North Notes: August 30, 2021

IMPORTANT DATES

Tuesday, August 31

  • MAP Testing for 1st - 5th Grade (Math)  

Wednesday, September 1

  • Happy September!
  • MAP Testing for 1st - 5th Grade (Reading) 
  • 4th Grade Orchestra Sign-ups @ Sycamore Middle School | 4:00 - 7:00 PM
  • Spartan Food Pantry AT District Warehouse | 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Thursday, September 2

  • Late Start Thursday
  • MAP Testing for 1st - 3rd Grade (Fluency) 

Monday, September 6 

  • No School | Labor Day

Full Calendar

 

IN THIS ISSUE

 

2021-2022 School Year Reminders

It’s been great to see our North Stars 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.
  • OSCAR will return for families for both AM and PM support.
    • Click here 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 mask to during the school day.
 

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 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 WebStore for $5 through the online store. 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

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 WebStore for $5 through the online store. 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 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 – 7:00 PM

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 at speska@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.

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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.
Internet Service Site

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Resources

 

The Final Say - A Word From Mr. Franks

Where did August go! I can hardly believe that September is upon us.  Thank you to everyone for setting the foundation for a successful school year.   We’ve had excellent attendance, students and teachers are smiling, and we are learning new things.  We appreciate you sharing your children with us. 

I’d also like to give a big shout-out to our North Staff who are always going above and beyond in every way to keep achievement and relationships at the forefront of all they do.  I am so proud of all the efforts to get the year started so successfully.   This is going to be a great year.

Take care, stay well, and shine bright!

Mr. Franks