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!


Summer Fun at the Amelia Public Library:





Dear Amelia Elementary parents:

 My children attend A.E. too, and at a recent visit to our local library we signed them up for several fun and educational and FREE events.  It’s a bummer that the levy didn’t pass, but there are still some great resources for our children right in our own back yards.

Here are just a few FREE events that are available for elementary age students.  There are more events for younger kids, older kids and even adults.  Log on to their web-site or visit any Clermont County Library for more details about all programs.

 This document was not created by the library.  I copied information that I thought all A.E. parents would like to have.  CALL THE LIBRARY to CONFIRM DATES AND TIMES and to find out which programs you need to SIGN UP FOR IN ADVANCE and which programs you are allowed to show up for with a reservation.

 See you at the library!  A.E. Parent


The following information was pulled from library brochures and handouts.


SATURDAY, JUNE 4:  Used Book Fair.  Great deals on all kinds of used books for all ages.

 SATURDAY, JUNE 4:  **2011 SUMMER READING KICK-OFF PARTY** 1pm – 3pm, ages 0 – 18!!  “Join us as we kick off this year’s Summer Reading with a balloon maker and face painter.  Sign up for Summer Reading to win prizes!”

 SATURDAY, JUNE 18: Grades 1 – 4 from 2pm – 4pm.  “The Cincinnati Museum Center will  explore different cultures and continents using maps, clothing, crafts, games, music and more.”

 TUESDAYS, JUNE 21 – July 26, 2pm: “Join us as we explore cultures from around the world through books, music, games and crafts.”


 PARENTS:  Call the library for details on how to sign up at  513-752-5580

Mrs. Walker’s Tiger Bites- Week of March 21st:

Yearbook Photos:  As the school year is coming to an end, our yearbook editor has been working diligently to create a yearbook that includes many different activities and students.  I have been asked to request First Day of School and Snow Day Photos.  If you would like to submit a photo of your student from the first day of school or a photo from a snow day, please email it to  Only electronic jpeg photos will be accepted. Be sure to include your child’s name and grade and please put whether it is a snow day photo or a first day of school photo in the subject. If you are sending both, please put them in separate emails. There is limited space and pictures will be used for the yearbook in the order received

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Literacy Night:  Please join us on Thursday for our yearly Literacy Night for students in preschool, kindergarten, first and second grades.  This year we will have popcorn and juice along with Madcap Puppets.  There will be free books and information available from our teachers.  We will raffle off gift bags and goodies.  The fun starts at 6:00 and showtime is at 6:30.  We can’t wait to see you at the show!

Upcoming Events:  I have had many questions regarding upcoming dates for Spring Break and OAA testing.  I have the entire list of activities on the Calendar tab on top of the blog site.  Here are some upcoming dates:

March 2011

  • Thursday, March 24th:  Literacy Night 6:00 PM
  • Monday, March 28th: PTA Meeting 6:30 Library
  • Wednesday, March 30th:  End of 3rd Quarter
  • Wednesday, March 30th:  5th Grade Camp Kern
  • Thursday, March 31st:  5th Grade Camp Kern

April 2011

  • Friday, April 1st:  5th Grade Camp Kern
  • Tuesday, April 5th:  4th and 5th Grade Chorus Concert 7:00 PM
  • April 4th-8th:  PTA Scholastic Bookfair
  • Thursday, April 7th:  Grandparents Night 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, April 12th:  4th Grade Music Performance 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 16th:  AE Easter Egg Hunt
  • April 16-17th: West Clermont Art Show @ WT Elementary
  • Tuesday, April 19th:  Family Science Night 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 21st:  PTA Skating Party 6:30-8:30 pm
  • April 21st and April 22nd:   NO SCHOOL– Spring Break
  • Tuesday, April 26th:  3rd & 5th grade READING OAA
  • Wednesday, April 27th:  4th grade READING OAA
  • Thursday, April 28th:  3rd & 5th grade MATH OAA

