Dear Amity Families,
We held our awards ceremonies this week to recognize our students' hard work and efforts around Amity this first quarter. Students were recognized for their academic success, along with being a great classmate with our PBIS awards. It is always great to see the excitement from those that are recognized.
Our students also do a nice job in rooting for each other too. They take pride in congratulating their classmates on their accomplishments, and sometimes are more excited than those receiving the award! It's a sign of great classroom culture that our students and teachers build!
Weekly Photo Gallery
Click the link below to access photos from all around Amity Elementary during the week!
Amity Elementary Make-Up Photos
On Wednesday, November 10th Amity will be hosting Ritchie Photo for a picture make-up day. If your student was absent in September or there was something wrong with the photo that was reported, they will have their picture taken. Please know that students will be photographed even if they do not intend to purchase photos, as they will be included in the yearbook. If you would like to order photos you can go to ritchiephoto.us.
Ritchie Photos Sent Home
Individual student photos were sent home in book bags this week. If you purchased a class photo with your package, they will be sent at a later date.
Thank you to everyone that donated to the Amity Youth Service Socktober Drive. As a school, we collected 480 pairs of socks. Another reason why Deer Park is an outstanding district!
The PTO will be hosting a meeting on Tuesday, November 9th in the Amity PDC. Please enter the main office doors at Amity and go up the main staircase to find the entrance to the PDC. The PDC sits right next to the library.
Champions Program At Amity
Champions offers before and after school programs at Amity Elementary to help working parents. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Amity Veterans Day Program (Veterans Information)
In an effort to limit potential COVID19 exposure to our veterans, parents are unable to attend the Veterans Day Tribute this year. Veterans and their escorts are still invited to attend our tribute. There will be no shuttle bus this year due to smaller numbers attending. Veterans attending can park in Amity’s staff parking lot, or along Linden and Beech.
Everyone attending will enter through the main office. The program will start at 9 a.m., but please feel free to get to Amity early. Masks will be required for all those attending. We look forward to seeing our Veterans once again! For our Veterans that are not able to make it, we will be offering a livestream of the event. Please see the link below.
Amity Veterans Day Dress Rehearsal (Parents Information)
2nd grade parents are invited to the Veterans Day Tribute dress rehearsal on Wednesday November 10th at 1:30pm in the Amity Gym. Students will be returning to class immediately after the rehearsal. Masks are required for all those attending. We will also be offering a livestream of the actual Veterans Day Tribute. Please see the link below.
We are still collecting pictures of our Veterans for our Veterans Day Tribute slideshow. If you have any pictures please upload them at bit.ly/AmityVeteransSlideshow or email to Mrs. McNally at email@example.com
In addition to the program, the second grade's service project each year is "Stockings for Soldiers". The “short list” of recommended items: hygiene & health products, games, cards, reading material, weather-protective items, and of course, candy, gum, and snacks. Items will be collected from November 1-11th. All items will be taken to Mueller Funeral Home who will make holiday stockings to send to soldiers on active duty abroad.
All donated items can be placed in the enormous stocking in the second grade hall.
Please Help Reduce Tardies To School
I recognize that as the school year rolls on, our ability to get our students up in the morning becomes harder. We need to renew our efforts in the morning to get our students up and out the door. School starts at 8:00, and our teachers are starting the educational process at that time daily. While it may not feel significant to be a couple minutes late, if done daily it will add up to a lot of educational minutes! Thank you for your help!
November Lunch Menu
Please mark these important dates on your calendar:
2nd Grade Veterans Day Program: Thursday, November 11 (details above)
Amity Book Fair: November 15-19
Harvest Night: Thursday, November 18 | 6-7:30 p.m.
Thanksgiving Holiday Break: November 24-26
In Case You Missed It
Spectrum News Story On Amity STEP Store Program
Amity Elementary's partnership with the University of Cincinnati was recognized this past week on Spectrum News. Spectrum News came to do a story on the STEP store program that we run in grades 3-6. Special thanks to Hudson Siemon, 6th grade student, and Mrs. King for sharing the benefits that this program brings to our students! Both did an awesome job of being interviewed! Please click the link below to see the story!
Recess During Cold Weather
With a return to colder temperatures, please remember to send your child to school with appropriate outdoor attire for recess. We will be going outside whenever the “feels like” temperature is 25 degrees or above. This gives our students time to burn some energy and allows for a time that our students can take a socially distanced mask break. Our recesses are 30 minutes so it is important that our students be comfortable while they are outside.
Holiday Food Assistance Form
The holiday season is quickly approaching. We are beginning to gather the names of families in Deer Park who, due to financial need, would appreciate holiday food assistance. If your family is in financial need and would like to be on the list to receive support this Christmas, complete the information below and return the form to any district school building as soon as possible.
We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our Fall Harvest Night on Thursday, November 18th. Harvest night runs from 6-7:30 p.m. with a variety of events spread throughout Amity Elementary. From 6-7 p.m. there will be literacy games and activities spread throughout the building and run by our teachers. At 7 p.m. the 3rd grade class will hold a performance in the gym. This event is free for all, so please mark your calendars. More details to come in the upcoming weeks.
Just a reminder to check with your child about having a mask before coming to school in the morning. We need to recommit to this routine to help limit how many masks we are handing out each morning. We realize there's going to be that rushed morning which one is forgotten, and we have you covered. We just need your help in cutting down on the number of students coming everyday without a mask. Thank you!
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!
Please remember to call our attendance line (513-891-2414) or email Betty Jung (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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!
Moving forward, all student COVID-19 cases occurring outside of school hours (evenings/weekends) should be submitted in one of the following ways:
A district nurse or administrator will reach out within 24 hours of the reported case to collect further details.
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.
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