Caruso Connect - November 12th


Caruso Families!

As we try to be good neighbors, be considerate of our neighbors at pick up time. Please do not block driveways, and please utilize the cul-de-sacs to turn around. As the weather changes, please ensure that your students store their cool weather jackets and clothing in their lockers. If they need assistance, please have them see any of their teachers for help.

Sign ups for Conferences close at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, November 17th so that our staff can best prepare to meet with all of you! If you are unable to sign up with a teacher, please reach out to them directly to set up a time.

If you have questions, please reach out directly.

Have a GREAT weekend,

Tim, Caitlin, and Heidy

Tim Brodeur - Principal -

Caitlin Lucci - Associate Principal -

Heidy LaFleur - Interim Coordinator of Student Support -

Upcoming Events

11/19 - Dress Up Day: Matching Set Day

11/19-11/30 - Virtual Book Fair

11/22 - Parent Teacher Conferences (Evening)

11/23 - No School - Parent Teacher Conferences

11/24-11/26 - No School

12/3 - Dress Up Day: Slippers Day

12/20-12/31 - No School

Blue Jays of the Week

*If you would like to nominate a staff member for this you may do so HERE!

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

Our community ThoughtExchange is open and runs through next Friday! 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.

District 113 - Future 113 Highland Park High School Tour - 2nd Opportunity

Did you miss the opportunity to tour the HPHS facilities on October 5 as part of the District 113 long-term planning and sustainability discussion? If so, a second tour will be offered on Wednesday, November 17 from 6 to 7 p.m. The tour will begin in the HPHS Cafeteria. Park in the West Parking Lot and enter through the H20 (pool) doors. This event is only a tour of the facilities. The tour will provide a high-level overview of the building's facilities needs. Please note that face coverings are required. For more information, go to

Parent Teacher Conferences Information and Correction

Monday, November 22nd & Tuesday, November 23rd

On Wednesday, November 3rd at 5:30 PM you received an email with sign up information for SignUp Genius. HERE it is again. Families will have the opportunity to sign up for a 5 min time slot to meet with each teacher via zoom. Please complete all sign ups by 8:00 AM on Wednesday, November 17th. Just before conferences we will be sending a website that provides access to all zoom links. In the email the wrong phone number was provided, please use the following you have any questions about conferences (847-945-8430).

Virtual Book Fair

If you have any questions reach out to Mrs. Chalfin in the Learning Commons.

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Skyward Family Access

Skyward Family Access will be unavailable between now and November 19th so that grades can be entered. If you have any immediate questions, please contact Kristin Neu (

Permission Slips for PE

To prepare for Quarter 3, we will need permission slip for Rock Climbing returned. Your student should have received one but if you need an additional one, please see it HERE. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Signa.


Also, see the info below about joining DRONE RACING CLUB, beginning in November. Please see Dr. Revelins with questions or submit the Drone Racing Club Sign-up - Google Form to join!

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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!

11/19 - Matching Set Day

12/3 - Slippers Day

12/10 - Animal Print Day

12/17 - Ugly Sweater Day

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Deerfield Family Theater - Schoolhouse Rock Live!

Do you know how a bill becomes a law?

Do you remember Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla and his pet kangaroo?

Did you want to travel the solar system with Interplanet Janet?

Enjoy these Schoolhouse Rock! classics and many more with Deerfield Family Theater’s production of Schoolhouse Rock Live! Share these catchy lessons on grammar, science, numbers, and America with the kids in your life to show them that learning can be fun! Shows are November 12-14 and 19-21 at the Caruso Middle School Theater.

Visit for more information and to order tickets

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Online Enrollment for Class of 2026

Dear Class of 2026 Families,

On behalf of Deerfield High School, I would like to welcome you to the first portion in enrolling your student for high school. As our first step, you will begin this enrollment process by giving us your demographic and contact information through our online form. This step of collecting demographic data should take no longer than 15-20 minutes to complete.

