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Crosby Update

Posted on: December 1, 2022


Southwest Local Schools

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This month's email is a long one, but please take time to read through the information below so your child does not miss out on some great opportunities! We have additional Grandparents' Day dates, parent survey results, dress-up days, and much more! We are always looking to improve, so if there is anything additional you would like to see in the monthly memo, please let me know. 

 We also want to wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season! 


Why am I getting emails multiple times?

If you are receiving emails multiple times, it is because you have multiple children or more than one email address on file. For some reason, when we uncheck the “Do not send duplicate” box”, some parents get missed, so we want to make sure everyone is getting our communication. Sorry for any inconvenience.



District Calendar:


Kindergarten, 3rd & 4th Grade Grandparents’ Day dates have been added to the calendar!



1                             Banking Day

2                             Santa Shop Preview Day

 4                            PTO Breakfast with Santa (This is a change from original.)

5-9                         PTO Santa Shop / Mayors Fund Food and Clothing Drive

 8                            Musical 3rd Grade 6:00 & 4th Grade 7:15

12-15                     Spirit Week Dress Up Days

13                          Christmas Program from Church on Fire

15                          Banking Day & Christmas Party Day

16                          End of Quarter- No School for students

19-30                     Winter Break- No School



2                             Winter Break- No School

5                             Banking Day

16                          MLK Jr. Day- No School

19                          Banking Day

23-27                     Winter NWEA MAP Testing



2                             Banking Day / Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:00-8:00 p.m.

7                             Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:00-7:30 p.m.

10                          Kindergarten Grandparents’ Day Time-TBD

14                          Valentine’s Day Party Day

16                          Banking Day

17                          Conference Release Day- No School

20                          President’s Day- No School



 2                            Banking Day

 5                            Acceptance Week- Spirit Week

10                          4th Grade Grandparents’ Day 1:45-2:45 p.m.

16                          Banking Day

17                          End of Quarter- No school for students

20-24                  Spring Break- No School

27-31                  Gr 3-5 Ohio State Testing ELA



3-6                        Gr 3-5 Ohio State Testing ELA

6                             Banking Day

7                             Good Friday- No School

10                          No School

17-28                     Gr 3-5 Ohio State Testing Math / Gr 5 Science

20                          Banking Day / 1st Grade Field Trip

26                          Musical 1st Grade 6:00 & 2nd Grade 7:15



 4                            Banking Day

8-12                        Spring NWEA MAP Testing

15-18                      Shower with Kindness / Day of Service / Spirit Week

18                          Banking Day / 3rd Grade Grandparents’ Day 1:30-2:30 p.m.

19                           Teacher Inservice Day- No school for students

29                           Memorial Day- No School

31                           Last day of school for students



Santa Shop Preview will take place on Friday, December 2 for all classes.  Actual shopping will take place between December 5-9. See the PTO email for the schedule of classes.



Collection week is December 5-9. The district goal is 30,000 items.

We are looking for all non-perishable food items. Items most needed are peanut butter, jelly, canned soup, canned ravioli or spaghetti, spaghetti sauce (cans NOT jars), and cereal.

Please avoid glass jars, as they get broken in transit and make quite a mess which ruins other items for use.

Each class will keep track of the number of items they collect. The winning class will earn a donut party. If the building reaches our goal of 6.500, Mrs. Aghotte, Mr. Kinnett and Ms. Patty will be participating in some uncomfortable challenges! So bring in those food and clothing items!



Monday, December 12- Candy Cane Day (red and white stripes)

Tuesday, December 13- Holiday Headwear

Wednesday, December 14- Ugly Sweater Day

Thursday, December 15- PJ Day



With the upcoming cold and flu season upon us, please remember to keep students home when they are sick to help prevent spread. Students must be free of fevers, vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours, without the use of medication, before returning to school. Please contact the school if your student will be out. Let's stay healthy and safe this winter!



In our parent survey, the question was asked, “How are students selected for the PBIS Pancake Breakfast Student of the Month?” Each grade level selects students slightly different, but all selections are based around a strength of the month in The Character Effect Program. This program teaches students that all of us have different strengths that make us unique and special. Some teachers select 3 students and then have the class vote on which of those three show the strengths from the month. Some teachers have the class nominate and vote on any students in the class, but they must explain why they selected that student and why they best represent the strengths from that month. Teachers have shared how impressed they are that students take this very seriously and usually are right on target with a deserving student.



Thank you to the 317 people who participated in the Parent Survey. The Building Leadership Team has reviewed the results and started working towards making improvements.

Areas of Strength:

The office staff is welcoming and courteous. (4.82)

My child’s teacher uses a communication app or newsletter to keep me updated. (4.72)

We are in the research stage of a common district-wide app.

Calendar events are communicated in a timely fashion. (4.70)

All events are listed in the monthly memo. If you are not receiving the monthly memo, please contact to be sure we have your most   updated email address.

The school provides clubs and extracurricular activities that meet my child’s needs. (4.64)

If there are other ideas for clubs, feel free to share them and we will see if we can find      a sponsor!

