Weekly Update: October 4, 2021

Important Dates

Monday, October 4th

  • Doors Open at 8:30 School Starts 8:45
  • Orchestra lessons (cello, bass)
  • K-Kids until 4:45

Tuesday, October 5th

  • Doors Open at 8:30 School Starts 8:45
  • Band lessons 
  • Choir 7:50 AM 

Wednesday, October 6th

  • Doors Open at 8:30 School Starts 8:45
  • Return Library Books 
  • Orchestra lessons ( violin/viola)

Thursday, October 7th

  • Late Start Thursday- Doors open at 9:15 school starts at 9:30

Friday, October 8th 

  • Doors Open at 8:30 School Starts 8:45
  • Positive Paw Ticket Drawing
  • Have a Great Weekend!

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Parking Reminder

Please do not park in the staff parking lot (behind the school) before or after school

Employment Opportunities

We currently have 2 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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School Pictures

School pictures will be taken by Inter-State Studio on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Families can use code 61991WA to order pictures online.

Online Picture Order Form

Library Books, Library Books, Library Books

Please make sure students are returning their library books every Wednesday. On Friday, students will go to the library and check out new books. 

2020-2021 Yearbooks

If you are interested in still purchasing last year’s yearbook we do still have some left. The cost is $10.95. 

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. 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 p.m.  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

Band, Orchestra, and Choir Announcement

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COVID-19 Travel Guidance and Requirements

For our families or staff with any upcoming travel plans, we wanted to communicate how the district is handling travel situations.

For DOMESTIC travel: 

Please visit the CDC website for guidance on testing and quarantine protocol after travel within the United States. 

For INTERNATIONAL travel:

Please visit the CDC website for guidance for testing and quarantine after traveling. Type your destination country in the search bar or click the country on the world map. You will see country specific guidance based on travel risk.

In a situation where a parent(s) travels, but the student does not travel, the student does not need to quarantine.

Please contact your school nurse prior to travel, if possible. They will provide you with Information we will need prior to your child(ren) returning to in person learning including:

  • What country you travel to
  • What date you return to the US
  • Your mode of transportation (airplane, bus, car, etc).

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(s) has been cleared by the school nurse, your child(ren) should quarantine at home and participate in remote learning.

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

Student Arrival and Dismissal Procedure

Arrival

  • 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

Dismissal

  • 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

The U shape parking in front of our school is for buses only. When dropping off or picking up please park in the front designated parking areas. 

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

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. 

Classroom parties we will only be allowed to have 3 parents per classroom help. If you are planning on helping at classroom parties please know you will have to prove you are vaccinated in order to be in the building. Also, we can’t allow siblings since we are limited in space in our classrooms. Thanks for understanding!

Kindergarten Physicals

The school nurse would like to remind all of our kindergarten guardians that the school physicals and immunizations are due. Please have your child bring them to the classroom teacher or they can be dropped off at the front office. These are due ASAP.

Internet Support

Federal aid is now available specifically to help families pay for high-speed internet service, plus a computer or tablet. It’s called the Emergency Broadband Benefit, and it provides discounts of up to $50 a month for high-speed internet along with a one time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider.  

Households qualify if anyone in the household is eligible for the free and reduced-price school lunch or breakfast programs; participates in SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline; received a Federal Pell Grant this year; or lost significant income due to furlough or job loss since Feb. 29, 2020. Please see the link below for more details about this support program.

Internet Support

October Core Value

Collaboration - to work with another person or group in order to achieve or do something.  It involves cooperation, teamwork, the sharing of ideas, knowledge and skills.    

Possible activities to teach collaboration:

Books:

Videos:

Upcoming Dates

  • October 11th Fire Prevention Day at West — we will practice a fire drill with the Sycamore Police Department and then each grade level will have a presentation from the fire department. 
  • October 11th — Battle of the Books Practice
  • October 12th — School Pictures 
  • October 12th — Board of Education Meeting @ North Grove at 7:00PM
  • October 13th — Spartan Food Pantry 4:30-6:00 PM