News from Carl Sandburg Junior High

August 12, 2022

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A Note from Mrs. Johansen

Dear Sandburg Families,

The final days before school are here!! This week we've enjoyed connecting with parents, students and staff as everyone is getting ready to start the 22-23 school year. We look forward to seeing everyone at Walk Your Schedule on Tuesday from 12:45-1:45. We also have an opportunity for students to run through their schedules on Monday afternoon from 4:00-5:00.

For the first day of school, we will run an abbreviated schedule. This schedule will include slightly more time in our 1st period classes to review schedules and a building map. Each class will also have a meeting to establish a connection and share ways we will support our students this year. Afterward, students will experience moving through their schedules with 3 minute passing periods. Students do not need to bring all of their supplies to school on the first day. Bringing a notebook and writing utensil will be fine.

Given the first day of school is a half day and our staff wanted to prioritize meeting our students and building connections with them, we have decided to postpone locker set up until the SECOND day of school. Student lockers will be located near their 1st period class and assigned on Thursday, August 18th. Students will receive their combinations and locker assignment during 1st period. Our staff is prepared to help students learn how to use their lockers when we have more time to do so.

Students should bring their supplies on Thursday, August 18th. School supply lists can be located at this SITE for your reference.

Here is a link to the Sandburg Bell Schedule as a reference. Students will use this bell schedule and their own schedule to move through their classes each day. Teachers will be taking attendance for classes at the beginning of the school day, and for each class period.

Mrs. Byrne and I can assure you that the well-being and safety of our staff and students is our highest priority and urge you to reach out if there is anything we can do to support you and your child. In a section below, you'll also find a message from our Student Services Team. Feel free to connect with any of the clinicians to seek support as needed.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Erika Johansen

Sandburg Principal

Student Entry and Exit Procedures

Building Entry

All students will enter the building at 7:20 each day. Those who want to eat breakfast will go to the cafeteria to eat breakfast. Everyone else goes directly to their first period classes. Staff will be available to supervise all students who are in their classes and in the cafeteria.

Bus Riders

Students who ride the bus to school will enter and exit at Door 7 at the back of the school. Students have special transportation routes will enter and exit at Door 1.

Car Riders

Students who are dropped off or picked up at school will enter/exit the building at Door 1 at the front of the school off Martin Avenue. Our parking lot was redone this summer. Please review the drawing below to see the drop off/pick up routines.


Students who walk to and from school can enter and exit at Door 1 or Door 7.

Bike Riders

Students who ride their bikes to and from school can enter and exit at Door 1 or Door 7. We have bike racks at the front and the back of the school.

Sandburg staff will be supervising the student entry/exit procedures to ensure the students are safe, the flow of traffic is continuous, and our building remains secure.

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Breakfast/Lunch Program and Procedures

As you may have seen in a recent email from School District 15, for the 2022-2023 school year, Carl Sandburg is eligible to participate in the National School Breakfast and School Lunch Programs called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).

What does this mean?
All enrolled students will receive a free breakfast and lunch at school at no charge to your household. Your child(ren) will be able to participate without having to pay a fee, but we ask that you still complete the Fee Waiver form here (Spanish form) to determine if your family qualifies for other financial assistance such as school fees, athletic, and activity fee waivers. Again, completing the application is still necessary for other programs and assists with funding for educational programs in District 15.

If you have any questions about this communication or anything as it relates to Nutrition Services, please visit our website or do not hesitate to contact Nutrition Services at (847) 963-3929. We are here to help ensure our students get the nutrition they need so they are able to focus on learning.

Breakfast Procedures

If students would like to each breakfast at school, they come in the building when they get to school and go directly to the cafeteria. We will have supervisors there to make sure students are safely eating their breakfast in the cafeteria.

Lunch Procedures

For the first quarter, all students will sit with their first period classes for lunch. We will have tables reserved for each class. After first quarter, students will be able to choose their seating arrangements in the cafeteria.

A note from the Sandburg PTSA

We had our first PTSA meeting of the year on Monday, August 8th. We had a great turnout and started planning for the events that will take place this school year. Thank you to all who attended the meeting.

Whether or not you are able to attend, please consider joining the CSJH PTSA. Joining the PTSA at the White, Red, or Wildcat Sponsor levels provides a direct donation to the CSJH PTSA, and will reduce the amount of fundraising required throughout the year. All members receive access to the PTSA MemberHub site and directory. You are not obligated to volunteer or attend monthly meetings by joining the PTSA. You are simply supporting your child’s school and CSJH PTSA.

Click here to sign up!

