Weekly Update: May 3, 2022

Important Dates

Tuesday, May 3rd

  • Doors Open at 8:30 AM. School Starts at 8:45 AM.
  • Shield Testing Container Due
  • MAP Testing Begins
  • Band lessons (percussion/trumpet/trombone) 
  • Choir 7:50 AM
  • Lunch
    • Choice A: Macaroni and Cheese
    • Choice B: Cheesy Beef Nachos
  • After School Band Practice 3:30-4:15 PM
  • Girls on the Run Practice

Wednesday, May 4th

  • Doors Open at 8:30 AM. School Starts at 8:45 AM.

  • Return Library Books
  • MAP Testing  
  • Orchestra lessons (violin/viola)
  • Band lessons (clarinet/ percussion) 
  • Lunch
    • Choice A: Pancake w/ Ham
    • Choice B: Crispy Chicken Sandwich 
  • 5th Grade Tours to Middle School

Thursday, May 5th

  • Late Start Thursday — Doors Open at 9:15 AM. School Starts at 9:30 AM.
  • MAP Testing
  • Lunch
    • Choice A: Italian Meatball Sub
    • Choice B: Crispy Chicken Nuggets
  • Girls on the Run Practice after school

Friday,  May 6th 

  • Doors Open at 8:30 AM. School Starts at 8:45 AM.

  • MAP Testing
  • Library Check-out 
  • Lunch
    • Choice A: “Say Cheese” toasted sandwich
    • Choice B: Cheese Pizza
  • Have a Great Weekend!

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Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

We've searched high and low but CAMP find any teachers and staff better than you! We wanted to in-TENT-sly say THANK YOU for all you do!

The WSO will be celebrating our teachers and staff from May 2 - May 6, 2022 and they need your help! Below are the themes for each day of the week — please consider donating food, drinks or supplies.  

  • Monday, May 2, 2022 — Happy Trails
    • Get your snack on with trail mix and granola bars galore!
  • Tuesday, May 3, 2022 — Lumberjack Breakfast
    • Enjoy a BIG breakfast with donuts, coffee, and more!
  • Wednesday, May 4, 2022 — Campfire Walking Tacos
    • Grab some nachos, chili, and tacos
  • Thursday, May 5, 2022 — We Need S'More Staff Like You
    • Enjoy some sweet treats!
  • Friday, May 6, 2022 — No Feeding the Bears (we will feed you)
    • Enjoy a boxed lunch on us!

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Choir Announcement

Dear choir families, 

With our concert being in a week, I wanted to provide some reminders and additional info:  

Students should arrive at the high school auditorium at 5:50 PM so that we will have time to run through and rehearse the songs. The concert will then start at 7:00 PM. Students can wear their choir shirt with nice pants/skirt; or a solid dark shirt with nice pants/skirt. If you know that your child will not be attending the concert, please let me know by responding to this email. 

Following the concert, we will not have rehearsal Tuesday morning May 3 or Friday morning May 6. However, we will have one final meeting on these days: 

  • West final choir meeting Tuesday, May 10 at 7:50 AM
  • South Prairie final choir meeting Friday, May 13 at 7:50 AM 

During these final meet times, we will share our thoughts on the concert and then sing some songs just for fun as a celebration of our final meeting. 

Thank you so much for all the support you have provided to the Sycamore music program. I look forward to seeing you at the concert! 

Miss Isabella Crawl 
Music Teacher 
South Prairie and West Elementary Schools

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 icrawl@syc427.org.  

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

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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  

Field Day: Volunteers Needed

This year's field day is scheduled for Monday, May 23, 2022 (rain date Tuesday, May 24, 2022). We are in need of full day and/or half day volunteers — volunteers only, no younger siblings. 

  • Full Day 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM (45 minute lunch)
  • Half Day Morning 9:30 to 11:45 AM (grades 3-5)
  • Half Day Afternoon 12:15 to 2:30 PM (grades K-2)

If you could volunteer your time either for a half day or full day we would greatly appreciate it. Please sign and return the volunteer sheet that was home, to school by Monday, May 16, 2022. 

West Fest Family Fun Fair

West Fest is scheduled for Friday, May 13, 2022 from 6:30-8 PM. Join us for games, prizes, and raffles! No food will be served this year. Wristband presale will begin Wednesday, May 4, 2022 and wristbands are $5 each. 

WSO Officers

If any parent is interested in being a part of our amazing WSO group as co- president or secretary, we have these opportunities for next year. If interested please contact me and let me know. Our WSO is awesome and does so many great things for our West School. 

