Weekly Update: September 7, 2021

Important Events

Tuesday, September 7 - September 10, 2021

  • MAP Testing (Grades 1 - 5)

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

  • 5th Grade Band Signup at North Grove 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Thursday, September 9, 2021

  • Thursday Late Start
  • Building opens at 9:15 AM
  • School starts at 9:30 AM
  • 5th Grade Band Signup at North Grove 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

  • SE PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM

Wednesday, September 27, 2021

  • Checkbook Fundraiser ends at noon

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In this Issue: 


The SE Checkbook Fundraiser is Happening NOW!!!!

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.  

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. 

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.


2021 - 2022 School Year Reminders

It’s been great to see our SE Spartans back in the building, attending specials, and focusing on relationships.   A couple of reminders about school this year:

  • Water bottles are still required as the drinking fountains are turned off.
    • OSCAR will return for families for both AM and PM support.
    • Visit the OSCAR website for more information or to register for OSCAR.
    • OSCAR is available starting at 7:00 AM each morning
  • Math Specialists and WIN Time
    • Each elementary school has hired a Math Specialist and we will be implementing a WIN (What I Need) block each day. This will further support student learning at all levels. We are very excited to add this customized learning time for students.
  • Masking and Social Distancing 
    • All students and staff will be masked while indoors at school.
    • No masks will be required while outside at recess or other outdoor activities.
    • We will maintain social distancing of three feet to the greatest extent possible.
    • During lunch students will be spaced six feet apart.
    • All students have received a lanyard to attach their mask to during the school day. 

Fall Benchmark Testing

For the next few weeks, students will be completing their fall benchmark assessments.   The first of three rounds of Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) will start for students in grades 1 - 5. We use the MAP assessments to determine your child's instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year. These online tests focus on the areas of reading, fluency, and math and they adapt to be appropriate for your child's level of learning.

After Labor Day, our kindergarten students will be taking their first ISEL assessments one-on-one with their teacher or our reading interventionist. 


Arrival and Dismissal Procedures:

Thanks to all of you for helping us to keep our students safe during pick up and drop off. The crosswalk is keeping families safe as they cross the driveway to the building and drivers are being very alert during this time. Please make sure that you are NOT getting out of your vehicle during this time if you are in the arrival/dismissal driveway. We have staff outside who can assist your child(ren) with getting out of the car to go into the building. We also ask that all children get out of the car on the curbside (closest to the building) of the driveway. If either of these requests cannot be met, please park your car in one of the parking areas and have your child get out of the car in the parked area. Thanks again for your assistance with this procedure.


4th Grade Recorder

In 4th grade, learning to play the recorder has been an integral part of the elementary music curriculum. We have always requested that students have a recorder for use at their home so they can do their homework while the students used a school recorder during music class. This year out of an abundance of caution, all students will need to bring their recorder to and from music class. If your family owns a recorder that is not being used by a 5th grade child it is completely fine to use that. They can be washed in hot soapy water and air dried. If they are Yamaha recorders, previously purchased through the school district, they are washed through the dishwasher.

If you are in need of a recorder, they are available for purchase through the school district for $5 through the online store. All students who have purchased a recorder through the WebStore will receive them from their music teacher on the first day they begin recorder. We are hoping to begin recorder mid to late September and will send home the exact dates as we get closer.  Thank you if you have already purchased your recorder through the web store!

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5th Grade Recorder


We will be playing recorder again this year during the 5th grade music special. All 5th grade students will need to bring their home recorder to class beginning the week of October 4th. We will begin with a review of recorder basics and then each child will be working on recorder music at their individual level and will each be setting goals for their progress. If you purchased a recorder last year, that recorder will still work for this year's music class.  

If you did not participate in music last year, you may use an older sibling’s recorder (they can be washed in hot soapy water and air dried. If they are Yamaha recorders, previously purchased through the WebStore, they are washed through the dishwasher.)

If you are still in need of a recorder, they are available for purchase through the school district for $5 through the online store.  All students will need a recorder for their class starting October 4th.

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5th Grade Band Sign Up

It's that time of the year!  The Sycamore Fifth Grade Band Sign-up will be held at North Grove Elementary School on Wednesday, September 8 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) and Thursday, September 9 (6:30-7:30 p.m.).  Parents of fifth graders can come either one of those nights at any point to register their child, purchase lesson books and other accessories, and rent/buy an instrument as needed.  Representatives from Ellman's Music in Naperville will be on hand, and teachers will be on hand to help answer questions.   If you have any questions, please e-mail either Ken GoodmanScott Mertens, or Bella Crawl.  


Take Root

Take Root Tailgate and Celebrate will be held on September 11, 2021 from 6:00 - 11:00 PM. 

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Spartan Food Pantry Open September 15th!

The Spartan Food Pantry is excited to welcome guests to shop every other week on Wednesdays. On Wednesday, September 15, 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 4:30 - 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.

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