Principal's Message


Joshua Drouhard
Principal

Dear Amity Family,
I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and that you filled it with great memories. We have been busy preparing for the first day of school since our students left us back in May.

Just as in years past, there continues to be exciting things happening at Amity to start the school year. We recently adopted a K-2 reading curriculum called Being a Reader. This curriculum is the sister curriculum of Being a Writer, which was adopted this past year. We can’t wait to see how the curriculums implemented together will grow our students' knowledge and skills in reading and writing!

We are also excited to introduce the newest members of our Amity staff! These are hardworking individuals that look forward to supporting our students and seeing them grow and learn.

  • Laura Warman- Assistant Principal
  • Karen Henry- 6th Grade Health
  • Bridget Vaughn- 6th Grade Teacher
  • Kellie Wallace- Intervention Specialist
  • Gina Bowman- Instructional Aide
  • Twila Cooper- Instructional Aide
  • Kevin Dove- Custodian

We also have some familiar names and faces that are in new roles.

  • Liz Benken- Library
  • Julia Schroer- 5th Grade Teacher
  • Conner Singleton- 6th Grade Teacher

The newsletter below outlines much of the information that parents need to know for the start of the school. Please don’t hesitate to reach out via email or phone with any questions you might not have had answered!

Please enjoy your last weeks of summer and we’ll see everyone on August 16th for the first day of school!

Take Care,
Josh


New Assistant Principal at Amity

Dear Amity Family,

My name is Laura Warman and I am excited to join the amazing Amity Elementary team this year as the Assistant Principal.  This will be my eighteenth year in education. My first sixteen years I taught 3rd Grade, and my last two have been in administration. When I am not at school I am at home with my husband Chad, our energetic 6 year old daughter Peyton, and our dog Ace. In my free time I enjoy watching sports, and spending time outside with my family and friends. I look forward to working with and getting to know the students and families here at Amity.

-Laura


Homeroom Teachers

Postcards with student’s assigned homeroom teachers will be mailed on Wednesday, August 3rd. Please check your mailboxes for this exciting information! In the event that you believe the postcard was lost in the mail, homeroom teachers can be seen by checking your child’s Schoology account.


Amity Elementary Kindergarten Staggered Start Information

Dear Kindergarten Families,

The first day of school is an exciting time for our teachers, students, and families, especially our kindergarteners.  In order to best serve our students, and help them become acclimated to their teacher, classroom and new school, we will have a "staggered start" for our kindergarten students only.  

Students with last names beginning with A-L will report to school on Tuesday, August 16, but stay home on Wednesday, August 17.  Students with last names beginning with M-Z will have their first day on Wednesday, August 17.  All kindergarten students will report to school on Thursday, August 18th.  

We hope that by doing this, we will get our Kindergarten students off to a great start to the year! 


2022-23 Amity School Times:

Arrival Times:

  • Students eating breakfast can arrive between 7:30-7:45 a.m. at the cafeteria entrance.  
  • All doors open at 7:45 a.m.  
  • School starts at 8:00 a.m.  

Dismissal Time: 

  • All students will be dismissed at 3:05 p.m.

Preschool Arrival and Dismissal Times:

  • Morning preschool starts at 8:30 a.m. and dismisses at 11:00 a.m.
  • Afternoon preschool starts at 12:00 p.m. and dismisses at 2:30 p.m. 

Drop Off and Doors Open for Arrivals:

Breakfast: Enter through the open cafeteria door facing Linden Avenue.

Car Riders: Car Riders can enter through either our East entrance which are the main office doors, or through our West entrance off the playground. We recommend kindergarten students be dropped off at the East entrance for easy access to their classrooms. 

Walkers: Walkers not attending breakfast can enter through any of our three open doors.

*** We ask that parents say goodbye to their students in the car or at the doors of Amity. We will have plenty of staff members to help get them into their correct classrooms daily. Check in conversations with teachers can be scheduled through email or phone calls to the school.  

***1st Grade students will report to the courtyard for the 1st week of school so that teachers can help get them into their classrooms. The courtyard can be accessed by the student by entering the East entrance of the building. If it is raining during the first week, they will report to the gym from the East entrance of the building. ***

Breakfast Entrance To Amity That Is Open From 7:30-7:45 Map

Morning Entrances To Amity That Open At 7:45 Map


Kindergarten and 1st Grade Dismissal 

  • Kindergarten and 1st grade will be dismissed to the East Parking lot off the main office entrance.   
  • Car Riders- We ask that parents have a  Student Pick-Up Card to help speed car rider pick up.    Please remain in your car during pick up and your student will be brought to you. 
  • Walkers- Parents walking to pick up their students need to wait in the designated walker pick up zones to help ease congestion.  Your student will be brought to you in this area. 
  • Shuttle Riders/Day Care Buses- These students will be taken to designated areas within the building and loaded onto the buses for dismissal. 
  • All Kindergarten students will be dismissed on the East side of the building.   All older siblings will come down to meet them on the East side of the building before departing. 
  • 1st grade students with an older sibling in grades 2nd-6th will be brought to their older sibling and exit to the west side of the building using the 2nd-6th grade dismissal process described below. 

