Weekly Messenger: November 26

Due to the Snow Day yesterday, we will be session on February 18th, Presidents Day.

Orchestra Concert
Elementary Orchestras and Sycamore Jazz Strings Concert Thursday, December 13th, 7:00 p.m. @ Sycamore High School Auditorium. Students should arrive at 6:30 p.m.

MAP Testing
Next week grades K-5 will begin taking MAP testing December 3rd – 14th with make-ups during the week of December 17th – 20th. Students will be taking math and reading. Please make sure that your child(ren) have a healthy breakfast. Happy Testing!

North School Holiday Shoppe
Thursday, December 6th, and Friday, December 7th, students will be given the opportunity to shop for holiday gifts for families. Every item in the shoppe will be $1.00. A note with further explanations will be sent home in the Wednesday folder. Each child will receive $1.00 from the PTO.

Outside Lunch Recess
Students should wear coats, hats and gloves each day. Snow pants depend upon the weather. Snow pants and boots are definitely needed if snow is on the ground so that your child may play on the field. If students do not have snow pants, your child will be restricted to the playground.



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 a 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.

Pest Management


IPM Policy Statement for School Pest Management

Policy Statement
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.
IPM Procedures
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 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 are 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 seq.), 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
Pests 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