Hawk Highlight: November 15, 2021

Important Events

  • Monday, November 15 | Battle of the Books Battle at SMS 5:45 PM
  • Tuesday, November 16 | Wear Brown Day for Citizenship
  • Tuesday, November 16 | Band Concert at SHS 7:00 PM (Students report at 6:15 PM)
  • Wednesday, November 17 | Running with the Hawks Raffle Ticket Entry Day
  • Thursday, November 18 | After School Orchestra 3:30-4:15 PM
  • Friday, November 19 | Progress Reports Posted in Campus Portal 
  • Friday, November 19 | Running with the Hawks Virtual Assembly
  • Monday, November 22 | Parent Teacher Conferences 1:00-8:00 PM
  • Tuesday, November 23 | Parent Teacher Conferences 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
  • Wednesday, November 24-Friday, November 26 | No School

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Running with the Hawks (RWTH)

Thank you so much for your support with Running with the Hawks. We have our building virtual assemblies on Friday. During that time we will draw the winners of our prizes and announce team winners. We will also share the total collected and the students will find out if enough students participated to send me back to the dunk tank this year. Friday should be an exciting day at NG!

Election Day Activity

On election day all of our students had the opportunity to vote for their favorite yearbook cover. We hope this activity begins to build an awareness of the importance of the voting process. Congratulations to Max B!  His artwork will be the cover of our yearbook for the 2021-2022 school year.

Student Max B from North Grove


Vaccination Commonly Asked Questions

I have had several parents reach out about vaccination questions as our students are now eligible to receive the COVID 19 vaccine. I wanted to provide the answer to some commonly asked questions.

  • Is the school running a vaccination clinic?
    • Not at this time. Please reach out to your primary care provider or a local pharmacy. 
  • If my student is fully vaccinated will they have to be excluded from school if deemed a close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID 19?
    • No, a fully vaccinated student who is symptom free doesn't have to be excluded if exposed to a positive individual.
  • If my student is fully vaccinated can I turn in their COVID 19 vaccination information? 
    • Yes, we will enter this into the students health information like all other vaccinations.

Parent Teacher Conferences | November 22 and 23

Parent teacher conferences will be held from 1:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday, November 22 and from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Tuesday, November 23.  If you have not scheduled a conference time please contact the office. During conferences we will ask all parents to take a brief survey for our staff. These surveys give us valuable feedback. Please take a moment to complete a survey during conferences. 

Veterans Day

We have a tradition of honoring Veterans Day each year as a school district. This year in lieu of inviting veterans into our building, we honored them as individuals by creating a brief video featuring the photos of local veterans. We also sent home decorated pages, North Grove Salutes our Veterans, to be hung in the windows of your home or given to a veteran as our thank you. Our Veterans Day Committee did a great job once again this year. We wanted to share the video that students were able to enjoy on Veterans Day.

Watch the Video

We continue our thank a veteran challenge throughout the month of November. Thank you to our EarlyAct Club for coming up with that idea. So far we have thanked over 175 veterans from this challenge.

Thank a Staff Member

November is a time to reflect and show thanks to those around us. We are so grateful for our students, staff, families, and community. As a way to share this gratitude, send your appreciation to a Sycamore Community School District 427 staff member! Deadline for submissions is Friday, November 19, 2021, and certificates will be emailed out the following week. 

Complete the Form

We Need Your Help!

The school district is currently facing many challenges like every organization right now. We have shortages with staffing and supplies. Please read two areas that we are looking for support and consider if you can assist with one of these two needs.

  • Temporary Copy Position — There was a fire at the warehouse where we get our district toner for our copiers. After exhausting all other options we are now centralizing our copying efforts to the district office for all buildings. This means that teachers need to send copy requests 10 days in advance to get them in time. We are looking for someone who would be willing to work at central copy for the district as a temporary position to help. These hours can be very flexible and it would be a great way to make some extra money around the holidays. If you think this copy position is something that you could help us with, please contact me.
  • Subs — We need both certified subs and non-certified subs. There is a pathway for anyone to get a substitute licensure through the Regional Office of Education. Again, if you are not comfortable with leading a classroom that is okay and we could use non-certified subs daily. We are short subs daily which is requiring staff to cover several areas each day. If this is something that you think you could help with please contact me for next steps.

Contact Information: RJanisch@syc427.org or (815) 899-8126

Progress Reports

Your student’s second trimester progress report is now available in your Campus Parent Portal account. To access their progress report, please follow these steps: 

  1. Log in to your Campus Parent Portal account.  
  2. Click “documents” from the menu on the left. 
  3. Select the progress report you would like to view. Your student’s progress report will open in a PDF file. 

These steps are demonstrated in this video.

Sycamore Youth Basketball League

We are very excited about the upcoming youth league season.  We enjoy watching the community come together to be a part of a fun basketball experience.  Below is all of the information you need to register for the league along with important dates.

  • Registration for the league will be 100% online this year. We will be using the district web store for registration. Please make sure to fill out one Google Form for each child you are registering to ensure that they are in our system.
  • St. Mary’s/Cornerstone/Homeschool students: Payment can be made online, even without a student ID already in the system.
  • Masks must be worn by students and spectators at all times while inside district buildings
  • We are always looking for volunteer coaches to help make the league successful. We will reach out to all families after registration closes asking volunteers.

Visit the Web Store

Registration Process 

Thank you for making Sycamore Youth League a successful program! Please read carefully as we have made changes to the registration process.

