September 27, 2019
Our Flight Pattern
Attendance Line: (513) 686-1756
IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR
Monday, September 30 - Picture Re-take Day - 8:00 - 12:00 pm
Monday, September 30 - Friday, October 4 - BOXTOPS collection
Wednesday, October 2 - PTO Meeting - 10:30 - 12:30 pm - Media Center
Monday, October 14 - NO School for students - Teacher Records Day
Tuesday, October 15 - 2nd Picture Re-take Day
Thursday, October 24 - Parent-Teacher Conferences - 3:30 - 7:30 pm
Thursday, October 24 - November 1 - Book Fair
Friday, October 25 - NO School for students - Parent-Teacher Conferences - 7:30 - 3:00 pm
Wednesday, October 30 - Parent-Teacher Conferences - 3:30 - 7:30 pm
The Walkathon was a day full of fun! Mrs. Carlton's class had the highest percentage of students with donations. Their prize... they got to silly string Mr. Tudor!
Text+Thinking=Real Reading.After creating “Reading Salad” yesterday, this Venn Diagram helped Yellow Team students appreciate visuals! Students were able to share honest & powerful chats about fake reading experiences in the past!
Fun with Algebra
Building algebraic expressions and learning all the parts can be daunting! The White Team was up to the challenge.
Greene Picture Re-Take Day - September 30th!
If your child did not have their photo taken during the August 5th "Get Connected Day", this will be the first opportunity to have the photo taken. Parents may go online to mylifetouch.com and place an order. The Picture Day ID is: EVT3MWTZ3. Please have your child bring the order confirmation number to the photographer.
If you are placing an order with cash or a check, you will need to complete an order form which is available in the Front Office. Your child will then bring the order form with payment to school on September 30th and give to the Lifetouch photographer.
If you want your child to have their picture re-taken, please have him or her bring the original picture packet to give to the Lifetouch photographer.
There will be a second Re-take day on October 15th.
Super Hero Walkathon
Superheros of all types showed up to the EH Greene Walk-a-thon! Thank you to all of our EH Greene families, students and staff, you make this event possible and such a success!!!
We have a few more prizes to hand out on Monday. If your student has not received their T-shirt ($100 in pledges) or Carnival tickets (10 or more individual pledges in total) by next week please contact co-chairs Camilla or Megan via e-mail email@example.com
***Please note that Carnival ticket vouchers are NOT required for redemption of tickets. We are keeping a list of students who earned this prize and will send specific instructions closer to carnival time.****
A HUGE thank you to local vendors!! Please show your support to these businesses as they have shown their support to us!
Rhino’s Soft Serve & Frozen Yogurt, Scene75 Entertainment Center, Good Pie Y’all, Dart Dash, Pogo Play, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, DJ Spicy Noodle, Kenwood/Esquire/Mariemont Theaters, My Sensory Tools, Wage War Apparel &, Fresh Thyme Market.
BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION
Please begin clipping those box tops, downloading the Box Top app and scanning receipts, and mark your calendars for our Fall Box Tops collection September 30- October 4. 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 teachers. With the new box top labels, receipts must be scanned to the app in order to be counted. When scanning, push the credit tab at the bottom of the screen and enter your child's homeroom teacher's name/color of wing. This will credit your child's contribution to the classroom/wing count.
Consider that your child may also ask other special people in their lives (grandparents, aunts/uncles, friends/neighbors) to clip/save or scan receipts/credit to teacher/wing for them too. This is a great way to boost their collection and an easy way for loved ones to support our school!
#speakupAVES Mental Health Awareness Month
Sycamore Community Schools has made mental health, fighting its stigma, and advocating for its awareness, a priority among all buildings and within all grade levels. For the entire month of September, we will be engaging students, staff, and families in important conversations through our #speakupAVES campaign.
Unfortunately, mental health issues are a drastically rising problem among adolescents. According to research performed by the Child Mind Institute, one in five teens and adults suffer from mental illness and 20% of children ages 13-18 live with a mental disorder. It impacts people of all ages, demographics, and income levels. That is why Sycamore is committed to caring for the whole child and providing support for students, families, and staff.
