Sycolin Creek Chronicle

December Edition

Principal's Corner

On behalf of the faculty and staff at Sycolin Creek, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my warmest wishes for a very happy and healthy holiday season. I trust that you will be able to enjoy some time to rest and relax with friends and family.

During November, the highlight of the month was the virtual Veterans Day Assembly. With the help of Mrs. Cassada, Mrs. Mitchell, Mrs. Miller, Dr. Bennett and other school staff, we were able to create a recorded Veterans Day celebration. Students created artwork, songs, posters, and much more to honor their relatives and all of our service men and women. It was a very meaningful performance that I hope you were able to watch as a family. The link to the presentation is:

It’s hard to believe that when school resumes on January 4th we will be a few short weeks away from the mid-point of the school year! The new year is likely to bring us wintry weather conditions, which might result in school closings and/or delays. Please refer to the school closing and early dismissal information that was sent home earlier in the school year. In addition, the most up-to-date information about the impact of inclement weather conditions on the school schedule can be accessed on the Loudoun County Public School website—

Once again, best wishes for a happy holiday season.


Derek Racino


Star Salamander Students for the month of November in P.E.

Congratulations to the PE Star Salamanders for the month of November 2020

Kindergarten - Lily Lagana & James Ferrier

First Grade - Katerina Fox & Anthony Gwizdala

Second Grade - Graydon Swanson & Fiona Pittas

Third Grade - Ana Molina Escobar & Copeland Rampey

Fourth Grade - Hannah Troup & Ronan Karhuse

Fifth Grade - Breana Hall & Dhruv Shome

The Star Salamander Classes for the month of November are: Mrs. Palovchik's Kindergarten Class and Mrs. Gunther's 1st Grade Class.

Music Notes

November was an exciting month in the Music Room! We started off with Veterans Day. The students did a great job singing and sending in things for the Veterans Day program. Mrs. Mitchell and I were very proud of all the students. We then worked on songs about Thanksgiving and the upper grades focused on the Major and Minor Scales, while kindergarten, first and second grade focused on rhythms.

In December, students will be learning songs for the Holiday Sing-a-long and doing activities with music from the Nutcracker. Fifth grade will be learning several songs this month as we begin to focus on recorder playing even more. All students will be experiencing the music of Tchaikovsky and Ellington and preparing for the Holiday Sing-a-long, which will be on video the last week of break.

Help needed! Our families have so many celebrations throughout the year and we would like to recognize and share the many cultures of our school community. The holidays that we will be exploring in December include: Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, Eid, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year. We would like to include photos of celebrations from your family in our Holiday Sing-a-long. Please send your photos to Thank you for participating!

Mrs. Cassada’s Rock Star Music Classes for November are:

Kindergarten - Mrs. Morris

1st Grade - Mrs. Albecker

2nd Grade - Mrs. Reynolds

3rd Grade - Mr. Chianese

4th Grade - Mrs. Hermens

5th Grade - Mrs. Nacin

Congratulations to these classes for showing Rock Star behavior in the month of November!

Art News

Thank you so much for all you do to help your children with their art lessons. It is fun to see parents and siblings drop in. I even have one caregiver that makes the project along with the student. I love it.

We’ve been working on the basics of art and the elements and principles of design. The fifth graders finished up a lesson called Positive Affirmation. They did a great job and I will send out a slideshow soon, so you can see all the fantastic work that was handed in/posted. The fourth graders made some amazing jungle birds, and the third graders created hot air balloon images that make a person want to take a ride in one. Your kids are amazing! Second graders have started a color study using paint in the style of Wassilly Kandinsky. All of these lessons have been focusing on shapes, lines, color, depth, and space. First Graders made some very cute Friendly Monsters as they learned about line and proper painting techniques. Kindergarteners also spent time painting and focusing on lines and colors. December will bring more painting in every grade. I can’t wait!

Art Classes of the week

Kindergarten - Mrs. Morris

1st Grade - Mrs. Deihl

2nd Grade - Mrs. Anderson

3rd Grade - Mr. Chianese

4th Grade - Mrs. Bowman

5th Grade - Ms. Dickinson

Stay healthy and find time to make some art!

Dr. Bennett

Big picture

SEARCH Updates

During December, K-2 SEARCH lessons will continue to be asynchronous. 3rd grade will continue synchronous lessons in both the Hybrid and Distance Learning models. Kindergarten students will use their Creative Thinking Key to create a new animal in a lesson titled "Crocopotamus". First grade students will use deductive reasoning skills in a lesson based on the book "Tomorrow's Alphabet". Second grade students will be introduced to the idea of algebra in a lesson to find the value of each shape. 3rd grade students will strengthen their reasoning skills in a lesson using toothpicks to solve brainteasers. Please continue to check SEARCH Schoology Courses for monthly enrichment activities.

Family Science Night

We hope you enjoyed Sycolin Creek’s virtual Family Science Night! This exciting event was brought to you by the PTA and the Children’s Science Center. A BIG thank you to Mrs. Bigney and Mrs. Wong for being our guest scientists!

The Children’s Science Center’s mission is to inspire a love of learning science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by providing unique opportunities to explore and create. The Children’s Science Center Lab is located at Fair Oaks Mall and is Northern Virginia’s first interactive museum where children, families and school groups can explore STEM concepts through fun, engaging hands-on exhibits, activities, and programs.

Stay in touch with the Children’s Science Center to learn about special events, DIY science challenges and more fun ways to keep your student engaged in STEM subjects.

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Math Challenge

Congratulations to some of our top Challengers for the month of November!

5th Grade – Michael Wright & Saahas Burri

4th Grade – Aizha Khan & Liam Hanley

3rd Grade – Nirva Shah & Risha Gunna

2nd Grade – Emilia Boyer & Vibhav Pinisetti

1st Grade – Anthony Gwizdala & Minnie Dupre

K – Lucy Hatcher & Sean Kennedy

There are 11 challenges remaining for this school year. Remember – everyone who participates in at least 12 challenges will be recognized at the end of the year!

Attendance Reminders

If your child will be absent/tardy due to illness/appointment or other circumstances, please call our absentee call in line at 571-252-2911 or visit our Sycolin Creek website at and complete the new online absence form. Families are now able to submit absences via ParentVUE. See how here! Should you need to speak to someone in the school office, please call 571-252-2910.

Chromebook Technical Assistance

If students require technical assistance, the contact methods during 100% distance learning are provided below for your reference:

  • How to/Instructional technology questions: Recommended to start with their teacher
  • Account access or hardware problems with instructional devices: Email or call the Technology Support Center at 571-252-2112, M-F, between the hours of 7:30AM – 5PM (excluding holidays)