The Principal's Desk At Sycamore ES

Week Beginning January 11, 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Sycamore Families!

I hope that you had an enjoyable holiday season with family and friends. Our amazing students returned to school ready to work and learn this past week and we can't be happier.

As we move toward excellence we are now focusing on improving our students' ability to read and understand what they have read. Additionally, they are practicing responding not only to reading but to their math problems. They are learning about project based learning and how to integrate STEM into their every day work. I am proud of our progress and always look forward to hearing about our students' accomplishments. Thank you for sending your students to us every day for us to impart knowledge on them to be even more successful!

You may have noticed that our school has a lot of visitors in the building before and after school. These great people are here to make our classrooms even better. They are continuing to update technology in every classroom and area of the school. We now have new flat screen TVs, projectors with teacher mics, production cameras and equipment, laptops and computers. We are also in the process of posting our safety door program which will aid our school in being a much more safe and secure environment. I will keep you posted about how this new safety measure will work as the team completes installation.

3rd-5th grade parents:

Our students will be taking the Georgia Milestones state assessment in April. As a staff, we will continue to keep you informed about how this assessment is designed and how your children can best succeed. Students will need to do well on this test to pass on to the next grade, so it is imperative that they work especially hard this last semester. Please reach out to us if you feel like you need additional support or explanation on its requirements.

We will send home last year's results for the Georgia Milestones this Friday, January 15th with report cards. At this time, 4th and 5th grade parents will be able to see their child's results and get a glimpse into how their child was measured on their performance. We will go over this at our February conferences on February 24th and February 25th in further detail.

Week of January 11th:

Monday: Reader's Rally @ 7:45 AM

Tuesday: Dance Club @ 7:45 AM, Math Club @7:45 AM, STEAM Night @ 6:00 PM; Girl Scout Recruitment @ 6:00 PM

Wednesday: Spanish Club @ 7: 45 AM

Thursday: Local School Council Meeting @ 9:00 AM; 5th grade class picture @ 9:00 AM

Friday: Lanier Cluster Student Leadership Conference- All Day for designated students (Peer Leaders, Beta Club and Student Council); Spirit Day

Sycamore Elementary School

Proud member of the Lanier Cluster of Gwinnett County Public Schools

Please go to the links below for essential updates and exciting news!

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FREE text service for parents of 4 & 5 yr olds

    This FREE text service for parents:
    • provides literacy & math tips and resources
    • now available in English and Spanish.
    What: Collaborative effort between Georgia Department of Education and Stanford University to create a free text service for parents of 4 & 5 yr olds that includes tips, facts and suggestions to promote early literacy and mathematics.
    When: Text messages are sent every 2 to 3 days.
    Text "GAREADY4K" to 313131 to join! It's Free!
    Envíe el mensaje de texto “GAREADY4KESP” al 313131 para comenzar a recibir mensajes en español totalmente gratis!

    2016-2017 Kindergarten Registration will be held at Sycamore ES on Thursday, May 5th (Time will be determined and communicated at a later date.)

Counselor's Corner

PAWs for Attendance News

The month of December was a Fantastic attendance month for the students of Sycamore. We had over 570 students or 75.1% of our school have perfect attendance. The second grade won the perfect attendance crown for the second time this year, with 82.9%, very impressive second grade! And finally, in a very tight competition, Mrs. Moses' class won the class title with over 92% of her students achieving perfect attendance for the month of December. Keep up the great work!

Child Lures Parent Information Session

January 22nd from 1:00 PM -1:40 PM you will have the opportunity to preview the Child Lures personal safety lessons.

The Great Kindness Challenge

The Great Kindness Challenge is coming to Sycamore. During the week of January 25th-29th all students will receive a GKC checklist with 50 kind deeds. Please encourage your child to complete the checklist and show the world that, KINDNESS MATTERS! In addition, students will be encouraged to participate in school-wide theme dress days (Monday- Wear Pink or Read Tuesday- Dress Like a Friend Day; Wednesday- Sock Day; Thursday- Favorite Character T-Shirt Day; Friday-School Spirit Day) and other activities during the school day to promote a culture of kindness.