North Notes: March 29, 2021

Upcoming Events

March 29

  • Hybrid A Attendance Day!
  • Morning Meeting for all grades | 9:15 AM
  • Remote Learning Live Times | Various
  • 5Essential Surveys to Students

March 30

  • Hybrid B Attendance Day!
  • Morning Meeting for all grades | 9:15 AM
  • Remote Learning Live Times | Various
  • 5Essential Surveys to Students
  • 4th and 5th Grade Choir | 3:15 PM

March 31

  • Hybrid A Attendance Day!
  • Morning Meeting for all grades | 9:15 AM
  • Remote Learning Live Times | Various
  • 5Essential Surveys to Students
  • Spartan Food Pantry @ District Warehouse | 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

April 1

  • Happy April!  New Core Value Begins | Responsibility
  • Hybrid B Attendance Day!
  • Morning Meeting for all grades | 9:15 AM
  • Remote Learning Live Times | Various
  • 5Essential Surveys to Students
  • Remote Supply Pick-up | 2:30 PM - 7:00 PM

April 2

  • No School | Vacation Day
  • No Asynchronous Activities | District/School Offices Closed

April 5

  • No School | Vacation Day
  • No Asynchronous Activities | District/School Offices Closed

April 6

  • 4-Day In-person Learning Begins



Next week on Tuesday, April 6, we will start our in-person learning four days per week.   As we make plans for this change, please make sure you are aware and plan for the following changes to occur:

  • In-person learners will attend school Monday-Thursday from 9:00 AM - 2:10 PM (arrival begins at 8:45 AM)
  • Remote learners will continue to participate in live sessions daily
  • Any remote student who will be absent from a live session must contact the office prior to the absence with a reason for the absence
  • Teachers will only be posting recordings of live sessions for excused absences
  • Any vacation days away from school need to be preapproved using the vacation request form. These can be requested through Mrs. Horan in the main office.  
  • Fridays will be asynchronous learning days for all learners
  • In person learners will be three feet apart in the classroom
  • All masking requirements remain the same; Gaiter style masks may be worn as long as they are double layered and fit snugly over the nose and mouth.
  • During lunch and snack students will have their masks off and will remain six feet apart
  • All students will complete their specials daily asynchronous
  • Remote learners may see changes to their instructional delivery and learning boards.


All 4th and 5th grade students will be asked to take the 5Essentials survey.   In-person learners will take the survey this week.   If you are a remote learner and want to participate in the survey, please contact the office as soon as possible.  Mr. Franks will contact you with the necessary information and instructions or set-up a time for you to come to the building to complete the survey.    Surveys must be completed by April 2.


Districts throughout Illinois will be taking the Illinois Assessment of Readiness in grades 3-5.  We will be starting these assessments the week of April 12.  The testing schedule is outlined below.   If you are a remote family, please note that we are setting up our computer lab with six feet of social distancing for remote learners to attend and take the assessments.   You are not allowed to take the state assessments in a remote setting.    As a building we need to be prepared for this process.   If you are planning to attend the in-person testing sessions, please contact Mr. Franks or your child’s teacher to let us know.  We will not be teaching live during testing sessions.


  • Tuesday, April 13 | 10:30AM-11:45AM
  • Thursday, April 15 | 10:30AM-11:30AM
  • Tuesday, April 20 | 10:30AM-11:45AM
  • Thursday, April 22 | 10:30AM-12:15PM
  • Tuesday, April 27 | 10:30AM-11:30AM


  • Tuesday, April 13 | 10:30AM-12:00PM
  • Thursday, April 15 | 10:30AM-11:30AM
  • Tuesday, April 20 | 10:30AM-12:00PM
  • Thursday, April 22 | 10:30AM-12:15PM
  • Thursday, April 27 | 10:30AM-11:30AM


  • Monday, April 12 | 10:30AM-12:00PM
  • Wednesday, April 14 | 10:30AM-11:30AM
  • Monday, April 19 | 10:30AM-12:00PM
  • Wednesday, April 21 | 10:30AM-12:15PM
  • Monday, April 26 | 10:30AM-11:30AM
  • Wednesday, April 28 | 10:30AM-11:30AM
  • Thursday, April 29 | 10:30AM-12:30PM


It’s time to enter your ideas for the 2021-2022 Pumpkin Festival theme!  Please complete the paper form that is available at school or use the Google Form below.  All entries are due by Friday, April 2.



Show some school spirit as the elementary schools in the District celebrate learning next week with the following dress-up days:

  • Tuesday - April 6 |  Backwards Day
  • Wednesday - April 7 | Hawaiian Day
  • Thursday - April 8 | Sports Day


Per PTO by-laws, April is nomination month for our officer positions.  If you are interested in running for a PTO Officer position for next school year, please email me by Wednesday, April 7.   When contacting me, please email me your name and your position of interest:  president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer.   Officers serve a term of one year and can have the same position for two consecutive terms.  Elections are held annually at the May meeting.


We are excited to announce the return of our summer OSCAR program! This program is open to all students currently attending Sycamore elementary schools in Kindergarten through 5th grade. The program will operate from 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM each weekday beginning Monday, June 14, 2021 through Friday, August 6, 2021,  at South Prairie Elementary School. The program will be closed Monday, July 5.  

Due to safety precautions, this program will be limited to 100 students. A waitlist will be created once registration slots are filled.  

Online registration will open at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, April 1, 2021. To register, any outstanding OSCAR balances must be paid in full, in addition to a registration fee of $40.00 per student. Students must attend a minimum of four days per week during the summer to register. The cost of this program is $35.00 per day, per student, and includes breakfast, snack, and lunch each day. Financial assistance is available for families that qualify, through 4-C: Community Coordinated Child Care.


North School is selling beautiful hanging baskets and 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 has gone home and sales are going on now through April 8.


The Spartan Food Pantry is excited to announce they have moved.  On Wednesday, March 31, 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 for more information.


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


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


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.


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.


Breakfast and lunch are 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.


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.



I hope you all had a great spring break!   This week we have a four-day week with Friday, April 2 being a vacation day.   Next week, we will also be having a four-day week, as we have Monday off.   On Tuesday, April 6, our hybrid-A and hybrid-b groups will be attending school together each day Mondays-Thursdays.  

As we prepare for our transition to our four day in-person model, Wednesday and Thursday this week we will begin making furniture adjustments in classrooms.  This may result in students being closer than six feet of social distancing.   

Thank you for all of your support during this transitional time.  If you have not had a chance to fill out the parent portion of the 5Essentials Survey, there is still time through Friday.   We value your input.  The survey can be found here.  

Enjoy your week and this extended weekend with family and friends.

Take care, stay well, and shine bright!

Mr. Franks