Sycamore Leaf

September 18, 2021


Saturday, September 18:

Last Day to Order Sycamore Gear, see below

Wednesday, September 29:

Picture Day-all students have an individual picture taken (no class photos at this time)

Monday to Friday, October 4-8:

Goal Setting Conferences-Minimum Day Schedule, first to sixth grades dismiss at 1:00 PM daily

Last day to order your Sycamore shirts, sweatshirts and gear!

We love Sycamore, and we love to wear our Sycamore Gear. This year's t-shirt design, created by Dexter Estrada, is highlighted in the calendar section above. This design is available on t-shirts, hats and sweatshirts. We're also selling Sycamore stickers. Fill out this order form to place your order. Payment can be made by CASH, CHECK (to Sycamore Elementary School) OR ZELLE. Zelle ID: Orders will be taken thru Saturday Sept 18th. You will receive a confirmation email of your order.

For previous year's designs, please call Tina Hensley at the main office. She is happy to show you what we have in stock.

Health Update

We want to sincerely THANK every family and staff member for their continued support of protocols to protect our staff and students. We will continue to monitor student health very carefully and will recommend testing when COVID-like symptoms are observed.

CUSD offers COVID testing each Thursday at CHS from 3:30 to 5:00 PM and each Monday at El Roble from 2:00-4:00 PM. Use this form prior to going FIRST TIME TESTING FORM or go to: . Walk-ups are allowed. Testing can also be obtained through one of the resources below or through your primary physician:

This COVID-19 Flow Chart may also be helpful.

If we do have a positive case at our school, a notification will be sent to all families, and students considered to be close contacts will be notified separately.

Please be sure to report your child's absence right away. We will need to have the reason for the absence prior to a student's return to school. You can report the absence by emailing Norma at or by calling the 24-hour attendance line at 909-398-0325. Thank you!

Un-BE-LEAF-able Fun!

This past week the BE-LEAF activity has surprised over 20 families as well as the K/1 students and teachers. We are hearing wonderful things from our community. Keep the orders coming in! Thanks to everyone for participating.

The "BE-LEAF in Sycamore" campaign will spread empowering messages and raise money for our school! You can help us welcome back students and share a little Sycamore pride by helping us BE-LEAF in families all over our community.

Our BE-LEAF fairies began granting wishes Saturday, September 11th and they will continue doing so until Sunday, October 10th. Don't delay! Check out our flyer and visit SYCAMORE to get started!

But WAIT! - there's more! If you're able to plant BE-LEAF signs with us, we welcome your help. Join us in the fun by filling out the Sign-Up Genius, or texting Amy Carnes, Governance Community Ways and Means Chair, at (310) 980-2585.

Google Order Form SYCAMORE

Volunteer Sign Up

Principal's Report

The first few weeks are in the books! Students seem to be enjoying one another and sharing structured time together. In spaces all around campus, we're adjusting to learning in community and making choices that support one another.

We encourage students to use our schools’ four guiding questions as they make decisions around campus: Is it safe? Is it kind? Does it promote learning? Does it protect our school and the planet? At this time of year, students are talking with staff to describe what it looks like to make these kinds of choices in our learning spaces, our hallways, bathrooms, courtyards and playgrounds. These ideas become general expectations for the way we interact and use our community space, and these guiding questions continue to help students and staff make and discuss day to day choices throughout the year.

Over the next couple of weeks, we'll be talking more and more about the curricular plans for the school year. In addition to the content and skills laid out in the California Standards for grade levels , classrooms will discuss unique topics they'd like to learn about. A few of these will become the year's "Curriculum Planning" topics, ideas to explore as a class. During the first week of October, students and family members will meet with the teacher for individual Goal Setting Conferences where personalized goals for each child will be jointly outlined. Over time, this practice of setting manageable goals, planning actions and identifying necessary resources will help students build a growth mindset and become increasingly self-directed as learners. Additional information about Curriculum Planning and Goal Setting Conferences will come from your teachers over the coming weeks. Please plan now for 1:00 PM dismissal each day during the week of October 4-8 (K's continue to dismiss at 11:50 AM).

School-wide goals and plans are outlined in a Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) each year. We'll draft goals as a school staff and Governance Council, then revisit the plan in Governance meetings throughout the school year. Everyone is welcome to join Governance meetings. Join us for our first meeting on October 13 at 6:00 PM.

Sustainability News at Sycamore

Sycamore is celebrating National Walk and Bike to School Day!

Elise Ferree (Sycamore’s Sustainability Coordinator) is looking to form a small team to plan and run the morning event on Wednesday, Oct 6. Possible roles include designing a flier, handing out stickers the day of the event, and serving as a walking school bus leader for families who want to walk together. Please email Elise at if you’re able to help. And save the date – students living near and far from Sycamore will have options for participating!


Please contact Elise ( if you’d like to be involved with landscaping the east courtyard or any other garden-related projects at Sycamore this year.

Earthquake kits needed

Sycamore takes steps throughout the year to prepare students and staff for emergencies. We practice fire drills monthly, earthquake drills twice a year and lockdown responses four times per year.

Should we have an earthquake while at school, we have supplies to support students and staff while we wait for families to get to campus. As we wait, having a few family-provided supplies will be of comfort. Please create an "Earthquake Kit" for your child and send it to school by September 20. This kit will be stored on campus for the year and returned to you in June. Please enclose the following items in a Zip-loc bag and label the bag with your child’s name. If you need assistance, please let us know.

Emergency Kit

-1 completely self-contained meal (non-perishable foods that do not need cooking)
-1 individual serving of juice as necessary for health needs (water is stored on campus)

-1 Mylar blanket (available at Target, M&I Surplus or camping supply stores)
-1 small note pad and pencil/crayon, or a game
-1 packet of tissue
-1 personal note, poem, quote, or photo from a loved one addressed to the child

Thank you!


Picture day will be Wednesday, September 29. Students will be socially distanced for their individual picture so they can take the picture without their mask. We will not be taking class pictures at this time. Early this week, your child will bring home a flyer with details on ordering this year's school picture. Please fill out the form and have your student bring it to school on or before picture day. Retakes will occur on October 27.

School business

Given current conditions, we need to limit visitors to the school office. When you have questions or needs, please contact the office by phone or email (see contact info below). We will arrange a way to provide you with the materials when students are not on campus. If you need to get something to your child, such as a lunch or water bottle , simply leave it on the table outside the school office labeled with the student's name and room number. Thank you for your understanding.