Sycamore Leaf

January 29, 2022

Parent and Community Survey-Open Now

Claremont Unified School District is committed to hearing from all members of our community. We believe the input we receive helps us to move toward continued excellence. Surveys allow parents and community members, staff and students (grades 4 and above) to give us important feedback to better serve our students. We are requesting a few minutes of your time to complete our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Parent and Community Survey. It can be accessed at or by visiting the District website and selecting the LCAP link on our homepage. The link will be active through February 6, 2022 so please take the survey over the next two weeks. Thank you.


February 2: "Wood" You Be Mine orders are due

February 3 and 4: Students may contribute a rock to the new garden, see below

February 4: Making Change entries due

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

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

Principal's Report

The day to day of living and schooling during the pandemic is impactful to students. We must depend upon one another. We're feeling the impact of protocols restricting visitors on campus and missing the informal opportunities to touch base with one another. I hope we're learning to be a bit more deliberate in our efforts to stay connected. We thank you for reaching out to teachers or myself to share thoughts about your child's well-being or needs. We encourage you to connect with your child's teacher through classroom updates and emails. These are difficult days, and we want to be helpful. We encourage you to reach out.

In our next Governance Council meeting, I'll provide a mid-year update on this year's School Plan for Student Achievement. I'll summarize progress toward our school's goals to support students' social-emotional learning and academic progress, and we'll discuss next steps. Please join us.


Amy Stanger

Making Change Contest

Each year, the City of Claremont and Claremont Unified School District present the Making Change Contest. This gives our students an opportunity to study and recognize the efforts and individuals who made a difference for human rights. Student projects vary based on the student's age. See this flyer for details. Entries are due in the school office by this Friday, February 4.

"Wood you be mine?"

The deadline to place an order is fast approaching! Please place your order by Wednesday, Feb 2nd! Craft kits will be delivered to Sycamore the week of Feb 7th and come home with your student. Each kit includes wooden pieces, paint and paintbrush. If you are able, perhaps consider "gifting a kit" to a fellow student. We hope this activity brings a little Sycamore love to our families!

Please place your order here.

Health Updates

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 is 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

As mentioned last week, we report all our site data to the LACDPH. Due to the number of positive cases identified following winter break, we met the criteria for an "outbreak." As a support, staff from the LA County Department of Public Health met on campus with us this week. They were encouraging and pleased with our implementation of protocols. We expect to have more formal feedback soon. I will share any findings with the community once we have them.

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:

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 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.

Kindergarten Open House

A virtual Kindergarten Open House was held this week for families of students who will start kindergarten in the fall of 2022. For those who missed it, a video of our meeting is posted here or under "Headlines" on our website. We'll hold a second, adult's only school tour for potential kindergarten families this Friday from 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM. Call the office to register at 909-398-0324.The registration process is managed by the school district; information is available here. Registration days for Sycamore's kindergarten will be February 15, 16 and 17.

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.

Got rocks???

Last weekend, volunteers moved yards and yards of DG, soil and mulch into the new garden space at the southeast corner of campus. Later this week, we will ask each student to bring a rock, one of our "Claremont Potatoes" to be used in the garden. Rocks should be 4-8 inches across. They may want to label it with their name and year. We'll ask students to bring their rock to the garden before or after school this Thursday or Friday. Simply help your child drop it off at the large gate at the corner of Harvard and 8th.

Yearbook Orders

Can you believe it? 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.

Sycamore and Uncommon Good Citrus Exchange

Due to the strong winds last weekend 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