Caruso Connect - November 3rd

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Caruso Middle School is an inclusive and vibrant community where Blue Jays

take ownership of their social-emotional and academic growth by supporting,

challenging, and celebrating self and others.

Good Evening Blue Jay Families:

We hope this email finds you well. As we complete the first quarter of the school year, we want to take a moment to reflect on our collective achievements and provide you with some important updates. First and foremost, we want to commend our students for their dedication and hard work during this first quarter. Their resilience and commitment to their education have been truly impressive. We also want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to our teachers and staff for their unwavering support and dedication to our students' success.

Here are some key highlights from the first quarter:

  1. Academic Progress: Our students have been making great strides in their studies, and we are proud of their accomplishments. We encourage you to review your child's academic progress.

  2. Extracurricular Activities: We have seen a strong turnout for our extracurricular activities this quarter. Our students have been engaging in a variety of clubs, sports, and artistic endeavors. We appreciate your support in encouraging your child's participation in these activities.

  3. Communication: We value your input and feedback. If you have any concerns, questions, or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to our school office or your child's teachers. We are here to support you and your child in every way possible.

Finally, please see this message from our Philanthropy Club: Many families in Deerfield rely on the Deerfield Food Pantry. The Philanthropy Club is conducting a drive for the food pantry from October 30th-November 10th. Caruso is collecting breakfast items. However, they do not want cans at this time. Here are some needed breakfast items: Cereal, Oatmeal, Raisins, Dried Fruit, Juice boxes, Apple sauce, Fruit cups, Coffee/tea, and Jelly/Jam. All items can be deposited in boxes around the school.

Thank you so much for your support and have a great weekend!

Tim, Alli, Marcia & the Caruso Staff

Tim Brodeur - Principal -

Alli Waller - Associate Principal -

Marcia Klita - Coordinator of Student Support -

Upcoming Events

November 10th - No School Veteran's Day

November 22nd - 24th - No School Thanksgiving

December 21st - Winter Break Begins

Coffee With Caruso

(Communicated 8/5/23)

Join us for coffee w/ Caruso; a way for the adults in our students' lives to build stronger connections with us at Caruso. Space is limited to 25 people per event. Please RSVP by calling the Caruso Main Office at 847-945-8430. Thanks to the PTO for Sponsoring Coffee.

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New Information

Blue Jays of the Week

PTO: Holiday Gift Fund

Deerfield High School Athletic Booster Club - Volunteers needed for 2024/2025

(Communicated via e-mail 11/2/23)

At the Deerfield High School (DHS) Athletic Booster Club, we are always looking for increase engagement by our Parents. Currently, we have some immediate as well as upcoming openings for key positions for the 2024/2025 School year. For those of you are not familiar with our Booster Club Organization, please review the above attachment as well as the link

I would welcome the opportunity to talk to any of you that might be interested in learning more about the DHS Athletic Booster Club.

Warm Regards,

Larry Letwat

President, DHS Athletic Booster Club

312 320-6029

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Repeated Information

PTO Fundraiser

D109 Food and Supply Drive

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Optional Cold Weather PE Gear

Last call for the optional cold weather gear for PE! The online store will close November 5th!

If there are any questions, please reach out to your student's PE teachers.

Physical Education/Health Curriculum

(Communicated 10/27/23)

As part of the Physical Education/Health curriculum at Caruso, your child will take part in lessons designed to develop life-long health habits. Topics are aligned with the National Health Education Standards (NHES), which are designed to help establish, promote and support health-enhancing behaviors. Middle school units of instruction are as follows:

  • Social and Emotional Health (6th Grade)

  • Nutrition (6th Grade)

  • Mental Health (7th Grade)

  • Injury Prevention & Safety (7th Grade)

  • Violence Prevention (8th Grade)

  • Substance Abuse & Prevention (8th Grade)

Specific sexual health topics are addressed in partnership with outside agencies. In February, 8th grade classrooms partner with Candor Health for a live virtual session called Teen Sexual Health. Similar to the 5th grade session titled Puberty I, an on-demand parent webinar will be provided prior and an opt-out made available. In April, speakers from Childhood Victories, Inc. provide age-appropriate presentations focused on sexual-assault and abuse awareness (Erin’s Law). This program occurs for all grades and an opt-out is made available. While not a stand-alone unit, sexual health topics may be discussed in Health classrooms as a result of student questions or in connection to related topics. If parents/guardians have concerns, they should email their child’s PE teacher no later than November 10th.

