Caruso Connect - April 22nd


Caruso Families!

First, we are excited to welcome Mr. Jim Monaco as Associate Principal of Caruso Middle School for the 2022-2023 school year! Please read on to learn more about Jim.

We have a number of updates listed below. We hope you check on the following information:

- Spirit wear store information.

- Details about our upcoming Erin's Law Presentation.

- The agenda and Zoom link for Monday's PTO Meeting.

- A special spirit day on Wednesday!

Finally, as we get ready for graduation an update for our 8th Grade families regarding tickets. Each family will receive 4 tickets*. Below you will be able to enter in to a lottery to receive an additional one or two tickets. Please enter by Friday April 29th. If you have been selected to receive one you will be notified on or before May 13th. If you have needs beyond these tickets, please work with other families; often families do not use all of their tickets.

*Families with twins will receive 6 tickets.

As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to any of us.

Tim, Caitlin, and Heidy

Tim Brodeur - Principal -

Caitlin Lucci - Associate Principal -

Heidy LaFleur - Interim Coordinator of Student Support -

Upcoming Events

4/25 - PTO Meeting 7pm

4/27 - Alex Caruso Middle School Spirit Day

Blue Jays of the Week

*If you would like to nominate a staff member for this you may do so HERE!
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New Caruso AP for 2022-2023

Dear Caruso Families,

I am pleased to inform you that last night, the Board of Education has just approved Mr. Jim Monaco as associate principal of Caruso Middle School for the 2022-2023 school year.

"Hello, Caruso Middle School! My name is Jim Monaco, and I am ecstatic to be joining the leadership team at CMS as your new Associate Principal. After meeting the students, teachers, and staff during my interview process, I knew this was a special place to work. I look forward to meeting everyone in August and continuing the amazing things that will provide our students and families with a premiere educational experience!"

Jim is joining us from Morton High School, where he has been the Director of English Language Arts and Media Services for the past six years. He served as the English Department chair at Huntley High School for two years, and also has previous experience as an instructional coach and assistant principal at the elementary and middle school levels.

Caitlin and I are excited to welcome Mr. Monaco to our Caruso family!


Tim Brodeur
Principal, Caruso Middle School

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Spirit Wear Store

Do you or your student need some Blue Jay spirit wear? Orders will be delivered to Caruso with your student's name on them for distribution this Spring. The store will close on Wednesday, April 27th at 11:59 PM. If you have any questions, please reach out to Tim Brodeur, Caruso Principal at

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8th Grade Graduation Ticket Lottery

Each family will receive 4 tickets*. Below you will be able to enter in to a lottery to receive an additional one or two tickets. Please enter by Friday April 29th. If you have been selected to receive one you will be notified on or before May 13th. If you have needs beyond these tickets, please work with other families; often families do not use all of their tickets.

*Families with twins will receive 6 tickets.

Alex Caruso Middle School ... for the day!

Inspired by his gritty performance on the court, Charles J. Caruso Middle School in Deerfield, Illinois will be renamed Alex Caruso Middle School (no relation) for the day on Wednesday, April 27th, the day of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks. Students and staff are encouraged to wear Bulls gear and sport their favorite headband in support of Bulls star Alex Caruso and the team.

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Erin's Law Presentation Information

Dear Parents and Guardians of Middle School Students:

Erin’s Law (House Bill 6193) was signed by Governor Pat Quinn on January 24, 2013. This law requires schools to implement an age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention curriculum for grades Pre-K through 12. District 109 partners with Childhood Victories, Inc., an organization founded by Victor Pacini who is a motivational speaker and a survivor of sexual abuse. Speakers from Childhood Victories, Inc. provide programming for our students that teaches them basic skills to keep them safe from dangerous or abusive situations. The program, Be Seen and Heard 2.0, is developmentally appropriate, interactive, aligned with learning standards, and will cover the following topics:

  • Distinguishing safe from unsafe touches

  • Safety rules at home and school

  • Saying “NO”

  • Secrets

  • It’s not the child’s fault if someone touches them

  • Telling a trusted adult

The staff from Childhood Victories, Inc. will be presenting to our middle school students on the following date:

  • Caruso: Tuesday May 10th

Parents can view Victor Pacini’s parent video to preview the concepts of the Be Seen and Heard 2.0 program.

