News from Sundling Junior High

January 29, 2021

Letter from the Principal

Hello Sundling Families,

Although the cold temperatures, blustery winds, and snow of the winter months are upon us, things remain warm inside the walls (and Chromebook devices) of Sundling Junior High. The students recently wrapped up the first half of the school year and are preparing to set goals and buckle down for a successful second half of hybrid or virtual learning. We have shared in many successes since the start of the school year, and have many things to be proud of and thankful for as we look back at the first five months of school. There is still much work ahead as we push toward May, and the end of the school year. No matter the conditions, season, or month of school, the staff and administration at Sundling are committed to providing a safe and comfortable learning environment that will challenge and motivate our students to reach their full potential. This environment is created to help support their academics, and also their social and emotional well-being.

I hope that you stay warm during these winter months. Please be sure to ask your child what he/she is learning each day, and don’t accept, “I don’t know” or “nothing” as an answer!! Our journey as “Partners in Learning” continues…

Thank you for the continued support of our school and staff.

As always, take care and stay well,

Jason Dietz


Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @SundlingJH and Instagram @wrsjhpaladins

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For our In Person A & B Day Families

Following the opportunity to remain at home for virtual learning over the past few weeks in January (following winter break), we have started to welcome back all of our in person/hybrid students. If your child is currently enrolled as an in person student, and does not plan to return in person this school year, please be sure to contact our office to let us know. We need this information to update our systems and to alert our teachers. If a student is scheduled for in person learning on A or B Days, our expectation is to see them at school on their designated days unless it has been communicated with the administration and/or office staff at Sundling. We thank you for your cooperation.

5Essentials Survey

Beginning February 3, students and teachers in District 15 and across Illinois are asked to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey gathers data related to five indicators that can be targeted to improve important student outcomes, including attendance and state test score gains. The 5Essentials Survey asks questions about:

· Effective Leaders

· Collaborative Teachers

· Involved Families

· Supportive Environments

· Ambitious Instruction

All District 15 teachers and 4th through 8th grade students will be asked to take this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if at least 50% of the teachers and students complete the survey. If at least 20 percent of parents from your child’s school complete this survey, a parent supplement will also be generated for the school and is an important source of information from parents.

Your identity and survey responses are completely confidential. The school does not have access to individual survey responses and cannot connect any survey responses to you or your child.

In District 15 the Illinois 5Essentials Survey for students and teachers will be conducted from February 3 to March 5, 2021 You may take the survey between these dates by visiting and selecting the appropriate survey to begin.

The student survey window is from February 3 to March 5, and the survey will be taken during their History classes. Student participants will be required to log-in using their state student ID and birth date in order to complete the survey.

Students’ identities will be completely confidential. Teachers or administrators will never see individual responses to survey questions and will only receive aggregated information, such as the total percentage of students who agree homework assignments help them learn the course material. Please be aware that under the Protection of Pupil Rights Act. 20 U.S.C. Section 1232(c) (1) (A), you have the right to review a copy of the questions asked of your student(s). Survey questions can be found on the Illinois 5Essentials (

If you do not want your son or daughter to participate, fill out the the following LINK.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, please visit

Use of Cameras and School Issued Devices

Parents, please strongly encourage your child to leave their camera on during class time. We have collected data, and when cameras are on during classes, students are much more engaged and student collaboration is increased. We will continue to remain flexible and understanding, and provide students support to embrace everyone's social emotional well being.

We also ask that students continue to use the district provided Chromebook when attending classes throughout the school day. If you are experiencing issues with your Chromebook or wfifi connection with this device, please contact the school for additional support.

We truly appreciate your support at home!

WRS School Pictures

We realize that we were not able to take traditional school pictures this fall, as we have in previous years. We have not forgotten! Our plan is to work with Lifetouch to schedule school pictures for all students this spring.

We have tentativley set dates of Tuesday, April 6th, Wednesday, April 7th and Saturday, April 10th as designated dates for our A Day, B Day and Virtual students to take school pictures. Sign Up times/slots for our virtual students/families will be shared in March 2021. Our 8th grade students will be taking Graduation photographs. More information will be sent out to all families in March 2021.

Notes from the Nurse

Thank you for working with us as we do our best to keep in-person learning safe for your student! The changing nature of the covid virus reminds us that we cannot let our guard down!

We appreciate you signing the self-certification cards every morning because it allows you to speak with your son or daughter about how they are feeling right then and gives you the chance to keep them home if a new symptom has developed. When the students come with their lanyards on and cards completed, it speeds up their entry into the school building and into the classrooms.

We continue to require that all students and staff wear masks except when they are eating lunch. The desks in the classrooms have been spaced to accommodate social distancing. This creates two layers of protection for your child and should keep them from being identified as a “close contact” to a student who might later be diagnosed as having the virus.

Please feel free to call me if you have any questions about your student’s health or the actions we are taking to comply with the Illinois Department of Health’s guidelines.

Tricia Prebil RN

847 963-3702

Notes from our WRS PTA President

Happy New Year! Let's hope that 2021 brings us back to normal.

As always, thank you for supporting the Sundling PTA. Our Pizza Bella Dine & Share on Wednesday night was another success! Hope you were able to enjoy "no cook" meal for your family.

During these trying times, we're always looking for resources or ways to help support our children and students. Did you know that the National PTA and the Illinois PTA has many helpful tips and articles on their website?

Please take a look when you have the chance.

We have a new and exciting "virtual" event coming soon, Cultural Awareness! Please see the flyer (above) for more details.

Our next PTA meeting will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, February 17th at 7:00pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. You'll hear first hand on what's going on at Sundling Jr. High and PTA news. Mr. Dietz or Mr. Rice usually attend our meetings and share helpful information.

Stay warm and think spring!

Gretchen Elzer

PTA President

Upcoming & Important Dates at WRS- Feb. 2021

February 2- February 12- D15 Follett eBook Fair open! Follett eBook Fair Link

February 10- Board of Education Meeting- 7:00 PM

February 15- No School- Presidents' Day

February 17- WRS PTA Meeting- 7:00 PM

February 22- D15 SPARK Meeting (TBD)

Internet Service Provider Assistance Programs

Community Consolidated School District 15 recognizes that providing internet at home may represent a financial hardship for some families. Internet providers recognize this need as well and have programs in place for qualifying families:

Our community also offers free Wi-Fi at various locations. Find links to locations in our community and surrounding areas that offer free Wi-Fi:

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