North Notes: November 15, 2021

Important Dates

Monday, November 15

  • 4th Grade After School  Orchestra Rehearsal | 3:30 PM in the music room
  • Battle of the Books Battle @ Sycamore Middle School | 5:45 PM

Tuesday, November 16

  • Band Concert @ Sycamore High School Auditorium | 6:15 PM

Wednesday, November 17

  • Picture Retake Day!
  • Full Band Rehearsal | 3:30 PM in the music room

Thursday, November 18

  • Late Start Thursday | Doors open at 9:15 AM, school starts at 9:30 AM
  • Battle of the Books Practice | 3:30 PM

Friday, November 19

  • Choir Rehearsal | 7:45 AM
  • Progress Reports posted to Campus Portal
  • Have a Great Weekend!

Monday, November 22

  • No School
  • Parent Teacher Conferences | 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tuesday, November 23

  • No School
  • Parent Teacher Conferences (Virtual) | 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Wednesday, November 24

  • No School

Thursday, November 25

  • No School 
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 26

  • No School

Full Calendar

Picture Retake Day | November 17

Picture retake day is Wednesday, November 17. Students may have their pictures retaken or taken for the first time. Pictures can be ordered onlineusing code 60485ZB.

Order Photos

Parent Teacher Conferences | November 22 and 23

Parent teacher conferences will be held from 1:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday, November 22 and from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Tuesday, November 23. If you have not scheduled a conference time please contact the office by Thursday, November 18.

Veterans Day

We have a tradition of honoring Veterans Day each year as a school district. This year in lieu of inviting veterans into our building, we honored them as individuals by creating a brief video featuring the photos of local veterans. Our school also decorated placemats that were used at the Hy-vee Veterans Day Breakfast. We wanted to share the video that students were able to enjoy on Veterans Day.

Watch the Video

Thank a Staff Member!

November is a time to reflect and show thanks to those around us. We are so grateful for our students, staff, families, and community. As a way to share this gratitude, send your appreciation to a Sycamore Community School District 427 staff member! Deadline for submissions is Friday, November 19, 2021, and certificates will be emailed out the following week. 

Complete the Form

We Need Your Help! Employment Opportunities

The District is working to fill several positions. We are seeking several part and full-time positions. If you are interested, please click the link to see what might fit you best. If you are not interested, please feel free to pass around the information! We could really use your help with these positions.

View Positions

Progress Reports

Your student’s first trimester progress report will be available in your Campus Parent Portal account on Friday, November 19. To access their progress report, please follow these steps: 

  1. Log in to your Campus Parent Portal account.  
  2. Click “documents” from the menu on the left. 
  3. Select the progress report you would like to view. Your student’s progress report will open in a PDF file. 

These steps are demonstrated in this video.

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.

Sycamore Youth Basketball League

We are very excited about the upcoming youth league season.  We enjoy watching the community come together to be a part of a fun basketball experience.  Below is all of the information you need to register for the league along with important dates.

  • Registration for the league will be 100% online this year. We will be using the district web store for registration. Please make sure to fill out one Google Form for each child you are registering to ensure that they are in our system.
  • St. Mary’s/Cornerstone/Homeschool students: Payment can be made online, even without a student ID already in the system.
  • Masks must be worn by students and spectators at all times while inside district buildings
  • We are always looking for volunteer coaches to help make the league successful. We will reach out to all families after registration closes asking volunteers.

Visit the Web Store

Registration Process

Thank you for making Sycamore Youth League a successful program! Please read carefully as we have made changes to the registration process.

Objective: To allow your child to have fun learning the game of basketball.


  • Registration - Online registration will be open November 1st - November 24th. All students must be registered by November 24th. No walk up registration.
  • Coaches - After registration closes on November 24th, we will email all families asking for volunteer coaches at each level.
  • December 4th  - Evaluation day. See evaluation schedule below.
    • Players will be put through a series of drills to help determine skill level in order to help create fair teams
    • Coaches will help evaluate players while they are going through drills
    • Parents will have a short meeting with the coordinators to go over expectations for the league and ask any questions they may have.
  • Week of December 6th - Coaches will meet with coordinators for rules/expectations/draft
  • Week of December 13th - All coaches will contact the players on their teams.  Release practice and game schedules
  • Week of January 10th  - Teams first practice
  • January 15th - Week 1 Games

Evaluation Scheduled for December 4th (SHS Field house)

  • 1st & 2nd Grade — 9:00-9:50 AM
  • 3rd & 4th Grade — 10:00-10:50 AM
  • 5th & 6th Grade — 11:00-11:50 AM

Teams: Teams will be selected through the evaluation process. No preference will be given to neighborhoods, elementary school, rideshare, individual request, etc. in order to attempt to most fairly balance each team.

Coaches: Parents are needed to volunteer to coach teams. A maximum of two coaches per team. You will coach your son/daughter.  

Practices: Each team will practice once a week for one hour at a local elementary school. No more than one practice per week will be allowed.

Games: Games will be played on Saturday morning starting January 15th at the Sycamore CUSD #427 Fieldhouse.  We will play 7 games this year, with no games Feb. 12th due to field house conflict.

Cost: $60 per player, payment made via the district web store. Scholarships are available. Please email coordinators to ask about scholarships.

Dan Wheeler

Drewe Davey

Cold Weather

Cool weather is here! As temperatures continue to drop, please be sure your children are dressed appropriately for the weather. When the temperature is 60° or below, all students are expected to wear a jacket. When the temperature is below 40° students should wear winter coats, hats and gloves. If students wish to play in the snow they must have on boots and snow pants.

Also, please note that students will go outside for recess unless the temperature and/or wind chill is below zero. If you need assistance with any winter gear, please contact the office. 

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

In order to make parent pick-up at school dismissal as smooth as possible, please make sure to keep the line single file until the driveway has parking on both sides.   This will allow traffic to enter and exit without being blocked in.   If you need to assist with buckling someone in, please pull up to the parking area in the front of the school to allow for the free flow of traffic.  We appreciate your help in this process!

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!  November specials can be found here. To register your own account click here for information. Our PTO appreciates the support.

Thank you for all of your support!

Take care, stay well, and shine bright!

Mr. Franks