Caruso Connect - September 3rd
It has been another full week of school and this long weekend is a great time for all to rest, recharge, and spend some valuable time with loved ones. We hope that everyone is heathy and safe. We love our new Blue Jay of the week section of our Newsletter. If you would like to nominate a staff member for this you may do so HERE!
We would like to share a few reminders. Please ensure that your student brings a water bottle to school with them. As a COVID precaution all drinking fountains have been turned off and only water bottle fillers are available. Also, please send an extra mask to school with your student. Often students need a spare if it become damaged or sweaty following PE. Finally, please help your student to be on time to school! All students arriving past 8:00 AM should stop in the main office for a tardy pass.
Have a GREAT LONGGGGGGGGG weekend!
Tim, Caitlin, and Casey
Tim Brodeur - Principal - email@example.com
Caitlin Lucci - Associate Principal - firstname.lastname@example.org
Casey Moravek - District Coordinator for Student Services - email@example.com
9/7 - No School
9/8 - Map Testing
9/14 - Map Testing
9/16 - No School
10/8 - Picture Retake Day
10/11 - No School
11/11 - No School
11/22 - Parent Teacher Conferences (Evening)
11/23 - No School - Parent Teacher Conferences
11/24-11/26 - No School
12/20-12/31 - No School
Blue Jays of the Week
This week students met in their ExSEL groups for the first time!
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.
MAP Testing Information
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, September 8
- Wednesday, September 15
- Wednesday, September 22
- Wednesday, September 29
- Wednesday, October 6
- Wednesday, October 13
- Wednesday, October 20
- Wednesday, October 27
- Wednesday, November 3
- Wednesday, November 10
- 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.
IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO FILL OUT THE SHIELD CONSENT FORM…
Log in to Skyward/Family Access and it should appear as a green box next to your child’s name. Contact Kristen Neu (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any Family Access questions.
IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILD TO OPT OUT OF A WEEK OF TESTING…
Fill out this Google Form prior to 7 AM on the day that our school tests: Wednesday
Activities and Sports Update
One of the best things about school is all the clubs and activities that are offered! We are THRILLED to bring back a full slate of options for lots of ways to get involved at Caruso. Please check out our Clubs and Activities Website for more information - when you find a club you're interested in joining, click on the page for more info and reach out to the sponsor!
We encourage every single student to join at least ONE club or activity this year -- and if your student has an idea for a club that currently isn't being offered, reach out to Mrs. Lucci with a proposal and we'll try to get it up and running!
Deerfield Choir Olympics
Homework Club and Gear Begins
Beginning Monday, August 30, Homework Club and Gear Up will be available after school in rooms E-6 and E-8. See the attached letter for more details.
If you have any additional questions, please see Miss Gold or Mrs. Reisman.
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.
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.
TESTING FOR SYMPTOMATIC STUDENTS
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.
WHAT DO I DO IF MY CHILD WAKES UP SICK? DO OTHER SIBLINGS HAVE TO STAY HOME?
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.