News from Sundling Junior High

February 26, 2021

Letter from the Principal

February 26, 2021

Hello Sundling Families,

It is hard to believe, but we will be wrapping up the 3rd quarter of school in just a few short weeks, Friday, March 12th to be exact. 3rd Quarter final grades will be posted on Infinite Campus on Friday, March 19th. With that said, our 8th graders are one step closer in the tranisition to high school, while our 7th graders will be thinking about the move to 8th grade, and becoming the leaders of our school. Students should continue to stay focused, and set goals for the 4th quarter of school, ending the year on a positive note both academically and socially/emotionally. We have accomplished some amazing things during difficult and unique situations this school year, and pushed through the day to day challenges of junior high school, but still have work to do until we end in May.

I wanted to take an opportunity this month to say good bye and thank you to our amazing school secretary, Colleen Butterly. Colleen will be retiring from Sundling and District 15 in mid-March. I hired Colleen as the office clerical almost 10 years ago, and moved her to secretary a few years after that. She has been the long standing face and voice in our school office. She has supported thousands of WRS staff, students, and families in so many ways during her time in our school, and she will be dearly missed. THANK YOU COLLEEN for your years of service to our community! We wish you all of the best in retirment! You will ALWAYS be a Paladin!

As always, thanks for your continued support of our school, students, and staff!

Jason Dietz

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @SundlingJH and Instagram @wrsjhpaladins

5Essentials Survey

Each school year, teachers, parents, and students have an opportunity to share their views and perceptions about their school by participating in the 5Essentials Survey. 5Essentials survey information is a valuable tool used by your school to identify priority areas for improvement. As a parent, the 5Essentials survey is an opportunity to share your thoughts on the school's effectiveness.

The 5Essentials Survey will be administered online. The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete, is anonymous and asks questions about five areas that are related to important student outcomes, including improved attendance and learning. The five areas focused on are:

  • Effective Leaders

  • Collaborative Teachers

  • Involved Families

  • Supportive Environments

  • Ambitious Instruction

The survey is managed by the University of Chicago and the school does not have access to your identity or survey responses. The 5Essentials Survey window opens on February 2, 2021 and closes March 5, 2021. To take the survey please visit

WRS School Pictures

We realize that we were not able to take traditional school pictures this fall, as we have in previous years. We have not forgotten! Our plan is to work with Lifetouch to schedule school pictures for all students this spring.

We have tentativley set dates of Tuesday, April 6th, Wednesday, April 7th and Saturday, April 10th as designated dates for our A Day, B Day and Virtual students to take school pictures. Sign Up times/slots for our virtual students/families will be shared in March 2021. Our 8th grade students will be taking Graduation photographs. More information will be sent out to all families in imid-March 2021.

Notes from the Nurse

As much as we would all like our lives and the lives of our students to return to normal, our area is still dealing with the spread of the Covid 19 virus and the illness that it causes. Thank you for working with the school to keep in-person students healthy and by being so conscientious when your student is not feeling well by keeping them at home.

The school district is continuing to follow the guidelines of the Illinois Department of Public Health by wearing masks, allowing for social distancing and by offering ways to keep hands and surfaces as clean as possible.

Part of this plan requires the nurse to determine when a student who has been sick may return to school and what medical documentation is needed. This applies to students who are sent home from school with symptoms but also to those students called in on the absence line with any symptom similar to Covid. The Sundling Health Office wants to work with you to get your child the care he/she might need and also to allow them to return as soon as it is safe for everyone.

The Health Office is able to share these guidelines with you and also direct you to resources in the community for PCR Covid testing should you need to get your student or another family member tested. When one member of a household is having symptoms, it affects all the other members who live there too since this is such a contagious virus. The results of that testing determine what happens next and are a very important step in your student returning to school.

Tricia Prebil RN

Sundling Health Office



WRS Paladin Spring Spirit Wear

The WRS PTA is once again teaming up with Waist Up Apparel to offer a variety of options for Sundling Spirit Wear. Be sure to get yours today!

