3rd Grade OAA- Wednesday, October 5th:

September 29, 2011



Dear Parents of Third Graders,

 On Wednesday, October 5, 2011, all West Clermont 3rd graders will take the Reading Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA).  This test is a requirement from the State of Ohio.  Later in the spring, the 3rd graders will take another version of the same test.  We will use the results of the fall testing to help us adjust instruction to meet student needs before taking the second test in the spring. 

 We will begin testing in the morning so it is very important that students be at school on time.  Once a test has started, we cannot allow children to enter the classroom because the tests are timed.  There is a short window of time for make-up testing for children who are absent, but we have found that students perform better if they take the test with their teachers and classmates. 

 Also, remember to make sure your children get plenty of sleep the night before testing and give them a nutritious, well-balanced breakfast. 

 Please try to arrange appointments around the testing date.  If children are sick, as always, report absences on our attendance line at 943-3804.  A note (with specific information as to the reason for absence) from the doctor or parent will be necessary to verify the absence. 

 Talk with your child about the upcoming tests. As in all tests, discuss that it is important to do your best, and not to worry.  Worry can interfere with success.  The tests are important but only one measure of a child’s overall talents.

 Please encourage your child to do his/her best.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call me or your child’s teacher.


 Stephanie N. Walker





Mrs. Walkers Tiger Bites- Week of September 26th:

I am an Amelia Tiger!

Another wonderful week has gone by at Amelia Elementary.  It is always exciting to visit classrooms in order to interact with students and their learning.

  • Mrs. Smith’s KDG Class focused upon aReading Street lesson about the weekly concept of “How do we work and play together?”  Students discussed ways that they cooperate with others while at school.  Additionally, students used the interactive smart board in order to graph how they came to school that morning which reinforced the story selection for the week. 
  • Mr. MacFarland’s 4th grade class continued the theme focusing on observations in science.  Students began an experiment that will continue over several days.  Students had a “grow animal” placed in a water bottle.  Students wrote observations in their science journal.  They will continue to observe the changes over a period of time.
  • Mrs. Marcotte’s 4th grade class also worked upon a science lesson focusing on observations.  Students observed ice cubes with different colored food coloring melting.  Students made and documented observations every five minutes.  Do you have a hypothesis regarding the results?

 Kindergarten Schedule:  Tuesday/Thursday kindergarten students will attend school on Friday, September 30th.

 3rd Grade Reading Ohio Achievement Assessment:  Mark your calendar:  3rd grade students will be taking the reading OAA assessment on Wednesday, October 5th.  It is very important that all students are in attendance on this date.  

 Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday, September 28th:  Mrs. Stemmer’s Birthday
  • Friday, September 30th:  T/TH Kindergarten Students Attend School
  • Week of October 3rd:  5th grade students take SAT/OLSAT assessments
  • Wednesday, October 5th:  3rd Grade Reading OAA
  • Friday, October 7th:  Interim Reports Sent Home with Students
  • Friday, October 21st:  NO SCHOOL- Teacher In-service Day

Amelia Elementary PTA Newsletter:

Welcome back Amelia Tigers!  We are excited to see all of the students smiles and excitement!  We look forward to a fantastic school year!

Parent Express Email:     PTA is introducing a new way to stay connected.    All PTA information will now just be a click away.   This new email service will reduce paper costs &  reduce volunteer copying time.  There is still time to fill out your forms and turn them.  If you have lost your form no worries, just email aepta@westcler.org with the parents name, and email address , please also mark the subject with parent express email.       

Market Day:   Greetings all, and welcome to another fantastic year at Amelia Elementary . Our first Market Day pick up was held September 20th at the AE parking lot, thank you Mrs. Walker for approving this.  Thank you all who placed an order, with only a week and a half sales time line for the month we did pretty good!  Our profit was $109.64!  Flyers for October will be coming home soon if not already sent out.  All new customers can place an order online, enter NEWFIVE, and get $5.00 off your order of $25.00 or more.  Hope to see and meet you all at October’s pick up!

Box Tops/Tyson/Campbell’s Soup labels:  Thank you all who have been turning in your Box Tops/Tyson/Campbell’s Soup labels. Just a reminder if you’d please make sure you put your child’s name and teachers name on the baggie you turn in with your labels. We want to sure we don’t miss anyone. The class who turns in the most labels each month will win a popsicle class, and the student who turns in the most gets a special certificate. Happy cutting to all. Thank you for your support!

Fall Spooktacular:   PTA would like to introduce the annual Fall Festival.  This year’s theme is Fall Spooktacular!  Our Halloween theme is the ultimate family-friendly event where students can dress in costume, go on the Trick-or-Treat trial, do the Monster Mash and enjoy a wide range of Halloween themed games and activities.  This year’s event will be held at Spencer  Shank Park on October 21st, 2011 from 6:30-8:30.  More information, announcements and volunteer opportunities will be distributed closer to event time.

Coming Attractions: 

  • 10/17-10/20: PTA Scholastic Book Fair
  • 10/18/11: Market Day Pick up
  • 10/21/11: No School-Teacher-in-Service
  • 10/21/11: Fall Festival 6:30-8:30
  • 10/24-10/28: Red Ribbon Week
  • 10/28: Six Pillars of Character Assembly

Mrs. Burnheimer’s Class take the Reading Oath:

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Mrs. Burnheimer’s 3rd grade class took the reader’s oath this morning.  The class committed to reading each night in order to “feed their brain”. 

I challenge all of our AE students to develop a love for reading!

Wednesday Update:

I have had many parents ask about the length of arrival and dismissal as of this afternoon.  We have mastered the morning arrival procedure and have all students in the building by the 9:00 bell.  

The afternoon dismissal has greatly improved. We are loading the last student in their car by 3:30-3:35.  It is important for me to communicate this with you so that you are able to plan accordingly.  This might be welcome information for those of you lining up in the lot by 1:00.  🙂 If you arrive at the school by approximately 3:00, you will only be waiting for about a half  hour as opposed to 2 hours. 

Mother nature is not being kind.  Rain has been greeting us at arrival and dismissal  during the past few days.  Parents remember jackets with hoods or umbrellas to help keep the children dry. 

 As always, thanks for being wonderful!

Mrs. Walker


Findraiser Information from PTA:

Our PTA president asked me to post the following information regarding the fundraiser that went home with students today.  If you have additional questions, feel free to contact the PTA at:  drenaaepta@fuse.net

Market Day Fall Festival–Acct # 8228

Start Selling Sept. 19th, 2011 and all forms need to be completed and turned in with payment by Sept. 30 ,2011

  • Pick up date & Time:      October 25th, 2011 at 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Location:      Masonic Temple, 290 Judd Road

Please start with family, friends, and co-workers.  Students need to ALWAYS sell with a parent or guardian.

Thank you PTA/Drena Campbell

Market Day Pick-Up Information:


Market Day Pick Up Tuesday September 20th 6:00 to 6:30 pm

Pick up Location:   Amelia Elementary Parking Lot

Any Pick up issues:  Please contact Melissa Sturgill @ 513-376-1666

Thank you.  -PTA