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The Amity Weekly Minute: August 29, 2021

Amity Elementary

What's New?

 


From the Desk of Mr. Drouhard

Dear Amity Families,

We conducted our first fire drill of the year on Tuesday morning. All of our students and staff did a wonderful job of exiting quickly and quietly from the building. We will have drills every month, and will practice a safety drill for lock-downs as well as tornado drills in the spring. We will continue to train and practice our drills in an effort to keep everyone safe!

Take Care,

Josh

 


Weekly Photo Gallery

Back by popular demand! We're bringing back the Amity Weekly Minute Photo Gallery! Click the link below to access photos from all around Amity Elementary during the week!

Full Photo Gallery

 


Curriculum Nights Information

Curriculum nights are scheduled for the week of September 5th. This is a great opportunity to come in and hear from your child’s teacher about the wonderful things your child will learn this year. There is no need to bring your child to curriculum night. Please arrive at the start of the selected time so you can hear the entire presentation. Our front and back parking lots will be open for use. Please remember to wear a mask in following our district mask mandate. 

We did have to make one change to our 6th grade curriculum nights due to scheduling conflicts. 6th grade curriculum night will now be Tuesday, September 7th at 5:00. Here is our full curriculum night schedule.   

 

  • Curriculum Night (6th Grade): Tuesday, September 7th

    • 5:00 PM- 6th Grade

  • Curriculum Night (PreK-3): Wednesday, September 8th

    • 5 PM- Preschool/Kindergarten

    • 5:30 PM-  1st Grade 

    • 6 PM- 2nd Grade 

    • 6:30 PM- 3rd Grade

  • Curriculum Night (4-5): Thursday, September 9th 

    • 5 PM- 4th Grade

    • 5:30 PM- 5th Grade

 


PTO Meeting

Our PTO will host its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 14th at 7:00 PM in the Amity PDC. Please come and join this wonderful organization which supports our students and staff at Amity. The PDC is located next to the library in Amity. Enter the main entrance and go up the staircase to the right upon entering to reach the PDC.

 


August Lunch Menu

Lunch Menu

 


AFS

Host an AFS Exchange Student!

FOUR REASONS TO HOST AN AFS EXCHANGE STUDENT!

1) They give your family a new world perspective. 2) They become like family while attending Deer Park High School  3) They’re good students, fully vetted, eager to share in American life. 4) They come with medical insurance, spending money and an adventurer’s attitude. 

Here’s four great kids!  Athletic 17 year old Tuva from Sweden loves many sports and plays handball. . 16 year old Ilham from Morocco likes to write, sing, play games and dreams of being a doctor.   Leander from Germany, age 15, is into soccer, loves animals and volunteering.  Mariam from Jordan, age 15, is sporty, plays piano and is a twin!   To learn about hosting an AFS exchange student from nearly anywhere in the world, please email Barb McManus  or call 513-608-2781.  See other available students at the link below:

 Click Here!

 


Looking Ahead

Please mark these important dates on your calendar:

  • Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Norwood HS: Monday, August 30 | 7 p.m.

  • Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Reading HS: Wednesday, September 1 | 7 p.m.

  • Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Blanchester HS: Thursday, September 2 | 7 p.m.

  • Labor Day (No School): Monday, September 6

  • Board of Education Work Session: Tuesday, September 7 | 4:30 p.m.

  • Curriculum Night (K-3): Wednesday, September 8th, 5 p.m. (Pre-School & Kindergarten), 5:30 PM (1st Grade), 6 PM (2nd Grade), 6:30 p.m. (3rd Grade)

  • Curriculum Night (4-6): Thursday, September 9th, 5 p.m. (4th Grade), 5:30 p.m. (5th Grade), 6 p.m. (6th Grade)

  • Fall Pictures: Wednesday, September 22nd

 


In Case You Missed It

 


Tips To Help With Arrivals and Dismissals

Thank you so much for all your help and patience as we work on arrivals and dismissals daily.   We are starting to get into a groove with both, but with some minor tweaks we believe we can improve both processes.   

