Spartan Weekly

Shepard Middle School 11/19

Making the Most...

Good Evening Spartan Families,

We hope you have had a wonderful week and you are gearing up to spend some much needed family time together this Thanksgiving. Whether you are staying local or headed abroad, keeping it small or having a larger celebration, we hope you take time to relax and enjoy.


In the words of Charlie Brown, "What if today, we were just grateful for everything?"


Reminder: School is in session on Monday. Students will have the remainder of the week off. Our Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Monday night (5-8pm) and Tuesday (8-3pm).


There is a ton of new info in today's newsletter, so please take a moment to scroll down and stay connected to all the great things happening in our school community.


Before you jump into weekend mode, we hope that you will take a few minutes to join our District 109 Thought Exchange to engage in the mission and vision discussion to "Define 109." The exchange closes at 5 pm tonight, November 19th.


Have a safe and wonderful weekend!


Mr.C, Mrs. Zlotnikov and Mrs. Logemann


Click Here to Check Out Our Extracurricular Calendar

In preparation for our conferences on Monday and Tuesday, please click on the image below to familiarize yourself with our Parent-Teacher Conferences website. The website will serve as your access point to connect with your child's teachers during your scheduled conference times. We hope you will find the conversations rewarding.


Please call our office at 847-948-0620 with any questions.

From Student Council

Operation Snowflake 2021

The Spartan StuCo and Shepard PTSO are teaming up to support some of our families in need this holiday season. The goal is to make sure everyone will have something special to unwrap as they celebrate the holidays as a family. If you are interested in supporting this outreach, please visit our Operation Snowflake Gift Giving Sign-Up.


  • Select the gift (s) that you would like to purchase.

  • Drop off your purchased items to Shepard on any weekday between 8:00-4:00, from December 6-December 10. Please make sure you label the gift with the family name that corresponds to the SignUp Genius! (i.e. Pinecone or Frozen)

  • Please do not wrap the gifts. (Gifts will be carefully wrapped by our StuCo Team)

  • Gifts will be distributed starting the week of December 13.

  • If shopping doesn’t appeal to you, please consider donating a gift card (Target, Amazon, Jewel, etc.). Gift cards can be dropped off in the Shepard Main Office

Calling All Artists

The Shepard PTSO is looking for help designing this year's holiday card. See below for information on submitting your art in the competition.
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Upcoming Dates

November 22 - Parent Conferences (5-8pm on Zoom)

November 23 - No School/Parent Conferences (8am-11am and 12pm-3pm on Zoom)

November 24-26 - Thanksgiving Break

December 20-31 - Winter Break

SHIELD Testing (Weekly Opt Out Form)

Our SHIELD Testing will take place on Tuesday, November 30.
  • If your student has consent to test, we will assume they will come down during their scheduled time (a reminder announcement will be made for each time slot.
  • SHIELD Testing remains optional. If for any reason you do not want your child to submit a test sample on Tuesday, November 30, please click here.


If you have questions, please call our office at 847-948-0620

DHS Hoops for Hope Basketball Tournament

The Deerfield High School School Chest is hosting a Hoops for Hope Basketball Tournament at 12:30pm on Sunday, November 21.


If Interested, please Click Here to register.

District Resources

SHIELD Testing Update

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.

2022-2023 D109 Calendar

The official 2022 - 2023 School Year Calendar was approved by the Board of Education on November 19th, 2021. Please see the calendar on the DPS109 website.

Take 5 Minutes To Answer One Big Question... and help Define 109!

Our community ThoughtExchange is open and runs through tonight (11/19) at 5pm! We want to hear from you on this one question: What is the most important skill that students today need to have for them to live fulfilling and meaningful lives? You are allowed to leave as many thoughts as you want and rate as many as you want. It's all anonymous! If you've already participated, log back in and leave or rate new thoughts that have come in!

Define 109 ThoughtExchange Question for November

Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic Registration

There are spots open at the clinics being held by Passport Health at Shepard Middle School starting next week. Due to a number of cancellations, please feel free to share the below link with families that do NOT have a DPS 109 student. The last thing we want are unused spots! Please note these clinics are ONLY for 5-11 year olds. Click here to sign up your child.