The Amity Weekly Minute: September 5, 2021

Amity Elementary

What's New?


From the Desk of Mr. Drouhard

Amity Families,

This school year we’ve added an additional routine to start our days at Amity Elementary. In the past we’ve always welcomed our students, said the Pledge of Allegiance, and told them to make it a great day.

In working with our teachers to start the school year, we wanted to make sure that our district mission statement inspired everyone, including our students. Our district mission statement is “Inspiring and Empowering Lifelong Success”. We decided to turn this mission statement into our Amity Pledge, “Today at Amity, I will be inspired, I will be empowered, and I will succeed!” Our teachers have worked with our students to help them understand what some of these complicated words mean, even to our youngest students! We hope that by saying it together, we know what we are striving for daily from Preschool to 6th grade!

Inspire. Empower. Succeed.



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


MAP Testing

MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) testing in reading, reading fluency and math will start occurring throughout the month of September. This will encompass all of our grades at Amity. This is not a high stakes test, like the Ohio State Tests, but we do always want our students to do their best. These online tests allow us to understand where students are currently in the tested subject area, so that we are better able to tailor how we teach them. I just wanted to keep you informed that this will be occurring in our classes. We will take these tests in the fall, winter, and spring to check progress along the way.



Please remember to call our attendance line (513-891-2414) or email Betty Jung (, our attendance secretary, by 9AM 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!


Military and First Responders Night

All First Responders, Veterans, and US Military:

Please join us on Saturday, September 11, as we honor and celebrate you and your families at the Deer Park High School Football game. Area Fire Trucks, EMS, Rescue Vehicles, First Responders and Bomb Squad will be in attendance. Italianette will provide pizza for our guests. Entertainment from the Cincinnati Bengals will open the event at 5:00 p.m. and are providing games for young and old.

All First Responders, Veterans and US Military families will be admitted free. You will be escorted to the track at 6:25, as we begin the ceremony with the Presentation of Colors and introductions of all those we are honoring. All community members are encouraged to attend the events and support our Wildcats in action. Tickets can be purchased online HERE, as well as at the gate. Any questions, please email Athletic Director Greg Huster at or call Chris Huster at 513-348-7412.

God Bless America and all who serve!


American Heart Association Soccer Matches

Please join our boys and girls soccer teams on Thursday, September 9 for the 6th Annual American Heart Association Spaghetti Dinner and “Red Out” at Deer Park High School. The afternoon begins with dinner provided by Krimmer’s Italianette from 3:30-6 p.m. in the Deer Park High School cafeteria. For $10 per person, you can enjoy spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, a breadstick, and lemonade or water. Baked goods may be purchased from our soccer athletes.



Deer Park Soccer Teams

American Heart Association


American Heart Association Awareness Event

Spaghetti Dinner ($10) 

Soccer Matches ($7)


Thursday, September 9

Dinner: 3:30-6 p.m.

Girls Game: 5 p.m.

Boys Game: 7 p.m.

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School Nurse

Moving forward, all student COVID-19 cases occurring outside of school hours (evenings/weekends) should be submitted in one of the following ways:

  • Call the Deer Park COVID Hotline at (513) 936-7843

  • Fill our the Deer Park COVID Reporting Form linked below:

Deer Park COVID Reporting Form

A district nurse or administrator will reach out within 24 hours of the reported case to collect further details.


Curriculum Nights Information

Curriculum nights are scheduled for the week of September 5th. This is a great opportunity to come in and hear from your child’s teacher about the wonderful things your child will learn this year. There is no need to bring your child to curriculum night. Please arrive at the start of the selected time so you can hear the entire presentation. Our front and back parking lots will be open for use. Please remember to wear a mask in following our district mask mandate. 

We did have to make one change to our 6th grade curriculum nights due to scheduling conflicts. 6th grade curriculum night will now be Tuesday, September 7th at 5:00. Here is our full curriculum night schedule.   


  • Curriculum Night (6th Grade): Tuesday, September 7th

    • 5:00 PM- 6th Grade

  • Curriculum Night (PreK-3): Wednesday, September 8th

    • 5 PM- Preschool/Kindergarten

    • 5:30 PM-  1st Grade 

    • 6 PM- 2nd Grade 

    • 6:30 PM- 3rd Grade

  • Curriculum Night (4-5): Thursday, September 9th 

    • 5 PM- 4th Grade

    • 5:30 PM- 5th Grade


September Lunch Menu



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)

  • Varsity Boys/Girls Soccer vs. CNE: Thursday, September 9 | 4 p.m. (American Heart Association Game and Spaghetti Dinner)

  • Varsity Football vs. Reading: Saturday, September 11 | 7 p.m. (Veterans & First Responders Night)

  • Fall Pictures: Wednesday, September 22nd

  • Teacher Professional Development Day (No School): Friday, September 24


In Case You Missed It


PTO Meeting

Our PTO will host its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 14th at 7:00 PM in the Amity PDC. Please come and join this wonderful organization which supports our students and staff at Amity. The PDC is located next to the library in Amity. Enter the main entrance and go up the staircase to the right upon entering to reach the PDC.



Host an AFS Exchange Student!


1) They give your family a new world perspective. 2) They become like family while attending Deer Park High School  3) They’re good students, fully vetted, eager to share in American life. 4) They come with medical insurance, spending money and an adventurer’s attitude. 

Here’s four great kids!  Athletic 17 year old Tuva from Sweden loves many sports and plays handball. . 16 year old Ilham from Morocco likes to write, sing, play games and dreams of being a doctor.   Leander from Germany, age 15, is into soccer, loves animals and volunteering.  Mariam from Jordan, age 15, is sporty, plays piano and is a twin!   To learn about hosting an AFS exchange student from nearly anywhere in the world, please email Barb McManus  or call 513-608-2781.  See other available students at the link below:

 Click Here!


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


Staying Connected

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