Eagle Weekly: August 31, 2021

Important Dates

Tuesday, August 31

  • MAP Testing begins 1st -5th

Wednesday, September 1

  • 4th Grade Orchestra Sign-ups @ Sycamore Middle School | 4:00 - 7:00PM
  • Spartan Food Pantry @ District Warehouse | 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Thursday, September 2

  • Late Start Thursday (students can arrive at 9:15 | School Starts at 9:30)

Monday, September 6 

  • No School | Labor Day

Tuesday, September 7

Wednesday, September 8

  • 5th Grade Band Registration Night 1 at North Grove 6:30-8:30

Thursday, September 9 

  • 5th Grade Band Registration Night 2 at North Grove 6:30-7:30

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In this Issue:


2021-2022 School Year Reminders

It’s been great to see South Prairie Eagles back in the building, attending specials, and focusing on relationships.   A couple of reminders about school this year:

  • Water bottles are still required as the drinking fountains are turned off.
  • PTO Mum Orders are DUE: Thursday, September 2nd
  • Parents will no longer be able to walk their students to their classroom in the morning on Sept 1st  (we want to help students develop a sense of independence)
  • PTO South Prairie Spirit Wear orders Due September 15th
  • 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
  • Math Specialists and WIN Time
    • Each elementary school has hired a Math Specialist and we will be implementing a WIN (What I Need) block each day. This will further support student learning at all levels. We are very excited to add this customized learning time for students.
  • 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 masks to during the school day. 

Message from South Prairie PTO

Welcome back to school! We want to take this time to familiarize you with what PTO is and how you can get involved. PTO stands for Parent Teacher Organization. We support teachers, students and staff with school events, fundraising, and monetary support of education programs, equipment and services not covered by the school budget. You can help the PTO in many ways: attending a meeting (more information below), offering your time and skills for a variety of activities (fun fair, book fair, etc.), and sharing your connections with businesses that would support our programs and activities.  

We want to invite everyone to attend the first PTO meeting of the year on September 7 at 7:00 PM. PTO meetings will be held the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM in the library. If you can’t attend in-person we would love to have you join virtually. If you attend in-person or virtually you will be added in a raffle to win a local item or gift card at the end of the meeting. Two winners will be selected at each meeting. We hope to see everyone on the 7th! Please let us know if you have any questions!

-Carin Davenport (President), Whitney Wheeler (Vice-President) and Josh Boies (Treasurer)


Fall Benchmark Testing

Beginning 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 student'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 student'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 student’s classroom teacher.



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 Naperville  will 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.


Spartan Food Pantry Open Wednesday!

The Spartan Food Pantry is excited to welcome guests to shop every other week on Wednesdays. On Wednesday, September 1, 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. 


Cub Scout Pack 118 | Informational Night

When:  Tuesday, August 31 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Where: Behind North School (next to the playground)

Who:  Any boy or girl (kindergarten through 5th grade) who likes camping, hiking, and outdoor activities!

Consider Joining Pack 118

If you are unable to attend or if you have questions: Contact Cubmaster, Scott Peska atspeska@gmail.com  or 815-762-3838


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 11th 2021 from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. 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.

Purchase Tickets


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 Service Site