Sycamore Leaf

May 29, 2021


Saturday, May 29 CEF's Picnic and Paint Night (see below)

Monday, May 31 Memorial Day, No School

Friday, June 4 Student T-shirt designs are due (see below)

Monday, June 7 Equity and Inclusion Committee Meeting, 6:00 PM

Wednesday, June 9 Publishing House Authors' Tea, 9:00-10:00 AM (for ticketed guests only)

Friday, June 11 Library books due

Tuesday, June 15 Materials (iPad) return for in-person Blended Program students

Wednesday, June 16 Sixth Grade Send-Off, 9:00 AM (for ticketed guests only)

Wednesday, June 16 Materials (iPad, keyboards and books) return for distance learners (CORE, CHAMP and Cohort D) 1:00-4:00 PM

Thursday, June 17 Last Day of School, 1:00 PM end of day

Activities beyond the classroom

Student clubs are now finished. We will not continue to meet. We expect to continue our club meetings in the fall and to offer our After-School Enrichment classes in some fashion.
Thank you to Elizabeth DesCombes, Josie Gallo, Deborah Escobar, Leslie Roberts, Bianca Turano, Elizabeth Taddeo and Joanna Schaefer for making these clubs possible this year

A Change for Ms. Stevens, a Loss for Sycamore

Three years ago, we welcomed Katherine Gregory to Sycamore's teaching team. I could say we welcomed her back! She completed her student teaching here in Room 5, and she set a goal to make Sycamore her professional home. Her energy, connection with students and skill for developing curriculum makes her classroom a very engaging place. Last summer, Ms. Gregory married, and recently, Ms. Stevens announced that she and her husband are moving to San Diego. Sadly, this means Ms. Stevens will not be returning to Sycamore this fall. We wish her all the very best.

Design next year's Sycamore t-shirt

We would like to get a head start on our Sycamore Gear design for the 2021/2022 school year. This year’s design will be student-created. We are hoping to have the designs submitted and voted on by students before the end of this school year so that the gear will be ready to purchase in the fall.

All students are invited to share their design idea. Submissions should represent our school and be wearable by any K-6 student. Because of the process and costs involved, designs must use ONLY 1 or 2 colors. Students may submit just one design, drawn on an 8.5X11 page, then scanned and emailed as a picture to no later than June 4, 2021. Please include the student’s name and the name of their teacher in the email but not on the drawing itself. The final design will be chosen by a student vote the week of June 7th. We look forward to seeing your designs!!

Thursday's Open House

Since families were not able to come to school for Open House, we shared a video Open House with families. On Thursday around 5:15 PM, families received a text and email with a link to this year's Open House video. The link will be active until June 3. We hope you'll find time to watch the video with your child. Please see the email for the link or contact us directly. Enjoy!

Mental Health Matters Week

Over the past week, Claremont Unified School District participated in Mental Health Matters Week. We defined our mental health as how we think, feel and act, how we relate to others, and how we manage change, stress, and life situations. Students were able to talk with their class about the range of feelings we all experience as well as strategies for noticing feelings and ways we can use strategies to manage our emotions in ways that are healthy for us and those around us.

Many wellness resources are available on the CUSD website as well as a link to support providers. If you or someone you know is in need of support, CUSD has contracted with Care Solace, a referral service to identify mental health community resources. Care Solace will help connect students, parents and caregivers to mental health resources and provide you support until connection to a provider is complete. Those in need of support may contact Care Solace 24/7 any time of year at: Telephone: 888-515-0595, email, or access our district’s unique page:

To learn more about the signs and symptoms of mental health problems and resources for help, contact your student’s school, pediatrician, or go to

Summer Programs

The following are summer academic and enrichment programs you may want to consider for your child.

Registration for Claremont's Elementary Summer School is underway. Teachers are in the process of contacting families to recommend them for the program. If your child is referred, please respond in a timely way. Space is limited. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Stanger.

Claremont Educational Foundation has opened enrollment for their "SLICE of SUMMER" program. Classes are available for K-12 students. Check out Sports Fun! and Speech and Debate classes for elementary students.

In addition, please consider these two local enrichment programs:

LA County Summer Discovery Program

Claremont Graduate University's Summer Enrichment Program

Family Input Letters

It’s hard to believe, but our year is coming to an end. 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. Do not request a classroom or teacher, as our placements are too complex to be able to honor narrow requests in that way. Focus on your child as a learner. This year's letters must be received no later than June 1 in order to ensure your comments are available for consideration.

This letter is not at all required! I can assure you that our staff is fully committed to creating classroom communities that will be supportive for all. Please complete the Family Input Letter and email it to me at

Girl Scout Service Project

Please consider participating in a service project sponsored by one of our Girl Scout Troops.

"Girls in Sycamore Girl Scout Junior Troop 5604 are working on a community service project, and they've decided to do a donation drive for the migrant children being housed at the Pomona Fairplex. Most of the children there are between the ages of 8 and 17, and they will be traveling either to be reunited with a family member, to a sponsor, or to an HHS shelter. For health reasons, only new items are being accepted. They are in need of the following items:

  1. New clothes (socks, underwear, shirts, shorts, pants, etc.)
  2. New personal hygiene goods (travel size shampoo & conditioner, soap, toothpaste & toothbrushes, combs, brushes, etc.)
  3. New children's and YA books in Spanish and/or bilingual Spanish-English editions, ESL materials (textbooks, flash cards, games, etc.)
  4. New school supplies

All donations can be dropped off at to a box in front of the school office or at 660 W. Bonita Ave., Apt 19F.

Your donations will make aspects of the migrant children's adjustment much easier, and will help them feel more welcome. We greatly appreciate anything you can donate!"

Community Forum on Racial Equity

On June 8 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, CUSD will host a Community Forum on Racial Equity. During this meeting, participants will be encouraged to share ideas on the definition of equity, their views on the challenges to equity in CUSD, as well as possible solutions to equity concerns. Individuals must register to attend this virtual event at The Zoom Link will be sent upon completion of your registration.

Don't forget the Claremont Educational Foundation (CEF) Toyota Raffle

CEF's Toyota Raffle fundraiser is winding down. Tickets sell for $20 or 6 for $100. A portion of each ticket comes back to our school, and the balance of the ticket price is profit for CEF. In turn, CEF donates all those funds back to schools to support the arts and technology. We are no longer selling tickets in the office, but we can assist you with a purchase. Please call the office at 909-398-0324 if you'd like to buy tickets.
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Purchase mosaic picture

Our picture company has created a mosaic using this year's school pictures. The flyer below has a link to follow and a QR code which can be scanned to take you to where you can select your size and place an order. Families will need to enter a code: sycamore2021.
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