Weekly Messenger – January 14

Upcoming Events

Monday, January 14

  • News Team | 7:35 -8:00 AM and 3:10-4:30 PM
  • Spartan Singers | 7:35 AM
  • Wrestling @ SMS | 4:00 PM
  • Jazz Band | 5:00-6:30 PM

Tuesday, January 15

  • News Team | 7:35-8:00 AM and 3:10-4:30 PM
  • Spartan Singers | 7:35 AM
  • Winter Running | 3:00-4:00 PM
  • Yearbook Club Meeting | 3:00-4:15 PM
  • 8th Grade Girls Basketball @ DeKalb Huntley | 4:00 PM
  • 7th Grade Girls Basketball (Home) | 4:00 PM
  • 8th Grade/High School Choir Concert @ SHS Auditorium | 7:30 PM

Wednesday, January 16

  • Magazine Kick-off Assemblies during Study Halls
  • 7th and 8th Grade Math Tutoring | 3:00-4:30 PM
  • Newspaper Meeting | 3:0)-3:45 PM
  • Sci-Fi Club Meeting | 3:00-5:00 PM
  • Engineering Club Meeting | 3:00-5:00 PM

Thursday, January 17

  • Builders Club | Cancelled
  • Scholastic Bowl | 3:00-4:30 PM
  • 7th and 8th Grade Art Club | 3:10-4:10 PM
  • 8th Grade Girls Basketball (Home) | 4:00 PM
  • 7th Grade Girls Basketball @ Belvidere Central | 4:00 PM
  • Wrestling @ Prairie Knolls | 4:00 PM
  • 5th/8th/HS Band Concert @ SHS Auditorium | 7:00 PM

Friday, January 18

  • Student Council | 7:35 AM
  • Second Quarter Report Cards sent home with students

Saturday, January 19

  • NO Saturday School



Due to the snow day on Monday, November 26, school will be in session on Monday, February 18.


The Board of Education has approved the 2019-2020 Academic Year Calendar. The calendar is similar to past years and we will continue to use President’s Day in February as an Emergency Day. This allows for instructional time to be made up earlier, rather than adding time on at the end of the year.


On Wednesday, January 16, we will be kicking off our Winter Fundraiser. We will be selling magazines and gourmet coffee to support ongoing school activities. Your child will bring home a packet of information from the presentation Wednesday afternoon. Sales will continue through January 30.


Builder’s Club will be collecting gently used or new coats, hats, and gloves to be donated to the Sycamore Food Pantry and Katie’s Closet. Please leave them in the Commons. Collection will end on January 31.


There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 21, 2019 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.


Do you need to call your student in sick or arrange an early pick up for an appointment? Did you know that you can call the attendance line directly at 815.899.8182; you can even call the night before and leave a voicemail. If you are trying to reach the nurse’s office, their direct number is 815.899.8173. Please call your child in as soon as possible or by 8:30 AM.


8th Grade Parents – Mark your calendars! Monday, January 28 at 6:30PM our eighth grade parents and students are invited to the Sycamore High School Auditorium for Registration Night. At this meeting, parents and students will learn about class requirements, the Naviance program, registering for classes, and due dates for High School schedules. At the conclusion of the presentation, parents and students will have the opportunity to learn from each of the different departments by attending the Curriculum Fair in the High School Fieldhouse. Please plan on attending this important event.


Your child’s classroom will be receiving the Erin’s Law presentations during the weeks of February 11-15. Information about the presentations is available on our district website under the Our Departments Tab. Under the Learning and Teaching Department section, look for Parent Resources. If you have questions or would like your child not to participate in this presentation, please contact James Cleven, building principal, or Mary Gentile, social worker, by February 4, 2019.


On Saturday, February 9, The Sycamore Music Boosters will again be hosting their annual A Note to Remember Classical and Jazz Gala Fundraiser at Blumen Gardens. This adult only event begins at 7:00 PM. For more information visit sycamoremusicboosters.com


At least every other year, districts throughout Illinois are asked to participate in the 5Essential survey to gather information from our faculty, students and parents to gain insight in the key components of all successful schools. These areas include effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments, and ambitious instruction.

The results of the survey responses are reported back to the schools for their review and planning for future school improvement focus items within the five areas.

We need your assistance and your feedback. As a district, we have chosen to provide the opportunity for you, the parents/guardians of our students, to offer us feedback via the 5Essentials parent survey. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and can be completed on your smart device.

Your participation in the parent survey will help us understand the conditions here at the school and guide improvement. Your identity and individual survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

To take the survey, click here.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, please visit https://illinois.5-essentials.org.

Thank you, in advance, for your time and participation.


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