The Amity Weekly Minute: September 19, 2021

Amity Elementary

What's New?


From the Desk of Mr. Drouhard

Dear Amity Families,

I wrote several weeks ago about our commitment to safety through practicing a variety of drills throughout the year. Our district also increases our safety through the hiring of a School Security Officer (SSO). Our School Security Officers are dressed in civilian clothes and are armed, but their weapons are not visible to our students, as we don’t want to alarm them.

Brent Kahle is our new School Security Officer at Amity. He just recently retired from the Delhi Township Police Department after spending 26 years there. From day one Brent has worked hard to be visible and also connect with students and staff. While he is new to the sport, you can even find him refereeing a game of gaga ball on the playground from time to time! I know we are all glad to have Brent as part of our team at Amity!

Take Care,



Weekly Photo Gallery

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

Full Photo Gallery


Amity Breakfast

Please remember that the Amity breakfast is for students that need to eat breakfast in the morning. Students cannot just come to the cafeteria and sit prior to going to class. They MUST take a breakfast to come in the doors between 7:30-7:45 a.m. Thank you!


Fall Picture Information

Fall pictures will be occurring this Wednesday, September 22nd. All students will have the pictures taken, regardless if they plan on purchasing photos. Picture information packets were sent home this past week in our students' backpacks. Additional packets are available in the main office. You can also go online to order your picture package by visiting and using the code AMITY22U


Friday, September 24th- No School For Students

Our teachers will be having a professional development day on Friday, September 24th. There will be no school for students that day.


National Voter Registration Day

Tuesday, Sept 28th is National Voter Registration Day. Deer Park residents can utilize our Deer Park Branch Library for several different things regarding voter registration.

  • You can visit the library for assistance with voter registration. The library can take applications for voting registration as well as mail in voting applications.

  • If you are unsure, the library can also tell you if you are already registered to vote.

  • Finally, the library can also tell you which precinct to should vote at.

The Deer Park Branch Library is open on Tuesday, Sept. 28th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voting Resources

Myths About Voting Eligibility


Church of Christ Parking Lot

I just wanted to make parents aware that the Church of Christ parking lot will be closed Monday September 20th as they start a renovation on their Church.  I know that some parents use this as a meet up point for their children, so it might be a good idea to get into new meet up routines before it is closed next week.


September Lunch Menu



Looking Ahead

Please mark these important dates on your calendar:

  • Varsity Volleyball vs. Purcell Marian HS: Monday September 20 | 6:30 p.m.

  • Varsity Volleyball vs. Finneytown HS: Tuesday, September 21 | 6:30 p.m.

  • Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Mariemont HS: Tuesday, September 21 | 7 p.m.

  • Fall Pictures: Wednesday, September 22nd

  • Varsity Volleyball vs. Reading HS: Thursday, September 23 | 6:30 p.m.

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

  • Varsity Football at Wyoming HS (AWAY): Friday, September 24 | 7 p.m.


In Case You Missed It


NEEDS Organization Thank You!

Deer Park Schools would like to thank the NEEDS Organization for their generous donation of gift cards, clothing, and school supplies to our district. NEEDS is consistently one of our biggest donors of miscellaneous items, including those listed above, to provide help to our Deer Park families. Thank you NEEDS!



Deer Park-Reading Job Fair

Deer Park Schools and Reading Schools will be hosting a combined job fair with Rachel Wixey & Associates, our substitute management provider. We'll be hosting on-site interviews for Substitute Aide, Substitute Secretary, and Substitute Food Service workers. 

Stop by the Holmes Education Center (8688 Donna Lane) on Thursday, September 23 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. to learn more about the positions. Make sure to bring your resume.

For more information, please contact Rachel Wixey & Associates at 419-725-9499.



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!


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.


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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