Symmes Elementary School


October 8, 2021

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Mark your Calendar!

  • October 14: Symmes PTO General Meeting, 9:45 am, Symmes cafeteria
  • October 14: PTO sponsored Outdoor Movie Night at Symmes, 7:00 pm
  • October 15: No School, Professional Development Day
  • October 28: End of the first quarter
  • October 29: No School, Teacher Records Day
  • November 4: Picture Retake Day, additional details coming soon
  • November 11: Parent / Teacher Conference Night*

  • November 12: Parent / Teacher Conference Day* - No School

  • November 18: Parent / Teacher Conference Night*

* - Teachers will be sending additional information directly to families.

For October 11- October 15

Monday, 10/11 - D Day

Tuesday, 10/12 - E Day

Wednesday, 10/13 - A Day

Thursday, 10/14 - B Day

Friday, 10/15 - No school

Today was Dodgeball Day!

Our Dodgeball Tournament today was a huge success. We raised nearly $25,000! Your generous support is so appreciated! Thank you to all of the volunteers who made today possible.

Our students and staff had lots of fun and we are so glad the rain held off!

A special thank you to Mr. Phou and Mrs. Allen for leading this great day!

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Healthy Aves Protocol Reminder

Students who are diagnosed with COVID-19 or identified as close contacts will be provided access to educational materials & information while in self-isolation or quarantine. Just like last year, weekly guides will be made available on Blackboard so students can keep on pace while at home. These weekly guides will include links to instructional resources. Your child’s teacher(s) will be in contact with more information on continued support during their time away from school. You can expect communication from your child's teacher within 1 day of the quarantine communication.

News to Share

Jennifer Shomo, an administrative assistant in our office, has accepted a position as the attendance secretary at Sycamore High School. She will stay at Symmes until the beginning of November or until we find a replacement for her position. Jen has been a loyal Symmes staff member since August 2015. We will miss her dearly and wish her the best. Please join us in congratulating Jen on her new position.

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We are proud to announce:

Symmes Elementary School has been recognized for its success with Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS involves teaching students expected behaviors in a consistent and positive way, modeling and acknowledging those behaviors and helping all students meet expectations and be successful. PBIS has been shown to improve student achievement, student behavior and school climate.

In 2015, Ohio PBIS Network first recognized schools that were model examples of strong PBIS. In 2021, Symmes Elementary School applied and earned the Silver level. We are one of 354 award-winning schools to be recognized at any level: Gold (34), Silver (70), or Bronze (233). Symmes Elementary School will be honored at the 2021 Ohio PBIS Showcase in conjunction with the Ohio Leadership Advisory Council (OLAC) virtual conference on December 9, 2021. The theme for the conference is Responsive, Reimagined and Resilient Leadership.

The Symmes Elementary PBIS team is:

Jessica Ralston

India Chambers

Lindsey Hake

Beth Hill

Caitlin Vincent

Julia Bethune

Rima Shaheen

Abby Lobert

Megan Walters

Sara Sears

Jory Pruss

Hanna Wein

Michelle Rooks

Cathy Jones

Marcee Wilkerson

Karen Goldfarb

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Planning to attend the PTO meeting in person- RSVP HERE

Please fill out this Google Form if you plan to attend the Symmes PTO meeting in person on 10/14.

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SY PTO invites you to join us for Outdoor Movie Night:

“Spookley the Square Pumpkin” outdoors at Symmes

Thursday, October 14, 2021 (no school on 10/15/21)

Movie will start close to 7:15pm (at dusk) on the field by the walking track

PLEASE RSVP: Click this link

Space is limited to first 200 families to register

Other things to know:

  • Park in the regular lot using the second driveway and walk over to the field

  • Bring your own blankets and chairs to sit on

  • Plan to sit as a family and leave at least 5 feet between you and nearby families

  • Popcorn will be available

  • Feel free to bring a cooler with your own drinks and other snacks

  • Please don’t arrive before 6:30

  • Bring masks

Any Questions: contact Victoria Titchenal - PTO VP of Family Involvement at

We look forward to getting together outside. Hope you can join us!

Dear Symmes Families-

Symmes Elementary will continue to participate in the Box Tops for Education (BTFE) program this school year. Here is how you get started:

1. Go to (or the app store and search Box Tops for Education) you can download the app onto your phone.

2. You will then set up a personal account (just list Symmes Elementary as the school).

3. Once you have completed your shopping, scan your receipt using the mobile app. The app will search for products and if you have any Box Tops purchases, it will automatically credit Symmes ten cents for each product.

If you do your shopping online and receive email receipts, you can still participate. Just forward your email receipt to: and Box Tops will credit Symmes by 1 business day.

Please share the app with family members: grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, etc.

I hope you are as excited as I am for what Box Tops can mean for Symmes Elementary! I am here to make our school’s Box Tops for Education program a success this year. If you have any questions, please email me at

Thank you for your help!

Mary Jo Singler

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