Caruso Connect - September 3rd


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Caruso Families!

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.


Tim, Caitlin, and Casey

Tim Brodeur - Principal -

Caitlin Lucci - Associate Principal -

Casey Moravek - District Coordinator for Student Services -

Upcoming Events

9/6 - No School

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

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


The daily health certifications, bus route info, schedules, and more helpful info can be found on the new Caruso website. Make sure to give it a look!

Wednesday ExSEL

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.

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MAP Testing Information

We will MAP testing next Thursday, September 9 (reading) and the following Tuesday, September 14 (math). Please be aware that the schedules for these days have been modified (see below). We appreciate you adjusting any scheduled appointments for outside our testing window so students do not have to miss additional class to make up tests.
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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, 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.


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

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.

Family Support

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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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