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Weekly Update: March 15, 2021

Upcoming Events

March 15th

  • Hybrid A Attendance Day
  • Morning Meeting for all grades | 9:15 AM
  • Remote Learning Live Times | Various

March 16th

  • Hybrid B Attendance Day
  • Choir 8:00 AM or 3:15 PM
  • Girls on the Run @ 3:15 PM

March 17th

  • Hybrid A Attendance Day
  • Morning Meeting for all grades | 9:15 AM
  • Remote Learning Live Times | Various

March 18th

  • Hybrid D Attendance Day 
  • Morning Meeting for all grades | 9:15 AM

March 19th

  • Remote Learning Day Morning Meeting for all grades 9:15 AM
  • Remote Student Supply Pick-up | 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Supply deliveries begin, as available @ 12:30 PM
  • School Improvement Day starting at 1:00 PM — less content pushed out due to shorter day. 

March 22-26 Spring Break No School 

Announcements

Elementary Extended Day Schedule

Starting today March 15th

  • Doors will open at 8:45 AM
  • Tardy Bell at 9:05 AM
  • Morning meeting starts at 9:15 AM
  • Bus students will be dismissed at 2:05 PM 
  • Parent pick up/ walkers will be dismissed at  2:10 PM

Schedule Changes

Beginning today, March 15th, our in-person day will now end at 2:10 PM.   Bus riders and walkers will be dismissed from the building after the 2:05 PM bell and car riders will be escorted out of the building after the 2:10 PM bell.   

Morning arrival times will remain the same at 8:45 AM - 9:00 AM, with morning announcements beginning at 9:05 AM.   Morning meetings will still take place with students at home and with students in the room at 9:15 AM.

Remote learning pods will be slightly altered.  Please pay attention to special directions from the teacher.

Sycamore Schools will remain on this hybrid - remote model through April 1. Students who attend school in person should continue to follow their (A) Monday-Wednesday or (B) Tuesday-Thursday schedules for these next two weeks.

Beginning on April 6, our hybrid model will move to “In-person” instruction with four (4) days of in-person attendance, Monday - Thursday.   Students who are already attending hybrid will move to this mode of instruction.   If you have a current remote designation as of March 15, you can change your designation to request in-person instruction (or vice versa) on April 6 by responding to the email sent from the District communications department this weekend.

Designation Changes

Beginning on April 6, our in-person instructional model will move to four (4) days of attendance.  Additionally, our classroom spaces will be set-up to allow for socially distance of 3 feet. When eating lunch and having their masks off students will be socially distanced at 6’.  If you are interested in changing your instructional model from remote to hybrid or hybrid to remote for the final weeks of the school year, those changes must be submitted by the end of the day on Wednesday, March 17.  We will utilize all of the remaining week and week after break to purchase supplies, move furniture, prepare common spaces, and update classroom rosters in preparation for Hybrid-A and Hybrid-B students to attend together. 

Bus Transportation Requests

If you need to change your student's transportation status, please submit a request to change bus transportation no later than Wednesday, March 17, 2021. 

Updated transportation details for all bus riders will be shared on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

Food Service Requests

All students are eligible for a free breakfast and lunch through the end of the school year. In-person students can make daily choices for these items when they are at school. If you need meals on the days you are home or if you are a remote student and want to pick-up meals to have at home, please enroll your student into the take-home option no later than Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

March Core Value: Integrity

Integrity means following your moral or ethical convictions and doing the right thing in all circumstances, even if no one is watching you. Having integrity means you are true to yourself and would do nothing that demeans or dishonors you.

* Having integrity means that you live in accordance to your deepest values, you're honest with everyone, and you always keep your word. Integrity is a highly valued trait, especially in leaders.

Book Read Alouds:

COVID-19 Travel Guidance/Requirements

As we approach spring break and many staff/families will likely have travel plans, I wanted to communicate how the district is handling travel situations.

  • For DOMESTIC travel, there are currently no quarantine/testing requirements after travel.
  • For INTERNATIONAL travel, per IDPH, we are following CDC travel protocols.  There is a link in the text below.  If you hover over the country, or type the country in the search box, it will outline guidance for before, during and after travel.
  • In a situation where a parent(s) travel, but the student does not travel, the student does not need to quarantine.

These same guidelines/requirements apply to staff who travel.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or need any additional information. 

The district is following CDC/IDPH/DCHD recommendations for international travel. Follow this link to be directed to the CDC guidance for testing and quarantine after traveling.  If you type your destination country in the search bar or click on the country on the world map you will see country-specific guidance based on travel risk. 

CDC Testing and Quarantine Guidance

Information we will need prior to your child(ren) returns to in-person learning includes:

  1. What country you traveled to
  2. What date you return to the US
  3. Completion of CDC requirements post-travel

Travel to most destinations will have similar requirements including varying lengths of quarantine and testing options.  Until requirements have been met, and your student has been cleared by the school nurse, your children should quarantine at home and participate in remote learning.

Please feel free to reach out to your school nurse if you have any questions.

School Store Fundraiser

This year we are partnering with SchoolStore.com to raise funds for essential tools for our students and teachers, need to succeed. Schoolstore’s program is 100% online so there is no selling or handling of money or products. Your participation is easy with no more than 12 minutes of your time required, and there is a nice prize program available to make this a fun experience. Last year we received a little over $5,500 from the schoolstore for our classroom teachers to use in their classrooms. 

5 Essentials Survey 

Districts throughout Illinois are asked to participate in the 5Essential survey to gather information from our faculty, students and parents to gain insight into the key components of all successful schools. These areas include effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments, and ambitious instruction. The results of the survey responses are reported back to the schools for their review and planning for future school improvement focus items within the five areas. 

We need your assistance and your feedback. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and can be completed on your smart device. Your participation in the parent survey will help us understand the conditions here at the school and guide improvement. Your identity and individual survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, please visit  https://illinois.5-essentials.org

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2021-2022  School Registration is Now Open

The Online Registration application may only be completed by the primary residential guardian. 

No payment will be taken during Online Registration. Payment for student fees will open on July 1, 2021. 

If you need assistance through the application process, please contact us by email or call (815) 899-8100.

Upcoming Dates

  • April 2nd — No School Vacation Day
  • April 5th — No School Vacation Day

Thank you,

Ryan Schrader

Go West Wildcats!!!