Signs of Suicide (SOS) program

(Communicated 10/26/23 via email)

Dear Parent or Guardian:

The adolescent years are marked by a roller-coaster ride of emotions – difficult for students, their parents and educators. It is easy to misinterpret depression as “normal” adolescent moodiness; however, depression (among the most common of mental illnesses) appears to be occurring at a much earlier age. Depression – which is treatable – is a leading risk factor for suicide. In addition, self-injury has become a growing problem among youth.

To proactively address these issues, Caruso Middle School is offering depression awareness and suicide prevention training as part of the Signs of Suicide (SOS) program. The program aims to increase help-seeking behaviors among students concerned about themselves or a friend. Listed on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, the SOS program showed a reduction in self-reported suicide attempts by 40-64% in randomized control studies (Aseltine et al., 2007 & Schilling et al., 2016).

Our goals in participating in this program are straightforward:

  • To help our students understand that depression is a treatable illness

  • To explain that suicide is a preventable tragedy that often occurs as a result of untreated depression

  • To provide students with the training on how to identify serious depression and potential suicidality in themselves or a friend

  • To impress upon youth that they can help themselves or a friend by taking the simple step of talking to a responsible adult about their concerns

  • To help students know whom in the school they can turn to for help, if they need it

This program will be presented to our 6th to 8th graders during the week of November 13th. The SOS program is brought to us by Elyssa’s Mission, a nonprofit organization dedicated to suicide prevention. Elyssa’s Mission is the only organization in the state of Illinois to fund, distribute and implement SOS. To get more information on suicide prevention, visit their website at Make sure to view their online Parent Presentation at for specific information on warning signs and how to keep your child safe. We also encourage you to visit for information on warning signs for youth suicide, useful resources, and some of the key messages students will learn.

As part of the program, facilitators, which includes our social workers, counselors, psychologists and P.E. Teachers, will show SOS video clips and lead students in discussion. Students will then complete a brief depression screener, as well as fill out a Response Card indicating whether or not they would like to speak to an adult about themselves or a friend. The depression screening tool addresses thoughts and feelings which a parent may be unaware their child is having. This tool does not provide a diagnosis of depression, and rather alerts school staff to those students requiring further investigation. School mental health staff or a qualified community mental health partner will be available to meet with designated students; school staff will subsequently notify parents/guardians regarding any needed next steps.

If you have any questions and/or do NOT want your child to participate in the SOS program, please contact your student's grade level counselor (6th:Mr. Remeniuk, 7th Ms. Murphy, or 8th: Ms. Wynn prior to November 10th. If we do not hear from you, we will assume your child has permission to participate in this program.


Tim Brodeur

Referral GPS

(Communicated 10/20/23)

ReferralGPS is a web-based service focused on assisting our community in finding local mental health and substance use-related treatment. You are invited to use this interactive tool at to search for treatment resources or connect with a Care Navigator anonymously. The platform has the ability to filter by mental health concern, clinician gender/specialty, location, and insurance acceptance. The service is available for all types of private and public insurance options including PPO, HMO, Medicaid, and families that are uninsured or underinsured. ReferralGPS is available for use by district students, staff, and families at no cost. All information entered on the ReferralGPS tool is completely confidential and securely stored. Please note, this service is an optional resource available by choice and is not mandatory in any way.

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Communicated 9/29/23)

Deerfield Parent Network, in partnership with Districts 113, 109 and 112, is pleased to announce Julie Lythcott-Haim’s presentation, “How to Raise Successful Kids” on November 30th at 7:30 pm at Deerfield High School’s Auditorium. Julie Lythcott-Haim is the New York Times best selling author of “How to Raise an Adult''. Drawing on research; conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers; and on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean, Julie Lythcott-Haims highlights the ways in which over-parenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. Mark your calendars - this is sure to be a great program!


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Order Your Yearbook Now

(Communicated 8/25/23)

Our online yearbook offer is live and yearbooks can be purchased HERE or by phone at 1-877-767-5217.

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Spirit Days

Please encourage your students to dress up in our Spirit Days!
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Caruso Bell Schedules