August 24, 2020
Welcome to Sycamore!
I hope you read the greeting above with plenty of excitement, because that is the message I intended to share. I am simply thrilled to be opening the door to the new year and finding you there. We are separated in a way I wish we weren’t, but we are "together" for whatever this year brings.
This first edition of the Leaf, like every one following, will be sent to every Sycamore family: those in the Blended, CORE and CHAMP programs. Physically we'll be apart, but in spirit we will continue as the Sycamore community. Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, speaks to this truth within her inspiring poem, “The Miracle of Morning:”
“While we might feel small, separate, and all alone,
Our people have never been more closely tethered.”
As a staff, we will do all we can to ensure Sycamore families remain safe and "closely tethered" throughout the 2020-2021 school year.
Approximately twelve percent of our students will spend the year in CORE and CHAMP, and the balance will be learning in the Blended Program. Since these programs require different teacher assignments, our classroom configurations have changed just a bit. Specifically, we were not able to fill a first-second grade classrooms for the blended program. So, Kelly Diaz and Shanna Singleton, our team teachers from Room 5, will teach a CORE classroom including Sycamore's CORE second graders. They ARE still with us. Just as is the case for CORE/CHAMP students, Kelly and Shanna will return to in-person instruction with us next year. For the 2020-2021 school year, our classroom configurations will be as follows:
Kindergarten-First Grade Classrooms
Lenora Hester, Room 7
Anna Sanchez, Room 8
Tina Mann, Room 9
Michelle Texeira, Room 13
Second-Third Grade Classrooms
Dawn Derleth, Room 6
Melissa Jackson, Room 10
Ernesto Ramirez, Room 11
Rebekah Raki, Room 12
Fourth-Fifth-Sixth Grade Classrooms
Jennifer Karmon, Room 1
Leslie Wallace, Room 2
Lydia Hernandez, Room 3
Lisa Schuster, Room 4
Katherine Gregory, Room 17
Jessica Marchant, Room 18As we start the year, all of us are experiencing the learning curve of remote schooling. In addition to the parent trainings offered by CUSD, we have a plan to acclimate families at Sycamore. First, I encourage everyone to read this year's Distance Learning Handbook. It provides an overview about Sycamore, our staff, the instructional schedule and learning management system, Canvas. It outlines our school's methods for home-school communication, expectations for school attendance and and the parameters for parent involvement during phases of school closure. It is an interactive book, so you'll find it easy to click and go to the additional resources, webpages, documents and staff emails you need. I will also host an all-school parent night on Wednesday, August 26 at 6:00 PM. During this virtual event, I will share an overview about our current phase of distance learning at Sycamore. The meeting will review the contents of the handbook, and we'll finish with time for family members to ask questions. Families will receive the most detailed information during Back-to-School Nights (see calendar for times). Back to School Night is an adult-only opportunity to meet your child's teacher and hear about the schedule, curriculum, and routines of your child's classroom. I strongly recommend making Back-to-School Night a priority. We hope these options create a sense of comfort and confidence as we begin this year. It's uncharted territory in many ways, so don't hesitate to stop and ask for directions!
Amy Stanger, Principal
CALENDAR for BACK to SCHOOL
Wednesday, August 26
- Teacher assignments will be posted in Parent Connect (see directions below)
- 6:00 PM Mrs. Stanger will offer a virtual, school-wide parent overview of distance learning (Zoom link will be emailed to families on Tuesday evening)
Monday, August 31
- Materials Pick-Up and Picture Day (see directions below)
- 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM, Kindergarten-First Grade Classes hold Back to School Night (a Zoom link will come from your teacher)
Tuesday, September 1
- Materials Pick-Up and Pictures (PM only, see directions below)
- 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM, Second-Third Grade Classes hold Back to School Night (a Zoom link will come from your teacher)
- 7:00 PM to 7:45 PM, Fourth-Fifth-Sixth Grade Classes hold Back to School Night (a Zoom link will come from your teacher)
Wednesday, September 2
- First Day of School, 8:45 AM start time
Monday, September 7
- No School, Labor Day
Click here to see Sycamore's 2020-2021 calendar: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1l1IBZf1a2EI1umeG4pfdqeF77dqp1wuw/view?usp=sharing
Materials Pick-up and Picture Day
In order to limit the number on campus at any one time, we have created a schedule for attending based upon the last name of your child. If the individuals in your family have more than one last name, feel free to come at a single time that works well for you. For those who cannot come on Monday, we have a few spots available on Tuesday. We strongly encourage you to attend on Monday, if that is at all possible.
Pick-up time should be attended by a single adult and Sycamore students. From the time you arrive until you exit campus, you will be outside, but you and children over two will need to wear a mask, remain together, and follow our markings for social distancing.
The traffic flow will move one direction only. We ask that you enter campus at the front steps of the school. Your child's picture will be taken outside in the courtyard. As you will see on the attached flyer, you may place an order for your pictures online before or after taking the picture. If you prefer, you may pick up a picture envelope at the school and make payment at that time.
When you are finished with your picture, you will move west down the hallway to a station at the front of the multipurpose room. At that station, you will sign out your child's technology or decline the offer. We are fully prepared to provide an iPad for every student K-6. Having a district device will ensure your child has the apps they need, it will help them participate without needing to share a device, and it will allow our tech team to support, as needed. We will have all the necessary forms here at school, but I've attached a link to them so you can review the details ahead of time.
As a last step, you will walk around to the north side of the multipurpose room to pick up a bag of materials from your child's teacher before exiting campus onto Yale Avenue.
Monday, August 31
8:30 AM-10:00 AM ----------Last Name A-E
10:00 AM-11:30 AM --------Last Name F-J
11:30 AM-1:00 PM ----------Last Name K-O
1:00 PM-2:30 PM ------------Last Name P-S
2:30 PM-4:00 PM ------------Last Name T-Z
Tuesday, September 1, (for those who cannot attend on Monday):
1:00 PM-2:00 PM Last Name A-H
2:00 PM-3:00 PM Last Name I-P
3:00 PM-4:00 PM Last Name Q-Z
Again, if you do not feel comfortable participating in this way or you cannot comply with the safety procedures I've outlined, please let us know in the school office and an alternative will be provided.
Class Placement will be shared through ParentConnect
Prior to August 31, your child's teacher will provide your piece of classroom communication, an email with information on how to connect to the virtual Back to School Night for your child's classroom.
School Picture Day
See the flyer to purchase online:
Pictures will be distributed to families in October during a drive-through pick-up. A plan for retakes will be shared at a later date.
Parent Training for Canvas
Is campus open?
BLAST Staff Update
Tina Hensley, Office Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Norma Perez, Attendance and Health Assistant email@example.com