Greene Notes

April 30, 2021

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Welcome to the E.H. Greene Intermediate School Newsletter! We will share important information and highlight the great things our students and teachers are doing at our school. You can expect this in your inbox each week on Friday afternoon.

E.H. Greene Intermediate School

Address: 5200 Aldine Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

Office Hours: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Phone: (513) 686-1750

Attendance Phone: (513) 686-1707 or ehgattendance@sycamoreschools.org

Important Dates

Wednesday, May 5 - E.H.Greene School Official Ground Breaking Ceremony

Friday, May 14 - Bus/Walk/Bike Day and Walkathon (See info and schedule below)

Wednesday, May 19 - 6th Grade Picnics - Blue Team - 10:00 - 12:00, Gray Team - 12:00 - 2:00

Thursday, May 20 - 6th Grade Picnics - Gold Team - 10:00 - 12:00 and 12:00 - 2:00

Friday, May 21 - 6th Grade Picnics - Purple Team - 10:00 - 12:00, White Team - 12:00 - 2:00

Walkathon - May 14th!

Today we will begin collecting pledges for our Groovy Greene Walkathon to be held on Friday, May 14th in conjunction with the bus/walk/bike to school day. The event will be for virtual and in-person students, and will be held at EH Greene and the surrounding neighborhoods. Packets with information are going home with students today, but are also attached to this email for your convenience.


We are asking that each student consider asking friends, family members, or neighbors for any contributions to support our school. Because of pandemic conditions, we are encouraging students to collect pledges online. Students can register to collect pledges at http://pledgestar.com/ehgreene. The Pledgestar platform has the ability to send email, text messages, or post a link to social media to collect donations. We know that in the past students have walked the neighborhood and knocked on doors. We do not encourage face to face pledge-collecting, but do encourage students to make phone calls, send email, or text messages to the same neighbors. Please refer to the attached informational sheet. The walkathon chairs have also made a tutorial video for registering and sending emails on the pledgestar account. That tutorial can be found here: https://youtu.be/uRXd5LJmWIU


This year the students will be submitting walkathon routes and voting on the final route in school. We encourage as much participation as possible. On the day of the walkathon, students can wear their 'grooviest' attire. In addition to other prizes, students who collect $100 in pledges before Thursday, May 13, will receive a walkathon t-shirt they can wear during the walkathon.


The schedule for the day will be as follows:


8:20 - 8:50 am - 5th Grade Virtual (Emerald and Platinum Teams)

8:30 - 9:00 am - 6th Grade virtual (Gold Team)

8:40 - 9:10 am - White Team

8:50 - 9:20 am - Purple Team

9:00 - 9:30 am - Orange Team

9:10 - 9:40 - Green Team

9:20 - 9:50 am - Yellow Team

9:30 - 10:00 am - Red Team

9:40 - 10:10 - Gray Team

9:50 - 10:20 am - Blue Team


The walkathon chairs are so thankful for the many sign ups to donate water and help on the day of the event. There are still a few spots to help them sort and pass out prizes (into teacher's mailboxes) before the day of the walkathon. If you would like to donate time or water, here is that sign up: https://tinyurl.com/greenewalkathon

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2 Week Countdown to Bus/Walk/Bike Day!

To celebrate Healthy Kids = A Healthy Planet, Greene presents our second BWB Day on Friday, May 14th, the same day as the Walk-A-Thon. If you have not done so, please indicate if your student(s) will Bus, Walk, or Bike on our Parent Permission Form. Kids have these options:

  • Bus riders can ride to the Jr. High and walk to school with their cohort
  • Students can walk or bike directly from home
  • Students can walk or bike from 3 designated meeting spots (see form for details)

Virtual students and and drop-offs can walk or bike from home or meeting spots (do NOT drop students off at the Jr. High!). Virtual students can be picked up around 9:00 a.m. after their Walk-A-Thon.

