Greene Notes

October 28, 2022

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Welcome to the E.H. Greene Intermediate School Newsletter! Every Friday, you will receive a weekly update about important information, dates, and the fantastic things going on in our school and community!

E.H. Greene Intermediate School

Address: 5200 Aldine Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

Office Hours: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

School Hours: 8:00 am - 2:45 pm

Phone: (513) 686-1750

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

UPCOMING WEEK

Dates

Letter Days for the week of October 31-November 4:


Monday - C Day, Tuesday - D Day, Wednesday -A Day, Thursday - B Day, Friday- C Day


Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, October 31-Student Dress-Up Day

Friday, November 4-Report Cards Uploaded to E-Backpack

Monday, November 7-Parent-Teacher Conferences (Virtual): 4:00-7:30

Thursday, November 10-Parent-Teacher Conferences (In-Person): 4:00-7:30

KEY INFORMATION FOR THE WEEK!

Conferences

We will have four conference dates: three in the fall and one in the spring. Our fall dates will be a mix of in-person and virtual as indicated below. Our spring date will be an in-person session. The fall dates will be student-led conferences. The spring date will be a teacher-led conference.


Parents will sign up for the fall conferences through a coordinated process with teachers. Please look for the sign up sheet in the Team Newsletter to schedule your time for conferences. You may also have received a direct email from your child's teacher to sign up for a specific time.


Spring conferences will be requested by teachers for any student in their homeroom for which they or the team has concerns. Parents can choose to decline the conference.


Of course, at any time we respect the right of parents to request a conference and will offer AM and team planning time to meet those requests.


    • 1st Date: November 7th (Monday) Evening Conference-4:00-7:30: Virtual.
    • 2nd Date: November 10th (Thursday) Evening Conference-4:00-7:30: In-Person.
    • 3rd Date: November 14th (Monday) Evening Conference-4:00-7:30: Virtual.
    • 4th Date: February 16th (Thursday): Evening Conference-4:00-7:30: In-Person.

Halloween Guidelines: October 31st

Based on our successful Walk-A-Thon fundraising, our students will be dressing up on Halloween . HERE are the guidelines!
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Book Fair!

Dear Parents and Families:


Get Ready! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming our way (YAY!). Choosing their own books empowers kids and inspires them to become Bolder, Prouder, and Stronger Readers. AND—as always—every book they buy earns rewards for our school.


Here’s what you need to know about the Fair, which will take place from November 7 - 11, in the Orange/Green Flex Room (Room 1305/1355). Students will have opportunities before school, during lunch, during multimedia class, and at other times during the day to select books. The bookfair will also be open to parents during Parent-Teacher Conferences on November 10th from 3:30-7:30 PM.


This year, say goodbye to cash and hello to eWallet—your child’s digital payment account. Before the Fair, set up eWallet for worry-free, cash-free purchases. Create your students eWallet today. https://www.scholastic.com/bf/ehgreene


If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.


Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/ehgreene.

Book Fair Parent Volunteers

The students love attending the Book Fair. Each student will have the opportunity to shop during their Media Center Specials bell. As well as before school, during lunch and at conference night Thursday November 10th. Having the book fair open for all students will require volunteers on site throughout the whole day. We could really use some support from our families to sign up for Sales and Stocker roles. Sign up for an hour or 2 or 3 the kids will love seeing your smiling faces! https://tinyurl.com/EHGBookfair

Greene Theater


Performing Arts, Inc. is bringing musical theater to Greene! We are excited to continue the interest and shows that exist at our elementary school in musical theater. Please see the schedule below as well as the flyer for additional contact and tryout information!



