News from Sundling Junior High

May 18, 2020

Letter from the Principal

May 18, 2020

Hello Sundling Parents,

It was great to see so many of our students last week, cleaning out their lockers and dropping off school items, even if it was behind a mask. Thank you parents for bringing you child to school to help with an important part of closing out the school year.

To our 7th grade families: The final day of school is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26th. This date has changed from earlier communications of May 27th, based upon guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education and D15 Board of Education approval. Teachers will provide activities and/or make final connections with students prior to the start of summer vacation. Final report cards will be available on Infinite Campus, with 4th quarter grades resulting in a PA (Pass) or NGP (No Grade due to Pandemic). Be on the lookout for an email in the coming days with directions for those that ordered school yearbooks, and a final opportunity to drop off any school items.

To our 8th Grade families: The final day of classes will be this Thursday, May 21st. Congratulations to our graduating class of 2020. Teachers will provide activities or make final connections with students prior to the start of summer vacation. Final report cards will be available on Infinite Campus, with 4th quarter grades resulting in a PA (Pass) or NGP (No Grade due to Pandemic).

Please refer to my email at the end of last week with information for picking up graduation items and dropping off Chromebooks and school related items.

Eighth grade graduation ceremonies will be held virtually and will be viewable on the District 15 Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as the school’s website, Ceremonies will be available to view at the time designated below. The videos are archived online and can be watched anytime in the future as well.

Thursday, May 21

7:00 p.m.: Walter R. Sundling Junior High Virtual Graduation

I cannot thank you enough for your patience, flexibility and understanding over the past few months. I hope that your family enjoyed their time at Sundling, and that you are able to celebrate and enjoy the wonderful accomplishment of our 8th grade graduates.

Our staff is grateful to have had the opportunity to work with your child over the past few years both in the classroom, and through virtual learning.

Congrats to your child and your family!

As we wind down the school year and final days of distance learning, I want to once again thank for your flexibility and understanding through these difficult times and decisions.

Although the school is closed, I will continue to be available by email. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you may have. I can be reached at .

As always, thanks for your continued support of our school, students, and staff!

Take care and stay well.


Jason Dietz


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


I have been working closely with Lifetouch regarding our school yearbook order this spring. Due to COVID-19 and the fact that they were not considered an essential business, the company did have to shut down for a period time, causing a back up for the completion and delivery of school yearbooks across the state of Illinois. I was hoping to have the yearbooks in time to distribute them to students at the end of the school year, but that is not likely to happen. I can assure you that everyone that ordered and paid for a school yearbook will receive one, I am just unsure of when and how that distribution will take place. As I receive additional information, and physical delivery of the yearbooks at Sundling, I will communicate plans for possible distribution. I apologize for the inconvenience and hope to receive thm soon.

Summer Construction at Sundling

Our main offices and school will be closed this summer due to construction. We will be installing secure vestibules, expanding our front office and nursing area, and covering the concrete panels on the exterior. We plan to work out of another area of the building at Sundling for a majority of the summer months (or from home), and will be available if needed. You can continue to call 847-963-3700 to reach us by phone or email us if you have any questions or needs over the summer.

Message from PTA President Tricia Eckels

As the school year comes to a close, I want to express what a pleasure it has been to be your PTA President, working with an outstanding Sundling PTA Board, staff, and parents. While we were disappointed with Spring event cancellations, we are thankful for everyone’s continued support and flexibility. All of your contributions throughout the year have led to many PTA successes. Overall, it has been a great year with many wonderful programs and activities for the students at Sundling.

Congratulations again to Beth Blazejak on receiving the 2020 Illinois PTA Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award! We are proud and grateful to have her at Sundling, and appreciate everything she does for the students. I would also like to congratulate Jenni Bennett for receiving the 2020 Illinois PTA Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award! While she was nominated for her work with the NWSC PTA, she also contributes much to Sundling as a committee chair on the Sundling PTA, and volunteering for us in so many ways.

Congratulations to our incoming Executive Board:

President: Gretchen Elzer
President-Elect: Elsa Hall
First VP/Legislation: Rebecca Zach
Treasurer: Betsy Gharagozlou
Secretary: Colleen Meyers

Finally, a BIG thank you to the WRS PTA Executive Board and Staff – Gretchen Elzer, Rebecca Zach, Stephanie Kiesler, Rachel Jordan , Amy Stojkovich, Archana Bhide, Wenda Hunt, Alex Shubert, Ruby Vas, Danielle Smith, Lisa Oswald, Ashley Vela, Holly Millan, T’lynne Seyfarth, Jen Johnson, Jenni Bennett, Jeanette Harris, Raeann Shedd, Gina Kubacik, Sheree Stark, Bindoo Rizzo, Karen Dersnah, Tricia Flaska, Archana Vaidya, Colleen Butterly, Jennifer Ratkovich, Beth Blazejak, Kelly Rice and Jason Dietz!! Please know that the time and effort all of you give so generously are so very appreciated. I’m grateful to have been able to share this journey with all of you. A special thank you to the outgoing committee chairs, whose names are shown bolded. For seventh grade Sundling families returning this fall, you have a fabulous and caring PTA President in Gretchen Elzer.

Congratulations to the graduating 8th grade class of 2020! Have a wonderful and safe summer with your family!

All the Best,

Tricia Eckels

Sundling Jr. High PTA President

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No Distance Learning- Upcoming Dates

As we continue to navigate through COVID-19 and Distance Learning, District 15 will be providing our staff(s) opportunities to receive professsional development and time to plan for the final weeks of school.

There will be no Distance Learning or Student Attendace required on the following dates:

Friday, May 22nd- Teacher Planning Day

The final day of classes for the 19/20 school year will be:

Thursday, May 21st- 8th Grade

Wednesday, May 26th- 7th Grade

Any additional information I receive will be shared in future communications.


The link below provides many, many resources for families in a time when we do not have access to libraries or book stores. There is something for everyone! If you have any questions or need any assistance navigating any of the platforms, please contact Mrs. Condon at

CCSD 15 LRC Digital Resources Hub

Food Distribution Continues

The food distribution system from our District's Nutritional Services Department continues this week. More information can be found on the CCSD15 website at this link:

Online Registration for the 2020/21 School Year is Open NOW!

Online registration is now open for all students attending District 15 schools in the 2020-21 school year!

We opened registration earlier this year to allow families more time to complete the process. Please visit for information and instructions on how to register your child. If you are having trouble completing the process, please contact your child’s school office for assistance.

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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