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North Notes: March 15, 2021

Upcoming Events

March 15

  • Designation Changes Begin
  • Extended Day Begins
  • Flower Fundraiser Begins!
  • Hybrid A Attendance Day!
  • Morning Meeting for all grades | 9:15 AM
  • Remote Learning Live Times | Various
  • Battle of the Books Battle (Virtual) vs. West School | 5:30 PM

March 16

  • Hybrid B Attendance Day!
  • Morning Meeting for all grades | 9:15 AM
  • 4th and 5th Grade Choir | 3:15 PM

March 17

  • Designation Changes for April are due today!
  • Hybrid A Attendance Day!
  • Morning Meeting for all grades | 9:15 AM
  • Remote Learning Live Times | Various
  • Spartan Food Pantry @ District Warehouse | 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

March 18

  • Hybrid B Attendance Day!
  • Morning Meeting for all grades | 9:15 AM
  • Remote Learning Live Times | Various

March 19

  • Remote Student Supply Pick-up | 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Morning Meeting for all grades | 9:15 AM
  • All content available asynchronously via Google Classroom
  • Supply Deliveries Begin, as available | 12:30 PM
  • School Dismisses at 1:00 PM
  • North School Office Closes at 1:30 PM

March 22-March 26

  • Spring Break | No School - No Asynchronous Content and Offices Closed

March 29

  • School resumes in Hybrid Schedule

Announcements

RETURN TO LEARN UPDATE

Beginning today, we will begin our new designation changes, along with some schedule changes. 

All morning times will stay the same:

  • Morning arrival 8:45 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Announcements 9:05 AM
  • Morning Meeting 9:15 AM

PM Dismissal Time has changed:

  • Dismissal begins at 2:05 PM with walkers and bus riders
  • All other students will complete the staggered dismissal at 2:10 PM

Live times are mostly unchanged. The third grade 1:00 PM live time will be changing to 1:10 PM.

Remote learning pods may be starting later with the extension of our school day.  Please pay special attention to directions from your child’s teacher on when to attend.

SCHEDULE CHANGES

Beginning today, March 15, our in-person day will now end at 2:10PM.   Bus riders and walkers will be dismissed from the building after the 2:05PM bell and car riders will be escorted out of the building after the 2:10PM bell.   

Morning arrival times will remain the same at 8:45AM-9:00AM, with morning announcements beginning at 9:05AM.   Morning meetings will still take place with students at home and with students in the room at 9:15AM.

Live times for all grades except 3rd grade will remain the same.   (Third grade will be moving their 1PM live to 1:10PM).   Remote learning pods will also be slightly altered.  Please pay attention to special directions from the teacher.

Sycamore Schools will remain on this hybrid - remote model through April 1.   Students who attend school in person should continue to follow their (A) Monday-Wednesday or (B) Tuesday-Thursday schedules for these next two weeks.

Beginning on April 6, our hybrid model will move to “In-person” instruction with four (4) days of in-person attendance, Monday - Thursday.   Students who are already attending hybrid will move to this mode of instruction.   If you have a current remote designation as of March 15, you can change your designation to request in-person instruction (or vice versa) on April 6 by responding to the email sent from the District communications department this weekend.

DESIGNATION CHANGES

Beginning on April 6, our in-person instructional model will move to four (4) days of attendance.  Additionally, our classroom spaces will be set-up to allow for social distance between 3 feet and 6 feet.   If you are interested in changing your instructional model from remote to hybrid or hybrid to remote for the final weeks of the school year, those changes must be submitted by the end of the day on Wednesday, March 17. We will utilize all of the remaining week and week after break to purchase supplies, move furniture, prepare common spaces, and update classroom rosters in preparation for Hybrid-A and Hybrid-B students to attend together. 

BUS TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS

If you need to change your student's transportation status, please submit a request to change bus transportation no later than Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

Updated transportation details for all bus riders will be shared on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

FOOD SERVICE REQUESTS

All students are eligible for a free breakfast and lunch through the end of the school year.   In-person students can make daily choices for these items when they are at school.   If you need meals on the days you are home or if you are a remote student and want to pick-up meals to have at home, please enroll your student into the take-home option no later than Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION - SPECIAL NOTICE

On March 17 & 18, the District will be handing out 14 day food boxes at the High School (at door E3) for meals through Spring Break. On March 15 and 16, we will continue to give out the 2-day food bags at the elementary schools for the Hybrid program, but no 3-day bags will be distributed for the remaining days of that week. Hybrid families will need to pick up 14-day boxes starting March 17th, just as the remote families do.  We will resume Hybrid bag distribution on Wednesday March 31st and Thursday April 1st along with the 7-day Remote bags.

