The Principal's Desk At Sycamore

April 19,2019

Dr. Crystal Cooper Thompson, Principal

April Updates


Thank you for a positive week of Milestones testing. Our students have worked very hard on this assessment and we look forward to sharing their results with you in May. We appreciate you for taking the time to talk to your 3rd -5th grader about the importance of the assessment and its value for collecting data on how they learn and grow. This coming week, our 4th graders begin testing. Our teachers worked very hard to prepare them for this summative assessment and we are excited to see how they performed. Thank YOU for also adding value to their learning at Sycamore.

We have been busy planning for the end of year and hope to see you supporting and volunteering with us for the many events that we will hold. Check our calendar for updates and opportunities to celebrate with us and serve.

New Assistant Principals for Sycamore 2019-2020

I would like to inform you that our assistant principals are moving to new experiences in/out of Gwinnett County Public Schools next year:

Dr. Kim Glass, will be serving as an AP at Creekland Middle School

Katie Sample will be serving as an AP at Suwanee Elementary School

Lonnee Dickson (retired) will not be returning

We have enjoyed working with our APs and know that they will do great things in their new experiences. Please love on them for the rest of the year in your own special way.

Our new APs will be:

Brittany Butler, AP for PK-1

Aleshia Brown, AP for 2-3

Stephanie Williams, AP for 4-5

You will be able to formally meet our new APs at the beginning of the school year.

Relay for Life

Please join us in purchasing a Relay for Life T-shirt for your child, yourself or a loved one. You can purchase on MyPayments Plus. Details and cost are below. Thanks for your support!

5th grade Parents


Please join us on April 23rd at 8AM to help in planning our end of year activities for our students. We appreciate all who have already paid their 5th grade dues. As of today, we have collected $1,025 toward our students' activities and supplies. Way to go! We can't thank you enough for your contributions! Please go on to MyPayments Plus to pay your dues so that we can make sure that this year's 5th grade celebration is amazing for our hard working kids!

Last year, the funds were dispersed as follows:

Sycamore ES

Store Items for Last Day $180

Game Truck $345

College Hats $2300


Sycamore PTA

Food for Last Day-Zaxby’s $850

Bounce House $280

T-shirts $1321


Without the ability to use the funds from the PTA at this time, we will need to try to raise as many funds as we can to curb the cost and maintain the same experience or better for our students. You have until May 1st to pay toward the 5th grade end of year activities. We will also find places where we can curb the cost to try to save money. If you have resources, outlets and ways to support, please don't hesitate to let us know.

Rising Kindergarteners

We have begun registering new kindergarteners for the 2019-2020 school year. Please remember to join us on Thursday, May 2nd from 1-5. We will have your child take an assessment and have them learn more about their new journey at Sycamore. Please check our website and the GCPS website for all of the essential items you will need for that day. We are looking forward to having your child join our school.


I am very excited to announce that we are ready to bring back a new PTA board and membership drive for the 2019-2020 school year. We will be looking to get the names of anyone who is interested in leading in any capacity. Please send me an email with your interest so that we can begin the nominating process.

So far, we have collected 22 memberships, which allows us to conduct business for our new executive board. Please feel free to still contribute your $5.00 on MyPayments Plus when you get a chance.

Here are some key dates:

April 16th- Interest Meeting with district PTA members and Principal 12PM and 5PM (repeated meeting) DONE!

April 26th- Nominating Meeting (need members)

May 7th Membership Meeting and voting for executive board

June 7th and June 8th- Mandatory leadership training/meeting for executive board

In order to expedite a promising return and training for next year, we will have to collect membership dues. It will only be $5.00 but only to serve for this year. You may go on to MyPayments Plus to support and pay. All of the funds will remain in this PTA account and be provided for PTA state and local dues.

We have several parents and staff who have shown interest in serving on our executive board. We will confirm positions and hold our nominating committee meeting on April 26th. Please join us on May 7th at 5:30 PM so that we can vote on our new executive board. We are so excited!

SAVE THE DATE-Parent Involvement

April 23-5th grade parent volunteer/planning meeting 8 AM

April 24-Administrative Professionals Day- Send in a kind note to our support staff

April 25- Volunteer Tea 1 PM

May 2- Kindergarten Registration 1-5

May 3-All Pro Dads 7:30 AM

May 6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week

May 10 Muffins with Mom 7:30 AM

May 8,10- Field Days

May 15- K & 1st grade Awards 9AM and 10 AM

May 16- 3rd & 4th grade Awards 9AM and 10 AM

May 17- 2nd grade Awards 9AM and 10 AM

May 21- 5th grade Celebration 6 PM Sugar Hill Church

May 22-5th grade day and last day of school

Please continue to look for additional information for times and support on our website and flyers home

Gwinnett Parks

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Lanier High School Fastpitch Softball Camp (Rising 1st-8th Grade)

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Lanier Athletic Association

Middle School Game Night

Friendly Reminders

  • All visitors will be asked at the door who they are and their reason for entering the building by our front desk clerk. Always have your ID ready to show every time. Vanessa Camacho-Chapparo is our new front desk clerk and is happy to join our team. Please be patient with our new district requirement that ensures a stronger and safe environment for our school community.
  • We will begin our morning announcements at 8:45 AM daily and ask that all car riders are in their seats ready to begin their day prior to 8:45 AM.
  • We are going to use Mypaymentsplus for all of our monetary transactions besides small fundraisers throughout the year. Please make sure that you sign up for this with the information below.
  • We are infusing social emotional learning with our PBIS discipline program. Every classroom will have morning meeting daily where they will greet one another, share something based on a focused topic, engage in an activity and end with a morning message. This 10 minute activity every day ties to our AKS, but also helps to start the day off positively. Ask your child about the amazing experience.

Sycamore Elementary School Sponsors

Sycamore Elementary School

Proud member of the Lanier Cluster of Gwinnett County Public Schools

Please go to the links below for essential updates and exciting news!