Sycamore Leaf

April 17, 2020

Prinicipal's Message

In Dr. Elsasser's Family Update this week, you learned of adjustments to the Continuum of Learning plan. We hope these changes will be supportive of students and families given the extension of distance learning through the rest of this school year. The workload of assignments will continue to be similar for students, with a general expectation for daily practice in English-Language Arts and math, as well as regular PE and weekly connections for science, social studies, and art. By April 20, your child's teacher will outline ways they'll provide opportunities for instruction and details on how to share student work samples. Though online learning presents great challenges for each student and family, we are determined to support all our students and help them grow in their academic skills and confidence.

A child's path to learning is always unique. This is especially true given our current situation and a remote learning model. We are striving to build systems that will help make this manageable for families and staff, and we want you to know we will do what we can to help you stay informed, connected and equipped with the resources you need. Please reach out for help as you need it...we all need it.

I can be reached at

We are sincerely thankful for all you are doing.

Amy Stanger

Sharing Hearts Video

Art and Music

Mary Town and Mason Hensley continue to offer weekly lessons your students can access at home.

Mason's music lessons include options for varied grade levels. Here's the link to his week 2 folder:

Mary's art lesson is accessible using this link:

Consider posting what you create on FlipGrid. Directions are at the end of the lesson.



During our Governance Meeting this week, we talked a good deal about our budget for providing art and music instruction, classroom materials, technology for teachers and students, student assemblies, parent night speakers, and field trips. These enriching resources would not be available to students without the contributions of our parents, the creativity of our fundraising volunteers and the generosity of our community.

Our major fundraisers, fall's Family Dance and spring's Sycamore Celebrates, include auctions of items donated by local businesses and contributions by our parents. Many extend their resources, donate or carve out their profit margins to provide us with school t-shirts, banners, scrip, and auction items. During these difficult financial times, keep these businesses in mind, and, as you are able, consider giving back to these who have been so generous to our school over the years.

Pizza N'Such is one local business that has been incredibly generous toward Sycamore. For over ten years, they've been the spot for our monthly dinner with Sycamore friends. And, thanks to the generosity of the Verbal family, we've raised over $2000 each year for our school. Over this coming week, let's thank them and have a virtual pizza night! Grab take out from Pizza N'Such and encourage your friends to do the same. Any day this week, share a picture of your family enjoying pizza (takeout or homemade) on our Sycamore Governance Facebook Page, a virtual dinner party with our Sycamore friends.

Publishing House

If your child is a Publishing House author this year, look for an email sent on 3/27. It includes information regarding our adjustment to a digital version of our Publishing House books. If your child is an author and you did not receive the email or you have questions about the process of completing the book, please contact Joanna Lord at or Mrs. Stanger at

Ordering the All School Yearbook

Plan now to get a copy for your family. Yearbooks are being sold for $15 each. You may continue to purchase them until Tuesday, April 21.

You can purchase the yearbook online.

Step 1: Visit

Step 2: Enter Sycamore's school code 164860 then click "go to your school account login"

Step 3: Click on the link below Sycamore

Step 4: Login if returning or register as a "new user"

Step 5: Buy the yearbook!

If you have any questions, or you would like to volunteer to help with the yearbook, email Lydia Hernandez at

Governance Council Members Needed

Governance Council serves our school as a shared decision making body including families, community members and staff. It functions both our Parent Faculty Association and our School Site Council, focusing on the school's plan for student achievement, community building activities for the school and fundraisers that support those activities. Governance Council is currently looking for members who will serve in leadership roles for the coming year. If you are interested or you’d like to nominate a parent or community member, please contact our Co-Facilitator, Estelle Cordova at or at 562-360-5919 by April 24. The school community will vote for these members using an online ballot in early May. Details coming soon.

Claremont Educational Foundation

Claremont Educational Foundation continues to support Sycamore and every CUSD elementary school with funds for art and music instruction and technology funds for secondary schools. You can support CEF and our school with the purchase of a Prius Raffle ticket. Each purchase gives you a chance at winning a Prius from Claremont Toyota while bringing funds to CEF and Sycamore. Tickets can be purchased until April 26. Information is available at The raffle will be held in August.

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: