News from Carl Sandburg Junior High

September 7, 2022

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A Note from Mrs. Johansen

Dear Sandburg Families,

I hope you've had a great start to the week!


Sandburg clubs have started up. The teachers are sharing information about clubs on the morning announcements and in the Wildcat Way Google Classroom. All students have access to the classroom.


Congratulations to the Sandburg athletes who are participating in our Fall Sports: Cross Country, Girls Basketball, and Boys Soccer. For more information about their schedules, check out the Sandburg Sports Website.


The Sandburg staff looks forward to meeting all parents on Thursday, September 8th. We are very excited to offer an in-person Parent Orientation for the first time in a few years!


All you need to know is your child's 1st period teacher. We'll take it from there! Every student will create a schedule for parents to follow, complete with a school map to help you get there. We will start promptly at 6:00 in 1st period. The evening will conclude at 7:45 at the end of 9th period.


See you then!

Erika Johansen

Sandburg Principal

Sandburg Focus: Arriving on Time to Class

At Sandburg, we have been working with all students to share the importance of arriving on time to class and school. Our teachers have been working with students to help them create solutions to any challenges they are having as they navigate their schedules throughout the day.


You can check your child's attendance and tardy status by checking Infinite Campus Parent. Parents will receive emails from teachers if your child is earning multiple tardies in between classes. The flowchart listed below has been shared with students and will be reviewed at Parent Orientation.


If your child is struggling to arrive to a class on time, please encourage them to speak with a teacher and we can help them navigate the hallways, organize their materials, and create a plan to help them arrive on time. We are here to help them succeed and learn the importance of arriving on time to class.

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A note from the Sandburg PTSA

The PTSA is looking forward to an exciting year! We are bringing back some fun events including a Fall Festival, Winter Warm Up Dance, WOW Day Career Fair, Teacher Appreciation Week, and Eighth Grade Celebration.


Please consider joining (and sponsoring) the PTSA! CSJH only receives $0.50 for each membership, but joining at the White, Red, or Wildcat Sponsor levels provides a direct donation to our school and will reduce the amount of fundraising required throughout the year. You are not obligated to volunteer or attend monthly meetings by joining the PTSA. You are simply supporting your child’s school and CSJH PTSA. Click here to sign up!


PTA Openings

  • Fundraising Help Needed - We are in need of individuals who are willing to plan and execute a single fundraiser to support PTSA events this year. Ideas include dine and shares, chocolate sales, Concessions at sporting events, or any other fundraiser of your choosing. Please sign up here or email sandburgptsa@gmail.com if interested.

  • Reflections Chair - Reflections is a Fine Arts competition, sponsored by the National PTA, including visual arts, creative writing, music, dance choreography, and more. A Reflections Chair is needed to offer this program to CSJH Students. This is a great role for working parents, as most tasks can be done on your own time from home. The responsibilities extend from September to November, and include advertising for the event (template flyers provided) and collecting entries. There is a training session via Zoom on Sept 26th. Please email sandburgptsa@gmail.com if interested.


Upcoming Events

  • Monday, September 12th at 6 pm: General Membership Meeting @ CSJH. Topics include Fall Festival, 2022-2023 Budget, and Bylaws approval.

D15 Student Cell Phone Policy

Student possession and/or use of cell phones and other electronic devices while at school is governed by Board of Education Policy 7:190 Student Behavior.


Sandburg students may bring cell phones and wireless earbuds to school, but they must be placed in their lockers at all times during the school day.


Sandburg students will be reminded of this expectation in their first period classes each day. If a student does not follow this expectation, parents will also be notified and may even need to come pick up their child’s phone if this issue continues. After repeated reminders, students may earn a lunch detention or after school detention. We also have cell phone lockers in the office where student cell phones will be housed during the day if this becomes a continued concern.

Sandburg Student Services Team

Many schools are working to create a positive social and emotional climate to support students’ social and emotional learning. Similar to last year, a child in Illinois between the ages of 7-17 can take up to 5 mental health day's each school year without a doctor’s note. A parent will still need to call in to report their student absent for the day. On the second mental health day, a Sandburg clinician will be reaching out to the parent to discuss if any support at school is needed. If you have any questions or if your student needs mental health support, please reach out to a Sandburg clinician.


To help with the transition back to school, take a look at our website and list of community resources. You can also contact us at the following information below or students can request to see a clinician here and we will schedule a meeting within 2 school days.


Joanna Rzepka, rzepkaj@ccsd15.net

Deanna Nemchock, nemchocd@ccsd15.net

David Pierpont, pierpond@ccsd15.net

Amy Chandler, chandlea@ccsd15.net

SAFE2HELP Illinois

In the absence of a trusted adult, Safe2Help Illinois offers students a safe, confidential way in which to share information that might help prevent suicides, bullying, school violence or other threats to school safety. This program is not intended to suspend, expel, or punish students. Rather, the goal is to get students to 'Seek Help Before Harm.'”


"Safe2Help Illinois is a 24/7 program where students can use a free app, text/phone, website (Safe2HelpIllinois.com) and other social media platforms to report school safety issues in a confidential environment. Once vetted, the tips will immediately be shared with local school officials, mental health professionals and/or local law enforcement, depending on the nature of the tip. The program also will help local officials by connecting them with mental health resources or other appropriate resources to intervene and help students before they harm themselves or others."


To learn more about Safe2Help IL, click here.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • September 8th- Parent Orientation 6-7:45
  • September 12th- PTSA Meeting 6:00 Sandburg Library
  • September 19th- D15 BOE Meeting

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