Sycamore Leaf

April 25, 2020

Prinicipal's Message

This week, our youngest students were asked to make a daily schedule. As I looked at some of the students' creations, I was impressed by how their days offered a balance of play and work, alone time and social time, routines for heathy activity and time for rest. In several of the schedules, students made note of the grown-ups who were helping them through the day. I was also touched by how family members were named in tasks. It made clear, in a very touching way, that every person in the home is part of the team.

Getting through this time of quarantine means everyone is chipping in to make each day productive, keep each individual emotionally and physically healthy. As I talk to families, it's clear that siblings, parents, grandparents, neighbors, extended family, friends and teachers are stretching themselves to ensure children have what they need. This is especially true for parents and guardians who, out of necessity rather than design, have taken on the additional role of teacher, playmate and "home office associate."

As we enter our sixth week of distance learning, we trust that teachers' weekly learning plans are becoming more routine and easier to follow. Hang in there. Move forward with balance and patience. Keep yourself organized and committed to your student's learning. Celebrate small successes for yourself and your child, and ask for help when you need it. These next few weeks will help students prepare for continued learning this fall. The way we persist and care for one another during this difficult time will be something our children will always remember.

Poetry Month Videos

April is Poetry month. Samples of poetry will be added by staff throughout this week. Videos are accessible using this link.

Ordering the All School Yearbook

Plan now to get a copy for your family. Yearbooks are being sold for $15 each. You may continue to purchase them until Friday, May 1.

You can purchase the yearbook online.

Step 1: Visit

Step 2: Enter Sycamore's school code 164860 then click "go to your school account login"

Step 3: Click on the link below Sycamore

Step 4: Login if returning or register as a "new user"

Step 5: Buy the yearbook!

An unusual year calls for a unique yearbook. Parents are asked to submit “A Photo of learning from Home.” For our final yearbook section, we want to include one photo of EVERY student taken by a guardian during the “Distance Learning” time (March 14 to present). Classroom teachers are collecting these in their email accounts. Please email your teacher(s) one picture of your student learning at home during school dismissal if you haven’t already. This memorable photo is requested by Mon. 4/27/2020. Teachers will forward the class set of distance learning photos to the yearbook staff on this date.

The Yearbook Staff will review all photos and determine final yearbook content. We cannot guarantee that all submissions can be used in the book.

Earth Art

Mary's art lesson for the week is Earth Art. Use this link to go to the lesson.

Consider posting what you create on FlipGrid. Directions are at the end of the lesson.

Enjoy celebrating art and nature.

Publishing House

If your child is a Publishing House author this year, we are nearing our final due date of May 1. If your child is an author and you have questions about the process of completing the book, please contact Joanna Lord at or Mrs. Stanger at

Claremont Educational Foundation-only a few days left to purchase!

Claremont Educational Foundation continues to support Sycamore and every CUSD elementary school with funds for art and music instruction and technology funds for secondary schools. You can support CEF and our school with the purchase of a Prius Raffle ticket. Each purchase gives you a chance at winning a Prius from Claremont Toyota while bringing funds to CEF and Sycamore. Tickets can be purchased until April 26. Information is available at The raffle will be held in August.

Online Orders for SCRIP

Sycamore continues to have Scrip and we've created a way to get it to you. Please fill out this form and you'll be contacted about your preferred way of getting the scrip to you. Keep in mind, a percentage of each purchase raises funds for our school.

Here's the link to the form: