News from Carl Sandburg Junior High

March 21, 2022

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A Note from Mrs. Johansen

Dear Sandburg Community,

I hope everyone is having a safe and relaxing start to Spring Break!

Students and staff are excited about returning to eating in the lunchroom after Spring Break. As I previously shared with our school community, if you or your student are hesitant about moving back to this lunch routine, please email me. We do have a space designated for students to sit a further distance away from each other.

We are excited to see the numbers of students who will attend the girls soccer tryouts and track practices next week. As a reminder, ALL students must have a current physical on file in the health office to attend track practice AND girls soccer tryouts. For more information about athletics at Carl Sandburg please visit the D15 website:

Congratulations to our 7th grade students for winning the class competition for our National Junior Honor Society food drive. They earned the use of their phones during the lunch period on Friday...a coveted prize for sure!

The District 15 BPAC (Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee) will be presenting a workshop on April 6th called "How to Help Children Understand Diversity and Empathy to Prevent Bullying at School." The link to the flyer is HERE for all interested in attending.

We are joining an event called "Put Plastic in its Place" during the month of April. We will have large boxes in our vestibule to collect plastic bags. An organization called "Clean Up- Give Back" will collect our bags each week. See the flyer below for the items that will be accepted.

As always, we appreciate your support!

Have a great week!

Erika Johansen

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From the Sandburg Nurse

A reminder to parents - if your child has an injury or health condition that requires exclusion from gym class or extra passing time, a note from the doctor indicating the needed restrictions is required. This includes any injury requiring splints, casts, crutches and concussions. Please send these notes to the nurse on the day the student returns to school. Email- or fax 847-963-7806.

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Moving 15 Forward Presentation at CSJH on April 19th

We are delighted to announce that the Moving 15 Forward initiative is going on the road this spring!

Board of Education President Lisa Scuzupaj and Dr. Laurie Heinz will share the specifics of the proposal and seek feedback from stakeholders across our communities. We also will be meeting with other organizations and groups within the communities we serve.

At the presentation, you can expect to receive an overview of the Moving 15 Forward plan with a particular focus on why this comprehensive plan is focused on repairing and restoring our facilities, updating learning spaces, improving student transitions, as well as providing full-day kindergarten, enhanced educational opportunities, and the chance to learn at near-neighborhood schools. In addition, each presentation will include detailed information specific to the host school(s) that evening. All sessions will include time for questions and answers.

We urge you to attend the session dedicated to your school(s) if possible, but you are welcome to attend any session that fits your schedule.

We hope that you are able to join us in person. If you are unable to attend, please visit the Moving 15 Forward website to view the proposed plan details, videos, and a Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you have further questions at any time, we invite you to let us know via this form or email We will do our best to provide answers to your questions.

We are so pleased to be taking Moving 15 Forward on the road this spring. We value your feedback and look forward to sharing more with you about this exciting initiative.

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From the Sandburg PTSA

Before spring break, students came home with a fundraising opportunity for the Sandburg PTSA. There is a tight turnaround for this fundraiser. Please have any orders returned to school on Monday, the 28th. All proceeds will go toward school events, like the 8th grade celebrations and WOW day, in the future. Thank you!

We are looking forward to our upcoming WOW Day at Sandburg. It'll be held on Friday, April 22nd from 11:30-1:30. If you know of anyone who might be interested in presenting to our students, please send them this google form:

All parents interested in helping plan the 8th grade festivities and our upcoming WOW Day, please join us for our next meeting on Tuesday, April 12th at 6:00. Please email Mrs. Johansen at for the meeting link.

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Parent Nights 21-22

District 15 is excited to be partnering with local agencies to present information on the following topics for parents, guardians, families and community members. Mark your calendars and join us for these free, virtual workshops!

Motivation to Finish Strong

April 12, 2022

7-8 pm


Pre-Registration would be greatly appreciated

so please fill out this form!

We are also taking questions from our audience that will be answered during the workshops so please pre-register. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Keli Swierczek at

Spanish translation services will be offered during workshops.

Upcoming events

March 21-25- No School- Spring Break

March 28- PTSA Fundraiser Orders due

April 8- 8th grade picture retakes

April 11- NWSC PTA General Meeting at CLA 6-7:30

April 12- Sandburg PTSA Meeting- Virtual- 6:00 pm

April 12- D15 Parent Night Motivation to Finish Strong Virtual Presentation 7:00-8:00 pm

April 13- CCSD15 Board of Education meeting 7:00 pm

April 15- No School- Good Friday

April 19- Moving 15 Forward Presentation at Carl Sandburg 6-7:30 pm

April 22- WOW Day

April 28- Sandburg Orchestra Concert 7:00 pm

May 5- Institute Day/No School for students

May 5- Sandburg In Person Open House 6:00-7:00

May 6- Teacher Plan Day- No School for students

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