From the Desk of Mr. Drouhard
Dear Amity Families,
I repeatedly talk about how giving our community is to our staff and students. While our community supports us at Amity, it is also important that we give back in supporting the community! Two of our teachers, Melissa McNutt and Kristen King, helped organize an Amity Day of Service this past Friday. Preschool through 6th grade students partook in activities in their classroom that would make their surrounding community just a little bit better. They learned about the community members they would serve through a presentation, and then worked on activities that would give back to the organization.
Placemats, bookmarks, and birthday cards were made in our PreK-3rd grades. They will support our local senior living communities and local library. Our 4th-6th grade packaged and wrapped activities for A Kid Again, which provides experiences for kids who have life threatening illnesses.
While we greatly value teaching our students the traditional subject content of school, we also value teaching students that they are part of the community in which they live, and can give back in small ways that make it better!
P.S. Please make sure you check out the photo gallery of our Amity Day of Service below.
Weekly Photo Gallery
Click the link below to access photos from all around Amity Elementary during the week! This week, all photos come from Friday's Amity Day of Service, where students across Amity Elementary performed acts of service throughout and for the Deer Park community on the last day of the 3rd Quarter.
Amity STEAM and Fine Arts Night
Amity will be celebrating STEAM and Fine Arts night together on Thursday, April 7th. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. It is an educational philosophy that viewing and teaching these disciplines in combinations will lead to innovative thinkers and creators in life. The halls of Amity will be lined with student artwork for parents and students to immerse themselves in as they travel from classroom to classroom. Within our classrooms, we will have teachers leading our parents and students in science experiments and math games. Games and experiments will run from 6:00-7:00 p.m. that night. Our 5th grade will be performing at 7:00 p.m. in the gym to conclude the evening.
Grade cards will be coming home in backpacks on Friday, March 18th.
Terrace Metrics Social/Emotional Strengths and Needs Survey
Deer Park Community School District is proud to provide an innovative assessment service to students and their families to guide our support of students’ social/emotional needs. This coming week, 6th grade students will be given the opportunity to complete a brief assessment that assesses social/emotional strengths and needs. This assessment, provided by Terrace Metrics, is given to students each fall and spring.
The results of the assessment are confidential; no teacher will have access to your child’s results. Only members of the school’s response team (e.g., counselors, school psychologists) will see student’s results, which are available immediately after the assessment is completed. This allows us to understand the strengths and needs of every student, including those who would benefit from additional strategies. If your child has endorsed high distress, a member of the school’s response team will contact you by phone to discuss next steps. One of these steps may include a “Clairity” assessment, provided by Clarigent Health. Clairity involves a private, ten-minute interview where the student is asked about their thoughts and feelings by a trained member of the response team. The interview is securely recorded and the speech patterns (rather than the answers themselves) are analyzed to assist the response team in determining the appropriate course of action for the student.
For more information or to opt your child out of this survey, please click here.
Amity 6th Grade Band and Choir Performance
Amity 6th grade band and choir will perform at the Crawford Auditorium (Deer Park High School) on Thursday, March 17th at 6:30. Please come out to view these talented students!
If you have a son or daughter in 6th grade, please see the information sheet below regarding details of the event.
March 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.
Please mark these important dates on your calendar!
Board of Education Regular Meeting: Tuesday, March 15 | 6:30 p.m.
Junior High Choir Concert: Wednesday, March 16 | 7 p.m.
6th Grade Band and Choir Concert: Thursday, March 17 | 6:30 p.m.
Band Sponsors Cakewalk: Saturday, March 19 | 6:30 p.m.
Spring Break: March 28-April 1
In Case You Missed It
Amity Talent Show
The 2022 Amity Talent Show is on Thursday, March 24th at 5:30 pm in the Amity Gym. All are welcome to join us and see some amazing talent!
Kids Heart Challenge
Amity students and families,
I would like to say thank you for answering the call. At the start of February, all students in grades K-6 participated in the American Heart Association, Kids Heart Challenge, by continuing to learn of ways to keep their hearts healthy, spread awareness about heart disease and raise money for kids with special hearts. This year's fundraising goal was $5,000 and we were able to raise $5,768.73 for the American Heart Association.
Students who received donations were able to earn instant thank you gifts. If your child raised $15 or more, their larger thank you gifts will be received in about 4-weeks. Please stay tuned to find out who our top fundraisers were! Thank you to Mr. Satterfield for putting on this event!
Mrs. Fowler, Amity PE Teacher
Online registration for kindergarten began on March 1st for the 2022-2023 school year. Please remember our Board Policy when planning to register for kindergarten.
“A child is eligible for entrance into kindergarten if s/he attains the age of five (5) on or before August 1st of the year in which s/he applies for entrance.”
Champions Summer Camp
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 flier for more information.
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 flier 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 (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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