Sycamore Leaf

June 4, 2022

Sycamore Faire returns this year

The Sycamore Faire is a long-standing tradition, and we're glad to bring it back this year. Traditionally held the Wednesday prior to the last week of school, the Sycamore Faire is just what it sounds like. Each classroom prepares and organizes an activity, a "booth," for fellow students to enjoy. In year's previous, the Sycamore Faire was held as an after-school fund-raiser; Sycamore alumni, family members and younger siblings joined to buy tickets and raise funds for classrooms. This year, we're bringing the tradition back, but we're doing so during the school day. Participants will be our students only, and activities will be at no cost.

For the past couple of weeks, students have been developing ideas and planning for their class activity. Activities include Limbo, a DIY fidget station, chalk drawing, pipe cleaner crafts and stomp rockets. During the event, students take turns managing their booth and have time to enjoy activities of other classrooms. Check with your child's teacher regarding the need for donations or volunteers, and ask your child about Wednesday's Sycamore Faire!


June 6:

  • Pepo Melo fundraiser, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
  • Equity and Inclusion Committee Meeting, 6:00 pm, Zoom

June 8: Sycamore Faire, during the school day

June 10: Publishing House Tea for authors and families

June 13: Sixth Grade Pool Party, students and staff only

June 14: Senior Walk, Time TBD

June 16: Last Day of School (please note the 1:00 dismissal)

  • Sixth Grade game @ 9:00 am
  • Sixth Grade Send-Off @ 10:30 am
  • Dismissal @ 1:00 pm for grades 1-6
  • Honeybird fundraiser pm

Picture to the right: Wednesday's Room 13's Number Songs performance


The weather has warmed up and there is nothing like a fresh fruit bowl to remind us that summer is pretty much here. Sycamore families - please swing by Pepo Melo on Monday evening between 6-8pm. A portion of proceeds will be donated back to Sycamore. See you there!

Equity and Inclusion Meeting-Monday

Sycamore’s Equity & Inclusion Committee will hold its last meeting of the school year this Monday, June 6th from 6-7pm. We invite you to join us to share your thoughts about May’s Amplifying Voices: Neurodivergent Student Voices event, help us plan events for next year, and reflect on how we can all continue to work toward equity at Sycamore and in the Claremont community. Zoom link below. Contact with any questions.

Meeting ID: 981 7696 3043 Passcode: equity

Publishing House

This Friday, June 10, we'll host Sycamore's Publishing House Tea and celebrate the authors of 2022. Publishing House allows students to write, illustrate and publish books for our school's library through the help of adult volunteers. You can view stories in our Publishing House Archive (Password: sycamore225).

Publishing House got it's start back in the 1970's when the school created a collection of students' short stories and poetry. When I came to Sycamore twelve years ago, Lis DesCombes, our librarian, helped us rejuvenate this tradition. We will honor Lis this year for her support of Publishing House and countless young authors.

Families of authors are encouraged to join for this ceremony. Primary authors will join in the Redwood Grove at 8:30am and the ceremony for upper grade authors will begin at 10:20am. Please check in at the office for this entirely outdoor event.

Thank you to all our Publishing House volunteers, and most especially our incredibly devoted and hardworking PH coordinator, Joanna Lord. We can't thank her enough!

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Sixth graders enjoyed a week of science-related field trips and activities during this week's Outdoor Science School.

Sixth Grade Events

Thank you to all who make Sixth Grade Science School a success. Our teachers, Lisa Shuster and Lydia Hernandez led our fearless sixth grade group all over town and up to the mountains. Our Cafeteria Manager, Nora Romero, helped ensure we had snacks and lunches for our students. We enjoyed learning games, activities, an assembly and the skits created by our outstanding sixth graders. We owe a great big THANK YOU to parents and professors Phil Choi and Marty Meyer for creating the opportunity for our students to visit the Pomona Observatory and Bernard Field Station. We also thank Julia Zuker-Brunzell, Nosy Neighbors and Sarah Rockne for helping with treats on Friday. Thank you to all of our families who adapted schedules, donated to make the event possible and to those who donated extra special treats and signs to make our students feel special. We will continue to collect donations in the school office and through Zelle at Please add "Sixth Grade OSS" to the memo for Zelle or any checks.

The last week of school will also be full of special events. On Monday, June 13, sixth graders will have a special pool party. Students were given a participation form and permission slip on Friday. Those must be completed and returned to the office in order to participate. Teachers sent a notice to families last week regarding ways to contribute.

On the last day of school, we will have a 9:00am kickball game between sixth graders and staff/family members. Please consider joining. At 10:30am, family members are welcome to join us in the center courtyard for our Sixth Grade Send-Off. This ceremony honors our sixth graders as individuals and important members of our school community. We will finish by noon. As visitors for these events, family members will need to sign-in at the school office. Since it is an entirely outdoor event, we will not be checking for vaccination status, only that everyone is feeling well.


The Claremont Educational Foundation welcomes all Claremont families to the Claremont High School baseball field for their 12th annual car raffle drawing this coming Saturday, June 11th. From 11:00am to 1:00pm, families can enjoy this baseball-themed event. LA Dodger pitcher Orel Hershiser will be present to pull the winning ticket this year! Mr. Hershiser and CHS alumnus Eddie Allizadeh are members of the ownership team at Caposio Buick GMC/Rotolo Chevrolet, the dealership group donating a Buick Encore SUV for this year’s raffle. See the flyer below.
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Good time for gardening

Please consider volunteering in our new garden. We're looking for a few families who'll visit from time to time and tidy things up. Make it extra fun by signing up with a fellow Sycamore family. Click here to sign up and for more information

CEF's Summer Slice

The Claremont Educational Foundation's SLICE of Summer program will offer online, in-person and hybrid summer enrichment for grades Kindergarten through 12th. Offerings include Sports Fun Camp, Speech & Debate as well as College Essay Writing for college bound students. CEF partners with the University of La Verne to offer Tech Ed for 7th to 12th graders and STEM Center USA to provide hands on STEM camps for Kindergarten through 6th grade. In-person classes will be held at El Roble Intermediate School. Visit to review SLICE offerings and descriptions. Register soon, space is limited!

Open House is ready for viewing

Claremont schools all held their Open House events virtually this year. Sycamore's Open House posts are shared on the front page of our school's website. You'll click on the Open House text under "News" then click on room numbers to view different classrooms. We'll keep that posted until June 9. We hope you enjoy the "visit."