Weekly Update: August 30, 2021


Tuesday, August 31

  • MAP Testing for 1st - 5th Grade (Math)  
  • Lunch Menu change- Pepperoni pizza instead of Chicken tenders & Belgian waffle

Wednesday, September 1

  • Happy September!
  • MAP Testing for 1st - 5th Grade (Reading) 
  • 4th Grade Orchestra Sign-ups at Sycamore Middle School | 4:00 - 7:00PM
  • Spartan Food Pantry at District Warehouse | 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Thursday, September 2

  • Late Start Thursday- Doors open at 9:15 school starts at 9:30
  • MAP Testing for 1st - 3rd Grade (Fluency) 

Friday, September 3rd

  •       Have a Great Weekend!

Monday, September 6 

  • No School | Labor Day

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  • 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
  • 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 three feet apart.
    • All students have received a lanyard to attach their mask to during the school day. 
  • Pets on school property- No pets are allowed on school property before or after school. We are sorry for the inconvenience but have students who are allergic as well as afraid.

Fall Benchmark Testing 

Beginning this week, 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. 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. 

A schedule of specific testing times will be shared by your child’s classroom teacher.


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 webstore. All students who have purchased a recorder through the district 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 school district, 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 WebStore.  All students will need a recorder for their class starting October 4th. 

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5th Grade Band

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 Napervillewill 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.  


Student Arrival and Dismissal Schedule


  • Students will arrive at school between 8:30 - 8:45 AM
  • They will enter doors: W2 for K-2nd and W1 for 3rd-5th
  • Students will either go to the cafeteria for breakfast or immediately to the classroom for morning work.
  • Bell at 8:45 AM  announcements and the start of our day.
  • There is not supervision on the playgrounds in the morning or after school


  • Students will be dismissed beginning at 3:25 PM.
  • Walkers and riders will be dismissed at 3:30 PM from doors W2, W1, E1, and N1. Kindergarten and 1st Grade E1, 2nd Grade- W-2, 3rd and 4th Grade W1, and 5th Grade N1. 
  • Bus riders will be dismissed at 3:25 PM from doors W2 and W1

The U shape parking in front of our school is for buses only. When dropping off or picking up please park in the front designated parking areas. 

Reminder: If you are going to pick your child up from school please notify the office before 2:00 PM


Spartan Food Pantry Open Wednesday!

The Spartan Food Pantry is excited to welcome guests to shop every other week on Wednesdays. On Wednesday, September 1, 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. 


Sycamore Education Foundation Fundraiser | Take Root

We’re headed back to the barn!  Join us for the Sycamore Education Foundation's largest fundraising event of the year, Take Root presented by AT&T, on September 11 2021 from 6:00 – 11:00 PM at Dayton Farms 17443 Old State Road, Sycamore, IL.  The evening will feature live entertainment from Live at Joe’s, dinner, silent auction, raffles and more!

We’re so excited to announce the theme of this year’s Take Root… Tailgate & Celebrate! Come on out for a good old-fashioned tailgate party! Show us your team spirit by rocking your favorite sports team (professional or college). You can also feel free to bring along folding bag chairs to set up your “tailgate spot” while you enjoy the evening’s entertainment.

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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.

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Battle of the Books

Practice begins on September 13th 3:45-4:15 PM


Message from Mr. Schrader

It’s been a great first full week here at West Elementary School.  It is absolutely amazing to see all of our kids back in the classrooms, participating in specials, and walking the halls. We have been working on a lot of getting to know you in the classrooms and going over classroom rules and expectations this week. All of our staff have been working really hard to make this first week a huge success and I think we have accomplished that. If anyone needs anything or has questions about something please feel free to contact the classroom teacher or call the office. Hope everyone has a great week!