5th grade: Beauty and the Beast Jr

- Auditions: 11/8, 3:00 – 4:15

- Rehearsals: 11/15 – 1/31 (no rehearsals 11/22, 12/20, 1/3, 1/17) 3:00 -4:15 each day

- Dress Rehearsal: 2/7, 3:00 – 4:30

- Show: 2/10 (6:00 and 8:00)

6th grade: Beauty and the Beast Jr

- Auditions: 2/14, 3:00 – 4:15

- Rehearsals: 2/28 – 4/18 (no rehearsal 2/21, 3/21) 3:00 -4:15 each day

- Dress Rehearsal: 4/25, 3:00 – 4:30

- Show: 4/28 (6:00 and 8:00)



Contact: Cheryl Heaton cheryl@performingartsinc.net

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Sycamore Athletic Boosters

Need a night out while also Supporting Sycamore Athletics?! The Annual Sycamore Booster Card Tournament is coming up! It's a great time for everyone! Grab some friends and head to Fretboard to play some cards November 12th.


Click on the link for more details or head to the Sycamore Athletic Booster website and look for events!

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Community Outreach - Sock Collection

Now that you’ve walked your socks off at the Walk A Thon our PTO Community Outreach team is conducting a new sock drive at Greene! Students can bring socks in new packaging to be placed in collection bins at Greene. Socks are a high value need for Sycamore Bridges and Operation Give Back!


We will have collection bins available beginning October 31 through December 2.

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Biker Safety: IMPORTANT!

Bike Riders who are entering Greene School via Zig Zag need to use the bike path behind Maple Dale and the crosswalk on Hageway by the District Office before parking their bike on the upper parking lot of District Office and using the sidewalk to enter Greene through the bus lot entrance.



There have been a few "near accidents" in the last few mornings. We want to ensure everybody's safety.


If you have a student who is confused on where/how to do this, please have them see me and I will show them the route. It is the same route that we did for Walk-A-Thon!


Thanks for speaking to your student about this!

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Reporting Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Incidence


In an ongoing effort to provide a safe learning environment, Sycamore is requesting parents, students, and staff to inform administration (or whoever) of any perceived incidents of harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

Per the Sycamore Board of Education policy JFCF, harassment, intimidation, and bullying are defined as any provoked and intentional written, verbal, electronic or physical act that a student has exhibited toward another particular student more than once and the behavior both:

1. causes mental or physical harm to the other student; and

2. is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other student.

To view the complete policy, visit www.sycamore schools.org under the Board of Education tab, scroll down to “Policies”, search for policy “JFCF and “JFCG-P.

Sycamore will do everything possible to address any complaints of harassment, intimidation, and bullying. We encourage students, staff, parents, and community members to report this type of behavior to the district if help is needed to solve a problem.

To report an incident of harassment, intimidation, and bullying,

1. Go to the district’s website,www.sycamoreschools.org or on the individual school’s website under “Bullying Prevention” to find the form.

2. “Report Bullying

3. Fill the form on-line and submit it electronically.

4. Hard copies of this form are available in each of the schools.

Complete the hard copy of the report form and turn it into the building principal. The building principal or designee will promptly investigate all reported incidents.

It is difficult to investigate reported incidences that are anonymously submitted. However, every effort will be made to maintain the confidentiality of the reporter. Deliberate false reporting of harassment, intimidation, and bullying is prohibited.


Staff of the Month Nominations

Nomination Form is HERE. If you believe a staff member has gone "above and beyond" and you want to recognize them, please fill this out!

Parent Lunch

If your student has a birthday or special day, you are welcome to bring them a special lunch. Please double-check with our student regarding their lunch time. Let your student know that you will be bringing the lunch to the office. Then, the student will come to the office during their lunch and pick up their special lunch. We ask you only bring lunch for your student.


For now, (due to a number of factors with construction, parking, cafeteria size in relation to our class sizes, etc.), we are not having open parent lunch week for parents to join their student at lunch. We may revisit this past practice in the spring. We appreciate your understanding.

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

After-School Clubs and Activities: Parent Pick-Up

We are so excited to have a number of after-school clubs/activities started or getting started soon. Since we have a new building, I wanted to review the "pick-up" process.


