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Kramer Enews 5/22/20

Posted on: May 22, 2020

Kramer Elementary E-News

May 22, 2020


School News and Information

We made it.  Thank you to the parents, students, Kramer staff and our district support team.    This has been an extremely challenging time for everyone.  I was amazed with everyone’s determination, perseverance and thinking outside of the box.  It is not the way we wanted to end the school year, but we made it.  Thank you to everyone!


Mr. Merz- Reading

This is the last announcement, Kramer Code Reminder and book reading.  Over the summer I plan to post at least one book/story per week.  I will continue to use the Mr. Merz YouTube channel & Twitter @MrMerzTSD  to push out stories.  I will also utilize our email notification to send out links.  Here is the last announcement for this school year.  Reading, Announcements, Birthdays


5th Grade Clap Out

Each year we have a Clap Out for our 5th graders.  We were unable to do it this year, but Mrs. McWilliams, Mrs. Riede, Mrs. Bowling, Mrs. Davis and Ms. Sams helped make a special Clap Out.  Check out this  link to view the slideshow.  

Thank You Oxford Doughnut Shoppe

Kramer first grade families and teachers would like to thank Josh Francis, owner and operator, of Oxford Doughnut Shoppe for all of his generosity. On Monday May 18, Josh was kind enough to make and deliver a doughnut to first graders and their siblings to decorate at home. Typically first graders go on a field trip to the Doughnut Shoppe at the end of the year to learn how doughnuts are made and then get to enjoy one of their own.  This year Josh wanted to make sure it was no different!  Before the delivery Josh created a video with the help of some of his employees to show the first graders how the doughnuts are made!  We can't thank you enough for all you do for our kiddos!

Video Link-


Mrs. Jutte and Mrs. Marconi Information

Please see the last newsletter from Envision Partnerships. It covers mental health info, ideas, and activities which Mrs. Jutte, Mrs. Marconi and Mrs. Pike share with parents and students.

Use this link to access the information

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.


TMS Video Tour

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

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! 


We made it.  Thank you again for all of your help, teaching, compassion and feedback.  It was a total team effort to finish up the last 2 months of school.  THANK YOU!

Stay safe and enjoy your summer!

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