News from Sundling Junior High

October 30, 2020

Letter from the Principal


Hello Sundling Families,

I hope to see many of our families come through our WRS PTA Black/Orange Drive Thru, Donate, and Dine Event TONIGHT from 5-7 PM. We appreciate your support for our school and our local community. See flyer below for more information.

We are a few weeks into our hybrid learning model. As we continue to learn and adjust, it is great to see students in the hallways and interacting live with our staff. Although different; observing science labs, watching PE excercises, or listening to teacher read alouds and student dialogue continues to be a part of the daily routine for ALL of our students. Thank you to everyone, whether virtual or hybrid, for having your students ready and prepared for learning each day.

A few important reminders for our parents/students:

1) Please be sure that your child leaves the house with the self-certification lanyard around their neck. The card inside the plastic sleeve needs to be signed and dated by a parent/guardian each morning, following self-certifcation at home. This will ensure quick access into the building following a secondary temperature check. If the self-certifcation lanyard or card is ever forgotten, lost, or damaged; we will provide a new one when the student comes to school.

2) Be sure that the Chromebook is charged each night and ready for learning the next day. It would not be a bad idea to bring the charger to school each day, keeping it in the backpack, just in case it is needed. Headphones or earbuds are also highly recommended.

District 15 Enrollment Change Request

(2nd Semester)

Please ONLY complete this form if you would like to CHANGE your child's current enrollment selection to in-person or virtual learning for the 2nd semester of school.

All in-person changes we are able to accommodate will go into effect on January 5, 2021. Notice of change to in-person enrollment will be provided by Tuesday, December 14, 2020. Virtual learning accommodations will be made by November 4.

** Completing this form is not a guarantee that your change request for in-person learning will be accommodated.

Friday, October 30th at 11:59 p.m. is the last date they will be able to submit an enrollment change request.

Don't forget to "fall back" an hour this weekend, and remember no classes for students this Monday, 11/2 or Tuesday, 11/3.

Thanks for all of the support to make this happen each day!

Jason Dietz

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Car Drop Off & Pick Up Procedures

Parents who transport their students to school are asked to enter the traffic circle on the south side of the school or use the parking spots located along Smith St. directly in front of the building. Please be sure to drop off your child at curbside, ensuring that they do not have to cross through moving cars. For safety reasons, the north lot in front of the school is reserved for bus loading and unloading, bike riders and parking for staff and visitors!

Please drive slow and use caution when entering and exiting the school area.

As a reminder: Students may not enter the building prior to the 7:35 AM.

Deression Awareness and Prevention (DAP) Presentations at WRS

Dear Parent/Guardian,

During this challenging year, school staff are working to teach students about mental health and how to seek help if they are worried about themselves or a friend. As in past years for our 7th and 8th graders, we are presenting a depression awareness and prevention (DAP) program to give our young adolescents the information they need to be resilient during this uniquely difficult time we are all experiencing. This year’s DAP program in our junior highs is called We All Have Mental Health. The program emphasizes good mental health to cope with understanding different feelings and to know how to help one’s self and friends.

Depression is a very common, yet widely overlooked, disease that will impact 15–20% of young people before they reach adulthood. Fact-based, teen friendly and hopeful programs like We All Have Mental Health promote positive messages. Students participating in this program will be reminded and/or learn that depression is common, it can be serious, but they are not alone. In fact, hope and help is available in a variety of places including their own school.

On Thursday, November 5 at 7 PM, all junior-high parents are invited to an informational Zoom presentation which will include a showing of the We All Have Mental Health video. Following the presentation, questions will be taken and there will be links provided to information on depression and a list of local mental health agencies. All materials from the evening will also be available in Spanish.

Sundling students will receive this presentation during PE/Health classes during th e week of November 16th. The student program consists of a powerpoint presentation that includes the We All Have Mental Health video, a group discussion and ends with a student exit form in which students can choose to ask to talk with a school mental health professional. Self-referred students and students referred by peers will be interviewed by a school mental health professional, and parents will be notified.