  • Please try to remain in your car when dropping off and picking up students.   We realize there might be times that it has to occur, but building a routine where students get out or in the car on their own will help speed processes.   Our staff is always there to help. 

  • Please pull all the way forward to the furthest cone when entering parking lots.   While it might require students to walk a little further, it allows for more cars to enter, and speeds the process. 

  • Please don’t park in the staff parking spots in front of the office in the morning.   We need to reserve these spots for staff arriving in the morning. 

Thank you for also being respectful of our neighbors by not blocking or turning around in their driveways.   We appreciate your help!

 


Deer Park PTO

Become a PTO Member!  The PTO needs you to share your ideas, volunteer at events, plan fundraisers, and so much more!  Use the link to become a member and stay up to date on all the PTO information.  

Become a Member!

Each year the PTO and Athletic Boosters share the fundraising from the Football Concession Stand, and this fall there's room for you to HELP!  Sign up for one game, 3 hours of your time, to serve. 

Football Concession Stand 2021

 


Amity Elementary hosts Girls on the Run!

Girls on the Run is open to girls in grades 4-5 at Amity.  GOTR encourages girls of all abilities to recognize their individual strengths and celebrate connections with others.  The curriculum blends physical activity with skill development that enables girls to adapt to whatever comes their way. Girls registered for GOTR will have practice Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15-4:30 and will train for a 5K on November 20, 2021 at Sawyer Point. Please contact Callen Fowler or Amy McKnight for further questions at 513-891-5995.  

Registration is limited and opens August 23, please follow the link below to register: 

GOTR registration

GOTR

 


COVID Protocol Updates for 2021-2022

I just wanted to briefly update you on the COVID protocols for the 2021-2022 school year.

Masking:

  • Masking requirements were shared in an email from Jay Phillips on August 18th. Please read the release below.

Click Here

Visitors:

  • We are limiting our visitors to Amity this year to those that are invited in for educational purposes. Please plan to say goodbye to your student at the door. We will have plenty of staff available to help get them to their classroom.

Wellness Check:

  • We ask you to once again complete a wellness check of your child prior to sending them to school each day. We will not take temperatures at the door this year, but will have greeters there to check in on our students as they enter the building.

Water Bottles:

  • Please send your child in with a filled water bottle daily. Our water fountain spigots will once again be covered this year. Water bottle filling stations will be available, and are attached to our water fountains.

Classrooms:

  • Air filtration units have been added to each classroom at Amity.

  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the school.

  • Teachers will teach and emphasize the importance of hand washing and respiratory etiquette when coughing or sneezing.

  • Students will hand sanitize prior to, and after, using shared materials.

  • Students may be mixed amongst grade level classrooms for academic purposes such as band/chorus or intervention groups.

Cafeteria:

  • We will have assigned seats should the need arise for contact tracing.

  • Students eating breakfast in the morning will be assigned tables based upon their grade level.

 


Sandy's Closet Clothing Room Now Open

Sandy's Closet clothing room will now be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. beginning August 9, 2021. If an evening appointment is needed please contact Patty Hadden.

Donations

We are extremely appreciative of donations of youth clothing for Sandy's Closet. The closet is only able to accept clothing for infants to adolescence. Please do not drop off adult clothing, high heel shoes, toys, baby furniture, or formal dresses.

 


Staying Connected

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

  • Newsletter: All parents who have completed FinalForms should receive Amity Weekly Newsletters. If you are not currently receiving them, please register for the e-mail communication. To register, simply go to https://www.deerparkcityschools.org/ and click on the button on the bottom of the page that says “Subscribe to District News”.

  • Twitter: Follow Deer Park Schools for the most up-to-date news and happenings at @DeerParkSchools or @DeerParkAmity

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