The Amity Weekly Minute: August 14, 2022

Amity Elementary

What's New?


From the Desk of Mr. Drouhard

Dear Amity Families,

For those of you that are new to Amity Elementary, I’m Josh Drouhard, the principal at Amity. I am starting my fourth year as the building principal at Amity after serving seven years as an assistant principal in Lakota. I was a junior high social studies teacher prior to becoming an administrator.

My wife and I are also the parents of elementary school children. We have daughters in 3rd and 2nd grade, and a son that is in preschool. I truly know how busy your lives are in balancing your jobs with your family activities at night. I will be at lots of my kids' soccer games this fall!

If you need anything this year, please don’t hesitate to reach out. As we see each other in the carpool line, be sure to say hello and catch me up on how things are going!

I am looking forward to a great year and can’t wait to get our students back into the building on Tuesday morning!

Take Care,



Welcome Back Letter

If you missed our release on Wednesday, August 3rd I have created a link that will take you to that information. This release shared many of the details necessary to help get the year started including arrival and dismissal process, along with many more details of the day at Amity.

Read the Letter


Breakfast at Amity

Just a friendly reminder that students must purchase breakfast to enter the cafeteria between 7:30-7:45. With the expiration of the USDA’s Free Meals for Students initiative, breakfast will no longer be free for all students. I just wanted to put this on parents' radars so that charges from breakfast don’t pile up. If you believe you might qualify for free breakfast and lunch due a financial hardship, please see the information below.


Free and Reduced Lunch Updates

As you may recall, the past two school years all public schools, including Deer Park Schools, took advantage of the USDA free meals waiver for students. Unfortunately, this program expired on June 30, 2022. This school year, Deer Park families will once again have to pay for their school meals.

For Deer Park families who may continue to qualify for free or reduced meals based on income or other qualifying factors, please complete the free and reduced meal application form online through FinalForms. If, for some reason, you are having trouble accessing the form through FinalForms, you can print off a hard copy and email the completed hard copy to Brianna Listermann at You may also turn the hard copy into Betty Hollander at the Board of Education office located at 8688 Donna Ln., Cincinnati, OH 45236. The hard copy of the free and reduced application form can be found here:

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Amity Parent Information Nights

Amity Parent Information Nights are scheduled for the week of August 28th.   This is a great opportunity to come in and hear from your child’s teacher about the wonderful things your child will learn this year and how their day is organized.   Please do not bring your student to the Parent Information Night, as the presentation will be focused toward adults.  Please arrive at the start of the selected time so you can hear the entire presentation.   Our front and back parking lots will be open for use.    

  • Amity Parent Information Night  (PreK-3): Wednesday, August 31st

    • 5:00 PM (3rd Grade) 

    • 5:30 PM (Pre-School & Kindergarten) 

    • 6:00 PM (1st Grade) 

    • 6:30 PM (2nd Grade)

  • Amity Parent Information Night (4-6): Thursday, September 1st

    • 5:00 PM (6th Grade) 

    • 5:30 PM (4th Grade) 

    • 6:00 PM (5th Grade)


August 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.

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Looking Ahead

Please mark these important dates on your calendar!

  • 1st Day of School: Tuesday, August 16th, 7:30 a.m. (Breakfast), 7:45 a.m. (No Breakfast), 8 a.m.-3:05 p.m. (School Day)

  • Kindergarten Last Names M-Z 1st Day of School: Wednesday, August 17th

  • Amity Parent Information Night (K-3): Wednesday, August 31st,  5:00 p.m. (3rd Grade) 5:30 p.m. (Pre-School & Kindergarten), 6:00 PM (1st Grade), 6:30 p.m. (2nd Grade)

  • Amity Parent Information Night (4-6): Thursday, September 1st, 5:00 p.m. (6th Grade) 5:30 p.m. (4th Grade), 6:00 p.m. (5th Grade) 


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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