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Greetings Caruso Families,

Caruso Middle School will once again be hosting student-led conferences, on November 21st and 22nd this year. You can follow this link to sign-up your child or children. If you encounter problems or have any questions please contact the front office for assistance. Sign-ups will close a week prior to conferences at which time you will need to call the front office if you need to sign-up or adjust a time.

At the conferences, students will lead their conference while core teachers will be available in the room should parents have specific questions that can best be addressed by them. In addition, encore staff will be available in designated locations to address any questions parents may have.

Some of you have expressed interest in a more traditional conference format that is teacher led. The reality is that both formats have their own unique value and have very different functions. We believe that having students lead the conversations around their learning, combined with convenient access to the full teacher team, best serves our students and our families.


Brian Bullis

1st/FINAL Posting - Paperless PTO App and Reporting Absences

You can use your Caruso Caller/Paperless PTO App to report an absence. Open your app and click on Absent Call which will allow you to report your absence to the Caruso nurse. The absence will be reported to You may also use this email without the app should you wish to report an absence that way. If you would prefer, you can still call the office and leave a voicemail.

1st/FINAL Posting - Debate Club Kick-off

The Caruso Debate Team is kicking off its season on Tuesday, September 20th. We will meet after school until 4:00 in Ms. Mastin's classroom (D1). Interested students are encouraged to attend the meeting.

1st/FINAL Posting - CMS Science Fair!

Caruso and Shepard Middle School are looking for 7th and 8th grade students who are interesting in participating as an individual or with a partner at the Region 6 Science Fair at Niles North High School on Saturday, March 4. Students can contact the following sponsors for further details, Dr. Beatrise Revelins (CMS) and Mr. Blaine Bowers (SMS). This academic challenge allows students to research, explore, and run an experiment on a topic of their choice. There are 19 different fields of science that can be explored. Please contact your school's sponsor by October 1, 2016, at or if you have any questions concerning this activity.

1st/FINAL Posting - Reminders from our PTO


Deerfield Discount Cards are on sale NOW!! Please click the link to purchase your card.


Please click on the link below to sign up to help pass out student


• Order lunches up to one week in advance.

• Go to Click on register. The school password is CMS299.



If your child is coming in late or is sick and you want to pick up his or her Marla's Brown Bag lunch please text, email, or call Fran Picklin at 773-491-5264 or before 10:00 am that day. The lunch will be pulled and placed in the office. After 10:00 am, unclaimed lunches will be donated.


It's time to sign up for 2016-2017 Caruso PTO Membership!! Membership to the PTO includes The Caruso Caller online and two registration key codes for The Caruso Caller app. This means you can access it any time from your smartphone, tablet, or computer! Also, you can make changes to your contact information at any time during the school year and those changes are automatically updated in the Caller! Once again, paper copies of The Caller may be printed from your account but will not be distributed by the PTO. This is what we need you to do:

1. Go to

2. If you are a returning user of, login and skip to #4. If you are new to Caruso or did not have a account last year, you need to click on create your account (located under WELCOME NEW VISITORS on the left side of the home page).

3. After entering your information and clicking continue, select change (next to my profile) to add more parent information. *If you do not want to be in the Caruso Caller (directory), click the appropriate button at this time.

4. You must add your student's information to be listed in the Caruso Caller.To add student(s), select My Info at the top of the page and select My Student.Then select add new student and enter the information.

5. Now, pay your Caruso PTO Membership dues (order button is on the middle ofcarusopto.orghome page--to get to the Home page, click the Home button tab at the top left of your screen). PTO Dues are $25 and include the STUDENT DIRECTORY (CARUSO CALLER) for 2016-2017. This includes 2 smartphone apps and computer access to the directory. Access for additional devices may be purchased here as well.

7. After you pay your dues, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and register the directory app.

**Families with students attending DHS, South Park, or Wilmot: You can link all of you Paperless PTO accounts on one app. Under settings, select account setup and then select add new account. This will allow you to enter the key code for Caruso.

**Please note that when when entering information in your Paperless PTO App, press NEXT on the keypad to move from one section to the next. When you are done, hit DONE.

**Please take a moment to review all of your information and make sure everything is correct. If you need to edit any information, you may do so under the "My Info" tab on the website.

The Caruso Caller (directory) may be found in the "My Info" drop down menu.

It’s easy! Please sign up by Friday, September 2nd.

Questions? Contact Debbie Keller or Kristin Fine

1st/FINAL Posting - CMS FAQ Link

We have added a FAQ page to our Caruso Middle School website. Please feel free to peruse.

2nd/FINAL Posting - Parent Volunteers Needed to Help with Food Pantry Lunches

Please contact Susan Jensen if you are a parent that can spare an hour a week or even an hour a month helping our Caruso students in need by volunteering at the Deerfield Food Pantry.


2nd/FINAL Posting - PPS Event - "Where's My Backpack?"

You may click here to view the flyer for the upcoming Parents and Professionals for Success Event, "Where's My Backpack?" & Other Homework Woes. This session focuses on Executive Functioning and will take place on Wednesday, September 28, at 7:00 in the Shepard LMC.

3rd Posting – 6th Grade Physicals (and Dental Forms)

By state law, 6th grade physicals must be turned in by Thursday, October 15. Failure to do so by that date will result in exclusion from school until the physical is submitted. If you have any questions please email our health assistant, Anna Ghukasyan, at

Dental forms are not due until May but you are encouraged to turn those in as well to complete your state-required forms for the year. Please see the district website for details about required paperwork and vaccinations, or call Ms. Ghukasyan with any questions or concerns.

5th Posting - Yearbook Ordering Information

This year we are working with Jostens for our school yearbook. The yearbook is a great memory for middle schoolers as a keepsake of what their life was like during their time enjoyed at Caruso.

You can order a yearbook directly at or through our direct link or by phone at 1-877-767-5217.

Ordering MUST be done online- we do not accept cash or checks for the yearbook. The yearbook is $25.00 if you order before September 30th. After that, the price will increase.

Please keep in mind that yearbook is NOT a part of any fees you already paid- it is separate and optional to purchase. Don't let the memories fade away, order your yearbook today!

6th Posting - CMS Spirit Wear!

Check out the Caruso spirit wear organized by our PTO at All items will be available for purchase online through the JelliGoods website only. Orders must be placed by October 24. Items will be distributed in November.

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