Greene Notes

August 16, 2019

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.

Attendance Line: (513) 686-1756


August 21 - PTO Welcome Coffee with Parents - 9:30 am - Media Center

August 21 - PTO General Meeting - 10:30 am - 12:30 pm - Media Center

August 22 - Grade 5 Curriculum Preview - 7:00 - 8:30 pm

August 29 - Grade 6 Curriculum Preview - 7:00 - 8:30 pm

September 2 - Labor Day - No School

September 3 - Greene Machine Clinic - 3:00 - 4:00 pm

September 4 - Greene Machine Auditions - 3:00 - 5:00 pm

September 4 - MAP Testing

September 5 - MAP Testing

September 9-13 - Parent Lunch Week

A Message from the Principal

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! We are grateful that you chose Sycamore for your children. We had a great start to the school year this week. Each month I will add a message in the newsletter to let you know what we are working on at the Greene School.

This month I want to highlight the staff's commitment to Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS). We are in year three of implementation in this initiative. Our goal is to explicitly teach students the behaviors we expect to see, reinforce the behavior in a positive manner, and then celebrate the positivity.

Our staff has been working on just that as the school year opened. Students have been exploring all corners of the school and learning what we expect - in the hallway, restroom, and cafe, on the playground and the bus.

We are not the only school in Sycamore working on these skills. This year's group of students seems exceptionally mature, polite, and able to self advocate. Transitioning to a new school or starting a new year can bring anxiety for students. This week we saw students asking questions, helping others, and problem solving through situations. I am proud of them for exhibiting these skills that you have instilled in them and that we have reinforced. I am excited for this school year and for the opportunity to work with such fine students. Please know that if there is ever anything I can do to help your child, reach out to me and I will do everything I can to help.


Curriculum preview will begin with breakout sessions for families involved in the programs listed below.

6:20-6:40 ESOL

6:30-6:50 Reading and Math Intervention

6:40-6:55- Double Accelerated Math

At 7:00 PM, Mr. Tudor will share programs and initiatives for the upcoming school year in the cafeteria. Following you will visit your child’s team of teachers.

From 8:05-8:30 our Band & Orchestra teachers will lead presentations.

Get Involved!

There are so many ways you can get involved at the Greene School. Our PTO offers many programs from whole school events like the Walk-a-thon to classroom activities facilitated by homeroom parents. Below you will find information and links to get involved!

PTO Welcome Back Coffee

Join us for a get-acquainted coffee on Wednesday, August 21st, at 9:30 am in the Media Center! Here you will get a chance to meet other Greene parents and learn more about our PTO! Then, plan to stay for the first General PTO Meeting, from 10:30 - 12:30, also in the Media Center!

Join the EH Greene PTO

Your membership dues support many activities and programs at E.H. Greene including assemblies, field day, science programs, new technology, community outreach, staff appreciation, and much more! PTO members also receive access to an app called “Directory Spot “ which allows you to access the student directory electronically. Follow this link for information on how to join. Questions contact Betsy Rinehart, PTO Membership Chair at

Greene Machine Auditions!

Auditions for the Greene Machine Show Choir will be on Wednesday, September 4th. This is an auditioned extracurricular group that is open to any student at the Greene School. Students who are interested in auditioning will need to get an audition packet from Mrs. Anderson (5th grade choir director) or from the office. We will have a mandatory clinic from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on September 3rd where students will learn the dance for the audition and then students will sign up for a time to audition on the 4th. The sign-up sheet will be located outside of the choir room. All students will need to audition in order to be in the group, which includes students who were in the group last year.


If you haven't already ordered your student's "Team T-shirt", there is still time! Monday, August 19th will be the last day to order. Please complete an order form, which can be obtained from the homeroom teacher or from the Activities Bin near the office, attach payment of $8.00 (either cash or check made out to EH Greene), and have your student bring to the office on Monday. Thank you!

Calculators - 6th Grade

We are still accepting orders for the 6th grade math calculator, the TI-15. Order forms are in the office and the cost is $15.00, payable by cash or a check made out to EH Greene.

KNOW! To Pump Them Up for a Successful New School Year

Words are a powerful force. They can inspire, encourage and create enthusiasm, or they can dishearten, discourage and create despair—especially in the lives of young, impressionable people.

As a teacher, it may sometimes feel as though what you say to your students goes in one ear and out the other. But research proves that they are listening and that your words make a world of difference.

Most children (and maybe educators as well) would agree that it’s a bummer when the summer break comes to an end. But instead of allowing our youth to dwell on the negative, we can use our voices and positive influence to pump them up, and get them excited about a successful, new season of learning.

Here are 10 Empowering Messages to share with your students (adapted from

1. "Today is a new day. What can we do with it?”

The trials of yesterday are behind you. A new school day dawns, and with it come possibilities. Chances for success, empathy, and discovery are abundant. Inspiration is everywhere you look. The opportunity to be better than you were yesterday is right here, right now.

2. "You aren't defined by your failures, you're empowered by them."

It doesn’t feel good to fail, but mistakes are a normal and expected part of life. Not only do you gain knowledge from your mistakes, they help you grow and mature and become more resilient.

3. "The hardest person you'll ever face is the one staring back at you in the mirror."

It's true; you are either your own best ally or your own worst enemy. It's up to you to decide which one - and you actually do have that choice.

4. "Success means caring.”

Learning is personal to each one of us. Of course I care about your learning. YOU have to decide however, that YOU care and that you are willing to put in the hard work to achieve successful learning.

5. "I'm a learner too. We need to support each other in that."

Even teachers are always learning. That's the shared journey that connects us with our students. If we're all learning together, then we're making terrific progress. Teachers are neither above nor beneath students. It is a shared journey that connects us and provides an opportunity to create a strong network of support.

6. "There's nothing you can't do if you really want to."

Too often, many of us live with more awareness of our limitations than our potential. The time to change that is now. You are capable of anything you set your mind to. The only limits you have are the ones you choose to place on yourself.

7. "Great things begin with small actions."

Tackling too much at one time is a recipe for disaster. So start small; begin at the beginning and make a great change one step at a time. It's important to build on previous successes gradually and carefully, preserving the progress of every previous step. That's how greatness manifests.

8. "I'm always here to help you, but you've got to take the lead."

As your educator, I am here to teach, support, assist and guide you in your academic potential. However, the responsibility for learning and succeeding is yours.

9. "I believe in you."

This one needs no explanation. Everyone can benefit from hearing this. No better time to start than right now.

10. "You're not alone."

It is easy to sometimes feel like no one has ever felt the way you do, and never can. But you are not alone. I am here to help you and I want you to feel comfortable coming to me and sharing with me whatever is on your mind.

As teachers, you have a unique and profound opportunity to enhance a student’s classroom experience with your positive and uplifting words. If you can help plant the desire for success in your students early on, then each and every one of them can be unstoppable.

Source: 10 Empowering Messages to Share With Your Students. Jan. 2016

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