Please complete this step by Friday, November 19, 2021. Upon collecting your contact information, we will then email you directly with further information about the upcoming course placement process, 8th grade Curriculum Nights, registration for courses and other pertinent information.

Please click the link below to begin. All of the necessary information can be found on this District 113 Online Enrollment Registration page link, including the link to begin the enrollment:


Thank you, and we look forward to welcoming the Class of 2026 Warriors!


Dr. Brandt


Lilly Brandt, Ph.D.

Assistant Principal

Deerfield High School

1959 Waukegan Road

Deerfield, IL 60015


Freshman Year Information for DHS

Attention all 8th graders, Parents/Guardians of 8th graders, and 8th grade teachers...and hello to the DHS Class of 2026!

Registration for high school is coming up soon! In preparation for this, we invite all 8th grade families and teachers to join our brand new Fine and Applied Arts Department Facebook group. This group will introduce you to all the wonderful Fine and Applied Arts teachers at Deerfield High School, as well as answer any questions about registration for their classes. The arts are a critical part of a holistic education, and we are so excited to invite your students to discover, nurture, and grow their artistic abilities through the wonderful programs at DHS. Even if your child has not been involved in the arts in middle school, we invite you to join the Facebook group.

Here is the group link:

Questions? Please reach out to:

Anastasia Cameron Balmer, Middle School Liaison for Fine and Applied Arts at DHS 224-305-2108

Dee Bolos-Hartman, DHS Fine and Applied Arts Department Chair 224-632-3161

Reminder for School Volunteers

A quick reminder, that all volunteers or individuals spending prolonged time in one of our buildings are required to be vaccinated or provide proof of a negative COVID test.

If you are coming to our building to volunteer, please remember these things:

-Wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status

-Bring a photo ID to check in at the front office

-Bring your proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test (not self-administered) from within the last week

-Complete a Covid self-certification prior to coming to school

Thank you for your cooperation and please contact Eric Steckling ( if you have any questions.

What is Test To Stay?

This year, fewer students are needing to be quarantined if they are a close contact to a COVID-19 case, thanks to the Lake County Health Department's "Test To Stay" protocol. Click here to read more from the district about it.

Student Health Requirements 21-22

We recognize and are mindful of the fact that many families may have had difficulty getting children in for physical, dental, and eye exams as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges to routine medical care; however, at this time, all child-health related requirements for school attendance, remain in effect for children in public, private, or parochial schools, as per 105 ILCS 5/27-8.1.

Health-related examinations and immunization requirements are due no later than October 15. Please click here to be directed to our website for detailed information regarding specific requirements by grade level.

You will soon be receiving communication from our building nurse if your child is missing any of the required documentation. Students not in compliance with the health examination and immunization requirements will be excluded from school beginning Friday, October 15, 2021. Please reach out with any questions regarding these requirements as we want to partner with you to ensure compliance with these requirements. Thank you.

This week students met in their ExSEL groups!

ExSEL (Executive Functioning + Social-Emotional Learning) is a new addition to our Wednesday early release schedule. This is designated school-wide time each week for students to build relationships with teachers and peers. During this time, students will have the space and opportunity to check in with teachers while focusing on social-emotional learning, executive functioning, relationship building, coping strategies, and self-awareness.

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, November 17

-Wednesday, December 1

- Wednesday, December 8

- Wednesday, December 15

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

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Student Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures

Arrival will take place from 7:45-8:00. All late arrivals should come to the front office.

Entry Locations/Doors

6th Grade: Main Entrance

8th Grade: West Entrance (side of building)

7th Grade: Corner of West/North Side (drop off students at end of sidewalk before bus area)

Walkers/Bussers: Activities Entrance (back of building)

Dismissal is at 3:00 on M/T/TH/F , and 2:00 on Wednesdays.

**Wednesday, August 25 will NOT be an early release day.**

If you are picking up your student during the school day, please contact the main office by calling or buzzing the front door. If you need to drop something off for your student you will be buzzed into the building and be able to leave it in the lobby. Please make sure to label the item with your student's first and last name.

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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.

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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