Symmes Elementary School

Symmesational News!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Important Dates for your Calendar

Apr. 11- 4th Grade Growth and Development Parent Night - 7:00 pm

Apr. 12 - PTO Meeting - 9:30 am
Apr. 16 - NO SCHOOL for students...Professional Day for teachers
Apr. 24 - WEE DELIVER Assembly - 2:30

Apr. 25 - STEAM DAY
Apr. 28 - Nature Trail Volunteer Day (changed from May 5th) 10:00 - 2:00

WE STILL HAVE ROOM FOR MORE TEAMS!! Great Gathering -Symmes Cornhole Tournament - Saturday, April 7

Join Mr. Phou for a friendly cornhole competition! The winning team will win a Dave and Busters gift card!

Due to the popularity of this fun event, 2 brackets will be offered this year! A 3rd/4th grade bracket and a 1st/2nd grade bracket! Each team will consist of a parent/special person and a student.

Date: Saturday, April 7

Time: 11:00 am- 2:00 pm

Location: Symmes Walking Track (in case of rain we will be in the gym)

Host: Mr. Phou

Cost: $20/2 person team

Pizza and drinks provided! Face Painting by Mrs. Paterson

Register here:

OR send cash or check (made payable to Symmes PTO) to school.

Contact Michelle Martin at with any questions.

New policy for vistitors in our building - Lobby Guard

Beginning April 2, we began using LobbyGuard in all of our buildings. The visitor management system runs a background check on each individual that enters the building, looking for individuals who are legally banned from visiting schools (ie. sex offenders, restraining orders) This pilot program will be used regularly for the remainder of the school year and will be fully implemented for the 2018-19 school year.

All visitors will be asked for a state-issued license or identification. If you do not have a license or state ID, you will not be permitted to enter the building unless you are there to attend a meeting/supervised function.

All visitors will be asked to sign in and out using the program. You will be required to wear the photo badge that is printed at the time of check-in during the entirety of your visit.

We understand that there certain circumstances where our families may not have proper identification. Our administrators will work through those unique situations on a case by case basis.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the district.

The safety and security of our students and staff are one of our highest priorities.


Dear Sycamore Families,

As we move through the 2017-2018 school year, our students will once again be presented with the opportunity to demonstrate their progress as part of the schedule for federally and state-mandated standardized testing.

The state’s annual assessments provide a snapshot of your child’s progress in their understanding and application of curriculum standards. From a district perspective, these results allow us to benchmark ourselves against similar districts and to identify trends in data that will guide our work with teachers and students. Our teachers work diligently to fully prepare your child to be successful on these assessments and in other aspects of their growth and development.

Below you will find a link that delineates the specific testing schedule for students in grades 3-12. Please click on the link that applies to your child(ren):

Grade 3

Grade 4-8

Grade 9-12

We are so appreciative of the support you provide your children in our partnership together toward academic excellence. If you have any questions regarding testing, please contact your building administrator.


Karen. B. Naber

Assistant Superintendent

PTO Spotlights our Staff: Sunshine Board

PTO would like to highlight the following sunshine staff members this week:

Ms. Caitlyn Sprong

Mrs. Kathleen Meade

Mrs. Linda Harris

Mrs. Karen Goldfarb

Check them out on our Sunshine Board, located in the main hallway, across from room 15.

Thank you, Symmes Staff Appreciation Committee

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Sycamore Tennis 2018

Grades 1 - 5 Summer Clinic (Boys and Girls)

Registration Form

(For students entering grades 1 through 5 in 2018-19)

Location: Sycamore High School tennis courts (7400 Cornell Rd)

Time: 6:00 to 7:00 pm

Dates: (Mondays) June 11, 18; July 9, 16

Cost: $35 (4 sessions, includes a t-shirt and prizes!)

Instructors: Coach Teets and the Sycamore High School players



Grades 1-5 Clinic Registration (Please fill out the bottom portion of this sheet & return it to Coach Teets)

Name: ____________________________________________________ Age: _____

Male_____ Female_____ Grade for 2018-19: ________

Parent Cell Phone: ___________________

Parent Email: ____________________________________________

T-Shirt Size (circle one): Youth Sizes : S M L XL Adult Sizes : S M L XL

Please make checks payable to : Sycamore Athletic Boosters

Please return this registration to Coach Teets at the junior high. The address is:

Sycamore Jr High School

℅ Mike Teets

5757 Cooper Rd

Cincinnati, Ohio 45242



Wee Deliver is coming!! For those new to Symmes, we will be running a school wide postal system, with Mrs. Wuebbolt's class as the Main Post Office! All students will be given an address and will be able to write letters to all their friends and siblings throughout the month of May. The student's address will coordinate with their homeroom number. For example, a student in Room 1 will have this address:

1 Symmes Lane, Loveland, OH 45140 and so on according to their homeroom. We will have mailboxes in the hallways for the children to place their mail. This is a wonderful time to teach students about how our mail system works. Each classroom will have postal workers and will be able to purchase stamps for ONE PENNEY! The money collected from the stamps will be donated to a charity. The stamp design winner will be announced soon. We encourage parents, grandparents and extended family to write to the children. Stamps can be purchased through our front office. Our opening assembly will be on Tuesday, April 24th at 2:30. Parents are welcome to attend.

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Symmes Elementary cordially invites you to S.T.E.A.M. Day! on Wednesday, April 25th

S.T.E.A.M. activities encourage learners to become problem solvers, innovators, inventors and critical thinkers. Throughout this year, your child has participated in several S.T.E.A.M. related activities. We would like to invite parents to find out what students are learning and experience a S.T.E.A.M. activity with your child!

10:00am – 10-50am: Kindergarten and AM Kindergarten
11:00am – 11:50pm: 2nd Grade
12:30pm - 1:20pm: 3rd Grade
1:30pm -2:20pm: 1st Grade
2:30pm – 3:20pm: 4th Grade and PM Kindergarten

Please use the following link to sign-up to attend your child’s STEAM Day:

*Due to limited space, please limit one adult per child. - Thank you!

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