Caruso Connect - September 16

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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 would like to start with a thank you. Thank you for assisting your students in arriving to school on time. We have seen a tremendous improvement from last year! If getting out the door in the morning is a challenge, please reach out to any of us. We often will meet with students and think of things they can do to make the morning routine just a bit easier. As the weather begins to change, we anticipate the number of students who arrive via car to increase. Given this, please plan to start leaving a few minutes earlier.

This week I, along with a panel of parents, Ms. Wynn, our 8th grade counselor, and Mr. Cybulski, Shepard Principal, was able to speak to a group from the community through an event planned by DPN, The Deerfield Parent Network. Reflecting on this, I have two takeaways that I want to share with all of you:

1. All students have a unique timeline. As your student progresses through middle school, they will be ready for various things at different times. You know your student and will know what is right for them. Please let us know how we can support.

2. Involvement in school is key. All students should become involved with something at school. Throughout the year at Caruso, we offer 40+ clubs, sports, or student groups. Each week please see this newsletter for upcoming opportunities. We are working on planning an activity fair and will send home more information prior to it being held.

We hope that you have a restful and relaxing weekend and will see you next week.


Tim Brodeur - Principal -

Jim Monaco - Associate Principal -

Caitlin Lucci - Coordinator of Student Support -

Upcoming Events

September 21st - 7th Grade Camp Duncan

September 26th - No School

September 28th - PTO Potbelly Fundraiser

October 5th - No School

October 10th - No School

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Caruso News

Blue Jays of the Week

*If you would like to nominate a staff member for this you may do so HERE!

Rock Climbing & Roller Skating Permission Forms

(Communicated 9/16/22)

CMS students will soon begin their rock climbing and roller skating units in P.E. If you would like your student to participate, please either fill out the paper permission form that went home with your child this week or log in to Skyward Family Access and complete the permission forms by next Friday, September 23! Those students who do not have permission slips on file will be assigned an alternate activity.

PTO Potbelly Fundaiser

(Communicated 9/16/22)

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6th Grade Forms

(Communicated 9/9/22)

6TH GRADE PARENTS. Please don't forget to submit your student's required health forms (physical, immunization, and dental). All forms are available on the DPS 109 website

Forms can be turned in to Mrs. Dowell in the Caruso Nurse's Office or emailed to

Please contact Mrs. Dowell if you have questions or need assistance at or (847) 945-8430 x6103


(Communicated 9/9/22)


The purpose of this program is to keep kids moving and develop minds, bodies, and relationships through a variety of sport and fitness activities. Each and every sport and fitness activity listed below is available to all Caruso students 6-8th grade.

Available dates and activities:

Monday, September 19 Lacrosse

Wednesday, September 21 Gaga

Friday, September 23 Flag Football

Wednesday, September 28 Basketball

Friday, September 30 Lacrosse

Monday, October 3 Soccer

Friday, October 7 Flag Football

Wednesday, October 12 Basketball

Friday, October 14 Flag Football

Monday, October 17 Softball

Wednesday, October 19 Gaga

Friday, October 21 Flag Football

Monday, October 24 Soccer

Wednesday, October 26 Basketball

Friday, October 28 Flag Football

During the 1st quarter, our intramural program will be offered every Monday and Friday after school 3:00-4:00pm (late bus is available) and Wednesday (mornings) 7:00-7:55am. Please understand that these activities can and will change depending on weather, available space, and the number of participants present each day. If you have questions please feel free to contact Mr. Hoy. at or call (847)945-8430 ext. 6150.

Join Comedy Club

Join Comedy Club

(Communicated 9/9/22)

All are welcome in Comedy Club! If you enjoy knock-knock jokes, standup comedy, tv shows, movies, magic, or anything else silly-goofy, this is the inclusive environment for you. We’ll meet in Room E9 after school on Mondays! Contact Mr. Arbit if interested!

Order Your Yearbook Today!

(Communicated 9/2/22)

Our online yearbook offer is live and yearbooks can be purchased at or your direct link at or by phone at 1-877-767-5217.
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NWEA Map: Testing Environment Expectations

(Communicated 9/2/22)

District News

PPS 109 EVENT ON 10/25

(Communicated 9/2/22)

We are excited this school year to return to offering in-person parent/guardian networking and educational opportunities for our community in collaboration with PPS109.

PPS109 is a partnership of DPS 109 administrators, teachers and parents/guardians who provide education and support to families of children with a wide range of needs. Our first event of the ‘22-’23 school year will be An Overview of District 109 Student Services. This event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6 pm at the District Office.

We are also asking for your help! Please click here to help us prioritize the next community event that will be offered during this school year. There is also an option on the form to let us know if you are interested in participating in PPS109 parent/guardian networking opportunities.

Gear Up and Homework Club

Google Classroom Guardian Invitation

(Communicated 8/19/22)

You should receive a Google Classroom Guardian invitation by the end of the day Friday, August 19th. Accepting this invite will set things up so you start receiving email summaries of your child's Google Classroom classes. The email used to send the invitation is the one you've provided in Skyward. If you'd like the email changed, please contact your student's first period classroom (CORE) teacher (math, ELA, science, social studies).

Please watch this video to learn more about how Google Classroom Guardian Summary Emails work:

A few notes to help!

When accepting the invitation:

  • To adhere to student privacy, guardians will not be joining the actual classes, so you won't need a class code or the Google Classroom app or Google Classroom login.
  • When prompted, select DAILY as the frequency otherwise the email summary will be delivered only once a week. You can always change the frequency anytime:

Please feel free to direct all questions regarding Google Classroom to our Innovation Curriculum Specialist, Maria Galanis, and she will be happy to help.

Include the following information when contacting Maria:
Your child' name, school, grade, team, and first period core area teacher (math, ELA, science, social studies).

Caruso Bell Schedules

PTO Information

(Communicated 8/5/22)

Make sure to check out the new PTO Website. If you have questions, feel free to reach out !
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Coffee w/ Caruso

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Who to Contact?

Please see the helpful list below who to contact at CMS for your needs. You may also visit the DPS 109 Website to learn more.
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