The Amity Weekly Minute: December 12, 2021

Amity Elementary

What's New?


Dear Amity Families,

It's hard to believe we are in the final week of the second quarter! We will squeeze as much out of 2021 as we can with concerts, a spirit week, and finishing strong academically! Winter break begins Monday, December 20th and goes through Monday, January 3rd. We will welcome students back to Amity on Tuesday, January 4th! We hope you all enjoy this extended time with your family and look forward to seeing you in 2022!

Our next Amity Weekly Minute will be Sunday, January 2nd.

Take Care,



Weekly Photo Gallery

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

Full Photo Gallery


Student Half Day and Teacher Record Day- Friday, December 17th

Students will be in school from 8:00-11:05 on Friday, December 17th. The second half of the day is for teachers' records in which teachers will be finalizing grades for report cards. Report cards will be coming home in backpacks on Friday, January 7th.


Holiday Concerts

We are excited to host two holiday concerts this week! While students have received specific information regarding report times by their teachers, we still like to share start times for other families to join.

Our 6th Grade Band and Chorus will be performing on Wednesday, December 15th at 6:30 at Crawford Auditorium. Our Kindergarten performance and 4th grade holiday musical will be occurring on Thursday, December 16th in the Amity Elementary gym. The Kindergarten performance will begin at 5:45 and the 4th grade musical at 6:00. Please remember that masks are required while at these performances. We look forward to seeing you this week!


Spirit Week

Amity will be hosting spirit week for the final week of the quarter. We look forward to celebrating with our students prior to winter break.

  • Monday 12/13 - Merry Monday
    Wear your favorite holiday outfits.

  • Tuesday 12/14 - Tacky Tuesday
    Wear your tacky holiday shirts and sweaters.

  • Wednesday 12/15 – Winter Wednesday
    Wear your hats, scarves and cozy clothes.

  • Thursday 12/16 – Thermal Thursday
    Wear your flannel/thermal shirts.

  • Friday 12/17 - Feeling Fuzzy Friday
    Wear your fuzzy, cozy pajamas.


Changes to Mask Policy in January

As announced by Superintendent Jay Phillips, beginning in January the district will move to a mask optional policy moving forward. This decision was made based on the opportunity for all students to be vaccinated following the approval of vaccines for ages 5-11. More information will be shared in the coming week regarding the upcoming change to the policy. 


December Lunch Menu

Due to supply issues, lunch menu options change frequently based on availability. The most up-to-date menu is below, however, please continue to check the Deer Park Food Services website for the latest information.

Visit the Website



Looking Ahead

Please mark these important dates on your calendar:

  • 6th Grade Band/Choir Holiday Concert: December 15, 6:30 p.m.

  • Amity Kindergarten Holiday Performance & 4th Grade Holiday Musical: December 16, 5:45 p.m.

  • Winter Holiday Break: December 18-January 3


In Case You Missed It


Lost and Found

We have our lost and found set up in the cafeteria for our students to view on their way to lunch or during lunch. If your student has lost something this year, please encourage them to take a closer look. We will be donating these items to the Deer Park Clothing closet at the winter break if they are not claimed.


Booster Seat Reminder

Please see the attached document regarding booster seat reminders for children under the age of 8 or 4 feet 9 inches. As a reminder, children under these measurements are required by state law to use a booster seat. See the flyer for more information.

Read the Flyer


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!


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.



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.



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.


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!


Staying Connected

There are multiple ways to stay connected to Amity Elementary School.

  • 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

  • Facebook: Follow us at Deer Park Community City Schools.



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