News from Carl Sandburg Junior High

October 8, 2021

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A Note from Mrs. Johansen

Dear Sandburg Families,

It is hard to believe that we will be finishing up the first quarter of school today. Please be aware that 1st quarter Progress Reports will be available for families to view in Infinite Campus on Friday, October 15th. If you should have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your child's teachers. The staff directory is linked HERE for quick reference.

I want to thank all of our students, families, and staff for supporting each other during the past few months of school. It has not been the easiest few months, but I can say that we have all learned to adapt, remain flexible, and go with the flow of an everchanging landscape. The Sandburg staff and administration are appreciative of your continued support, patience, and feedback. We could not do this without the support and help of our Sandburg families and community.

We will continue to support students at Sandburg with face mask needs throughout the day, but we could use your help at home. If you could please have your child pack an extra mask or two in their backpack for school to used as needed, that would be greatly appreciated. Our supplies are dimishing quickly!

Mr. Arnieri, our Library Innovation Teacher, has reported an increase in damaged screens on student chromebooks. Most of the devices come in without their provided case. It's a district expectation that all students have their chromebook in it's case. Please touch base with your child to make sure that they keep their device in a case. We do not have many loaners to give out each day to students based on the number of devices we've had to repair. Thank you for your help!

District 15 is excited to be partnering with local agencies to present information on social and emotional wellness for parents, guardians, families and community members. See the attached parent flyer HERE for more information.

On the image below, you'll find the positive reminders that we are sharing with our students in every class, every day. Our focus for the month of October is how Wildcat students demonstrate on task behavior in school.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Erika Johansen

Sandburg Principal

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Student Attendance

As a friendly reminder, classes start promptly at 7:50 and that means all students should be in the building before 7:45 so that they can be on time and ready for 1st period. A student is considered tardy to school if they enter the building after 7:50.

Please check your child's absences and tardies in Infinite Campus. Absence and tardy letters have been sent home this week. This is a routine procedure to remind families the importance of having your child at school every day possible. If you receive a letter, please use this as an opportunity to speak with your student about the importance of being at school every day possible.

From the Sandburg PTSA

We are excited to offer our first after school event for this year! We are going to have a Fall Fest on Friday, October 22nd from 3:30-5 at school. This will be an outdoor event that will be held at Sandburg. We will play outdoor games and have a DJ! More information will come out shortly about this event!

PARENTS: We can use your help! Please sign up to volunteer:

Questions? Contact Rachel Jacobsen

To find out more about this event and how you can support the Sandburg PTSA, please consider coming to our next PTSA meeting on October 12th. It'll be held on Google Meets. Just email Mrs. Johansen for the meeting link.

Please consider becoming a member of the Sandburg PTSA! You can sign up at the link below.

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National PTA has a long-standing commitment to arts education. The Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life.

Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. This 50+ year-old program helps them explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.

The 2021–2022 Reflections theme is I Will Change the World By…

Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

Students participate in the appropriate division for their grade: Primary (Pre-K - Grade 2), Intermediate (Grades 3-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8), High School (Grades 9-12), Special Artist (All grades welcome). Students who identify as having a disability and may receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 may enter in the Special Artist Division or grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities.*

The deadline for entries is Friday, October 29. Projects should be turned in with a completed entry form to the main office. The entry form is linked below.

Update from Sandburg Health Office

October 15th is the deadline to have current physical examination and immunizations turned into the health office.. Students missing the mandatory health requirements have been notified via regular mail, email, telephone calls and text messages. If your child is missing mandatory health requirements, they will not be able to attend school until proper documentation is received. Please call the health office if you have any questions regarding your child's eligibility.

Sports are back this year and if your child would like to try out or participate in any extracurricular activities, a current physical must be in the health office before tryouts or participation. Please make sure your child has a current physical exam if they wish to participate.

COVID guidelines for school require wearing masks for all students and staff. Please send your child to school with a mask and an additional spare mask. Our stock is limited. I kindly ask for assistance from our families to make sure their child is safe in our school by sending them to school with more than one mask each day.

Our water bottle fillers are open for students' use. We no longer provide water bottles to students. Please send your child to school with a water bottle that can be filled with the filtered water bottle fountains. Proper hydration is very important for your child's health and education.

And finally, if your child has an injury in or outside of school that calls for gym restriction, please send documentation from a medical professional for gym/sports restrictions and return dates.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Trina Annerino

Sandburg Nurse


Update from Nutrition Services

Due to supply chain issues, we are unable to serve peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at our schools. We hope to have them back in stock soon, but in the meantime, we will be serving Protein Power Packs so students will have a vegetarian option.

We know many families print off their menus for the month. Please note that if we have to change an offering due to the shortage, we will update menus online each Friday so families will know if there are any changes for the following week. Please check regularly if your child has a favorite that may be in short supply

Upcoming events

October 11th- No School

October 12th- No School- Teacher Plan Day

October 12th- PTSA Meeting 6:00 (virtual- email Mrs. Johansen for the meeting link)

October 16th- 8:00 AM D211 Placement Testing

October 19th- Boys Basketball Tryouts start Click HERE to Register

October 22nd- 3:30-5 PTSA Fall Fun @ Sandburg

October 30th- 8:00 AM D214 PSAT Testing at RMHS

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