Sycamore Leaf

October 31, 2020


Thank you all for supporting this year's Mask Parade from home. The students really enjoyed seeing and hearing from their dearly missed Sycamore friends. The parade is available on the Sycamore Students Canvas page. This link will allow families to view the video as well:


Monday, November 2 @ 6:00 PM-Equity and Inclusion Meeting (see link below)


Families will pick up materials for November and December lessons this week. Simply drive along 8th Street, moving from east to west. Simply open your window or trunk to receive your student's items. Pick-up occurs at the following days and times:

Wednesday, November 4 from 1:00-5:30 PM

Thursday, November 5 from 1:00-4:00 PM

Friday, November 6 from 1:00-4:00 PM

Wednesday, November 11-No School Veterans' Day

Wednesday, November 18 @ 6:00 PM-Governance Council Meeting

Going beyond the classroom

This week, the following activities will be available for students.

12:30-1:00 Monday: Grade 2-3 Book Club

12:00-1:00 Tuesday: Upper Grade Math Club

12:30-1:00 Tuesday: Grade 2 and 3 Math Club

12:30-1:00 Wednesday: Upper Grade Equity and Inclusion Club

12:00-12:30 Sign Language Club with Leslie Roberts

12:30-1:00 Thursday: Grade 4-6 Book Club

Take note of this week's addition, our beloved Sign-Language Club with Leslie Roberts. Students of all ages are welcome. Leslie will teach our students sign language through the beauty of music. This group will meet weekly on Thursdays from 12:00-12:30. Students will sign in through the Sycamore Student Canvas Page. Simply click on the Sign Language button tfor access to the Zoom link.

Coming Up:

  • Starting the week of November 9, K-1 students will also have a weekly option just for them.
  • Soon, we will also offer a library link to allow students to order library books for curbside pickup.
  • Publishing House activities are rolling out very soon with information and guest speakers on November 18 and December 9. More soon!

Links to all student activities are available on the Sycamore Student Canvas page. Please email Mrs. Stanger if your student needs help accessing the page.

Equity and Inclusion Committee

The Equity & Inclusion Committee will meet this Monday, November 2nd from 6-7:30pm over Zoom. Come hear updates on planning for December’s Ability Awareness Day, discuss the District’s recent Racial Equity Forum for students, and bring any ideas you have for programming around Black Lives Matter at School week in February.

Zoom info:

Meeting ID: 981 7696 3043

Passcode: equity

Contact with any questions.

Family Dance-Alternative

Typically, October is the time we enjoy our school's Family Dance. Clever members of our Governance Council have come up with a light-hearted, social-distanced, fundraising alternative to the Family Dance. Watch for this notice in the mail. Thank you for your support.

Elementary Chill Out Space

A new Canvas course called “Elementary Chill Out Space" is being added to each student’s dashboard. The Elementary Chill Out Space has three “rooms” full of resources for students and parents/guardians to access when they need it. I highly recommend it!

The Elementary Chill Out Space includes the following:

  1. A introduction room to the resources in the Elementary Chill Out Space
  2. A library with links to various social emotional read aloud books
  3. A coping skills room with ideas and links for breathing strategies, calming games, grounding techniques, yoga videos and much more

Each student needs to “accept” the invitation to this course. If your student missed the invitation, please let us know. We can ask for the invitation to be sent again.

Digital Citizenship and iPad Use

In today's world, skills of digital citizenship are essential for adults and students. We practice these skills within our classes and teach these skills directly through out the school year. Teaching digital skills means focusing on safe access to online information, maintaining personal and social boundaries, acting responsibly online, and following routines for personal health and balance. The following link is a fantastic resource for parents to review best practices together with their children.

Please keep in mind: the District-provided iPad shared with your child is to be used only for school-based purposes. The settings and apps on the iPad are designed for this purposes. Please remind your students about this agreement. If you have any questions about your student's iPad, please contact Mrs. Stanger.

Pick-Up and Give Back

Members of our Governance Council have a special surprise up their green sleeves! This unique project starts with a little help from you. During our materials pick-up time this week, we are asking families to bring small to medium sized clippings from succulents you have at home. As you drive through, simply hand those small clippings to school staff through the car window. There is no need to pack them in any special way. We will be ready to receive them. These tiny bits will become a part of a special project, a beautiful reminder of giving, growing and community. Thank you for joining in for this special activity and for being a part of the Sycamore community this year.
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