Weekly Update: November 15, 2021

Important Dates

Monday, November 15th

  • Doors Open at 8:30 AM, School Starts 8:45 AM
  • Lunch Choice A: Chicago Style Hot Dog - Choice B: Juicy Cheeseburger
  • Battle of the Books Practice after school
  • K-Kids Spartan Food Pantry

Tuesday, November 16th

  • Doors Open at 8:30 AM, School Starts 8:45 AM
  • Band lessons (percussion, trumpet, trombone)
  • Choir 7:50 AM
  • Lunch Choice A: Turkey Dinner - Choice B: Cheesy Beef Nachos
  • Band Concert @ 7:45 PM at High School (band students arrive at 7:00 PM)

Wednesday, November 17th

  • Doors Open at 8:30 AM, School Starts 8:45 AM
  • Return Library Books 
  • Orchestra lessons (violin/viola)
  • Band lessons (clarinet) 
  • Lunch Choice A: Pancake w/ egg - Choice B: Crispy Chicken Sandwich 
  • K-Kids Meeting After School

Thursday, November 18th

  • Late Start Thursday - Doors Open at 9:15 AM, School Starts at 9:30 AM
  • Lunch Choice A: Italian Meatball Sub - Choice B: Crispy Chicken Nuggets

Friday, November 19th

  • Lunch Choice A: “Say Cheese” Toasted Sandwich - Choice B: Cheese Pizza
  • Report Cards opened in Parent Portal
  • Have a Great Weekend!

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Parking Reminder

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

Thank a Staff Member!

November is a time to reflect and show thanks to those around us. We are so grateful for our students, staff, families, and community. As a way to share this gratitude, send your appreciation to a Sycamore Community School District 427 staff member! Deadline for submissions is Friday, November 19, 2021, and certificates will be emailed out the following week. 

Complete the Form

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

Parent Teacher Conferences

Please make sure you signed up for your conference.

November 22nd

  • No School, Parent Teacher Conferences — 1:00-8:00 PM, In-Person

November 23rd

  • No School, Parent Teacher Conferences — 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Virtual

WSO Chocolate Fundraiser

The WSO is proud to partner with Fannie May this year for our first annual chocolate fundraiser!

Order forms with payment are due Friday, November 19, 2021. Products will be delivered to West the week of December 6, 2021.

Email Melissa Laurie at melissaleighb@gmail.com with any questions.

Recorder Reminder for 4th and 5th Graders

Attention all 4th and 5th grade families: All 4th and 5th grade students must have a recorder that they can bring to music class every week. We have just officially learned how to play 3 notes, and it is an important part of the curriculum that students can play those notes on the recorder--not just finger positions. If you are in need of a recorder, please order one through the district's web store.

Order a Recorder

After you have paid online for a recorder, I will give your student their recorder in music class. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know! 

Miss Isabella Crawl 


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.

Progress Reports

Your student’s second trimester progress report is now available in your Campus Parent Portal account. To access their progress report, please follow these steps: 

  1. Log in to your Campus Parent Portal account.  
  2. Click “documents” from the menu on the left. 
  3. Select the progress report you would like to view. Your student’s progress report will open in a PDF file. 

These steps are demonstrated in this video.

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. 

November Core Value


  • Take responsibility for what goes on around you.
  • Participate in community service.
  • Help take care of the environment.
  • Be a good neighbor.
  • Treat other people with respect and dignity.
  • Follow the rules of your family, your school, and your society.
  • Citizenship Explained by Britannica Kids
  • Teaching Children to be Good Citizens

Possible activities to teach citizenship:

Books (read aloud videos):

Upcoming Dates

  • November 22nd — No School, P/T Conferences in person 1:00-8:00 PM
  • November 23rd — No School, P/T Conferences 8:00-3:00 PM Virtual
  • November 24th — No School, Vacation Day
  • November 25th — Thanksgiving
  • November 26th — No School, Vacation Day