  1. Parents should pull along the curb to wait for their student. The first car will pull to the front of the sidewalk just past the front entrance. The remaining cars will line up in a single-file line behind the first car. We have quite a long driveway and a number of parents should be able to fit on the lot.
  2. Parents DO NOT need to leave their cars to come get their kiddos!
  3. Students have been instructed to come out the front door and wait until they see their car pull-up to the sidewalk space in front of the building and gym. Please reinforce this with your student.
  4. After retrieving your student, you may pull ahead or, if careful, pull to the left and follow the circle through the parking lot to exit the school grounds. This process is different than pick-up or dismissal where we expect parents to "stay in line". The reason for this difference is because of the different times that clubs/activities may exit.
  5. If you would like, you are welcome to utilize any spaces in the main parking lot if you arrive significantly early and want to wait. More spaces will open up as construction slows down.


Thanks for your help with this process!

Delray Drive

Per our transporation department's request, PLEASE AVOID using this drive during arrival and dismissal times. Our buses travel from Greene to the Junior HIgh on this drive and use of this drive will significantly create traffic issues for yourself and our transporation department.


It is HIGHLY SUGGESTED that you would utilize Kenwood Road to Aldine Drive to arrive at school for car drop-off and pick-up. When leaving the school, turn RIGHT to avoid the congestion.


We appreciate your understanding and believe this will truly help accentuate our new building's traffic flow design to keep our bus traffic and car traffic separate.

Bikers/Walkers: Permanent and Temporary Changes

PERMANENT: Thanks to some discussion and problem-solving with some 6th graders (particularly Bryce Hutzelman, Evan Milar, and Luke Recker), we have installed a few bike racks at the "upper" parking lot at District Office. If a student comes from the Zig-Zag/Hagewa route and would prefer to park their bike and walk the new path to the bus entrance of our building, they can do that. Students can still take the Stonehenge route and arrive via the front entrance. We will have bike racks at both locations.


TEMPORARY: There will be construction going on by the new bus entrance on Stonehenge (right where Aldine turns into Stonehenge). This will necessitate the sidewalk being closed for a period of time. So, students who bikes/walks that route may want to consider one of the other options


  • Park at the Upper Lot of District Office (more racks will be temporarily added)
  • Enter/Leave the school via the Aldine/Kenwood route
  • Utilize the Sidewalk on the other side of Stonehenge.



Thanks...we LOVE that so many kids are able to walk/bike and want to continue to support this for our kids. Nice work, Bryce, Evan, and Luke!

Key Information

Bus Riders

You can check for your child's bus stop information by visiting the TRANSPORTATION PAGE. The transportation department will update this information. Bus Riders will be assigned to a specific bus in the morning and in the afternoon. Please keep in mind that we cannot make any changes to bus assignments at the school level. Students will not be able to ride another bus to a friend's home. If your child is a bus rider and you need to pick him or her up on a particular day, please let the office know by emailing a note to: "ehgattendance@sycamoreschools.org".



Car Rider Drop Off

Car riders will be dropped off by the main entrance no earlier than 7:15 via the traffic signs. In order to drop off students, parents should follow the main driveway to the drop-off zone. When directed, students from those cars that area in the designated area will dismiss and enter the building at one time. No cars will leave during this time. Then, when directed by staff, all cars in the designated area will leave. The next group of cars that are waiting in line will then be directed by staff to move to the drop-off zone. This process will be repeated throughout the drop-off timeframe.


Car Rider Pick Up

Dismissal begins at 2:45 pm. If your child is a car rider, please note that cars are not permitted on the lot for pick up until after 2:30 pm. In order to pick up students, parents should follow the driveway to the pick-up zone. When directed, students will be dismised to the cars in the designated area at one time. No cars will leave during this time. Then, when directed by staff, all cars in the designated area will leave. The next group of cars that are waiting in line will then be directed by staff to move to the pick-up zone. This process will be repeated throughout the pick-up timeframe.The process we use for car rider dismissal should allow all children to be picked up by 3:10 pm.


We will again be using the "Parent Pick up Tags" for Car Riders. All families will receive a numbered tag in the mail prior to the start of school.


Early Dismissal

If you have an appointment during the regular school day and need to pick your child up early, please notify the office in advance ("ehgattendance@sycamoreschools. org") , park in the visitor's lot and come into the main office. Be sure to bring an ID with you. Thank you.