Due to the sensitive nature of this topic, students learning remotely will be required to keep their cameras on during the full lesson. The reason for this is that we want to be sure to monitor if a student needs support. If a student turns off their camera, a staff person will be contacting him/her as well as their parent. If a remote student is upset during the lesson, that student will also be able to refer him or herself to the school mental health team via a Google form. If a student learning remotely indicates they need to speak to someone during or after the lesson, the family must be reachable so follow-up services and support can be provided. If a remote student/family is unreachable and a student needs to speak with someone, standard crisis procedures will be implemented which may mean a wellness check home visit by CCSD 15 staff and/or referral to other appropriate entities for intervention. It is imperative you and your student are reachable the day of the lesson.

We are enclosing a copy of community resources, ACT at Home and good mental health tips so that you have information and resources about depression and its related risks. If you do NOT wish your child to participate in the We All Have Mental Health program in school, please sign the statement at the bottom of this letter and return it to the school office. If we do not hear from you, we will assume your child has permission to participate in this program.


Jason Dietz

Building Principal

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Please return to school by November 6

You can either print and return this form to the school or CLICK ON THE LINK:

I do not give permission for my child, _________________________________, to participate in the We All Have Mental Health program in November.


Parent Signature



Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences- November 23rd and 24th

Walter R. Sundling Parent Teacher Conferences will be held virtually on Monday, November 23rd from 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, November 24th from 7:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Students should attend the conference online with the parent(s).

Look for further information and a link to sign up online for teacher conferences using SignUp Genius during the week of November 9th.

Please note that each conference is scheduled during a twenty minute block of time. We only have a certain number of conferences available during the designated days, and they will fill up quickly. If a conference time is not available, work with your chil'd teaching team to find an alternative day/time or method of communication to discuss your child’s progress. After a conference time is scheduled, you will receive a Zoom meeting link a few days prior to confirm and attend the conference.

It is our belief that the best chance for student success comes from collaboration with all the student’s teachers. As a result, we will make our best effort to have as many of your child’s teachers present at your conference as possible. We require your student’s attendance at this conference, as we feel that his/her role in the process is crucial to improvement and success.

For your convenience, please note that Sundling teachers are available to address concerns via email and phone conferences, as well.

Important and Upcoming November Dates

11/2- No School (D15 E Learning Planning Day)

11/3- No School (Election Day)

11/7- WRS PTA Dine & Share (Taco Patio)

11/11 Veterans Day

11/16-1/18- 7/8 Depression Awareness and Prevention Presentations (DAP)

11/23- No School (Parent/Teacher Conferences)

11/24- No School (Parent/Teacher Conferences)

11/25- No School

11/26 Thanksgiving

11/27- No School

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Now Hiring!

District 15 is currently looking for Substitute Teachers and Bus Drivers/Substitute Bus Drivers. Positions immediately available!

Substitute Teachers:

  • $110/day or $55/half day

  • Work on the days you choose

  • Valid Illinois teacher or substitute licensure required

If interested, apply online at or contact Chanell Lopez at

Bus Drivers/Substitute Bus Drivers:

  • $20.19/hour plus Benefits

  • Training provided; no experience required

  • 5 hours/day; 9.5 months/year

If interested, apply online at or contact Chanell Lopez at


For assistance with technology, parents or students should call or email the teacher or the school’s office. The school office can assist with troubleshooting or, if necessary, can replace a broken device with a loaner.

WRS PTA Membership

Now more than ever the Sundling PTA needs you, as we pivot from past years to create a memorable year for our students. For $7 for single membership or $12 for family membership you can participate in the ground-breaking PTA year. Two Ways to Become a Member!

 Sign up online at: (There is a MemberHub service change of 75¢ (Individual) and 92¢ (Household) to join online.) -OR-

 Return the form (attached to the email) to the school office in an envelope marked “PTA MEMBERSHIP” along with exact cash or check (payable to: “Sundling PTA”) Sundling Jr. High will be open during school hours or you can mail to:

Sundling Jr. High  1100 N. Smith Rd.  Palatine, IL 60067

Membership Questions can be directed to Karen Salata and Amy Stojkovich at


Do you need help and are not sure who to contact? Do you have concerns or worries about yourself or others? The District 15 helpline is only a call or text away Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Our student services staff are available during these stressful times. Call or text:

English: 847-460-2099

Spanish: 847-460-2129

Calls or texts received outside of these hours will be answered the following workday. You can reach out about multiple topics, including but not limited to:

  • Social or emotional concerns;

  • Resources such as food, housing and transportation; or

  • Ideas on how to support your child

Here is some information from the CDC of how to help your child during this challenging time.

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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