The District Line for 109

December 15, 2018

District 109 Cares

As we near the end of the year and come upon the season of giving, we thought it would be fun to look back at the contributions made by our staff, students, and families this past year. Below is just a sampling of what has been donated through our school community.

  • $92,159 to the American Heart Association through Jump Rope for Heart
  • $500 for pediatric cancer research from the Kipling Pumpkin Decorating
  • $40,000 for the Meghan Bolon Outdoor Learning Center
  • $700 for books for children
  • $760 for Families Helping Families (Chicagoland)
  • $1,041 between the West Deerfield Township and Breast Cancer Research
  • $1,000 for heart disease research from the Kipling Pumpkin Contest
  • South Park families made and donated 380 sack lunches for Uncle Pete's Lunch Program
  • Walden had a student-lead philanthropy fair that raised $1,200 for the Orphans of the Storm
  • Children and house items for CASA Lake County
  • Toys from Shepard for Toys for Tots
  • Socks and toiletry items for Veterans through Give Where You Live
  • Over 1,000 items donated to the West Deerfield Township Food Pantry from South Park
  • South Park staff and families spent multiple weekends volunteering their time at Bernie's Book Band and Cradles to Crayons
  • Pajama and book drive for children in need from Kipling
  • Halloween candy for the Deerfield Food Pantry and Fill a Heart 4 Kids
  • Shepard students helped serve students with special needs at the Deerfield Community Halloween Party
  • Nearly 6,000 books for Bernie's Book Bank
  • 180 coats, hats, and scarves for a local school in need
  • Personal items and stuffed animals for Fill a Heart 4 Kids
  • South Park filled over 400 new backpacks with schools supplies for Cradles to Crayons
  • Snack packs for the Moraine Food Pantry
  • Students decorated over 400 blanket squares for the Linus Project
  • Gifts for families from Kipling and Shepard for Restored Hope
  • Students donated their time at Brentwood Nursing Home and at Bernie's Book Bank
  • ...and much more!

The staff, students, and families are certainly living out our mission to "...engage, inspire, and empower each student to excel and CONTRIBUTE to improving the world."


Information for You, Whatever the Weather (Second Posting)

As the season begins to turn colder, please take a moment to:

  1. Review the District's inclement weather procedures.
  2. Log into Family Access and ensure your contact information is correct so you receive any notifications of weather-related schedule changes. The district sends text and phone notifications through Blackboard, our notification system.
  3. Parents, staff, and community members should download the District 109 mobile app. You'll get closing information - and other important news - on your phone through the app! To download, go to your phone's app store and search Deerfield District 109.

Families can keep up with the weather news at Emergency Closing Center and other great news by liking our District 109 Facebook page or following our @dps109 Twitter account.

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Seeking Mentors for Student Entrepreneur Program

Beginning 2nd Semester, 6th graders at both Shepard Middle School and Caruso Middle School will be starting mixINCedu during their Advisory/Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) class period. This program empowers students with the tools and mindset to explore what it takes to be an entrepreneur. We are seeking one mentor per class. Please click the link for more information.

Share Your Expertise with District 109

District 109 maintains a database of volunteers of parents and community members willing to share their expertise. Some opportunities will be in classrooms, while others may be virtual (via Skype or FaceTime) if experts are not local or their schedule doesn't permit them to be on site. Please share this form with friends and family around the country - or around the world! Note that this information will not be used for any other purpose than to support the work of educators and students in District 109. Teachers regularly check this form when they are looking for experts to come talk about specific topics.

If you're interested, please fill out this form.

A Look Around 109

Important Dates

  • Caruso Band Concert - Dec. 17, 7 pm

  • Elementary Orchestra Concert - Dec. 18, 6:40 pm

  • Caruso Orchestra Concert - Dec. 18, 7 pm

  • Early Release - Dec. 19

  • Winter Break - Dec. 23 - Jan. 6

  • School Resumes - Jan. 7

  • Committee of the Whole Meeting - Jan. 7, 7 pm

  • Early Release - Jan. 9

  • 4th/5th Grade West Band Concert at Caruso - Dec. 10, 7 pm

  • Regular Board Meeting - Jan. 14, 7 pm

  • Early Release - Jan. 16

  • Quarter 2 Ends - Jan. 18

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