News from Sundling Junior High

September 28, 2021

Principal Message

Hello Sundling Families,

It is hard to believe that we will be finishing up the first quarter of school in next few weeks, on Friday, October 8th. Please be aware that 1st quarter Progress Reports will be available for families to view in Infinite Campus on Friday, October 15th. If you should have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your child's teacher.

I want to thank all of our students, families, and staff for pulling together and supporting each other during the past few months of school. It has not been the easiest few months, but I can say that we have all learned to adapt, remain flexible, and go with the flow of an everchanging landscape. As we move into the 2nd quarter of school, I am hopeful to see continued growth and progress from all of our students. The staff and administration are appreciative of your continued support, patience, and feedback. We could not do this without the support and help of our Sundling families and community.

Last week, our school Welcomed Dr. Miguel Cardona, Secretary for the Department of Education, Dr. Carmen Ayala, State Superintendent, Governor J.B. Pritzker, and many other local diginitaries and officials on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

Besides having the opportunity to showcase how we re-opened school this year, the main annoucement that Walter R. Sundling Junior High School (WRS) was being designated as a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education was a major highlight for the entire Sundling community; staff, students, families and community members!

This is the second time WRS has achieved National Blue Ribbon status as we previously won this award in 1996. Walter R. Sundling is one of eight other District 15 schools to be designated as National Blue Ribbon Schools in the past. The school was nominated by the Illinois State Board of Education after meeting stringent requirements and was then invited by the U.S Department of Education to apply for the recognition through a comprehensive application process in which the school shared details about its school community such as innovative instructional techniques and programs, its adaptation to both in-person and virtual learning classrooms during COVID-19, and its strong school climate and culture work.

It was an absolutely amazing day for our school, and I could not be more proud of our community for the hard work and effort that has been and will continue to be put forth to support our students and high achievement for years to come. This honor signifies our committment to our students and families, and also reminds us that we still have much work to do to maintain a high level of excellence.

Our District 15 Board of Education will congratulate the WRS students, staff, and families for its 2021 Blue Ribbon achievement at the October 13, 2021, Board of Education meeting.

Thank you to everyone,

Jason Dietz


#strongertogether #sundlingstrong #morethanever #proudtobe15

Extra Masks for Students

We will continue to support students at Sundling with face mask needs throughout the day, but we could use your help at home. If you could please have your child pack an extra mask or two in their backpack for school to used as needed, that would be greatly appreciated. Our supplies are dimishing quickly!

Thank you for your help and support at home!

Picture Retakes- Oct. 7th

Lifetouch will return to Sundling on Thursday, October 7th for picture retakes. If you did not have your picture taken earlier this year, you can take it at this time. If you want a picture retake, please return your original package to the photographer on October 7th when you are called down, and you can retake your school picture.

You can still order on with our Picture Day ID: EVTHPX4BN

Student Attendance

As a friendly reminder, classes start promptly at 7:50 and that means all students should be in the building before 7:45 so that they can be on time and ready for 1st period. A student is considered tardy to school if they enter the building after 7:50.

If your child is going to be absent, please make sure to call the absence line. It is available 24 hours a day. 847-963-3701.

If you are experiencing difficulties with getting your child to school, the Sandburg Student Services Team is here to help you! As a student service team at Sundling JH, our goal is to make each student feels welcomed and confident in their skills to succeed in junior high school.

WRS Chorus begins Oct. 4th

Chorus will begin Monday, October 4 at 7:00 am in the theater. No experience or audition necessary! Chorus rehearses every Monday and Wednesday morning from 7:00-7:40 a.m. Click on this link for more Chorus information.

Update from D15 Nutrition Services

Due to supply chain issues, we are unable to serve peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at our schools. We hope to have them back in stock soon, but in the meantime, we will be serving Protein Power Packs so students will have a vegetarian option.

We know many families print off their menus for the month. Please note that if we have to change an offering due to the shortage, we will update menus online each Friday so families will know if there are any changes for the following week. Please check regularly if your child has a favorite that may be in short supply.

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WRS PTA Reflections 2021

National PTA has a long-standing commitment to arts education. The Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life.

Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. This 50+ year-old program helps them explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.

The 2021–2022 Reflections theme is I Will Change the World By…

Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

Students participate in the appropriate division for their grade: Primary (Pre-K - Grade 2), Intermediate (Grades 3-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8), High School (Grades 9-12), Special Artist (All grades welcome). Students who identify as having a disability and may receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 may enter in the Special Artist Division or grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities.*

Information and an entry form are available in the main office.

The deadline for entries is Friday, October 29. Projects should be turned in with a completed entry form to the main office.

-Any additional questions can be directed to Erica Ariagno at or 847-991-3244.

District 15 Parent Student Handbook

The 2021-22 Parent/Student Handbook is now available online! You can view it here.

  • The annual handbook is a summary of Board of Education policies governing District 15. The complete School District 15 Board of Education Policy Manual is available for public review at the District office and on the District 15 BoardDocs website. State and federal laws require school districts to notify parents and students about certain rights, responsibilities, and procedures; you will find that information in this handbook. This handbook may be amended during the year.

The handbook offers information pertinent to the District as a whole. Some programs and procedures may differ from school to school, based on the size and location of the building, the grades served, the facilities available, and the programs conducted at the school. Your school administrators will inform you of these additional procedures. The handbook is intended to be a handy resource, but is not meant to take the place of personal communication between home and school. Please feel free to call your child’s school if you have any questions on programs or procedures, or consult your school’s website.

October 2021 Important Dates

September 30- WRS PTA Dine & Share @ Taco Shop (all day)

October 7- Lifetouch Picture Retakes

October 8- Quarter #1 Ends

October 8- WRS Evacuation Drill #2

October 11- No School

October 12- No School for Students

October 13- Board of Education Meeting 7:00PM

October 15- Quarter 1 Progress Reports available in Infinite Campus

October 16- 8th Grade Students PSAT Test for District 211

October 20- WRS PTA Meeting 7:00 PM

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WRS PTA "Un" Fundraiser

Do you intensely dislike having to sell “stuff “ to raise funds for an organization? Guess what? WE DO TOO!

With that in mind, in lieu of tasking students and parents with selling items that no one really wants, the Sundling PTA is pleased to offer a tax-deductible options to take the hassle out of fundraising. Your participation is completely voluntary and very much appreciated!

Please make your check payable to Sundling PTA and send it and this form back to school in an envelope labeled “Sundling PTA Un Fundraiser” by October 8th 2021. You can also make a donation online at

Please see flyer below for more information!!

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