Symmes Elementary School

Symmesational News!

Friday, November 10, 2017

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Important Dates for your Calendar

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

Nov. 15 Picture Retake Day

Nov. 22 - 24 NO SCHOOL -Thanksgiving Break


Great Gatherings are get-togethers hosted by Symmes families and friends outside of the normal school routine. You can host or attend for the fun experience and help raise money for our school. They may be held at night, during the day or on weekends. Some may be just for moms or dads, for couples only, or grade or gender specific. The possibilities are endless!

All GG signups are now posted in the Symmes PTO Great Gatherings SignUp Genius group. Each event has its own tab on the site that includes the event details, cost and contact information. Cost will vary with the type of experience created by each gathering, but our goal is to have something for everyone! Payment must be submitted to reserve your spot. Please double check your family calendars before submitting payment!

We need more hosts! Join your friends or neighbors and host an event together! Want to host but need an idea? We can help with that too. Please email us at with any questions!


Dear Parents,

As many of you may know, the 2nd grade classes attended a field trip to Matthew 25: Ministries a few weeks ago. During this time, students were able to see the facility and learn all about helping others in our community and beyond, thus making real world connections to being a PeaceBuilder. As a conclusion to our time and experience at M25M, the 2nd grade team and students are holding a school-wide food drive to donate back to M25M that will stay local to our Cincinnati community. Our goal is for each student to bring in 2 items for our food drive with a school-wide goal of 1,000 items to donate. The collection will start Monday, November 13 and end on Friday, November 17. Items that would be greatly appreciated include:

  • PULL TOP canned vegetables, fruits, etc.

  • Ready to eat dry goods such as nuts, peanut butter, dried fruits, granola, and trail mixes

  • Beef jerkies

  • Ready to eat snacks

  • Bottled water

Thank you for all of your help and support!

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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.
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Sycamore High School will host a Variety Show on November 18th @ 7:00pm in the Auditorium. Tickets are $10 available pre-sale at starting November 1st, and at the door. Family ticketing available too! Families (up to a family of 5) can get in for $30. Family ticketing available at in-person sales only (11:36am - 12:36pm in the HS Commons on November 16th and November 17th) and at the door.

Acts feature groups and soloists who are members of the student body including vocal and instrumental groups, cool human tricks, gymnastics, a performance by all choral ensembles and more! Proceeds benefit the Sycamore Vocal Boosters.


You may request that your child be tested on the Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT). If you wish to have your child participate in this round of testing, all requests must be made through the below online link by December 6th. If you have a child in 2nd and/or 4th grade, they will take the test during school with their class. For other grade levels, we are offering an optional testing opportunity. In order to decrease disruption to your child's instruction, this testing opportunity will take place on Saturday, December 9, at Maple Dale from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm for all four elementary buildings.

Please click on this link to sign up.

Please note it is the parents' responsibility to provide transportation to and from Maple Dale on morning of testing. Also please note Sycamore cannot use kindergarten or first grade scores for gifted placement.