Requests to Opt-Out: If you prefer that your child opt-out of this prevention education session, please email your child’s school principal by Friday May 6. Please also feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions or concerns.


Joanna Ford

Assistant Superintendent for Student Services

847-945-1844 x7229

PTO Meeting Info.

Dear Caruso families,

Our upcoming Caruso PTO Meeting is scheduled for Monday, 25 April 2022 at 7pm CST. The Zoom meeting link is provided below along with a meeting agenda.

We look forward to having you join us to hear about Caruso PTO updates. If you cannot make it, send questions/comments to Caruso PTO contact page HERE. Also, past Caruso PTO meeting minutes are posted HERE for your reference.


Caruso PTO

Join Zoom Meeting 98520269791?pwd= NzhmTGF4K2kyaC9PUzFiTFdxNDBnUT 09

AGENDA for April 25th Caruso PTO meeting

  • Approval of meeting minutes from March 14th
  • Treasurer's Report
  • Principal's Report
  • President's Report
  • VP Administration updates
  • VP Student Services updates
  • New business
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School Supply Info for 2022-2023

8th Grade Save the Dates

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Information for Families

CMS Clubs and Activities

Wednesday and Friday Spirit Days

All students and staff are encouraged to join us for Wednesday and Friday Spirit Days!

Every Wednesday is Caruso Day! Wear your Caruso Wear!

4/29 - Crazy Sock Day

5/6 - Socks and Sandals

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Heath and Wellness Reminders

SHIELD Results

Due to increased testing volume across Illinois, DPS109 now receives SHIELD results within 48 hours. This slower turnaround time impacts our ability to contact families prior to the next school day with results. We ask for your continued partnership in keeping students healthy and in school. Please complete Daily Health Certifications, and make sure your contact information is current in Family Access to help your nurses/staff efficiently make notifications and contact trace.

SHIELD Testing

Students will begin SHIELD testing at 8:30 AM. Please ensure that students do not have food, gum, or drinks an hour prior to testing. Students will be called out of class for SHIELD testing according to the schedule below. Please communicate with your student if you would like them to test or not. We make reminder calls for all students for testing, and if students have your consent they can test even if they do not have a QR code/lanyard yet. (We are working with district office to ensure everyone has one soon!)

8th Grade 8:30-8:50 from Encore 1

6th Grade 8:50-9:10 from Core 1

7th Grade 9:20-9:40 from Core 2

Below are the SHIELD testing dates:

CARUSO - 8:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Wednesday, April 27

Wednesday, May 4

Wednesday, May 11

Wednesday, May 18

Wednesday, May 25

Wednesday, June 1

Testing is not mandatory. By consenting to the testing, your child’s name is put on a roster and the expectation is that they will be testing weekly unless a parent/guardian notifies us otherwise.


Log in to Skyward/Family Access and it should appear as a green box next to your child’s name. Contact Kristen Neu ( with any Family Access questions.


Fill out this Google Form prior to 7 AM on the day that our school tests: Wednesday

COVID Information


DPS 109 will be offering testing for symptomatic students Monday through Friday afternoons during the school year. The BinaxNOW test will be administered outside of the District Office in the beige testing building (please look for sign on door). Testing is free of charge to families. Click here to read more about testing.


It’s always a tough situation when this happens in the morning! Be sure to read this section in our COVID information hub, especially if you have multiple children enrolled in DPS 109. Our school exclusion guidance comes from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

8th Grade Transition to DHS

DHS Registration Dates for the Class of 2026

Special Education Articulation Meetings are scheduled Mid-January – Early February. DHS Special Education staff meet with 8th-grade families to review plans for incoming freshmen with Individualized Education Plans.

Calendar of Events:

May 2, 2022: Health Forms Due to DHS Health Services Office

Mid-August, 2022: Schedules posted on Infinite Campus

August 15, 2022: Warrior Welcome for Students & Parents/Guardians (6:30 pm- 8:00 pm)

August 17, 2022: First day of student attendance

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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