April 17, 2021
Principal's Report: We're so PROUD!
During Thursday night’s Board meeting, our own Room 4 teacher, Lisa Schuster, was named Claremont Unified School District’s Teacher of the Year. This is a significant honor and we could not be more proud!
Nominated multiple times over the past several years by teachers across the district, the recognition affirmed the high esteem she has earned from her peers. Lisa Schuster is in her 17th year of teaching which began here at Sycamore. Her love for Sycamore, its multi-age pedagogy and student-centered learning runs deep. Her expertise in curriculum design has been a gift to her students and our school. She's driven to develop meaningful relationships and to advocate for equity and inclusion for all students and families. She's extended her reach as the CFA Human Rights Committee chair and by developing the CFA sponsored Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta essay and art contest. For years, Mrs. Schuster has nurtured students in the noontime math club, and this year she spearheaded the sixth grade's Indoor Science School. Each of these initiatives are a reflection of her heart for students.
Mrs. Schuster's success is fed by the partnership she enjoys with the upper grade team and our entire school staff. Our school’s program has been enriched by her leadership and volunteerism. She is an eager contributor and generous colleague. Humbled by the honor and somewhat uncomfortable in the spotlight, Mrs. Schuster is looking forward to using her role as Teacher of the Year to share the strengths of Sycamore’s program with others. She is an excellent representative of our school, our staff and the amazing teachers district-wide.
The First Week in the Hybrid Model
It's been a long time coming, so we've been delighted to finally move into the Hybrid Schedule.
Our students are our life force, and their physical presence has been a powerful boost to staff. Those students who attended in person seemed to enjoy their "first day of school," too! Zoom sessions continue to be lively, and our hope is that this new schedule allows all students to complete their school year in a way that is comfortable for them.
So far, the process of getting students to and from campus has gone relatively well. There are a few practices we'd like to clarify:
- Students need to enter and exit their vehicles at the curb. Please ask your child to slide over the seat so they can exit or enter your car on the passenger side.
- Those who want to personally drop off or pick up their child, should park away from the drive through lane and walk to the entrance. Drivers in the drop-off and pick-up lane must stay in their vehicles. Cars should continue to pull forward as they wait for their child to move to the car.
- The orange Xs allow the adults who walk up to wait in a single line for their child.
- We ask that adults avoid standing in the gate area. Families are welcome to watch and wave away from the gate. This allows staff to support students as they come and go through the gate.
- Students do take a short break each morning. Please consider sending your child with a small snack, in addition to their water bottle. A simple finger-food item is best.
Child Development Program extends the day
Activities beyond the classroom
Because our lunch time is shortened slightly in the Phase 2 Hybrid schedule, student clubs will all meet from 12:30 PM-1:00 PM. Students are welcome to enjoy their lunch during club time. The following activities will be available to students this week:
12:30-1:00 Monday: Yoga and Second/Third Grade Book Club
12:30-1:00 Tuesday: Math Clubs and Reading in Spanish
12:30-1:00 Wednesday: Equity and Inclusion Club
12:30-1:00 Thursday: K-6 Sign Language Club and K-6 Lunch Bunch
12:30-1:00 Grades K-6 Lunch Bunch and Crafting Club
All club links are NEW and they are available on the Sycamore Student Canvas page by clicking the club button.
Contribute to the Yearbook
Over the next couple of weeks, we'll be finishing up the all-school yearbook for this year. If you have a special pictures you'd might contribute, please upload it here:
We will not be able to use all of them, but we appreciate your help during this unique time. We are especially interested in having pictures of:
- student's at home projects
- student's work on independent learning goals
- student experiences in the CORE and CHAMP programs
If you have not purchased a yearbook yet, they are still available. The price is now $15 each. Please use this link to purchase. www.memorybook.com/online-pay/parent-pay/ Our school code is 164860.
National ASL Day
April 15 was National American Sign Language Day. Sycamore's Sign-Language Club helped mark the day with a musical video of the group signing together. The video is posted on the Sycamore Student Canvas page under the Sign Language Club button. The Zoom link to Thursday's Sign Language Club is also available on that button. All students are welcome to join Leslie and the club.
Claremont Educational Foundation (CEF) Toyota Raffle
Wednesday, April 21 @ 3:00 PM: District English Language Advisory Committee (See the CUSD webpage for the link)
Monday, May 3 @ 6:00 PM: Equity and Inclusion Committee meeting
Bike rack options
District Advisory Committee on Racial Equity
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