North Notes: September 7, 2021

IMPORTANT DATES

Tuesday, September 7

  • MAP Make-ups  
  • ISEL Testing Begins for Kindergarten

Wednesday, September 8

  • MAP Make-ups
  • ISEL Testing for Kindergarten
  • Orchestra Instrument pick-up at Sycamore Middle School | 6:00 - 7:00 PM
  • 5th Grade Band Sign up at North Grove | 6:30-8:30 PM

Thursday, September 9

  • Late Start Thursday- Doors open at 9:15 school starts at 9:30 AM
  • MAP Make-ups
  • ISEL Testing Begins for Kindergarten
  • Battle of the Books Practice | 3:30 PM
  • 5th Grade Band Sign up at North Grove | 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Friday, September 10

  • Have a Great Weekend!

Saturday, September 11

  • Sycamore Education Foundation Fundraiser, Take Root at Ward Farm | 6:00PM

Monday, September 13

  • PTO Meeting (North School Library) | 6:30PM

Tuesday, September 14

  • Board of Education Meeting at Southeast School | 7:00PM

Wednesday, September 15

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

Full Calendar

 

IN THIS ISSUE

 

2021-2022 School Year Reminders

It’s been great to see our North Stars back in the building, attending specials, and focusing on relationships.   A couple of reminders about school this year:

  • Water bottles are still required as the drinking fountains are turned off.
  • OSCAR will return for families for both AM and PM support.
    • Click here for more information or to register for OSCAR.
    • OSCAR is available starting at 7:00 AM each morning
  • Math Specialists and WIN Time
    • Each elementary school has hired a Math Specialist and we will be implementing a WIN (What I Need) block each day. This will further support student learning at all levels. We are very excited to add this customized learning time for students.
  • Masking and Social Distancing 
    • All students and staff will be masked while indoors at school.
    • No masks will be required while outside at recess or other outdoor activities.
    • We will maintain social distancing of three feet to the greatest extent possible.
    • During lunch students will be spaced three feet apart.
    • All students have received a lanyard to attach their mask to during the school day.
 

Fall Benchmark Testing 

Beginning this week, for the next few weeks, students will be completing their fall benchmark assessments.   The first of three rounds of Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) will start. We use the MAP assessments to determine your child's instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year. These online tests focus on the areas of reading, fluency, and math and they adapt to be appropriate for your child's level of learning.

After Labor Day, our kindergarten students will be taking their first ISEL assessments one-on-one with their teacher or our reading interventionist. 

A schedule of specific testing times will be shared by your child’s classroom teacher.

 

Thursday Folders

In the next couple of weeks we will start using our Thursday folders for all of our students here at North Elementary. These are the folders we send home weekly with all students. Please make sure you go through these folders each week because they may have picture forms, field trip forms, things that need to be signed, informative community opportunities, or students' work. As we begin this process of sending them home and returning to school, please help your child remember to put it back into their backpack.

 

Sycamore Education Foundation Fundraiser | Take Root

We’re headed back to the barn!  Join us for the Sycamore Education Foundation's largest fundraising event of the year, Take Root presented by AT&T, on September 11th 2021 from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. at Dayton Farms 17443 Old State Road, Sycamore, IL.  The evening will feature live entertainment from Live at Joe’s, dinner, silent auction, raffles and more!

We’re so excited to announce the theme of this year’s Take Root… Tailgate & Celebrate! Come on out for a good old-fashioned tailgate party! Show us your team spirit by rocking your favorite sports team (professional or college). You can also feel free to bring along folding bag chairs to set up your “tailgate spot” while you enjoy the evening’s entertainment.

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4th Grade Recorder

In 4th grade, learning to play the recorder has been an integral part of the elementary music curriculum. We have always requested that students have a recorder for use at their home so they can do their homework while the students used a school recorder during music class. This year out of an abundance of caution, all students will need to bring their recorder to and from music class. If your family owns a recorder that is not being used by a 5th grade child it is completely fine to use that. They can be washed in hot soapy water and air dried. If they are Yamaha recorders, previously purchased through the school district, they are washed through the dishwasher.

If you are in need of a recorder, they are available for purchase through the WebStore for $5 through the online store. All students who have purchased a recorder through the district will receive them from their music teacher on the first day they begin recorder. We are hoping to begin recorder mid to late September and will send home the exact dates as we get closer.  Thank you if you have already purchased your recorder through the web store!

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5th Grade Recorder

In 4th grade, learning to play the recorder has been an integral part of the elementary music curriculum. We have always requested that students have a recorder for use at their home so they can do their homework while the students used a school recorder during music class. This year out of an abundance of caution, all students will need to bring their recorder to and from music class. If your family owns a recorder that is not being used by a 5th grade child it is completely fine to use that. They can be washed in hot soapy water and air dried. If they are Yamaha recorders, previously purchased through the school district, they are washed through the dishwasher.

If you are in need of a recorder, they are available for purchase through the WebStore for $5 through the online store. All students who have purchased a recorder through the district will receive them from their music teacher on the first day they begin recorder. We are hoping to begin recorder mid to late September and will send home the exact dates as we get closer.  Thank you if you have already purchased your recorder through the web store!

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5th Grade Band

It's that time of the year!  The Sycamore Fifth Grade Band Sign-up will be held at North Grove Elementary School on Wednesday, September 8 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) and Thursday, September 9 (6:30-7:30 p.m.).  Parents of fifth graders can come either one of those nights at any point to register their child, purchase lesson books and other accessories, and rent/buy an instrument as needed.  Representatives from Ellman's Music in Naperville will be on hand, and teachers will be on hand to help answer questions. If you have any questions, please e-mail either Ken GoodmanScott Mertens, or Bella Crawl.  

 

Cub Scout Pack 118 | Informational Night

When:  Tuesday, August 31 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Where:  Behind North School (next to the playground)

Who:  Any boy or girl (kindergarten through 5th grade) who likes camping, hiking, and outdoor activities!

Consider joining Pack 118! 

If you are unable to attend or if you have questions contact Cubmaster, Scott Peska at speska@gmail.com or (815) 762-3838

 

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

Learn More

 

Resources

 

The Final Say - A Word From Mr. Franks

It’s September!  That means we start focusing on a new core value each month.  This month we get things started with respect.

Respect is thinking and acting in a way that shows others you care about their feelings and their well-being.   When you respect someone you treat them kindly and with good manners.

We will be focusing on this throughout the month with quotes, lessons, and recognition.  To follow-up at home, here are a few good books with read aloud versions available online:

  1. Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller
  2. The Way I Act by Steve Metzger
  3. What If Everybody Did That? By Ellen Javernick
  4. My Mouth Is A Volcano! By Julia Cook
  5. Know And Follow Rules by Cheri Meiners

Have a fabulous extended weekend with your family and friends!

Take care, stay well, and shine bright!

Mr. Franks