The Amity Weekly Minute: October 25, 2020

Amity Elementary

What's New?

From the Desk of Mr. Drouhard

Dear Amity Families,

Conferences are this week, so please take a moment to sign up.  Now more than ever we look forward to meeting with our parents, even if it is digital, as we haven’t had the typical opportunities at open houses and other events to do so.  Sharing progress and areas that we can help each other will be important as we move forward into hybrid learning once again.  Please see instructions below on how to sign up. 

Take Care,


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

Amity Fall Conferences

We are looking forward to meeting with you on Thursday, October 29th from 1:00-8:00PM and Friday, October 30th from 8:00AM-3:00PM for our fall conferences.  Due to COVID19 we will be meeting virtually or by phone for safety measures.   

This is a great time to check on your child’s progress or hear about the great things that are happening in the classrooms at Amity. Our teachers have worked hard to provide digital conference sign-ups in one spot to help ease the sign-up process. Please click the Amity Conference Link below to start signing up.

How to Sign-Up

Click the link below to sign up for a time slot. Simply click on the link next to the teacher or teacher team, then select the available times for your conference. Our teachers will send out invites for those that choose a digital conference the week of October 25th. Time slots can sometimes fill up fast, so please try and sign up as soon as you can!

If you have any questions, please contact your teacher(s) or call the Amity office at (513) 891-5995.

Link to Sign Up

Hybrid Schedule Update

Beginning tomorrow, October 26, students will move to the A/B hybrid model. Monday, October 26 will serve as an A Day and Tuesday, October 27 will serve as a B Day. Students will all be virtual on Wednesday, October 28 leading up to conference days on Thursday and Friday, which will not include any instruction.

Beginning Monday, November 2, all students will follow the A/B day schedules from the beginning of the school year. During Election Week, A day students will be in class on Monday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 3. We will have a remote day on Wednesday and B Day students will be in session on Thursday, November 5 and Friday, November 6. We will continue with this model through the Thanksgiving holiday break. We will reassess in mid-November, based on current conditions, how we will continue school after Thanksgiving and through the Winter Holiday Break. 

This week, kindergarten students will attend half days on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (October 26-28). Conference days on Thursday and Friday (October 29-30) will remain as off days for students.

The following week, kindergarten students will attend all five days of school. This is a change from the original schedule, which included a Tuesday off-day because of Election Day. The week will now operate as a normal, full week of school.

Halloween Costumes

***We still want students to be able to wear a costume next week to celebrate Halloween. Below in bold is the changes to the days that students will dress up.***

  • Students in grades 1-6 will be allowed to dress in costumes on Monday, October 26th for “A” day students and Tuesday October 27th for “B” day students. Kindergarten students will dress up on Wednesday October 28th.
  • No makeup/face paint
  • No masks other than facial coverings due to COVID19
  • No weapons
  • Violent or offensive costumes may be asked to be modified at teachers’ discretion
  • If your student is not purchasing a costume this year, they can wear orange and black, wearing crazy socks for “Sock-Tober”, or dress in a costume they create from home as they do on our spirit days. (Cowboy/girl, doctor, person on vacation, Superhero, etc.)
  • Please have students wear the costumes to school that day, as we will not be changing into them.
  • Please make sure students are able to wear the costumes comfortably for the entire day. We still want students focused on their academics.
  • Please leave small pieces of the costume that could be lost at home.
  • There will be no Halloween parade that day.
  • Please do not send candy or food to school that day.

Grade Cards

Hard copies of grade cards went home on Friday, October 23rd. For grades 3-6 there is slight change on how we are reporting out academic progress due to being in a hybrid learning setting. We recognize that it was tough for some families to provide academic support to their students while they were learning away from Amity. We have changed from giving a percentage grade 1st quarter in grades 3-6 to using the check system that is currently implemented in our grades K-2. These checks will be listed under “HYBRID LEARNING GRADE” on the report card and reflect a students academic progress during hybrid learning.

Grade Cards for Deer Park Remote Learning Academy

Grade cards for our Remote Learning Academy students in grades K-5 were mailed out this weekend. Please be looking for them in the mail. 6th Grade report cards will be mailed out early next week. All gradecards will reflect the same checkmark evaluation system that our in person students are using.

Road Closure- Monday November 2nd

The intersection of Galbraith Road at Blue Ash road will be completely closed on Monday, November 2nd. For parents and staff, an alternate route if you are traveling westbound on Galbraith would be to turn right on either Monroe Ave. or St. Clair Ave, go down to Kugler Mill, and turn left onto Kugler Mill. Take this across Blue Ash road and turn left on Beech which will then take you to Amity. Eastbound traffic on going to the school will not be affected. Make sure you give yourself a little extra time this day.

