Friday Focus

April 1, 2022

In this Issue:

  • A Message from Marcie
  • IAR Testing - 4/4-4/8
  • Learning Commons Corner
  • Counselor's Corner
  • Grades K-2 - Bringing Artwork Home
  • Caruso Parent Info Night - 4/7
Don't miss the PTO Spotlight!
  • Save the dates- Movie Night (5/15)/Moms Night Out (5/23)
  • Join a PTO Committee for 2022-2023 school year!
  • Still time to sign up for Spring Enrichment (starts 4/4)
  • Order a 2nd to last day of school lunch Ice Cream treat
  • Yearbooks - delivered the last week of school
  • Final PTO Zoom Meeting - Wednesday, May 25th @7pm
  • Check out the "In Case You Missed It" section for prior info

A Message from Marcie

Happy Friday, South Park!

It's hard to believe that we are already starting to think about our plans for next year! By now, I hope you saw this letter sent out on Tuesday regarding the Goals and Concerns Form that families may use to provide input in our class-building process. If you have input to share that your child's teacher may not be aware of, we respectfully ask that you complete the form by next Friday, April 8th to communicate with Mrs. Gruenwald and me. Phone calls or meeting requests regarding class placements will not be honored.

A reminder that IAR (state testing) begins next week for students in grades 3-5. Please send your child to school with a fully charged Chromebook.

Have a great weekend!


IAR Testing Next Week

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Learning Commons Corner

And the winners are…. In this award season, students had the opportunity to give some special awards to books of their choice. South Park students in grades K-2 voted for the Illinois Monarch award, and readers in grades 3-5 who completed the Bluestem Challenge voted for the Illinois Bluestem Award. Today, the winners were announced! The winner of the Monarch award is the all-popular Potato Pants by Laurie Keller. The Bluestem Award goes to the silly and informative Does it Fart? By Nick Caruso and Dani Rabaiotti. Did your favorite win? There’s a whole new group of nominees for next year! Get a sneak peek at Monarch 2023 and Bluestem 2023.

Counselor's Corner

As a parent, one of my main goals is to instill certain values in my children-- respect, kindness, and independence at the top of my list. But this is NO easy task! The arguments, the power struggles, the complaining... yes, they all exist in my world, even when I attempt to use the reliable and proven counseling skills I have been taught through years of grad school. Although not always an easy compromise for a parent, cooperation is the key to building a relationship with your children and fostering their sense of independence and empowerment. This short article, Cooperation, Not Obedience as a Goal of Parenting, is an excellent reminder of the expectations we set upon our kids and how to cultivate cooperation as an effective way to parent. Happy Parenting!

Amy Goldberg

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Caruso Parent Info Night - April 7th

Hello Future Blue Jay Families!

As we head into the final months of this school year we wish you the best and look forward to welcoming our incoming 6th grade class. Behind the scenes, we are hard at work helping prepare for a smooth transition from 5th grade to middle school, and we wanted to invite you to an opportunity to learn more about Caruso! We will be holding an optional incoming Blue Jay night for parents only on Thursday, April 7th from 6-7pm in the Caruso Cafeteria. If you are unable to attend, the presentation will be sent out.

Thank you in advance for your patience as we plan. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions following our informational night once all resources have been shared.


Tim Brodeur, Principal

Important Dates

April 6 - RESCHEDULED 3rd Grade Music Concert @ 5:30 pm

April 6 - 5th Grade Music Concert @ 6:30 pm

April 27 - Grades 3-5 Art Night from 5:15-6:15 pm
April 27 - 4th Grade Music Concert @ 6:30 pm
May 4 - Kindergarten and PreK Music Concert @ 6:30 pm

May 17 - Kindergarten Round Up

May 27 - Field Day

June 1 - 5th Grade Picnic

June 2 - 5th Grade Variety Show


This opt-out will be for testing on Thursday, March 4/7.

Fill out this Google Form prior to 7 AM on THURSDAY, 4/7.

*Please note that if you have consented but want to opt out of a week, you must fill out the form every week.