Important details:

  • Students will leave backpacks, chromebooks, and instruments at school the day before, bringing home only lunch boxes, to make walking and biking easier; teachers will not assign homework that night
  • Students are encouraged to wear Sycamore spirit wear as well as their masks
  • Bikers should wear helmets
  • Breakfast and bananas will be available to students free of charge

Please fill out the Parent Permissions Form for each of your Greene students no later than Monday, May 10th. For more information, email BusWalkBike@sycamoreschools.org.

Transition Information for Rising 6th Graders

We will use this section of the newsletter to provide updates on transition for our Rising 6th Graders (current 5th graders).


Advanced Art

Advanced Art is a program for visual arts students who demonstrate an extraordinary interest in the development of their skill and creativity. The class is designed for artistically talented students who strive for more depth of knowledge and have a willingness to be challenged.


Our art teachers will be reviewing responses to determine who should be placed in Advanced Art. They will use the criteria on the form for placement. Please note that the responses will drive the placement process. However, as the number of spots in the class fill, we will use a lottery system to determine who will get in the course. All students who are selected for Advanced Art will be scheduled in it and will drop Multimedia Explorations. The art teachers will use the email listed on the form to communicate the result of your child’s placement.


On May 3, 2021, I will share the form you can complete if you want your child to be considered for Advanced Art. If you have questions about Advanced Art, please contact Amy Combs, art teacher, combsa@sycamoreschools.org.


Information about Music Classes for 21-22

We plan on allowing students to take two music classes again next year. During the week of May 3, the music teachers will be visiting all classes who took music 1st semester to discuss the ability to take two music classes with students. Additionally, they will discuss this with the music classes they currently have. Please talk to your child. If they would like to take an additional music class, please contact their current music teacher to ensure we properly schedule students into classes.


Any rising 5th grader who is in General Choir will be scheduled into Choir for next school year. If you would like your child to take General Music instead, please email Mrs. Kristin Anderson andersonk@sycamoreschools.org.


Mr. Tim Graulty (Band) graultyt@sycamoreschools.org

Mrs. Kristin Anderson (General Music) andersonk@sycamoreschools.org

Mr. Tanner Otto (Orchestra) ottot@sycamoreschools.org

Mr. Joe Dilley (Choir) dilleyj@sycamoreschools.org

Transition to the Junior High

We will keep this section in the newsletter for the next few months. The purpose is to communicate information with 6th grade families about the transition to Sycamore Junior High. If you have specific questions you can reach out to Assistant Principal Clayton Lavercombe (lavercombec@sycamoreschools.org) or Counselor Ben Brenner (brennerb@sycamoreschools.org).


For Rising 7th Grade Parents and Students:

If you have questions, please contact your child's Junior High school counselor.


Mr. Brenner - Face 2 Face, A-K brennerb@sycamoreschools.org

Mrs. Suter - Face 2 Face, L-Z suterk@sycamoreschools.org

Mrs. Morris - All Virtual Students morrisra@sycamoreschools.org


Keep an eye out for updates and reminders in the newsletter!

From our counselors - Optional InView Testing for Gifted placement

Optional InView Testing (rising 6th)

We are offering an OPTIONAL test for gifted placement for the 2021-22 school year. If your rising 6th grader is close to meeting the Greene Gifted Requirements f​or advanced language arts, accelerated math, or double accelerated math, you may register him/her for the InView cognitive test on Friday, May 7.


Optional InView Testing (rising 7th)

We are offering an OPTIONAL test for gifted placement into double accelerated math only. If your rising 7th grader is an accelerated math student and is close to meeting the requirements for double accelerated math (144 cognitive score and 98th percentile on Math MAP), you may register him/her for the InView cognitive test on Friday, May 7.



If you have any questions about this testing, please contact your child's counselor.

Jennifer Asher (A-K) asherj@sycamoreschools.org

Tracey Bachmann (L-Z) bachmannt@sycamoreschools.org


Register for the InView Test here. The registration link will close on Sunday, 4/25 at 11:55 p.m.