Holiday Assistance

With the leaves beginning to change, we’re reminded that the holidays will be here before we know it. If you and your family are in need of assistance this holiday season, fill out a Holiday Food Drive form. All the buildings have forms available and the forms were also sent home with students. More information can be found HERE.

In Case You Missed It

Drop Off/Pick Up Reminders For Car Riders   

Please help us by not using your cell phone while in the drop off and pick up car lines.   With children moving in a lot of directions, we want our parents focused on their surroundings and able to hear any directions from teachers.    

Please also help us by not smoking within your cars while going through pick up and drop off lines.   We understand that you are in your personal car, but Amity is a tobacco free campus, so we really want to uphold that standard for our students.

Wickshire Senior Living Drive Through Trick Or Treat

Wickshire Senior Living will be hosting a drive through trick or treat on Wednesday, October 28th from 3:00-5:00.   This is the same day we will be dressing up at Amity, so it could be an easy stop before heading home.     Please see the flyer below for more details.

View the Flyer

Deer Park C.A.T.S Community Coalition

Deer Park C.A.T.S. Community Coalition is looking for Deer Park community members interested in preventing youth substance abuse.   Please see the attached flyer.

View the Flyer

Neighborhood Traffic At Arrival and Dismissal

With bringing all students back and not being able to provide a shuttle due to COVID19, we have increased our traffic around Amity Elementary. Please remember to be respectful of our neighbors by not parking in their yards, blocking driveways, or using driveways to turn around. We want to forge strong relationships with our neighbors and your efforts can help!

Deer Park Dance Program is still accepting new dance registrations!

Dance classes are now in full swing, but will be accepting new registrations until November 6th. The non-profit community dance studio offers a variety of classes and levels including tiny tots, ballet, tap, flag, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, swing, pointe, clogging, pom and multi-discipline. Dancers can be age 3 through high school.  Please visit our website to view fee’s, covid policy, class schedule, etc. and reach out to us by email: or on Facebook with any questions or for additional information.

Outdoor Recess

With a return to cooler temperatures, please remember to send your child to school with appropriate outdoor attire for recess. We are working hard to go out to recess daily, especially as it allows for a time that our students can take a socially distanced mask break. Our recesses are 30 minutes in length this year so it is important that our students be comfortable while they are outside.


During the month of October, the Amity staff and students will be collecting NEW socks for the Deer Park Clothing Room located in the Holmes Building. Students, staff and community members are invited to drop off new pairs/ packages of socks. We are in need of infant, child and adult sizes.

We are looking for…

  • sports socks
  • fun socks
  • fuzzy socks,
  • any kinds of socks.

To end the “Sock”-tober collection, students and staff will have a “CRAZY SOCK” day on October 28th.


With the return of a 5-day school week for our Hybrid A & B (on-site) students, Amity’s previously scheduled Fall picture days have been reduced to a single day. Please note the following new schedule for our onsite and virtual students.

Tuesday, October 13 at 8 AM - All on-site students, including AM/PM Kindergarten and Preschool.

RETAKES for on-site students 9 AM - Monday, November 9, in the PDC.

Wednesday, November 11 from 9 AM-Noon - All Virtual Learners (check-in at the front office, pictures taken in the PDC).  

Please complete your photo order online before picture day.

Traditional paper order forms were sent home to on-site students, and there are a few available in the front office.  We would, however, prefer that you place your order online before photo day.   


To pre-order student photos, please choose one of the two options below:

  1. Go to and enter Amity’s code: AMIE21U into the "Private Gallery Search."  Then, enter the information requested (Student Name, Grade, Homeroom) and confirm. You must select a background before choosing a picture package.


  1. Print and complete this order form ahead of time.  On picture day, your student will hand his/her form to the photographer, along with cash in the correct amount, or a check made out to Richie Photography. Payment is required on picture day when placing orders in paper form.

NEW OFFER!  If you would like a class picture, Richie Photography will create a composite of your students’ classmates.  You can order a class picture from the Richie Photo site, using code: AMCP21.  Note: class pictures can only be purchased online. 


Our new photographers have assured us that every precaution will be taken to keep our students safe while having their pictures taken.  Ritchie Photography will clean and sanitize surfaces between uses and work with our students to maximize social distancing. If you have any questions about picture day, please refer to the order form above for more information or call Ritchie Photography at 513-941-6120.  

Help with Utility Bills

Below are information sheets by Duke Energy to help customers navigate past due or current utility bills - including new options of moving due dates, paying bills over many months and details on assistance programs (LiHEAP, PIPP, etc.). Customers can always call United Way's 211 for additional support or connection to community resources.

Customer Assistance During COVID-19

Ohio Customer Assistance Programs


Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Information Page

A page on the Deer Park website has been created which is dedicated to bringing you the most up-to-date information on all things affecting Deer Park Schools. It includes several quick links to local, state, and national health organizations, along with a frequently asked questions section. Please visit the page to stay up to date with all COVID-19 information.

Click Here 

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