Blue Ash Elementary

February 8, 2019

Dodge Ball Day!!

It took a week longer than we expected, but we finally got to hold our staff vs. student dodge ball game. We all had a great time, and while staff may be a little sore, this fundraiser was a big success. Over $7,000 was raised to help us support our school wide positive behavior program, provide additional and varied books in our classrooms, and create a more engaging and inclusive playground.

We are very proud of how our students played the game today. They demonstrated respect and good sportsmanship. Many dressed up to show their support for the Four Be's at BAE - Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be a Problem Solver.

A special thank you to Mrs. Kolde and Mr. Weeks for organizing and preparing for this favorite event. And of course, to our DJ, Mrs "Cool School" Ostrowski for the awesome music.

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Positive Behavior Interventions at BAE

Blue Ash Elementary is proud of our implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS is a framework of proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments.

We teach our four building-wide behavioral expectations throughout our school day. They include:

  • Be Respectful

  • Be Responsible

  • Be Safe

  • Be a Problem Solver

There are times, that even with instruction and practice, our children demonstrate difficulty following “The Four Be’s”. In these cases, our PBIS team has created additional instructional sessions specifically designed to reinforce our expected school behaviors. Each session of instruction will occur during the school day and last approximately 10 minutes. This instructional time is not a consequence or punishment for students, but is an additional opportunity for us to help children learn these important skills.

If your child should demonstrate a need for this additional instruction, you will receive an email from your child’s teacher so that you are aware.

We thank you for your continued partnership and support of our school-wide behavior expectations!

Notes from our Nurse

Illness Reminders:

If you child is ill, remember to call the school absence line at 513 686-1714. It can be difficult to decide when and how long to keep an ill child home from school. The timing of the absences is often important in order to decrease the spread of disease to others.

If your child has a fever, is vomiting or has diarrhea they must stay home until they no longer have the symptom for 24 hours without the use of medication to control the symptoms.

Check our school illness guidelines at . .The school district health handbook has more information and found on the district website at .

Attention Fourth Grade Parents Hold the Date:

Blue Ash Elementary will host a Growth and Development preview night on March 13, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash Elementary (UCBA) Wing. This is an information meeting for Fourth grade parents to preview materials used for 4th grade Growth and Development class. This is a parent only meeting no childcare will be provided.

Attention Third Grade Parents:

Third grade students will begin Basic Aid Training (BAT) presented by our school nurse,

Diana Wyrick, RN. Classes will be held on February 26, 27, 28 and March 1st. This program is adapted from The American Red Cross. Your children will learn the following:

1. Steps for an Emergency Action Plan.

2. How to treat for shock.

3. Where to call in an emergency.

4. How to do Citizen CPR

5. What to do if someone chokes.

6. How to treat wounds.

7. How to treat animal bites.

8. What to do if someone falls.

9. What to do if electric shock is suspected.

10. How to prevent poisoning and what to do.

The students will be asked to share their knowledge with you. Please, encourage them to teach you what they know.

Request for 2 liter bottles:

There is a need for empty plastic 2 liter bottles. Please send in clean empty plastic 2 liter bottles to school clinic until February 22nd. Thank you for your support.

Please contact our School Nurse, Mrs. Wyrick, RN at 513-686-1713 or if you have any questions.

Yearbook Orders and Dedication Ads Available for Purchase

Yearbook pre-sales and dedication ads are now available for purchase. To order the yearbook, send in your paper form (sent home in backpacks a few weeks ago) or go online to and enter the yearbook ID code 1835019 by Sunday, Feb. 10. Yearbooks are $20 with an optional current events insert for $2. Order the yearbook now to guarantee one for your child. Only a limited quantity of extras will be available to be purchased in person in the spring.

Celebrate your children’s year or their friends, their class, their teachers, the staff, or whatever your heart desires with a yearbook dedication ad. Choose among full-page, half-page, and quarter-page ads or one-liners. Orders are due by Wed. Feb. 13. See link,, for the flier, which were also sent home in backpacks recently

Best Wishes to FLL Jr and FLL Teams

Good luck to two FIRST LEGO League Jr. teams (Lego Moon and Rocket Invaders) with 3rd graders from Blue Ash Elementary in their expo at iSpace in Sharonville on Sat., Feb. 9. The event is free to the public from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and the teams would love your support, so stop by to check out their projects. Find out more information at

In addition, congratulations to the Electric Warriors FIRST LEGO League team, representing Blue Ash Elementary with an additional student from Hilltop Elementary in Reading. The Electric Warriors received the Judges Award at the Loveland Robotics District Qualifier on Jan. 5. The 4th grade team competed against approximately 30 groups with fourth through eighth graders in this second-level competition.

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From the President's Corner

Hello! On behalf of the PTO Executive Board, we would greatly appreciate if you would take just a little bit of time to complete the following survey. We are starting plans for next year and input from families would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!!

CLICK HERE for survey

Victoria Margroum

Blue Ash Elementary PTO President

Recipes Needed for Blue Ash Elementary PTO Cookbook

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Restaurant Fundraiser ALL DAY!

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Sycamore Vocal Boosters

The Sycamore Vocal Boosters proudly present the 2019 Cabaret @ Sycamore High School in The Hub starting at 7p on Saturday, February 9th. The Cabaret features members of the HS Choral Program as soloists and in small ensembles in a coffeehouse atmosphere, singing jazz standards, musical theatre, folk, classical and foreign language pieces. Tickets $10 Advance | $12 Door.

Tickets available starting February 1 @ Limited seating. Proceeds benefit the Sycamore High School Choral Program and Sycamore Vocal Boosters.


Heading to Disney December, 2019! Register before 2/1/19 to Save $75 for new choral program members!

Did You Know?!? The neuroscience of singing shows that when we sing our neurotransmitters connect in new and different ways. It fires up the right temporal lobe of our brain, releasing endorphins that make us smarter, healthier, happier and more creative. When we sing with other people this effect is amplified. -Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others (Horn)

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Boosters Winter Social

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Link for SAB Winter Social:

Please use this link to buy your tickets to the SAB Winter Social:


Lunch and Breakfast Menu

Nutrition Nugget

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