Sycamore Leaf

April 30, 2022


May 2

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

May 2-20

  • Annual Standardized Testing for grades 3-6, see classroom teacher for detail
May 5

  • Pizza Night at Pizza N'Such, 5:00-7:00 PM
May 6

  • Sixth Grade Outdoor Science School permission slips due

CAASPP Testing

Third through sixth graders 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 over the next few weeks. Each class schedules four tests over four mornings. About 60-90 minutes are scheduled for each subtest, but students can have as much time as they need to finish. We'll extend time through the week of May 16, as needed.

We use the information from these assessments to understand student learning across our school and district. Results tell us how our students are doing and how we can direct instructional change and professional development to improve our efforts for our school, subgroups of students and individuals.

Parents can help their students in several ways. First, help them with a healthy perspective. Encourage your child to do their best and to put in extra effort when questions are difficult. Remind them these are not high stakes tests, but just one of many ways they show what they're learning. Affirm your child for their efforts to be ready, focused and persistent in each subtest.

Help them prepare by scheduling a good night's rest and routines to stay hydrated. Make sure your child has a good breakfast and a healthy snack during testing. Please refrain from making appointments during our testing so student can take tests with their peers. Testing times will vary by classroom, so 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.

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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

6th Grade Announcements

May and June are full of exciting days, and that is especially true for sixth graders. On Thursday, families received a packet of information regarding our upcoming Outdoor Science School. Please look for that packet and read the cover letter carefully. We ask that you complete and return the forms by this Friday, May 6.

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.

Restaurant Fundraisers

Restaurant fundraisers offer a nice way to meet up with a Sycamore friend while earning a bit of money for our school. Enjoy fresh fruit or donuts on Monday or a salad, sandwich, pasta or pizza at Pizza N'Such this Thursday 6th graders will be helping out, too!

  • Pizza N’ Such - May 5th, May 12th
  • Pepo Melo/Nosy Neighbors - May 2nd, June 6th
  • Honeybird - June 16th

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!

Way to go, Sycamore Track Team!

Sixty-four students traveled to participate in the Annual Vista del Valle Track meet on Friday. Students reveled in team spirit and the fun of cheering one another on. It was a great day, and we could not be more proud of the student's preparation and sportsmanship. Way to go, team!

Principal's Message

This school year has been full of change, and recent changes are especially sweet. It's been so nice to have volunteers back on campus. College students are joining students at recess. Presenters, guest readers and Publishing House volunteers on site. Volunteers are in the courtyards, the library, and the classroom. Last night, we enjoyed a community Garden Party. Being together fills our sails as we go into the final weeks of the school year.

The month of May is a time when many pause to thank school staff. This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6 is School Lunch Heroes Day, and CUSD celebrates both Classified and Certificated staff over the first two weeks of May. I'd encourage you to talk to your child about the staff members who help them at school. As they think through their day, they may recognize the staff member who helps them cross the street or get their snack. They may think about the person who helps at the ball wall or opens their milk during lunch. They may thank their teacher, the custodian, the office staff and you. One thing we know very well is that we are all vital members of the same team. We thank you for recognizing school staff during the month of May. This Wednesday, the Spirit Committee of our school will honor our staff with a luncheon. We sincerely appreciate this thoughtful and delicious treat! Thank you!

(Under current protocols, volunteers need to show proof of vaccination for COVID-19 and must check in at the school office.)

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.

CUSD's Summer Day Camp

Registration for CUSD Summer Day Camp has filled. You may submit your name for a wait list. 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.

City of Claremont's "Camp Claremont"

The City of Claremont offers summer camps for younger children and opportunities for older students to volunteer. The link below allows you to download the flyer. Programs do fill up.

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!