Greene Notes

December 4, 2020

Our Flight Pattern

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.

Important Dates

Friday, December 11 - Interim Report Cards

Monday, December 21 - Friday, January 1, 2021 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

Monday, January 4, 2021 - School resumes

Monday, January 18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

Sycamore Returning Face-to-Face on December 7

All PK-12 face-to-face students will be returning to school in-person beginning will be returning Monday, December 7 following a week of remote learning.

Sycamore’s Data Assessment Risk Team (DART), composed of district leadership and local health professionals, have been carefully evaluating our school and local health data over Thanksgiving Break and this week (11/30-12/4). According to our data:

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases Reported Between 11/25-11/29
    • 1 student
    • 10 staff
  • Positive COVID-19 Cases Reported Between 11/30-12/3
    • 11 students
    • 4 staff

The self-isolation period for 20 of these 26 students and staff will end prior to our restart of face-to-face learning on December 7. There is no definitive evidence of in-school transmission among our students and staff at this time.

“Our school data supports that it is safe to return to school next week,” said Superintendent Frank Forsthoefel. “By giving ourselves a week buffer, we have been able to minimize the risk of bringing community spread into our schools. We know the importance of in-school instruction and we will continue to monitor our school data as well as local health data to ensure schools continue to be the safest place for our students and staff.”

The 7-day moving average of new daily cases among residents in 45242 and 45249 is 20.375 That is a 1.75 decrease from the 7-day moving average reported prior to the Break on 11/19. However, it is important to remain vigilant in preventative measures to ensure safety outside of school. This includes avoiding large gatherings, staying socially distant, wearing masks, and staying home when you do not feel well.

The DART team will evaluate our school data prior to the upcoming break to determine if the district should consider another preventative week of remote learning following the Winter Break. A decision will not be made until closer to December 18 in order to utilize the most current data. We will communicate if there are any changes at that time.

Access to CogAT Results

Sixth graders (face-to-face) took the CogAT 7 in November. Fifth graders and virtual classroom students were also given the option to test. The CogAT is used for Accelerated Math and Double Accelerated Math Placement at the Junior High School. The CogAT is used for Accelerated Math, Double Accelerated Math, and Advanced Language Arts placement at Greene.

In order to understand how to qualify for gifted services and what scores from the CogAT are used, we have created letters for you that are linked below.

5th Grade CogAT Letter

6th Grade CogAT Letter

CogAT Scores will be posted in "My eBackpack" in Parent Portal on Monday, December 7th.

Three easy steps to access your child's scores in "My eBackpack":

1. Login to Parent Portal.

2. Click on the "My eBackpack" under My Classes for your child.

3. Once in "My eBackpack", you are able to access the CogAT score reports.

Greene Machine Auditions!

Do you like to sing and dance? Greene Machine Show Choir is a group that meets after school to learn fun songs and dances. The deadline to submit your Audition Application is Friday, December 11. Go to the website below to learn about how to audition.

Operation Give Back (OGB) - Canned Food Drive

A big thank you to everyone who brought in canned goods, boxes of food and toiletries for Operation Give Back (OGB)! We filled the donation barrel twice and OGB is grateful for our help in making a difference in the holidays for so many families in our community!

Copied on Correspondence Requests

If you need or want to be copied on correspondence (for anything the school sends out), please send an email to

Thank you.

Breakfast & Lunch for December 7-11

Breakfast : The menu hasn't changed, Donuts Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Poptarts on Tuesday and Thursday. Also cereal with cheese sticks, muffin with yogurt, benefit bar and banana bread.


Monday: Chicken Nuggets with Pretzel, Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Bagel Meal or a Fresh Baked Deli Sandwich.

Tuesday: Chicken Tender Wrap, Chicken Patty Sandwich, Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Deli Sandwich or a Fresh Garden Salad with a muffin (turkey and egg are available).

Wednesday: Bosco Sticks, Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Bagel Meal or a Deli Sandwich

Thursday: Brunch with Waffles, egg and sausage, Chicken patty sandwich, Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Deli Sandwich or a garden salad with cheese and a muffin.

Friday: Big Daddy's Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza, Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Bagel Meal or a Fresh made Deli Sandwich

There are some changes in the cafeteria, First, if a student has lost their badge or just forgotten it, he or she will go to the last register; there will be a keypad there so they can type in their number. It will be cleaned after each lunch. Second, students will start picking up their own sides. There will be a place for cold items and a place for hot items. Students will notice them as soon as they walk in. Remember students must have a fruit or veggie with their lunch!

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.

PTO Programs in Action - Thanks to our wonderful volunteers!

PTO Staff Appreciation Team

Many thanks to our Staff Appreciation Team - Christa Lloyd, Laura Helms, Erin Sedgwick, and Alicia Murphy. They organized and distributed a boxed lunch from Taziki’s to our wonderful staff on Conference Day!
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Making Greene Look Great

Our Greene Thumb Team, Debra Schroeck and Myrna Guiot, re-planted the pots near the school entrance with pansies to bring some brightness to the grey winter days ahead.
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Sycamore GEAR

Do you have questions about navigating the Sycamore gifted program with your child? Do you have a story or expertise to share? Are you desiring to be more connected to the GEAR community? If so, go to, find a date that works for you, and join for casual conversation and connection about these topics and more.
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Sycamore Arts and Crafts Showcase

Sycamore Band and Orchestra Boosters will not be hosting the 20th annual Arts and Crafts Show in 2020. However, we have created an online showcase to connect our vendors/shoppers. Please visit to view the list.

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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.