Caruso Connect - October 1st

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Caruso Families!


This week was our first PTO meeting! It was great to connect with so many parents and see the planning of some special events for the year. If you would like to join the PTO and attend the next meeting, please look for future communications from the PTO.


We would also like to welcome Mrs. Heidy LaFleur who will be joining our team as the Interim Coordinator of Student Support. Please see this short message from Mrs. LaFleur


"My name is Heidy LaFleur and I am honored to be supporting the teachers and students at Caruso Middle School. I will be assisting with problem solving meetings, special services for our students and teacher evaluation. I bring 24 years of experience as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and mother of three teenagers!"


See this week's Caruso Connect for some updates and reminders!


Have a GREAT weekend,


Tim, Caitlin, and Heidy


Tim Brodeur - Principal - tbrodeur@dps109.org

Caitlin Lucci - Associate Principal - clucci@dps109.org

Heidy LaFleur - Interim Coordinator of Student Support - hlafleur@dps109.org

Upcoming Events

10/8 - Picture Retake Day

10/11 - No School

10/15 - Health-Related Examinations and Immunization Requirements DUE

10/29 - Halloween Dress Up

11/11 - No School

11/22 - Parent Teacher Conferences (Evening)

11/23 - No School - Parent Teacher Conferences

11/24-11/26 - No School

12/20-12/31 - No School

Blue Jays of the Week

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

Caruso Halloween Guidelines

Caruso welcomes students to express their creative side and dress for Halloween while in school on Friday, October 29th. However, the following criteria are in place to ensure a safe and inclusive environment.


  • Students can only apply make-up, spray colored hairspray, or put on costumes at home. Parents should have full knowledge of what their child will wear for school on October 29th.

  • Students will not be permitted to wear any type of mask or any other costume that will obstruct the learning environment at school.

  • School rules for dress will apply. Students should not wear anything that has a sexual connotation or would be considered inappropriate dress.

  • Students should respect political views and religious beliefs.

  • Costumes that promote graphic violence are not permitted.

  • Students should not use costume props of a violent nature, such as toy guns, toy knives, and/or toy swords, to name a few.

  • Please be mindful of the impact of group costumes. We want to promote the social-emotional well-being of all students. If your child is participating in a group costume, please remind them to consider others and not intentionally exclude anyone.

What is Test To Stay?

This year, fewer students are needing to be quarantined if they are a close contact to a COVID-19 case, thanks to the Lake County Health Department's "Test To Stay" protocol. Click here to read more from the district about it.

Student Health Requirements 21-22

We recognize and are mindful of the fact that many families may have had difficulty getting children in for physical, dental, and eye exams as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges to routine medical care; however, at this time, all child-health related requirements for school attendance, remain in effect for children in public, private, or parochial schools, as per 105 ILCS 5/27-8.1.


Health-related examinations and immunization requirements are due no later than October 15. Please click here to be directed to our website for detailed information regarding specific requirements by grade level.


You will soon be receiving communication from our building nurse if your child is missing any of the required documentation. Students not in compliance with the health examination and immunization requirements will be excluded from school beginning Friday, October 15, 2021. Please reach out with any questions regarding these requirements as we want to partner with you to ensure compliance with these requirements. Thank you.

Wednesday ExSEL

This week students met in their ExSEL groups!


ExSEL (Executive Functioning + Social-Emotional Learning) is a new addition to our Wednesday early release schedule. This is designated school-wide time each week for students to build relationships with teachers and peers. During this time, students will have the space and opportunity to check in with teachers while focusing on social-emotional learning, executive functioning, relationship building, coping strategies, and self-awareness.

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SHIELD Testing

Students will begin SHIELD testing at 8:30 AM. Please ensure that students do not have food, gum, or drinks an hour prior to testing. Students will be called out of class for SHIELD testing according to the schedule below. Please communicate with your student if you would like them to test or not. We make reminder calls for all students for testing, and if students have your consent they can test even if they do not have a QR code/lanyard yet. (We are working with district office to ensure everyone has one soon!)


8th Grade 8:30-8:50 from Encore 1

6th Grade 8:50-9:10 from Core 1

7th Grade 9:20-9:40 from Core 2


Below are the SHIELD testing dates:


CARUSO - 8:30 AM - 10:45 AM

- Wednesday, October 6

- Wednesday, October 13

- Wednesday, October 20

- Wednesday, October 27

- Wednesday, November 3

- Wednesday, November 10

- Wednesday, November 17

-Wednesday, December 1

- Wednesday, December 8

- Wednesday, December 15


Testing is not mandatory. By consenting to the testing, your child’s name is put on a roster and the expectation is that they will be testing weekly unless a parent/guardian notifies us otherwise.


IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO FILL OUT THE SHIELD CONSENT FORM…


Log in to Skyward/Family Access and it should appear as a green box next to your child’s name. Contact Kristen Neu (kneu@dps109.org) with any Family Access questions.


IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILD TO OPT OUT OF A WEEK OF TESTING…


Fill out this Google Form prior to 7 AM on the day that our school tests: Wednesday

Activities and Sports Update

One of the best things about school is all the clubs and activities that are offered! We are THRILLED to bring back a full slate of options for lots of ways to get involved at Caruso. Please check out our Clubs and Activities Website for more information - when you find a club you're interested in joining, click on the page for more info and reach out to the sponsor!


We encourage every single student to join at least ONE club or activity this year -- and if your student has an idea for a club that currently isn't being offered, reach out to Mrs. Lucci with a proposal and we'll try to get it up and running!

Homework Club and Gear Begins

Beginning Monday, August 30, Homework Club and Gear Up will be available after school in rooms E-6 and E-8. See the attached letter for more details.


If you have any additional questions, please see Miss Gold or Mrs. Reisman.

Family Support

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Student Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures

Arrival will take place from 7:45-8:00. All late arrivals should come to the front office.

Entry Locations/Doors

6th Grade: Main Entrance

8th Grade: West Entrance (side of building)

7th Grade: Corner of West/North Side (drop off students at end of sidewalk before bus area)

Walkers/Bussers: Activities Entrance (back of building)


Dismissal is at 3:00 on M/T/TH/F , and 2:00 on Wednesdays.

**Wednesday, August 25 will NOT be an early release day.**


If you are picking up your student during the school day, please contact the main office by calling or buzzing the front door. If you need to drop something off for your student you will be buzzed into the building and be able to leave it in the lobby. Please make sure to label the item with your student's first and last name.

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COVID Information

TESTING FOR SYMPTOMATIC STUDENTS


DPS 109 will be offering testing for symptomatic students Monday through Friday afternoons during the school year. The BinaxNOW test will be administered outside of the District Office in the beige testing building (please look for sign on door). Testing is free of charge to families. Click here to read more about testing.


WHAT DO I DO IF MY CHILD WAKES UP SICK? DO OTHER SIBLINGS HAVE TO STAY HOME?


It’s always a tough situation when this happens in the morning! Be sure to read this section in our COVID information hub, especially if you have multiple children enrolled in DPS 109. Our school exclusion guidance comes from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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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