Sycamore Leaf

April 23, 2022


Wednesday, April 27

  • Sports Spirit Day (Dress for a favorite sport or team. Wear regular shoes. Bring no equipment.)
  • LAST CALL for school yearbook orders (see link below)

Thursday, April 28

  • Pizza Night at Pizza N'Such 5:00-7:00 PM

Friday, April 29

  • Sycamore's Garden Party (see below)

May 2

  • Pepo Melo/Nosey Neighbors Fundraiser, 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Equity and Inclusion Committee's Amplifying Voices: Neurodivergent Student Experiences, (see flyer to register)

May 2-20

  • Annual Standardized Testing for grades 3-6

Governance Council needs your help!

Governance Council Elections are fast approaching. If you would like to be more involved at Sycamore next year and beyond - please email


Sustainable Claremont and the City of Claremont are hosting an Earth Day event on Sunday, April 24 from 8:30am-12:30pm at Shelton Park in Claremont. More information available on the Sustainable Claremont webpage:

Several CUSD elementary schools are together running a booth with kids’ activities, and we’re looking for upper graders to help. Activities include a “love the earth” collage, DIY bird feeders, and an especially earth-friendly twist on a lemonade stand. If your child can help for one hour starting at 8:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am or 11:30am, please email Elise Ferree at

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Tickets available NOW to Family Garden and Movie Night

Enjoy some Sycamore family time and watch a movie under the stars on 4.29.22. If you are not able to attend yourself - feel free to sponsor another family. If donated tickets would be of help to your family, notify us using this link by 3:00 pm on Monday:

  • Please use this form to select your ticket choices.
  • Order deadline for the plant bar - Sunday, April 17th!
  • Preorder deadline for general admission - Monday, April 25
  • Tickets can be purchased at the event, as well.

If you have any questions please email the event coordinator, Jessica MacLachlan, at

We hope to see you there!

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Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for our upcoming Garden Party/Movie Night. We need help the night of the event and the week before as we prepare. If you're not able to help in-person, you can donate items in preparation for the event.

Please use this sign up genius link to help out:


We have reopened the online site for yearbook sales, but all sales MUST be complete by April 27. Visit and use our school code 164860 then click on the link below "Sycamore." The price for your child's book will now be $20.00. If you have any questions or would like to purchase in person, please contact Tina Hensley via email at

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Sycamore’s Equity and Inclusion Committee invites you to join us for Amplifying Voices: Neurodivergent Student Experiences. Listeners will learn from a panel of individuals sharing their experiences as or with neurodiverse learners. Join us via Zoom at 6:00 pm on Monday, May 2. Register using this event link:

Pull together!

The plants in our new east courtyard garden are doing really well, but so are the weeds! Please consider spending some time one week pulling weeds. Try signing up with a fellow Sycamore family to make it fun. Click here to sign up and for more information

CAASPP Testing

Students in grades three through six will soon participate in the annual California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress or CAASPP. These standardized tests of English-language arts and math (as well as science for fifth graders) are scheduled at Sycamore during the weeks of May 2 and May 9. These tests are given in short segments spread over four mornings in the week. We ask that you refrain from making appointments during our testing windows, as we want students to take the tests with their peers. Students can have as much time as they need to finish each subtest, so we'll extend time through the week of May 16. Our staff is eager to have the information these tests provide because they offer helpful information to guide future instructional efforts. Testing times vary by classroom; check with your child’s teacher for their schedule. If you have specific questions about the tests, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or Mrs. Stanger.


Sycamore 6th graders are BACK at Pizza N’ Such for round 2!

6th graders will be bussing outside patio tables from 5-7pm. Take out and online orders are highly encouraged too!

Please note - for special 6th grade restaurant nights, we rotate 6th graders by room number. Teachers will share info with our 6th grade families. Please watch for parent permission slips.

Future dates are:

  • Pizza N’ Such - May 5th, May 12th
  • Pepo Melo/Nosy Neighbors - May 2nd, June 6th
  • Honeybird - June 16th (not a 6th grade night as of now)

CUSD's Summer Day Camp

Registration for CUSD Summer Day Camp opens on Monday, April 25th at 12:00 p.m. The CUSD Summer day camp will be held at Condit Elementary School. Camp hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration fee is $75.00 per/child. Weekly Tuition $175.00 per/child

Registration will open for the first four weeks of camp:

Week 1 June 27 - July 1

Week 2 July 5 - July 8 (closed Monday, July 4th)

Week 3 July 11- July 15

Week 4 July 18 - July 22

We will send out an email if additional weeks open, pending staff availability.

If you are interested in enrolling, please register online at

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Child Development Office at (909) 398- 0373.

Extending a word of thanks

Jeff DesCombes asked me to extend a thank you to our students and community members who have extended condolences. As you know, Lis DesCombes, our school's librarian, passed away in late March. Many students wrote remembrances of Lis, and those were shared with Jeff and the family. You may also want to reach out to the DesCombes family and share a story or a picture of how your child was positively impacted by our dear Lis. You may drop notes at the office or email them at An obituary will be shared in the Courier soon.

6th Grade Announcements

May and June are full of exciting days, and that is especially true for sixth graders. This week, families will receive a packet of information regarding our upcoming Outdoor Science School and Comprehensive Health instruction. Please look for that packet. We ask that you promptly complete and return forms to the office.

This year's Outdoor School has a cost of about $160 per student, and we've 66 students attending. We will meet that commitment through community donations and those of our sixth grade families. Cash or checks will be collected in the school office or donations can be made through Zelle at We thank you for giving in any amount.

Don't forget to submit your child's pictures for the sixth grade memory book!

Use this link to upload one picture of your child for the "Baby Faces" collage. It should be labeled with your child’s name.

Submit three to four “Through the Years” pictures of your child and their friends from kindergarten to sixth grade.

We thank you for your help in making the end of year special for our sixth graders.

CEF's Summer Slice

The Claremont Educational Foundation's SLICE of Summer program will offer online, in-person and hybrid summer enrichment for grades Kindergarten through 12th. Offerings include Sports Fun Camp, Speech & Debate as well as College Essay Writing for college bound students. CEF partners with the University of La Verne to offer Tech Ed for 7th to 12th graders and STEM Center USA to provide hands on STEM camps for Kindergarten through 6th grade. In-person classes will be held at El Roble Intermediate School. Visit to review SLICE offerings and descriptions. Register soon, space is limited!

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. You and Sycamore might be the lucky winner!

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