North Notes: September 28, 2021

Important Dates

Tuesday, September 28

  • Board of Education Meeting @ Sycamore Middle School | 7:00PM

Wednesday, September 29

  • Spartan Food Pantry open @ District Warehouse | 4:30PM-6:00PM

Thursday, September 30

  • Late Start Thursday- Doors open at 9:15 school starts at 9:30AM

Friday, October 1

  • New Core Value begins - Collaboration
  • Have a Great Weekend!

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 9:30AM, with drop-off beginning at 9:15AM. Please send your student to school between 9:15AM-9:30AM, 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.

Fall Festival Returns to North Grove

We are pleased to announce that our annual fall festival is making a return this year on October 14 from 4:30-6:00 PM. This will be an outdoor event with a petting zoo, pumpkin decorating, candy walk, parent-teacher conference sign-up, book fair shopping, and much more.

Elementary Choir Sign-Ups

We are pleased to announce the sign-ups for the 4th and 5th grade elementary choir. This is a chance for your child to be coached on having a solid singing foundation and to sing some very fun choral music. Each elementary school will have their own in person choir that meets once a week before school.  

The North Grove Choir will rehearse Tuesday mornings from 7:45- 8:30  The North Choir will rehearse Friday mornings from 7:45- 8:30.  If you have a child that is in 5th grade walk to learn they can leave choir early for you to drive them to the middle school for class that day. The first day of choir will be October 5th for North Grove and October 8th for North.

We have two scheduled concerts this year, December 16 at 7:00 p.m.  and May 2nd (time TBD) You can also pencil in a trip to a sing-in-the-stands event for the Chicago Wolves on March 13th. We will announce other singing opportunities that may arise during the year.

We will be asking the choir members to wear our choir shirt to each concert. The choir T- shirt will feature the new Sycamore choir logo and will be between $10.25- $8.25 depending on quantities ordered.  If you do not wish to order a shirt please provide a plain black T-shirt for the concerts. We will send an email about paying for the T-shirts after choir has begun with the exact price.

Choir Sign-Up

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.

The Book Fair is Coming!

Our school is having a Follett Book Fair!  This fall we'll have 2 ways to shop: at school and online!

  • Shop at School:  October 11-15, 2021. Hours are 8:00-8:30 am, and 3:35-6:00 pm in North's Library.  We will be open during Fall Fest, on Thursday, October 14th!
  • Shop online: October 1-15, 2021 at this link.

No matter how you choose to shop, all purchases benefit our school library!  Gift cards for our live fair can be found by clicking here.

Online purchases are shipped to North Elementary after our live fair closes on October 15, 2021.

Volunteers Needed!

Our Fall book fair will be live and in person, October 11-15, 2021, and we need your help to make this North library fundraiser a success!  Did you know that Book Fair volunteers can earn a 20% discount on their book purchases at the fair?  We'd love to have your help setting up the fair, decorating, online promotions, helping with the student preview, checking students out, taking down the fair and more!  Visit the sign up link to sign up for 2 hours or less of your time.

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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Spartan Food Pantry Open This Week!

The Spartan Food Pantry is excited to welcome guests to shop every other week on Wednesdays. On Wednesday, September 29, 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 4:30PM-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. 

Internet Support

Federal aid is now available specifically to help families pay for high-speed internet service, plus a computer or tablet. It’s called the Emergency Broadband Benefit, and it provides discounts of up to $50 a month for high-speed internet along with a one time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider.  

Households qualify if anyone in the household is eligible for the free and reduced-price school lunch or breakfast programs; participates in SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline; received a Federal Pell Grant this year; or lost significant income due to furlough or job loss since Feb. 29, 2020. Please see the link below for more details about this support program.
Internet Service Site

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Notice — Annual Statement on Asbestos Plan

In compliance with the 1986 Federal AHERA law, we are hereby notifying all interested parties of the location of the district’s asbestos management plans.  Every school building has a copy in the office, which can be viewed with prior notice.  Location of asbestos containing building materials and assumed asbestos containing building materials will be listed by building in the management plan.  All district management plans are also on file at the Administration Office.

Notice — Annual Policy Statement on Pest Management

Structural and landscape pests can pose significant problems to people, property, and the environment; however, the pesticides used to solve these problems carry their own risks.  It is therefore the policy of Sycamore School District to use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs and procedures for control of structural and landscape pests.

It is the policy of Sycamore School District to utilize IPM principles to manage pest populations adequately.  While the goal of this IPM program is to reduce and ultimately eliminate the use of toxic chemicals, toxic chemicals may become necessary in certain situations.  The choice of using a pesticide will be based on a review of all other available options and a determination that these options are unacceptable or infeasible, alone or in combination.  Cost or staffing considerations alone will not be adequate justification for use of chemical control agents.  The full range of alternatives, including no action, will be considered.

When it is determined that a pesticide must be used in order to prevent pest levels from exceeding action thresholds, the least-hazardous material will be chosen.  The application of such pesticides is subject to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (7USC 136 et seg.) School District policies and procedures, Environmental Protection Agency regulations in 40 CFR, Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, and state and local regulations.  

Pest Management will be managed to reduce any potential human health hazard or to protect against a significant threat to public safety; prevent loss or damage to school resources, structures or property; prevent pests from spreading in the community, or to plant and animal populations beyond the school site; enhance the quality of life for students, staff and others.


The Final Say — A Word from Mr. Franks

This past week, elementary schools across the District started our W.I.N. (What I Need) Time. Each day students in each grade level have a built in time for specialized and differentiated instruction in the areas of reading and math.  As students work through different groups and topics, they will have the opportunity to work with different adults throughout our building. We are utilizing all staff available during each W.I.N. time to provide this instruction on our essential standards and skills. Students may get instruction from their own classroom teacher, a math specialist, a reading specialist, or even the other grade level classroom teacher. After years of laying the groundwork, we are so excited to have this opportunity for our students!  Look for more highlights and updates on WIN as we move throughout the year.

Thank you to all of our amazing families for sharing your wonderful children with us!

Take care, stay well, and shine bright!

Mr. Franks