Weekly Messenger – November 12

Upcoming Events

Monday, November 12

  • Spartan Singers | 7:35 AM
  • SMS News Team | 7:35-8:00 AM & 3:10-4:30 PM
  • 8th Grade Boys Basketball (Home) | 4:00 PM
  • 7th Grade Boys Basketball @ Belvidere Central | 4:00 PM
  • Jazz Strings | 6:00-7:00 PM
  • SMS Band Concert @ Sycamore High School Auditorium | 7:30 PM

Tuesday, November 13

  • Spartan Singers | 7:35 AM
  • SMS News Team | 7:35-8:00 AM & 3:10-4:30 PM
  • Run-a-thon Prize Distribution and Winner Trip to Epic Air
  • Yearbook Club Meeting | 3:00-4:15 PM
  • French Lessons | 3:30 PM
  • Board of Education Meeting @ North Elementary School | 7:00 PM

Wednesday, November 14

  • Newspaper Club | 3:00-3:45 PM
  • 8th and 7th Grade Math Tutoring | 3:00-4:30 PM
  • Sci-Fi Club | 3:00-5:00 PM
  • Spartan Food Pantry @ West School | 4:30-6:30 PM

Thursday, November 15

  • Builders Club Meeting | 7:35 AM
  • Scholastic Bowl | 3:00-4:30 PM
  • Art Club | 3:00-4:00 PM
  • French Lessons | 3:30 PM
  • 8th Grade Boys Basketball (Home) | 4:00 PM
  • 7th Grade Boys Basketball @ DeKalb Rosette | 4:00 PM
  • SMS Choir Concert @ Sycamore High School Auditorium | 7:30 PM

Friday, November 16

  • Student Council Meeting | 7:35 AM
  • Chess Club | 3:00-4:00 PM
  • 8th Grade Boys Basketball Tournament @ Harter Middle School | TBD

Saturday, November 17

  • No Saturday School
  • 8th Grade Boys Basketball Tournament @ Harter Middle School | TBD

Announcements

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES – ONLINE SCHEDULING CLOSES SOON!
Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday, November 19 and Tuesday, November 20 from 1:00-8:00 PM. Online scheduling is now live! In order to schedule a conference, please log on to the Sycamore Middle School website and go to the conference page or click here.

PTO ASSISTANCE
If you are interested in helping the PTO by providing an item for the Soup Supper at Parent Teacher Conferences, please click here.

REMINDER
Sycamore Community School District 427 students will not attend school next week, Monday, November 19 – Friday, November 23. The Sycamore Middle School office will be open normal hours on Monday and Tuesday, but will be closed Wednesday through Friday to observe the Thanksgiving holiday.

SMS BOOK FAIR
We would like to invite you to visit the Scholastic Book Fair at Sycamore Middle School! The book fair will be held from November 26th-30th in the school library from 8:00 AM to 3:15 PM. There will be a wide selection of books ranging from grades 1st-8th. The inventory will include books from fiction, graphic novels, nonfiction and many others that students, staff, and family will enjoy. Books make great rewards, birthday presents, holiday presents and so much more.

If you prefer to shop online, please go to our book fair website. The site will be open from November 18 – December 1.

If you would like to volunteer to help with the fair, visit our volunteer page on the book fair website. Please volunteer and help make our book fair a huge success.

During the fair, we will host 3 events. All events will be held in the library.
• November 27, Moms and Muffins, 7:35-8:15 AM
• November 28, Family Night, 5:00–7:00 PM
• November 29, GRANDs Event, 11:19 AM – 1:30 PM

5 ESSENTIALS SURVEY – WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK!
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.