East Parking Lot Dismissal Map- Kindergarten and 1st Grade


2nd-6th Grade Dismissal 

  • 2nd-6th Grade walkers and car pick up will be brought to the West side of the building off the playground.     
  • Car Riders- We ask that parents have a  Student Pick-Up Card to help speed car riders pick up.  Please remain in your car and pull all the way up to increase the number of cars we can get in our parking lot.   Students will be stagged by grade in these areas. 
  • Walkers- Parents walking to pick up their students need to wait in the designated walker pick up zone outside the southwest corner of the building by the big tree.   Students will be brought to you in this area. 
  • Shuttle Riders/Daycare Buses- These students will be taken to designated areas within the building and loaded onto the buses for dismissal. 
  • In the event of downpour of rain, students will be staged in the gym and called out to the West parking lot.  Typically traffic patterns will be followed, but loading will require patience, as the distance students are traveling to get into cars will increase. 

West Parking Lot Dismissal Map- Grades 2-6 (and 1st grade siblings) 

2nd-6th Grade Walking Routes Map


Shuttle Bus and Transportation: 

On July 12th, the district sent communication to our families that we will be bringing back the shuttle bus for this upcoming school year.  You can find out more information about our shuttle as well as a link to the shuttle bus application here:

Shuttle Bus Registration Information


Lunch/Recess Times: 

Below are posted lunch and recess times for the 2022-23 school year.     

Grade

Lunch Times

Recess

K

10:50-11:20 (30 Min Lunch)

10:20-10:50

1st

11:10-11:40 (30 Min Lunch)  

10:35-11:05

2nd 

10:40-11:10 (30 Min Lunch)

11:10-11:40

3rd

11:25-11:55 (30 Min Lunch)

10:55-11:25

4th

11:40-12:05 (25 Min Lunch)

12:05-12:35

5th

12:05-12:25 (20 Min Lunch)

11:35-12:05

6th 

12:20-12:40 (20 Min Lunch)

12:40-1:05


Amity School Supplies

Please be sure to check out the school supplies necessary for each grade by using this link:

Click Here


Non-Food Birthday Treats At Amity

We know how much each birthday means to our students and we want them to have their special day!  If you plan on sending in treats for your students class, please make sure they are non-food related.  We have students with a variety of allergens and we want to keep everyone safe.  If you need ideas of what type of treats these might be, please click the link below:

Click Here


Cell Phone Policy

We understand that students are starting to get cell phones in the later grades within Amity. Please help us in talking to your student about the following expectations prior to the start of school. This year Amity Elementary students will be expected to turn their cell phones off when they get to Amity in the morning and keep them off until the end of the day. This is a change from last year. We believe this will help eliminate distractions throughout the academic day. Because all students are issued a chrome book at the beginning of the school year there is not a need for students to access their cell phones during the school day for academic purposes. If students need to connect with you during the school day, they are welcome to use the phone in the front office to call you.


Back to School Bash

We’re starting the school year off right with FOOD, FUN, and FRIENDS! Come join the Amity staff at Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School for the Back-to-School Bash on Friday August, 12!

Once again, community volunteers will be grilling up hot dogs, hamburgers, and brats! For $2, you will get a ticket for one grill item, one bag of chips, and a cold drink! Afterwards, enjoy a tasty treat from Kona Ice! This is a cash only event.

Come show your Wildcat pride on Friday, August 12 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.!


Amity Meet and Greet

We will have an “Amity Meet and Greet” for all of our students to meet their teachers on Friday, August 12th from 3:30-5:30 p.m. This will be a great time for families to get into the building to say hello to their teachers, see their classrooms, and drop off school supplies before the first day. We look forward to welcoming you back into Amity this school year!


Final Forms

We will continue to utilize Final Forms in an effort to help simplify your life!  Please login to Final Forms at https://deerpark-oh.finalforms.com to update any new information or to confirm that there are no changes for the 2022-2023 school year. If you do not have a home computer, please use one of Amity’s computers during the Meet and Greet or visit the local library where computers are available for public use.


Schoology

The Schoology Learning Management System offers a tremendous amount of information in a user friendly version. You will be able to communicate with your child’s teachers, check homework and grades, and find teacher resources through teacher Schoology pages.


Communication

There are multiple ways to stay connected to Amity Elementary School.

  • Email Newsletter: All parents who have completed FinalForms should receive Amity Weekly Newsletters. If you are not currently receiving them, please register for the email communication. To register, simply go to www.deerparkcityschools.org and click on the button on the bottom of the page that says “Subscribe to District News”. From there, you will send an email requesting that you be added to future email communication from the district.
  • Twitter: Follow Deer Park Schools for the most up-to-date news and happenings at @DeerParkSchools or @DeerParkAmity
  • Facebook: follow us at Deer Park Community City Schools.

Looking Ahead

Please mark these important dates on your calendar:

  • Back to School Bash: Friday,, August 12th | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Amity Meet and Greet: Friday, August 12th | 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • 1st Day of School: Tuesday, August 16th, 7:30 a.m. (Breakfast), 7:45 a.m. (No Breakfast), 8 a.m.-3:05 p.m. (School Day)
  • Kindergarten Last Names M-Z 1st Day of School: Wednesday, August 17th
  • Amity Parent Information Night (K-3): Wednesday, August 31st,  5:00 p.m. (3rd Grade) 5:30 p.m. (Pre-School & Kindergarten), 6:00 PM (1st Grade), 6:30 p.m. (2nd Grade)
  • Amity Parent Information Night (4-6): Thursday, September 1st, 5:00 p.m. (6th Grade) 5:30 p.m. (4th Grade), 6:00 p.m. (5th Grade) 

I look forward to working with you this school year to help your student become an inspired and empowered learner! If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Josh Drouhard

Amity Elementary Principal
drouhard.j@dpccsd.org | (513) 891-5995




8/5/2021


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