The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

January 14-19

Building Goals

*Ensure Safety of Students and Staff

*Cultivate a Positive Climate

*Implement Formative Instructional Practices

Coming Up at the JH

This week:

January 16: PTO Meeting 10:30am

January 16: Band Concert 7:00pm

Mark your calendars:

January 23: Winter Jazz Concert 7:00 pm

Outdoor Recess Policy

With the colder weather finally on its way, the administration would like to remind parents and students of our policy regarding recess. If the temperature is 30 degrees or above, students will have outdoor recess. Please encourage your child to wear a coat or other warm clothing to school. If students are inside during this time without a valid reason, they may have office consequences.

Report Cards

2nd quarter report cards will be sent home with your child on Friday, 1/11/19

Transition Events for Rising 8th Graders

Thursday, January 17:

Freshman Camp for rising 9th graders (during school day)

SHS Academic Fair 6:00-8:00pm @ Sycamore High School


Join us at the next SJH PTO meeting on Wednesday, January 16th at 10:30 am to hear SHS Principal Doug Mader talk about transitioning from 8th grade to High School. This is the perfect time to ask questions and connect with your student's next principal.

Click HERE for minutes from our November meeting.

First Class Breakfast

Congratulations to our 2nd quarter Students of the Week who were honored at our 2nd quarter First Class Breakfast on December 20th.
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In case you missed it

Safer Schools Ohio


A multi-agency effort created to assist schools in continuously improving the safety of our students. By calling or texting the statewide anonymous hotline parents, students or community members can report anything that is suspicious or endangering you, your friends or your school.

Immunizations for 7th graders

If you have not turned in your child's proof of immunizations from a doctor's office, please do so ASAP. The cutoff date was September 5th.

From our Nurse


If your child has outgrown sweatpants or other comfortable clothing that you would like to donate, please consider sending them to the school. Extra clothes come in handy when students fall in a puddle at recess or spill food/drink on themselves at lunch. Please bring them to the main office marked as "donation". Thank you and Happy Holidays!


** Remember your children should remain at home until they are fever/vomiting/diarrhea free for a full 24 hours without fever-reducing medication before coming back to school.

Hamilton County Public Health Department keeps schools updated on current illnesses happening throughout the county. The Health Department is currently seeing cases of hand, foot and mouth disease and pertussis throughout the county. Flu season is also right around the corner so it is important to be aware of signs and symptoms to protect your child and others. As always, Sycamore Community Schools likes to keep families aware of precautions to take to keep our students and families healthy this time of year.

  • Frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds

  • Covering the mouth and nose with the inner elbow when sneezing and coughing

  • Staying home from school or work when ill until you are fever/vomiting/diarrhea free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.

  • Avoiding close contact with sick people

  • The health departments strongly recommends up-to-date Tdap vaccination and Flu shots - which are still available

The following are resource links for each illnesses mentioned. Please take the time to review signs and symptoms and consult your School Nurse or physician if you have any questions.


Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease=

Influenza (Flu)=


Around Sycamore

Child Nutrition

Sycamore Community Schools Child Nutrition Services is excited to introduce My School Menus interactive online menus. My School Menus allows easy access to complete nutrition information for the school meal programs 24-7-365.

My School Menus has great new features to better serve our students and families:

  • Nutrient Data by Menu item - hovering over a menu item will show nutrient data
  • Build-a-Meal Nutrient Data - choose build-a-meal to get totals of individual nutrients for all items chosen by a student
  • Ingredient information for certain menu items
  • Complete list of all food choices available to students
  • Allergen identification - allergen filter to strikethrough foods containing the following allergens: wheat, soy, eggs, fish, peanuts, tree nuts, milk
  • Attribute identification - symbols identifying foods as GMO-free, kosher, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, locally grown, made from scratch
  • Translation to 180 languages using Google Translate
  • Ability to link to Child Nutrition sites like prepayments, applications, and policies
  • Information about Child Nutrition

You can access our online, interactive menus by visiting and clicking on Menus or by clicking here. My School Menus is also available inside the Sycamore Community Schools app. You will be asked to download My School Menus the first time you click on the icon inside the Sycamore Schools app. Once you have installed it on your device, you won't be asked to do this again.

For more information on how to access all of these exciting features, watch this video.

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