FLOWER FUNDRAISER

Starting today, North School is selling beautiful hanging baskets and flower planters.  These items are due to deliver around Mother’s Day!  In conjunction with Roden’s Elegant Gardens in Roscoe, Illinois, we are happy to offer this PTO fundraiser as a way to assist our PTO continue their great work until we can continue to offer our clothing sale again next year.   Sales information will be going home with hybrid students on Monday and Tuesday, and with remote students in their Friday pick-up.

SPARTAN FOOD PANTRY OPEN WEDNESDAY!

The Spartan Food Pantry is excited to announce they have moved.  On Wednesday, March 17, patrons can collect food from their new location at the District Warehouse on 520 N. Maple Street, Sycamore.   Pantry patrons are in-person shopping!  Please bring a mask.   The pantry hours are 4:30PM-6:00PM.  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.

YEARBOOKS - INVENTORY HALF GONE!

Our limited inventory of yearbooks are available to be purchased online.   To order, go to www.inter-state.com/yearbook. All orders are first come first serve.    The cost of the yearbook is $11.00.  

ONLINE REGISTRATION

Online registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now available via the Campus Portal.  Registration may be completed by the primary residential guardian through June 4.  If you have any questions about the process or accessing your online portal account, please contact the District Administration Center at 815-899-8100.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AND ATTENDANCE

Based on guidance from the CDC and IDPH, additional requirements are necessary when returning to school after a trip outside of the United States.  If you and/or members of your family are planning to travel internationally, there are additional quarantine and/or Covid testing requirements to be completed prior to returning to school.   If you have travel plans taking you beyond the borders of the United States, please contact our main office and ask to speak with our nurse.  She will be happy to work with our District Head Nurse and County Health Department to establish your safe return to school.  

SUPPLY PICK-UP AND UPDATE FOR APRIL 

This Friday we will have a regular supply pick-up from 9:00AM-11:00AM to exchange classroom work and supplies.   Please stop by the front entryway of the school and locate your child’s classroom box.   Materials for return can be placed in the bucket near the door.  

On Friday, April 2, there will be no supply pick-up due to a school vacation day.  Pick-up is being moved to Thursday, April 1 from 2:30PM-7:00PM.   No delivery service will be available. 

Any technology supplies will need to be picked up in person.   If you are unable to make the supply pick-up times, please contact our office to arrange an alternate pick-up time.  We are happy to help!  Most items are available for pick-up by 7:00AM.  

DAILY SELF CERTIFICATION

As we continue to implement ways to keep our community and families safe, we have made some important changes to our process for symptomatic, exposed or COVID-19 positive students or staff. We understand this process has evolved many times throughout the pandemic. As our understanding of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) improves, we continue to make policy changes that help us keep students and staff members within the district as safe as possible. We appreciate your continued commitment to stay current with the latest information and help keep our schools operational throughout this challenging time. 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, they remain home from school and any extracurricular activities outside the home.

  • Fever or chills  
  • Moderate to Severe Headache 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Congestion/runny nose
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches

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.
  • Other household members of the student will be sent home as well. 
  • Students will be expected to remain home from school and any extracurricular activities until cleared to return by the school nurse. 

If your child will not be able to attend school or attend their online sessions, please contact our office to report an absence at 815-899-8209.

MEALS

Breakfast and lunch is available for all students attending in-person each day, free of charge.  Peanut butter and jelly along with the main menu offering is available daily.  Menus for breakfast and lunch can be found on the District website by clicking here.  Families wishing to sign-up for meals on days when school is not in session should contact our office or the District office at 815-899-8100.

ATTENDANCE

Students should always take time to complete the attendance form and watch the daily announcements first thing as part of their school routine.  This is important so we can be assured students are participating in school and receive our state funding. We appreciate you making this a priority for your child each day. If your child will not be able to participate in the school sessions for that day, please call our office to report an absence at 815-899-8209.

RESOURCES

THE FINAL SAY - A WORD FROM MR. FRANKS

As is evidence today, spring might be around the corner, but it isn’t quite here yet!  Please continue to dress your students for the weather, in layers, so they are comfortable.   We will go outside in the snow, and in the cold, as long as the temperature is above 0 degrees.  Many of our students are not coming with coats.   Please encourage them to grab that extra layer as they head out the door in the morning.

As a reminder, on Friday, students will still have a morning meeting and asynchronous content, but it may look a little different, as it is an “early dismissal." Next week we will be on spring break. There will be no student attendance or asynchronous content posted.   

If there is anything I can do to assist you with designation changes or other questions you may have, please feel free to contact me.

Have a great week!

Take care, stay well, and shine bright!

Mr. Franks