Sycamore Leaf

March 20, 2021

Reopening Update

Last Friday afternoon, families received the Phase 2 Hybrid Learning Parent Guide and their child's cohort placement. Please take a look at this document as you prepare yourself and your child for our shift to hybrid learning on April 12.

On Wednesday of this week, we held a parent meeting to walk through Sycamore's plan for welcoming our students back to campus. For those who missed it, you can access the Zoom recording here:

Meeting Recording:

Access Passcode: c3@nAki3

Over the next two weeks, you will notice some adjustments to the schedule of the school day. At the start of this year, teachers revamped their classroom environment for online learning. Now they’ll need to adjust the space for in-person learning. To support this, the District set aside some time on Tuesday, March 23 for teachers to get their classrooms ready. This is a welcome help to teachers who are already using evenings and weekends to prepare for Phase 2. On Tuesday, March 23, teachers will meet with their class for 30 minutes at 8:45 am, then assign asynchronous work for the remainder of the day. Look to your child’s Canvas page for greater detail on the revised schedule.

Between March 24 and April 2, teachers, students and family members will be meeting for Student-led Conferences. These conferences align with the end of the second trimester and provide an opportunity to reflect on each student's growth so far this year. Teachers have already begun the process of having families sign up for individual conference times. To create time for these meetings, your child may have more asynchronous time and a revised afternoon schedule. Please review your classroom Canvas page for detail and contact your child's teacher to sign up for a Student-led Conference. You can watch for your child's second trimester progress report in the mail. You should receive it over Spring Break.

We appreciate your flexibility and support during these busy weeks.

Thank you for all you're doing,

Amy Stanger


March 22-26: Indoor Science School for Sixth Graders

March 23: CUSD Teacher Prep Day (see comments above)

March 24-April 2: Student-led Conferences (see comments above)

April 5-9: Spring Break, no school

April 12: tentative date for reopening of schools for K-6 students in the Blended Program

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

12:00-1:00 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

11:30-12:00 Wednesday: Publishing House Speaker Series, Kreffan Bunker

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

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

12:30-1:00 Thursday: Lunch Bunch (added session)

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 Speaker Series Concludes and Story Due Dates Approach

Join us Wednesday as we hear from our last Publishing House Speaker, Kreffan Bunker. Kreffan was a Sycamore student not so long ago, and he will be telling about how his Publishing House book literally grew into Mr. Rot's Garden! Kreffan's story will be presented in a video where he'll also answer questions students posed ahead of time. Since it is around lunch time, please feel free to nibble and zoom. The Zoom link is available on the “Sycamore Students” Publishing House Canvas page and is included below.

The deadline for PH stories is nearing. Please mark your calendars for Friday, April 2nd. More info on formatting and how to turn in your completed projects in the support guide. Early submissions are welcome, and extensions are also possible. Please reach our for help as you need it!

Linked below is a permission slip for a digital copy of your student's story to be added to our online archive and the virtual Publishing House Tea to be recorded. Please return the completed form to Tina at by May 1st.

PH Support Hours:

Tuesday/Thursday 1:00-2:30pm - zoom link here or under the Publishing House button

Upcoming Dates:

April 2nd - Stories due

May 1st - Permission slips due

June 11th - Publishing House Tea

For more info about PH, please visit: (password: sycamore225)

Yearbook sales

It's time to order your yearbook!

Visit and use our school code 164860 to purchase your child's book for $15.00 by April 2. If you have any questions, please contact Tina Hensley via email at

blast link to sign up. march 22

Indoor Science School

Each year, our sixth graders enjoy a week long trip to science school in the San Bernardino Mountains. This year, we'll be hosting a virtual event, a one-of-a-kind INDOOR SCIENCE SCHOOL. All week long, sixth graders will engage with science-related curriculum in "cabin groups" of their sixth grade peers. On Friday, students picked up a special swag bag including their science journal, supplies for lessons, a camp shirt and a few surprises. On Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, they'll pick up a second treat, one they'll enjoy during Thursday night's skit night. We were able to make this event possible due to the hard work of staff and the generosity of those who donated to Governance Council fundraisers. We thank you!

Claremont Educational Foundation Toyota Raffle

Claremont Educational Foundation has long been a supporter of Claremont's students. As a part of their fundraising and partnership with schools, CEF holds an annual Toyota car raffle. Claremont Toyota has donated a brand new 2021 Toyota Rav 4 to this year's raffle, and on June 5 one person will be the lucky winner. Tickets sell for $20. Seven dollars of each ticket comes back to our school, and the balance of the ticket price is profit for CEF. In turn, CEF donates those funds back to CUSD to support the arts and technology. We will sell tickets in the school office, if you call ahead. We encourage you to participate!