The Amity Weekly Minute: August 22, 2021

Amity Elementary

What's New?


From the Desk of Mr. Drouhard

Dear Amity Families,

There is nothing better than the excitement of the first day of school, and our students and staff did not disappoint! After welcoming in their new classes, our staff started working on building relationships and routines with their students. Academics wasn’t far beyond, as teachers quickly started warming up our students' minds! Challenging students to think about the actions of characters of the book and math word problems were solved on the first day of school. I can’t wait to see how much our students grow this year!

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


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



Looking Ahead

Please mark these important dates on your calendar:

  • 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


COVID Protocol Updates for 2021-2022

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


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

Click Here


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


Welcome to the 2021-22 School Year!

Mr. Drouhard released a welcome letter featuring many of the key details you'll want to know before the start of the school year. This included Kindergarten info, school times, arrival/dismissal procedures, and much more! Click the link below to read the complete release:

Read the Full Release


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.


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

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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”.

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

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