Friday Focus

May 20, 2022

In this Issue:

  • A Message from Marcie
  • Field Day Popsicles
  • Dress Code and Student Appearance in District 109
  • Band and Orchestra Registration
  • Fees for 2022-23
  • Camp Duncan Back in '22-'23
Don't miss the PTO Spotlight!
  • Mom's Night Out (May 23rd) - Register Now
  • Panera Fundraiser - May 24th
  • Yearbooks are here - delivered last week of school
  • Helping Hands Day (May 27th) - Volunteers Needed!
  • Purchase School Supply Kits BEFORE June 1st
  • Order a 2nd to last day lunch Ice Cream treat - before May 23rd
  • Join a PTO Committee for 2022-2023 school year
  • Final PTO Zoom Meeting - Wednesday, May 25th at 7:00 pm
  • 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 how quickly the end of the school year is approaching! Even with the warmer temperatures and the feeling of summer in the air, we are so impressed with our students for coming to school each day ready to learn!

Today, we mailed out math placement letters and MAP reports to our 4th and 5th-grade students. For families who are unfamiliar with our math placement process, we recommend that you revisit the communication sent in late April to understand how placement decisions are made.

Due to a high number of COVID-related absences in recent weeks, the MAP testing window for our kindergarten through 3rd-grade students was extended until next week. Therefore, MAP reports for our K-3rd grade students will be mailed out next Friday.

Enjoy the weekend!


Field Day Popsicle Opt-Out

Our PTO graciously donates Pop-Ice popsicles so that all of our students can get a refreshing treat on Field Day. Please email our nurse, Nora Moskos ( and copy you child's classroom teacher if you do not want your child to have a popsicle next Friday during Field Day.

School Dress Code and Student Appearance in District 109

With the warmer weather comes a change in clothing for students. As your child selects clothing for the school day, we respectfully ask that you refer to the Student-Parent/Guardian Handbook regarding School Dress Code and Student Appearance which states, "Clothing with holes, rips, tears, and clothing that is otherwise poorly fitting, showing skin and/or undergarments may not be worn at school."

Band and Orchestra Registration

Sign-ups for trying out a band and orchestra instruments are now OPEN! Instrument fitting sign-up for May 24-26th is posted here for South Park. We're asking all families to register by TODAY to ensure that we're prepared and ready for your child!

If you missed the Instrumental Department's info night, please see the recording here.

If you have any questions about the registration process or anything regarding instrumental music next year, please reach out to

-The DPS109 Instrumental Music Team

Fees for 2022-23

Fees for the 2022 - 2023 school year are posted to Family Access and are due July 1. Please see detailed fee information here. Parents/guardians of 5th-grade parents received an email regarding Outdoor Education fees for Camp Duncan. A Camp Duncan reminder is below.

Camp Duncan - Back on in '22-'23!

In past years, students have gone to the YMCA Camp Duncan in the fall of their 5th-grade year. The pandemic made the experience unavailable to our current 6th graders and resulted in a delay for our current 5th graders. The middle schools will begin sponsoring the Camp Duncan trip beginning with the 2022-2023 school year!

6th grade is a big time of transition for students. Not only do two elementary schools merge, but the schedule and school day also look different. The team-building activities offered at Camp Duncan will serve as a great kickoff to middle school as students and staff get to know one another! In 2022-2023, both the 6th and 7th-grade classes at Shepard and Caruso will go to Camp Duncan so all students will have had the opportunity. In future years (2023 and beyond), the 6th-grade class will continue this 109 tradition. More information will be shared by the middle school principals at the beginning of the school year.

Important Dates

May 27 - Field Day/Helping Hands Day

May 31 - Rain Date for Field Day - CANCELLED (We will not hold a rain date this year)

June 1 - 5th Grade Picnic

June 2 - 5th Grade Variety Show

June 3 - 1/2 Day Dismissal at 11:40 a.m.


This opt-out will be for testing on Thursday, May 5/26.

Fill out this Google Form prior to 7 AM on THURSDAY, 5/26.

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