Sycamore Leaf

October 30, 2021


Wednesday, November 10, 6:00 PM

  • Governance Council Meeting

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 (see below)

November 22-26

  • Thanksgiving Break, no school

Mask Parade

We held a students-only, socially distanced Mask Parade this year, and we'll be ready to share it with families soon. The Mask Parade allows students to display masks they created based on classroom curriculum they've been studying. We encourage you to make time for you and your student to watch it at home.

Picture Retakes November 16

Due to a delay in getting picture proofs, we have moved our picture make up day to November 16. Once you receive a copy of your child's pictures, take a look and decide if your child needs a retake. If they 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

We will take our all school picture on that same day.


Sycamore Governance Community has once again partnered with the amazing photographer and Sycamore parent, Lara Jenkins. We anticipate high demand for these mini photo sessions and recommend you book your slot quickly. Please fill out this form to RESERVE a photo shoot time slot. Any questions, please email

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. See the flyer for details.

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

Where: Zoom

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


SCRIP is back!! Purchasing SCRIP gift cards is one of the fastest and easiest ways to support Sycamore. There is no extra expense to you or to us. You simply purchase gift cards to local grocery stores and other businesses in Claremont at face value. For every gift card you purchase, Sycamore receives a percentage. If you would like to purchase SCRIP/Gift Cards to help support Sycamore Elementary, please click here - Scrip form.

Vaccinations clinics coming

CUSD is scheduling vaccination clinics with Hendricks Pharmacy and the Upland-Ontario Medical Clinic for children between the ages of 5 and 11 at each elementary school. Pending vaccine availability, we hope to schedule clinics as early as November 8. These clinics will be scheduled after school and a parent or guardian will need to accompany their child. If you want to participate in a vaccination clinic, please sign up to reserve a vaccination for your child by completing this online form.

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 at Sycamore from 2:45-3:45 PM.

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.


Now that 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!

Supporting Children During an Uncertain School Year: Managing Anxiety Parent Webinar

Anxiety is the most prevalent mental health disorder among children and adolescents, affecting 1 in 4 youth over their lifetime. This Tuesday night at 6:00 PM, San Diego County Office of Education will offer a one-hour parent webinar focused on strategies, tools and resources to support children or teens who feel overwhelmed, stressed or anxious. Register for the virtual training here. This event will also be broadcasted live on the California Department of Education’s Facebook Page.

CUSD Family Engagement Calendar

See the CUSD Parent Resources and Links page for details on CUSD's efforts to support students, staff and families. This Wednesday, Tri-City Mental Health will provide a training called Rising Together. It addresses how trauma and toxic stress shape the developing brain and body, and how safe, supportive and nurturing relationships can buffer the effects. Attend to gain practical tools and resources to build resilience and support for those who have experienced trauma and adversity. The meeting will be held from 2:00-4:00 PM. See this flyer or the Parents tab of the CUSD website for details.

Rainy days ahead

On rainy days, students will enter school and move directly to classrooms to be screened. Barring extremely cold conditions or downpours, our plan is to have students eat outside in our covered hallways during rainy days. We ask that you send your child with a jacket so they are comfortable while eating outside. Please contact me directly with any concerns.

Treasurer Communication

When making a donation via check or Zelle, please use the memo section to specify what your donation is for (Syc Gear, Annual Fund Donation, Auction Item, etc.). This really helps us on the accounting side of things. Thank you!