Sycamore Leaf

September 11, 2021


Monday, September 13 @ 6:00 PM

Tuesday, September 14 @ 7:00 PM

Friday, September 18
  • T-shirt orders are due! See the Sycamore Gear information below.

Principal's Report

We are committed to keeping our students safe at school, and we appreciate everyone's support in this effort. If a student has any COVID-19 symptoms, their family will be contacted to take them home. The student may return if they have a negative COVID-19 test or if a doctor states the symptoms are not related to COVID-19. Without a test or doctor's note, the student will need to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days and until symptoms have improved. The following provides additional detail for common questions. Please email me or contact the school office for more information. Thank you for your support as we weather this together.

COVID-19 Symptoms: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fatigue, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and new loss of taste or smell.

What to do if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19:

Please quarantine for 10 days after last exposure to a contagious person. For people who are in continued close contact with a positive person, quarantine continues for 10 days after the contagious person completes their 10 day isolation period (total of 20 days after the contagious person’s symptoms started). Follow the Public Health Quarantine Instructions at:

What to do if you are in close contact with someone else who has been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case:

Please continue to practice COVID-19 safety measures and monitor yourself for symptoms. Close contacts of a close contact are not required to quarantine unless they develop symptoms.

What to do if you develop symptoms of COVID-19:

Please stay home until you have a negative PCR test or a doctor’s note stating the symptoms are not caused by COVID-19. Refer the Public Health guidance at:

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19:

Please stay home for 10 days after symptoms started, fever free for 24 hours, and any symptoms have improved. Follow the Public Health Isolation Instructions:

COVID-19 Testing: Testing is encouraged for anyone with illness symptoms, an exposure to COVID-19, or general concern. Testing can be obtained through one of the resources below or through your primary physician:

  • LA County COVID testing locations:
  • San Bernardino County COVID testing location:
  • CUSD contracted testing location: Upland Ontario Medical Clinic, 1520 N Mountain Ave #128, Ontario, CA 91762, (909) 949-9299 (let them know you are a CUSD family).
  • CUSD weekly testing events: Claremont High School every Thursday from 3:30pm to 5:00pm

This COVID-19 Flow Chart may also be helpful.

Un-BE-LEAF-able Fun!

You've seen the flocks of flamingos around town and you've heard of being BOOED; can you BE-LEAF we are bringing our own twist to Sycamore this fall?

The "BE-LEAF in Sycamore" campaign will spread empowering messages and raise money for our school! You can help us welcome back students and share a little Sycamore pride by helping us BE-LEAF in families all over our community.

Our BE-LEAF fairies will begin granting wishes Saturday, September 11th thru Sunday, October 10th. Check out our flyer and visit SYCAMORE to get started!

WAIT! - there's more! If you're able to plant BE-LEAF signs with us, we welcome your help. Join us in the fun by filling out the Sign-Up Genius, or texting Amy Carnes, Governance Community Ways and Means Chair, at (310) 980-2585.

Google Order Form SYCAMORE

Volunteer Sign Up

Show your school spirit!

We love Sycamore, and we love to wear our Sycamore Gear. This year's t-shirt design, created by Dexter Estrada, is highlighted in the calendar section above. Fill out this order form by our due date of Saturday, September 18. Payment can be made by CASH, CHECK (to Sycamore Elementary School) OR ZELLE. Zelle ID: You will receive a confirmation email of your order.

For previous year's designs, please call Tina Hensley to make an after-school appointment. She is happy to show you what we have in stock.

Getting Connected at Sycamore

As we kick off this school year, we're looking for ways to connect families in our community. New Sycamore families can connect with experienced Sycamore families to learn more about our school's traditions, activities and culture. If you'd like to be assigned a buddy family, sign up using this form. If you're able to volunteer as a buddy family, use this form to sign up. Buddy families will be connecting with one another over this next week.

Sustainability News at Sycamore

Sycamore is celebrating National Walk and Bike to School Day!

Elise Ferree (Sycamore’s Sustainability Coordinator) is looking to form a small team to plan and run the morning event on Wed, Oct 6. Possible roles include designing a flier, handing out stickers the day of the event, and serving as a walking school bus leader for families who want to walk together. Please email Elise at if you’re able to help. And save the date – students living near and far from Sycamore will have options for participating!


Also please contact Elise ( if you’d like to be involved with landscaping the east courtyard or any other garden-related projects at Sycamore this year.

Equity and Inclusion Committee

Sycamore’s Equity & Inclusion Committee will hold its first meeting of the year, this Monday, September 13th from 6-7:30pm. Zoom link below. We’ll discuss our programming ideas for the year, including our first planned event, an Amplifying Voices panel focused on LBGTQ+ student experiences, geared toward parents and educators. We'd love to have your input, and we welcome new-to-Sycamore families! Contact with any questions or to be added to our email list.

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 981 7696 3043

Passcode: equity

Earthquake kits needed

Sycamore takes steps throughout the year to prepare students and staff for emergencies. We practice fire drills monthly, earthquake drills twice a year and lockdown responses four times per year. Should we have an earthquake while at school, we have supplies to support students and staff while we wait for families to get to campus. As we wait, having a few family-provided supplies will be of comfort. Please create an "Earthquake Kit" for your child and send it to school by September 20. This kit will be stored on campus for the year and returned to you in June. Please enclose the following items in a Zip-loc bag and label the bag with your child’s name. If you need assistance, please let us know.

Emergency Kit

-1 completely self-contained meal (non-perishable foods that do not need cooking)
-1 individual serving of juice as necessary for health needs (water is stored on campus)

-1 Mylar blanket (available at Target, M&I Surplus or camping supply stores)
-1 small note pad and pencil/crayon, or a game
-1 packet of tissue
-1 personal note, poem, quote, or photo from a loved one addressed to the child

Thank you!

Student iPads

All CUSD students will have a district iPad loaded with the instructional apps they need. In your student's first day packet, the large manilla envelope brought home by your child, we provided a district Device Check-Out Form. This form outlines the conditions for using the district iPad. Please review and sign this form then send it back to the school. An electronic version of the form is available here. Families may also purchase insurance for the device for $34 each year. A flyer was sent home and is available here.

School business

Given current conditions, we need to limit visitors to the school office. When you have questions or needs, please contact the office by phone or email (see contact info below). We will arrange a way to provide you with the materials when students are not on campus. If you need to get something to your child, such as a lunch or water bottle , simply leave it on the table outside the school office labeled with the student's name and room number. Thank you for your understanding.