Symmes Elementary School

Symmesational News!

August 14, 2020

Hello Symmes Families-

We have been working tirelessly during these ever-changing times to prepare our school and our staff to provide your family with the excellent school experience that you have come to expect. We are trying to ensure that you receive ACCURATE information as quickly as possible. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding. We appreciate your confidence that we are making ALL preparations with the safety and education of your child in mind.

We hope you and your family are well and we look forward to the start of the school year.

Anne VanKirk

Principal, Symmes Elementary

Mark your Calendar!


  • September 1: Drive-Thru Meet the Teacher event for Face-to-Face students. See below for some additional details.
  • September 3: Transition Day for Symmes Face-to-Face students with last names starting with A-L.
  • September 4: Transition Day for Symmes Face-to-Face students with last names starting with M-Z.
  • September 7: Labor Day- No School
  • September 8: First Day ALL Students
  • October 27: Picture Day


  • September 7: Labor Day - No School

  • September 8: First Day ALL Students

  • Still planning: Picture Day for Virtual Classroom students, Meet the Teacher event, and chromebook pick-up.


During this drive thru event on September 1, Face-to-Face students will have a chance to see their teacher for this school year.

If you have school supplies that you don't want your child to have to carry into school on their first day, you can drop them off with their teacher at this time. Please place items in a disposable bag and label with your child's name and teacher.

Face-to-Face students will be expected to turn in district laptops at this time.

IMPORTANT- If your child will need medication administered or kept in the Nurse's office this year you must drop off the medication and medication orders with Nurse Ferron during the Drive Thru Meet the Teacher. Here is the link to our medication order form:

Medication Order Form-2019 (3).pdf

Please take this to your physician to sign. We need an order for any prescribed medication or over the counter medication. Nurse Ferron will have a tent to drive up to and drop off medication and orders during this event.

Transition Days

We are excited to welcome back our students to school whether they will be attending school face-to-face or virtually! For our students who will be attending school face-to-face, Sycamore has decided to implement transition days for our Kindergarten - 4th grade students to help make the transition back to school a little bit easier.

For the face-to-face students whose last names begin with A through L: their transition start date will be on Thursday, September 3rd. For the face-to-face students whose last name begin with M through Z, their transition start date will be on Friday, September 4th. All students (virtual and face-to-face) will begin attending classes on Tuesday, September 8th.

This transition day for face-to-face learning will allow our students to begin to learn the new safety protocol routines more easily as well as to ease our students back into the buildings.

More information will be coming soon regarding transition activities for our virtual classroom learners.

Preschool families - you will receive more details in regards to preschool’s start date soon.

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Final Forms Reminder

Every student must have competed Final Forms before the start of school. Please login to Final Forms and check that all of your child's forms are complete. If you completed Final Forms earlier this summer, please note that a new page has been added which you need to sign to be considered complete. You will know you are complete if the list of pages requiring your signature are all green.

A note from our school nurse

Remember that I need to have immunization records, physician's report and dental records for NEW students in any grade including kindergarten. Please make sure you have submitted the most current forms. This applies to EVERY NEW STUDENT regardless of whether you are virtual or in person. Click HERE to access the required forms on our website. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

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  • We will be giving each face-to-face student a personal pouch with a clean and a dirty side for mask storage during lunch and recess. See photo to the left.
  • Remember that students will not be sharing ANY supplies during the school day. Please label everything you can with your child's name- including headphones, jackets, luchboxes, backpacks, and school supplies.
  • The drinking fountains will not be operational this year but our water bottle filling stations will be. Please consider sending a water bottle with a closed or lidded drinking area with your student.
  • You may also wish to send your student to school with a personal pack of tissues and a personal hand sanitizer.


  • If your child will be a virtual classroom student, we suggest choosing a suitable workspace and assembling your student's school supplies so they are easy for them to access throughout the school day.

Shop at

The new online store at features 150+ Sycamore Aviators-licensed items and other gifts including:

  • School supplies and required readings;

  • Aves Face Masks - two styles;

  • Spirit and sportswear from Nike, Under Armour, and Champion brands; AND

  • Novelty and gift items (stickers, water bottles, flags, magnets, mugs).

We offer free contactless delivery within the District (including any school locations for teachers and staff) on all orders $19.99 and above, as well as curbside pickup at the Sycamore High School main office/theatre entrance on Wednesdays in August. If that time doesn't work for you, please reach out, and we will do our best to work out other arrangements.

As always, enjoy tax-free shopping at the Aves Hangar. As a non-profit organization, we never charge tax on any items and sales benefit Sycamore High School PTO. For questions or more information, email Amy Browns Taylor at

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