May 2011

  • Tuesday, May 3rd:  4th grade MATH OAA & 5th grade SCIENCE OAA
  • May 2-May 6th-  Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Tuesday, May 3rd:  AM Kindergarten Field Trip to Drake Planetarium
  • Wednesday, May 4th:  PM Kindergarten Field Trip to Drake Planetarium
  • Thursday, May 5th:  5th Grade Music Performance 7:00 PM   ****  Changed ****
  • Tuesday, May 10th:  5th Grade Meet-and-Greet Skating party (AE, HH, ME and WT Students)
  • Friday, May 13th:  OAA Dance 1:00(grades 3,4)  and 2:00 (grade 5)
  • Monday, May 16th:  PTA Meeting 6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, May 17th: Kindergarten Orientation for 2011-12 School Year 9:00 am
  • Friday, May 20th:  PTA Walk-a-thon
  • Tuesday, May 24th:  Volunteer Recognition 4:00
  • Thursday, May 26th:  Talent Show 6:30 pm
  • Monday, May 30th:  NO SCHOOL: Memorial Day

Winter DIBELS Assessment:

Dear Parents,

The teachers and administrator at Amelia Elementary are committed to helping your child become a successful reader. As part of this commitment, our school has chosen to use a test called DIBELS to help us examine how your child is doing in learning important reading skills. DIBELS stands for Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills. DIBELS tests skills that are necessary for learning to read. Children who learn these skills become good readers.

DIBELS is made up of several short individual tests, called subtests. Each DIBELS subtest focuses on a different skill and takes about 1 minute to do. Your child will be given DIBELS subtests depending on his or her grade level.

Each DIBELS subtest takes only about one minute to do because they are used as indicators. Much like using a thermometer to take a child’s temperature is an indicator of overall health, each subtest is an indicator of how well a child is doing in learning a particular early reading skill.  DIBELS is used with millions of children throughout the United States. A child’s score on a subtest tells us whether the child is likely to be “on track” for learning to read, or whether that child may need some help in learning important reading skills. Your child’s teacher will use the information to better help your child. For example, the DIBELS test may tell us that we need to spend more time teaching your child how to “sound out” unknown words.

DIBELS is used to identify children who may need extra help to become good readers and check up on those children while they receive the extra help to make sure they are making progress. DIBELS also may be used by your school to make decisions about how well the school’s overall reading program is working for all children. DIBELS should never be used to grade your child, or for decisions about retention.

We are working hard at school to make sure that every child is on target for success, and we thank you for your efforts at home. Together, we will help your child become a successful reader.


Mrs. Walker

A Special Visitor:

 Mrs. Stemmer’s 5th grade students were guest readers to Miss Van Eman’s 2nd graders. They read an article from My Sidewalks about therapy dogs. Then they had a visit from Michelle and Maddie, a real therapy dog. They learned all about the training of a therapy dog and how they help others in the community. There were a lot of smiles and tail wagging.

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Accelerated Reader… What’s it all about?

Hello Parents! You may have heard your student talking about the Accelerated Reader Program, or AR as we often refer to it. This program has quizzes that your child can take on a school computer after they have finished reading an AR book. They earn points based on how many reading comprehension questions are answered correctly. These points are redeemed for prizes once a month in library. We also have an ice-cream party planned at the end of the year for students who reach the 50 point prize level. ( Kdg and first grade will be 25 points ) Prize levels start at 5 points and go up to 200 points. Not all books are AR books but we have over 5,000 titles to choose from. You can access a list of the AR books at the Amelia Public library and we are working on placing it on the school’s website. Many thanks to our wonderful PTA who provides the funds for the AR program. We couldn’t continue the program without their support. Feel free to send me an email or call with any questions you may have. Encourage you child to read every evening and let them see you reading for fun as well! Time spent reading together is priceless!

Rhonda Deatherage – Librarian


Why Can’t I Skip Reading Each Night?

Student A reads 20 minutes every night.  Student B only reads 4 minutes a night… or not at all!

Multiply minutes a night x5 days a week.  Student A:  20 minutes x5 = 100 minutes.  Student B:  4 minutes x5= 20 minutes.  Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks a month.  Student A reads 400 minutes a month and Student B reads 80 minutes a month.

Multiply minutes a month x9 months.  Student A reads 3,600 minutes in a school year and Student B reads only 728 minutes.  Student A reads the equivalent of 10 whole school days a year.  Student B reads the equivalent of only two whole school days a year. 

By the end of 6th grade Student A and Student B have the same reading habits…  Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days and Student B will have only read 12.  One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably so, undoubtedly, will school performance.  How do you think Student B will feel about him/herself as a student?

  • Which student read better?
  • Which student would know more?
  • Which student would write better?
  • Which student would have a better vocabulary?
  • Which student would be more successful in school and life?

… something to think about.