Greene Notes

April 1, 2021

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.

E.H.Greene Intermediate School

Address: 5200 Aldine Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

Office Hours: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

(513) 686-1750

Attendance: (513) 686-1707 or ehgattendance@sycamoreschools.org

Important Dates

Tuesday, March 30 - AIR Testing begins- See specific dates and times below

Friday, April 2 - Spring Vacation Day - NO SCHOOL

Friday, April 9 - End of 3rd Quarter

Friday, April 16 - Report Cards

AIR Test Information

I am writing to provide information about upcoming AIR Testing. Recently, the federal government announced that they will not be offering schools waivers for testing. In response, Ohio will be conducting AIR Testing this spring. Ohio has determined that schools, teachers, and students will not be held accountable for test results. Ohio has also informed schools that all AIR Testing needs to be conducted in person.

Below, you will find three pieces of information:


  1. A form where you will make a commitment to bring your child to Greene for all testing sessions or to inform us your child will not take the AIR test. If you have already indicated to the school that your child will not be testing there is no need to complete the form.

  2. A letter from the district about testing.

  3. Dates and times of testing at Greene.


Please understand that if you would like your child to test, you will need to bring them to the building for ALL testing sessions. The district will not provide transportation for testing.


FORM TO COMMIT TO or OPT OUT OF TESTING


AIR Letter from the District


Testing Dates:


Tuesday, March 30th AND Wednesday, March 31st

5th Grade

Reading 8:30-10:30

6th Grade

Reading 12:00-2:15


Tuesday, April 13th AND Wednesday, April 14th

5th Grade

Math 8:30-10:15

6th Grade

Math 12:00-1:45


Tuesday, April 27th AND Wednesday, April 28th

5th Grade

Science 8:30-10:15

Transition Information for Rising 6th Graders

We will use this section of the newsletter to provide updates on transition for our Rising 6th Graders (current 5th graders).


Advanced Art

Advanced Art is a program for visual arts students who demonstrate an extraordinary interest in the development of their skill and creativity. The class is designed for artistically talented students who strive for more depth of knowledge and have a willingness to be challenged.


Our art teachers will be reviewing responses to determine who should be placed in Advanced Art. They will use the criteria on the form for placement. Please note that the responses will drive the placement process. However, as the number of spots in the class fill, we will use a lottery system to determine who will get in the course. All students who are selected for Advanced Art will be scheduled in it and will drop Multimedia Explorations. The art teachers will use the email listed on the form to communicate the result of your child’s placement.


May 3, 2021, I will share the form you can complete if you want your child to be considered for Advanced Art. If you have questions about Advanced Art, please contact Amy Combs, art teacher, combsa@sycamoreschools.org.


Class Placement Information

We are excited to welcome your child back to the Greene School for 6th grade. It is our intention to open school next year as normal as possible. This means we will go back to 16 homerooms for 6th graders. The homerooms will once again be grouped into four teams that consist of one teacher from each core subject (Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies).


We will once again place your child in a homeroom with one friend. On March 22nd, I will email you a Student Information Form. This is an opportunity for you to provide us with the names of at least six preferred peers as well as other important information about your child. This means your child will be in homeroom, lunch, and recess with the preferred peer. They may also have some classes with them. You will learn your child’s homeroom teacher and team this summer. We will email the primary contact placement information. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept requests for teachers or teams.


If you have not already completed the form, click HERE (please note this form is ONLY for Rising 6th graders).


Information about Music Classes for 21-22

We plan on allowing students to take two music classes again next year. During the week of May 3, the music teachers will be visiting all classes to discuss the ability to take two music classes with students. They will collect information from students that we will use for scheduling purposes. The music teachers will then send a confirmation to the parents of any student who is requesting a change. Below is the contact information for our music teachers. Please reach out to them with any questions you have.


Mr. Tim Graulty (Band) graultyt@sycamoreschools.org

Mrs. Kristin Anderson (General Music) andersonk@sycamoreschools.org

Mr. Tanner Otto (Orchestra) ottot@sycamoreschools.org

Mr. Joe Dilley (Choir) dilleyj@sycamoreschools.org


Transition back to the Greene School

We realize the students in a Virtual Classroom have not been in a physical school building for a long time. As a part of our transition plan there will be two opportunities for students to get acclimated before the start of school (21-22). We are opening up our Greene 101 program to Rising 6th Grade students from the virtual classrooms. We will also host open tours in the summer. Students will be able to come to Greene for a tour guided by the administration. Additional information on both of these opportunities will be shared at a later date.

Transition to the Junior High

We will keep this section in the newsletter for the next few months. The purpose is to communicate information with 6th grade families about the transition to Sycamore Junior High. If you have specific questions you can reach out to Assistant Principal Clayton Lavercombe (lavercombec@sycamoreschools.org) or Counselor Ben Brenner (brennerb@sycamoreschools.org).


For Rising 7th Grade Parents/Guardians/Students:

Course Verification Sheets will be uploaded and available via students' "My eBackpack" Friday March 26th around 4:00pm. This is a list of courses that we have planned for each student. If you need to make any changes or have questions, please contact your child's Junior High school counselor. For instructions on how to access "My eBackpack", you can click here.


