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Eagle Weekly: May 2, 2022

Important Dates

Monday, May 2

  • Elementary Choir Concert — 7 PM at Sycamore High School
  • 5th-grade band rehearsal 3:30-4:15 PM
  • Teacher Appreciation Week!
  • MAP Testing Begins

Tuesday, May 3

  • 4th/5th-grade orchestra rehearsal 3:30-4:15 PM
  • South Prairie PTO Meeting 7 PM in the Library or Virtual

Thursday, May 5

  • Late Start — Students can arrive at 9:15 AM. School starts at 9:30 AM.
  • District Theme Day: Shine bright like a diamond (wear sparkle, glitter, or metallic)

Friday, May 6

  • South Prairie Choir Rehearsal — CANCELLED

Monday, May 9

  • 5th-grade band rehearsal 3:30-4:15 PM

Tuesday, May 10

  • 4th/5th-grade orchestra rehearsal 3:30-4:15 PM
  • Sycamore School Board Meeting at the Life School Building

Thursday, May 12

  • Late Start — Students can arrive at 9:15 AM. School starts at 9:30 AM.

Friday, May 13

  • South Prairie Choir Rehearsal — 7:50-8:30 AM (FINAL REHEARSAL)

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2021-2022 School Year Reminders

Choir Announcement

The elementary choir concert is coming up soon — Monday, May 2! Please drop off your student at the high school auditorium at 5:50 PM so that we will have time to run through and rehearse the songs with all the elementary choirs and our pianist Mr. Mertens. After we rehearse, the students will have time for a bathroom/water break. The concert will then start at 7 PM and should end around 7:45 PM.

During the time between the 5:50 PM drop off and the 7 PM start, you are welcome to go out and then come back or wait inside the high school. 

Students can wear their choir shirt with nice pants/skirt; or a solid dark shirt with nice pants/skirt. 

I will be sending home some questions related to our concert theme "When Nature Sings" for the students to answer. We hope to include some student answers in the program. Attached is the worksheet.

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Sycamore Music Boosters

The Sycamore Music Boosters will be holding officer elections soon, and the following positions will be voted upon:  President, Secretary, Fundraising Chair. We are posting a call for volunteers to run for these positions. If you are interested, please look at the job descriptions below. To put your name on the ballot, please contact us at SycamoreMusicBoosters@gmail.com. These elections will happen at the May Music Booster Meeting.

The Sycamore Music Boosters meet every 3rd Thursday of the month from August through May.  Join this great parent support organization! For additional information please view the official boosters website.

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President

  • Presides at all meetings of the member and of the Board
  • Conducts the affairs of the organization with the direction and consent of the Board
  • Appoints committee members, coordinators, and committee chairpersons as needed to carry out the projects and activities of the organization
  • Represents the Music Boosters in matters with the Sycamore School Board and the public

Secretary 

  • Records and keeps the minutes of all meetings, providing copies of the minutes to the members of the Board

Fundraising Chair

  • Communicates with local/area businesses to develop fundraising opportunities
  • Organizes and manages fundraisers for the Music Boosters
  • Communicates with Publicity Chair to advertise fundraiser
  • Works with the Music Department Chair to notify the faculty about fundraising activities so that information can be passed to students and parents

Music Sharing Day — 2nd-5th Grade

On Music Sharing Day, students can perform music that they have learned outside of music class--either at private lessons, a club, at home, etc. This is a perfect time for orchestra and band students to show what they have learned so far. Sharing Day will take place during your child’s normal music class time the week of May 17. If your child has a song that they would like to perform and is ready to perform, please fill out the Google Form below or send me an email at icrawl@syc427.org.  

Students who would like to play a piece on the piano will be able to use the piano in the music room. Students wishing to play another instrument either need to bring their instrument to school that day or send me a home video that shows your student playing the instrument. If your child is singing a song, the lyrics need to be appropriate for school. Students who do not wish to share on Sharing Day will practice their good audience skills of respectfully watching and listening to their classmates and applauding after each performance. 

If you have any questions, the best way to reach me is through email. Sign your student up for Sharing Day using this link.

Sign Up

Math Supplement Opportunities

In an effort to provide awareness of the learning journey your student is on relative to some of the most important mathematical concepts, our math team is sharing some helpful visual learning progressions. These progressions represent how initial exposures to mathematics are built upon through the years. These videos are meant to both clarify and support your understanding as parents of how your student's thinking is advancing mathematically. If you find a particular progression video of interest, know that the goal is to highlight the building blocks that create a mathematician in every student. There is no homework or anything extra we are asking of you as parents, just to simply share the road teachers are traveling with your students on their way to a deep understanding of these concepts. Enjoy!

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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

 

Mr. Rucker's Quote of the Month

“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”

- Epictetus

Go South Prairie Eagles!

Mr. Rucker