Weekly Messenger: November 16, 2021

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, November 16

  • Student Council | 2:35-3:15 PM
  • 7th Grade Boys Basketball @ Belvidere South | 4:00 PM
  • 8th Grade Boys Basketball - Home | 4:00 PM

Wednesday, November 17

  • Spartan Ink | 2:30-3:10 PM
  • Orchestra Concert | 7:30 PM

Thursday, November 18

  • Theme = Graphic Tee Day
  • Yearbook Club | 7:30 AM
  • 7th Grade Boys Basketball - Home | 4:00 PM
  • 8th Grade Basketball @ Rochelle | 4:00 PM
  • Art Club | 2:35-3:30 PM
  • G-Force | 2:35-4:00 PM

Monday, November 22

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences (In-person) | 1:00-8:00 PM
  • No School

Tuesday, November 23

  • Parent-Teacher Conference (Virtual) | 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • No School
  • BOE Meeting @ SMS | 7:00 PM

Wednesday, November 24

  • Vacation Day | No School
  • Spartan Food Pantry | 4:30-6:00 PM

Thursday, November 25

  • Thanksgiving Day | No School

Friday, November 26

  • Vacation Day | No School

Honor Roll

First Quarter Honor Roll is now available on the SMS website. Congratulations to our students on a fabulous first quarter! We are so proud of their achievements!

View First Quarter Honor Roll

Student Council & Personal Care Drive

Student Council is hosting a food drive this week (November 15-19). We are asking for non-perishable food items (canned goods, boxed items, granola bars, etc.) and/or personal care items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.).

Please bring any donations to Mr. Venard's room (Room 506) in the 7th grade wing.

Pop-Tab Collection

Team Venture is collecting pop-tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. You can collect them from soda cans, sparkling water cans and various other beverage cans. We also take tabs from soup, fruit, vegetable and pet food cans that have tabs. There are collection jars in the cafeteria and the main office. 

Parent-Teacher Conferences — Link Closes Friday

VERY IMPORTANT: If you register for conferences on Tuesday, you need to go in and activate the Zoom meeting. Click here for video instructions.

Conferences will be held in-person on Monday, November 22 from 1:00-8:00 PM and via Zoom meetings on Tuesday, November 23 from 8:00 AM-3:00 PM. This link is live and closes on Friday, November 19 at 11:59 PM. If you choose to schedule conferences, please read all the way through the instructions before beginning!

Register for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Spirit Wear

PTO Spirit Wear is here just in time for holiday shopping! Please use the link to place your orders. The link will close on November 19. There is an option for home delivery or pick up at the middle school. If you do not choose an option, it will default to pick up.

If you want to order shirts in different sizes, you will have to fill out the form multiple times. If you choose delivery, you should not select it on every form, otherwise, it will charge you for each shirt to deliver it. You can choose no option and mark in “Additional Requests” that you purchased delivery on another order. 

Order Spirit Wear

PTO Meals for Parent-Teacher Conferences

We are asking parents to contribute items (money, food, and paper products) for Parent-Teacher Conferences. The PTO would like to provide dinner on Monday, November 22 and snacks on Tuesday, November 23. 

Donate to Parent-Teacher Conferences

Yearbook Orders

Order your child’s yearbook today! The school code is 16551.

Order a Yearbook

Market Day is Back!

Market Day is back at SMS and now ships directly to your house. No more scheduling a pick up time or waiting in line to get your order. Please follow the directions on the attached flyer. Just register, pick our school, and shop! 10% of each order will be given back to our school. Please make sure to select Sycamore Middle School PTO.

Register for Market Day

View November Promotion

Updated Travel Guidance

DPH’s most recent school update states that following CDC’s guidance to prioritize in person learning means that students do not need to be excluded after travel (international or domestic).

Moving forward, Sycamore School District’s travel guidance will be as follows:

  • At this time, staff and 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.
  • Although not required, BinaxNOW testing is available through the district to staff and students who have traveled internationally and choose to pursue recommended testing.

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.


If you need to report that your student will be absent, will be picked up early, or is coming in late, please email ms-attendance@syc427.org or call (815) 899-8182. Please make sure to include your student’s full name and grade and describe the symptoms if your student is ill.