Symmes Elementary School

Symmesational News!

January 11, 2019


Jan. 11 - Report cards distributed

Jan. 14 - 18 - Basic Aid Training for 3rd Grade
Jan. 21 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Jan. 22 - Feb. 15 District Wide Kindergarten Registration
Feb. 1 - International Night - 6:00 - 8:00 pm

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Substitute Teacher for Media Center

Dear Families,

My name is Mrs. Jennie Beran, and I am so excited to be your child's substitute teacher while Mrs. Beckman is on maternity leave. We are going to learn so many new and exciting things together! Recently, I had the opportunity to shadow Mrs. Beckman in order to familiarize myself with her routines, schedules, and the media center STEAM curriculum. I will be following and instructing the students from lesson plans she as prepared in advance.

After graduating from Miami University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, my first teaching job was in fourth grade right here at Symmes Elementary School. Over my 10 years here, I taught third and fourth grade until I decided to stay home and raise my family. My husband and I have three wonderful children. Our oldest child, Adam, is a senior at Miami University and will be graduating this spring with a finance degree. Our daughter, Claire, is a sophomore at Miami and is studying Speech Pathology. Our youngest child, Colin, is a sophomore at Loveland High School where he runs cross-country and track.

For the past 10 years, I have been employed as a substitute teacher in both Loveland and Sycamore School Districts. I have had several opportunities to long-term sub for teachers within the Sycamore School District at Symmes and Maple Dale and know many of your children already!

I look forward to working with all of the wonderful Symmes students beginning in January!


Mrs. Beran (Mrs. B)

Melanie Beckman, M.Ed.

Media Center Specialist

Symmes Elementary

Symmes 7th annual International Night

We need volunteers! If you would like to help, please sign up below!
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January 22, 2019 through February 15, 2019

District Office

5959 Hagewa Drive

Cincinnati, OH 45242


Daytime and evening appointments will be available

Beginning January 7th, families must complete all online forms.

The 2019-20 school year will not open in Final Forms until January 7th, 2019. Any forms completed prior to January 7th will result in registration for the 2018-19 school year.

Instructions for completing these forms can be found on our website under the registration tab at

Once all forms are complete, follow the instructions to make an appointment online.

*All appointments are made electronically.

*If Final Forms is not complete, your appointment will not be accepted.

Lottery deadline for full day kindergarten is February 15th, 2019.

*Full day selection is NOT based on your appointment date.

*All students registered by the deadline will be entered in to the lottery if you choose.

A $100 deposit is required at your registration appointment

to be included in the full day lottery.

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Child Nutrition Services introduces My School Menus

Sycamore Community Schools Child Nutrition Services is excited to introduce My School Menus interactive online menus. My School Menus allows easy access to complete nutrition information for the school meal programs 24-7-365.

My School Menus has great new features to better serve our students and families:

  • Nutrient Data by Menu item - hovering over a menu item will show nutrient data
  • Build-a-Meal Nutrient Data - choose build-a-meal to get totals of individual nutrients for all items chosen by a student
  • Ingredient information for certain menu items
  • Complete list of all food choices available to students
  • Allergen identification - allergen filter to strikethrough foods containing the following allergens: wheat, soy, eggs, fish, peanuts, tree nuts, milk
  • Attribute identification - symbols identifying foods as GMO-free, kosher, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, locally grown, made from scratch
  • Translation to 180 languages using Google Translate
  • Ability to link to Child Nutrition sites like prepayments, applications, and policies
  • Information about Child Nutrition

You can access our online, interactive menus by visiting and clicking on Menus or by clicking here. My School Menus is also available inside the Sycamore Community Schools app. You will be asked to download My School Menus the first time you click on the icon inside the Sycamore Schools app. Once you have installed it on your device, you won't be asked to do this again.

For more information on how to access all of these exciting features, watch this video.

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News from our Nurse for 3rd Grade Families

Attention Third Grade Parents,

Your children are being taught Basic Aid Training (BAT) by our school nurse, Julie Ferron on the week of January 14th. This is a Red Cross course designed for third graders. Your children will learn the following:

1. Steps for an Emergency Action Plan.

2. How to treat for shock.

3. Hands only CPR

4. Where to call in an emergency.

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. Poison and water safety

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

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