Sycamore Leaf

March 13, 2021

Reopening Update

Friday afternoon, families received an important email. The email included the Phase 2 Hybrid Learning Parent Guide as well as their child's cohort placement for in-person instruction. I am hoping these two pieces of information will help you to begin to plan for our tentative move to the hybrid model on Monday, April 12. Please read the parent guide carefully. It outlines CUSD's safety plans for Phase 2 as well as notes on procedures we will be using at Sycamore.

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,

Amy Stanger

Wednesday's Zoom Link:

NASA News!

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


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

Claremont Educational Foundation has long been a supporter of Claremont's students. As a part of their fundraising and partnership with schools, CEF holds an annual Toyota car raffle. Claremont Toyota has donated a brand new 2021 Toyota Rav 4 to this year's raffle, and on June 5 one person will be the lucky winner. Tickets sell for $20. Seven dollars of each ticket comes back to our school, and the balance of the ticket price is profit for CEF. In turn, CEF donates those funds back to CUSD to support the arts and technology. We will sell tickets during the pick up days on March 9 and 10 and in the school office, if you call ahead. We encourage you to participate!

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.

Upcoming Speakers:

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.

Yearbook sales

It's time to order your yearbook!

Visit and use our school code 164860 to purchase your child's book for $15.00 by April 2. If you have any questions, please contact Tina Hensley via email at

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.