March 13, 2021
In Phase 2, social distancing is a key to safety. For that reason, students have been assigned to one of two cohorts. Each cohort will come to school for a few hours of in-person learning each week. Notes on the procedures for creating cohorts was shared in a previous Leaf.
This Wednesday, March 17 at 6:00 pm, I'll host a parent meeting via Zoom to overview our plans for Phase 2 and answer questions you may have about the process. Please join me in that meeting (link below) and feel free to reach out via email with any personal questions.
In addition, our Interim Superintendent, Dr. Julie Olesniewicz also sent a Family Update last night. in it, she shared a tentative Phase 2 target reopening date for students participating in the Blended program in grades 7-12. Please see the Family Update for greater detail.
With significant changes ahead of us, I sincerely appreciate your ongoing partnership.
Thank you for all you're doing,
Wednesday's Zoom Link: https://cusd-claremont-edu.zoom.us/j/84703823799?pwd=OGs3WFVmL0ZvTHpUZ1Z6a0Y1Ry9NUT09
Claremont is one of 8 districts participating in a NASA Town Hall on March 18. In preparation for this event, students were able to submit questions they'd like to ask the astronauts. Of the 26 questions selected for the event, six were from CUSD students and two were from Sycamore! How exciting to have locally-raised Commander Victor Glover answering questions posed by our very own students, Nora Quisenberry and Amanda Moore!!
The event is being sponsored by Congresswoman Norma Torres. It will take place on March 18th at approximately 9:35 am. Many of our classrooms will be tuning in. If you would like to view the event, please complete the RSVP Form provided by the Congresswoman’s Office. The registration form may be accessed at tinyurl.com/RepTorresReachForTheStars.
March 16: El Roble Parent Meeting for parents of current sixth graders (see below)
March 17 at 6:00 pm: Parent meeting on the Phase 2 Hybrid Learning Plan
March 18 at 9:35 am: NASA Town Hall (see article below)
March 24-April 2: Student-led Conferences (teachers will share details and sign-ups for PM meetings)
April 5-9: Spring Break, no school
April 12: tentative date for reopening of schools for K-6 students in the Blended Program
Activities beyond the classroom
The following activities will be available to students this week.
All links are available on the Sycamore Student Canvas page.
12:00-12:30 Monday: Lunchtime Yoga
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 Club
1:00-1:30 Tuesday: K-6 Picture Book Reading in Spanish
11:00-11:30 Wednesday: Crafting Club with Lis DesCombes
11:30-12:00 Wednesday: Publishing House Speaker Series, Lina Patel
12:00-12:30 Thursday: K-6 Sign Language Club
12:30-1:00 Thursday: Grade 4-6 Book Club
12:30-1:00 Thursday: Lunch Bunch (added session)
12:00-12:30 Friday: Grades 1-6 Student Leadership
12:30-1:00 Friday: Grades K-6 Lunch Bunch (select the Elementary Chill Out button)
Claremont Educational Foundation Toyota Raffle
Publishing House Speaker Series Special Guest: Lina Patel
Join us Wednesday as we hear from Lina Patel. Lina is a current Sycamore parent and a storyteller whose work investigates politics, family structures, and relationships in a precarious world. She has been commissioned by Yale Rep, Silk Road Rising, Chalk Repertory Theatre among others. Lina was awarded an NEA grant for her play THE HALF-BREED SPY, OR HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE IMPERIALISTS. Her near-future play, THE RAGGED CLAWS, was nominated for Cherry Lane Theatre’s Mentor Project.
Lina is an alumna of the Warner Brothers Writers Workshop and writes for television, currently on the second season of, Ava DuVernay’s anthology series, Cherish the Day; previously, DC’s Krypton. She is represented by VERVE, Chris Till and Manal Hammad; and Matt Ochacher, The Nacelle Company. Lina got her start as a critically acclaimed theatre and voice-over actor.
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. Zoom link is available on the “Sycamore Students” Publishing House Canvas page.
Mar 24th - Kreffan Bunker (Writer and former Sycamore student)
Students who have signed up as this year's Publishing House authors will have PH author support time Tuesdays/Thursdays from 12:30-2:30pm on Zoom, during WIN (What I Need time). The Zoom link for WIN time is on the Sycamore Students Canvas page.
El Roble's Parent Meeting for Students of Current 6th Graders
El Roble staff will be hosting a Zoom information session on Tuesday, March 16th, 2021 for parents of current sixth graders. The meeting will provide information about the bell schedule, counseling, learning, technology, activities and parent involvement.
There are two options, a 5:30 PM and a 6:30 PM session. Please see the email sent to families on March 11 for greater detail.
Tina Hensley, Office Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Norma Perez, Attendance and Health Assistant email@example.com