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Weekly Update: December 6, 2021

Important Events

Monday, December 6

  • Choir Practice at 7:50 AM or after school until 4:00 PM
  • Battle of the Books at 5:45 PM SMS

Tuesday, December 7

  • Orchestra Concert | 4th Grade 6:45 PM at SHS, 5th Grade 7:30 PM at SHS
  • Cocoa and Caring | 6:00-7:30 PM SE Gym

Thursday, December 9

  • Late Start Thursday — doors open at 9:15 AM, classes begin at 9:30 AM
  • Picture Retakes in the AM

Thursday, December 16

  • Choir Concert | 6:00 PM at SHS (students need to arrive at 5:30 PM)

Friday, December 17

  • Students Dismissed at 1:30 PM!

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Message From Mrs. Crawford

Happy Monday! I can’t believe that December is already here. We only have 3 weeks left until Winter Break. Many activities will be happening during this time, so please make sure that you are up-to-date on teacher emails and reading through the parent blast each week. 

As winter approaches, we may have a day when it is not safe to get to school. If this happens, you will be notified by Superintendent Wilder that we are taking a snow day. This year, a snow day will mean that students and staff are not attending school on that day. We will make up our snow days at the end of the year, as no classroom/e-learning learning will be taking place on snow days. If you have any questions regarding this, please feel free to call the school office.

Finally, please remember that cold weather is here, so winter coats need to be worn. If any family is in need of a coat, snow pants, hat and/or gloves, please contact me by email at  or by phone at (815) 899-8219.

Go Spartans!

Mrs. Crawford

Music News

During our last music class in December, we have a special class that we call Sharing Day for grades 1-5.  This is a time where students can perform a song they have learned outside of music class if they wish to. If your child is interested in performing on Sharing Day, please fill out the Sharing Day Form

Fill Out The Sharing Day Form

Monday, December 13

  • Mrs. Haug
  • Mrs. Boltz
  • Mr. Choragwicki
  • Mrs. Cabral
  • Mrs. Wright
  • Mrs. Hueber

Wednesday, December 15

  • Mr. Walter
  • Mrs. Ludwig
  • Mrs. Kolzow
  • Mrs. Walker
  • Mrs. Peckham
  • Ms. Silkey

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Mrs. Miller

Gift Ideas That Promote Learning

Games are a great way to promote learning while having fun and engaging the entire family. The Math Specialists suggest the followingboard games and Eureka card games as an excellent way to reinforce math skills from home. Through games you can connect family fun and learning. The Math Specialists look forward to sharing more ideas to promote ways to incorporate math at home. Enjoy!

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View Eureka Card Games

Cold Weather

Cool weather is here! As temperatures continue to drop, be sure your children are dressed appropriately for the weather. When the temperature is 60° or below, all students are expected to wear a jacket. When the temperature is below 40° students should wear winter coats, hats and gloves. If students wish to play in the snow they must have on boots and snow pants.

Also, please note that students will go outside for recess unless the temperature and/or wind chill is below zero. If you need assistance with any winter gear, please contact the office. 

Vaccination Commonly Asked Questions

I have had several parents reach out about vaccination questions as our students are now eligible to receive the COVID 19 vaccine. I wanted to provide the answer to some commonly asked questions.

  • Is the school running a vaccination clinic?
    • Not at this time. Please reach out to your primary care provider or a local pharmacy. 
  • If my student is fully vaccinated will they have to be excluded from school if deemed a close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID 19?
    • No, a fully vaccinated student who is symptom free doesn't have to be excluded if exposed to a positive individual.
  • If my student is fully vaccinated can I turn in their COVID 19 vaccination information? 
    • Yes, we will enter this into the students health information like all other vaccinations.

Elementary Orchestra Concert Information

  • Date | Tuesday, December 7th
  • Place | Sycamore High School Auditorium
  • Times
    • North and North Grove 4th Grade — 6:00 PM concert (arrive at 5:45 PM)
    • Southeast, South Prairie, and West 4th Grade — 6:45 pm concert (arrive at 6:30 PM)
    • ALL 5th Grade — 7:30 PM concert (arrive at 7:15 PM)
  • What to bring: Instrument and book or necessary music. No music stands.  
  • Concert Uniform: Solid white top. Solid black pants or full-length skirt. Black socks and black shoes. 
  • Questions? Contact Mrs. Marberry at

Cocoa and Caring

On Tuesday, December 7th, from 6:00 - 7:30 PM, the Southeast K-Kids Club will host its annual Cocoa and Caring event. This come and go evening will be filled with opportunities for families to participate in numerous activities that promote caring for others in the community. More information was sent home with students 2 weeks ago. This blue informational sheet listed items that we were asking each grade level to donate. The donations that we collect will go to help the Spartan Food Pantry, Safe Passage, Tails, and the students of Southeast School. We look forward to seeing you there!

Holiday Spirit Wear Week

Beginning on Monday, December 13th, we will be having a Holiday Spirit Wear Week for all staff and students. Below is the theme for each day during the last week of school before Holiday Break.

