Sycamore Leaf

September 25, 2021

Principal's Report: Attention to the morning routine

We open the Yale and Harvard gates at 8:00 AM in order to complete all health screenings in time for the start of school at 8:15. We've noticed a bit of a slow down recently; students are being dropped off closer and closer to 8:15 AM. Though teachers would like to wait for each child before moving to class, this pause results in a slow start for instructional time. I want to make you aware that we are adding back our "Welcome Bell" at 8:10 AM starting this Monday. This bell will signal the time for students to move to class and get ready for the day. From 8:00-8:10, students will gather with their class on the playground, just as they do now. When the bell rings at 8:10 AM, classes will move to class, put away backpacks and be ready to begin class at 8:15 AM. Students entering after 8:10 am will be screened as usual, but because their class moved inside at 8:10, they'll walk to class independently (or with the help of a staff member, if need be) and join their teacher there. If your child wants to walk with their teacher into class, they'll need to be screened by 8:10 AM. Students arriving to class after 8:15 AM are considered tardy. If you're running late, please join staff at the school office on 8th Street. Students will be screened there before moving to class.

Community Building

Keep your BE-LEAF orders coming in. Our community is loving it!

The BE-LEAF in Sycamore campaign started last year during remote instruction. The Governance Community wanted to find ways to keep our students connected to school and to each other. We were inspired by the concept of “flocking” and “Boo’ing” people. How can we bring these fun and thoughtful gestures to our school community – and the Claremont community – safely? And, our Ways and Means Chair also wanted to raise money for our school! We put our heads together and the BE-LEAF in Sycamore campaign was born!

The campaign is designed to:

· empower students with uplifting messages

· spread messages of community beyond the school yard

· involve the greater Claremont community in sharing these messages

· support our school

We want to model to our kids that cooperation, empowerment and caring are just as important as money. We are building community while raising funds to support our kids.

Google Order Form SYCAMORE

Volunteer Sign Up

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Picture day will be THIS WEDNESDAY, September 29. Students will be socially distanced for their individual picture so they can take the picture without their mask. We will not be taking class pictures at this time. Your child should have received a flyer with details on ordering this year's school picture. Please fill out the form and have your student bring it to school on or before picture day. If you need another flyer, please call us in the office. Retakes will occur on October 27.


Wednesday, September 29

Picture Day

All students will have an individual picture taken (no class photos at this time).

Monday to Friday, October 4-8

Goal Setting Conferences-Minimum Day Schedule

First to sixth grades dismiss at 1:00 PM daily. Kindergarten schedule remains the same.

Wednesday, October 6

National Walk and Bike to School Day (see below)

Saturday, October 16

"Sycamore Celebrates Oktoberfest." (see the "save the date" below)

National Walk or Bike to School Day

Wed, Oct 6 is National Walk or Bike to School Day, and Sycamore is celebrating it, along with thousands of other schools in the United States and four other elementary schools in Claremont! Walking and biking to school are great ways to build community, save gas, and keep our bodies healthy. Students can walk, bike, scoot, or get to school any way not involving a car. When they get to school, volunteers will be at each entrance gate to give them a sticker and ask for an estimated distance that they traveled (thanks for helping your student with that information!). Live too far to walk? Maybe drive to a location or family that lives closer to school and then walk from there. Have fun, and we hope your student can walk or bike to school on Wed, Oct 6! Email Elise Ferree with any questions (

Health Update

We want to sincerely THANK every family and staff member for their continued support of protocols to protect our staff and students. We will continue to monitor student health very carefully and will recommend testing when COVID-like symptoms are observed.

Please be sure to report your child's absence right away. We need to have the reason for an absence prior to a student's return to school. And, if your child is out of school for illness, we want to provide advice on next steps just as soon as possible. You can report absences by emailing Norma at or by calling the 24-hour attendance line at 909-398-0325. Thank you!

CUSD offers COVID testing each Thursday at CHS from 3:30 to 5:00 PM and each Monday at El Roble from 2:00-4:00 PM. Use this form prior to going FIRST TIME TESTING FORM or go to: . Walk-ups are allowed. Testing can also be obtained through one of the resources below or through your primary physician:

This COVID-19 Flow Chart may also be helpful.

If we do have a positive case at our school, a notification will be sent to all families, and students considered to be close contacts will be notified separately.

Water bottles needed

Out of concern for safety, we are limiting our water fountain usage to the water bottle filling portion. Students will not be allowed to drink directly from the water fountain. Instead, they need to drink from their own water bottle. Please put your child's name on the water bottle so it can be returned to them if they happen to leave it somewhere on campus.

If you need to get something to your child during the school day, such as a lunch or water bottle, simply leave it on the table outside the school office and label it with their name and room number. Thank you for your support with these routines.

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Congratulations, Lisa Schuster, CUSD's 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year

As you read in Dr. Wilson's letter, our very own Lisa Schuster has been selected as CUSD's Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Schuster began her teaching career here at Sycamore seventeen years ago and is a generous mentor and partner on our staff and to others around the district. She has been the Claremont Faculty Association (CFA) Human Rights Committee chair, and she started the CFA sponsored Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta essay and art contest for students. We are thrilled to celebrate Lisa, her personal and professional contributions to our school team, and the positive impact she's had on students over the years. Lisa points out that the collaborative relationship she and her peers enjoy are a key reason for her success. Congratulations to Lisa and the entire staff. I'm including a picture of Lisa with her husband and parents, taken at yesterday's 2021-2021 Teacher of the Year event.

Orders are coming soon

THANK YOU for all the Sycamore gear orders! The order has been placed. We are at a 2-3 week turnaround for shipping. If you have not paid for your items, please do so ASAP via Zelle at or by making a cash or check payment in the school office. Thank you!

Goal-Setting Conferences - October 4-8

Our fall Goal Setting Conferences are just around the corner. The practice of individual goal setting allows students to focus on personalized academic and social goals in addition to the established Standards for their grade level. Students will complete a pre-conference form with their family prior to discussing their goals with the teacher. Watch for details from your child's teacher and sign up for a conference when you and your child can attend. Be aware that conferences are held each afternoon during the week of October 4-8. School will dismiss at 1:00 PM daily. Families will need to make arrangements for daily pick-up at this time.