The Principal's Desk At Sycamore

December 3, 2018

Dr. Crystal Cooper Thompson, Principal


Welcome to the last month of 2018! I hope that you enjoyed your weekend. As we move toward busy days and weeks, we hope you will find joy in watching your child grow and learn at high levels. We adore our students and look forward to seeing them every day!

We mourn the loss of our 41st Past National President, George H.W. Bush who passed away this past Friday evening. We honor his legacy, love and dedication he had toward our country. We received an Executive Order issued by Governor Nathan Deal that flags be flown at half-staff on all state buildings and grounds until sunset on Sunday, December 30, 2018.

Krispy Kreme Fundraiser

Thank you to all of our parents who supported our Fall Fundraiser. We sold 288 certificates and after expenses/prizes our profit was $1397. We are also proud to announce that our Top Seller was Nicholas Lopez in Mrs. Sessom's 2nd grade class who won the Six Flags Season Passes. Thank you for helping us to do great things for our staff and students.


Sycamore was acknowledged along with five other Title I schools in the district and 83 schools in the state as the "Top 5% highest performing Title I school,"in the state based on our 2017 CCRPI score. We were eligible to apply for a National award and just learned today that we didn't win, but are still extremely proud of our hard work and effort. We are so proud of our students and staff and hope that this year will also yield high performance.

School Events and PTA: Thank you for all of your support and participation this first semester of school. I had a parent ask about our Literacy Palooza event and parade that we have often had in November in past years. We moved that event to March, so that it could fit in with Dr. Seuss' Read Across America event. Please look for more information as we get closer to the date. Thank you also to all of our DADS who were able to participate in our All Pro Dads event! We had a great time and it was wonderful to have you in our hallways! You are always welcome!

Also, with our PTA being on hold right now, we won't have any PTA led events until further notice. We are hoping to get recharged in the coming months. We will keep you posted and look forward to seeing our PTA up and moving again very soon. Thanks for your patience!

How can I help?

At this time of year, you may be wondering about ways you can give back. We had a family donate five $100 Kroger gift cards to five of our Sycamore families. The families were extremely appreciative of this and it was such a positive way to show love to our school community. If you feel led to send the same sentiments to some of our families in our community, please contact me so that we can send some holiday cheer to some families who need it the most. Any amount is appreciated and gifts cards are the best means for helping. What a way to put a smile on someone's face!

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.

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