Sycamore Leaf

March 26, 2022


March 30

Hearing Screenings for students in grades K, 2, 3, 5 and 6

April 4-8

Spring Break, No School

April 4

6:00-8:00 PM Pepo Melo/Nosy Neighbor fundraiser

April 14

5:00-7:00 Pizza Night at Pizza-N-Such in the Village

Restaurant Night Update - 6th Graders are Back!

Restaurant Nights are a hit this Spring! They've been so popular, we have BIG NEWS about additional events. 6th graders will be helping out at Pizza 'N Such and Pepo Melo/Nosy Neighbor Nights. We will rotate 6th grade participation by room number. Teachers will share info with our 6th grade families. Future dates to take the night off from cooking are:

  • Pizza 'N Such - April 14th, April 28th, May 5th, May 12th
  • Pepo Melo/Nosy Neighbors - April 4th, May 2nd, June 6th
  • Honeybird - April 21st and June 16th (not a 6th grade night as of now)

Upper Grade Green Team and Track Team

BLAST students planted an assortment of vegetables in the East Courtyard garden this week. On Monday, our school's Green Team will meet and continue to work on final touches for the area. Over the coming weeks, they'll be helping fellow students join in on the work of caring for our new garden and our environment. Stay tuned for news about Earth Day activities in mid-April.

This week, interested students can elect to join Sycamore's Track Team. Our goal is to enjoy and encourage one another through membership in a school team. On Friday, April 29, our team will compete with fellow CUSD schools in the Vista Track Meet. This Tuesday and Wednesday, Mrs. Schuster and Mrs. Hernandez will lead our group in trying the various events and determining how we can work together to build a team of participants. Interested students should join on the playground track at lunch and be prepared for practice at noon recess twice per week. A permission slip will be required for participation.

Health Update

We will be sending a single antigen test home with each student at the start of Spring Break. The kit will be a SINGLE test. The test is in a Ziploc baggie, stapled inside a yellow sheet of directions for administering the test and submitting results. We are asking each student to test on Sunday before returning to school on April 11.

Federal funding for community-based testing is no longer available. As a result, CUSD will no longer host PCR testing at our four locations. We remain committed to providing antigen tests to students and staff who request a kit due to school exposure.

Please ask your child how they are feeling before leaving for school. If COVID symptoms are present, keep your student at home. Provide notification of ongoing allergies being treated by your doctor. Use our 24 hour attendance line, 909-398-0325, to contact Norma or email her using our NEW ATTENDANCE email at

PCR testing can be obtained through your health care provider or one of the resources below:

Supporting Social-Emotional Well-Being

As part of our efforts for supporting students' social-emotional well-being, our students will complete the Pupil Attitudes to Self and School (PASS) survey. PASS will provide teachers with reliable and valid information regarding students' feelings about themselves as learners and school, so we can address concerns and non-academic barriers to learning. This survey takes about 15 minutes to complete. It will be taken in all classes prior to Spring Break. Please be assured that student confidentiality will be strictly protected. If you have questions about PASS, please contact me via email.

Garden Party and Movie Night - Friday, April 29

Movie Night is getting more exciting by the day! Before the sun goes down on April 29th, we have some wonderful activities lined up.

  • Diane Barnes, local business owner of Artful Succulents and Sycamore parent, has partnered with us for the evening! Families will be given the opportunity to participate in a PLANT BAR!
  • Nature inspired art stations for all!
  • Mr. McGregor’s Nibble Table!
  • Tour of our new outdoor garden area.
  • Movie at 8pm.
Ticket Donations begin the week after Spring Break! Suggested donations start at $5 per person. See you all there!

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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.

Hearing Screenings Wednesday

Hearing screenings for students in grades K, 2, 3, 5, and 6 will take place on Wednesday, March 30. The screenings will be performed by Pacific Audiologics and will take just a few minutes. If you do not want your child to be screened, please provide the Health Office with a written note. If any concerns are noted, parents will be contacted.

Governance Council Leadership Positions

Sycamore’s Governance Council is a group of staff, parents and students who engage in shared decision-making for the school. This group leads activities to promote school spirit and fundraising, and they help to review, revise, and monitor the school site plan with attention to academic achievement and social-emotional development, curriculum, school climate and safety.

