Sycamore Leaf

January 9, 2021

Principal's Message

It's been a sad week in what seems to be a churning sea of challenging days. As we try to process current events within a context including a pandemic and ongoing injustices and inequities, our hearts are heavy and more than a bit weary. Each adult and each child is experiencing this current situation uniquely, but all of us need support. Last night, Dr. Olesniewicz sent a letter to families. In it, she provided several resources offering guidance on how adults can support children of various ages during times of crisis. If you have questions about these articles or you feel you or your child need direct assistance, please know our staff is ready to help. Simply reach out to me in the school office or connect with your child’s teacher. As you share your needs, we can work together to identify supports including academic tutoring, school-based counseling for your student, and community-based counseling connections for yourself and your family.

Stay in touch.

Sincerely, Amy Stanger

398-0324 ext. 63001


Monday, January 11 Equity and Inclusion Committee, 6:00 PM (Zoom link and detail below)

Wednesday, January 13 Governance Council Meeting, 6:00 PM (see agenda for Zoom link)

Monday, January 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, No School

Equity and Inclusion Committee

Sycamore’s Equity & Inclusion Committee will hold its monthly meeting this Monday, January 11th from 6-7pm. Come hear about and provide input on our plans for a February public virtual event. Zoom link below. Contact with any questions.

Meeting ID: 981 7696 3043

Passcode: equity

Activities beyond the classroom

The following activities will be available to students this week.

All links are available on the Sycamore Student Canvas page.

12:30-1:00 Monday: Grades 2-3 Book Club

12:00-1:00 Tuesday: Upper Grade Math Club

12:30-1:00 Tuesday: Grades 2-3 Math Club

12:30-1:00 Tuesday: Grades K-1

1:00-1:30 Tuesday: K-6 Picture Book Reading in Spanish, Mo Willems

12:30-1:00 Wednesday: Equity and Inclusion Club

12:00-12:30 Thursday: K-6 Sign Language Club with Leslie Roberts

12:30-1:00 Thursday: Grade 4-6 Book Club, new session begins

12:00-12:30 Friday: Grades 1-6 Student Leadership

12:30-1:00 Friday: Grades K-6 Lunch Bunch (see below for details)

Enrolling Now for After School Enrichment Classes

The Sycamore After School Enrichment Program provides an opportunity for students to explore varied interests. Classes are taught by talented individuals who are passionate about sharing their expertise with others. Classes this year will be live stream and vary by start date and by the number of weeks. Please make careful note of class meeting dates. As always, class fees are set by the instructors and are reflective of the length of the course, materials, and preparation.

Please find the registration information in the back of the ASE brochure. If you wish to register your child for a class, please complete the last 2 pages of this packet. You can either drop the registration and payment off in the school office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00-3:30 or you can mail your registration packet and send your payment via Zelle at (please

indicate that the payment is for ASE). Registration materials are due by January 18, 2021. Because classes do fill up, the sooner you respond, the better. You will be notified only if we were unable to place your child in your selected course.

No registrations will be accepted beyond January 18, 2021.

New: Lunch Bunch

We know students are really missing the social aspects of school. Our noon-time activities are one way we're attempting to offer some of that time back to our students. Beginning this Friday, a team of our Elementary Counseling Interns will lead a fun social activity/opportunity for students. On Fridays from 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM, students can join to connect with others and engage in social-emotional activities. Students in grades K-6 are welcome to join. The lunch bunch will be listed on the Elementary Chill Out Canvas Course. A link will also be placed on our Sycamore Student page.

Claremont's "Making Change" Contest

For the past thirty years, the City of Claremont and CUSD have sponsored an annual “Making Change” contest to recognize champions of human rights and social justice. This activity provides students with an opportunity to reflect on individuals who have taken action to improve the world around them. A flyer has been posted on Peachjar. It provides detail for participants at each grade level. In this 31st year, entries will be submitted digitally. The due date is February 5.

Publishing House Speaker Series

In last Wednesday's installment of our Publishing House Speaker Series, we were joined by Jonathan Lethem, author, Pomona College Creative Writing professor and Sycamore parent. Students enjoyed hearing about his love for writing, which he called, "dreaming while you're awake," and were affirmed by the coaching he provided them during the question and answer period.

Our next speaker will be Liz Climo, a cartoonist, animator, children's book author, and illustrator. She is best known for her webcomics, which she posts regularly to her website, The Little World of Liz, and her Rory the Dinosaur children's book series. Plan to join us for this session of our PH Speaker Series on February 3 at 11:30 AM. The Zoom link will be available on the “Sycamore Students” Publishing House Canvas page.

Kindergarten Open House

Believe it or not, we are already thinking about the kindergarten class of 2021. As is practice every year, each of our elementary schools will offer families an "open house" designed to provide an overview of their school. This year, those meetings will be held on Zoom. If you or someone you know has a kindergartener, a child who will be five by September 1 of this year, encourage them to attend. Sycamore's Kindergarten Open House will be held on January 21 at 10:30 AM. The schedule for other schools and their dates for kindergarten registration are posted on the Student Services page of the District website.