The Principal's Desk At Sycamore

September 6, 2019

Dr. Crystal Cooper, Principal

September Start


Thank you for a great start of the year. We have already had a very busy year with great happenings with our students and community. This week, we had College Week, Grandparents day and the launch of the book fair. We are very excited to have our students become more exposed to college and career opportunities at such a young age. Thank you for supporting our efforts to keep them engaged on their future!


We are tasked to make sure that our students are literate readers and writers. We are equipped with teaching them to read analytically and write clear messages in different genres. It is helpful if you are able to make sure they are reading every night and taking the time to practice through their homework. We believe that if they are reading at home, it will motivate them to be prepared to read at higher levels in all subjects.

Key Dates to Remember: Week of September 9-13

Monday-Wednesday: CogAT- Grades, 1,2,5; Book Fair 10:30 AM-2:00 PM

Wednesday: Book Fair 10:30 AM-2:00 PM; Wear Red, White and Blue- Commemorating 9/11

Thursday: Book Fair 10:30-2:00 PM

Friday: Book Fair 10:30- 2:00 PM; Title I Parent Meeting at 10:00 AM

Stars and Strikes Spirit Night 5:00 PM

PTA Notes


Please take a moment to pay your $5.00 membership fee so that we can build our PTA. We have an amazing executive board that it underway and are working hard to ensure that the school is flourishing and getting back on board. Please join on MyPayments Plus.

Our school party was extremely successful and we can't thank you enough for your participation and monetary support. They will report out their collections and budget at our next meeting, so please join us.

Additionally, the PTA has concluded their Southeastern Cookie Dough fundraiser and will compile all orders to summarize the winners and goods to go out to families very soon.

Congratulations Chelstyn Rudmose (Yoshimura)- Teacher of the Year!

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CogAT Testing-Grades 1,2,5 September 9-11


Please make sure your child is well rested with a good night's sleep, and eats a nutritious breakfast. Having them in school every morning allows them to take this test in their natural environment with their peers.

Remind your child to do their best and work as hard as they can. The CogAT is designed to measure the development of students' reasoning abilities using the following cognitive tasks: Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal. It allows us to get more information regarding how they think and align to various instructional tasks. When we get this information back, it also helps us in recommending students for gifted experiences in their elementary years and future classes.

School Communication-Changes

We are no longer allowed to send text messages through Messenger. For emergency needs, we will send emails through this feature only. We will also bridge these messages to our Sycamore ES Facebook page. The district will send out emergencies ONLY through the text feature, however, schools are only allowed to send emails.

We miss this feature, as it was a great way to communicate with parents and our community. However, we hope to keep you informed on our website, Principal's Desk, and social media pages.

We have received approval to utilize Class Dojo, so you will be getting correspondence from your child's teacher if they use this format for communication.

City of Sugar Hill

Contact Information for the City of Sugar Hill:

Mercy Montgomery, Director
Joe Meyers, Marketing & Commmunication
Joel Hoffman,

Friendly Reminders

  • All visitors will be asked at the door who they are and their reason for entering the building by our front desk clerk. Always have your ID ready to show every time. Vanessa Camacho-Chapparo is our new front desk clerk and is happy to join our team. Please be patient with our new district requirement that ensures a stronger and safe environment for our school community.
  • We will begin our morning announcements at 8:45 AM daily and ask that all car riders are in their seats ready to begin their day prior to 8:45 AM.
  • We are going to use Mypaymentsplus for all of our monetary transactions besides small fundraisers throughout the year. Please make sure that you sign up for this with the information below.
  • We are infusing social emotional learning with our PBIS discipline program. Every classroom will have morning meeting daily where they will greet one another, share something based on a focused topic, engage in an activity and end with a morning message. This 10 minute activity every day ties to our AKS, but also helps to start the day off positively. Ask your child about the amazing experience.

Sycamore Elementary School Sponsors

Sycamore Elementary School

Proud member of the Lanier Cluster of Gwinnett County Public Schools

Please go to the links below for essential updates and exciting news!