Message from the Principal
Happy New Year! I hope families had a wonderful Holiday and that your 2022 is off to a great start!
I look forward to seeing the smiling faces of our students on Monday. Our students have accomplished and grown a lot over the the first semester. I am proud of the resiliency and perseverance they’ve shown in closing any gaps in their learning the previous year may have caused. I’d also like to recognize our Sycamore staff for their dedication as we continue to do the hard work of providing quality instruction to move our students forward.
Parents, I can’t say enough good things about the support and encouragement you’ve provided to us at school and to your children at home; it is noticed and appreciated. We absolutely understand the challenges families faced as they had to work around quarantines. As we continue to move forward, please take a moment to read Mr. Carruth’s letter that was sent to parents over the weekend. It outlines the new COVID-19 guidelines. One important change to note, whether your child tests positive for COVID-19 or is a close contact of a positive case, is the quarantine period may potentially be reduced from 10 days to 5 days. Students who are vaccinated do not not have quarantine. More detailed information is contained in the COVID-19 HEALTH AND WELLNESS GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS.
As we begin the new semester, please continue to keep your students home if they are sick. At school, we will encourage the wearing of face coverings, frequent hand-washing, and socially distancing as best as possible. Our goal is for students to feel safe at school, to stay focused on their academics, and follow the ACT statement with students and staff members. I am very proud of the kind and hard working students we have Sycamore.
In addition, I’d like to restate the importance of regular school attendance and the role it plays in learning and achievement. Please make sure that your child has regular attendance. It is critical that students begin each day ready to go into the classroom by being on time to school. Even missing the first five minutes of class can potentially put a child at a disadvantage for the day.
One last note, please consider Tax Credit donations. It’s a great way to support our Sycamore clubs and tutoring programs. Tax Credit donations can be submitted up until the time you file your taxes. Click the link at www.vailtaxcredits.org to take you to the Vail School District website for more information on how to donate. Thank to the many families that have already donated their Tax Credit to Sycamore!Your generosity is truly appreciated and directly supports the many student activities that are offered for our students.
I look forward to a healthy and successful 2nd semester! Thank you again parents for your continued support and involvement!
Principal, Sycamore Elementary School