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The Amity Weekly Minute: February 11, 2024

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From the Desk of Mr. Drouhard

Dear Amity Families,

This week we will celebrate Kindness Week at Amity! While we strive to promote kind behaviors daily, it is important to have a stand alone week to focus on the ideal way to treat one another. The week of Valentine's Day was chosen due to showing how much we love one another. Kindness week will have a spirit week for students to participate in. Our teachers have daily activities they can do with their class to promote kindness. These include books with discussion questions, stand alone activities, and even a school wide bulletin board of filling others buckets put on by our student council.

A quick reminder that STEAM Night is on Thursday this week. Please plan to arrive at 6:00 p.m. as we will have 1 hour to get through 14 different experiments. We will open doors at the main entrance and also the recess door for access on both sides of the building!


Weekly Photo Gallery

Click the link below to access photos from all around Amity Elementary during the week! 

Full Photo Gallery

Weekly Gallery


Amity will be hosting its annual STEAM night on Thursday, February 15th. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. It is an educational philosophy that viewing and teaching these disciplines in combinations will lead to innovative thinkers and creators in life. Throughout the building our teachers will be leading our parents and students in a variety of hands-on science experiments. It will be a fun and exciting night! Experiments will run from 6:00-7:00 p.m. that night.

This event is completely free, and we look forward to seeing your family there!

Kindness Week

Kindness Week

Amity Night at the Deer Park Library

Please join our Amity staff as we celebrate the joy of reading at our local library branch.

Library Night

Get Ready for the 2024 Cakewalk!

The Deer Park Band Sponsors along with the Deer Park Bands and Directors present:

The 2024 Cakewalk - A community tradition with sweet sounds and sweet treats.

The students of the DP Band Program--grades 6-12--will provide the music for a giant game of musical chairs. When the music stops, participants sit down in a numbered chair and if your number is called you have won a dessert!

This year, The Band Sponsors have decided to open up a variety of desserts to WIN. Along with cakes, we will have cupcakes, cookies and pies for our Circle Winners.

2024 Deer Park Band Cakewalk

Saturday, February 24

6:30 - 9 p.m.
Doors open at 6 p.m.

Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School Gymnasium
8351 Plainfield Road

Price of Admission:
Adult- $2
Student- $2
Senior- $1

Single walk tickets can be purchased for $0.25 each or five for $1


Deer Park Band, 6-12th grade
All community members and staff

Band Schedule:
6:30 p.m. - Amity Band
6:55 p.m. - 7th Grade Band
7:20 p.m. - 8th Grade Band
7:45 p.m. - Jr. High Jazz Band
8:05 p.m. - High School Jazz Band
8:35 p.m. - High School Concert Band

All Band members are reminded to arrive 30 minutes early, and then report to
the band performance area with all materials 10 minutes before their scheduled
show time.

No School- February 16th and 19th

Just a reminder that there will be no school on Friday, February 16th as the Deer Park staff engages in professional development. There will be no school on Monday, February 19th in observance of President’s Day.

Amity Spring Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, February 29th from 1:00 PM-8:00 PM and Friday, March 1st from 8:00 AM-3:00 PM. This is a great time to check in on your student’s progress within the classroom. Please see the link below to sign up.

Conference Sign Up

February Lunch Menu

Due to supply issues, lunch menu options change frequently based on availability. The most up-to-date menu is below, however, please continue to check the Deer Park Food Services website for the latest information.

Visit the Website


Looking Ahead

Please mark these important dates on your calendar!

  • Amity STEAM Night: Thursday, February 15 | 6 p.m.
  • Board of Education Regular Meeting (Amity PDC): Tuesday, February 20 | 6:30 p.m.
  • Band Sponsors Cakewalk: Saturday, February 24 | 6 p.m.
  • Amity Library Night: Tuesday, February 27
  • Conference Day (No School): Thursday, February 29
  • Conference Day (No School): Friday, March 1
  • Kindergarten Registration Opens: Friday, March 1

In Case You Missed It

Under the Lights Flag Football Registration

Under Armour Under the Lights Flag Football is currently signing kids up to play for the spring season, starting April 5, 2024 at Miami Meadows Park in Milford, Ohio. Visit or see the flyer below for more details.

Flag Football

Amity Yearbook Sales

Amity will be selling yearbooks once again. Please see the information below for details on how to order yours. All yearbooks are ordered online directly from Schoolhouse Photos.


Deer Park Youth Baseball/Softball Sign-Ups


Deer Park Preschool Registration

Deer Park residents with students who turn 4 before August 1, 2024 are eligible to attend Deer Park preschool in the 2024-25 school year.

Classes will run five days per week (Monday through Friday) with a morning and afternoon session. Each session will include up to 14 students.

Monthly tuition for students will be $200. The student MUST reside in Deer Park School District to be eligible for attendance.

You can request a spot to be held for your student beginning Jan. 5 by contacting Pam Gilreath at the Deer Park Board Office at 513.936.4698. A $25 nonrefundable deposit is required to reserve your child's spot in the class.

Official enrollment dates will be released soon. 

Please contact Director of Student Services Patty Hadden via email or by phone at (513)-936-5937 with any additional questions regarding preschool registration.

Headstart Preschool is also offered based on income requirements. Headstart is offered to qualifying students ages 3 and older. For more information about Headstart, visit the Deer Park website HERE.

Saturday Art at DAAP

The DAAP School of Art at the University of Cincinnati is offering an on campus, community-based art program titled Saturday Art. This program extends for 6 Saturdays between February 19th and April 2nd of this year, concluding with a final exhibition on April 9th. The hope for this program is to connect students with future art educators in the UC program.

For more information, here is a link to the website:

Click Here

Flier DAAP

Lost and Found

We will be placing the Amity Lost and Found in the cafeteria for students to look through and retrieve items. If your student is missing something, please make sure you have them take a look. We will be donating all unclaimed items to Sandy's Closet on December 18th.

Recess During Cold Weather

With a return to colder temperatures, please remember to send your child to school with appropriate outdoor attire for recess. We will be going outside whenever the “feels like” temperature is 25 degrees or above. This gives our students time to burn some energy while getting some fresh air. Our recesses are 20-30 minutes so it is important that our students be comfortable while they are outside.

Sandy’s Closet Hours

If you are in need of a coat for your child, please make sure to check out Sandy’s Closet at Holmes Elementary. Sandy's Closet is open for families to shop for clothing items Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to-3 p.m.

Individuals can contact Pam Gilreath with any questions.

Sandy's Closet Donations

Please remember Sandy's Closet for your donations of clean, gently used clothing, shoes, boots, etc. We are always accepting infant, toddler, youth sizes and clothing appropriate for our high school students.

Items can be dropped off at the Holmes Building during school days between 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thank you for your continued support of Sandy's Closet!

Paying School Fees

Please remember to pay your student fees for the 2023-2024 school year. Fees can be paid in the front office during regular office hours or by using PaySchools. You will need a student ID to set up a PaySchools account. These are found on fee forms and are the same number your student uses for their lunch account. If your student doesn’t know this number, please feel free to reach out to us with questions at 513-891-5995. You can also email our secretaries, Diane Daily and Beth Teague for help.

Staying Connected

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  • 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 and click on the button on the bottom of the page that says “Subscribe to District News”.
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