From the Desk of Mr. Drouhard
Dear Amity Families,
It is hard to believe that we are at the end of the 2nd Quarter and a week before winter break. I reflect on all my years in education (including when I was a student), and this week is always an exciting week. It's a celebration of the halfway point of the year, and a break from academics to be a kid for a couple of weeks. I’m happy that although the world around these students has changed and been made different from this pandemic, that this excitement still exists! COVID19 can’t steal this joy from our students!
I hope you have a wonderful winter break and enjoy the time with your family!
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!
Amity Spirit Week
Amity will be hosting a spirit week to end the 2nd Quarter. The following are the themes for the week:
Merry Monday- Wear your favorite holiday shirt!
Toasty Tuesday- Keep warm in your favorite (school appropriate) pajamas or cozy clothes.
Winter Wonderland Wednesday- Wear your favorite hat and cozy socks!
Thermal Thursday- Keep warm in your favorite (school appropriate) pajamas or cozy clothes.
No School On Friday, December 18th
There will not be school on Friday, December 18th for any students grades Preschool-12th grade in Deer Park, as it is a teachers records day. Teachers will be grading and inputting grades for the 2nd quarter grade cards.
Lock Down Drill
As part of our district’s ongoing focus on school safety, we conducted our lockdown drill for B day students on Thursday morning at 9:00 AM. The drill lasted roughly 4 minutes and then students returned to their normal academic day. The Deer Park Police Department was on campus during the drill to observe in an effort to improve the safety of staff and students. Our students and staff did a wonderful job of practicing a lock down, as everything went as planned.
We will practice the same drill with our A day students on Tuesday.
Please feel free to reach out to our teachers or members of the administrative team should you have questions regarding the drill.
2nd Semester K-5th Grade Virtual Students
Attention parents of Kindergarten through 5th grade students who will be virtual next semester:
We will be distributing the Accelerate workbooks needed for second semester Thursday and Friday of next week. Pick up times will be from 8:15-3:30 each day. To help limit contact, when you enter the vestibule at Amity, you will be asked for your child's name so we can gather the needed books and we will bring them to you. While in the vestibule, we ask that you wear a mask to help keep everyone safe.
Winter break will start December 18th and run through January 3rd. Students will resume at Amity Elementary in person on Monday, January 4th.
In Case You Missed It
Please remember to call our attendance line (513-891-2414) or email Betty Jung (firstname.lastname@example.org), our attendance secretary, if your student is going to be out.
This is especially important with the number of people that are either required to quarantine by the health department, or quarantining on their own accord. We need to be aware of these situations outside of school so that we can appropriately mark the attendance and provide guidance from the district if necessary. Thanks for all your help!
December Lunch Menu
Amity Cat News
The Amity Cat News is up and running. Our student led morning announcement is scheduled to post every morning at 7:45 so your student can stay connected with what is going on whether they are at school or at home. The link to the youtube channel is below
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.
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.