  • Merry Monday (December 13) — wear red, green, blue, or white
  • Tinsel Tuesday (December 14) — wear any holiday or winter accessories
  • Warm, Winter Wednesday (December 15) — wear plaid or flannel
  • Tacky Sweater Thursday (December 16) — wear your ugly holiday sweater
  • Snooze Day Friday (December 17) — wear your best holiday PJs or cozy gear

Winter Celebration Parties

Our Winter Celebration Parties will be held on Friday, December 17th. Classroom Teachers/Room Parents will be asking you for some supplies that they may need for the parties. Food may be served at the parties. If eaten in the classroom, all students must be 6 feet apart. Some of the food may be sent home in goody bags as well. Only room parents who have shared their vaccination documentation with the office are allowed to attend the classroom parties. School will be dismissed at 1:30 PM on the 17th.

Spirit Wear Would Make a Wonderful Holiday Gift!

We have teamed up with 1st Place Spiritwear for some great Southeast Spartan Spiritwear. Please click the link below to see all that is being offered and to also check out reduced prices. It is Black Friday  prices for all of November!

Order Spirit Wear

Sycamore School District's Travel Guidance

At this time, staff and students will not need to be excluded after traveling (domestic or international). Individuals who have traveled should closely monitor symptoms for 14 days after arriving home. If symptoms develop, that individual should stay home and notify their school. It is recommended that those who travel internationally should test 3-5 days after returning.   Although not required, BinaxNOW testing is available through the district to staff and students who have traveled internationally and choose to pursue recommended testing.

School Year Reminders

  • Morning drop-off on Monday-Wednesday and Friday is 8:30 AM.  Supervision is not available before that time. Please try to send your student to school between 8:30 and 8:45 AM.
  • Each Thursday our school will have a late start. School begins at 9:30 AM, with drop-off beginning at 9:15 AM.
  • All students should bring a water bottle. Our drinking fountains are turned off, but our bottle fillers remain on.
  • All students should wear a clean, well-fitted mask that covers their nose, mouth and chin, snug around the cheeks with no gaps. All masks should be multiple layers made up of two or more washable, breathable fabric. Spare masks in a backpack or left at school are important as masks may tear, get wet, or need to be replaced throughout the day.
  • If your child is feeling sick or if you have a person exhibiting COVID symptoms in your home, please do not send your child to school. Call us for details on your next steps. 
  • Students arriving or departing school on a bike should remember to get off and walk it once on school grounds. This helps keep our other friends and guests safe as they walk to school or wait for their students for the evening.

Volunteers and Visitors at Sycamore Elementary Schools

In an effort to maintain the safest learning environment possible for our students and staff we will be limiting the number of visitors and volunteers to the building at this time. As part of this commitment, we will be requiring all visitors who enter the building past the office during the school day to be vaccinated. We will also only be allowing volunteers at school activities who are vaccinated. If you are asked to be a volunteer or a visitor at our building please know that you will have to submit proof of your vaccination status to the office prior to entering the building or volunteering at the event. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Daily Self-certification

Please call the school office if your student is feeling ill, and be prepared to answer a few questions that will help us quickly and efficiently evaluate your child so that we can provide you information based on the latest recommended guidelines. It is imperative that if your student is experiencing ANY of the following symptoms, your student should stay home from school and any extracurricular activities outside the home.

  • Temperature of 100.4 (or greater) degrees fahrenheit/38 degrees Celsius;
  • Cough;
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
  • Chills;
  • Fatigue;
  • Muscle and body aches;
  • Moderate to severe headache;
  • Sore throat;
  • New loss of taste or smell;
  • Vomiting;
  • Diarrhea; or
  • Any other COVID-19 symptoms identified by the CDC or IDPH.

We know that things may look a little different this year and we are committed to keeping you informed on the changes that are taking place. Here is an overview of what your student can expect if they come to the Health Office with any of the symptoms listed above:

  • The student will be brought to the health office where the nurse or their designee will quickly evaluate the student’s condition. 
  • If it is determined that they are experiencing any COVID like symptoms the student will be escorted to a designated and supervised isolation area. 
  • The school nurse will notify the parent/guardian and walk them through the process of what is required for the student to return to school. 
  • Sick students should be safely transported home by parent or guardian as soon as possible.
  • Siblings/household members of the symptomatic student may also be sent home.
  • Students will be expected to remain home from school and any extracurricular activities until cleared to return by the school nurse.

Employment Opportunities

The District is working to fill several positions. We are seeking several part and full-time positions. If you are interested, please click the link to see what might fit you best. If you are not interested, please feel free to pass around the information! We could really use your help with these positions.

Employment Opportunities

Internet Support

Federal aid is now available specifically to help families pay for high-speed internet service, plus a computer or tablet. It’s called the Emergency Broadband Benefit, and it provides discounts of up to $50 a month for high-speed internet along with a one time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider.  
Households qualify if anyone in the household is eligible for the free and reduced-price school lunch or breakfast programs; participates in SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline; received a Federal Pell Grant this year; or lost significant income due to furlough or job loss since Feb. 29, 2020. Please see the link below for more details about this support program.

Internet Services Site