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Weekly Update: May 16, 2022

Important Dates

Monday, May 16th

  • Doors open at 8:30 AM. School starts at 8:45 AM.
  • Lunch
    • Choice A: Pepperoni Pizza
    • Choice B: Juicy Cheeseburger

Tuesday, May 17th

  • Doors open at 8:30 AM. School starts at 8:45 AM.

  • Kindergarten Field Trip to Peck Farm
  • Band lessons (percussion/trumpet/trombone)
  • Lunch
    • Choice A: Chicken Tenders W/ Waffle
    • Choice B: Cheesy Beef Nachos
  • 5th Grade Band Concert at 7 PM

Wednesday, May 18th

  • Doors open at 8:30 AM. School starts at 8:45 AM.

  • Return Library Books
  • 2nd Grade Field Trip to Local Farms
  • 5th Grade Field Trip to Medieval Times
  • Orchestra lessons (violin/viola)
  • Band lessons (clarinet/percussion) 
  • Lunch
    • Choice A: Creamy Mac and Cheese
    • Choice B: Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Thursday, May 19th

  • 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

Friday, May 20th 

  • Doors open at 8:30 AM. School starts at 8:45 AM.

  • Lunch
    • Choice A: Salisbury Steak
    • Choice B: Cheese Pizza
  • Welcome Back West Seniors 2:45 -3:45 PM
  • Last Day for Walk to Learn Students at Middle School
  • Have a Great Weekend!

Thursday, May 26th

  • Last Day for Students
  • 1:30 PM Early Dismissal 
  • Normal start time (8:45 AM) even though it is a Thursday — NO LATE START!

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Thank You for a Successful Book Fair

Thank you to Everyone who helped out and made our Spring Book Fair such a success. It was great to see so many excited students with new books to read. We also appreciate all of the new books that were provided for classroom teachers. 

Orchestra, Band, and Choir Notes 


Lessons during the day continue through May 19th


Lessons will continue through Friday, May 20th


Choir is officially over. Thank you to Miss Crawl and all of our choir participants!

West Fest Thank You

Thank you for making West Fest so much fun for all of our West Families. This was a great event and so fun to see everyone! Congrats to all of the winners.

Online Registration — Closes Soon!

Online registration for returning families for the 2022-2023 school year is now available via the Campus Portal. The Online Registration application is a simple process that should take between 10 and 15 minutes. If you experience any difficulties with any portion of the process, please email or call the District’s Registrar at (815) 899-8100. If you do not have access to a computer or internet, you can complete the online registration application by visiting the District’s Administration Center during normal business hours.

This process should be completed no later than Thursday, May 26, 2022. 

Last Day Reminder

The last day of student attendance this school year is Thursday, May 26, 2022. However, there is NO LATE START this day — we will observe a normal start time (8:45 AM) and dismiss at 1:30 PM. 

Sycamore Public Library Summer Reading Program

The Sycamore Library will be offering "Read Beyond the Beaten Path," a summer reading program for children of all ages (birth to 12th grade), as well as adults. Reading over the summer is important so that students don't experience a loss with their reading skills, and this program can help! Watch the video and visit their website for more information. 

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My Middle School Program for Incoming Sixth Graders

Sycamore Middle School will host two “My Middle School” sessions this summer to help students transition from elementary school to middle school. During the program, students will: 

  • Meet a few new classmates before the school year begins;
  • Learn to navigate the building and use combination locks;
  • Hear from guest speakers for an inside perspective about what SMS has to offer; 
  • And more!

Session dates and registration details can be found by visiting the My Middle School webpage. Registration is required in advance of this program. 

Register Now!

Girls on the Run

Thank you to all of our students, staff, and volunteers who helped make our Girls on the Run season a huge success. We are all very proud of our girls for all of their hard work and dedication.

Are You Moving? 

