Greene Notes

September 14, 2018

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


Friday, September 14 - Interim Report Cards sent home

Thursday, September 27 - Greene School Walk-a-thon

Friday, September 28 - Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL

Monday, October 1- Picture Retake Day

Walkathon Information

Our 12th Annual Walk-A-Thon will be happening during the school day on Thursday, September 27th. Students are asked to collect pledges from family members and friends the next 2 weeks leading up to the Walk-A-Thon, with the chance to earn prizes, including gift cards, gift baskets, and lunch with Mr. Tudor! Pledge envelopes went home with students yesterday, and the first day for money turn-in is QUICK - this Friday, 9/21. Be sure to turn in early to be eligible for both raffle drawing days and to be eligible for silly stringing the principal (only for those donating by 9/21)! Start getting pledges today online here -> or checks payable to EH Greene PTO.

15 % of our fundraising will be donated to support a community service project for E.H. Greene students, parents, and staff so “no student sleeps on the floor in our district”.

If you would be interested in volunteering to help with the Walk-a-Thon, please sign up at

Or Contact Kathy Mercurio at

Parents are welcome to join our staff and students as they walk.

Our students will walk at the following times:
5th Grade - 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. - Rooms: 53, 54, 55, 56
5th Grade - 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. - Rooms: 16, 17, 18, 19
5th Grade - 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. - Rooms: 10, 11, 12, 13
5th Grade - 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. - Rooms: 3, 4, 5, 6
6th Grade - 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. - Rooms: 41, 42, 43,45
6th Grade - 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. - Rooms: 20, 21, 22, 23

After School Activities - Sign Up Now!

Many of our after school activities offered at the Greene School are beginning soon. If your child is interested in attending one or more, he or she will need to obtain a registration form, located in the Activities Bin on the wall behind the Main Office (near the Pass Processing window). You will need to complete the form and then have your child return it to the Front Office. Those activities currently open now for registering are: Art Club, Aviator Volleyball, Chess Club, Computer/Media Club, Partners Club and Bowling. Students will be notified of future club openings on our morning announcements.

Box Tops for Education

Please begin clipping and mark your calendars for our fall Box Tops collection, October 1-5. The wing in each grade that collects the most box tops will receive an extra recess! Students should please turn Box Tops in to their homeroom teacher.

Consider that your child may also ask other special people in their lives (grandparents, aunts/uncles, friends/neighbors) to clip/save their box tops for them too. This is a great way to boost their collection and an easy way for loved ones to support our school!

Stay Connected with the Greene School PTO!

In an effort to become more eco-friendly and streamline our communications with families, we will be increasing our use of social media to help everyone stay connected. We’ll be posting to the PTO Facebook page and private Facebook group to share news about upcoming events and activities. Log in to your Facebook account and follow "Edwin H. Greene PTO” ( and ask to join the private "Greene School PTO” Group ( You’ll receive PTO updates in your regular Facebook newsfeed…making it so much easier to Stay Connected!

Start Talking - Know! The Key Skills for Your Child's Academic Success

As teens begin a new school year, we have the opportunity to help them start strong and stay on track toward academic success. We all know the importance of academic achievement in shaping the minds of our children, giving them a competitive edge to further their education and to better prepare them for future careers. In addition, research shows there are health benefits as well—as young people who achieve higher grades in the classroom also don’t use drugs.

A past national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) showed that students with higher grades were significantly less likely to drink, smoke marijuana, or abuse prescription drugs. This association doesn’t prove causation, but it certainly provides families even greater motivation to make academic achievement a priority as it further sets young people up for success later in life.

With that in mind, let’s kick off this school year right by helping our students strengthen and maintain these 5 Key Skills for Academic Success:

1. Organization: Sometimes academic challenges have more to do with organization than with intellect. Help your child get organized with these simple tips:

  • Have them make a checklist of what they need to bring to and from school each day, then post it on whatever door they head out of each morning.
  • Help them develop a system of keeping track of and organizing in-school and at-home assignments.

2. Time Management: This is the classic, “wait until the night before an assignment is due to begin working on it, even though they’ve had weeks to complete it” syndrome. Every student has likely been there at some point, but we want to guide our children toward better time management:

  • Have them track assignments on a monthly calendar and teach them to work backwards from the due date to break it down into smaller, nightly tasks.
  • Work with your child to figure out how much time is being spent on homework weekly and help them divide that time into manageable chunks.
  • With your child’s input, choose a specific time block each afternoon or evening for studying and homework, and help your child stick to it.

