Sycamore Leaf

December 4, 2021


December 6

  • 6:00 PM Equity and Inclusion Committee, Zoom link below
December 10
  • Entries for the César Chavez & Dolores Huerta Education Awards Program are due, see below
  • First trimester progress reports will be mailed home

December 13-17

  • Service Day, classroom based projects all week

December 17

  • Publishing House author sign-ups due, see link below

WINTER BREAK BEGINS at 1:00 PM on Friday, December 17. We return to school on Monday, January 3.

Principal's Report: Service Day

Service learning allows students to develop empathy and practice the concept of community service and civic responsibility. For the past two weeks, students have been thinking about their own potential for action and how they might, as a class, work together to make a difference. This year's Service Day will be a service "week" as classrooms take on projects they've identified as meaningful to them. These may be direct acts of service, actions to support existing organizations or projects, or acts of advocacy to research and help ourselves or someone else understand and take action to improve conditions in some way. Please talk with your child about the activities of their class, look for classroom notices about ways you can help, and consider extending these ideas at home. I'll share more about our activities in the coming weeks.

Consider reading one of these books with your child as a link to these ideas:
I Am One, a Book of Action by Susan Verde with Peter H. Reynolds

Change Sings by Amanda Gorman with Loren Long

Publishing House

Our students are full of ideas, and we want to hear them! Since the 1970's, Sycamore students have had the opportunity to publish stories for an audience of their peers. We continue this tradition each year in Publishing House. Student authors join PH by choice, and with the help of adult volunteers, they create and publish a print and digital copy of their work for our school's library. Student authors should get started with the PH Sign Up Form (due December 17). The success of Publishing House is dependent upon adult volunteers. If you're interested, read the PH Support Guide and contact us.

Sycamore PH Sign Up form:

PH Support Guide:

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Cookie Jars Happening Now!

The Sycamore Governance Community is here to help make your life a little easier this busy time of year. Holiday Cookie Jars are here!! Perhaps you are looking for a fun family activity that doesn't take a lot of steps? Maybe you need a quick gift for a teacher, a friend, a neighbor, coach, office co-worker, or even - yourself - we have you covered!

  • Orders will be taken until next Friday, Dec 10th. (Or until Sold Out - whichever comes first). We have a limited inventory, so please place your order ASAP.

  • Drive Thru Pick up is on Sunday, Dec 12th from 2-5pm. (If that day doesn't work for you, please leave a comment on the order form and we will email you to make alternate arrangements).
  • Please see the order form here to place your order!

This fundraiser will support Sycamore's general fund, which provides dedicated funds for classrooms, supports art and music education and so much more.

Cesar Chavez & Dolores Huerta Education Awards Program

The Claremont Faculty Association Human Rights Committee and California Teachers Association invite students to participate in the local and statewide "César Chavez & Dolores Huerta Education Awards Program." This contest allows K-12 students to show their understanding of the principles of César E. Chávez or Dolores Huerta’s legacy and how those principles are evident in their lives. Entries must be received by end of day on December 10, 2021. See this link for a detailed entry form.

Equity and Inclusion Committee meets Monday

Sycamore’s Equity & Inclusion Committee will hold its monthly meeting this Monday, December 6th from 6-7pm. Come share your thoughts about our November Amplifying Voices: LGBTQ+ Student Experiences event and help us plan our February book club event and spring Amplifying Voices: Neurodivergent Student Voices event.

The Zoom link is below. Contact Anthea Kraut at with any questions.

Meeting ID: 981 7696 3043 Passcode: equity

After school cookies and milk

Please join us after school on Wednesday, December 8th for a giggle with friends and a sip of milk with cookies. Our treat bar will be located on the Memorial Park side of school by the Yale Gate. Social Distancing and Covid Best Practices are appreciated.

(No donation necessary - Happy Holidays!)

Vaccination Clinics

If your child received their first COVID-19 vaccination at one of our CUSD clinics, they can return to that school site for the second vaccination. Families will not need to schedule a new appointment, but make sure you bring your child’s vaccination card. Times for the remaining clinics are listed below:

Vista del Valle - Monday, 12/6, 3:30-5:30

Condit - Tuesday, 12/7, 3:00-5:00 PM

Sycamore - Wednesday, 12/8, 1:30-3:30

First vaccination appointments will also be available for children between ages 5 and 11. Use the "First Time Vaccination Appointment" link below to schedule an appointment for one of the locations above.

First Time Vaccination Appointment

Family Game Night for Multi-lingual Learners

Last Thursday night, students learning English as their second language met online for a Family Game Night. These pictures show just a bit of the fun! Thanks to everyone who joined.

Health Update

When students experience COVID-like symptoms, they'll need to remain at home until symptoms improve and they have a negative COVID test.

CUSD offers COVID testing throughout the week.

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 Condit 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.

Student Testing Form -

Adult Testing Form -

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

You can report absences for illness, appointments or family business by emailing Norma at or by calling the 24-hour attendance line at 909-398-0325.

No Governance Meeting this Month

We will take a moment to pause this month and enjoy the festive season with our families. Our next Governance meeting is scheduled for Jan 12, 2022!

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