Music Boosters Announcement

The Sycamore Music Boosters will be holding officer elections soon, and the following positions will be voted upon:  President, Secretary, Fundraising Chair. We are posting a call for volunteers to run for these positions. If you are interested, please look at the job descriptions below.

To put your name on the ballot, please contact us at SycamoreMusicBoosters@gmail.com. These elections will happen at the May Music Booster Meeting.

The Sycamore Music Boosters meet every 3rd Thursday of the month from August through May. Join this great parent support organization! For additional information please view the official boosters website

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  • Presides at all meetings of the member and of the Board
  • Conducts the affairs of the organization with the direction and consent of the Board
  • Appoints committee members, coordinators, and committee chairpersons as needed to carry out the projects and activities of the organization
  • Represents the Music Boosters in matters with the Sycamore School Board and the public


  • Records and keeps the minutes of all meetings, providing copies of the minutes to the members of the Board
  • Fundraising Chair
  • Communicates with local/area businesses to develop fundraising opportunities
  • Organizes and manages fundraisers for the Music Boosters
  • Communicates with Publicity Chair to advertise fundraiser
  • Works with the Music Department Chair to notify the faculty about fundraising activities so that information can be passed to students and parents

Kane County Cougars Reading Challenge

West Elementary School will be participating in the Cougars Reading Club, a reading incentive program sponsored by the Kane County Cougars baseball team. This runs from Monday, March 21, 2022 through Monday, May 16, 2022. Your student will have the opportunity to improve their reading skills while earning a ticket to a Cougar’s game, a drawstring bag, hot dog, and drink to enjoy during the game.

The Game Plan and Parent Verification Forms were sent home with your student. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact 

Reading Specialists Mrs. Rubeck (erubeck@syc427.org) or Mrs. Ward (jward@syc427.org).

Online Registration

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 registrar@syc427.org 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.

Top Five Tips for Encouraging Math Learning at Home

  1. Notice math everywhere. Support your student in finding opportunities to notice and use math outside of the classroom everyday. (e.g., playing games, cooking and baking, estimating how much your groceries will cost when you get to the checkout...etc.) 
  2. Be positive. Everyone can learn mathematics with perseverance. Avoid ever saying things like, “I was never good at math, so it’s ok if you aren’t good at math either.” There is no such thing as a math gene. The idea that only a select few are skillful at math is both a myth and an excuse. Doing math just takes perseverance and a positive attitude, but everyone can enjoy success with mathematics. Model that perseverance and success at home. 
  3. Avoid taking over. If your child is working on math homework, encourage your child to share their thinking and promote the idea that there are many ways to arrive at the solution to a problem. You want the math thinking to come from your child. As you support your child, work to avoid being too quick to take over. Your student may not understand your thinking. Keep the pencil in your child’s hand.
  4. Ask questions that encourage understanding. One good strategy is to ask, “Tell me what the problem is, and can you help me understand how you are solving it?” These types of questions can buy a bit of time for you to get your thoughts together as a parent, and also place yourself and your child on a level playing field.
  5. Set high expectations. Children need to learn to persevere, and to adjust thinking and strategies if their first attempt at a solution is unsuccessful. Encourage your child to keep on trying. If your child gets frustrated, take a break and come back to it. You want to support GRIT and a Growth Mindset. Always look for opportunities to highlight the ways you as an adult never give up and how it’s ok to make mistakes. In fact, mistakes are a great way to better understand the misconceptions in your child’s understanding. 

For those of you looking to learn more, check out A Family’s Guide: Fostering Your Child’s Success in School Mathematics.

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Kindergarten Registration

Sycamore School District has started online registration for next year.  Along with that, the district is now registering kindergarten students for the 2022-2023 school year.  If you have a child or know others in the community with a child who turns five years old on or before the 1st of September, please call the district office at (815) 899-8100 to register for kindergarten.

Elementary SHIELD Testing

Please remind your students that these will be collected every Tuesday. Thank you for your help and understanding with this process.

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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Spartan Food Pantry Open Wednesday, May 11!

The Spartan Food Pantry is excited to welcome guests to shop every other week on Wednesdays. On Wednesday, May 11, 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. 

Upcoming Dates

  • May 2nd-13th MAP Testing, ISEL Testing (Kindergarten students); and NSGRA Testing
  • May 9th-13th Spring Book Fair
  • May 9th- WSO Meeting @7:00 PM
  • May 13th 4th Graders Field Trip to Sycamore Park
  • May 13th West Fest- 6:30-8:00 No Food will be served/ provided
  • May 17th Kindergarten Field Trip to Peck Farm
  • May 18th 2nd Grader Field Trip to local farms`
  • May 18th 5th Graders Field Trip to Medieval Times 
  • May 23rd Field Day
  • 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 early release on this day.