Sycamore Leaf

May 21, 2022


May 23-27: Mental Health Awareness Week

May 26: Sycamore's Open House (posted on our website)

May 30: Memorial Day, No School

May 31: Parent Input Letters are due (see below)

May 31-June 3: Outdoor Science School for 6th grade

Principal's Message

This week will be Mental Health Awareness Week in CUSD. Mental health and social and emotional well-being are foundational to overall health and essential for student learning.

We've planned a number of school-wide and classroom activities to help build awareness. We hope all children will participate.

Message Monday: students create and share positive messages for the week.

Team Up Tuesday: students will wear the jersey of a favorite team or jersey to "team up" to support everyone's mental health.

Wellness Wednesday: students will practice an assortment of healthy activities and coping strategies.

Tie-Dye Thursday: students wear an assortment of colors or tie-dye to show the many emotions we can experience and express in healthy ways.

Fabulous Friday: students are encouraged to wear green in honor of Mental Health Awareness Week.

For parens, I'd encourage watching this video presentation pf Understanding and Managing Stress and Anxiety for Elementary Students. The video is presented by Renee Kavanaugh, one of CUSD's Clinical Therapists. You'll find it helpful as you support your student and attempt to reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety.

Open House is THURSDAY!

This year our school's Open House will be virtual rather than on campus*. You and your child will be able to view the upload from their classroom and others. Your child's teacher may also provide information about their presentation. Open House posts will be shared on Thursday afternoon and will be available for viewing for the next few weeks.

*The district-wide decision to host virtual Open Houses was made earlier this spring.

Parent Input Letters

It’s hard to believe its the middle of May! Our year is coming to an end, and we are planning for next year already. Very soon, staff will be organizing students into next year's classroom groups. Decisions about class placement are based upon countless and often confidential variables. We know quite a bit about our students, and this knowledge guides us in setting up our classroom communities.

Families are welcome to add their insights to this process in what we call an Input Letter, a written statement with the family's observations about their child’s school-based relationships and response to various learning environments. We ask that your comments speak to your child. We cannot grant requests for a certain classroom or teacher. Our placements are too complex to be able to honor narrow requests in that way. This year's letters must be received no later than May 31 in order to ensure your comments are available for consideration.

This letter is not required. I assure you that our staff is fully committed to creating classroom communities that will be supportive for all. Please complete the Input Letter then bring it to the office or email it to by May 31.


We need a few more helping hands tomorrow morning at the CEF booth. We will be located in the Curtis Real Estate Parking lot at the end of the Farmers Market. If you are planning on venturing down to the village, please consider helping for a quick 30 min. Use this sign up to reserve a volunteer time slot. Car Raffle tickets will also be available in the office until June 1st. Get your chance to win and support Claremont Educational Foundation.

End-of-Year Governance Input Survey -- open for one more week

We are receiving such great feedback from you all! Thank you to everyone who has participated thus far. We will keep the End of Year Input Survey OPEN for one more week. Your responses are anonymous and the survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. Click here!

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

Restaurant Fundraisers

We're offering several different restaurant fundraisers and we have just a few to go. These are a nice way to meet up with fellow Sycamore friends while earning a bit of money for our school. When you visit, let them know you are from Sycamore and thank them for their contribution to our school.

  • Pepo Melo/Nosy Neighbors - June 6th
  • Honeybird - June 16th

6th Grade Announcements

Sixth Graders' Outdoor Science School is quickly approaching. Everyone has turned in their paperwork, and final plans are coming together. Families are asked to complete this survey by Tuesday to note their preferences for meals during the week. The only thing left to secure is our funding. The program has a per person cost of about $160, and we are only about half-way to our goal. We must meet costs through individual donations, so please donate in any amount to make this special week possible for our 6th graders. Cash or checks will be collected in the school office or donations can be made through Zelle at Please add "Sixth Grade OSS" to the memo for Zelle or any checks. We thank you for giving in any amount.

COMING SOON - Student art design for 2022/23 Gear!

We are getting close to that time of year when we ask our students if they would like to help design our next "gear" design. Now is a good time to start sketching and playing around with ideas. We will ask for submissions at the end of May. We can't wait to see what our students create!

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!

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Mental Health Day Offering

On May 28, Girl Scout Troop 17354 will be offering a Mental Health Day for fourth, fifth and sixth grade students. Several of the troop members are Sycamore grads. See the flyer above for details on registering for this event.