Sycamore Leaf

February 20, 2021

Important News

Last night, families received an important message from our Interim Superintendent, Dr. Julie Olesniewicz. The sustained drop in LA County's adjusted case rate means we are now eligible to open an in-person hybrid model for students in TK-6. As her letter explains, there are many other requirements for a safe reopening. These include adherence to safety protocols, continued approval from LA County Department of Public Health, staff access to the vaccine and successful negotiations with our associations. With this first criteria in place, CUSD set a tentative date for reopening. Should all requirements be met, students in the Blended program would move to the hybrid model on April 12, 2021. The hybrid model includes sessions of socially-distanced, in-person school attendance and online instruction and asynchronous learning. This change will affect only TK-6 students in the Blended model. CORE and CHAMP students will remain in their virtual learning programs. Please see Dr. Olesniewicz's letter for greater detail and contact Student Services if you would like to inquire about the CORE or CHAMP program.

Over the coming weeks, District staff will provide greater detail about the reopening plans. If you haven't already, visit the following link to see the new Phase II hybrid schedules. District staff will provide an overview of the reopening plan as a part of the School Board meeting on the evening of March 4. Following, I'll be offering meetings and materials to outline our site's safety protocols, schedules for instruction, procedures for drop-off/pick-up, and information on cohorts and childcare.

As we move toward the possibility of reopening in a hybrid model, your communication and flexibility are greatly appreciated. We look forward to a safe return for students and staff, whenever that may be, and the additional benefits in-person learning offers students.

Thank you,

Amy Stanger

Turn on the Talent Show

It's show time! The Virtual Talent Show is Sunday, February 21. Pop some popcorn and gather the family for what is sure to be an inspiring show of student creativity, courage and talent. We've 38 acts this year. The acts include magic tricks, dance, musical performances, and novel displays that shine in this virtual format. BRAVO, performers!!

Our show will be virtual via Flipgrid. Flipgrid is an app available on your student's school iPad or at To view the acts, open the Flipgrid app or go to and enter this join code: 26490d28. Select “Join with Google” using your student's Google account info (the same username and password used to sign in for Canvas…). Extended family members may enter at, enter the join code 26490d28, scroll down to click on blue text "Guest Password" and enter: SycTalent2021. The show will open at noon and run until Sunday, Februrary 28.


Sunday, February 21 at 12:00 PM: Virtual Talent Show on Flipgrid (see directions above)

Wednesday, February 24 from 4:00PM-8:30 PM: Pizza Night at Pizza N'Such

Monday, March 1 at 6:00 PM: Equity and Inclusion Committee Meeting

March 9 and 10 (afternoons): materials pick-up

Wednesday, March 10 at 6:00 PM: Governance Council Meeting

Activities beyond the classroom

The following activities will be available to students this week.

All links are available on the Sycamore Student Canvas page.

12:00-12:30 Monday: Lunchtime Yoga

12:30-1:00 Monday: Grades 2-3 Book Club

112:00-1:00 Tuesday: Upper Grade Math Club

12:30-1:00 Tuesday: Grades 2-3 Math Club

12:30-1:00 Tuesday: Grades K-1 Club

1:00-1:30 Tuesday: K-6 Picture Book Reading in Spanish

11:00-11:30 Wednesday: Crafting Club with Lis DesCombes (NEW!)

11:30-12:00 Wednesday Recess (NEW!)

12:00-12:30 Wednesday: Equity and Inclusion Club

12:00-12:30 Thursday: K-6 Sign Language Club

12:30-1:00 Thursday: Grade 4-6 Book Club

12:00-12:30 Friday: Grades 1-6 Student Leadership

12:30-1:00 Friday: Grades K-6 Lunch Bunch (select the Elementary Chill Out button)

Publishing House Authors and Volunteers

We thoroughly enjoyed last week's speaker, Naomi Howard. Over the next several weeks, we'll welcome others to our PH Speaker Series.

Mar 3rd - Liz Thomas (Professional Hiker & Author)
Mar 17th - Lina Patel (Writer & Actress)

Mar 24th - Kreffan Bunker (Writer and former Sycamore student)

Students who have signed up as this year's Publishing House authors will have PH author support time Tuesdays/Thursdays from 12:30-2:30pm on Zoom, during WIN (What I Need time). The Zoom link for WIN time is on the Sycamore Students Canvas page.

Governance Council Representatives

Sycamore's Governance Council allows community members to participate in shared decision-making for our school. The group serves both as our School Site Council (SSC) and our Parent Faculty Association (PFA). It monitors the school's plan for academic and whole-child goals, fosters school spirit and connection through social activities, and supports staff, students and our school through fundraising.

Everyone is considered a part of the Governance Community, and each spring we elect members to leadership positions. Governance Council is led by our Facilitator, Co-Facilitator, and Past-Facilitator and supported by an elected secretary and treasurer. The group functions through committees led by elected representatives. Staff members select members as representatives for Curriculum and Assessment, Safety and Facilities, Classified Staff, Certificated Staff, and Personnel committees. Parents and community members are elected to lead Spirit, Volunteers, Equity and Inclusion, Ways and Means, Sustainability, and Technology committees.

If you would like to hear more about Governance, be a part of a committee or take on a leadership role in Governance Council, contact Sarah Rockne at We are developing our slate for elected members now.

*Monthly Governance meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month. Zoom links to those meetings are included in the Leaf. We hope you'll join us.

Pizza Night this Wednesday

This Wednesday night, we'll have a Sycamore Pizza Night at Pizza N'Such in the Village. Pizza N'Such is open from 4:00pm to 8:30pm. Call ahead to order your pizza for pick-up. Pizza N'Such continues to donate 15% of Sycamore sales back to our school. Enjoy your dinner!

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is an afterschool program for girls in grades 3-5. Interactive lessons and running activities help participants develop friendships, physical abilities and life skills. Registration is open at for the virtual program starting March 16. Please see the flyer for details. Girls on the Run is not affiliated with CUSD but contact information is available on the flyer.

Art lessons on the way

We are thrilled to be adding two new staff members to our Sycamore group! Jac Tardie and Luis Vera will be providing weekly virtual art lessons for our students through the end of the year. These lessons will be shared via links for student use during asynchronous times of the day. We hope to formally introduce Jac and Luis to our students through a virtual lunch and greet in the coming weeks. More soon!

Our upper grade students will be benefiting from virtual ARTstART lessons through a partnership with Claremont Museum of Art and Project Director Rich Deely. This multi-generational program trains CHS students as docents who bring activities and the collections of local art galleries to the students of Claremont.