Sycamore Leaf

October 10, 2020

Principal's Message

Over the next couple of weeks, I'll be sharing a book with students, Only One You by Linda Kranz. In this book, a family of rockfish are inspired by their parents' words of wisdom. In these words, the young fish find a sense of identity. They are steadied and grounded.

Words can convey faith in another's potential. They can encourage and embolden. Over time, those words seep in and grow into self-talk. How powerful! The following website offers an assortment of ways you can reflect growth mindset as you talk with your child. I hope you'll consider adopting some of these expressions as you affirm, inspire and encourage them. I think you'll enjoy the musical links, as well.

Governance Council is sponsoring a rock hunt, a socially distanced way for families to encourage one another. Each family will design an image or positive message they'd like to share with the community. Then, they'll transfer that message on two rocks, one to hide around town and another to leave under the large pine near the south window of the multipurpose room. That way, as families take a socially-distanced walk around town, they can look for messages from their Sycamore friends. See the flyer below for more information on this activity.

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Family Vision Board

CUSD's Mental Health Team is encouraging the creation of a "Family Vision Board," a collection of words and pictures that represent you, what's important to you, what makes you happy and what you'd like to achieve. Boards like this can boost motivation and keep you connected to your goals.

Individuals and families can design boards using paper, poster board, magazine pictures, stickers and inspiring quotes. They can submit a picture of their board to have it included in a district-wide video collage. The video will be posted on the CUSD Wellness page and social media platforms as encouragement to be #CUSD STRONG! Submissions need to be sent to Megan Sorel, LCSW at: by Friday, October 23rd.


Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 12

Governance Council Meeting

October 14 @ 6:00 PM (a Zoom link will be sent Tuesday via Blackboard Connect)

Great Shake Out

October 15

School Shirts for School Spirit

I want to thank each of the students who contributed designs for this year's school t-shirt. I have included a collage of them so you can see the creative representations of how students see our school. The design that received the most student votes was created by Tyler Anthony from Room 1. Tyler used crossed arrows to represent our school community, a heart to represents kindness, and a hazardous sign to represent safety. The person holding a book represents learning, and the earth represents protecting property and our planet. Thank you, Tyler! We look forward to seeing the design on a Sycamore t-shirt. Coming soon!
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School Pictures

Those who ordered school pictures received their picture pack with student materials. If you did not order, you should have received a proof of your child's picture with details on how you can order copies. If you did not take a school picture, you may make arrangements to have your school picture taken at the photo studio. Call School Portraits by Adams Photography at 909-606-5100.


When Mary Town, our art teacher, retired in June, we knew we had big shoes to fill! We have just posted the position, and we need your help. If you know someone who would enjoy this role and be a highly qualified candidate for the position, please encourage them to apply at The position will be flown for the next two weeks.

Going beyond the classroom

Since the start of school, teachers have been observing students to determine their strengths and current needs. Our school offers a variety of resources for supporting students' academic, behavioral and social-emotional needs. Educators refer to these options as MTSS or Multi-Tiered System of Supports. Though many needs are met through the collaboration of parents and the classroom teacher, additional help will come from the school's intervention staff or even community-based supports. Teacher input and multiple assessments are used to identify the level of support students need. We monitor student growth to ensure students are benefitting from the support they're given.

This week, our intervention teachers will begin working with students recommended for academic support. Some will receive small group lessons to reteach concepts not yet mastered, and others will have short-term support for completing lessons. A letter was sent to families of students who met criteria for these "Response to Intervention" (RTI) supports. That letter outlines the times when the student should be online to receive help. Please make sure your child consistently participates, since this time is designed specifically for their needs. If you have questions or feel your child is in need of support, please talk with your child's teacher or contact me directly.

This week, we will continue to add interest-based activities within the school day. On Tuesday from 12:30-1:00 PM, 4-6 graders can choose to meet for our first Zoom Math Club (third graders will meet the following week). On Thursday from 12:30-1:00, students in grades 2-6 are invited to join a Zoom meeting to introduce options for upcoming weekly Book Clubs. Zoom links will be shared by teachers. Additional options will be offered in the coming weeks, allowing students to connect with their interests and the friends who share those interests. Please continue to watch the Leaf for more information on these opportunities as they unfold.

Great Shake Out

California's Great Shake Out is always held on the third Thursday of October. This year, that will be October 15th. We encourage you to practice the Great Shake Out at home. Here's a fun link to try!
Below is a link to the Earthquake Safety Dance