Sycamore Leaf

August 28, 2021

Calendar

Tuesday, August 31

Back to School Night, Zoom (links will be emailed Monday 8/30)

  • 5:30 PM-6:15 PM Kindergarten-First Grade Classes
  • 6:20 PM-7:00 PM First-Second and Second-Third Grade Classes
  • 7:05 PM-7:45 PM Fourth-Fifth-Sixth Grade Classes

Wednesday, September 1

  • First Day of School, students arrive between 8:00 AM and 8:10 AM
  • First Day "Coffee to Go" Meet and Greet, following student drop-off at the Yale side of Memorial Park
  • Dismissal at 1:00 PM (as is true every Wednesday)

Monday, September 6

  • No School, Labor Day

Our 2021-2022 student calendar is posted on our school's website.

The calendar includes a tentative All-School Courtyard Picnic on September 8. At this time we are going to postpone this event. We look forward to rescheduling at a later time.

Making Families Feel Welcome

This extended time of distance learning has prevented many of us from being "together" in traditional ways. We want to go the extra mile to ensure each person feels welcome and connected to our school. Our goal is to identify several "buddy families" who would serve as social liaisons for our new or newer families. Each classroom would have a buddy family who would be a resource to other Sycamore families and a source for information about our school's traditions, activities and culture. This can be done virtually or in-person. Please complete this form to express your interest in being a Buddy Family. Then, convince a friend to join you.

For those new families who have expressed an interest in having a buddy family, hang tight! We will share additional information soon.

Adult "Meet and Greet"

On the first day of school, you are welcome to join the First Day “Coffee to Go” Meet and Greet. After you drop off your students, walk across the Yale crosswalk to Memorial Park where a quick outdoor coffee break will help you get acquainted with others from our community.

Who is my child's teacher?

Just yesterday, the name of your child's teacher was posted in your student's profile on ParentConnect. Sign in to this system and click on "demographics." In the upper right corner, you'll see the name of your child's "advisor" or teacher. Please be aware: for privacy reasons, we do not post class lists. Students will meet their classmates on the first day of school.

By Monday, you'll receive an email with the Zoom link for Back to School Night, your first meeting with your child's teacher. See times in the calendar section above.

Click here for help with ParentConnect. If you need assistance with your pin, you will need to contact us in the school office. We cannot share your login information via email.

Information regarding reopening protocols

I sincerely appreciate everyone making the time for last Tuesday's Informational Meeting. I have posted the recording and notes under "Headlines"on our school's webpage. In addition, I want to encourage you to review both the FAQ and recording from the District Community meeting held on August 18. Together, these presentations share information on the background and detail of current reopening plans. The FAQ sheet is a very accessible resource, as well.

As we move through the year, the CDC, State and LA Department of Public Health may change their recommendations, and schools will need to adjust. Stay tuned! We will continue to keep you in the loop.

Student technology

All CUSD students will be provided a district iPad loaded with the instructional apps they need. Our district Device Check-Out Form outlines the conditions for using this device. All parents/guardians should review and sign this form and then send it back to the school. An electronic version of the form is available here for your review. A hard copy will be sent home with your child on the first day of school. Please return this form as soon as possible. Families may also purchase insurance for the device. A flyer for the insurance is available here. A hard copy will be provided.

Don't forget!

It's very important for families to ensure we have complete information in our registration forms. Both new and returning families need to log into their ParentConnect account to ensure all 2021-2022 Required Forms are complete and emergency contacts and phone numbers are updated. In the case of illness or injury, we'll need to contact you right away, so please make sure to provide multiple contacts, if you can. See these directions or give us a call.

Show your school spirit! Get your Sycamore gear.

Please enter your name and information to order 2021-22 Sycamore apparel. This form is for CASH, CHECK OR ZELLE. Zelle ID: sycamorepayments@gmail.com. Orders will be taken thru Saturday Sept 18th. You will receive a confirmation email of your order.

For previous year's designs, please call Tina Hensley at the main office. She is happy to show you what we have in stock. FILL OUT FORM

Health and attendance

Communication and adherence to protocols will be key as we work together to ensure student health. Please talk with your child about how they're feeling before coming to school. If you have any concerns at all, please keep your child at home. If your child is sick, please email Norma, our health assistant, at nperez@cusd.claremont.edu or leave a message on our 24-hour attendance line at 909-398-0325.

