North Notes: January 3, 2022

Important Dates

Monday, January 3

  • Happy New Year!
  • School Resumes — Welcome Back!
  • No Orchestra Rehearsal

Wednesday, January 5

  • Full Band Rehearsal | 3:30 PM
  • Spartan Food Pantry @ District Warehouse | 4:30 PM

Thursday, January 6

  • Late Start | Doors Open at 9:15 AM, School Begins at 9:30 AM

Friday, January 7

  • Happy Friday!
  • Choir Rehearsal | 7:45 AM

Full Calendar

School Year Reminders

  • Morning drop-off on Monday-Wednesday and Friday is 8:30 AM.  Supervision is not available before that time. Please try to send your student to school between 8:30 - 8:45 AM.
  • Each Thursday our school will have a late start. School begins at 9:30 AM, with drop-off beginning at 9:15 AM. Please send your student to school between 9:15 AM - 9:30 AM, as there is not outside supervision before that time.
  • All students should bring a water bottle. Our drinking fountains are turned off, but our bottle fillers remain on.
  • All students should wear a clean, well-fitted mask that covers their nose, mouth and chin, snug around the cheeks with no gaps. All masks should be multiple layers made up of two or more washable, breathable fabric. Spare masks in a backpack or left at school are important as masks may tear, get wet, or need to be replaced throughout the day.
  • If your child is feeling sick or if you have a person exhibiting COVID symptoms in your home, please do not send your child to school.   Call us for details on your next steps. 
  • Students arriving or departing school on a bike should remember to get off and walk it once on school grounds. This helps keep our other friends and guests safe as they walk to school or wait for their students for the evening.

Welcome, Ms. Crawford!

On behalf of North School, we welcome our very own Ms. Terrie Crawford as the new building secretary and administrative assistant. Ms. Crawford is a long-time Sycamore community  and team member. She most recently has been a technology assistant in our building and at South Prairie. When the opportunity presents itself, please introduce yourself and welcome her to the front office team! 

Market Day

Market Day is back! We are so excited to be offering this service to our families again — with direct mail order service and profits for our school! To register your own account click here for information. Our PTO appreciates the support.

Register for Market Day

Reading Fun from Sycamore Library

Our community supports our young readers! Try one of these programs today — remember all District students qualify for library cards! 

View Programs

Spartan Food Pantry Open This Week!

The Spartan Food Pantry is excited to welcome guests to shop every other week on Wednesdays. On Wednesday, January 5, 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 for more information. 

Math Games

Games are a great way to promote learning while having fun and engaging the entire family. The Math Specialists suggest the followingboard games and Eureka card 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

View Eureka Card Games

Early Learning Resources

Check out this new early learning resource to support families: a series of short videos aligned with the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) measures, featuring real families sharing ways to support their 3-5 year olds as they develop social-emotional, math and literacy skills. These videos also align to Basics DeKalb County, our local birth-age 3 initiative.

View Video in English

Ver video en español

1st Place Spirit Wear Now Available

If you would like to purchase some North School spirit wear, check out our new online shop. With the ease of an online shop, we require no order deadlines and no minimums! All orders are shipped directly to home and proceeds of every sale come back to support our school.

Purchase Spirit Wear

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.

District Travel Guidelines

At this time, students will not need to be excluded after traveling (domestic or international). Individuals who have traveled should closely monitor symptoms for 14 days after arriving home. If symptoms develop, that individual should stay home and notify their school. It is recommended that those who travel internationally should test 3-5 days after returning.   


The Final Say — A Word From Mr. Franks

Happy New Year and Welcome Back! 

It’s that time of year again! Our District Young Author competition is a great way to encourage students to become authors. Students are encouraged to write and illustrate their own book. Only student completed stories/books may be entered in the event. Stories will be judged on originality, presentation, use of story elements, and illustrations. We are excited to be offering this event again this year. All submissions must be completed and turned in by Friday, January 21.

Brrr… it’s getting cold out here! Snow is flying and temperatures are dropping. Please make sure all students have their proper winter gear when leaving the house each morning. Warm coats, hats, gloves, and snow pants are valuable outside recess/mask break necessities. We will go outside unless the windchill is zero or below.

Take care, stay well, and shine bright!

Mr. Franks