Our next meeting will be at 6:00 on September 12th. We will meet in the library at Sandburg. We hope you can join us!

D15 Student Cell Phone Policy

Student possession and/or use of cell phones and other electronic devices while at school is governed by Board of Education Policy 7:190 Student Behavior.

Sandburg students may bring cell phones and wireless earbuds to school, but they will must be placed in their lockers at all times during the school day.

Sandburg students will be reminded of this expectation in their first period classes each day. If a student does not follow this expectation, parents will also be notified and may even need to come pick up their child’s phone if this issue continues. After repeated reminders, students may earn a lunch detention or after school detention. We also have cell phone lockers in the office where student cell phones will be housed during the day if this becomes a continued concern.

Sandburg Student Services Team Welcome Message

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year!

As the student service clinician team at Carl Sandburg, our goal is to make each student feel welcomed and confident in their skills to succeed in junior high school. We provide resources to students and families informally, such as via our website, and formally to students, whether that be seeing students individually, in groups, or in classrooms.

To help with the transition back to school, take a look at our website and list of community resources. You can also contact us at the following information below or students can request to see a clinician here and we will schedule a meeting within 2 school days.

Joanna Rzepka,

Deanna Nemchock,

David Pierpont,

Amy Chandler,

A note from the Sandburg Health Office


Here is a friendly reminder about Health office requirements as we start the school year.

  • Annual health examinations are required for interscholastic sports participation. Physical exams are required- before trying out- for participation in an interscholastic sport. The exam form, completed and signed by a doctor, must be dated within 13 months prior to the start of practice or tryouts, and on file in the school nurse's office. Physical forms are available in the school office, online, and here: Certificate of Child Health Examination.
  • All students new to District 15 will require a current physical exam with all immunizations up to date (Certificate of Child Health Examination), and students new to the State of Illinois will require an eye examination. This form is available in the school office, online, and here: State of Illinois Eye Examination Report.
  • All students must provide proof of immunizations by October 15, 2022, or the student will be excluded from school. The list of current immunizations can be found on the district website here: IDPH Health Requirements.
  • Students with health conditions such as asthma, epilepsy/seizures, severe allergies, and diabetes require the emergency action plan completed by their physician along with the Medication Administration Forms, signed by the physician and parent, for any medications required at school. Please bring all forms and medications on or before the first day of school.

If you have any questions regarding the above requirements, you may reach me at

Stay safe and we will see you soon!

Trina Annerino

Sandburg Nurse


Fall Sports Information

BOYS SOCCER (cut-sport):

Registration Deadline- August 22nd

Clinic/Conditioning- August 23rd (2:15-4:00)

8th grade tryouts: Wednesday, August 24th & Thursday, August 25th (2:15-4:00)

7th grade tryouts: Monday, August 29th & Tuesday, August 30th (2:15-4:00)

1st Practice: Wednesday, August 31st (2:15-4:00)


Registration Deadline- August 18th

7th grade tryouts: Wednesday, August 24 & Thursday, August 25th (2:15-4:00)

8th grade tryouts: Monday, August 22nd & Tuesday, August 23rd (2:15-4:00)

FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE (7th & 8th): Monday, August 29th

CROSS COUNTRY (no cut-sport):

Registration Deadline- TBD

Team Meeting- Monday, August 22nd (2:15-4:00)

1st Practice: Tuesday, August 23rd (2:15-4:00)

* Please note that times/dates are subject to change. Students should look for more information on announcements, flyers, and sign up opportunities during the first few days of school!

*Your child MUST have a current physical on file in our office in order to tryout/participate in a sport.

If a student is cut from a fall sport they can still participate in Cross Country following tryouts.

SAFE2HELP Illinois

In the absence of a trusted adult, Safe2Help Illinois offers students a safe, confidential way in which to share information that might help prevent suicides, bullying, school violence or other threats to school safety. This program is not intended to suspend, expel, or punish students. Rather, the goal is to get students to 'Seek Help Before Harm.'”

"Safe2Help Illinois is a 24/7 program where students can use a free app, text/phone, website ( and other social media platforms to report school safety issues in a confidential environment. Once vetted, the tips will immediately be shared with local school officials, mental health professionals and/or local law enforcement, depending on the nature of the tip. The program also will help local officials by connecting them with mental health resources or other appropriate resources to intervene and help students before they harm themselves or others."

To learn more about Safe2Help IL, click here.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • August 15th and 16th- August Institute Days/No Student Attendance
  • August 16th- 12:45-1:45 Walk Your Schedule Day
  • August 17th- First Day of School- AM only- Dismissal at 10:35
  • September 8th- Parent Orientation

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