Champions After School Care

Champions After School Care will not be held at Greene. Instead, Champions will take place at the 4 elementary schools. Parents can sign up for the Champions program that will be held at your student's previous (home) elementary school. The district will provide transportation from Greene to the elementary.


Parents will need to complete a Sycamore transportation form indicating that they will be going to an elementary school for After School Champions. Shari Paguette, director of the Champions programs, also requested that parents call her at at 513-680-2564 to confirm that their students will be attending a Champions program. She will then connect with our Bus compound to ensure transportation arrangements and will confirm registration with the families. Thank you.

TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION

Canvas

Parent Access to Canvas LMS

At the start of next school year (2023-24), Sycamore Schools will be transitioning to a new Learning Management System called Canvas. Canvas is a widely used Learning Management System in K-12 schools and beyond. This year, staff members will begin transitioning to this new LMS. Parents will have access to a parent account in Canvas that can be linked to their student(s). To create an account, please follow the steps below:

  1. Generate a pairing code from your student’s Sycamore Canvas course (instructions).

  2. Visit the parent login page and create an account in the top right corner (this will require the pairing code from step 1.

  3. Once submitted, the parent account will be connected to the student account for current and future courses.

Please note that this school year will be a transition year, meaning the use and adoption of Canvas will be varied from teacher to teacher with full implementation expected at the start of the 23-24 school year.

Technology

Chromebook Warranty Program Updates


We have recently experienced some changes to how our student devices are covered under warranty. To streamline the warranty process for all students, starting with the 2022-23 school year, all students will be allotted $100 of repair, per year, following the fee replacement table below. If repair costs exceed the allotted $100, the remaining costs will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian/student.


Fee Replacement Table:


Device - $250 | Screen - $100 | Shell - $100 | AC adapter - $25 | Keyboard - $25 | Device Case - $20



Important Reminders:

  • Students must keep the school issued protective case on the device at all times.

    • Accidents happen. To better protect Sycamore Chromebooks and reduce the number of devices in need of repair, Sycamore Schools has invested in an “always-on” case. This case should not be removed for any reason. Any damage that occurs when the case is not on the device will be the responsibility of the parent/student/guardian.

  • Lost/Stolen devices are not covered under the annual $100 allotment.

    • Lost - full replacement cost is the responsibility of the parent/guardian/student.

    • Stolen - Devices reported as stolen outside of school require that parents notify police and provide a copy of an official police report to the school administration. Theft Inside school requires a letter signed by the parent/guardian and stating the date, time, location and description of the situation.

  • Manufacturer’s defects and issues will continue to be covered under the manufacturer warranty and will not have an impact on the $100 allotment.


My device is broken or not functioning correctly - what do I do?

If you have broken your device or it is not functioning correctly, please visit your school’s media center for additional assistance. Our team will troubleshoot the reported issue and if a fix is not immediately available, a loaner device will be provided.


See below for additional information regarding our steps and process for determining any fees associated with Chromebook damage:

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CHILD NUTRITION INFORMATION

Food!

A few notes from Ms. Georgia in our cafeteria:


1. Make sure to check Parent Portal and see the balance of money for your students who are buying breakfast, lunch, and/or snacks. A few kiddos are in the "red" and need some money deposited in their accounts.


2. We love that our kiddos are utilizing our cafeteria for meals and/or snacks. This is a good time of year to work through your expected budget and purchases with your kids so they know what they can and can't buy on a daily or weekly basis.


3. If you need help with signing up for free and reduced lunch, please reach out to Ms. Georgia at stjohng@sycamoreschools.org. It can be a bit tricky and she would be glad to help you!

Summer- Pandemic EBT


There is a new window that the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services is opening on November 1st, 2022 to submit any families that did NOT get their PBET benefits for the summer. This would be for any family that qualified for free or reduced price lunch last school year and had an active Sycamore student (this does not include pre-school).


