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

Phone: (513) 686-1750

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

Important Dates

Friday, April 2 - Spring Vacation Day - NO SCHOOL

April 6-23 - AIR testing - see below for specific dates and times

Friday, April 9 - End of 3rd Quarter

Friday, April 16 - Report Cards

AIR Testing Information

As you may know, earlier this week the federal government announced that they would not be offering state testing waivers. This means we will be administering AIR tests to students. Below you will find the dates for each test.


While the testing waiver will not be granted, the tests will not hold the same level of accountability for districts as they have in the past. Scores will not be published or used for district/building report cards and there will be no penalties or enforcement for test performance or participation levels. Results will not be used for teacher evaluations. Students will not be retained or placed in leveled classes based on their results for classes at the Greene School.


If there is a reason your child will not be testing, you will need to email Mr. Tudor (tudorm@sycamoreschools.org) with the reason by the end of the day on FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2021. Please let us know if there are any questions.


TESTING DATES

5th Grade

Reading-Tuesday, April 6th and Wednesday, April 7th 8:30-10:30

Science-Thursday, April 15th and Friday April 16th 8:30-10:00

Math-Tuesday, April 20th and Wednesday April 21st 8:30-10:15


6th Grade

Reading-Thursday, April 8th and Friday, April 9th 8:30-11:00

Math-Thursday, April 22nd and Friday, April 23rd 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 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 and 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!

PBIS Parent Survey

Parents, please take a moment to complete this PBIS Parent Survey. Thank you!


PBIS Parent Survey 2020-21

Note from Pupil Services - Preventive Education 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, and 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

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

From our Cafeteria - Menu for the week of April 5-9, 2021

Lunches next week are Chicken tender with a pretzel rod, Spaghetti with meat sauce, Mini Corn dogs, Brunch with french toast sticks, egg and sausage, and Pizza. Alternates are as usual - hamburger, cheeseburger, Chicken patty or spicy Chicken sandwich, Bagel Meal, Moo Meal, Garden salad with muffin and our fresh made to order Deli Sandwich.


Remember ALL meals are FREE this year.


If your student(s) are quarantined at home and you would like access to school meals, you can sign up for the virtual meal curbside pick up by registering here and get meals this way until you are back at school. All meals are free to ALL students. Find out more information about pick-up times, locations, and FAQs by clicking here.

After School Activities starting soon

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


Flag Football

This after school activity has been cancelled for this year.

Girls' Running Club - has been modified to a virtual activity

Girls' Basketball - Monday, April 26

Here is the link to sign up for Girls' Basketball

Girls' Basketball


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

Staff Member of the Month

If you would like to nominate a Staff Member of the Month, please use this link. 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!

Mindpeace Resources - Mental Health and 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. Here is a link to this resource.

From our PTO .... Lasagne 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

The Greene School is now offering after school activities! Please click on this link for the full brochure, which has class descriptions and registration information.