Caruso Connect - September 30

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Caruso Middle School is an inclusive and vibrant community where Blue Jays take ownership of their social-emotional and academic growth by supporting, challenging, and celebrating self and others.

Good Evening Blue Jay Families:

In this week's Caruso Connect, learn about an exciting opportunity for your students to join DI, see a special message from our PTO, and always check out pictures of our Blue Jays of the Week! On October 20th, the Coffee with Caruso will be held with architects working for the school district, and the conversation will be focused on improving our building to better support your students. Please join us and RSVP by calling the main office.

Remember that we have next Wednesday off, Thursday is our Activity Fair at Lunch, and School Photo Retakes are on Friday.

Tim, Jim, Caitlin & The Caruso Staff

Tim Brodeur - Principal -

Jim Monaco - Associate Principal -

Caitlin Lucci - Coordinator of Student Support -

Upcoming Events

October 3rd - Pink Out

October 5th - No School

October 6th - Activity Fair

October 7th - Photo Retakes

October 10th - No School

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Caruso News

Blue Jays of the Week

*If you would like to nominate a staff member for this you may do so HERE!

Schoolwide Pink Out for Breast Cancer Awareness

On Monday, October 3rd, Caruso Middle School will hold our school-wide "Pink Out." We will wear pink to show our support for Breast Cancer Awareness! Please make sure you come to school wearing your favorite pink clothes!

Additionally, both Volleyball teams will play Monday at 4:30pm, and we would like to see as many of you there! Please let either of us know if you have any questions.


Ms. Marley Friedman and Ms. Annie Lewandowski

The Art Room Needs Your Help!

Hello, this is Ms. Mormolstein! My students are starting to move into 3D work, but we need some help. All items can be dropped off at the art room. These things will be needed all year so any time you think of it, feel free to drop them off to me. I appreciate the help!

If you have any:

  • Boxes:
    • Cereal boxes, frozen pizza boxes, cracker boxes, kleenex boxes, Toilet paper/ paper towel rolls, or any thin cardboard boxes.
  • Newspaper or magazines
  • Plastic containers:
    • From takeout, yogurt, and or cream.
  • Plastic bags
    • Grocery bags or dry cleaning bags.

Thanks again,

Ms. Mormolstein

First Destination Imagination Meeting

(Communicated 9/30/22)

Hey, Caruso Blue Jays!

Are you interested in improv, building and creating things, and teamwork? If so, come to our first Destination Imagination (DI) meeting on October 3rd at 3:15 right after school! We will meet in D1, Mr. Demos's 8th grade social studies room. The meeting will last around 30 minutes.

This is the initial meeting here at Caruso to gather interest and go over what DI is all about. After the turnout, I will send emails out to parents with as much detail about this coming year as possible.

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Monday, October 3rd.

Thank you,

Monty Arnold

DID YOU KNOW...about your Caruso PTO?

(Communicated 9/30/22)

Purchasing the PTO Membership Directory supports our kids, our staff, and our school.

It's SO MUCH MORE than just a website/directory/App.

Your donation allows the PTO to sponsor events and field trips, buy items for our school, and thank the staff!

Questions - reach out

Support Caruso & the PTO

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

(Communicated 9/30/22)

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TrueNorth Survey - Lend Your Voice!

(Communicated 9/30/22)

Our school district is a member of the TrueNorth Educational Cooperative 804. TrueNorth provides a wide variety of services, from professional consultation for our staff to alternative school placements for our students. TrueNorth is developing a new strategic plan; as part of the process, they are looking for input from many groups. You are an important TrueNorth stakeholder and your opinions and experiences are valuable. This information will assist our district and TrueNorth in better meeting the needs of your children. Please participate in the TrueNorth strategic planning process by completing this survey: The survey is open through Sunday.

The survey data is an important component of the strategic planning process and will be used, along with other data components, to develop the plan.

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SEL Student Survey

(Communicated 9/23/22)

Building students’ social-emotional learning (SEL) skills is important at Caruso Middle School. As a part of the learning process, we will be asking our students to reflect on their own SEL mindsets via an online survey. The survey will be administered between October 3rd and 14th, and it should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. It asks students to self-reflect on their own grit, growth mindset, self-efficacy, self-management, social awareness, emotional regulation, and supportive relationships.

Individual student responses can provide the school and family with insight into what skills the child self-identifies as strengths and others they would like to develop. The overall data helps us (the educators) identify priorities and provide targeted learning opportunities to address the SEL needs in our classrooms.

Per policy, if you would like your child to opt out of taking the survey, please contact Tim Brodeur ( no later than October 1st.

Weekly Activity Calendar

(Communicated 9/23/22)

Please see the list below of our weekly activities at Caruso! If you would like your student to join, please have them reach out to the sponsor / coach.
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6th Grade Forms

(Communicated 9/9/22)

6TH GRADE PARENTS. Please don't forget to submit your student's required health forms (physical, immunization, and dental). All forms are available on the DPS 109 website

Forms can be turned in to Mrs. Dowell in the Caruso Nurse's Office or emailed to

Please contact Mrs. Dowell if you have questions or need assistance at or (847) 945-8430 x6103


(Communicated 9/9/22)


The purpose of this program is to keep kids moving and develop minds, bodies, and relationships through a variety of sport and fitness activities. Each and every sport and fitness activity listed below is available to all Caruso students 6-8th grade.

Available dates and activities:

Monday, October 3 Soccer

Friday, October 7 Flag Football

Wednesday, October 12 Basketball

Friday, October 14 Flag Football

Monday, October 17 Softball

Wednesday, October 19 Gaga

Friday, October 21 Flag Football

Monday, October 24 Soccer

Wednesday, October 26 Basketball

Friday, October 28 Flag Football

During the 1st quarter, our intramural program will be offered every Monday and Friday after school 3:00-4:00pm (late bus is available) and Wednesday (mornings) 7:00-7:55am. Please understand that these activities can and will change depending on weather, available space, and the number of participants present each day. If you have questions please feel free to contact Mr. Hoy. at or call (847)945-8430 ext. 6150.

Order Your Yearbook Today!

(Communicated 9/2/22)

Our online yearbook offer is live and yearbooks can be purchased at or your direct link at or by phone at 1-877-767-5217.
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District News

PPS 109 EVENT ON 10/25

(Communicated 9/2/22)

We are excited this school year to return to offering in-person parent/guardian networking and educational opportunities for our community in collaboration with PPS109.

PPS109 is a partnership of DPS 109 administrators, teachers and parents/guardians who provide education and support to families of children with a wide range of needs. Our first event of the ‘22-’23 school year will be An Overview of District 109 Student Services. This event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6 pm at the District Office.

We are also asking for your help! Please click here to help us prioritize the next community event that will be offered during this school year. There is also an option on the form to let us know if you are interested in participating in PPS109 parent/guardian networking opportunities.

Gear Up and Homework Club

Caruso Bell Schedules

Coffee w/ Caruso

On October 20th the Coffee with Caruso will be held with architects working for the school district the conversation will be focused on improving our building to better support your students. Please join us and RSVP by calling the main office.

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Who to Contact?

Please see the helpful list below who to contact at CMS for your needs. You may also visit the DPS 109 Website to learn more.
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