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Eagle Weekly: December 6, 2021

Important Dates

Monday, December 6

  • Battle of the Books vs. North 

Tuesday, December 7

  • PTO Meeting — Virtual Link
  • Picture Make-up Day
  • Elementary Orchestra Concerts in the High School Auditorium
    • 4th Grade — SP/West at 6:45PM (arrive at 6:30 PM)
    • 5th Grade — All  at 7:30PM (arrive at 7:15 PM)

Thursday, December 9

  • Late Start — students can arrive at 9:15 AM, school starts at 9:30 AM

The Horizon

Monday, December 13

  • Holiday Theme — Dress like a candy cane! (red and white)

Tuesday, December 14

  • Holiday Theme — Dress Your Best! 
  • Holiday Tea

Wednesday, December 15

  • Holiday Theme — Warm Winter Wednesday (plaid/flannel day)

Thursday, December 16

  • Late Start — students can arrive at 9:15 AM, school starts at 9:30 AM
  • Holiday Theme — Pajama Day/Cozy Gear

Friday, December 17

  • Holiday Theme — Ugly Sweater
  • 2 hour early release
  • Winter Party

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2021-2022 School Year Reminders

  • Here are the Positive Behavior Referrals for November
  • Please send students with coats, hats and gloves for recess.  District policy that if it is dry and above zero degrees Fahrenheit, they will be going outside.

Holiday Tea — December 14

We are very excited about this event since we couldn't do it last year! Students will have the chance to dress up, use their best table manners, and have holiday cookies and 'tea' (lemonade) in the library with their classmates on December 14. We need volunteers to send in cookies (all store-bought - including peanut-free varieties), as well as a few volunteers to help the students pick out their cookies and pour lemonade. Volunteers in the building will need to comply with the District's visitor policy.

If you would like to volunteer your time or donate items, please utilize the sign up genius form.

Volunteer to Help with Holiday Tea

Math Board Games for Home

Board games are a great way to promote learning while having fun and engaging the entire family. The Math Specialists suggest the followingboard games as an excellent way to reinforce math skills from home. Through games, you can connect family fun and learning. The Math Specialists look forward to sharing more ideas to promote ways and incorporate math at home. Enjoy!

View Board Games

Elementary Orchestra Concert Information

  • Date | Tuesday, December 7th
  • Place | Sycamore High School Auditorium
  • Times 
    • North and North Grove 4th Grade — 6:00 PM concert (arrive at 5:45 PM)
    • Southeast, South Prairie, and West 4th Grade — 6:45 PM concert (arrive at 6:30 PM)
    • ALL 5th Grade — 7:30 PM concert (arrive at 7:15 PM)
  • What to Bring | Instrument & book or necessary music. No music stands.  
  • Concert Uniform | Solid white top. Solid black pants or a full-length skirt. Black socks and black shoes. 
  • Questions? Contact Mrs. Marberry at mmarberr@syc427.org

4th and 5th Grade Recorder Information

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 

icrawl@syc427.org 

Daily Self Certification

Please call the school office if your student is feeling ill, and be prepared to answer a few questions that will help us quickly and efficiently evaluate your child so that we can provide you information based on the latest recommended guidelines. It is imperative that if your student is experiencing ANY of the following symptoms, your student should stay home from school and any extracurricular activities outside the home.

  • Temperature of 100.4 (or greater) degrees Fahrenheit/38 degrees Celsius;
  • Cough;
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
  • Chills;
  • Fatigue;
  • Muscle and body aches;
  • Moderate to severe headache;
  • Sore throat;
  • New loss of taste or smell;
  • Vomiting;
  • Diarrhea; or
  • Any other COVID-19 symptoms identified by the CDC or IDPH.

We know that things may look a little different this year and we are committed to keeping you informed on the changes that are taking place. Here is an overview of what your student can expect if they come to the Health Office with any of the symptoms listed above:

  • The student will be brought to the health office where the nurse or their designee will quickly evaluate the student’s condition. 
  • If it is determined that they are experiencing any COVID-like symptoms the student will be escorted to a designated and supervised isolation area. 
  • The school nurse will notify the parent/guardian and walk them through the process of what is required for the student to return to school. 
  • Sick students should be safely transported home by parent or guardian as soon as possible.
  • Siblings/household members of the symptomatic student may also be sent home.
  • Students will be expected to remain home from school and any extracurricular activities until cleared to return by the school nurse.

Job Opportunities

There are many open positions in Sycamore Community School District 427. We are in desperate need of bus drivers and paraprofessionals. Please take a look and pass the word about these opportunities to join our team!

District 427 Job Opportunities

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

Resources

  • Sycamore School District Back to School Website
  • Social-Emotional - Jennifer Kamm, South Prairie Social Worker
  • Sycamore School District Food Service and Menus

A Word from Mr. Rucker

It’s always a great day for a great day!

Go Eagles!

Mr. Rucker