Weekly Update: September 7, 2021


Tuesday, September 7

  • MAP Make-ups  
  • ISEL Testing Begins for Kindergarten

Wednesday, September 8

  • MAP Make-ups
  • ISEL Testing for Kindergarten
  • Orchestra Instrument pick-up at Sycamore Middle School 6:00 - 7:00 PM
  • 5th Grade Band Sign up at North Grove 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Thursday, September 9

  • Late Start Thursday- Doors open at 9:15 school starts at 9:30
  • MAP Make-ups
  • ISEL Testing Begins for Kindergarten
  • 5th Grade Band Sign up at North Grove 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Friday, September 10

  • Have a Great Weekend!

Monday, September 13

  • Battle of the Books Practice Begins | 3:45 - 4:15 PM

Tuesday, September 14

  • Board of Education Meeting at 7:00 PM 

Wednesday, September 15

  • Spartan Food Pantry Open

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  • Water bottles are still required as the drinking fountains are turned off.
  • OSCAR will return for families for both AM and PM support.
    • Visit the OSCAR website for more information or to register for OSCAR.
    • OSCAR is available starting at 7:00 AM each morning
  • Masking and Social Distancing 
    • All students and staff will be masked while indoors at school.
    • No masks will be required while outside at recess or other outdoor activities.
    • We will maintain social distancing of three feet to the greatest extent possible.
    • During lunch students will be spaced three feet apart.
    • All students have received a lanyard to attach their mask to during the school day. 
  • Pets on school property- No pets are allowed on school property before or after school. We are sorry for the inconvenience but have students who are allergic as well as afraid.

Fall Benchmark Testing 

Continuing this week, for the next few weeks, students will be completing their fall benchmark assessments.   The first of three rounds of Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) will start. We use the MAP assessments to determine your child's instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year. These online tests focus on the areas of reading, fluency, and math and they adapt to be appropriate for your child's level of learning.

After Labor Day, our kindergarten students will be taking their first ISEL assessments one-on-one with their teacher or our reading interventionist. 

A schedule of specific testing times will be shared by your child’s classroom teacher.


4th Grade Recorder

In 4th grade, learning to play the recorder has been an integral part of the elementary music curriculum. We have always requested that students have a recorder for use at their home so they can do their homework while the students used a school recorder during music class. This year out of an abundance of caution, all students will need to bring their recorder to and from music class. If your family owns a recorder that is not being used by a 5th grade child it is completely fine to use that. They can be washed in hot soapy water and air dried. If they are Yamaha recorders, previously purchased through the school district, they are washed through the dishwasher.

If you are in need of a recorder, they are available for purchase through the school district for $5 through the Positive Paw Tickets. All students who have purchased a recorder through the district will receive them from their music teacher on the first day they begin recorder. We are hoping to begin recorder mid to late September and will send home the exact dates as we get closer.  Thank you if you have already purchased your recorder through the web store!

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5th Grade Recorder

We will be playing recorder again this year during the 5th grade music special. All 5th grade students will need to bring their home recorder to class beginning the week of October 4th. We will begin with a review of recorder basics and then each child will be working on recorder music at their individual level and will each be setting goals for their progress. If you purchased a recorder last year, that recorder will still work for this year's music class.  

If you did not participate in music last year, you may use an older sibling’s recorder (they can be washed in hot soapy water and air dried. If they are Yamaha recorders, previously purchased through the school district, they are washed through the dishwasher.)

If you are still in need of a recorder, they are available for purchase through the school district for $5 through the WebStore.  All students will need a recorder for their class starting October 4th. 

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5th Grade Band

It's that time of the year!  The Sycamore Fifth Grade Band Sign-up will be held at North Grove Elementary School on Wednesday, September 8 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) and Thursday, September 9 (6:30-7:30 p.m.).  Parents of fifth graders can come either one of those nights at any point to register their child, purchase lesson books and other accessories, and rent/buy an instrument as needed.  Representatives from Ellman's Music in Napervillewill be on hand, and teachers will be on hand to help answer questions.   If you have any questions, please e-mail either Ken GoodmanScott Mertens, or Bella Crawl.  


Student Arrival and Dismissal Schedule


  • 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


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


Sycamore Education Foundation Fundraiser | Take Root

We’re headed back to the barn!  Join us for the Sycamore Education Foundation's largest fundraising event of the year, Take Root presented by AT&T, on September 11 2021 from 6:00 – 11:00 PM at Dayton Farms 17443 Old State Road, Sycamore, IL.  The evening will feature live entertainment from Live at Joe’s, dinner, silent auction, raffles and more!

We’re so excited to announce the theme of this year’s Take Root… Tailgate & Celebrate! Come on out for a good old-fashioned tailgate party! Show us your team spirit by rocking your favorite sports team (professional or college). You can also feel free to bring along folding bag chairs to set up your “tailgate spot” while you enjoy the evening’s entertainment.

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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.

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September Core Value:

Respect: thinking and acting in a way that shows others you care about their feelings and their well-being.  When you respect someone you treat them kindly and use good manners.

Google Slide Respect Lesson

What is Respect? How do you show respect?

What can you do if you see someone not being respectful?

Books about Respect with video read alouds online:

Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller

The Way I Act by Steve Metzger

What If Everybody Did that? By Ellen Javernick

My Mouth Is A Volcano! By Julia Cook

Know And Follow Rules by Cheri Meiners



WOW Folders

In the next couple of weeks we will start using our WOW folders for all of our students here at West Elementary. These are the folders we send home weekly with all students. Please make sure you go through these folders because they may have picture forms, field trip forms, things that need to be signed, or students work. These will be sent home once a week so be on the lookout for these coming home. Since this is just the beginning of this for this year please help your child remember to put it back into their backpack.


Positive Paw Tickets

We are really excited to be bringing back our whole school positive paw tickets.  Our staff has tickets that they can give to students throughout the whole school day. If students receive a positive paw ticket they sign their name, and put it in our jar in the office. On Friday, we will pull 10 students' names who will be able to come to the office and earn a sweet treat. This is something that the students and staff have a lot of fun doing!


Fire Drill & Alice Drill

Monday we had a faulty smoke detector that activated our fire alarms in our building. I have to say our staff and students did an amazing job and did exactly what they were supposed to do. I couldn’t be more proud of our staff and students!

Friday we practiced our Alice Drill (this is our intruder drill). This is a drill where all of our staff and students practice either barricading their classrooms or getting out of the building. The Sycamore Police department helps us with this drill each year and everyone did a great job. Our staff talk with our students about this as well as practice this drill so all of our students know what to do as well as what to expect. Classroom teachers also read the book to our students called: “I am not scared….. I am Prepared.”