North Notes: November 8, 2021

Important Dates

Monday, November 8

  • 5th Grade After School  Orchestra Rehearsal | 3:30 PM in the music room

Tuesday, November 9

  • Tom and Jerry’s Fundraising Night | 5:00 - 8:00 PM
  • Board of Education Meeting @ North School | 7:00 PM

Wednesday, November 10

  • Full Band Rehearsal | 3:30PM in the music room
  • Spartan Food Pantry @ District Warehouse | 4:30 - 6:00 PM
  • PTO Meeting | 6:30 PM

Thursday, November 11

  • Late Start Thursday- Doors open at 9:15 AM, school starts at 9:30 AM
  • Veteran’s Day 

Friday, November 12

  • Choir Rehearsal | 7:45 AM
  • Have a Great Weekend!

Full Calendar

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.

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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.

PTO Meeting

The PTO Meeting scheduled for Monday, November 8 has been moved to Wednesday, November 10. We will still meet at the school at 6:30 PM. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Veteran's Day — Last Call

This year we will continue to do our Veteran’s Day celebration differently than in the past. If you have a Veteran or actively serving member of the military in your family, could you please send me their picture, name, and branch of service? I would like to feature them in a virtual presentation to our students. If all submissions could be received to my email,, by Monday, November 8 at 10:00 PM, that would be greatly appreciated.

Tom & Jerry's PTO Fundraiser

Sycamore Tom and Jerry’s will be donating 10% back from sales 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Tuesday, November 9. Dine in, drive thru, or delivery options are available.  We are looking forward to seeing you there!  Print out the attached flyer to share with your co-workers, family members, and friends!

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Spartan Food Pantry Open This Week!

The Spartan Food Pantry is excited to welcome guests to shop every other week on Wednesdays. On Wednesday, November 10, 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 PM - 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. 

A Special Word From Mr. Lynd

As the first trimester draws to a close, I wanted to give you an update on changes with the Computer Lab setup, devices your students are using in their classroom and the topics we have been covering during Technology Class. Prior to this school year, the Computer Lab was set up with Lenovo ThinkCentre desktops that students used during their Tech Special and during our testing sessions. Those desktops are now used to run our classroom tech stations and each student K-5th has been assigned their own Chromebook. These Chromebooks are stored in classroom carts for day to day use with their teacher, and are brought to the lab on days when students have their Tech Special. K-1st Chromebooks are touchscreen and can be used as both a tablet and laptop, while 2nd-5th have regular Chromebooks. While we still have Ipads in the library and some of our k-1st classrooms, the majority of time your student spends on a device at school will be on their assigned Chromebook. This new one to one model has created an opportunity for students to have access to technology anywhere in the school, provided flexibility when it comes to creating testing schedules and given our teachers another tool to use for their teaching.

Kindergarten and First Grade

Topics Covered during the first Trimester of Tech Class:

  • How to login and take care of Chromebooks
  • How to click and drag on both touchscreen and touchpad 
  • How to use the app launcher to access Google Apps
  • How to navigate to links within Google Classroom
  • How to close tabs once done and return to Google Classroom
  • Creating Digital Art
  • Keyboarding basics (First Grade)
  • Introduction to Tumble Books

At this point of the semester students are working on a variety of educational sites to reinforce the skills listed above. During the second trimester students will begin working with some of the Google Educational Apps like Google Docs and begin learning basic keyboarding skills.

Second Grade

Topics Covered during the first Trimester of Tech Class:

  • How to login and take care of Chromebooks
  • How to use the app launcher to access Google Apps
  • How to navigate to links within Google Classroom
  • Cleaning up Google account (removing old classrooms/bookmarks)
  • Introduction to Tumblebooks
  • Keyboarding Lessons (throughout trimester)
  • Creating Digital Art
  • Google Doc Basics
  • Internet Safety
  • Problem Solving steps: (ask, imagine, plan, create, improve, communicate)

Third/Fourth/Fifth Grade

Topics Covered during the first Trimester of Tech Class:

  • How to take care of Chromebooks
  • Cleaning up Google account (removing old classrooms/bookmarks)
  • Cleaning up gmail account
  • Organizing Google Drive
  • Keyboarding Lessons (throughout trimester)
  • Creating Digital Art
  • Google Docs
  • Google Slides
  • Internet Safety
  • Problem Solving steps: (ask, imagine, plan, create, improve, communicate)

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

Don’t forget that parent-teacher conferences are approaching and spots are filling quickly. With in-person and virtual options, we have something for everyone. To schedule a conference, please call our office at (815) 899-8209 or schedule with your teacher’s shared Google Document.

Have a great week!

Take care, stay well, and shine bright —

Mr. Franks