Sycamore Leaf

November 6, 2021


Wednesday, November 10, 6:00 PM

  • Governance Council Meeting

Thursday, November 11 and Friday, November 12

  • Veterans' Day and CUSD school holiday, no school

Monday, November 15, 6:00-7:30 PM

  • Amplifying Voices: LGBTQ+ Student Experiences (see below)

November 22-26

  • Thanksgiving Break, no school

Vaccinations clinics coming

CUSD is hosting vaccination clinics with Hendricks Pharmacy and the Upland-Ontario Medical Clinic for children between the ages of 5 and 11. Last week's Leaf included a link to reserve a vaccination for your child, and those individuals who reserved a spot will access the vaccine here in Sycamore's MPR on Wednesday, November 17 from 1:00-3:30 PM. This online form will allow you to register your child. See Dr. Wilson's letter for details on vaccines offered throughout the district, and stay tuned for additional details. As you prepare your family for the vaccine, see this COVID-19 Vaccine Checklist offered by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Governance Council Meeting this Wednesday

Please join us for this Wednesday's Governance Council meeting at 6:00 PM. I'll speak about social emotional learning and safety protocols with regard to school activities. Elise Ferree will share an exciting update regarding the landscaping in the East Courtyard, and Sarah Rockne will lead a discussion on our Governance goals for the year. Join us via Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 847 0382 3799

Passcode: 229346

Amplifying Voices Event, November 15

Save the date: In lieu of its monthly meeting, Sycamore’s Equity & Inclusion Committee invites you to Amplifying Voices: LGBTQ+ Student Experiences, the second in our series of Amplifying Voices events. The evening will allow adults to gain insights from the reflections and experiences of queer-identifying students who have attended Sycamore or other CUSD schools. See the flyer for details.

When: Monday, November 15th, 6-7:30pm

Where: Zoom

RSVP by Monday, November 8th to receive Zoom link:

Mask Parade

We held a students-only, socially distanced Mask Parade this year, and the video is now ready to share. Enjoy this video of students displaying their masks based on classroom curriculum.

Principal's Report

The School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) outlines our goals and actions for the school year. It is developed based on a review of student achievement data, input from parent, student and staff surveys, and a review of progress toward the previous year's goals.

This year's plan is focused on supporting students' academic and social-emotional development. Classroom instruction using the Second Step curriculum, our school-wide focus on our guiding questions ("Is it safe? Is it kind? Does it promote learning? Does it protect property and our planet?"), and Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) are the vehicles for supporting students in this area. Teachers and support staff provide direct instruction on social-emotional skills, design environmental supports, and offer small group instruction, individual school-based counseling and increasingly therapeutic interventions, as needed.

Academically, math is an area of particular focus as we return from distance learning. Fall assessments are directing teachers to areas of need. Our Response to Intervention (RTI) teachers sometimes join classroom teachers to support instruction and they lead RTI groups to provide students with additional time for instruction outside of the classroom. This is true for reading and writing, as well. Classroom and small group supports are available for developing reading foundations, reading fluency, comprehension and writing skills.

In addition to teacher observations and assessment data, communication between community members helps ensure that needs are known and supported. Watch for a student and family survey over the next couple of weeks to offer your input. Talk with your child's teacher often, and always feel free to contact me directly. See our School Compact for an overview of the student, home and staff partnership.


Amy Stanger

Picture Retakes November 16

Due to a delay in getting picture proofs, we have moved our picture make up day to November 16. Once you receive a copy of your child's pictures, take a look and decide if your child needs a retake. If they do, send the pictures back to school by the day of retakes. Students who missed taking pictures in September will also take their picture at this time. If you have questions, contact Tina in the school office at To order pictures, see


Mini Session time slots are going quickly, therefore we have added another date - a SUNDAY! Please make your reservations by Wednesday, NOVEMBER 10th. Use this form to RESERVE a photo mini session date and time. Any questions, please email


Now we have had a little time to settle into our new family and school routines, we welcome your help this school year. Please use this form and let us know how you would like to help out this year!

Health Update

When students experience COVID-like symptoms, they'll need to remain at home until symptoms improve and they have a negative COVID test.

CUSD offers COVID testing throughout the week.

Mondays: at El Roble from 2:00-4:00 PM or at Sycamore from 2:45-3:45 PM.

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

Wednesdays: at Condit Elementary from 1:00-2:00 PM

Thursdays: at CHS from 3:30-5:00 PM

Before coming to the testing site, complete the one-time testing form.

Student Testing Form -

Adult Testing Form -

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

You can report absences for illness, appointments or family business by emailing Norma at or by calling the 24-hour attendance line at 909-398-0325.