Weekly Messenger – November 5

Upcoming Events

Monday, November 5

  • PTO Meeting | 3:15 PM
  • Spartan Singers | 7:35 AM
  • SMS News Team | 7:35-8:00 AM & 3:10-4:30 PM
  • Jazz Band | 5:00-6:30 PM
  • Jazz Strings | 6:00-7:00 PM

Tuesday, November 6

  • Spartan Singers | 7:35 AM
  • SMS News Team | 7:35-8:00 AM & 3:10-4:30 PM
  • Yearbook Club Meeting | 3:00-4:15 PM
  • French Lessons | 3:30-4:30 PM
  • 8th Grade Boys Basketball @ Belvidere South | 4:00 PM
  • 7th Grade Boys Basketball (Home) | 4:00 PM

Wednesday, November 7

  • Newspaper Club | 3:00-3:45 PM
  • 8th and 7th Grade Math Tutoring | 3:00-4:30 PM
  • Thursday, November 8
  • Builders Club Meeting | 7:35 AM
  • Scholastic Bowl | 3:00-4:30 PM
  • Interact Club Meeting | 3:00-5:00 PM
  • 8th Grade Boys Basketball (Home) | 4:00 PM
  • 7th Grade Boys Basketball @ Rochelle | 4:00 PM
  • SMS Orchestra Concert @ Sycamore High School Auditorium | 7:30 PM

Friday, November 9

  • Red, White, and Blue Spirit Day
  • Student Council Meeting | 7:35 AM
  • Veterans’ Breakfast | 8:00-8:30 AM
  • 8th Grade to FMSC | 8:30-11:30 AM
  • 7th Grade Boys Basketball Tournament @ Kaneland | TBD

Saturday, November 10

  • Saturday School | 8:00-11:00 AM
  • 7th Grade Boys Basketball Tournament @ Kaneland | TBD

Announcements

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday, November 19 and Tuesday, November 20 from 1:00-8:00 PM. We will utilize online scheduling for 6th grade, 7th grade, PE, Allied Arts, and Special Education. Each teacher is available for an individual conference on one of the two days. 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. (8th grade conferences are being scheduled by the team teachers. More information went home with your student.)

VETERANS DAY BREAKFAST
SMS Builder’s Club, Student Council, and Interact Club would like to invite veterans from the community to join us on Friday, November 9 from 8:00-8:30 AM for a breakfast of donuts, fruit, and coffee.

PTO DINNER
If you are interested in helping the PTO by providing an item for the Teacher Appreciation Dinner on Monday, November 19 at Parent Teacher Conferences, please click here.

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 Monday – Friday, November 26-30 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 Sunday, November 18 to Saturday, December 1.

If you would like to volunteer to help with the fair, visit our volunteer page on the book fair website by clicking here. 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, 7:45-8:15 AM
  • November 28: Family Night, 5:00-7:00 PM
  • November 29: GRANDs Event, 11:19 AM to 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.