#speakupAVES and Warrior Run
Sycamore Community Schools continues to collaborate with 1N5, a local nonprofit organization committed to stopping the stigma and starting the conversation by increasing awareness and education about mental health.
#speakupAVES Month is focused on raising awareness and will culminate with Sycamore High School’s participation in the 1N5 Warrior Run on October 5. As a part of the high school challenge, every dollar raised by the team will be reinvested back into Sycamore High School for mental health, mindfulness, and suicide prevention programming. Click here to sponsor the “Sycamore sAVES” team and select “donate.” You can also join the team by registering to be a part of the race by clicking here and select “join the team.”
School-Based Therapy Services
Meanwhile, Sycamore Schools continue to provide better access to mental health services for students. All seven Sycamore schools are now staffed with school-based therapists for the 2019-2020 school year. Children’s Hospital provides on-site independently licensed therapists at all seven schools at no cost to the district to confidentially serve students with significant mental health challenges.
Medication Management Services
Beginning in September, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital will also begin offering medication management services to families engaged in school-based therapy. These services include the evaluation, prescription, and management of medication for clients. Medication management services are delivered by an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). The APRN will be at our District Office at 5959 Hagewa Drive two half-days per month. If parents are interested in engaging with medication management services, parents can schedule appointments directly through their building therapist. To receive these services, students must be active clients of the school-based therapist.
Help Us Start the Conversation, Stop the Stigma
But it doesn’t end with therapy and medication. It’s about providing a safe environment for students so that they can come to school feeling comfortable and ready to learn. District administrators have initiated the process of developing a comprehensive, three-year strategic plan based on feedback from a voluntary survey on mental health. Simply put, mental health awareness is not limited to the month of September in Sycamore Community Schools.
As a superintendent, I am proud of the work our school counselors, teachers, and staff are doing to increase their own awareness while supporting the whole child. As a parent, I am continually reassured by the commitment our educators have to student social and emotional wellness.
So for the month of September, let’s engage in tough and important conversations with one another around mental health. But let’s not let it end there. This is a year-long, lifetime battle, and Sycamore Community Schools is committed every day.
To discuss any of our mental health services available or with questions regarding services, Lisa Zelvy, Pupil Services Supervisor, is available to assist you. She can be reached at (513) 686-1700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Directory Spot App Coming Soon!
Your membership dues support many activities and programs at E.H. Greene including assemblies, field day, science programs, new technology, community outreach, staff appreciation, and much more! PTO members also receive access to an app called “Directory Spot “ which allows you to access the student directory electronically. Follow this link for information on how to join. https://www.sycamoreschools.org/Page/2908 . Questions contact Kim Hueil, PTO Membership and Directory Chair at email@example.com
Teachable Moments:Know! To Handle Mean Girls and Move on
If your child’s safety is at-risk at any point, her property gets damaged or stolen, or the situation simply becomes too much for her to handle directly, you (parents) will need to step in and contact the school, law enforcement, or other appropriate party, depending on the circumstances.
In the previous tip, Know! To Defend Against Mean Girls, we learned that the long-term consequences of mean-girl-type bullying include eating disorders, body image issues, substance abuse, PTSD, self-harming behaviors, depression and even thoughts of suicide. Clearly an issue to be addressed.
In fact, addressing the issue through open and positive communication is what experts say is the best defense in protecting our daughters.
In talking with her about a mean girl situation, experts encourage parents to:
Empathize and Validate: A surefire way to get your child to never tell you anything again is to blow off or minimize her experience. Instead, allow her to share how she is feeling. Listen attentively before you start asking questions or offering advice. Let her know you understand how she must feel betrayed, embarrassed or hurt, but that the problem lies within this other person, not her. Remind her of her beauty and strengths, and all the positives she radiates.
