Sycamore Leaf

October 2, 2021


Monday to Friday, October 4-8

Goal Setting Conferences-Minimum Day Schedule

First to sixth grades dismiss at 1:00 PM daily. Kindergarten schedule remains the same.

Monday, October 4 at 6:00 PM

Equity and Inclusion Committee (see below)

Wednesday, October 6

National Walk and Bike to School Day (see below)

Wednesday, October 13 at 6:00 PM

Governance Community Meeting via Zoom

Saturday, October 16

"Sycamore Celebrates Oktoberfest." (see the "save the date" below)

Principal's Report: Growth Mindset, goal setting and student support

This year, we're using the "Second Step" curriculum to strategically teach skills, knowledge and mindsets for setting and working toward goals, understanding and connecting with others, handling strong emotions, and resolving interpersonal conflicts. In this school-wide program, our first unit has focused on growth mindset and goal setting. Students are learning to develop a Growth Mindset, a belief that our intelligence and social skills can change and grow with effort. They're also exploring goals with a focus on growth rather than comparison to others. Together, these ideas help students build a foundation for lifelong learning, perseverance and resilience.

Monday through Friday of this week, we'll shorten the school day to a 1:00 PM dismissal, creating time for Goal Setting Conferences. During conferences, students will meet with their teacher and family members to identify personal goals and create a plan of action to achieve these goals. Please sign up for a conference with your child's teacher. Create some time to talk to your child about possible goals and actions, and make sure you have a plan to pick up your child at 1:00 PM each afternoon this week.

As a school team, we have been doing our own goal setting. Our team of classroom teachers, support staff and Response to Intervention teachers have been analyzing beginning of the year observations and data to identify needs and ways we can support students. Classroom teachers are already providing support to students in a variety of ways. Multi-lingual students are being provided targeted instruction each day. Teachers are supporting students in small group lessons throughout the week. Soon, intervention staff will be meeting with students in and outside the classroom to provide additional support with academic goals. If current assessments and class performance indicate your child would benefit from additional supports, you'll be notified in a letter over the coming week. You may talk to your child's teacher about any questions or give me a call. Please know that groups are thoughtfully planned and scheduled so that your student receives their primary instruction in their classroom as well as any additional support.

National Walk or Bike to School Day

Wed, Oct 6 is National Walk or Bike to School Day, and Sycamore is celebrating it, along with thousands of other schools in the United States and four other elementary schools in Claremont! Walking and biking to school are great ways to build community, save gas, and keep our bodies healthy. Students can walk, bike, scoot, or get to school any way not involving a car. When they get to school, volunteers will be at each entrance gate to give them a sticker and ask for an estimated distance that they traveled (thanks for helping your student with that information!). Live too far to walk? Maybe drive to a location or family that lives closer to school and then walk from there. Have fun, and we hope your student can walk or bike to school on Wed, Oct 6! Email Elise Ferree with any questions (

Monday's Equity and Inclusion Committee Meeting

Sycamore’s Equity & Inclusion Committee will hold its monthly meeting this Monday, October 4th from 6-7pm (note shorter duration). Come hear about and provide input on our plans for a November public virtual event.

The Zoom link is below. Contact Krystal Sanders at ms.k.oleary@gmail with any questions.

Meeting ID: 981 7696 3043 Passcode: equity

Community Building

WOW Sycamore Community - we have BE-LEAFED over 120 families in 3 weeks! Keep up your amazing support, spirit and kindness. Let's keep going! Please use the google form thru next Sunday, October 10th 2021 and keep those addresses rolling in. Our Sycamore families and the Claremont community are both loving this activity! BE-LEAF Fairies are ready and able so keep on BE-LEAFING in Sycamore! Check out the hashtag #beleafinsycamore to see our families smiling!

Google Order Form SYCAMORE

Volunteer Sign Up

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Health Update

We want to sincerely THANK every family and staff member for their continued support of protocols to protect our staff and students. We will continue to monitor student health very carefully and will recommend testing when COVID-like symptoms are observed.

As mentioned in Dr. Wilson's letter, CUSD offers COVID testing each Thursday at CHS from 3:30 to 5:00 PM and each Monday at El Roble from 2:00-4:00 PM. In addition, testing will be expanded at additional sites over the coming week. Watch for details coming soon.

Before coming to the testing site, complete this one-time FIRST TIME TESTING FORM. Walk-ups are allowed. Testing can also be obtained through one of the resources below or through your primary physician:

This COVID-19 Flow Chart may also be helpful.

Please be sure to report your child's absence right away. We need to have the reason for an absence prior to a student's return to school. And, if your child is out of school for illness, we want to provide advice on next steps just as soon as possible. You can report absences by emailing Norma at or by calling the 24-hour attendance line at 909-398-0325. Thank you!

If we do have a positive case at our school, a notification will be sent to all families, and students considered to be close contacts will be notified separately.

Time for Sycamore to Celebrate

Good Friends, Good Food, Good Times are HERE! It's time for SYCAMORE CELEBRATES - OKTOBERFEST!

Please join us at Last Name Brewing on Saturday, October 16th, 6pm - 9pm. The BERLIN Food Truck has sausages galore, "FARMER TAN" is ready to jam, and pretzels and bier await. Bring a giggle and loosen up your LEDERHOSEN while bidding on our Silent Auction.

One ticket donation includes; 1 dinner entree of your choice, 1 beverage and 1 live band wristband. PLUS! - a fun adult night outside with other Sycamore Families! You are welcome to purchase additional food and beverage on your own accord.

Sycamore Celebrates - Oktoberfest. Saturday, October 16th.

Use this Google form for ticket donations

Questions and additional info - please contact Jessica MacLachlan

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Ordering school pictures

Students were spiffy and smiling for picture day this past week. Many of you turned in your orders using the envelope we sent home. If you have yet to order pictures for your child, you can order online at If your child missed pictures on Wednesday, retakes will occur on October 27.

Water bottles needed

Out of concern for safety, we are limiting our water fountain usage to the water bottle filling portion. Students will not be allowed to drink directly from the water fountain. Instead, they need to drink from their own water bottle. Please put your child's name on the water bottle so it can be returned to them if they happen to leave it somewhere on campus.

If you need to get something to your child during the school day, such as a lunch or water bottle, simply leave it on the table outside the school office and label it with their name and room number. Thank you for your support with these routines.

A message from our Nutritional Services Department

It is time to reapply for the free and reduced lunch program to receive all of the extra benefits associated with this eligibility. On October 13, 2021, all families that have not renewed their application will be dropped. Even though we are honoring universal free meals, it is still helpful to have this application on file to receive free or lower rates on exams, be registered for governmental P-EBT cards, tutoring for students, and so on. Please make sure you have applied if you would like to continue your services. If you have any questions regarding this resource, you can contact The Nutritional Services Department at (909)398-0358 X 73002.

As you may have heard, school districts are faced with constant challenges getting deliveries to support our pre planned menu. The food supply chain is very unreliable and unpredictable. Please bear with us as we continue to serve all students free meals in this unprecedented time. We hope to expand our choices and have other items for purchase so students have more items they like, but we are just trying to make sure we have enough food for everyone and enough staff to serve all students in a timely manner.

Central Parent Faculty Association

In addition to school-based Parent Faculty Associations, Claremont has a Central Parent Faculty Association or CPFA. The CPFA oversees each of the school's PFAs and booster groups throughout our school district. To learn more about this group, see their website at

CPFA is in need someone to serve as their president. Some experience with PFA would be helpful but is not necessary. Fellow officers will provide training and support. If you're interested, please contact Mrs. Stanger or see the CPFA website.