Weekly Update: September 27, 2021

Important Events

Tuesday, September 28

  • Battle of the Books Practice | Library at 8:00 AM
  • Board of Education Meeting @ Sycamore Middle School | 7:00 PM

Wednesday, September 29

  • Fire Drill 
  • SE Checkbook Fundraiser Ends at 12:00 PM
  • Spartan Food Pantry open @ District Warehouse | 4:30PM-6:00PM

Thursday, September 23

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

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Message From Mrs. Crawford

Happy Monday!

I just wanted to give a reminder that our Checkbook Fundraiser ends this Wednesday the 29th at noon. We had many orders turned in this morning, so I appreciate everyone’s participation over the weekend. I encourage all of our families to participate in this fundraiser, as this money comes back to our students through field trips, classroom/school activities, technology and treats.

Thanks to all of our students who participated in last week’s spirit week. It was fun to see the staff and students dressed in our “theme of the day”. We will have another spirit week the last week in October, as part of our Red Ribbon Drug Awareness Week.

Enjoy the rest of your week, and please call the school office if you have any questions.

Mrs. Crawford

Help Southeast By Participating In The Checkbook Fundraiser!

Our gift-checkbook fundraiser is back by popular demand to support the PTO & your student(s)!   Here is a link to a video created by our students & PTO explaining this year's gift-checkbook fundraiser! Checkbook Video Link.

You are going to love this year's valuable books with lots of new offers and $265 in same as cash certificates (not like coupons) to local places.  So, by using just 2-3 (just like cash) gift-checks, our families/supporters can easily recoup the $30 purchase price.  

Further details are:

  • This fundraiser began with our students on September 2nd and goes until Wednesday, September 27th at noon.    
  • In addition to face to face sales (buy one for yourself & show your friends, they will appreciate it), here is an easy way to promote the sale of our Southeast Elementary School PTO Gift-checkbooks. 
  • Put this link, https://goboostershot.com/product/southeast-es-fundraiser/, or the information sent home on September 2nd (link to information sent home is below) on your Facebook page, Twitter, or Pinterest. 
  • The goal is to reach as many people as possible. The more people you reach, the more earned by our PTO for the students.  There are incentives for selling (please see the Why Sell Page in link below to learn more)!
  • In addition, this website allows people to credit their purchase to a specific school, or individual. During checkout in the BoosterShot online store, the purchaser is prompted to complete this information, so the correct Organization & Person gets credit.  

Let us know if you have any questions & thanks for supporting this great fundraiser that benefits you as well as Southeast PTO.

Spartan Food Pantry Open Wednesday!

The Spartan Food Pantry is excited to welcome guests to shop every other week on Wednesdays. On Wednesday, September 29th, patrons can collect food at the District Warehouse on 520 N. Maple Street, Sycamore. Pantry patrons are in-person shopping!  Please bring a mask. The pantry hours are 4:30PM-6:00PM. 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.

Community members can now volunteer at the pantry! If you or your organization want to help out, please email spartanfoodpantry@syc427.org for more information. 

Notice — Annual Statement on Asbestos Plans

In compliance with the 1986 Federal AHERA law, we are hereby notifying all interested parties of the location of the district’s asbestos management plans.  Every school building has a copy in the office, which can be viewed with prior notice.  Location of asbestos containing building materials and assumed asbestos containing building materials will be listed by building in the management plan.  All district management plans are also on file at the Administration Office.

Notice — Annual Policy Statement on Pest Management

Structural and landscape pests can pose significant problems to people, property, and the environment; however, the pesticides used to solve these problems carry their own risks.  It is therefore the policy of Sycamore School District to use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs and procedures for control of structural and landscape pests.

It is the policy of Sycamore School District to utilize IPM principles to manage pest populations adequately.  While the goal of this IPM program is to reduce and ultimately eliminate the use of toxic chemicals, toxic chemicals may become necessary in certain situations.  The choice of using a pesticide will be based on a review of all other available options and a determination that these options are unacceptable or infeasible, alone or in combination.  Cost or staffing considerations alone will not be adequate justification for use of chemical control agents.  The full range of alternatives, including no action, will be considered.

When it is determined that a pesticide must be used in order to prevent pest levels from exceeding action thresholds, the least-hazardous material will be chosen.  The application of such pesticides is subject to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (7USC 136 et seg.) School District policies and procedures, Environmental Protection Agency regulations in 40 CFR, Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, and state and local regulations.  

Pest Management will be managed to reduce any potential human health hazard or to protect against a significant threat to public safety; prevent loss or damage to school resources, structures or property; prevent pests from spreading in the community, or to plant and animal populations beyond the school site; enhance the quality of life for students, staff and others.

September Technology Update

Please click the link below to see what has been going on in our Technology Special with each of our classes.

Technology Update

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.

Emergency Drills

As part of our yearly planned drills, this week on Wednesday, we will conduct a Fire Drill for our school. At our scheduled time, we will conduct our drill in accordance with the training that we have given our students and staff. We will conduct another fire drill on October 5th with the fire department at our building.

Student Picture Date

Inter-State Studios will be taking our student pictures this year. Picture Day is coming up on October 12, 2021!

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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