The teacher provides information pertaining to my child’s progress throughout the year. (4.64)

Teachers enter grades into Progress Book weekly. Parents can set up notifications for when their child has a missing assignment or a grade below a certain mark.

Conferences take place twice a year (Oct & Feb) and are great times to discuss your child’s progress.


Areas for Improvement:

I use Progress Book to stay informed about my child’s academic progress. (4.13)

Download the Progress Book Parent/Student App (Frontline Technologies Group- icon is a purple graduation cap). Your registration key can be found in Final Forms under Student/Parent Access Codes. If you need help, contact your child’s teacher or         

The school deals with bullying situations in an appropriate manner. (4.40)

See below for information regarding bullying vs. conflict and how we deal with each of these situations.

My child has an appropriate amount of homework. (4.41)

In grades 3-5, we have multiple teams per grade level and some of those teams are made up of two teachers and some of three. Our teams of three plan to communicate weekly to make sure students are not being overloaded with homework, assignments, and tests. Unfortunately, there are times when units may end at similar times and delaying them would cause disruption to that subject’s curriculum map. Teachers will make a better effort moving forward!

There are opportunities to volunteer in my child’s classroom. (4.45)

Several teachers have made it their goal this year to offer more volunteer opportunities for parents. If you are interested in volunteering at Crosby Elementary, feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher!

Students receive individualized instruction to meet their learning needs. (4.46)

This is an area I feel we do well but realize that we may not do the best job of communicating what we are doing.

EVERY students participate in what we call RTI (Response to Intervention) or MTSS (Multi-tiered Systems of Support). Students in the grade level are split into groups based on data and work on a targeted skill appropriate to their level. Teachers progress monitor to make sure that interventions are working and adjust as necessary.

Kindergarten: 30 minutes, 3 days a week.

Grades 1 & 2: 50 minutes, 4 days a week

Grade 3: 50 minutes, 5 days a week

Grade 4-5: 30 minutes, 2-4 days a week.

In addition to RTI and MTSS, teachers differentiate on a regular basis in the core curriculum as well. Please reach out to your child’s teacher or Mrs. Aghotte, if you have any concerns about your child’s individual needs not being met.



It is important to understand the difference between conflict and bullying. Many of us, adults and students included encounter conflict on a regular basis. It is important for our staff, students, and parents to understand the difference between the two so that we can appropriately address each situation.

Every year, our entire staff (teachers, aides, office, bus drivers, etc.) is required to complete a bullying course in order to help detect bullying situations and how to handle them. Southwest Local Schools has a policy in place for how we deal with any reported bullying situation.

When students report a bullying situation, we have them complete a “My Side of the Story” form. That form is reviewed by Mr. Kinnett and the person filling out the form. Mr. Kinnett investigates the situation by speaking to the students involved. After speaking with all parties, if the situation fits the definition of bullying, Mr. Kinnett adds the students' names to the monthly bullying report. The Monthly Bully Bulletin is shared with the staff, superintendent, and the Board of Education. The purpose of this is to make sure our staff is aware of any bullying situations and can help watch for any further incidents. Mr. Kinnett also calls all parents involved and documents the phone conversation. If the situation is deemed as NOT bullying, but a peer conflict, the incident is still recorded so that we can look for patterns in the future.

Incidents that are identified as peer conflict are addressed through peer mediation by the administration or the school counselor. There are also times when peer conflict situations will also require a consequence.


Definition of Bullying:

Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort. Bullying can take the form of physical contact, words, or more subtle actions.

The bullied individual typically has trouble defending him or herself and does nothing to “cause” the bullying.

What bullying is not

  • single episodes of social rejection or dislike
  • single episode acts of nastiness or spite
  • random acts of aggression or intimidation
  • mutual arguments, disagreements or fights.

These actions can cause great distress. However, they do not fit the definition of bullying and they’re not examples of bullying unless someone is deliberately and repeatedly doing them.




Don't miss out! Secure a yearbook by using the link below. Code: 6582623

Yearbooks are PRE-SALE only! There will NOT be any extras to sell at the end of the year! So please order NOW!




Christmas 2022 flyer (1) (1).pdf 

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Agrico 4-H Club will be hosting a Holiday Open House with activities for kids and information for parents interested in learning more about the Hamilton County 4-H Program. Saturday, December 10 from 1-3 PM at the Harrison Library Meeting Room. Email Stephane at if you plan to attend.

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How do I access my child’s grades and report card?

To access Progress Book login information, login to Final Forms and click on: Student/Parent Access Codes. All the information you need to create or access your account is here. If you are having any issues email .


How does the district/school communicate information?

District- email using School Messenger, website, Facebook, Twitter

School- Principal- Monthly Email/Text sent using School Messenger

Facebook and Twitter are used to post reminders only- all new information will be                 communicated through email/text.

Teachers- Progress Book, weekly newsletters, apps (Dojo, Remind, etc.)

PTO- Membership Toolkit: or Facebook: Crosby Elementary PTO


How do I email my child’s teacher?

Or this page will link you to our staff directory: