Sycamore Leaf

April 16, 2022


Wednesday, April 20

  • Silly Socks/Wacky Shoes all-school spirit day
  • District ELAC meeting, District Office Board Rm @ 9:00 AM
  • Claremont Educational Foundation Anniversary Gala (tickets required, see below)

Thursday, April 21

  • Honeybird Restaurant Fundraiser @ 11:00AM to 8:00 PM

Friday, April 22

  • pictures due for the yearbook (see below)
  • Sycamore's ELAC Meeting @ 3:15 PM

Wednesday, April 27

  • ALL yearbook orders are due (see order link below)

Friday, April 29

  • Sycamore's Garden Party-Buy Tickets Now

May 2

  • Equity and Inclusion Commitee's Amplifying Voices: Neurodivergent Student Experiences, (see flyer to register)

May 2-20

  • Annual Standardized Testing for grades 3-6

Honeybird Restaurant Night - Thursday

Ready for some comfort food? Head on over to Honeybird in the Claremont Village this Thursday! The Village Honeybird restaurant will donate to Sycamore based on sales this Thursday from 11:00am - 8:00pm. Simply drop your receipt in the Sycamore box.

Future restaurant fundraising dates include:

  • Pizza N’ Such - April 28th, May 5th, May 12th
  • Pepo Melo/Nosy Neighbors - May 2nd, June 6th
  • Honeybird - June 16th
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Pictures needed

Over the next week, we'll be finishing this year's all-school yearbook. Because valuable learning extends beyond the school day, we'd like include pictures of students engaging with personal goals at home. Please send us a picture of your child working on their at-home projects or independent learning goals. Use this link and submit pictures labeled with "Home" and your child's initials by this Friday, April 22.

*If prompted for a login ID, use 422475951


Sustainable Claremont and the City of Claremont are hosting an Earth Day event on Sunday, April 24 from 8:30am-12:30pm at Shelton Park in Claremont. More information available on the Sustainable Claremont webpage:

Several CUSD elementary schools are together running a booth with kids’ activities, and we’re looking for upper graders to help. Activities include a “love the earth” collage, DIY bird feeders, and an especially earth-friendly twist on a lemonade stand. If your child can help for one hour starting at 8:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am or 11:30am, please email Elise Ferree at

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Sycamore’s Governance Council is a group of staff, parents and students who meet 7 times a year for shared decision-making for the school. Members promote school spirit and fundraising, and they help to review, revise, and monitor the school site plan with attention to academic achievement and social-emotional development, curriculum, school climate and safety.

We have some important vacancies open on the 2022/23 Governance Council. We are in high need of a Secretary and a Co-Facilitator. These positions are filled by parents.

  • The secretary attends our monthly meetings and records the minutes. No experience necessary.
  • The Co-Facilitator works alongside the Facilitator, assisting and learning the ropes to then become the Facilitator the following year.
  • Please email if you are able to help. Without these two positions filled we do not have a full leadership team for next year. Time is of the essence!

Tickets available NOW to Family Garden and Movie Night

Enjoy some Sycamore family time and watch a movie under the stars on 4.29.22. If you are not able to attend yourself - please feel free to sponsor another family or donate a plant pot to the school. We will happily make one on your behalf!

  • Please use this form to select your ticket choices.

If you have any questions please email the event coordinator, Jessica MacLachlan, at
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We have reopened the online site for yearbook sales, but all sales MUST be complete by April 27. Visit and use our school code 164860 then click on the link below "Sycamore." The price for your child's book will now be $20.00. If you have any questions or would like to purchase in person, please contact Tina Hensley via email at

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for our upcoming Garden Party/Movie Night. We need help the night of the event and the week before as we prepare. If you're not able to help in-person, you can donate items in preparation for the event.

Please use this sign up genius link to participate:

Principal's Message

Just like the flowers of spring, exciting new activities are opening up at Sycamore. This week, we held our first joint assemblies when the members of the CHS Children's Theater came to perform highlights from their upcoming Junie B. Jones musical (see pictures below). A parent volunteer joined to share his expertise as a culmination for Room 2's curriculum planning topic on CSI, and twelve parents joined in the courtyard to help with upper grade literature circles. We'll have more chances to extend students' learning opportunities with the the help of parent and community volunteers as we move through the year. All campus volunteers must be screened in the office and must show proof of COVID vaccination.

Next week, we'll be adding to student opportunities for leadership, collaboration, and community building. On Monday afternoon, we'll invite interested second to sixth graders to join for our first Student Leadership meeting where Renee Kavanagh, one of CUSD's Clinical Psychologists, will join to talk about plans for the upcoming Mental Health Awareness Week. Track practices will continue for upper graders as they prepare for the Vista Track Meet on Friday the 29th. Our group of 50 Green Team members will come together again to prepare for Earth Day, and interested sixth graders will begin serving as Kindergarten Helpers. Each of these opportunities allows students to use their ideas and energies to build awareness of needs and take actions to support others and the world around them.

On the social front, we'll continue to have students socialize on the playground before the welcome bell rings at 8:10, and we'll extend mix-it-up lunches so students can sit with students from other classes. We'll have our first all-school Spirit Day this Wednesday by inviting students to wear Silly Socks and Wacky Shoes. Students should wear safe, comfortable, school-friendly shoes (no wheelies) and silly socks. Simply wearing mismatched socks or shoes should allow every child to join in. We hope each of these activities helps foster friendships and a positive connection with school.

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ELAC Meeting-Friday

Sycamore's English Learner Advisory Committee will meet this Friday at 3:15 via Zoom. We'll review the work of the District ELAC, gather input on needs, and discuss upcoming plans for testing. Use the following link to join.

Meeting ID: 881 1690 4009 Passcode: 163888

Pull together and pull weeds!

The plants in our new east courtyard garden are doing really well, but so are the weeds! Please consider spending some time one week pulling weeds. Try signing up with a fellow Sycamore family to make it fun! Click here to sign up and for more information

In remembrance of Lis

On March 27, we shared the sad news that Lis DesCombes, our school's librarian, passed away. Lis was an incredibly generous person and wholly devoted to our students. She enjoyed building connections around students' interests and feeding their passion for reading. Lis served as Sycamore’s Librarian for the past 14 years and as a part of our noon duty team for the past four years. Lis and her husband, Jeff, have been dedicated volunteers to CUSD, and their two daughters, Meg and Kate, were a part of the Sycamore family, as well. Our students wrote remembrances of Lis, and these will be shared with her family. You may also want to reach out to the DesCombes family and share a story or a picture of how your child was positively impacted by our dear Lis. You may drop notes at the office or email them at

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CAASPP Testing

Students in grades three through six will soon participate in the annual California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress or CAASPP. These standardized tests of English-language arts and math (as well as science for fifth graders) are scheduled at Sycamore during the weeks of May 2 and May 9. These tests are given in short segments spread over four mornings in the week. We ask that you refrain from making appointments during our testing windows, as we want students to take the tests with their peers. Students can have as much time as they need to finish each subtest, so we'll extend time through the week of May 16. Our staff is eager to have the information these tests provide because they offer helpful information to guide future instructional efforts. Testing times vary by classroom; check with your child’s teacher for their schedule. If you have specific questions about the tests, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or Mrs. Stanger.

Claremont Educational Foundation Car Raffle

The Claremont Educational Foundation (CEF) supports Claremont students with funding for art and music instruction, technology and teacher-generated curricular grants. Last year, Sycamore received over $12,000 in support of art and music instruction. You can further the work of CEF and Sycamore by participating in CEF's annual car raffle. Tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100. For each ticket sold, Sycamore will receive $7. The owner of the winning ticket will receive their choice of a Buick Encore, Chevrolet Equinox, or a GMC Terrain, vehicles donated by local dealerships. Tickets are available in the school office. Feel free to email Tina at to arrange for pickup.