Weekly Update: December 6, 2021

Important Dates

Monday, December 6th

  • Doors Open at 8:30 AM, School Starts 8:45 AM
  • Lunch
    • Choice A: Pasta w/meat sauce
    • Choice B: Juicy Cheeseburger
  • K-Kids Spartan Food Pantry
  • MAP Testing Make-ups

Tuesday, December 7th

  • Doors Open at 8:30 AM, School Starts 8:45 AM
  • Band lessons (percussion, trumpet, trombone)
  • Choir 7:50 AM
  • Lunch
    • Choice A: Sloppy Joe Scoops
    • Choice B: Cheesy Beef Nachos
  • Band Lessons after school until 4:15 PM
  • MAP Testing Make-ups
  • Orchestra Concert at High School
    • 4th Grade 6:45 PM (arrive by 6:30 PM)
    • 5th Grade 7:30 PM (arrive by 7:15 PM)

Wednesday, December 8th

  • Doors Open at 8:30 AM, School Starts 8:45 AM
  • Return Library Books 
  • Orchestra lessons (violin/viola)
  • Band lessons (clarinet) 
  • Kindergarten ISEL Testing
  • Lunch
    • Choice A: Cheese Ravioli w/ garlic bread
    • Choice B: Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Thursday, December 9th

  • Late Start Thursday — Doors Open at 9:15 AM, School Starts at 9:30 AM
  • Lunch
    • Choice A: Bacon Cheeseburger Melt
    • Choice B: Crispy Chicken Nuggets
  • Kindergarten ISEL Testing

Friday, December 10th

  • Lunch
    • Choice A: Italian Meatball Sub
    • Choice B: Cheese Pizza
  • Report Cards opened in Parent Portal
  • Have a Great Weekend!

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Thank You!

Just wanted to take the time so say a quick thank you to everyone who donated and to our WSO for providing dinner and goodies for the staff during P/T Conferences. It was very much appreciated and very thoughtful of all of our families here at West Elementary.

Spirit Wear Order Update

Anyone who ordered our West Spirit Wear should have received the order on Thursday, December 2nd. It was great seeing the students so excited to wear it on Friday.

Anywhere, Anytime Math Games

Games are a great way to promote learning while having fun and engaging the entire family. Our Math Specialists suggest the following board gamesand Eureka card games as an excellent way to reinforce math skills from home. Through games you can connect family fun and learning. The Math Specialists look forward to sharing more ideas to promote ways and incorporate math at home. Please click on the links below. Enjoy!

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Winter Benchmark Testing

For the next few weeks, students will be taking their winter benchmark testing. The second of three rounds of yearly MAP testing will begin this week for first through fifth graders, and kindergarten will be testing MAP for the first time. We will also be testing our Kindergarten students with their ISEL Testing. Lots of testing this week that gives us valuable information to do what is best for our students. 

Parking Reminder

Please do not park in the U-shaped parking lot for drop off or pick up.

Elementary Orchestra Concert Information

  • Date | Tuesday, December 7th
  • Place | Sycamore High School Auditorium
  • Times
    • North and North Grove 4th Grade — 6:00 PM concert (arrive at 5:45 PM)
    • Southeast, South Prairie, and West 4th Grade — 6:45 PM concert (arrive at 6:30 PM)
    • ALL 5th Grade — 7:30 PM concert (arrive at 7:15 PM)
  • What to Bring | Instrument & book or necessary music. No music stands.  
  • Concert Uniform | Solid white top. Solid black pants or full-length skirt. Black socks and black shoes. 
  • Questions? Contact Mrs. Marberry at mmarberr@syc427.org

Choir T-Shirts

Choir is off to an outstanding start this year. Thank you so much for bringing them to school early to participate in this extra curricular activity. We are ready to order our official choir shirts for our other concerts this year. The shirts will be $9.25 each. If you are interested in ordering a shirt, please fill out this Google Form to tell me how many shirts you would like to order, and what sizes. Then write a check made out to Sycamore School District and have your child give it to me or turn it in to the office. 

We will be wearing these shirts for concerts and on the days we meet for choir. If you do not wish to order a choir shirt, just have your child wear a plain black T-shirt for the concert. 

Order a T-Shirt


  • Monday, December 13 — Frosty — wear white hats, scarves, gloves
  • Tuesday, December 14 — Happy Feet — wear crazy socks
  • Wednesday, December 15 — Dr. Seuss (Grinch) — wear red, white, and green
  • Thursday, December 16 — Polar Express — wear pajamas
  • Friday, December 17 — holiday dress up and ugly sweaters

Help Our K-Kids!

Help out our K- Kids by collecting and donating plastic caps and lids.

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Employment Opportunities

We currently have two paraeducator positions open here at West Elementary. If interested, please click the link below and apply. 
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.

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Sycamore Youth Basketball League

The Sycamore Youth Basketball League will be starting back up this year.  Information about the league can be found online.

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COVID-19 Travel Guidance and Requirements

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.

Student Arrival and Dismissal Procedure


  • 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


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

Picture Retakes

Picture retakes will be on Thursday, January 13, 2022. 

Cold Weather

Cool weather is here! As temperatures continue to drop be sure your children are dressed appropriately for the weather. When the temperature is 60° or below, all students are expected to wear a jacket. When the temperature is below 40° students should wear winter coats, hats and gloves. If students wish to play in the snow they must have on boots and snow pants.

Also, please note that students will go outside for recess unless the temperature and/or wind chill is below zero. If you need assistance with any winter gear, please contact the office.

Vaccination Commonly Asked Questions

I have had several parents reach out about vaccination questions as our students are now eligible to receive the COVID 19 vaccine. I wanted to provide the answer to some commonly asked questions.

  • Is the school running a vaccination clinic?
    • Not at this time. Please reach out to your primary care provider or a local pharmacy. 
  • If my student is fully vaccinated will they have to be excluded from school if deemed a close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID 19?
    • No, a fully vaccinated student who is symptom free doesn't have to be excluded if exposed to a positive individual.
  • If my student is fully vaccinated can I turn in their COVID 19 vaccination information? 
    • Yes, we will enter this into the students health information like all other vaccinations.

Volunteers and Parent Visitors to the Building

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 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. 

December Core Value


Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.   Empathy and kindness are best taught by example as it is not a fixed trait. Empathy can be taught and fostered. Developing a strong sense of empathy is a life-long task. When children learn to be empathetic early in their development it can lead to stronger empathy skills as they become adults. A big part of being able to show kindness to others is having empathy.

Upcoming Dates

  • December 13th — Battle of the Books Practice
  • December 13th-17th — Spirit Week 
  • December 16th — Choir Concert
  • December 17th — 1:30 PM Dismissal