News from Carl Sandburg Junior High

November 23, 2021

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A Note from Mrs. Johansen

Dear Sandburg Families,

I hope everyone is having a great start to the Thanksgiving break.

We are proud to be collecting toys for the Toys For Tots foundation. The flyer is linked below. Please consider bringing an item to school. The collection bins are in the front lobby.

As you know, we hosted parent-teacher conferences this week. While these two days are designated for conferences, you are always welcome to reach out to the Sandburg staff via email or phone to discuss your child's progress. If there is something you need to ask or relay to a specific teacher, please don't feel that you need to wait until conference time to do so. The link to the Sandburg staff directory is HERE. We are happy to partner with you to support your child at any time.

Whether you're traveling or staying home, I hope you and your families have an opportunty to find calm and a chance to recharge. We are grateful for your support and to be working with your children each day.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Erika Johansen

Sandburg Principal

Supporting our Children Through Stressful Times

Please join District 15 for this free, virtual workshop that will share information for how we can support our children through life’s stressful and adverse experiences to help them cope and build their resilience.

When: December 6, 2021 7-8 pm

Virtual: Join via Google Meet

Presented by: Dr. Meghan Meyer, Trauma Informed Intervention Coordinator

Spanish translation services will be offered.

Pre-Registration would be greatly appreciated

so please fill out this form.

We are also taking questions from our audience that will be answered during the workshops so please pre-register. Thank you!

If you have any questions, please email Keli Swierczek at

Clubs and Intramurals are in Full Swing!

It's been so exciting to see all of the kids staying after school for various clubs and intramurals. As a reminder, students who would like to stay after school for a club/intramural can stay from 2:30-4:10. We have activity buses available for students to ride home OR parents may pick up their student in the front circle drive at 4:10.

Here are some of the ways your child can get involved at Sandburg. Make sure to remind your child to watch the morning announcements and pay attention for important updates!

Soccer Intramurals- will run 11/30, 12/6, 12/7, 12/13, 12/14, 12/15, 12/16

sponsors: Mr. Schmidt and Ms. Martin

Intramural Running- (weather permitting) 11/29, 12/1, 12/6, 12/8, 12/13, 12/15

sponsor: Mrs. Buelow

Spirit Squad (similar to cheer/dance)- practices start November 8th-December 9th

sponsors: Ms. Nemchock and Mrs. Pfeiffer

Intramural Magic (card gaming)- Tuesdays after school

sponsor: Mr. Arnieri

Intramural Board Games- Tuesdays after school

sponsor: Mrs. Reynolds

Intramural Chess- Tuesdays after school

sponsor: Mr. Nathan

Table Top Games Club- meets on Wednesdays until Spring Break

sponsor: Mr. Stevenson

Anime Club- Will start after Thanksgiving and meet after school

sponsor: Ms. Hill

Lego Club- meets on Thursdays until Spring Break

sponsor: Mr. Nathan

Book Club- First meeting -12/2 Mrs. Foley will communicate schedule to participants

sponsor: Mrs. Foley

Music Club- 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20

sponsor: Ms. Lestina

Yearbook Club- Tuesdays until Spring Break

sponsor: Ms. Lestina

From the Sandburg PTSA

Please consider coming to our next PTSA meeting. Our group meets again on January 11th. 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.

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

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Upcoming D15 Job Fairs

Job Fair

Please share with your staff and families that District 15 will be holding Job Fairs on the following dates: Come apply onsite!


Monday, December 13, 2021

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

Update from D15 Department of Teaching and Learning

Privacy and student data protection is a key priority for the District. Our three main technology departments (instructional technology, technology, and data services) work to make sure our systems and vendors comply with the requirements of the Student Online Personal Protection Act or SOPPA, which regulates how student information is protected by school districts and education technology vendors they use. Our student privacy web page outlines our privacy related actions and protective measures.

We also employ a number of measures like on-site filtering, student device monitoring, and security tools which protect our network from outside threats. Students participate in digital citizenship curriculum, and staff can employ tools to support students in making good digital choices. Lastly, our district participates in several state and national consortiums, collaborating with other districts to keep informed on best practices and new resources that may support our data privacy policies.

Upcoming events

November 22-24 - Student Nonattendance Days

November 25-26 - No School - Thanksgiving Recess

November 29- Back to School!

December 6- Supporting Youth through Stress and Trauma Virtual Workshop 7-8:00 pm

December 8- D15 Board of Education meeting

December 17- 2nd Quarter Ends

December 23- Winter Break Begins (NO School)

January 10- School Resumes

January 11- PTSA Meeting (Virtual) 6:00

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