Weekly Update: November 2, 2021

Important Dates

Monday, November 1st

  • No School — Vacation Day

Tuesday, November 2nd

  • Doors Open at 8:30 AM, School Starts 8:45 AM
  • Band lessons (percussion, trumpet, trombone)
  • Choir 7:50 AM
  • Full Band Rehearsal after school 3:30-4:15
  • Lunch Choice A: Fajita Chicken Quesadilla, Choice B: Cheesy Beef Nachos

Wednesday, November 3rd

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

Thursday, November 4th

  • Late Start Thursday- Doors open at 9:15 AM, School Starts at 9:30 AM
  • Lunch Choice A: Savory Salisbury Steak, Choice B: Crispy Chicken Nuggets

Friday, November 5th

  • End of 1st Trimester
  • Lunch Choice A: BBQ Pork Rib Sandwich, Choice B: Cheese Pizza
  • 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.

Halloween Parade

Unfortunately with the weather we had to cancel our parade for our parents, but luckily we were able to have our parade indoors. It was so great to see all of our students dressed up and walking the halls for all of our students and staff. 

Book Fair

Thank you so much to everyone who helped out at our book fair or even purchased books from the book fair. It was a huge success and we are so appreciative of everyone who helped with this event. Our WSO is absolutely amazing and without all of their hard work and help the book fair would have never been possible. Thank you!

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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Upcoming WSO Meeting

The next WSO meeting will be held on Monday, November 8, 2021 at 7 PM in the West Elementary School Library. We hope to see you there!

West Elementary Choir Sign-up

West 4th and 5th grade elementary choir is a chance for your child to be coached on having a solid singing foundation and to sing some very fun choral music. Each elementary school will have their own in person choir that meets once a week before school.

Choir will rehearse Tuesday mornings from 7:50- 8:30 AM. If you have a child that is in Walk to Learn, they can leave choir early then go to the middle school for class that day. The first day of choir will be October 5th. 

We have two scheduled concerts this year, December 16 at 7:00 PM and May 2nd (time TBD) You can also pencil in a trip to a sing-in-the-stands event for the Chicago Wolves on March 13th. We will announce other singing opportunities that may arise during the year.

We will be asking the choir members to wear our choir shirt to each concert. The choir T- shirt will feature the new Sycamore choir logo and will be between $10.25 - $8.25 depending on quantities ordered. If you do not wish to order a shirt please provide a plain black T-shirt for the concerts. We will send an email about paying for the T-shirts after choir has begun with the exact price.

Choir Sign-Up

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

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

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

October Technology Update

October was a busy month in technology. Check out the update to learn more about what each grade level worked on!

Read the Update 

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 8th — Battle of the Books Competition @ 5:45 PM Middle School 
  • November 9th — Board of Education Meeting @ 7:00 PM
  • November 10th — Spartan Food Pantry 4:30-6:00 PM 
  • November 15th — Battle of the Books Practice 3:45-4:15 PM
  • November 15th — K Kids- Spartan Food Pantry
  • November 19th — Report Cards available in Parent Portal
  • 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