News from Sundling Junior High

December 18, 2020

Letter from the Principal


Hello Sundling Families,

I hope this communication finds you well as we wrap up the month of December and the 2020 portion of our school year. Our students will be completing the 2nd quarter of school today, Friday, December 18th. This will be followed by an extended two week winter break, with school resuming again on Tuesday, January 5th. Be on the lookout, 2nd Quarter Progress Reports will be made available for students and parents on Friday, January 8th.

Thank you to the amazing Sundling Staff and Community for working together to fill 4+ boxes with new toys for the Palatine 2020 Toys for Tots campaign. I was so pleased and grateful to have seen this type of support even during a pandemic, and not having students in the building. Absolutely amazing, and speaks volumes about the care within our community. (See picture below)

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 2021. I hope that you have a safe and enjoyable winter break with your family and friends. See you next year.


Jason Dietz

Palatine Public Library: SORA is Here!

SORA is a free digital and audiobook online library for independent reading. SORA is the student version of OverDrive. CCSD15 has created a “Getting Started Guide” for parents. There is also a district website to inform and support parents and students. A library card is not needed; only a CCSD15 email account. You may also reach out to your child's classroom teacher for assistance.

Planning for the Return to In Person (Hybrid) Learning on January 5th

Schedule for the Week of January 5th:

Tuesday, January 5th- B Day

Wednesday, January 6th- A Day

Thursday, January 7th- B Day

Friday, January 8th- ALL Virtual

A few reminders:

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. * If your child does not have the self-certification card and lanyard, WE will provide at the front doors, when they check in.

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.

3) Masks need to be worn at all times except during lunch. Mask breaks may be scheduled by the teacher in an open area or outside. It is recommended that students come to school with extra masks.

4) Students will be allowed to enter the building starting at 7:35 AM. Students will enter through two different doors, and report directly to 1st period following self-certification or temperature checks:.

Door 1 (Front Entrance)- Buses/Bike riders

Door 2 (Circle Drive) - Parent Drop Off/Walkers/ Bike riders

Adults will be at each door to help direct students and signs will be posted to assist students.

5) Hallway and PE lockers will not be used this year. Students will bring backpacks and jackets to each classroom throughout the day. Students will not change for PE.

Thank you!

5Essentials Survey- Coming Soon

Parents in District 15 and across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the seventh annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school. This school year, District 15’s 5-Essentials window will open on February 3, 2021 and close March 5, 2021. As in years past, all teachers will have a scheduled day and time for their students to complete the 5-Essentials survey (in person or virtually). The assigned day will be determined at the building level and will be communicated to staff and then parents in January.

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!

Use of Cameras and School Issued Devices

Parents, please strongly encourage your child to leave their camera on during class time. We have collected data, and when cameras are on during classes, students are much more engaged and student collaboration is increased. We will continue to remain flexible and understanding, and provide students support to embrace everyone's social emotional well being.

We also ask that students continue to use the district provided Chromebook when attending classes throughout the school day. If you are experiencing issues with your Chromebook or wfifi connection with this device, please contact the school for additional support.

We truly appreciate your support at home!

WRS PTA Reflections Update

Congratulations to all of our Sundling Reflections arts contest participants! The following artists’ projects are advancing to the next level. They will be judged against all Reflections participants in District 15. Best of luck to: Rose H and Rhea M.

WRS School Pictures

We realize that we were not able to take traditional school pictures this fall, as we have in previous years. We have not forgotten! Our plan is to work with Lifetouch to schedule school pictures for all students this spring. Once details are finalized, we will send out additional information with dates, times, and ordering instructions. Thank you for your patience.

Notes from the Nurse

Covid 19 seems to be touching everyone’s lives in some way despite our best efforts to control the spread of the disease. When someone in your family gets positive test results, it can be a confusing and anxiety provoking event. CCSD15 has provided excellent training to all of the school nurses and we are available to help you out with information or advice about protecting your family during this second phase of the pandemic.

Tricia Prebil RN

Sundling Health Office

847 963-3702

Important and Upcoming January Dates

January 4- Teacher Plan Day- Non-Student Attendance Day

January 5- Students return to classes- Hybrid & Virtual (B Day)

January 5- Quarter 3 Begins

January 8- Quarter 2 Progress Reports Available Online (Infinite Campus)

January 13- Board of Education Meeting- 7:00 PM

January 18- Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday- No School

January 19- Teacher Institute Day- Non Student Attendance Day

January 25- D15 Virtual SPARK Meeting (TBD)

News from our WRS PTA President

Hello, Sundling families.

The holidays are upon us and this gives us time to reflect and give thanks for those who have have touched our lives. I would like to thank the PTA Board, faculty members and families who have joined our PTA this year. So far, Sundling PTA has over 193 members strong! THANK YOU!! It's not too late to become a PTA member. So, if you haven't already PLEASE join by clicking here!

Stan's Donut's paid us another visit on December 5th. Thank you to all who came out and grab some delicious donut's and supported our PTA... I’m still dreaming about that salted caramel donut, YUM!

Don't forget, our PTA meetings are on the third Wednesday of every month and they are all General Membership meetings (expect December and May) which means everyone is welcome! Meetings are held via Zoom and start at 7pm. Zoom links are shared on our Facebook page ( a day prior to the meeting. Most meetings run 40 minutes to an hour. It's a great way to stay in touch and get the latest information on what is going on at Sundling and in District 15. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, January 20th. We hope to see you there!

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons. Be safe and enjoy the time with your family.

Gretchen Elzer

Sundling PTA President

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.


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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