As a part of our daily screening, we will ask each student questions about wellness as they enter the campus. When a child reports not feeling well either during screening or later in the day, they will be given a medical grade mask and be monitored in our outdoor health area while awaiting pick-up by a family member or guardian.

While we do not want to cause undue concern, it is important that we respond in a way that promotes safety for all. We will follow guidelines of the Department of Public Health for school exposure. The district's presentations on the Reopening Plan addressed this topic at length.

Please feel free to contact us with questions.

Drop-off and pick-up

Details for drop-off and pick-up are included in the school handbook. In general, families with one or more children in the primary grades will drop-off and pick-up their family at the Yellow-Yale gate, and families whose students are all in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades will drop-off and pick-up at the Green-Harvard gate. This will be your assigned gate regardless of whether students walk or drive to and from school. At the mid-day 11:50 AM dismissal, kindergarten students will be picked up along 8th Street. No one will enter or exit near the school office on 8th Street. In both the morning and afternoon, the Yale and Harvard curb operates as a drive through lane. See the map in the handbook for greater detail.

Best Learning After School Time-BLAST

Suzan Ahmed and her team are getting ready for students in BLAST (Best Learning After School Time), our district's Child Development Program. I'm sure students are looking forward to seeing the BLAST staff and having time for enriching activities and free play. Adults who drop their children off before school should come to the pedestrian gate on Yale to sign them in between 7:00 and 7:45 AM. At the end of the school day, students will check in with BLAST staff under the solar panels. When picking-up children after school hours, adults will sign the book at the front of the BLAST classroom.

If you have any questions, please contact Suzan Ahmed, our site's director at sahmed@cusd.claremont.edu. For enrollment questions, contact the Child Development Office at 909-398-398-0373.

Thank you for coming!

It was SUCH a pleasure to welcome our new students this week. Their excitement and curiosity was just a hint of what's to come on Wednesday. Thank you to our spirited chalk artist-parents who welcomed each of them by name.

News from Nutritional Services

Under current policy, all students will receive a free lunch, snack and breakfast. A monthly menu is posted on the Nutritional Services website. Students will let their teacher know if they need a school lunch each morning. Those students who need to eat breakfast at school may enter at the southernmost Yale gate between 7:45 AM and 8:00 AM. Look for the orange sign. Snacks are provided at morning recess. Lunches are individually wrapped.

Whether eating a school lunch or one from home, we remind students to eat only the items given to them by the cafeteria or their family. We'll not be sharing food items. Please talk with your child about this important safety practice!

Parents are no longer required to fill out an application to qualify for free meals. Still, there are additional benefits of eligibility status. P-EBT cards, band instrument usage, reduced or waived assessment fees, and tutoring are a few of the benefits students can still receive when you apply. You can find a printable or electronic copy of the application under the Nutritional Services tab in the CUSD website. Please call their department if you have any questions. (909)398-0609 X 73003.

Back to school supplies

As you get ready for the first day, plan for school supplies. We have all the classroom supplies your child will need, but we do need some personal items from you. Each child should bring a water bottle each day. We will not have children drink from water fountains. Instead, they can drink from their personal water bottle and fill it up at our touch-less water bottle filling stations, if need be. In addition to the mask they wear to class, we recommend having an extra one on hand. Face coverings should fit snugly over the mouth and nose. Masks with one-way valves or gaiters are not approved for schools. We can provide your child with a mask if they need one or if theirs becomes soiled or lost during the day, but a back-up mask from home might feel most comfortable. Mark all personal items with your child's name. If your child needs any of these items, just let us know in the office.

Is campus open to visitors?

Welcoming family members to school has been a part of our school's culture for some time. At this time, our campus is not open to visitors. Students will say goodbye at the gate and watch as they make their way to their teacher. The gate area will be busy, but we encourage you to move slightly away from the gate, then watch and wave as your child moves to join their classmates. As guidelines change, we will eagerly welcome visitors back to campus. For now, we ask that school business be completed remotely. If you need any resources or need to speak with a staff member, please contact them by email or call the school office at 909-398-0324 to make an appointment. After-school conferences and Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings may be held virtually or in person. Please contact your teacher or Mrs. Stanger if you have questions or specific needs.