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The Amity Weekly Minute: March 17, 2024

What's New?

From the Desk of Mr. Drouhard

Dear Amity Families,

Being a principal has many different job tasks attached to it, and I never know where this job will take me. The previous Friday put me front and center on a firing line in front of our whole school. We were celebrating our Kids Heart Challenge top award winners. Whip cream pies stood by the ready for two students to select who would get a pie in the face for their incentive. Fifth grader Gehrig Sayer picked up his pie, acted like he was going for Mrs. Fowler, and then switched directions toward me. I knew I was done for! He made quick work and did a great job smothering me with pie. It was a great laugh for all, and will add it to my job description, ha!

Please make sure you see below for the accomplishments of all our students with this fundraiser. They all helped raise money for such a noble cause. Special thanks to Callen Fowler, our physical education teacher, for all her work and dedication to this extra project.

Take Care,

Kids Heart Challenge

Weekly Photo Gallery

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

Full Photo Gallery

Weekly Gallery

Kids Heart Challenge

Our Kids Heart Challenge event has ended and what a success it was! Thank you to our students who participated this year. Whether it was participating during PE class as we practiced 911 calls, learning and discussing ways in which to continue making healthy heart and body choices, practicing hands only CPR or collecting donations for kids with heart disease, you played a part! You are all heart heroes! This year our school fundraising goal was $6,500 and our dedicated students were able to raise $8,552.59! Congratulations to 4th grader Ember Saunders who raised $1,123.03, kindergartner Vivie Jones raising $1,215.98 and 5th grader Gehrig Sayer who raised $1,362.39. Thank you for supporting a lifesaving cause.

Below, you can view photos from the school-wide assembly where the top earners were recognized!

View the Photo Gallery

World Down Syndrome Day

World Down syndrome Day is Thursday, March 21st. Help us honor, spread awareness and be in support of individuals with Down syndrome this Thursday by allowing your child to wear mismatched socks! The world wide date of March 21st was chosen to observe individuals with Down syndrome due to the extra chromosomes a person with Down syndrome has (triplication of chromosome 21). Your child has been learning about Down syndrome and the significance of why we want to wear mismatched socks to spread awareness. We look forward to seeing our students “Rock Their Socks”.

Rock your Socks

Dismissal Process Changes

With a return of nice weather, we understand that there will be changes with how students get home. If your child is going to be a walker vs. their traditional car rider (or vice versa) please let our office and homeroom teacher know. This helps us coordinate within the building of where students will be going. Please feel free to utilize our Amity Attendance email address:

March 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

March 2024

Looking Ahead

Please mark these important dates on your calendar!

  • Board of Education Regular Meeting: Tuesday, March 19 | 6:30 p.m.
  • Amity Talent Show: Thursday, March 28 | 5:30 p.m.
  • Spring Break: Friday, March 29 - Sunday, April 7

In Case You Missed It

Kindergarten Registration Now Open

It's that time again, as we have officially opened Kindergarten Registration for the 2024-25 school year!

In an effort to make this process as easy as possible, we have created a page on our website to walk you step-by-step through registration. This page will serve as your guide for registration.

As a reminder, the Deer Park Board Policy on registering for Kindergarten is that the student must turn 5 years old on or before August 1st.

If you ever have any issues, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at or We are here to help!

Visit the Registration Page

Birthday Treats Reminder

Just a reminder that we strive to have non-edible birthday treats sent in for you student.   This helps navigate potential food allergies of our students.  If you need ideas for these types of treats, please see the flier below. 

Treats Flyer

New Amity Attendance Email

In an effort to ease and improve communication, we have created a specific Amity Attendance email. We have added a quick links to our webpage within Deer Park Schools as well and will embed this attendance email on our Amity Minutes going forward. Communicating that your child is going to be absent is an important step for our attendance records.

Here is our new email address:

Amity Talent Show- Thursday March 28th

Come out and see the amazing talents of our Amity students on Thursday, March 28th at 5:30. The Amity Talent Show will take place in the gym and admission is free!

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 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.

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.

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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