Weekly Update: January 11, 2022
Thursday, January 13
- Late Start Thursday — Doors open at 9:15 AM and classes begin at 9:30 AM
Friday, January 14
- IAR Scores from last year and Winter MAP Scores go home with students
Monday, January 17
- No School — Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Mrs. Marberry wanted to let you know that we are NOT having after-school orchestra practice through the month of January. We will include a reminder in this e-blast when we start up again in February.
We DO have our normal lesson schedules during the day.
New COVID Guidelines
New COVID Guidelines were put out by the district over the weekend regarding length of quarantine. Please make sure that you take time to read these guidelines, as they change district guidelines that have been in place up until this point.
Games are a great way to promote learning while having fun and engaging the entire family. The Math Specialists suggest the following board 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!
Early Learning Resources
Check out this new early learning resource to support families: a series of short videos aligned with the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) measures, featuring real families sharing ways to support their 3-5 year olds as they develop social-emotional, math and literacy skills. These videos also align to Basics DeKalb County, our local birth-age 3 initiative.
The district Young Author competition is a great way to encourage your child to become an author of their own story. Simply have your child write and illustrate their own book. If your child is interested in this event please have them complete their project by Friday, January 21. The top three stories from each class will be selected as classroom finalists. A building committee will then select the top two finalists per grade level as building finalists. Finally, a district committee will judge the stories and select the district winners.
The judging criteria includes originality, presentation, use of story elements and illustrations.
Classroom winners and building finalists will be presented with certificates. The district winners will receive an award at a spring Board of Education Meeting.
Spartan Food Pantry Open Next Wednesday!
The Spartan Food Pantry is excited to welcome guests to shop every other week on Wednesdays. On Wednesday, January 19th, families can collect food at the District Warehouse on 520 N. Maple Street, Sycamore. Please bring a mask. The pantry hours are 4:30-6:00 PM. The Pantry is open to any family that has a student attending a Sycamore School.
The pantry offers frozen foods, fresh produce, cereal, canned goods, snacks, treats, and much more. Sycamore School District families can come to the pantry every time it is open. Park in the lot next to the warehouse, come on in the front door, and a volunteer will guide you from there.
January PTO Meeting
Our next SE PTO Meeting will be on Tuesday, January 18th at 6:30 PM. We invite all of you to attend, as we will be focusing on our plans for this year’s Fun Fair. We will also be raffling a family night game basket at the end of the meeting. Stay tuned for more details about this meeting.
Cold 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.
Southeast Spirit Wear Available!
We have teamed up with 1st Place Spirit Wear for some great Southeast Spartan Spirit Wear. Please click the link below to see all that is being offered and to also check out reduced prices. Free shipping is also being offered right now!
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.
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;
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
- Muscle and body aches;
- Moderate to severe headache;
- Sore throat;
- New loss of taste or smell;
- 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.
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.
- Social Emotional Resource Website For Parents
- Sycamore School District Food Service and Menus
- Begin to practice safety measures that will be common place during the school day