Sycamore Sidelines

January 31, 2020


Happy New Year! I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday and winter break. It's been a wonderful start to second semester. Students had a lot to share and I love hearing their stories. Report cards were sent home on January 10, 2020.

First and second grade children took NWEA prior to winter break and results have been sent home. Kindergarten finished taking NWEA after winter break. They will take their second round in April and growth reports will be sent home as soon as they are available.

My fingers are crossed that everyone stays well and attendance is high for second semester. The Hendricks County Health Department is report widespread influenza, especially in children under the age of 18. Please review some helpful hints that the Health Department has provided.

  • Please do not send ill children to school. If they have symptoms such as: fever, persistent cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. they should not come to school.
  • Encourage children to wash their hands as soon as they return home.
  • Please make sure your child gets enough sleep, stays hydrated, and has a healthy diet.
  • Washing personal items such as coats, backpacks, and lunchboxes can help prevent the spread of illness.
  • It's not too late to get flu shots.

Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for the bus stop and outdoor recess. Remember the protocol for going outside for recess is: If the temperature with windchill is 20 degrees or above, students will have outdoor recess.

I would also like to remind parents of our cell phone policy listed in our handbook: "Students are not permitted to use or activate electronic devices or cellular telephones during school hours." This also includes any electronic devices (watches, ipads, ipods, etc.) that you can make calls, text or browse the internet.


Nicole Harris


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As a reminder, ACSC policy states that a student should not attend school if they have:

  • A fever >100F. Children should be fever-free for 24 hours without use of fever reducing medication.
  • Witnessed vomiting or diarrhea. Children should be free from vomiting or diarrhea for at least 24 hours before attending school.
  • A condition or illness that is causing symptoms that the student is unable to function in class. Examples include severe headache, continuous cough, persistent stomachache, etc.
  • Suspicion of untreated conjunctivitis, or pink eye. If pink eye is diagnosed, drops need to be used for 24 hours before attending school.
  • Suspicious rashes that may be contagious.
  • Injury that may require further evaluation and treatment.
  • Untreated head lice- presence of live lice.
  • Suspicion of an untreated contagious condition. If an infection has been diagnosed, students need to be on antibiotics for 24 hours before attending school.

What is the difference between a cold and the flu?

Flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more intense. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. Flu can have very serious associated complications. Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can tell if a person has the flu.


February 6th from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Come participate in a variety of exercises, such as Hula-Hoop tag, Speed Stacking, jumping rope with the Avon Aerial Oriole Jump Rope Team, riding bikes with Nine13 Sports, and karate with Adamson Karate. Contact Mrs. Hasser for more information at


The Hendricks County Solid Waste Management District in cooperation with Changing Footprints has organized a shoe collection to give new soles to new souls. Don’t throw away your shoes, reuse them instead! Used shoes will be collected February 10-14th. New and gently used shoes will be collected for distribution to homeless, disaster-stricken, or underprivileged people locally, nationally, and internationally regardless of race, religion, gender, or ethnicity.

All Shoes are Accepted:

Any kind

Any color

Any size

If you have any questions, contact the District at 317-858-6070.

Thank You!

2019-2020 YEARBOOKS

The 2019-2020 Yearbooks will go on sale on February 1, 2020. Watch for an order form in your child's folder. The full-color yearbook is $14.00. Orders will be accepted through March 13 here at Sycamore or online through March 27, 2020. Checks may be made payable to Sycamore Elementary School or feel free to order online at and enter code: 48146M.


Registration for NEW students begins on March 2, 2020. Please complete the online portion of the registration first and then drop by the office to complete a small paper packet. This is for new students only. Returning student registration will take place in April. Please spread the word to your neighbors, especially those with incoming Kindergarteners.
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