Sycamore Leaf

December 11, 2021


December 10

  • First trimester progress reports were mailed home

December 13-17

  • Service Day, classroom based projects all week

December 15

  • Sycamore and Uncommon Good Citrus Exchange, see below

December 16

  • #Throwback Thursday, parents see below

December 17

  • Publishing House author sign-ups due, see link below


WINTER BREAK BEGINS at 1:00 PM on Friday, December 17.

We return to school on Monday, January 3.

Principal's Report: Service Day

Over the coming week, students will be engaging in service projects as a part of our "Service Day." This year, classrooms have selected direct acts of service, actions to support existing organizations or projects, or acts of advocacy to teach or improve conditions in some way. These projects help students practice and develop empathy, community service and responsibility. This year's projects include: upper graders making read-aloud book recordings for K-3 students, hosting a book drive for a prison library project, making cards for residents at Claremont Manor, picking up trash at Memorial Park and on campus, painting our Buddy Benches and sprucing up our wall murals, writing letters for Love for our Elders, supporting our custodial team of Irene and Peter, and collecting food for a local food bank. As you'll see later in the Leaf, Governance leadership has partnered with Uncommon Good to share the produce families have in their home gardens this Wednesday. Please talk with your child about their Service Day projects, look for classroom notices about ways you can help, and consider extending ideas of service at home.

Consider reading one of these books with your child as a link to these ideas:
I Am One, a Book of Action by Susan Verde with Peter H. Reynolds

Change Sings by Amanda Gorman with Loren Long

Last week to sign up for Publishing House

Calling all authors!!! The time has come to sign up for this year's Publishing House! Our students are full of ideas, and we want to hear them! Since the 1970's, Sycamore students have had the opportunity to publish stories for an audience of their peers. We continue this tradition each year in Publishing House. Student authors join PH by choice, and with the help of adult volunteers, they create and publish a print and digital copy of their work for our school's library. Student authors should get started with the PH Sign Up Form (due December 17). The success of Publishing House is dependent upon adult volunteers. If you're interested, read the PH Support Guide and contact us.

Sycamore PH Sign Up form:

PH Support Guide:

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Sycamore and Uncommon Good Citrus Exchange - Starts this Wednesday, December 15

Do you have an abundance of ripe, delicious lemons hanging off your trees? Perhaps you will soon have Navel Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines or Kumquats? Sycamore and Uncommon Good have recently partnered together in a "CITRUS EXCHANGE - Helping Families Together". Each Wednesday during citrus harvest season, families are welcome to bring a box (or two) of locally grown fruit to school. Please place your boxes along the sides of each gate entrance. Sycamore Families are welcome to take what you like and trade varieties with each other - we recommend bringing a bag! This is also a wonderful opportunity for children to explore, smell, taste and see our local produce. At the end of each Wednesday, Uncommon Good will happily take and distribute any excess fruit. It will then be shared and donated to the families they support. To read more about Uncommon Good please click here. It is truly a local gem and we are so lucky to partner with them.


BRRR! The mornings are getting chilly!! Stop by our next pop up on Thursday morning. We'll be over at Memorial Park during DROP OFF this time. Grab a Hoodie, a cup of coffee and enjoy a little adult time before we go on to Holiday break. Please check your students into school first, and, as always, follow all Covid guidelines.

Parent Information Night-Healthy Habits Around Technology

Many families are finding that the use of technology has increased at home since the pandemic. Setting safe and healthy boundaries around texting, social media, gaming and binge watching is important for our children, ourselves and our relationships. On January 12, we'll hold our Governance meeting at 6:00 PM, then shift at 6:30 PM to hear from a guest speaker, Lori Getz. Lori will help us learn strategies and the language for conversations about technology use and its role in emotional, mental and physical health and wellness. Mark your calendars to join us.

Health Update

When students experience COVID-like symptoms, they'll need to remain at home until symptoms improve and they have a negative COVID test.

CUSD offers COVID testing throughout the week.

Mondays: at El Roble from 2:00-4:00 PM and Sycamore from 2:45 to 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 your physician:

You can report absences for illness, appointments or family business by emailing Norma at or by calling the 24-hour attendance line at 909-398-0325.