The store will be open through March 11 at midnight. All orders will either be shipped or picked up at the Schaumburg location.

WRS PTA Spring Fundraiser- Boon Supply

Boon is an online order company and it’s kickback incentive to our PTA is 40% profit. We encourage families to buy for themselves, share out to friends, families, and neighbors to purchase things from household gadgets to unique gift ideas.

Ordering is open March 8–19. Orders are shipped directly to the families and typically within 1 week after an order is placed.

You can begin ordering TODAY!!!

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Notes from our WRS PTA President

Greetings Paladin Families,

Spring is on it's way, finally! It's so nice to see the sun shining, as we begin to thaw out from our harsh winter.

We're hoping you can help our Palatine community. Partners for Our Communities (POC) has reached out to all D15 PTA's asking for donations. Sundling PTA will be collecting STORE BOUGHT, NUT FREE "grab and go snacks" (individually wrapped) There will be a marked collection box in the vestibule starting Monday, March 1st. Please consider dropping off a some fun goodies to share with POC, OR, send your snacks with your student(s) to school, they can give to their homeroom teacher. Please mark "For POC Collection" The snack drive will end on Friday, March 19th. Thank you so much for help.

Our PTA Nominating Committee is currently searching for our next President Elect. If you know of any incoming 7th grade parent, who would be a good candidate, please share their name and contact info with us. I want to emphasize PTA President at Sundling is not as demanding, time consuming, or stressful - and is much more laid back as opposed to PTA President at an elementary level. So, put your thinking caps on and share some contenders with us. Thank you!

We have some fun fundraisers coming up in March and in April. Please see more detailed information in this newsletter.

As always, thank you for supporting the Sundling PTA.

Gretchen Elzer

PTA President

CCSD15 50/50 Raffle is here!

As a Foundation, CCSD15 is very excited to be working towards long term goals of helping expand the Blessings in a Backpack program, supporting the district in the incredible upgrades planned for the LRC's, and supporting targeted programs such as Rainbows and Teacher Mini-Grants.

Please consider making a donation. Link is here.

Upcoming & Important Dates- March 2021

March 15- April 15 ACCESS Testing Window

March 10- Board of Education Meeting-7:00 PM

March 12- Quarter 3 Ends

March 14- Daylight Saving Time starts (Spring Ahead!)

March 15- D15 SPARK Meeting (TBD)

March 16- WRS PTA Meeting- 7:00 PM

March 19- Quarter 3 Grades posted on Infinite Campus

March 20- March 28- Spring Break (No School)

March 29- School Resumes

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District 15 EL Parent Engagement Opportunities


  • When: Tuesday, March 2nd from 6:30-7:30 pm
  • Topic: Understanding the ACCESS Assessment
  • Audience: Parents/Guardians of EL students who speak a language other than Spanish
  • Translation: Provided as requested via the linked Google form
  • RSVP: Required (deadline has passed, but just let me know if you have a parent who would still like to attend)
  • Meeting Link: Shared with participants the day of the event
  • Flyer


  • When: Wednesday, March 3rd from 6:30-8:00 pm
  • Topic: How to Create Effective Routines for Our Children, Manage Pandemic Related Stress, and Covid Updates
  • Speakers: David Carrillo, Licensed Therapist & Rose Jensen, Community Nurse
  • Audience: Parents/Guardians of EL students who speak Spanish
  • Language of Presentation: Spanish
  • Meetling Link:
  • Flyer


  • When: Saturday, March 13 from 1:00-3:00 pm
  • Who: Anyone!
  • Why: "A (home) library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life." -Henry Ward Beecher
  • Where: Country Glen, Edgebrook, Silver Lake, and EPNRC (see flyer for addresses)
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Internet Service Provider Assistance Programs

Community Consolidated School District 15 recognizes that providing internet at home may represent a financial hardship for some families. Internet providers recognize this need as well and have programs in place for qualifying families:

Our community also offers free Wi-Fi at various locations. Find links to locations in our community and surrounding areas that offer free Wi-Fi:

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