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Sycamore Elementary School Has the IT Factor!

November 23, 2015

Crystal Cooper Thompson, Principal

Aesop Reminders

When you submit a request in Aesop:

  • Please remember to post In/Service-Staff Development when requesting for a staff development day off. Assure that you have gotten clearance to attend from Crystal first so that payment for subs can come from the proper line item.

  • Click “save” and the Aesop system will locate a sub for you.
  • Click “save and assign” when you have already spoken to the sub and you know for certain that he/she will be in your class.

Please remember to update the time in Aesop. A full day is 7:45-3:45, half day is either 7:45-11:45 or 11:45-3:45.

In This Issue


Class Pick Up From the Cafeteria


School Affairs

Come Get It

Bookkeeper Notes


Media News

Online Communique'


Michelle Hardy 11/3

Karsha Black 11/7

Joanie Whigham 11/9

Carolann Zebrowski 11/12

Sarah Dovin 11/15

Talethea Love 11/19

Jeremy Campbell 11/28

Leslie Adames 11/29

Staff Calendar-To be updated

Class Pick Up From the Cafeteria

Grade level teachers are asked to please pick up classes from the cafeteria tables on time. The custodial staff needs the allotted time between classes to get the tables clean. Thank you for your help with this matter. Dr. Kim Glass

School Affairs


I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. It is always a treat to be around friends and family and relax a little.

Thank you for being supportive of our annual Parent Engagement Day! Our parents were very excited about coming into our school and classrooms. They had a chance to get a glimpse of what life is like for their own children during the day. Thank you to each and every one of you for making sure that the day was worth it for our parents.

Mr. Anderson also enjoyed being with us for our annual Principal For A Day experience. One of the highlights for the day was that he had a chance to participate in a mock Shark Tank show in Dean/Daniel's 3rd grade classroom. Thank you for welcoming him in your own Sycamore way.

Thank you to our Sycamore Leadership Academy participants for a fine time learning about leadership on Wednesday. You were plugged in, reflective and attentive to your own voyage through teacher leadership. I always enjoy being with you all.

As this week launches, it will be very busy with observations, DAs and preparation for the end of the 2015 year. Dr. Anderson will be here on Tuesday from 7:30 AM-9:30 AM.

          Please share links to the new online Communiqué in your local school e-Newsletter and your website. New items are added each week.
          The latest posts to the online Communiqué include features on GCPS' Teacher of the Year, Career Connections, a salute to veterans, and Milestones results, plus calendar updates and Bulletin Board items. Coming up, watch for news on Principal for a Day, a unique career exploration event, and winter weather reminders.

Teacher Survey Request

Please consider forwarding the following approved survey link and message to your teachers:

The Georgia Department of Education is studying the reasons why teachers leave public education as a profession. Classroom teachers across the state are invited to take a few moments to answer 7 questions to help the DOE better understand how to reverse this trend in Georgia. We greatly appreciate your time and feedback and know that working together we can make a difference in public education in Georgia.


Thanks for your opinion!

School Reminders:

1. Please lock up all devices at night and lock your classroom doors when leaving for specials, lunch and recess. Students need to bring everything with them and not come to the classrooms unattended as much as possible. 2 barriers are suggested, however 1 barrier will suffice.

2. Please have students assist with putting chairs on desks when leaving each day.With us eating breakfast and snacks in the classrooms, it causes for more attention to vacuuming. Please help us get your rooms as clean as possible.

November 2015 “Come and GET It” Guiding Educators Today

Hello Sycamore Staff!

Below you will find professional development opportunities offered to you by some great colleagues! We plan to offer some “GET It” sessions every month! If you are interested in leading a session, please contact Jill Moore to discuss your ideas! We hope that you will take the opportunity to learn from each other to help our students achieve!

eCLASS: Navigation, Themes, Home Pages, Appearance, Creating Widgets

Learn how to navigate your home pages, change appearance and themes, create widgets in eCLASS. Bring your laptop and be ready to take your knowledge of eCLASS to another level! J

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Presenter: Jill Moore

Date: Monday, Thursdays, or Fridays during your planning

Location: Your Classroom

Grade Levels: all

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This site provides an extensive collection of free resources, math games, and hands-on math activities aligned with our Standards for Mathematics.

Monies Collected Tips from Jenifer our Bookkeeper

As you begin planning Field Trips, Club activities, etc., and start collecting money for these activities, I thought it would be helpful to send out some reminders and tips regarding money collections. I’ve included the most common errors that come across my desk, therefore I hope this will be helpful in saving everyone the precious commodity of time.

Forms of Payment

We accept cash, checks made payable to Sycamore Elementary, and credit/debit card payments through MyPaymentsPlus.

If you choose to use MyPaymentsPlus as a method, please let me know ahead of time to set up an “Activity” in MyPaymentsPlus in order for you to collect payments through this resource. I recommend this, because it is less paperwork for the both of us. I can set it up so that you receive an email when someone has paid, and also send you a list of who has paid on a weekly basis when I receive my deposit information. This will keep you informed as to who has paid.

Report of Monies Collected Forms

If you receive cash and/or checks for payments please use the Report of Monies Collected Standard Form found on the shared drive. The path is Sycamore > Teacher Information > Monies Collected Forms > RMC Form Standard. I strongly recommend saving the form to your computer once you fill it out, in case any corrections need to be made later, they can be fixed quickly. However, please use handwritten ink to sign and date the bottom of the form.

