Sycamore Leaf

February 5, 2022

Parent and Community Survey-open until Sunday

Claremont Unified School District wants to hear from all members of our community in our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Parent and Community Survey. The link for the parent and community survey will only be active through Sunday, February 6, 2022. Use this link to complete your survey Thank you.


February 6: Parent and Community Survey due, please respond, see link above

February 8: Equity and Inclusion Book Discussion, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM, see information below

February 9: Governance Council Meeting, 6:00 PM, Zoom

February 9 and February 10: Pizza N'Such take-out pizza night fundraiser

Equity and Inclusion Book Discussion

The Equity & Inclusion committees of Sycamore and El Roble are excited to invite you to join us for a discussion during Black History Month centered around My Grandmother’s Hands (2017) by Resmaa Menakem, a book about racism and body-centered trauma. The book is important and timely and promises to spark a fruitful discussion about how we each navigate the world around us. Whether you are a teacher, administrator, student, parent, or community member, we encourage you to join us.

Please note that reading the book is not required for participation! We hope that you will join us whether you’ve read the entire book, read just a few of the suggested sections, or read none of it. Either way, we would love to have you with us, lending your voice to the conversation. The event will be moderated by Dr. Winter Schneider, founder of the Accountable History Network. They have extensive experience running discussion sessions, and we believe that they will help us have an engaged and productive conversation.

We are fortunate to have had books donated (by the Claremont United Church in Christ, thank you!) Please reach out to Anthea or the school office to get your free copy. The book discussion will take place virtually on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022 from 6-7:30pm PST. Please register at to receive zoom information and suggested reading sections.

Governance Meeting: Mid-year update and pizza!

Pick up Pizza from PIZZA N SUCH, log onto zoom and join us this coming Wednesday at 6pm. Amy Stanger will provide a mid-year update on our School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) and update us on the progress of our school's goals to support students' social-emotional learning and academic success. We will also be reviewing this year's budget and discussing future events and fundraisers.

Here's the Zoom info:

Meeting ID: 847 0382 3799

Passcode: 229346

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Sycamore has a very special relationship with Pizza N' Such - we have supported each other for years, bussed tables together and watched our students grow. We are so excited to have our first PIZZA N' SUCH night of the year! TAKE OUT ORDERS are available from 3-8pm on WEDNESDAY, February 9 AND THURSDAY, February 10. Please help us support each other once again. Don't forget to mention Sycamore when picking up your order, as they generously donate a portion of sales back to Sycamore. Feel free to bring a slice to our Governance meeting, too!

Kindergarten Registration

Children who will be five years old by September 1, 2022 are eligible to be a part of this fall's kindergarten class. Registration days for Sycamore's kindergarten will be February 15, 16 and 17. Please see the Student Services link of the district website to complete the registration process.

Please be aware: the eligibility age for transitional kindergarten has changed, any child that turns 5 years old between September 2 and February 2 is eligible for transitional kindergarten.

Health Updates

Numbers of positive COVID cases continue to decline in the community, and health reports have been very encouraging this week at Sycamore, as well. Thank you for your continued support and communication. It is essential that everyone is feeling well while at school. Ask your child how they are feeling before leaving for school, and keep your student at home if any symptoms are present. Use our 24 hour attendance line, 909-398-0325, to contact Norma or email her using our NEW ATTENDANCE email at

PCR testing for COVID-19 will be required prior to the return to school if COVID symptoms are present. CUSD will continue to provide testing at school sites (see below). If this is your first time attending one of our testing sites, see the link below to access a one-time testing form.

Student Testing Form

Adult Testing Form

CUSD's Weekly Testing Sites this week:

Monday: at El Roble from 2:00-4:00 PM and Sycamore from 2:45-3:45 PM

Tuesday: at Vista del Valle Elementary from 2:45-3:45 PM.

Wednesday: at Sumner-Danbury Elementary from 1:00-2:00 PM

Thursday: at Taylor Hall, just above CHS from 3:30-5:00 PM

Testing can also be obtained through one of the resources below or your physician:

Yearbook Orders

It's time to start ordering yearbooks!

Visit and use our school code 164860 then click on the link below "Sycamore." Purchase your child's book for $15.00 by April 2. If you have any questions, please contact Tina Hensley via email at

Thank you.

El Roble's Middle Years Program International Baccalaurette

During the 2022-2023 school year, all El Roble students will be exposed to the philosophy and curriculum of the Middle Years Program (MYP) International Bacceloreate (IB). As an introduction, El Roble staff will be hosting parent meetings to share tenets of the program and information on how the practices at El Roble will be shifting next year. Meeting dates begin this week. See the flyer for details.

The Talent Show is coming soon!

Each February, we host our Annual Sycamore Talent Show. The Talent Show gives students an opportunity to share their talents and skills with an audience of friends and family. All students are able to participate and need only to ensure their performance is well-planned and appropriate for our young audience.

This year, our show will be virtual. Students will share their video with Mrs. Stanger. On Sunday, February 27, we will open the Talent Show for the entire school and families to enjoy. More information for preparing and uploading the video will be available soon. Start planning now with the following in mind:

· Students may appear in only one individual or group act. Accompaniment may be provided by those in your home.

· Joint acts can be created by editing separate videos into one or if the participants follow the LACDPH/school protocols for masking and distancing.

· Acts are limited to a maximum of 3 minutes.

· All acts (lyrics, background music, spoken material, movement, dress, etc.) must be appropriate for elementary aged students.

· Parents will need to submit a permission slip for students to submit a video.

Sycamore and Uncommon Good Citrus Exchange

Due to the strong winds last month a lot of delicious fruit fell to the ground. Thank you for sharing and donating it with us! Please continue to bring your citrus fruit to the side gates on Wednesdays! For additional information about Uncommon Good - please click here

Independence Day Contest

The 2022 Independence Day Committee invites all Claremont students in grades K-6 to enter their ideas for the theme of the 72nd Annual Fourth of July Celebration. Each theme submitted must be five words or less and have no more than 36 characters. The student with the winning entry will receive fireworks tickets, a certificate, a special place in the parade and will lead the flag salute at the Flag Raising Ceremony.

The deadline to submit an entry in the Theme Contest is March 17, 2022. Entry forms are available at the event’s website, the Alexander Hughes Community Center (1700 Danbury Rd), and attached to this email.