Sycamore Leaf

May 15, 2021

Changes to the Hybrid Schedule

Beginning Monday, students in the Blended Program will attend in person four days per week. Students will be in class from 8:15 am to 11:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. After their time on campus each day, students will follow their classroom schedule for Zoom and asynchronous assignments. Wednesdays will continue to include a class meeting as well as asynchronous activities. Students in the Blended Program who have chosen distance learning should check classroom notices and Canvas for any changes to their schedules.

Because more students will attend each day, we have adjusted the pick-up routine. There will be no changes to the 8:00 AM drop-off. All students will continue to enter through the Yale and Harvard gates each morning. At the 11:00 AM pick-up, however, we will add a third gate for dismissal. Our second and third graders with or without older siblings will be picked up along 10th Street. Kindergarten and first grade students, as well as their siblings will stay with their current routine and be picked up at the Yale-Yellow gate. Fourth, fifth and sixth graders who have no younger siblings will continue to be picked up at the Harvard-Green gate. The 10th Street gate will serve just the families whose youngest students are in second and third grade.

As is true at the Yale and Harvard gates, students using the 10th Street gate may be picked up by walking adults or drivers. Those who walk up will be joined with their child(ren) at the gate nearest the corner of Yale and 10th. Drivers will pull to the south curb of 10th Street (signage will make this area clear) while children are brought to the car. The area for pick-up is much smaller than Yale and Harvard. To ensure traffic flow, drivers should travel east on 10th Street moving from Indian Hill to Harvard. Because the curb for pick-up is close to the corner of 10th and Yale, you will not be able drive south on Yale and get into the line. Doing so may leave you stranded in the intersection and could create an unsafe condition for individuals using the crosswalk.

These short in-person days present a challenge for many families. Try checking in with the families of classmates to see how you can help one another. Contact us in the office or talk with your child's teacher if you need assistance or have questions. We thank you for making this additional adjustment, and we appreciate your patience as we learn this new routine.

Thank you for all you're doing.

Amy Stanger

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MONDAY, MAY 17 All elementary students in the blended program move from a 2 to 4 day schedule (see above)

Thursday, May 27 Open House: This event cannot be held in person this year. Instead, we will share an "Open House" video with families on this date.

Monday, May 31 Memorial Day, No School

Activities beyond the classroom

Student clubs meet via Zoom from 12:30 PM-1:00 PM. Students are welcome to eat their lunch during club time. The following activities will be available to students this week:

12:30-1:00 Monday: Yoga and Second/Third Grade Book Club

12:30-1:00 Tuesday: Math Clubs and Reading in Spanish

12:30-1:00 Wednesday: Student Leadership

12:30-1:00 Thursday: K-6 Sign Language Club, upper grade book club and K-6 Lunch Bunch

12:30-1:00 Friday: Grades K-6 Lunch Bunch and Crafting Club.

Find the club links on the Sycamore Student Canvas page by clicking the club button.

Summer Programs

Summer is just around the corner! As academic and enrichment programs are advertised, I'll include notes on them here.

Claremont Unified will offer a summer program for academic support. Students learning English and those with academic need will be prioritized. The program will be held five days a week from 8:00-12:00 AM. It will begin June 25 and run through July 23. More details will be available soon.

Here are links to two local enrichment programs:

LA County Summer Discovery Program

Claremont Graduate University's Summer Enrichment Program

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

Time is flying and before you know it, CEF will be giving away a new car. As part of their long partnership with schools, CEF holds an annual car raffle to raise funds for our students. Claremont Toyota has donated a brand new 2021 Toyota Rav 4, and someone will be the lucky winner. Maybe it will be someone from Sycamore! 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 sell tickets in the school office. Please call the office for assistance.

Family Input Letters

It’s hard to believe its the middle of May! Our year is coming to an end, and we are planning for next year already. Very 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

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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