March 27, 2020
Distance Learning Update
Sadly, our plan for three weeks of distance learning has been extended until May 5. I think we're all desperately missing our school friends and activities. Still, I can't help but feel great pride when I see the clever ways our staff, students and families are learning at home. Though it is not the same and it isn't easy, we are finding ways to connect and learn.
Pacing ourselves and setting reasonable expectations can make distance learning more manageable for both adults and children. Teachers have been intentionally working on ways to connect with students and families. They're suggesting flexible schedules with regular practice for language arts and math, occasional lessons for social students and science, and links to opportunities for enrichment as parents see fit. Distance learning is proving taxing and time-consuming for staff as they create lessons and intense and sometimes frustrating for families who try to implement those plans. Patience with yourself and others is essential! We can't replicate a school day at Sycamore, but we can work together to provide instruction and a different kind of learning at home.
Over the next week, teachers will refine their routines and strategies for lesson delivery. Soon, our art teacher, Mary Town, and our music teacher, Mason Hensley, will begin to share weekly lessons, too. When we return from Spring Break, we’ll build on what we've learned and continue with distance learning, maybe in a more comfortable way. Please continue to strive for balance, practice self-care, and exercise mindfulness to find the positives in this unique season for everyone.
Links to key resources
General information and links to resources
Information on continuing to access school lunches: https://www.cusd.claremont.edu/pf4/cms2/news_themed_display?id=1584090092363
Links to Enrichment Resources and Student Technology Support
Link to student tech support during the day
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Guide
Video link for coaching on setting up schedules at home (by Cheri Vandermay, CUSD Behaviorist)
Please email your child's teacher or Mrs. Stanger for any other questions or needs.
English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)
Planning for Special Traditions
Online Orders for SCRIP
Sycamore continues to have Scrip and we've created a way to get it to you. Please fill out this form and you'll be contacted about your preferred way of getting the scrip to you. Keep in mind, a percentage of each purchase raises funds for our school.
Here's the link to the form: