Weekly Update: November 2, 2021

Important Events

Monday,  November 1

  • No School!

Tuesday, November 2

  • BOB Practice

Thursday, November 4

  • Late Start Thursday — Doors open at 9:15 AM, school starts at 9:30 AM

Sunday, November 7

  • Daylight Saving Time Ends — Move clocks one hour back

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Message From Mrs. Crawford

Happy Tuesday! I hope all of you were able to enjoy Pumpkin Fest Weekend and got to do some trick or treating. A special thanks to Logan P. and Josh H. for representing SE in the homecoming parade. The elementary schools were selected to be “Friends of the Festival” and 2 of our students (along with a parent) were selected to ride on the float for us.

Our students also enjoyed their fall parties last Thursday. A very special thanks to all of the room parents who helped plan and carry out the party activities. Due to the rainy weather, we weren’t able to have a costume parade outside for parents but the students were able to see all of the costumes during our inside parade. It was a great day and the costumes were wonderful!

As we move into November, parent-teacher conferences will be taking place on November 22nd and 23rd. Please see below for more detailed information about conferences. Teachers will be communicating with parents about conferences this week (if they haven’t already). Progress reports for the first trimester will be available electronically on Friday, November 19th. Students will not be in school from November 22nd - 26th. Please email or call if you have any questions.

Enjoy your week and Go Spartans!

Mrs. Crawford

Parent Teacher Conferences Are Being Scheduled!

Conferences for the 1st Trimester are currently being scheduled with classroom teachers. Teachers are using Sign-Up Genius to complete this process. You will be receiving information from your child's teacher about conferences this week (if you haven't already). If you have any questions or need help scheduling these, please contact the SE Office at (815) 899-8219for assistance. Conferences will be held on Monday, November 22nd  from 1:00 - 8:00 PM and Tuesday, November 23rd from 8:00 AM - 3:00  PM. Conferences on Monday the 22nd will be in-person conferences and conferences on Tuesday, the 23rd, will be virtual. It is our goal to reach 100% of our parents!

Trash Bin Cleaning Fundraiser

Are your Trash Bins Stinky and Full of Bacteria?  

If so, Southeast PTO is partnering up with Eco Trash Bin Clean, https://ecotrashbinclean.com, to steam, disinfect, and actually make your bins smell great!  

Eco will be donating $5 dollars back to Southeast Elementary School for each house that schedules a cleaning. The avg price for 2 bins is $35

NOW to make this really work, we are asking everyone to PLEASE PLEASE share this Facebook post to your neighborhood Facebook, your personal Facebook, Nextdoor, and any other Facebook groups you belong to.  

To receive the info needed for scheduling, text the code "SEelementary" along with the name of your town and zip code to 630-352-8022 and you will receive a reply text back with all of the pricing and routing info for your area to schedule.  Again the avg Price is $35 for 2 bins. 

Again, it's very important that everyone share this post to personal Facebook, neighborhood Facebooks, Nextdoor, and any other Facebook groups you belong. All help is greatly appreciated!!

October Technology Update

Read what our students are learning about while in their Technology special.

Read the Update

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