Please leave the “Account to Credit Line” BLANK. This is for Bookkeeper and Auditor’s purposes only. You will enter Grade Level and Purpose on the “Reason for Collecting Money Line”.

There must not be more than 1 week between the Date Collections Begin (at the top), and the Date of Your Signature (at the bottom, the date you turn your form into me).

Click here to view an Example Report of Moneys Collected Standard Form.


If you collected cash from a student, and it is $10.01 or more, you must issue them a receipt. You may check out a receipt book from me.

No receipts have to be issued for checks received for any amount, because the check itself acts as their receipt. If however, a person requests a receipt for a check, you may do so upon their request.

Thank you for your help with all of the paperwork. As always, please come see me for any questions. I will be more than glad to help!

Jenifer Reese



Thank you to the Specials team for my beautiful birthday card! ~ Michelle Hardy

Thank you, Leslie Adames for my birthday cupcakes!!!!! ~ Michelle Hardy

Thanks to Melanie Mayer for helping me with an art project ~ Lee Goodwin

Thank you to Kelli R. for being the great friend you are and always willing to lend a hand. I appreciate you! ~ Carolann

Thanks Mandy for always being positive and having a smile for me each morning! ~ Carolann

Thank you so much, Larry Smith for your eClass tips this week! They were super helpful! ~ Michelle Hardy

Carolann thank you for helping secure a sub on a moments notice. You are truly a great friend/co-worker. ~ Shannon Davis

Laurel thank you for always trying to find the positives and making me you dearly! ~ Shannon Davis

I am thankful to finally have a bubble! Kudo's to Cyndi Bennett for helping me with E-Class! You are one "Class" act! ~ Melanie Brewer

I am thankful for Cyndi Bennett, Paige Turner, and Mandy Squires. "Resource Rocks!" with you! ~ Melanie Brewer

Thank you to Carline and Cecilia for being such gracious hostesses for the Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast. The drivers felt so welcome and appreciated at our school. ~ Kim

Thank you to Deepa for sharing your students with the drivers. Their performance was very memorable. ~ Kim

Thank you Jenifer for your help in the records room. You are always so willing to help, and you are a fountain of Sycamore knowledge! ~ Kim

Thank you Carolann for all your work to make sure classes are covered. You always find a way! ~ Kim

Thank you Ms. Moody for your organization and presentation of the PBIS data. Very impressive! ~Kim

Thank you Ms. Chiasson for your leadership in second grade. You set the bar high for students and teachers! ~ Kim

Thanks to Mr. Smith for helping 2nd grade gain a better understanding of eCLASS. YOU ROCK!!! ~ Ms. Moses

Thanks Ms. Hardy for staying after school and helping me add information to my eCLASS. ~ Ms. Moses

Thank you Ms. A. for always being willing to assist my class with math strategies. ~ Ms. Moses

Thank you Sheree, Jenifer, Janet, Carolann, Cecilia, Corbett, Jill Moore, Jerry, Larry, Marjorie, Carolina, Tatiana, Fernando, Belkus and Elena for everything! ~ Ms. Thomas

Kudos to Mrs. Chiasson, Mrs. Aristilde, and Mrs. Stokes who jumped in to help with counting the ice cream money. You guys rock, and you are what teamwork is all about. Thank you! ~ Rochelle

I would like to thank Mrs. St. Aude for doing such an awesome job in first grade. She always steps up in the time of need and is an excellent teacher. She is a well rounded, caring, loyal and dependable individual. She has been a wonderful asset in first grade. ~ Mrs. Horne

Thank you to Coach K for making the friendly signs for the front lobby welcoming parents to Parent Engagement Day! ~ Anonymous

Thank you to the cafeteria staff for preparing a wonderful Thanksgiving meal for our students and our many parent guests. ~ Anonymous

Thank you, staff, for being a community, for supporting your students and each other, and for coming to Sycamore every day ready and willing to enhance student learning. Thank you for differentiating, collaborating and thinking creatively. I am thankful for all of you and hope you have an awesome week. ~ Cindy Alverson

Kudos to Ms. Moore for getting the assessments copied for my grade level. You are the best! ~ Kindergarten team

Counselor's Corner

Great Days of Service

This week Sycamore will be participating in the "Great Days of Service" Canned Food Drive, consider donating in any non-perishable food items to help stock the Gwinnett Co-Op. Lets see if we can reach a goal of 500 items donated.


PBIL Research Requests:

Grade level chairs and other staff who would like to work on collaborative research projects (utilizing media center resources for PBIL or other activities) should see Mrs. Wyble to schedule planning time, and subsequent student instructional time.

Leveled Informational Skills Instruction:

Be looking out for a "Media News Tidbit" email, outlining basic informational skills lessons that will be offered during the month of November.

Online Communique

The latest posts to the online Communiqué

include features on GCPS' Teacher of the Year, Career Connections, a salute to veterans, and Milestones results, plus calendar updates and Bulletin Board items. Coming up, watch for news on Principal for a Day, a unique career exploration event, and winter weather reminders.

New items are added each week.

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