high tech items such as touch screens, Raspberry Pi computers, and virtual reality equipment, as well as low tech materials such as Keva planks and Makedo tools, activities have been designed to explicitly teach design thinking and collaboration through grade-level, standards-based challenges.

Another exciting component to this new classroom on wheels is our Homework Assistance outreach. Four days a week (M-TH), we travel to local neighborhoods after school (4pm-6pm) to provide homework help on the Aviation Station after school.

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)

Our students bring their homework assignments with them as they enjoy a light snack and assistance from an adult or student helper. Once they complete their homework, students are provided with the opportunity to participate in STEAM challenges of their choice on the Aviation Station in small groups. Helpers provide guidance and direction as needed.

We are looking for parent volunteers to assist us with this outreach endeavor. A certified Sycamore staff member will always be present to answer any specific questions. You can sign up here to assist at any location. SignUpGenius-Aviation Station Homework Assistance

Please go to our website to find out more about the AVIATION STATION.

If you have additional questions, please contact Chris Beech at

The Magic of Reading Awaits You at our Symmes Book Fair! Monday, November 6 - Friday, November 10

Students will shop at book fair during their library class visit

Monday - Thursday.

Parents are welcome to shop with their child during library class visits.

Look for the Book Fair Flyer and class schedule in your child’s book bag.

Last Chance Shopping Day is Friday, 9 a.m. - noon.

Come to Moms and Muffins for breakfast on

Wednesday, November 8 or Friday, November 10 at 8:30

AND visit Book Fair!

Book Fair is a great place to shop for holiday gifts!

Gift your favorite teacher with books for their classroom!

We need YOU!

We need volunteers to help with our book fair during class visits and Moms and Muffins mornings! Please email if you can help.

Mrs. Ashton:

Our book fair is sponsored by Joseph Beth Bookstore. A percentage of all proceeds from book fair benefits our school. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards.


Do you want your student to be in the yearbook?

Do you have photos from Symmes activities and events that you could share?

We need as many candid photos as we can get in order to make sure the 2017-18 yearbook represents our entire school! Please email photos that you would like to be considered for the yearbook to Kim Hueil. ( Please include the name of the event, grade level, or classroom teacher represented in the photo.

Pictures need to be of the highest quality and lowest compression settings in order to be accepted by the Lifetouch online program. If you’re sending photos from your phone - send original pictures in their 'Actual Size.’ Please try to use your flash and don’t crop or edit your pictures before emailing them! Thanks!


Our 4th grade group picture has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 15th. at 9:45 am. If you would like to purchase a picture of the 4th grade class, please go to, put in our school name and city (Loveland). The picture code is: JC047583R0.

​The Aves Hangar Bookstore & Spirit Shop

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