Symmes Elementary School


November 19, 2020

Mark your Calendar!

  • November 19: Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • November 20: NO SCHOOL- Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • November 25, 26, and 27: NO SCHOOL- Thanksgiving Break
  • November 30, December 1, 2, 3, and 4: REMOTE LEARNING FOR ALL STUDENTS
  • December 7: Face to Face Students return to Symmes for instruction
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School Pictures

Good news!

YOUR PHOTOS ARE READY! Pictures from picture day are now available for viewing and ordering!
Click below to get started.


You will need our event code: FE40720 and your student's unique ID number. You can find your student's ID number by logging in to Final Forms. The ID number is the 6 digit number below your child's name


  • You can personalize your photos with a variety of backgrounds and
  • Photos are shipped directly to your home
  • High-res digital downloads are available
  • If you have more than one child, you can order together and pay


Pictures from Picture Retake Day ARE NOT YET available. We anticipate photos will be available in a few days.

Symmes Players

Hello Symmes Families! This is usually the week that we announce our Symmes Players show for the year. Of course, we need to alter our plans for this year! We want to let you know that discussions are happening to try and have a Symmes Players event later this school year.

Symmes Players is a much-loved after-school music theater group for Symmes third- and fourth-graders. Typically, the program rehearses from late January through April, performing a Junior version of a well-known Broadway show. While there are no guarantees that the program will be able to be offered this year, please know that Mrs. Haupt and Mrs. Bethune are doing what they can to make something happen.

Please look for a survey in December to gauge your family's interest in participating in Symmes Players this year. More information will be provided at that time. For questions, contact Director MaryWynn Haupt at

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Dear Parents,

Music class, like many other subjects, has many challenges when it comes to sharing all the great work that students are doing in class. Each year, we have been able to share students'

music learning through a concert performance. Due to COVID restrictions on large gatherings, the 4th Grade winter concert and 3rd Grade (March) concerts are postponed.

However, please know I am in the process of working on creative ways to share all the talent of our 3rd & 4th Grade students. More information will be forthcoming in January!


Julia Bethune


Symmes Elementary

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Shop the Aves Hangar from November 12th- December 13 and 10% of every sale will benefit the Symmes PTO! Use code SYMMESHOLIDAYSALE at checkout. There is free home delivery for orders over $20.  Teacher and staff orders can be delivered to the Symmes.  It's a great way to get ready for winter or round out your holiday gifts!

The holidays are coming!

The holiday season is upon us, and while it will look different for all of us this year, the spirit of support, generosity, and empathy is not lost in our school community. Every year, Symmes Elementary sponsors a holiday gift drive as a social action project. With a few modifications, we are excited to invite you to join us for our 2020 holiday gift drive.

In previous years, students brought a permission slip to the building to participate and were given a paper snowman with the specific needs identified for that child. As a COVID modification, we have partnered with Operation Give Back (OGB) this year to ensure that students and families in our community have a bright holiday season. OGB will collect your generous donations and distribute them through their holiday store, which this year is anticipated to serve over 600 children and their families. To do this safely, Operation Give Back has created an Amazon wish list, which allows us to decrease risk through direct shipping.

How do I participate? It’s easy!

  1. Click HERE to access our Amazon Wish List for Symmes Elementary

  2. Select the items you wish to purchase for the holiday gift drive and add them to your cart

  3. Head to the checkout

  4. Choose Operation Give Back’s Registry Address as the shipping address

  5. Pay for your items

  6. Feel great about supporting our community!

Our goal as a Symmes Elementary family is to fill this wish list before December 1, 2020. If you have any questions, please reach out to Lisa Zelvy, Pupil Services Supervisor at (513) 686-1700. Thank you for generously supporting Operation Give Back and our community.

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LOST and Found

We are accumulating a number of lost and found items. As a reminder, please clearly label all belongings with your child’s last name. To minimize risks due to COVID-19 while attempting to reunite items with their owners, we are going to follow the following process.

  • Every Friday in our building newsletter we will include a picture of current lost and found items.

  • If you see an item that belongs to your child, please remind them to claim that item in the cafeteria during their lunch. They can notify any staff member in the cafeteria that they need to claim their item.

  • If your child forgets, you can email their teacher to ask for help reminding the student.

  • Your child will have1 week to claim the item.

After 1 week, all items accumulated in the Lost and Found will be removed from the building.

Here are this weeks' lost and found items:

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Virtual Schedules K-4

For our virtual families, attached please find the new schedules for virtual students in grades K-4 that begin on Monday, November 23. Please note these schedules reflect a corrected start date of 11/23 as well as a fixed typo in the second grade schedule. For third and fourth grade students who are in gifted class(es), their gifted classes will remain the same time as they are currently held. There is no change to gifted classes. For students in intervention, special education, related therapies, or ESOL - their teacher(s) will reach out directly to families about any change in the schedule of their services, if applicable.








Virtual Meal Curbside Pick Up

The pick-up location for all families for virtual meals is no longer at the High School. You instead will pick up at your student’s assigned school location. IF you have multiple students that attend different buildings, meals for all of your children will be available for pick up at the OLDEST child’s school. You do not need to visit multiple schools.

Pickup time for Symmes will be Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.

If you have not already signed up and would like to do so, please sign up here. Please note, the cutoff each week to sign up is Sunday at Midnight.


We know that Virtual Classroom students will experience technology issues. If you have a problem, contact Sycamore Schools Technology Support at or call 686-1793. The technology phone number is dedicated to supporting Virtual teachers and families.

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