The Amity Weekly Minute: August 21, 2022

Amity Elementary

What's New?


From the Desk of Mr. Drouhard

Dear Amity Families,

It was a great first week of school! The positive energy in Amity was contagious, as students entered and got right to work. Staff and students spent early parts of the week building relationships, establishing routines, and setting expectations for the year.

Mrs. Warman and I visited all of our homerooms this week to introduce ourselves and reinforce expectations for the school year. Our students know what we expect at Amity, as they shared with Mrs. Warman and I our Amity PBIS expectations of “Be Respectful, Be Responsible, & Be Safe!” Be on the lookout for your student coming home with a silver sticker, as that indicates that we saw them exhibiting one of those behaviors that day! Please tell your child how proud you are of their amazing behavior!

We are looking forward to more great weeks moving forward!

Take Care,



Weekly Photo Gallery

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

Full Photo Gallery


MAP Testing

MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) testing in reading, reading fluency and math will start occurring next week and into September. We take these tests in the fall to gather baseline data regarding where our students are academically. These online tests allow us to understand where students are currently in the tested subject area, so that we are better able to tailor how we teach them. We will take them in the winter and spring to check progress during the school year. This will encompass all of our grades at Amity. This is not a high stakes test, like the Ohio State Tests, but we do always want our students to do their best. I just wanted to keep you informed that they will be occurring in our classes.


Girls on the Run

Amity Elementary hosts Girls on the Run!

Girls on the Run is open to girls in grades 3-5 at Amity.  GOTR encourages girls of all abilities to recognize their individual strengths and celebrate connections with others.  The curriculum blends physical activity with skill development that enables girls to adapt to whatever comes their way.  Girls registered for GOTR will have practice Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15-4:30 and will train for a 5K on November 19, 2022 at Sawyer Point. Please contact Callen Fowler or Amy McKnight for further questions at 513-891-5995.  

Registration is limited and opens 8/22, please follow the link below to register: 

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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!

  • Amity Parent Information Night (K-3): Wednesday, August 31 |  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 1 | 5:00 p.m. (6th Grade) 5:30 p.m. (4th Grade), 6:00 p.m. (5th Grade) 

  • Labor Day (No School): Monday, September 5

  • Fall Picture Day: Wednesday, September 21


In Case You Missed It


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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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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