Caruso Connect - October 8th


Caruso Families!

This week's CC is filled with lots of fun information from our Blue Jays of the week to our Halloween Dress Up Guidelines to our weekly Friday sprit days! Encourage your student to take part each Friday and join in the fun.

We are also asking you to please remind your students that they should not be storing food in their lockers overnight. Lockers are to be used to store their lunch for the day. We also ask that you remind students not to share lockers. We want to make sure that we continue to have a safe and clean school!

Finally, to keep our school safe and secure, when dropping off items for your students during the day, please continue to leave them on the grade level cart. Once the item is dropped off, your student will be able to retrieve it.

Have a GREAT weekend,

Tim, Caitlin, and Heidy

Tim Brodeur - Principal -

Caitlin Lucci - Associate Principal -

Heidy LaFleur - Interim Coordinator of Student Support -

Upcoming Events

10/11 - No School

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

10/17 - PTO 7th Grade Bash

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.

Friday Spirit Days

All students and staff are encouraged to join us for Friday Spirit Days!

Oct. 15th - Wear Pink (Breast Cancer Awareness)

Oct. 22nd - Flannel Friday

Oct. 29th - Halloween!

Philanthropy Club Food Drive

Many families in Deerfield rely on the Deerfield Food Pantry. The Philanthropy Club is organizing a drive for the food pantry from October 7th-November 12th. Most needed items include cereal, pasta, nuts, and condiments. Please see the flier for a complete list of needed items. All items can be deposited in boxes around the school. Thank you so much for your support.

Caruso Choir Popcorn Fundraiser 2021

Caruso Choir is raising money for our Choral & Musical Program! We are pleased to be featuring gourmet popcorn from Popcornopolis!

Money raised will go towards things such as:

-New Choir Music and Folders

-Lights, sound, and costume rentals

-Bus rental to music/theater related field trips

-Purchasing extra ties and pearl necklaces for uniforms in case of a costume emergency

-Guest Clinicians


Students are selling Popcorn this week through Friday, October 29th. Students may come up to you and ask if you'd like to buy some, but if they don't and you're interested in ordering, please read and fill out the Order Form here: Caruso Popcorn Info and Order Form

Some Caruso Staff and I have already tried a sample of the popcorn and we enjoyed it (my favorite is the Zebra . Stacey and Sara liked the Unicorn in past years!)

Popcorn will be in mid November (should be in before we leave for Thanksgiving). The company also said that unopened popcorn lasts for 8 months, so if you're looking to buy some early holiday gifts, this is a great opportunity! Once the popcorn arrives, it will be delivered to you by a Choir Member or me.

The Caruso Choral & Musical Program receives 50% profit of every sale. The more we sell as a group, the more our program benefits.

Thank you for helping out the Caruso Choral & Musical Program and raising awareness of our fundraiser! Please don't hesitate to ask any questions. See Ms. Vombrack

PTO 7th Grade Bash

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A TikTok Challenge Warning

There are a series of nationwide TikTok challenges set for the coming months that are encouraging destructive and deeply inappropriate behavior in schools. DPS 109 will not tolerate any disruptions to our learning environment.

While students may believe they are playing a prank or answering a challenge, it is important to know that these behaviors are actually very serious in nature and could result in school consequences including potential involvement by law enforcement.

We will not tolerate these behaviors in our school, and encourage parents/guardians to speak with their child about this. We thank you for your ongoing partnership in keeping DPS 109 a safe and supportive learning environment.

Freshman Year Information for DHS

Attention all 8th graders, Parents/Guardians of 8th graders, and 8th grade teachers...and hello to the DHS Class of 2026!

Registration for high school is coming up soon! In preparation for this, we invite all 8th grade families and teachers to join our brand new Fine and Applied Arts Department Facebook group. This group will introduce you to all the wonderful Fine and Applied Arts teachers at Deerfield High School, as well as answer any questions about registration for their classes. The arts are a critical part of a holistic education, and we are so excited to invite your students to discover, nurture, and grow their artistic abilities through the wonderful programs at DHS. Even if your child has not been involved in the arts in middle school, we invite you to join the Facebook group.

Here is the group link:

Questions? Please reach out to:

Anastasia Cameron Balmer, Middle School Liaison for Fine and Applied Arts at DHS 224-305-2108

Dee Bolos-Hartman, DHS Fine and Applied Arts Department Chair 224-632-3161


DPS109 8th grade students will not be taking the PSAT this year.

Reminder for School Volunteers

A quick reminder, that all volunteers or individuals spending prolonged time in one of our buildings are required to be vaccinated or provide proof of a negative COVID test.

If you are coming to our building to volunteer, please remember these things:

-Wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status

-Bring a photo ID to check in at the front office

-Bring your proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test (not self-administered) from within the last week

-Complete a Covid self-certification prior to coming to school

Thank you for your cooperation and please contact Eric Steckling ( if you have any questions.

Activities and Sports Update

Congrats to all our student athletes and coaches on successful seasons for Cross Country, Girls Volleyball, and Soccer! We are anxiously prepping for our winter season with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade basketball (Girls and Boys), wrestling, and cheer/poms. Please see the Clubs and Activities Website for more details.

Also, see the image below for info on COMEDY CLUB with Mr. Arbit, starting on Monday, Oct 18!

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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 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.


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


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

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


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.


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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