Sycamore Leaf

November 14, 2020

Our Scholastic Book Fair Starts Monday!

We are happy to invite you to our annual fall book fair! From November 16 to 29, you can access the Scholastic Book Fair online from home. All purchases benefit our school and connect kids with new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more. The book fair offers over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers, and value packs.

· All orders ship direct to home

· FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*

· All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards

Visit our Book Fair home page by clicking here.

Shopping goes live on Monday the 16th. Share the attached flyer with your friends and family!

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Sycamore Gear is HERE!

It's time to order this year's Sycamore Gear! We're proud to unveil this year's student design, created by Tyler Anthony, on hats, t-shirts and sweatshirts. In addition, you can purchse products from the past two years (quantities are limited). Payments can be made using Cash, Check, Zelle or Credit Card. All payments must be received before receiving your items. Please note there is a 4% convenience fee for using a credit card. Simply fill out this form, you will receive an email confirmation with payment instructions.

Going beyond the classroom

This week, the following activities will be available for students. All links are available on the Sycamore Student Canvas page.

12:30-1:00 Monday: Grades 2-3 Book Club

12:00-1:00 Tuesday: Upper Grade Math Club

12:30-1:00 Tuesday: Grades 2-3 Math Club

12:30-1:00 Tuesday: Grades K-1: Mo Willems stories and crafts with Lenora

11:30-12:30 Wednesday: Grades K-6 Publishing House Speaker Series

12:00-12:30 Thursday: Sign Language Club with Leslie Roberts

12:30-1:00 Thursday: Grade 4-6 Book Club

Take note of this week's Publishing House Speaker Series: This will be the first of a monthly series with storytellers, writers and illustrators who will inspire students with their experiences. See the article below for more info on this week's event and how Sycamore students can become Publishing House authors. This session does begin at 11:30 am.

Publishing House, a Sycamore Tradition Speaker Series Zoom this Wednesday

Since the 1970's, students have shared their writing with patrons of our school library. What began as annual collections of poetry, short stories and recipes has evolved into Publishing House (PH). Publishing house supports student authors in publishing stories each year. Physical and digital copies of these works are given to the library and published in our PH Archive. It's time for this year's authors to start thinking about their 2021 submissions!

To get the creative juices flowing, diverse storytellers will share to inspire in our monthly Publishing House Speaker Series. This week, Sycamore’s Publishing House organizer Joanna Lord, will welcome new and returning students and introduce one of her closest childhood friends, the very talented, Taylor Orci.

Taylor Orci is a screenwriter based in Los Angeles who came to television through public radio. Some of her work includes as a writer on the Netflix series, Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts, for three seasons, writing pilots and starring in some of your favorite shows on Comedy Central, and numerous articles for publications such as The Atlantic, Elle, Cosmo, and Vanity Fair. Speaking will be followed by a Q&A session where students can ask questions. Since it is around lunch time, please feel free to nibble and zoom. The Zoom link is available on the Publishing House Canvas page. No need to be a Publishing House author to join; this event is open to all.

Visit the Publishing House website and learn more about Publishing House. Here, students can sign up as a 2021 author, view the PH Archive (Password: sycamore225), and adults can register to support our young authors as PH volunteers.

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*November 16-29: All-School Online Scholastic Book Fair (more info soon!)

*Wednesday, November 18: 6:00 PM-Governance Council Meeting

*Monday, November 23: PIZZA DAY-open on Monday due to the holiday week

* November 23-27: No School-Thanksgiving Week

Scrip, the easy version

Scrip is a gift card fundraising program. When our community members purchase a gift card, a percentage of the purchase is returned to our school. Typically we sell scrip out of the school office, offering both a holiday order and scrip to local businesses. We now have an app that will take your order and accept payment without the hassle of forms and checks. Purchases can be mailed to your home (there is a small fee) or received as e-cards. Please share this information with friends and extended family members so they can join in. Such an easy way to support our school throughout the year.

1. Simply download the RaiseRight app on your smartphone

2. Select "Join a Program"

3. Enter Sycamore’s enrollment code AEFE49A43L158

4. Create your account

5. Follow the instructions in the app to start earning for our school

You may pay with a credit card or by connecting to your bank account. The app's “Pay Coordinator Directly” is NOT an option for our school.

In addition to purchasing through RaiseRight, we have the following local scrip still available for purchase: Eureka Burger, Rhino Records, Starbucks, Stater Bros, Vons, Sprouts, Wolfe’s, Eddie’s, Walters

To place an order for local scrip, please email Centia at