Menus for the week of May 3 - 7, 2021

Lunches will include Chicken nuggets with a pretzel, Walking Tacos, Bosco Sticks , Waffles with egg and sausage, and Pizza. Daily alternates include Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Chicken Patty Sandwich or Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Moo Meal, Bagel Meal, Fresh Garden Salad and a made to order Deli Sandwich.


If your student(s) are quarantined at home and you would like access to school meals, you can sign up for the virtual meal curbside pick up by registering here and get meals this way until you are back at school. All meals are free to ALL students. Find out more information about pick-up times, locations, and FAQs by clicking here.

After School Activities

Crafts Books and Art Club

This is a club that was started by our students. The club is called CBA Club. CBA Stands for Crafts Books and Art. We allow 5th and 6th graders in the CBA Club. The club has Book Talks, Crafts, Art, and Books. It is a virtual club so there is going to be a google meet. Students were sent the link on all the club meeting dates. CBA will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m until 4:30. If your child is interested, have them check their school email account.


Please see the Activity Brochure at the end of this newsletter for more club descriptions and information on how to sign up.

If you are planning to move out of the district.....

Parents, as we look ahead to the next school year, it is important to know how many students will be attending Sycamore schools. If you know you will be moving out of the district, or your child will be attending a private or parochial school, please complete this form and return it to the Main Office by May 8th. Thank you!

Lost and Found

Hello parents!

As the school year winds down, we wanted to remind you that there are many items in our Lost and Found area in the Cafeteria Lobby. Please have your child check to see if there may be a jacket or coat, lunch box, books, etc. that belong to him or her. If items are not claimed by the end of the school year (June 3rd), they will be donated to charity. Thank you!

Staff Member of the Month

If you would like to nominate a Staff Member of the Month, please use this link. Thank you!


Staff Member of the Month 20-21

PTO - Wellness Week

We are happy to announce that the PTO will be sponsoring a virtual Wellness Week May 10-14 for all EH Greene students and staff. Be on the lookout for more details about programming and contests as this gets closer.

Get Involved in Greene PTO 2021-2022!

As we plan for the upcoming school year we are hoping that it will be a more “normal” one for all of us. That means more active volunteer opportunities for parents and programs for our students. But we need YOUR help to make this happen. Please consider one of our open Co-Chair positions for next year. They cover a wide range of interests and passions such as wellness, gardening, photography, community outreach, environmental awareness. Use your talents and time to make a positive impact on our students and school. Click here for a list of the current open positions. Click here for further descriptions about these positions. And please reach out to Betsy Rinehart or Kathy Mercurio at grptovpprog@sycamoreschools.org for more information or to indicate interest in any of these positions.
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Spring Clothing Drive

Dear Families of Greene,

From May 10th through May 28th, there will be a clothing drive to benefit Matthew 25 Ministries. At the front entrance of E.H. Greene, two large boxes will be parked there. You may bring items such as tops, bottoms, dresses, and shoes. Linens, like towels and sheets, are also acceptable. You do not need to purchase any new items; lesser-used items will be just fine! Possible donation times are within school hours.


-Lillian Griffin

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Summer School Enrichment Course

Advanced Mathematics and Advanced Writing courses will be offered virtually this summer.


Here is the link for a description of the courses:


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SgOyPPuT9_t4019aWR-ZyvE5OOdYDxq7-OQqxN2guU8/edit?usp=sharing
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Sycamore Arts and Crafts Show

Join the Sycamore Band and Orchestra Boosters at our free outdoor Arts and Crafts Show on May 15, 11-4, in the Sycamore High School parking lot. 70+ artists and crafters will display and sell their wares while musical performances, raffles and concessions take place. Masks and other COVID-19 measures will be enforced.

Find more information at www.sbob.org/craftshow and follow our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SycamoreCraftsShow.

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EHG Activity Brochure 2020-2021

The Greene School is now offering after school activities! Please click on this link for the full brochure, which has class descriptions and registration information.