News from Sundling Junior High

December 22, 2021

Letter from the Principal

I hope this communication finds you well as we wrap up the month of December and the 2021 portion of our school year. It is hard to believe, but our students recently completed the 2nd quarter of school, on Friday, December 17th. Starting on Thursday, December 23rd, students will be on an extended two week (plus) winter break, with school resuming again on Monday, January 10th. Be on the lookout, 2nd Quarter Progress Reports will be made available for students and parents on Friday, January 14th.

Thank you to the amazing Sundling staff, students and community for working together to fill 4+ boxes with new toys for the Palatine 2021 Toys for Tots campaign. We also pulled together to "Pack the Pantry," donating over 2,000 items to the Palatine Food Pantry. Congratulations to Ms. Cosma's 1st period class for winning our contest and donating over 400 items as a class (See pictures below). Absolutely amazing, and speaks volumes about the care within our community.

As we wrap up Quarter 2, parents and students should check Infinite Campus for any missing assignments or work that needs to be completed. Teachers may still be accepting missing or late work over the winter break, if completed and submitted. As we begin Quarter 3, it is a great time to review progress and reset your goals for the second half of the school year.

We are so proud of our students and the transition they have made back to in-person instruction after the varied educational setting over the last year and a half. It has not been an easy task! I applaud our school community with the great gains we've made over the past semester and look forward to starting 2022 off on the right foot! As a note, when students return to classes in January, we will be participating in a school wide reboot of school expectations and procedures. This will support students as they start a new quarter!

Don’t forget to support our WRS PTA. You can support our school when you purchase items using Amazon Smile with the following link:

Thank you for your continued support of our staff and students! It has been a great first half of the school year, and I look forward to the work ahead in 2022. I hope that you have a safe and enjoyable winter break with your family and friends. See you next year.

#sundlingstrong #strongertogether

Take care and Stay well,
Jason Dietz

Drop Off & Pick Up Procedures- Reminder

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!

Students may not enter the building prior to the 7:35 AM bell unless they are participating in jazz band or choral rehearsals, working in the Learning Resource Center (LRC), attending breakfast, have a prior written pass from a teacher, or are directed to do so by a staff member due to inclement weather. Students may not wander or loiter the hallways prior to the beginning of the school day.

JH Student Vaccination Card

As a reminder, and if you have not already done so, we ask that parents/guardians of junior high students provide a copy of their child’s COVID-19 vaccination card to the school. District 15 will treat these documents in accordance with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) statutory and regulatory requirements.

Why is knowing a child’s vaccination status important? Knowing which students are vaccinated and which are not will help expedite contact tracing this school year. The district will continue to conduct contact tracing when COVID-19 cases arise in our schools. If your child has been identified as a close contact, parents will be asked for proof of vaccination, if you’ve not already provided it to the school.

At this time, students who are identified as a close contact to a confirmed positive case AND who are not fully vaccinated, will be quarantined for 10 days unless otherwise specified by the Cook County Department of Health. Fully vaccinated students are not required to quarantine as a close contact and will not experience an in-person learning disruption.

If you choose to verify your child’s vaccination status, you should drop off a copy of the vaccination card at the school Monday-Friday between the hours of 7:00am-3:30pm.

You can also email a copy of the vaccination card to our school nurse, Lupe Lara, The nurse will accept documentation of COVID-19 vaccine status anytime throughout the school year. This copy will be kept in your student’s medical file in the nurse’s office.

If you have lost or misplaced your child’s vaccination card, parents can authorize the release of such proof for themselves or their children by completing a request for immunization records from I-CARE (Illinois Comprehensive Automated Immunization Registry Exchange).

WRS Girls Volleyball- 2022

GVB Parent Letter

GVB Information

Tryout Registration Form **Registration Opens 12/3/2021

2021-22 Important Dates

Registration Opens: December 3rd

Registration Closes: January 9th

Tryouts Date: January 10th - 13th

Season Starts:January 19th

District Championship: February 1-2

WRS Wrestling Update- 2022

Please click on the lnk below for more information:

2022 Wrestling Update

ASUNTO: Actualización de la temporada de lucha de 2022

WRS Little Library

If you are looking for a good book to read, then stop by and check out our WRS Little Library (circle drive entrance) for some of the most popular books for adolescent readers. New titles will be added each week. Please swing by anytime, grab a book and read, and then return it when you are finished! It's that simple, no check-out needed!

We want to continue to encourage our students to read while at home, and provide opportunities to get copies of today's top books and authors!

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Homework Center

WRS will host Homework Center for students on Mondays and Wednesdays after school from 2:30-4:05 PM. Staff will be available to supervise and support students on these designated days each week. Students will meet in the Library after school, and they will be required to sign in when they attend. Students must complete school work and follow school rules and expected behaviors during that time.

Important & Upcoming Dates

January 10- School Resumes

January 10 & 11- 8th Grade Girls Volleyball Tryouts

January 11- ACCESS Testing Informational Meeting- 7:00pm

Januaru 12- WRS PTA Chipotle Dine & Share 5:00pm-9:00pm

January 12 & 13- 7th Grade Girls Volleyball Tryouts

January 12- D15 Board of Education Meeting 7:00pm

Januaru 14- 2nd Quarter Grades posted on Infinite Campus

January 17- No School Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 18- No School Teacher Institute Day

January 25-February 4- WRS ACCESS Testing

January 26- WRS PTA Meeting 7:00pm

WRS PTA Chipotle Fundraiser- 1/12/22


  • 01/12/2022
  • 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • 781 E Dundee Rd, Palatine, IL 60074-281
  • Online ordering Code: the online ordering code is: 6R9HTAT

Eat Chipolte, help Sundling Jr. High!
Calling all burrito lovers, Foil your dinner plans and stop by the Chipotle at 781 E Dundee Rd in Palatine for our fundraiser on Wednesday, January 12 from 5:00pm - 9:00pm. We're raising money to support Sundling Jr. High PTA, so just download a flyer from the link below or mention the fundraiser at checkout and they'll donate 33% of the proceeds to the cause! Click here for more details.

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District 15 Parent University

Our latest Parent University discusses Cultural Linguistic Responsiveness Teaching. Check out the latest Parent University on our website!

District 15 Job Fair


Monday, January 24, 2022

Monday, March 7, 2022


Palatine Library

700 N. North Court

Palatine, IL 60067



We are looking for the following positions:

Bus Drivers - no experience necessary; paid training; free benefits (employee only); pension; paid holidays

  • Substitute Teachers and Substitute Program Assistants - set your own schedule!

  • Full time Program Assistants

  • Office and Library Clericals

  • Maintenance/Laborers/Custodians

  • And more!

Please contact Chanell Lopez at or Lori Thum at with any questions

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

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