IF you believe you should have qualified and did not receive these benefits please email Kelsey Warren - warrenk@sycamoreschools.org. Provide student names and ID#s in the email.


More information on what pandemic EBT is can be found here.

COMMUNICATION INFORMATION

Parent Communication

Greene School is using the following email for parent communication This replaces the paper form that you may have used at the elementary schools. This email is for absences, early dismissal, and/or late arrivals. Please inform us using the email by 1:00 and you will receive an confirmation email.

If you have an appointment during the regular school day and need to pick your child up early, please notify the office in advance ("ehgattendance@sycamoreschools. org") , park in the visitor's lot and come into the main office. Be sure to bring an ID with you. Thank you.

Email Notifications

Information that is emailed to parents will automatically go to the Primary Parent as designated in Final Forms. If an additional parent/guardian is wanting to receive the school emails (such as the weekly newsletter) or anybody is having issues receiving the newsletter, please refer to the following typical problems and solutions:



  • The current, accurate email address isn't in ProgressBook. You need to update your email address in Final Forms as well as any additional email addresses that you would like to have receive communication.
  • The correct email address actually is in ProgressBook. Parent may not be getting emails because you've opted out from receiving messages from the district at some point in the past. This is actually incredibly common. If you believe this is the case, please reach out to our building directly and we will work on this issue.
  • The correct email address actually is in ProgressBook. School emails may be going to your spam folder.

Final Forms

Please check and update your student information on Final Forms.


As in the past, we need ALL parents or guardians to log into Final Forms and update any necessary changes for our 2022-2023 school year ASAP. That way, any potential issues/problems/questions can be addressed before our return to school at the end of August. Some forms require a student signature. You are required to sign the forms at the beginning of each new school year. A signature is also required after any update or as additional forms are added.


Please be sure to go to the "Transportation Information" section in Final Forms. Here you may give permission to those who may pick up your child from school, and designate emergency contacts. Please be sure to "check" all those who will be able to pick up your child from school. Thank you.

Parenting Plans/Copied on Correspondance

If appropriate, please provide the office with custody information and updated parenting plans for your child. Please indicate if you would like to be "copied on correspondence."

PTO INFORMATION

Greene PTO

Please fill out the google form below to join the Greene School PTO. This is an annual membership so if you are returning to Greene please fill this out again. It’s important for all parents and staff to be a PTO member. There are no membership fees this year but we kindly ask that you consider donating to the PTO if you are able to do so. It helps us cover expenses such as the DirectorySpot App. We use this information to give you access to the Greene directory and only PTO members can vote and ask for gifting requests!


Please join today! There is a lot more information to come.


Kristy and Kristofer

Greene PTO Co-Presidents


Questions please email us at grpto@sycamoreschools.org


PTO Membership Form


Greene School PTO Membership and Online Student Directory

Art Room Volunteers

The art room is in need of volunteers. Please see the sign up below.

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/20f0e49abaa2aa2fa7-artroom/13113691

PARENT INFORMATION

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Activity Brochure

We are excited to release the Activity Brochure. These activities are a great opportunity for students to get involved and meet new friends. The sponsor of each club will come on our video announcements to share about the club and how to sign up a couple of weeks before they begin.


EHG Activity Brochure 2022/2023

Helpful Links

Ms. Lopez (Orange Team: Science Subject Leader) found these super helpful technology tools. We thought you would enjoy and benefit!


Student/Parent Tutorials

Transition to the Junior High

We will keep this section in the newsletter to share information about transition to the Junior High.


Winter Sports Schedule

PARENT ORGANIZATIONS

GEAR

Gina Cutshall and Manika Maheshwari are the co-represetatives for Greene with GEAR



Sycamore GEAR (Gifted Education, Advocacy, and Resources) is a parent-led group for families in Sycamore Community Schools who are interested in gifted education. Your child does not need to be identified or even receiving gifted services to become a member as membership is not limited in any way. Members must only be interested in gifted education and enrichment in our school district to join.



If you have any questions or interested, please reach out at ehgrep@sycamoregear.org

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