Weekly Update: January 10, 2022

Important Dates

Monday, January 10th

  • Doors Open at 8:30 AM, School Starts at 8:45 AM
  • Lunch
    • Choice A: Yogurt Fun Brunch
    • Choice B: Juicy Cheeseburger
  • Battle of the Books Competition @ 4:30 PM
  • Band Lessons (flute/oboe)
  • Orchestra lesson (cello/bass)
  • WSO Meeting in the library @ 7:00 PM

Tuesday, January 11th

  • Doors Open at 8:30 AM, School Starts at 8:45 AM
  • Band lessons (percussion/trumpet/trombone)
  • Choir 7:50 AM
  • Lunch
    • Choice A: Jumbo Corn Dog 
    • Choice B: Cheesy Beef Nachos
  • Band Lessons after school until 4:15 PM
  • Board of Education Meeting @ 7:00 PM at the High School

Wednesday, January 12th

  • Doors Open at 8:30 AM, School Starts at 8:45 AM
  • Return Library Books 
  • Orchestra lessons (violin/viola)
  • Band lessons (clarinet/percussion) 
  • Lunch
    • Choice A: Creamy Mac and Cheese
    • Choice B: Crispy Chicken Sandwich 

Thursday, January 13th

  • Late Start Thursday — Doors Open at 9:15 AM, School Starts at 9:30 AM
  • Lunch
    • Choice A: Homemade Cheese Quesadilla
    • Choice B: Crispy Chicken Nuggets
  • Picture Retakes

Friday, January 14th

  • Lunch
    • Choice A: Pancake and Sausage
    • Choice B: Cheese Pizza
  • Have a Great Weekend!

Monday, January 17th

  • No School — Martin Luther King Jr. Day    

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Picture Retakes

Picture retakes will take place on Thursday, January 13, 2022. If you would like to order pictures online, use order code 61992GB

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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 games and 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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Parking Reminder

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

Reminder — District Return to School COVID-19 Update

Current State

The Omicron variant has created a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases across the globe. In our community, the number of positive cases since Thanksgiving is higher than at any time during the pandemic; twice what it was this time last year. Test positivity is up and the availability of ICU beds is critically low.

We strongly urge you to continue to protect yourself and others by following COVID-19 mitigation measures to the best of your ability. Health officials recommend vaccination (both initial vaccination and boosters for anyone who is six months past their initial vaccination), regular and proper wearing of face masks, maintaining social distance as much as possible, and regular handwashing. In addition, please remain home when you are ill, report symptoms, report test results and close contact exposures in and out of the school setting.

School Protocols

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released updated guidance regarding isolation and quarantine timelines on Monday, December 27, 2021. On Wednesday, December 29, 2021, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) adopted the new CDC guidance for the general public, but has directed schools to continue following existing protocols. Therefore, at this time we will continue to follow the IDPH COVID19 School Guidance. If the guidance changes we will review it, and communicate it to you as soon as possible. 

COVID-19 Testing

On Monday, December 13, 2021, the DeKalb County Health Department issued the following revised guidance regarding COVID-19 testing for schools due to the high level of COVID-19 transmission in our county. We will implement the following protocols regarding COVID-19 beginning Monday, January 3, 2022.

Individuals who present any COVID-19 symptoms will be required to complete a COVID-19 PCR test.

Individuals who have been in close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to complete a COVID-19 PCR test prior to return if eligible for a 7 day exclusion timeline.

We have provided rapid antigen testing for nearly 12 months. The rapid testing we have provided is NOT a COVID-19 PCR test. However, we are continuing to work towards the implementation of the University of Illinois SHIELD test program. Participation in SHIELD testing is optional, but we are pleased to share that the SHIELD saliva-based test is a COVID-19 PCR test.

Changes to Contact Tracing Support

Beginning Monday, January 13, 2022, IDPH will assume support for contact tracing of the general public. County health departments will focus on supporting contact tracing for congregate living settings and outbreaks in any setting. Schools have been primarily responsible for contact tracing since early in the pandemic; this change will place responsibility for contact tracing entirely on school personnel. We ask for your understanding, patience, and cooperation regarding this change as our health staff have already taken on a significant workload in addition to supporting our students and staff daily with other health needs.

Help Our K-Kids!

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

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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 Pick Up Reminder

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

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.

Early Learning Resources

Check out this new early learning resource to support families: a series of short videos aligned with the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) measures, featuring real families sharing ways to support their 3-5 year olds as they develop social-emotional, math and literacy skills. These videos also align to Basics DeKalb County, our local birth-age 3 initiative.

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Young Authors

The district Young Author competition is a great way to encourage your child to become an author of their own story. Simply have your child write and illustrate their own book. If your child is interested in this event please have them complete their project by Friday, January 21. The top three stories from each class will be selected as classroom finalists. A building committee will then select the top two finalists per grade level as building finalists. Finally, a district committee will judge the stories and select the district winners.

The judging criteria includes originality, presentation, use of story elements and illustrations.

Classroom winners and building finalists will be presented with certificates. All Young Author participants will receive a ribbon and a pen for their participation. The district winners will receive an award at a spring Board of Education Meeting.  

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. 

Spartan Food Pantry Open Next Wednesday!

The Spartan Food Pantry is excited to welcome guests to shop every other week on Wednesdays. On Wednesday, January 19 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.org for more information. 

January Core Value


Equality is defined as the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities. Equality is about ensuring that every individual has an equal opportunity to make the most of their lives and talents. It is also the belief that no one should have poorer life chances because of the way they were born, where they come from, what they believe, or whether they have a disability.  

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Upcoming Dates

  • Upcoming Events at the Sycamore Library
  • January 17th — K Kids, Spartan Food Pantry #3
  • January 24th — Battle of the Books Competition 5:45 PM
  • January 25th — Board of Education Meeting @ 7:00 PM