Sycamore Leaf

January 1, 2022


COVID Testing Clinic, Sunday, January 2 from 12:00-4:00 PM at El Roble Intermediate School (see below)

School resumes, Monday, January 3

Equity and Inclusion Committee Meeting, January 10 at 6:00 PM

Governance Council meeting, January 12 at 6:00-6:30 PM, followed by a

Parent Information Night: Healthy Habits Around Technology, January 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM (see below)

Principal's Message and Health Update

Given the recent increase in cases of COVID-19, we return to school thinking about the health of students, staff and families. As mentioned in Dr. Wilson's letter sent last evening, we'll need to work together to limit the impact of COVID on our school community.

Protocols have not changed for our schools. We will continue to mask while indoors, make use of outdoor spaces, and maintain practices for improved ventilation and physical distancing. We will continue to monitor students carefully, and will contact families when a student is exhibiting symptoms related to COVID-19 or illness.

Families are also encouraged to support safety practices. Follow the most recent recommendations of Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) in providing your student with a 3 layer or surgical mask that fits them well. If you need help with masks, please let us know. Check in on how your child is feeling before leaving for school, and keep your student at home is any symptoms are present. If your child is not feeling well, use our 24 hour attendance line, 909-398-0325, to contact Norma or email her at We also ask that you stay in contact regarding any positive cases or exposures for your child. If a child does not feel well while at school, a family member will be contacted to immediately pick up the student. Because our days are running cooler, please send your child with a jacket and/or dressed in a way that they will be comfortable sitting outside for their lunch.

Testing for COVID-19 will be required prior to the return to school, if COVID symptoms are present. CUSD will continue to provide testing at school sites (see below). Additionally, testing will be available on Sunday, January 2 from 12:00 to 4:00 PM at El Roble so that students may test prior to returning to school on Monday. If this is your first time attending one of our testing sites, see the link below to access a one-time testing form.

We expect to have details about the state's efforts to provide at-home antigen testing kits for students soon. Please look to our Superintendent's letter for additional details and watch for updates as we share news from LACDPH and Los Angeles County Department of Education (LACOE).

CUSD's Weekly Testing Sites

Mondays: at El Roble from 2:00-4:00 PM and Sycamore from 2:45 to 3:45 PM.

Tuesdays: at Vista del Valle Elementary from 2:45-3:45 PM.

Wednesdays: at Sumner-Danbury Elementary from 1:00-2:00 PM

Thursdays: at CHS from 3:30-5:00 PM

Before coming to the testing site, complete the one-time testing form. You only need to complete this once for the person being tested.

Student Testing Form -

Adult Testing Form -

Testing can also be obtained through one of the resources below or your physician:

Parent Information Night-Healthy Habits Around Technology

Many families are finding that the use of technology has increased at home since the pandemic. Setting safe and healthy boundaries around texting, social media, gaming and binge watching is important for our children, ourselves and our relationships. On January 12, we'll hold our Governance meeting at 6:00 PM, then shift at 6:30 PM to hear from a guest speaker, Lori Getz. Lori will help us learn strategies for "Healthy Habits Around Technology." She will focus on topics that relate to elementary parents, including the language for conversations about technology use as well as its role in emotional, mental and physical health and wellness. Simply join us via Zoom.

Meeting ID: 847 0382 3799

Passcode: 229346

Sycamore and Uncommon Good Citrus Exchange

Do you have an abundance of ripe, delicious lemons hanging off your trees? Perhaps you will soon have Navel Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines or Kumquats? Sycamore and Uncommon Good have recently partnered together in a "CITRUS EXCHANGE - Helping Families Together". Each Wednesday during citrus harvest season, families are welcome to bring a box (or two) of locally grown fruit to school. Please place your boxes along the sides of each gate entrance. Sycamore Families are welcome to take what you like and trade varieties with each other - we recommend bringing a bag! This is also a wonderful opportunity for children to explore, smell, taste and see our local produce. At the end of each Wednesday, Uncommon Good will happily take and distribute any excess fruit. It will then be shared and donated to the families they support. To read more about Uncommon Good please click here. It is truly a local gem and we are so lucky to partner with them.