3. Prioritization: Mounting piles of homework can become overwhelming. Without knowing where to begin, a student can easily fall behind and get off track for turning in assignments. Teach your child how to prioritize with these tips:

  • Have your child write down all the things he or she needs to get done, including non-school-related items and activities.
  • Ask your child to label each task from 1 to 3, with 1 being the most important.
  • If your child is labeling all social activities as 1, you’ll need to help them refocus and readjust their list to better prioritize for academic success.
  • Have your teen then rearrange the list so that the 1s are at the top. Be sure they check the items off the list as they complete them—it feels good and is a real motivator to keep going!

4. Concentration: Designate an area for homework and studying that is free from interruptions and distractions, which typically means no phone, no TV, no playing games or checking social media on the computer, and—depending on your household—it may also mean keeping siblings out of this workspace as well.

5. Motivation: No matter what a person is trying to achieve, motivation is a key factor. A child may sincerely want to do well in school but may not have the drive to put in the work to make it happen. Help them find their motivation by tapping into their interests:

  • If your son is learning about percentages, ask him to figure out the price of a discounted pair of Jordan or Huarache shoes. If your daughter is passionate about music, give her books about musicians and help her learn the connections between music and foreign languages. It’s about finding the drive to accomplish a goal.
  • Give your child control and choices. With guidance, let them be the one to determine their study hours and organizing system.
  • Encourage your child to share their expertise. It is motivating for them to be able to teach you something.
  • Be sure to hand out plenty of praise, give them pats on the back, and sincerely celebrate their successes!

It takes a combination of skills—organization, time management, prioritization, concentration and motivation—to achieve academic success. You know your child better than anyone. Work with them to identify problem areas, focus on the skills that need strengthened, and strive to help your son or daughter maintain the ones they’ve mastered. With your support and guidance, your child will be better prepared to start the school year off strong and remain on the road to success, both in and out of the classroom.

Sources: Centers for Disease Prevention and Control: Alcohol and Other Drug Use and Academic Achievement - 2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). Parenting – Smart Strategies - 5 key skills for academic success. February 20, 2016.

Free and Reduced Benefits

The roll off date for Free and Reduced benefits from the 2017-2018 school year is Septemeber 26th. On Sept. 27th if you have not reapplied for the Free and Reduced Price Meal Program for the 2018-2019 school year your benefits will revert to full pay. The district will not cover any negative funds accrued after this cut off date, so it is imperative the form is turned in before Sept 26th. Please contact the Child Nutrition Department with any questions - (513) 686-1796.

Click here to apply online.


Kelsey Gash RD, LD

Child Nutrition & Wellness Director

Sycamore Community Schools

(513) 686-1796

Junior High Aviator Flight Fest - Update

Mark your calendars for the 8th Annual Sycamore Junior High Aviator Flight Fest 5k/10k Race & Festival on Saturday, October 20, 2018! Please visit our website at to Register for the Race and get more Flight Fest 2018 information.

Bring paid receipt showing you registered for Flight Fest 2018 race to Kenwood Athleta on 9/29/18 to receive 20% discount off one item!

Silent Auction is live for bidding on items. Bidding will close on 10/20/18. Don’t miss Instant Buy Opportunity for 2 tickets to Chris Stapleton concert on Oct.4th at Riverbend. Check out some of the new items added: Blue Jackets tickets, Main Event game passes, tickets for SJH choir concerts, reserved parking for SJH choir and band concerts, and more! Go to to see Flight Fest Silent Auction.

Follow us on twitter @avesflightfest to get race updates and information on new items added to Silent Auction.

Please contact Michelle Ciotola at to learn about business and family sponsorships, volunteer opportunities, or any questions regarding Aviator Flight Fest.

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Champions Open House - September 20, 2018

Hello Greene Families!!

We are so excited to announce our FIRST annual Champions Open House this year on Thursday, September 20, from 5:30-7pm in the cafeteria.

During this event we will share with you all the fun programming we do here in Champions. We have a curriculum based program with themes every two weeks, we hold an hour of homework time Monday-Thursday with homework assistance, and we also provide snacks.

We hold extracurricular activities as well for leadership opportunities and much more!!!!

Please come and join us Thursday, September 20th from 5:30-7pm!!!

If you are interested in Champions and would like to attend our open house please contact us at 513-487-9964 or via email

2018-19 Activities Brochure

Is your child looking to get involved in after school activities? Check out our Activities Brochure. We will announce to students before clubs start and how to sign up. This post will stay at the bottom of our newsletters if you are looking for it later.

Activities Brochure 2018-19