Sycamore Leaf

November 10, 2021


Thursday, November 11 and Friday, November 12

  • Veterans' Day and CUSD school holiday, no school

Monday, November 15, 6:00-7:30 PM

  • Amplifying Voices: LGBTQ+ Student Experiences

Monday, November 15-28

  • Virtual Book Fair (see below)

November 22-26

  • Thanksgiving Break, no school
November 26
  • Green Friday at California Botanic Gardens

Vaccinations clinics coming

In partnership with Hendricks Pharmacy, Sycamore Elementary School is hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Wednesday, November 17th from 1:00 to 3:30. If you would like to participate in this clinic, please use this link to schedule a time for your child’s vaccination. We are only vaccinating children between 5 and 11 at this clinic. If you have older family members that want to be vaccinated, you can set up a time at Hendricks Pharmacy. As you prepare your family for the vaccine, see this COVID-19 Vaccine Checklist offered by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Amplifying Voices Event, November 15

Save the date: In lieu of its monthly meeting, Sycamore’s Equity & Inclusion Committee invites you to Amplifying Voices: LGBTQ+ Student Experiences, the second in our series of Amplifying Voices events. The evening will allow adults to gain insights from the reflections and experiences of queer-identifying students who have attended Sycamore or other CUSD schools. See the flyer for details.

When: Monday, November 15th, 6-7:30pm

Where: Zoom

RSVP by Monday, November 8th to receive Zoom link:

Picture Retakes November 16

On Tuesday, November 16 picture retakes will be available. Students were given their pictures on Wednesday, Nov. 10. Please review that picture to see if you want your child to retake the picture. If you do, send the pictures back to school by the day of retakes. Students who missed taking pictures in September will also take their picture at this time. If you have questions, contact Tina in the school office at To order pictures, see

Publishing House

Since the 1970's, Sycamore students have had the opportunity to publish their writing for the enjoyment of peers. We continue this tradition each year in Publishing House. Student authors join PH by choice, and with the help of adult volunteers, they create and publish a print and digital copy of their work for our school's library. Student authors should get started with the PH Sign Up Form (due December 17). The success of Publishing House is dependent upon adult volunteers. If you're interested, read the PH Support Guide and contact us.

Sycamore PH Sign Up form:

PH Support Guide:

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Saturday's Community Welcome Day- Benton Museum of Art

The new Benton Museum of Art is offering a Community Welcome Day this Saturday, November 13. This family friendly, free event offers family art activities, open galleries, music and more. Craft activities will take place in the Museum's courtyard, and bilingual Pomona College students will be on hand to welcome Spanish-speaking families to the exhibitions.

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We're having a virtual book fair!

Shop from home in this year's online book fair. The virtual book fair begins on Monday, November 15 and runs to November 28. There are choices for various ages, interests, and price points, so you'll find a little something for everyone. The picture above shows just a few of the items available. Download the Bookfair Room slide below. Once downloaded, you'll see video links and an interactive brochure. The fair opens for sales on the 15th; at that time, you'll be able to do more than can shop! shop! shop!


This Wednesday and Thursday after school look for the SYCAMORE POP UP TABLE. Parents will be on the Memorial Park side of the school, after pick up. Our NEW - Be Sweet to Sycamore Cookie Jars, NEW gear, and #throwbackthursday gear will all be available! Bring check, cash or zelle! Sizes and styles are limited. Please practice social distancing while waiting near tables.

HOLIDAY SCRIP Program has gone ONLINE!

Please place your HOLIDAY *SCRIP ORDERS by Monday, 11/29/21, using the RAISERIGHT app on your smartphone. Pick up will be in the school office on or after 12/6/21. Remember to share this information with your friends and family, so everyone can help support our school!

*Scrip is a gift card fundraising program. When our community members purchase a gift card at face value, a percentage of the purchase is returned to our school. To order via the app, follow these steps:

  1. Download the RaiseRight app on our smartphone.
  2. Select “Join a Program”
  3. Enter Sycamore’s enrollment code AEFE49A43L158
  4. Create your account
  5. Follow the instructions in the app to start earning for our school. If you choose to pay with a credit card or using your bank account directly, there is a small service fee. However, if you choose the option “Pay Coordinator Directly” there is no fee. You simply place your order and pay by cash, check or Zelle when you pick up your Scrip in the school office.

In addition to purchasing through RaiseRight, we have the following local Scrip available for purchase in the office: Rhino Records, Stater Bros, Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Wolfe’s. If you would like to purchase local scrip, please call the office or email Tina Hensley at


Now we have had a little time to settle into our new family and school routines, we welcome your help this school year. Please use this form and let us know how you would like to help out this year!


Let's get ready for the best season of the year - Cookie Season! Support Sycamore by purchasing mason jars of chocolate chip cookie mix and make your life a bit easier during this busy time of year. This fundraiser will support Sycamore's general fund, which provides dedicated funds for classrooms, supports art and music education and so much more.

Jars are available on a "pay what you like" basis, with a suggested donation of $8/each or 3 jars for $20! - Order for gifts, order for yourself, order early and often!

Place your order here or scan the QR code on the attached flyer.

Health Update

When students experience COVID-like symptoms, they'll need to remain at home until symptoms improve and they have a negative COVID test.

CUSD offers COVID testing throughout the week.

Mondays: at El Roble from 2:00-4:00 PM or (this week) Sumner-Danbury 2:45-3:45 PM

(Monday testing at Sycamore will resume after this week.)

Tuesdays: at Vista del Valle Elementary from 2:45-3:45 PM.

Wednesdays: at Condit Elementary from 1:00-2:00 PM

Thursdays: at CHS from 3:30-5:00 PM

Before coming to the testing site, complete the one-time testing form.

Student Testing Form -

Adult Testing Form -

Testing can also be obtained through one of the resources below or your physician:

You can report absences for illness, appointments or family business by emailing Norma at or by calling the 24-hour attendance line at 909-398-0325.


We are so fortunate to have the California Botanic Gardens located so close to Sycamore. A few times a year, this wonderful non-profit offers FREE ADMISSION Days. Tickets are first come, first served and go quickly. If you would like to attend this month's GREEN FRIDAY on November 26th, then click here to register. Enjoy the outdoors, take a hike and learn about our natural habitat. Perhaps you will run into a Sycamore family or two!