Sycamore Leaf

September 4, 2021


Monday, September 6

  • No School, Labor Day

Monday, September 13 @ 6:00 PM

  • Sycamore's Equity and Inclusion Committee Meeting. Everyone is welcome to join via Zoom. More information in next week's Leaf.

Tuesday, September 14 @ 7:00 PM

Principal's Report

In order for students to learn and thrive, we need to encourage the development of the whole child. As we return to school, we're conscious of the impact months of distance learning have had on our students academic and social emotional learning. We are convinced that helping students feel a part of a safe and supportive school community is foundational to their growth. As we begin the school year, teachers are deliberately focused on getting to know students and building their classroom community. In addition, we are providing instruction to support students in developing social emotional skills that will help them take on and persevere through learning challenges, manage strong emotions, collaborate and get along with others, and make thoughtful decisions. We will start the year focusing on growth mindset. Over the next month, your child's classroom will be talking about growth mindset, the belief that we can grow and change by taking on challenges, trying hard and applying practice. Our youngest students will start by noticing their own focus, and moving through the grades, we'll practice appreciating mistakes, planning and adjusting our efforts to meet goals, and transforming unhelpful to more helpful thoughts and statements. You may hear about these concepts though your teacher and as we plan for Goal Setting Conferences (October 4-8). I'll be talking more about these efforts in upcoming newsletters and in our October Governance meeting.

Show your school spirit!

We love Sycamore, and we love to wear our Sycamore Gear. This year's t-shirt design, created by Dexter Estrada, is highlighted in the calendar section above. This design is available on t-shirts, hats and sweatshirts. We're also selling Sycamore stickers. Fill out this order form to place your order. Payment can be made by CASH, CHECK (to Sycamore Elementary School) OR ZELLE. Zelle ID: Orders will be taken thru Saturday Sept 18th. You will receive a confirmation email of your order.

For previous year's designs, please call Tina Hensley at the main office. She is happy to show you what we have in stock.

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Getting Connected at Sycamore

As we kick off this school year, we're looking for ways to connect the adults in our community. To support new(er) families in this process, we're offering to connect a new family with a "buddy family." This person will be a source of information about our school's traditions, activities and culture, and a social liaison who can give you a lay of the land. Individuals can connect virtually or in-person, so everyone can participate! If you'd like to be assigned a buddy family, sign up using this form. We hope to have interested families connected within the next couple of weeks.

If you're able volunteer as a buddy family, use this form to sign up.

Student technology

All CUSD students will have a district iPad loaded with the instructional apps they need. In your student's first day packet (see the large manilla envelope brought home by your child), we provided a district Device Check-Out Form. This form outlines the conditions for using the district iPad. Please review and sign this form then send it back to the school. An electronic version of the form is available here. Families may also purchase insurance for the device for $34 each year. A flyer was sent home and is available here.

Options for COVID Testing and Vaccinations

As mentioned in Dr. Wilson's weekly update, CUSD is hosting a vaccination clinic at Claremont High School on September 9 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Anyone with a birthday on or before September 9, 2009, is eligible for this no-cost Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Use this link to reserve a vaccination. One form must be completed for each person getting a vaccine.

In addition, CUSD continues to offer COVID-19 testing for all students and community members. Thursday evenings from 2:00 PM-6:00 PM, community members are able to receive a COVID test at Claremont High School. There are no out-of-pocket costs, and results are generally available within 24 hours.

This COVID-19 Flow Chart not only provides helpful information regarding what to do in case of exposure, it also provides helpful links to testing sites. Using the links at the bottom of the page, individuals may locate testing sites based on their preferences.

Earthquake kits needed

Sycamore takes steps throughout the year to prepare students and staff for emergencies. We practice fire drills monthly, earthquake drills twice a year and lockdown responses four times per year. Should we have an earthquake while at school, we have supplies to support students and staff while we wait for families to get to campus. As we wait, having a few family-provided supplies will be of comfort. Please create an "Earthquake Kit" for your child and send it to school by September 20. This kit will be stored on campus for the year and returned to you in June. Please enclose the items in a Zip-loc bag and label the bag with your child’s name. If you need assistance, please let us know.

Emergency Kit

-1 completely self-contained meal (non-perishable foods that do not need cooking)
-1 individual serving of juice as necessary for health needs (water is stored on campus)

-1 Mylar blanket (available at Target, M&I Surplus or camping supply stores)
-1 small note pad and pencil/crayon, or a game
-1 packet of tissue
-1 personal note, poem, quote, or photo from a loved one addressed to the child

Thank you!

CUSD's Family Engagement Calendar

This year's Family Engagement Calendar has been posted on under the parents tab of the district's website. Please check this calendar periodically as additional events will be added as they become available. This Wednesday afternoon, "Rising Together: Adverse Childhood Experiences Community Webinar" will be held. Attendees will learn about buffering strategies to build resilience and provide support for those who have experienced trauma and adversity. On Thursday afternoon, a one-hour Suicide Prevention webinar will be shared. All community members are welcome to join. If you have questions, please contact Rosa Leong, CUSD's Community Liaison at 909-398-0609 ext. 70246.

Eating at school

Each morning, teachers ask students about their plans for lunch and whether they need a lunch from the school cafeteria. Those lunch counts allow our Cafeteria Manager, Nora Romero, to prepare lunch, so accuracy is important. Please help your child to be aware of the lunch selections so you can plan for whether they will bring a home lunch or choose one from the cafeteria. A monthly menu is available at the Nutritional Services website.

Students who need to eat breakfast at school may enter for breakfast at the southernmost Yale gate between 7:45 AM and 8:00 AM. Look for the orange sign. Fruit is provided at morning recess. Breakfast, lunch and snack is free of cost. We are hearing that supply chains are sometimes affected by current conditions. This may result in a menu change. The Nutritional Services Department will give advance notice, if possible.

Whether eating a school lunch or one from home, we remind students to eat only the items given to them by the cafeteria or their family. We'll not be sharing food items. Please talk with your child about this important safety practice!

Parents are no longer required to fill out an application to qualify for free meals. Still, there are additional benefits of eligibility status. P-EBT cards, band instrument usage, reduced or waived assessment fees, and tutoring are a few of the benefits students can still receive when you apply. You can find a printable or electronic copy of the application under the Nutritional Services tab in the CUSD website. Please call their department if you have any questions. (909)398-0609 X 73003.

Don't forget!

It's very important for families to ensure we have complete contact information for all students. Both new and returning families need to log into their ParentConnect account to ensure emergency contacts and phone numbers are updated. In the case of illness or injury, we'll need to contact you right away, so please make sure to provide multiple contacts, if you can. See these directions or give us a call.