Sycamore Leaf

October 16, 2021


Saturday, October 16

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Sycamore Celebrates Oktoberfest

October 18-22

Digital Citizenship Week (see the principal's message)

Thursday, October 21

9:00 AM earthquake drill (The Great Shake Out)

Wednesday, October 27

Picture Make-Up Day

Time for Sycamore to Celebrate

Music, Bier and Good Friends await at Sycamore Celebrates - Oktoberfest. If you purchased a ticket, join us at Last Name Brewing SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16 from 6:00-9:00 PM. This event is for adults only. Special thanks to all who donated tickets to others.

Principal's message

This coming week, teachers will be emphasizing practices for Digital Citizenship. This week and through the year, teachers will provide developmentally appropriate lessons on topics including procedures use of technology at school, skills for informational literacy, practices for internet safety, privacy and security, and online communication. General resources are posted on the District website (scroll down for parent links). Common Sense Media offers parent resources organized for children of various ages.

Students and staff will practice our first earthquake drill on Thursday, October 21. In the case of an earthquake, students and staff duck, cover and hold until the adult determines it is safe to leave the classroom. Using a designated path away from the buildings, students evacuate and assemble on the grassy field. Some teachers remain with students to provide supervision, while others fill duties related to search and rescue, first aid, communication and student release. The equipment and resources contained in our earthquake bin will allow us to keep your student comfortable until you are able to get to school. This is a good time for you to talk to your child about our school plan and your plans at home should an earthquake occur. Please let us know if you or your child have any concerns. Given current conditions, we will keep students in their cohorts for this week's practice.

If we were to have any kind of school emergency, we would attempt communication with families through calls and emails using the Blackboard Connect system. This is the same system I use weekly for notices, sending the Leaf and any phone calls for announcements. If you are not receiving email or phone messages from us, let us know right away, and we will correct your contact information in the system.

One more thing: If we were to have an emergency that forces us to dismiss students mid-day, students can only be released to the grown-ups you listed as emergency contacts. Please take a few minutes to check the contacts you listed when you registered your child. Please provide names of several local adults your child would be comfortable with, and make sure you have a communication plan with those individuals should there be an emergency. Thank you!


We hope the practice of sending and receiving BE-LEAF messages sparked a spirit of connection for you and your students. As mentioned in this week's Claremont Courier, the project has been heartwarming for many. We will continue the project for just a little longer so everyone has a chance to get in on the fun.

If you have not had a BE-LEAF fairy visit your home yet, please let us know. Email with your address and we will make sure we add your family to our "flight" plan. Use the Google Form below to add a donation. Thank you to all who have volunteered and supported this project.

Google Order Form SYCAMORE

Volunteer Sign Up

Picture Retakes on October 27

Prior to October 27, students will receive a copy of their school pictures. Please take a look at these and decide if your child needs a retake. Then, send the pictures back to school and notify your teacher or the office. That way, we'll know to have your child complete a picture retake. Those who missed taking pictures in September can also take their picture on October 27.

Health Update

We want to sincerely THANK every family and staff member for their continued support of protocols to protect our staff and students. We will continue to monitor student health very carefully and will recommend testing when COVID-like symptoms are observed. We need to have the reason for any absence prior to a student's return to school. You can report absences by emailing Norma at or by calling the 24-hour attendance line at 909-398-0325. Thank you!

CUSD offers COVID testing throughout the week. each Thursday at CHS from 3:30 to 5:00 PM Mondays: at El Roble from 2:00-4:00 PM or at Sycamore from 2:45-3:45 PM.

Tuesdays: at Vista del Valle Elementary from 2:45-3:45 PM.

Wednesdays: at Condit Elementary from 1:00-2:00 PM

Thursdays: at CHS from 3:30-5:00 PM

Before coming to the testing site, complete the one-time testing form.

Student Testing Form -

Adult Testing Form -

Testing can also be obtained through one of the resources below or through your primary physician:

This COVID-19 Flow Chart may also be helpful.