Encourage Confidence and Assertiveness: Mean girls generally target those they feel they can easily manipulate and control. Empower your daughter by teaching her stand tall, use a strong speaking voice and to make eye contact when addressing this person. The goal is for your daughter to confidently defend herself, while remaining respectful and not resorting to “mean girl” tactics in return. Remind your child that this other person is counting on her being passive, and she must see that she has barked up the wrong tree.
Help her Consider her Response: Remind your daughter that we cannot control other people’s mouths or actions, but we can control how we respond to them. Encourage her to keep her responses free of emotion, regardless of what this other girl says or does. And if it is too much, she should just ignore the girl and walk away. Encourage her to then come talk to you or another trusted adult on how to go from there.
Suggest she Seek Out New Friends: Oftentimes the mean girl is a person your child thought was her friend. And if this newfound “frenemy” has successfully recruited other girls in their circle to join her, your daughter may find herself on the outside. Talk with your child about how to spot fake friends, and what it means to be a real friend. Encourage her to branch out and think about other peers who might be fun to hang out with, and be willing to help her develop those new relationships.
Something additionally to keep in mind is that most children want us (mom and dad) to think they are popular and well-liked, because they believe that is what we want for them. They may hesitate to share these types of incidents with us so as not to “disappoint” us. Naturally we want our children to have friends and be well-liked, but we must be careful to put the emphasis on the quality of those friendships, not the quantity.
Our children must know they are worthy and deserving of kindness and real friends, and they must carefully choose the people they allow in. They must also be comfortable in coming to us if problems arise, and do so long before things spiral out of control.
Sources: Laurel-Ann Dooley, Woman’s Day: 8 Ways to Help Your Daughter Deal with Mean Girls. Mar 29, 2017. Sherri Gordon, Very Well Family: 9 Things You Need to Tell Your Daughter About Mean Girls. Jul 28,2019. Maria Lally. The Telegraph: Mean Girls - How to talk to your daughter about toxic friendships. Apr 8, 2016. Peggy Moss, JD, EmpoweringParents.com: Girl Bullying: What to Do When Your Daughter Is the Victim of “Mean Girls.”
JUNIOR HIGH FLIGHT FEST 2019
FLIGHT FEST - OCTOBER 19, 2019!
Please visit our website at www.aviatorflightfest.com to Register for the Race, Sign Up to Volunteer or learn more about Family Sponsorships.
Help Promote Flight Fest!
We still have a lot of yard signs available for families to put in their yard to promote Flight Fest to the broader community. If you are interested in helping spread the word, please visit the SJH Office to get a sign!
SCAVENGER HUNT STARTS SEPTEMBER 27th!
Parents! Please encourage your child and their friends to create a team for the 2019 SJH Scavenger Hunt! The team will come together to complete missions between September 27th and October 17th. Winners will be announced at the SJH Pep Rally on October 18th! Visit www.aviatorflightfest.com or review your Flight Plan for more information.
ONLINE AUCTION IS LIVE!
The online auction is open! Be sure to check in weekly for new items as they are added. Items will continue to be added up to October 9th! The online auction closes on October 19th at 10am. The link to view the auction is below.
Please contact Michelle Ciotola at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about business and family sponsorships, volunteer opportunities, or any questions regarding Aviator Flight Fest.
Sycamore High School Variety Show!
Sycamore High School Variety Show With Special Guests Everlasting Monsoon and Education Breakdown! *2 UNIQUE SHOWS: October 4 and 5!*
Both nights feature groups and soloists who are members of the student body including vocal and instrumental groups, cool human tricks, dance, a performance by choral program ensembles and more! Proceeds benefit the Sycamore Vocal Boosters.
Tickets: $10 available pre-sale at www.aveschoir.org / $12 at the door. Reserved seating.
Come to Sycamore GEAR's Coffee & Conversation to learn how Sycamore applies Project Based Learning to the gifted student. Take the information we learned last year at our “General Introduction to PBL” coffee and see specifically where gifted kids fit into the PBL model. Everyone is invited whether your child is in the gifted program or not!