We are now in the process of planning for next year. It is important for us to know about any changes in enrollment so we may plan class sizes, among other things, accordingly. If you are planning to move prior to the next school year (or if your child will be attending another school), please reply to this email with one of the statements below and your new address:

  • Yes, we are planning to move and will stay in the North School boundaries
  • Yes, we are planning to move and will stay within Sycamore School District
  • Yes, we are planning to move outside of the Sycamore School District

Music Sharing Day — 2nd-5th Grade

On Music Sharing Day, students can perform music that they have learned outside of music class--either at private lessons, a club, at home, etc. This is a perfect time for orchestra and band students to show what they have learned so far. Sharing Day will take place during your child’s normal music class time the week of May 17. If your child has a song that they would like to perform and is ready to perform, please fill out the Google Form below or send me an email at  

Students who would like to play a piece on the piano will be able to use the piano in the music room. Students wishing to play another instrument either need to bring their instrument to school that day or send me a home video that shows your student playing the instrument. If your child is singing a song, the lyrics need to be appropriate for school. Students who do not wish to share on Sharing Day will practice their good audience skills of respectfully watching and listening to their classmates and applauding after each performance. 

If you have any questions, the best way to reach me is through email. Sign your student up for Sharing Day using this link

Sign Up to Share

Below is the schedule for which days your student can participate.

West Sharing Days

  • Tuesday, May 17: Davey, Friel, Klein, Jacobson
  • Thursday, May 19: Sauber, Buckner, Brooks, Brantner

I look forward to seeing students share again! 

~Miss Isabella Crawl  

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WSO Ollie's Fundraiser

Celebrate the end of school with Ollie's! WSO is hosting a fundraiser at Ollie's Frozen Custard on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 from 1-9 PM. During that time, WSO will make 10% of all profits. We hope to see you there!

Spartan Food Pantry Open Wednesday, May 25!

The Spartan Food Pantry is excited to welcome guests to shop every other week on Wednesdays. On Wednesday, May 25, 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 for more information. 

May Core Value: Trustworthiness

Trustworthiness is the ability to keep promises, to be honest, and reliable.  

What does it mean to be trustworthy?

  • Being reliable or doing what you say you will do.
  • Doing the right thing even when it is not the easy choice.
  • Being loyal to friends and family.
  • Being honest in all circumstances.
  • Not deceiving, cheating, or stealing.

Book Suggestions

  • Swimmy by Leo Lionni
  • Big Fat Enormous Lie by M. Sharmat
  • Ruthie and The Not So Teeny Tiny Lie by Laura Rankin
  • How Could You? By Nancy Lowen
  • Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Label
  • The Empty Pot by Demi


Discussion Dilemmas

  • Discussion Dilemmas can be very effective for helping children wrestle with character choices. When talking about trustworthiness, try these questions:
    • Is cheating the same thing as lying? If not, which is worse?
    • How common do you think cheating is? Why do people cheat?
    • If a cashier gives you too much change and you knowingly keep it, is that stealing?
    • How does cheating, lying, or stealing affect trust? How do they affect friendships?
    • What should be the consequences of cheating? Of stealing? Of lying?
    • Is there ever a time when it’s okay to cheat or steal? If so, give an example.
    • What might you do if you catch a friend cheating or stealing?
    • Is it ever okay to tell a “little white lie” (for example, to spare someone’s feelings)? Why or why not?
    • Why is it important to keep your promises?
    • What happens when a friend doesn’t keep his or her promise to you?
    • How important is it that someone keeps your secrets?
    • What type of secret wouldn’t or couldn’t you keep?


Upcoming Dates

  • May 23rd Field Day
  • May 24th Field Day Rain Day 
  • May 24th Board of Education Meeting at 7 PM 
  • May 25th 5th Grade Awards 9:15-10:15 AM
  • May 25th Spartan Food Pantry 4:30-6 PM
  • May 26th Last Day of Student Attendance (This is a Thursday, but we will not be doing a late start. Normal start time. It will be a 1:30 PM early release on this day.) 
  • May 26th Progress Reports posted to Campus Portal — Assessments results sent home
  • May 26th 5th Grade Clap out