At this time, we are looking for committee chairs for the 2022-2023 school year. If you are interested in serving next year, please contact the school office or Rachel Forester, and we will pass your information along. Parents and staff will vote on next year's Council in May.

The following is a summary of committee leadership positions and their roles.

Curriculum & Assessment

This individual is a liaison between the Council and school and district staff as they engage in a cycle of evaluating and improving the school's educational program. This position is filled by a member of the school staff.

Equity and Inclusion

This committee chair(s) leads the group in efforts that raise awareness and strategies for creating and sustaining an equitable and inclusive community where students of all identities, backgrounds and abilities are valued and embraced. The group offers support to parents and assists with student events, as well. This role is filled by a member of the parent community.

Safety and Facilities

This role is filled by a staff member. They represent Sycamore as a member of the District Safety Committee. They support the school and district in assessing facilities and coordinating district plans for safety.


This role is filled by a parent. They work with classroom liaisons and event leaders to coordinate donations and volunteers in order to promote school spirit.


This member of the parent community promotes volunteerism by rallying individuals to be involved, maintaining a database of volunteers and matching them to areas of need.


This staff member supports the process of hiring new staff members as well as welcoming and acclimating them to the culture of our school.

Ways & Means

This individual works with the treasurer to coordinate fundraising for the Council's budget through largely parent-generated funds. This person is a member of the parent community.


This member of the parent community leads community and student-based efforts to promote student learning and school-based practices. Coordination with local agencies and sustainability events is a part of this role.

Leadership Roles for the Governance Council also include:

Secretary: Takes notes and keeps records for Governance Council meetings.

Treasurer: Manages the Governance Council's budget through accounting of payments and donations.

Facilitator: Leads the group's meetings, coordinates with the principal and serves in a three-year commitment as Co-Facilitator, Facilitator and Past-Facilitator.

Co-Facilitator: Leads the group in absence of the Facilitator. This is the first position in a three-year commitment for the Facilitator's role.

Past-Facilitator: Leads the nominating committee and reviews the by-laws. This is the final position in the three-year commitment of the Facilitator.

"Gardens a win/win/win for local schools..."

The Claremont Courier recently published an article about school garden areas (ours included) and the "feel good programs" a community loves to have. Thank you to the Sycamore Sustainability Committee, the Sycamore Governance Community, Sustainable Claremont, Claremont Sunrise Rotary and Sumner Danbury Elementary for leading the way on school garden projects. This is what community is all about! To read the article click here. Well done, Sycamore!

Thank you!

We hope everyone enjoyed this week's In-N-Out Night as much as we enjoyed seeing our families! Being in one spot for the first time in a loooong time was amazing! The smiles and laughter said it all. Thank you for everyone's support this year and last. We can't wait to "hang out" again soon!

Claremont Educational Foundation Car Raffle

The Claremont Educational Foundation (CEF) supports Claremont students with funding for art and music instruction, technology and teacher-generated curricular grants. Last year, Sycamore received over $12,000 in support of art and music instruction. You can further the work of CEF and Sycamore by participating in CEF's annual car raffle. Tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100. For each ticket sold, Sycamore will receive $7. The owner of the winning ticket will receive their choice of a Buick Encore, Chevrolet Equinox, or a GMC Terrain, vehicles donated by local dealerships. Tickets are available in the school office. Feel free to email Tina at to arrange for pickup.

El Roble News

  • If your child is moving on to El Roble this fall, you may want be a part of the El Roble PFA. Volunteers are needed for the PFA committee. See this flyer for details.
  • 6th and 7th graders can show their El Roble school spirit by trying out for El Roble Cheer. See the flyer to the left for details.
  • Watch for an email from El Roble's counselors. The online registration form becomes available March 30, and it's due April 13.
  • Cheer clinics start this week.

Mt. Sac Math and Science Day for upper graders

Mt. Sac will host the Dr. Deborah Boroch Discovery Day on Saturday, April 23 from 8am-2pm. Fifth to seventh graders and their parents are welcome to join for a full day of math and science activities. Registration is open and space is limited!

More information and registration at:

For questions email:

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