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Kramer Enews 5/15/2020

Posted on: May 15, 2020

Kramer Elementary E-News

May 15, 2020


School News and Information

Happy Friday!  Thank you the grade level teachers and families for setting out and picking up items this week.

Thank you to Mrs. Eckerle for organizing our, “Virtual Field Day” this week.  Mrs. Eckerle shared the following:

Thanks so much for participating in our Virtual Field Day this week!  We loved seeing the pictures and videos of the students having fun with this!  Great job!  Don't forget to get out and stay active all summer long!   


TSD Fabric Masks Project from Holli Morrish:

We are looking for volunteers that like to sew!


Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic many of you have reached out to TSD and other district officials asking how you can help!  Thank you for being amazing and caring so much for the students and families in our community!  As our school leaders plan and prepare for next school year, there are many unknowns.  We listen each day when Governor DeWine gives his press conference waiting for any insight as to what the future holds.  State and local officials have advised that we must prepare from several different possible school scenarios, including that students and school personnel might be required to wear masks to school.  Knowing that this is possible, we are launching a program that allows the community to help us in meeting our goals for the number of masks needed for every student and staff member.  Our goal is to have 2 for each person, so that while one mask is being cleaned, each person has another mask they can wear.  I have estimated that the district needs nearly 7000 masks.  Approximately 3000 youth masks, and 3800 adult masks.


We are asking our community to help us in sewing cloth masks and we will be collecting them throughout the summer at the Talawanda Board of Education.  We will begin collecting weekdays beginning May 18th between 9am-3pm.


Thank you!

TSD Cloth Mask Project Information Flyer


Yearbook Update

Lifetouch sent the following update to Kramer.  As soon as we know when we are receiving the yearbooks, we will communicate with everyone.


We wanted to make you aware that due to COVID-19, we have had government-mandated shut-downs in some of our production facilities and social distancing protocols in others that have reduced our capacity for printing yearbooks. Be assured that everyone who ordered a yearbook will receive one. However, the delivery of your yearbook may be delayed. 


We are working hard to produce your yearbook and closely monitoring the progress. A representative from Lifetouch will contact your school requesting shipping instructions. We won't know the exact timing of each book, but we are working through a process and will contact you again when we have tracking information which can verify that your yearbook has left our facility.


Envisions Partnership Tips from Mrs. Jutte & Mrs. Marconi

Please see this attachment for more information on caring for kids emotional health.


TMS Video Tour

5th grade parents, check out this video for a tour of TMS.


District Nurse Information 

TSD District Nurse, Mrs. Johnson shared the following information from the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding children and wearing masks.

Technology Update and Reminders

If your child is having issues with their iPad or ChromeBook, please let your child’s teacher know.  We are working on swapping out the technology for working devices.

2020-21 Kindergarten Registration

We started collecting information about Kindergarten for next year before the school closings.  If we have not taken your information yet and you have a child who will turn 5 before August 1, please complete this form and we will email you further directions for registering your child for kindergarten. 


If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Ritcher for further directions for registering your child for kindergarten.



Student fees can be paid through EZPay on Talawanda Website.  Questions can be emailed to


From the Transportation Department

This is a reminder that a new Transportation Request Form for each school year.  The form can be downloaded from the Talawanda Website for each child so that we can make sure that we have the most current contact information.  Please remember that babysitting arrangements need to be filled out on the Transportation Form as well because it doesn’t always carry over from year to year.  Thanks for thinking ahead to next year.  


From the Lane Public Library

Lane Libraries has subscribed to:

Services include 1-to-1 tutoring in a ton of K-12 subjects, plus essay review/feedback within 12 hours of submission!  The service is now live on our website:

Click Here for more information.


Folks will need their library card and pin number to log in. If they don't have a card (or have misplaced it), they can sign up for a temporary e-card at


Bingo challenge from Lane - Attached you will find a kids, teen, and adult version.


***This year Lane's summer reading program--rebranded as the Summer Reading Adventure--is starting early: May 1! 



Healthy and Wellness Coordinator, Mrs. Machechko shared a link to a storybook to help children understand the virus and what their "superpower" can be - caring for others.


Sesame Street PSA- For Parents

To all the parents out there: you are doing an amazing job! But remember to take a moment for yourself, to breath, stretch, whatever you need to keep being your best self. Hang in there and keep up the great work!


PBS- Parents You are Enough -Parenting during the CoronaVirus.


Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

You may have heard that Dolly Parton's Imagination Library recently expanded to include all children Birth-5 in Butler County.  This is wonderful news, as each enrolled child will receive 1 FREE book a month in the mail until their 5th birthday.  Here is the link:


Student Meal Program Flyer


Previous E-News Links


Article for Parents (Originally posted on 2/11/20) 


Below is a video on keeping structure/schedules at home.  (FYI It is 12 minutes long)


For resources on addressing the coronavirus please visit:


Have a great weekend!

Jason Merz


Staff Email Addresses


Mrs. Birchfield-

Ms. Bucheit

Mrs. Mortimer-

Mrs. Tackett-


1st Grade

Ms. Katto-

Mrs. Korb-

Mrs. Zettler-

Mrs. Zimmerman-


2nd Grade

Mrs. Chaney-

Ms. Hughes-

Mrs. Johnson-

Mr. Rucker-


3rd Grade

Ms. Hargis-

Mrs. Kuhl-

Mrs. Pearson-

Mrs. Rucker-


4th Grade

Mrs. Cheatham-

Ms. Hamilton-

Mrs. Fitzgerald-

Mr. Oberschlake-


5th Grade

Mrs. Bowling-

Mrs. Davis-

Mrs. Riede-

Ms. Sams-


Mrs. Bucher-

Mrs. Eckerle-

Mrs. Geshan-

Mr. Heilman-

Ms. Hofmann-

Mrs. Kelly-

Mrs. Kobermann-

Mrs. Mattox-

Mrs. McWilliams-

Mrs. Meade-

Mrs. Rainey-

Mrs. Slager-

Mrs. VonStein-


Upcoming Dates

Now until 5/21 - Online Learning Days

5/5 - No School - Scheduled PD Day for Staff