Symmes Elementary School

Symmesational News!

Friday, September 2, 2016

We hope you will all enjoy our first long week-end of the school year. The weather looks perfect, so we hope you can enjoy some great family time. We look forward to seeing our Symmes Star's smiling faces back at school on Tuesday, Sept. 6th. Enjoy!

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Important Dates for your Calendar

Sept. 5 Labor Day - Schools Closed
Sept. 9 PTO Meeting 9:30 a.m.

Sept. 10 Spirit Day
Sept. 16 Interim Reports
Sept. 22 Cookie Sale Kick-Off
Sept. 22 Family Fun Night 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Some reminders:

This year all conferences will be scheduled through Sign-Up Genius. This will be sent out to all parents next Friday, September 9, 2016 in the afternoon. Please watch your email for that information.


Please remember to complete or update your Final Forms. If you have not done so, click here.


Please remember to pay your school fees. ($40.00 per child) This site also applies to paying lunch fees and full day kindergarten fees. You can do this through Parent Portal.

News from our Nurse, Mrs. Julie Ferron

If you need to contact me, please call my direct line at

Some beginning of the School year notes from our School Nurse:

  • Emergency contact information and student health information. Remember to keep current throughout the school year. This information is vital in the event your child is sick or having a health concern. Health conditions can change throughout the school year, please share this information so we can provide the best care for your child.

  • Illness guidelines are listed on our school district website at

  • Vision and Hearing Screenings are scheduled for October 24, 25, 26 and 27th. All Kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade and all new students new to the district will be screened. It is important for students to bring their glasses if they have been prescribed glasses. If interested in volunteering for the screenings please contact Mrs. Ferron!

  • Remember that kids need sleep. Encourage your child(ren) to get the necessary rest so that they are ready for learning and fun.

  • Breakfast is a must. Children learn better when they eat breakfast. Protein is important as well, so add eggs, cheese, or peanut butter to that toast or waffle!

  • Water is important too. It helps with fatigue and fighting infection, so water bottles are great to send to school.

Substitute Nurses:

The Sycamore Community School District is currently looking for registered nurses who would like to be employed as substitute nurses. Applicants must have current nursing experience, preferably ​with children,​ special needs​,​​ diabetes and an active nursing license.

If you qualify and are interested, please call Susan Murphy, R.N. at 686-1773 or email at


We hope your children have been sharing information with you about our theme this year at Symmes, PEACEBUILDERS. We are focusing this month on being a PeaceBuilder in our classrooms, at school throughout the day, in our homes and in our community. We are encouraging your children to share some of the things they are learning. Many of you were able to write a praise note to your child while you were here at Curriculum Preview on Wednesday. This is something we as a staff, will be doing all year long.

Parenting Partners

Are you interested in building skills to help your child become more successful in school and resist negative influences? Learning more about family literacy activities, how to create a strong home learning environment and positive ways to communicate with teachers and staff in your child’s school? If so, Parenting Partners may be for you! To learn more see flyer below.


PLEASE keep in mind when dropping off your child in the morning for school that the DROP-OFF is OPEN from 9:00 - 9:10. This is so the children have time to walk to their class room safely before 9:15! Since this is only a 10 minute time frame, please make sure your children are ready to exit the car when you stop. If you arrive AFTER 9:10, please park your car and walk them into the office. We are striving to make this as easy as possible for parents, students and staff! Thank you!

PTO MEETING - Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016

The Symmes Elementary PTO is holding it's first meeting of the school year on Thursday, September 8th!

Meetings are held at 9:30 am on the second Thursday of each month and convene in the Multi-Purpose Room. Come and enjoy coffee and light refreshments, meet new and old friends and learn about what is going on at school! Free babysitting is provided. You do not need to be a member to attend meetings.

This November, Sycamore Communtity Schools will post a continuing operating levy on the election ballot. Please join us at this month's meeting as Superintendent, Mr. Frank Forsthoefel reviews facts and answers questions pertaining to this levy.

Addtionally, we will hear from Mr. Stephen Reinke and Mr. John McInerney to gain updates on the OhioEnvironmental Education grant they have obtained for our school