109 News

September 13, 2022 - Issue 2

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SHIELD Testing To Be Discontinued

DPS 109 families,


Due to limited participation in the program, DPS 109 will be discontinuing SHIELD testing at the end of September.


There are a variety of COVID tests available over-the-counter at your local pharmacy and through your doctor. You can visit www.covid.gov/tests for more information about free testing in our area. If you have any questions or concerns about your ability to access home tests during the school year please reach out to Joanna Ford at jford@dps109.org.


Q: What should I do if my child is exhibiting COVID symptoms?

A: Families are required to report any potential COVID symptoms to their building nurse and await guidance prior to sending their child to school.


Q: How do I submit at-home testing results?

A: Use this form provided by the district.


Q: Where can I find the latest IDPH guidance?

A: https://www.isbe.net/Pages/covid19.aspx


If you have any additional questions, please contact communications@dps109.org.

What's Good in 109: Taking Care of Our Community & Getting Inspired in Science Class

We like to share What's Good in 109 in every newsletter, at every board meeting, and on social media as much as possible. Check out some of the latest good things below, including two Kipling students taking initiative and Shepard 6th graders being challenged to be creative! Special thanks to Ms. Guggenheim for putting the video together!
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2nd graders Shay and Temma took some time out of their busy weekend to clean up around Kipling! Thanks for being great helpers and citizens, ladies!
The 15 Minute Project 2022

District 109 Honored With School Communications Awards

DPS 109 was honored to receive the Golden Achievement Award, one of the highest national honors from the National School PR Association for our Define 109 campaign!


The district also received a handful of other awards at the state level for some video projects involving our foreign language programs, an inspirational back to school message, a book igloo and more. Subscribe to our YouTube channel below and you can get alerts when fun features drop!

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PPS109 is Back!

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 are dedicated to providing 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 below 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.

The Month Ahead - Upcoming Dates to Know


  • September 22: Board of Education meeting @ 7 p.m.
  • September 26: NO SCHOOL
  • September 27: Next edition of 109 News
  • October 5: NO SCHOOL