Objective: To allow your child to have fun learning the game of basketball.


  • Registration - Online registration will be open November 1st - November 24th. All students must be registered by November 24th. No walk up registration.
  • Coaches - After registration closes on November 24th, we will email all families asking for volunteer coaches at each level.
  • December 4th  - Evaluation day. See evaluation schedule below.
    • Players will be put through a series of drills to help determine skill level in order to help create fair teams
    • Coaches will help evaluate players while they are going through drills
    • Parents will have a short meeting with the coordinators to go over expectations for the league and ask any questions they may have.
  • Week of December 6th - Coaches will meet with coordinators for rules/expectations/draft
  • Week of December 13th - All coaches will contact the players on their teams.  Release practice and game schedules
  • Week of January 10th  - Teams first practice
  • January 15th - Week 1 Games

Evaluation Scheduled for December 4th (SHS Field house)

  • 1st & 2nd Grade — 9:00-9:50 AM
  • 3rd & 4th Grade — 10:00-10:50 AM
  • 5th & 6th Grade — 11:00-11:50 AM

Teams: Teams will be selected through the evaluation process. No preference will be given to neighborhoods, elementary school, rideshare, individual request, etc. in order to attempt to most fairly balance each team.

Coaches: Parents are needed to volunteer to coach teams. A maximum of two coaches per team. You will coach your son/daughter.  

Practices: Each team will practice once a week for one hour at a local elementary school. No more than one practice per week will be allowed.

Games: Games will be played on Saturday morning starting January 15th at the Sycamore CUSD #427 Fieldhouse.  We will play 7 games this year, with no games Feb. 12th due to field house conflict.

Cost: $60 per player, payment made via the district web store. Scholarships are available. Please email coordinators to ask about scholarships.

Dan Wheeler


Drewe Davey


Volunteers and Visitors at Sycamore Elementary Schools

In an effort to maintain the safest learning environment possible for our students and staff we will be limiting the number of visitors and volunteers to the building at this time. As part of this commitment, we will be requiring all visitors who enter the building past the office during the school day to be vaccinated. We will also only be allowing volunteers at school activities who are vaccinated. If you are asked to be a volunteer or a visitor at our building please know that you will have to submit proof of your vaccination status to the office prior to entering the building or volunteering at the event. 

Cold Weather

Cool weather is here! As temperatures continue to drop be sure your children are dressed appropriately for the weather. When the temperature is 60° or below, all students are expected to wear a jacket. When the temperature is below 40° students should wear winter coats, hats and gloves. If students wish to play in the snow they must have on boots and snow pants.

Also, please note that students will go outside for recess unless the temperature and/or wind chill is below zero.  If you need assistance with any winter gear, please contact the office.


  • Late start on every Thursday
    • Start Time: 9:30 AM
    • Students can be dropped off starting at 9:15 AM
  • Dismissal: 3:30 PM
  • If you have a COVID symptom in your household, please do not send any of your students to school. Simply call the office in the morning and we will give you your options for your children to return to school.
    • Remember that we have the ability to rapid test students or family members here at school in most situations. Please know that we are happy to provide that service to your family when needed. 
  • Masking 
    • Please make sure your child has a well fitted mask that covers their mouth and nose throughout the day.
  • Birthday Treats
    • Birthdays are sweet, but we are asking that parents not send in birthday treats for the class at this time.

School Year Calendar

Important PTO Event Dates

Please consider becoming active on our North Grove PTO this year. Attached you will find a list of important dates for our PTO events. Please take a moment to enter these dates into your calendars. PTO/School Events. 

Additionally, please join us for our next PTO meeting which is Monday, November 8 at 8:00 PM. We will meet in the cafeteria at North Grove and all are welcome!

Please stay tuned for donation needs for Parent/Teacher conferences. We will be looking for a few donations as we look to take care of the staff who takes care of our kids. Also, a big thank you to everyone who came out and supported the book fair. This was our largest sale ever!  Thank you!

PTO/School Events

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.

Box Tops Update

Good news! No more clipping Box Tops to participate in the Box Top Program. All you need to do is download the all new Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, and then scan your store receipts to find participating products. The app will automatically credit the earnings to North Grove online. Twice a year, North Grove’s PTO will receive a check and use that money to help our school. 

Spirit Wear

If you want to purchase some North Grove spirit wear please check out our new online shop. Please use the link below to check out all of our new products. Delivery usually takes about a week.

Spirit Wear Shop

Spartan Food Pantry Open Next Wednesday!

The Spartan Food Pantry is excited to welcome guests to shop every other week on Wednesdays. On Wednesday, November 24 patrons can collect food at the District Warehouse on 520 N. Maple Street, Sycamore. Pantry patrons are in-person shopping! Please bring a mask. The pantry hours are 4:30 - 6:00 PM. The Pantry is open to any family that has a student attending a Sycamore School.  

The pantry offers frozen foods, fresh produce, cereal, canned goods, snacks, treats, and much more. Sycamore School District families can come to the pantry every time it is open. Park in the lot next to the warehouse, come on in the front door, and a volunteer will guide you from there.

Community members can now volunteer at the pantry! If you or your organization want to help out, please email spartanfoodpantry@syc427.org for more information. 

Twitter and Facebook

Follow North Grove on Twitter for updates, videos and pictures of events taking place at school. Search NorthGrove1 on Twitter to find us. You can also find our North Grove PTO page on Facebook by friending North Grove PTO.