Weekly Update: October 11, 2021

Important Events

Tuesday, October 12

  • School Pictures
  • Battle of the Books Practice | Mrs. Kolzow’s Classroom at 8:00 AM
  • Book Fair Family Night 6:00 - 8:00 PM
  • Board of Education Meeting | North Grove 7:00 PM

Wednesday, October 13

  • K-Kids 7:45 AM
  • Spartan Food Pantry Open 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Thursday, October 7

  • Book Fair “Grand” Event | Library 8:15 - 9:15 AM
  • Late Start Thursday- Doors open at 9:15 AM, school starts at 9:30 AM

Tuesday, October 19

  • SE PTO Meeting | 6:30 PM in Multi-Purpose Room or Virtually (link will be available next week)

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Message From Mrs. Crawford

Happy Monday! This week is the Fall Book Fair! Please join us in the SE Library to see what is available for your family. The students get so excited about this event and the books that we have this year are INCREDIBLE! 

TOMORROW is also picture day for ALL of our students. Information about this is below. All students will have their picture taken for the yearbook, even if you do not wish to purchase a package. Remind your little one to give us their BEST smile!

Go Spartans!

Mrs. Crawford

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.

Student Picture Date

Inter-State Studios will be taking our student pictures this year. Picture Day is TOMORROW October 12, 2021! Order online at the link below. More information will be sent home this week.

Order Online

Book Fair Starts October 11th!

The Fall Book Fair is THIS WEEK, October 11-15. Our theme for this fair is “Books Bring Us Together." The book fair hours are as follows:

  • Monday | 8:15 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday | 8:15 AM - 8:00 PM (Family Night 6-8 PM)
  • Wednesday | 8:15 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday | 8:15 AM - 6:00 PM (Grand Event 8:15 - 9:15 AM)
  • Friday | 8:15 AM -  1:00 PM

Our family night event is Tuesday, October 12th. The book fair will be open until 8:00 PM on this night. This year we will be holding most of our family night activities on the school’s north side black top, and the gymnasium to support our COVID protocols for safety. We will  have tables set up for our community partners, crafts, and photo opportunities. We will also have Slow Smoke Food Truck and a popular local story teller (Phylis Horst). 

On Thursday, October 14th, we will have our grand event. Students may invite their ‘grand’ relative/person to shop with them and participate in a short activity at the book fair before school. The Open Door Coffee Truck will be here for purchases during this time. THE TIME FOR THIS EVENT HAS CHANGED! IT WILL GO FROM 8:15 - 9:15 AM.

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.

Kindergarten Physicals

The school nurse would like to remind all of our kindergarten families that the school physicals and immunizations are due. Please have your student bring them to the classroom teacher or they can be dropped off at the front office.

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