Mr. Brenner - Face 2 Face, A-K brennerb@sycamoreschools.org

Mrs. Suter - Face 2 Face, L-Z suterk@sycamoreschools.org

Mrs. Morris - All Virtual Students morrisra@sycamoreschools.org


All Course Adjustment Request Forms (CAR) are due no later than April 9th. CAR forms can be found on our website at https://www.sycamoreschools.org/Page/2595. CAR forms are required when a student is requesting to enroll in an Honors level course that he/she was not originally recommended.


We enjoyed meeting all your children and look forward to seeing them again next school year!


Keep an eye out for updates and reminders in the newsletter!

PBIS Parent Survey

Parents, please complete this PBIS Parent Survey. Thank you!


PBIS Parent Survey 2020-21

Note From Pupil Services - Preventative Educations Initiative

Dear Families,

Recently we shared information with you regarding an exciting grant awarded to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Sycamore Community Schools as a part of Governor Dewine’s K-12 Prevention Education Initiative. We have started the engagement process with the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s Adapt for Life team, we are in need of your feedback to assist our student, staff, and family planning. Completing

this anonymous 5 question survey will inform our process and assist us in developing strong programming for our future.

In April, we anticipate hosting virtual parent information sessions about the Adapt for Life program and our grant partnership. We look forward to sharing more with you in the coming weeks and months.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Lisa Zelvy, Pupil Services Supervisor, at zelvyl@sycamoreschools.org

Lunch Menus for the Week of April 5-9, 2021

Lunches will include Moo Meal, Pretzels with cheese sauce, Bosco Sticks, a deli sandwich and personal pan pizza. They also include 5 breakfasts, 5 juices, veggies for lunches and fruit for both breakfast and lunch, and of course milk.


Did you know any and all family members under the age of 18 may receive a meal bundle? Please contact the office of Child Nutrition to find out more information. And just a reminder - for the rest of the school year school lunch and breakfast are FREE.


Virtual Families - Ordering Curbside Meals for 2021

Reminder to all virtual families to continue to order meals for your virtual students for pick up every Wednesday. You will need to fill out the order form and choose which weeks you will pick up meals. Please, only order for the weeks you can be there. We prepare enough meals for every family that orders each week, and when no one shows up, some parts of those meals will have to go to waste. ORDER VIRTUAL MEALS HERE

Notes from Nurse D.

Spring is finally here! As you are going through clothing your child doesn't want or has outgrown, please remember, we are always in need of pants and shorts in the clinic. Elasticized waistbands only, no jeans. We are in most need of girl’s legging/pants sizes 10-12 and 14-16. Thank you very much!


Attention: Parents of 6th Grade Students

Two immunizations are required by the state of Ohio (ORC 3313.67) before the start of 7th grade. Tdap (tetanus, diptheria, and pertussis booster) and Meningitis (MCV4). Your child may already have had them at their 11 year old check up. If so please obtain a copy of those immunizations. If not, please make an appointment for your students to get these two immunizations. Once you have obtained copies of TDAP and MCV4, send them to Laurie Dobrowolski RN at E.H. Greene Intermediate School. Thank you!


Email: dobrowolskil@sycamoreschools.org

Fax: (513) 792-6172

After School Activities Starting Soon

These after school activities/clubs will begin soon. Please note that due to the start of construction of our new school, the fields and track are no longer available for activities. Changes are noted below.


Flag Football - This activity has been cancelled for this year.

Girls' Running Club - this has been modified to a virtual club

Girls' Basketball - Monday, April 26 - Please see below for the link to sign up.

Girls' Basketball


Please see the Activity Brochure at the end of this newsletter for more club descriptions and information about how to sign up.

Staff Member of the Month

If you would like to nominate a Staff Member of the Month, here is the link to the form. Thank you!


Staff Member of the Month 20-21

Abinav Dinesh places 1st in Queen City Chess Classic - 2021

Abinav Dinesh won first place at the Queen City Chess classic. Queen City Chess Classic is a national chess tournament and is considered the strongest scholastic chess tournament organized in Cincinnati. Typically, every year in March, hundreds of kids from multiple states play in this tournament at Paul Brown Stadium. This year, the tournament was played online because of the pandemic.

Abinav played in the K-12 (Kindergarten to Grade 12) Open category which is the strongest chess category in this tournament and the most difficult section to win. He had played in this tournament from age 5 and in this strongest section category for the past 3 years trying to win it. He was close two years ago when he got second place. He was in grade 4 at that time.

Here is the Grandmaster commentary video for some of Abinav’s games from the queen city classic chess tournament.

https://youtu.be/BOHvFcLlysk

Some of Abinav's games are referred at

Minute 41:21 -54:10

Minute 1:15:21-1:20:25

Minute 1:25:12-1:28:05

A proud moment for Sycamore/E.H Greene. Go Aves!

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Mindpeace Resources - Mental Health: What to Look for During COVID

Mindpeace has shared this "presentation" for educators and parents to know and understand warning signs of distress during COVID in kids. Please click HERE. for access to the resource.

From our PTO.... Lasagna Love - an opportunity to help our community

Are you looking for a way to help feed families, spread kindness, and help strengthen our community? If so, Lasagne Love may fill your need! "When you become a part of Lasagne Love, you're joining a movement full of people who want to weave kindness back into the fabric of our everyday lives." You can sign up to volunteer, sponsor a chef, or request a meal delivery. See the link below for all the ways you can participate in Lasagne Love! Thank you!

Lasagne Love

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EHG Activity Brochure 2020-2021

We are pleased to offer after school activities this year! Please see this link to the 2020-2021 Activity Brochure which has class and registration information.