The Amity Weekly Minute: January 2, 2022

Amity Elementary

What's New?


From the Desk of Mr. Drouhard

Dear Amity Families,

Our students work hard everyday at Amity! This hard work pays off in improved skills and knowledge. One of our 6th grade students, Maddi Sawyers, was recognized for this hard work right before winter break.

Maddi works with Mrs. Kelly Huster on a program called Achieve3000. This online program works to stretch students' ability to read texts at a higher level. It does this by tailoring texts to students' current reading ability, and then pushing them a little further each lesson by increasing the complexity of the text and questions. It's similar training for a distance race or weightlifting, with adding just a little bit more from last time.

This past semester Achieve3000 shared that they would enter students nationwide into a drawing if they completed a set number of lessons. Maddi worked hard to meet the requirements for the contest and it paid off. Achieve3000 drew her name from all the applicants nationwide and she won 1 of the 20 Amazon Fires that they had as prizes! Congrats to Maddi!

While Maddi might feel lucky to have won that Kindle Fire, I feel lucky to have so many hard working students like Maddi at Amity Elementary! They all want to get better every day they walk through our doors!

Happy New Year!


Maddie Sawyers


Grade Cards

Grade cards from 2nd quarter will be sent home in backpacks on Friday, January 7th.


Masks Optional Starting January 4th

Masks will be optional at Amity Elementary starting January 4th. Please see the press release from December 17th for the details.

Read the Full Release


Parents Requesting Their Student Wear A Mask

We understand that some parents will continue to want their child to wear a mask starting on January 4th. If you would like us to help remind your student to wear their mask during the day, please reach out to your homeroom teacher to let them know. We are happy to help support your child’s efforts on your behalf.


Updates to Quarantine Guidelines

Recent CDC changes to isolation and quarantine rules will be reflected in our practices, effective immediately. You can read the full announcement, including all quarantine guidelines in the following release:

Read the Full Release


January 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!

  • Teacher Professional Development Day (NO SCHOOL): Monday, January 3

  • Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Madeira High School: Tuesday, January 4 | 7:30 p.m.

  • Co-ed Varsity Bowling vs. Taylor High School (Madison Lanes): Thursday, January 6 | 4 p.m.

  • Boys Varsity Wrestling at Bob Kearns Invitational (Madeira HS): Friday, January 7 | 4 p.m.

  • Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Indian Hill High School: Friday, January 7 | 7:30 p.m.

  • Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Indian Hill High School: Saturday, January 8 | 1:30 p.m.


In Case You Missed It


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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