March 20, 2021
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:
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,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1st.
PH Support Hours:
Tuesday/Thursday 1:00-2:30pm - zoom link here or under the Publishing House button
April 2nd - Stories due
May 1st - Permission slips due
June 11th - Publishing House Tea
For more info about PH, please visit:
https://www.sycamoreph.org/ph-2021 (password: sycamore225)
Indoor Science School
Claremont Educational Foundation Toyota Raffle
Tina Hensley, Office Manager email@example.com
Norma Perez, Attendance and Health Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org