Caruso Connect - September 23

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Caruso Middle School is an inclusive and vibrant community where Blue Jays take ownership of their social-emotional and academic growth by supporting, challenging, and celebrating self and others.

Good Evening Blue Jay Families:

Today in class your student received a proof sheet for school pictures that were taken this Fall. If you would like your student to participate in retakes they are October 7th. Students should report to school dressed for photos and they will be taken first thing in the morning.

Last week we let you know that we are working to make sure that your students and you are more aware of what we have to offer at Caruso. On October 6th all students will be able to attend the activities fair during lunch. Here students will be able to learn about all of the clubs, activities, and sports we offer at Caruso! Below you will find a list of extra curricular activities arranged by when they meet. We will update this when new things start and others end.

Finally, when picking up your student from school for an appointment or to leave early, we are asking that you come to the front door to ring the bell. The staff in the office is doing this to confirm that you have arrived and your student will be sent out. Once we confirm that you have arrived, you are welcome to wait in your car for your student. If you have any questions, please reach out to us.

We hope you enjoy your long weekend,

Tim, Jim, Caitlin & The Caruso Staff

Tim Brodeur - Principal -

Jim Monaco - Associate Principal -

Caitlin Lucci - Coordinator of Student Support -

Upcoming Events

September 26th - No School

September 28th - PTO Potbelly Fundraiser

October 5th - No School

October 6th - Activity Fair

October 7th - Photo Retakes

October 10th - No School

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Caruso News

Blue Jays of the Week

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

SHIELD Testing Concluding

(Communicated 9/23/22)

Next Tuesday is the final collection day for SHIELD tests in DPS 109. For those participating, please ensure that your child drops off their completed test in the bin in our main entrance right as they arrive at school or inform their teacher that they need to do so when they get to class.

SEL Student Survey

(Communicated 9/23/22)

Building students’ social-emotional learning (SEL) skills is important at Caruso Middle School. As a part of the learning process, we will be asking our students to reflect on their own SEL mindsets via an online survey. The survey will be administered between October 3rd and 14th, and it should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. It asks students to self-reflect on their own grit, growth mindset, self-efficacy, self-management, social awareness, emotional regulation, and supportive relationships.

Individual student responses can provide the school and family with insight into what skills the child self-identifies as strengths and others they would like to develop. The overall data helps us (the educators) identify priorities and provide targeted learning opportunities to address the SEL needs in our classrooms.

Per policy, if you would like your child to opt out of taking the survey, please contact Tim Brodeur ( no later than October 1st.

Weekly Activity Calendar

(Communicated 9/23/22)

Please see the list below of our weekly activities at Caruso! If you would like your student to join, please have them reach out to the sponsor / coach.
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DID YOU KNOW...about your Caruso PTO?

(Communicated 9/23/22)

Purchasing the PTO Membership Directory supports our kids, our staff & our school. It's more than just a website/directory/app; your donation allows the PTO to sponsor events, enhance our school & thank the staff!

Questions - reach out

Support Caruso & the PTO

Did you know about the PTO? 9.23.22
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PTO Potbelly Fundaiser

(Communicated 9/16/22)

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6th Grade Forms

(Communicated 9/9/22)

6TH GRADE PARENTS. Please don't forget to submit your student's required health forms (physical, immunization, and dental). All forms are available on the DPS 109 website

Forms can be turned in to Mrs. Dowell in the Caruso Nurse's Office or emailed to

Please contact Mrs. Dowell if you have questions or need assistance at or (847) 945-8430 x6103


(Communicated 9/9/22)


The purpose of this program is to keep kids moving and develop minds, bodies, and relationships through a variety of sport and fitness activities. Each and every sport and fitness activity listed below is available to all Caruso students 6-8th grade.

Available dates and activities:

Wednesday, September 28 Basketball

Friday, September 30 Lacrosse

Monday, October 3 Soccer

Friday, October 7 Flag Football

Wednesday, October 12 Basketball

Friday, October 14 Flag Football

Monday, October 17 Softball

Wednesday, October 19 Gaga

Friday, October 21 Flag Football

Monday, October 24 Soccer

Wednesday, October 26 Basketball

Friday, October 28 Flag Football

During the 1st quarter, our intramural program will be offered every Monday and Friday after school 3:00-4:00pm (late bus is available) and Wednesday (mornings) 7:00-7:55am. Please understand that these activities can and will change depending on weather, available space, and the number of participants present each day. If you have questions please feel free to contact Mr. Hoy. at or call (847)945-8430 ext. 6150.

Join Comedy Club

Join Comedy Club

(Communicated 9/9/22)

All are welcome in Comedy Club! If you enjoy knock-knock jokes, standup comedy, tv shows, movies, magic, or anything else silly-goofy, this is the inclusive environment for you. We’ll meet in Room E9 after school on Mondays! Contact Mr. Arbit if interested!

Order Your Yearbook Today!

(Communicated 9/2/22)

Our online yearbook offer is live and yearbooks can be purchased at or your direct link at or by phone at 1-877-767-5217.
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District News

PPS 109 EVENT ON 10/25

(Communicated 9/2/22)

We are excited this school year to return to offering in-person parent/guardian networking and educational opportunities for our community in collaboration with PPS109.

PPS109 is a partnership of DPS 109 administrators, teachers and parents/guardians who provide education and support to families of children with a wide range of needs. Our first event of the ‘22-’23 school year will be An Overview of District 109 Student Services. This event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6 pm at the District Office.

We are also asking for your help! Please click here to help us prioritize the next community event that will be offered during this school year. There is also an option on the form to let us know if you are interested in participating in PPS109 parent/guardian networking opportunities.

Gear Up and Homework Club

Google Classroom Guardian Invitation

(Communicated 8/19/22)

You should receive a Google Classroom Guardian invitation by the end of the day Friday, August 19th. Accepting this invite will set things up so you start receiving email summaries of your child's Google Classroom classes. The email used to send the invitation is the one you've provided in Skyward. If you'd like the email changed, please contact your student's first period classroom (CORE) teacher (math, ELA, science, social studies).

Please watch this video to learn more about how Google Classroom Guardian Summary Emails work:

A few notes to help!

When accepting the invitation:

  • To adhere to student privacy, guardians will not be joining the actual classes, so you won't need a class code or the Google Classroom app or Google Classroom login.
  • When prompted, select DAILY as the frequency otherwise the email summary will be delivered only once a week. You can always change the frequency anytime:

Please feel free to direct all questions regarding Google Classroom to our Innovation Curriculum Specialist, Maria Galanis, and she will be happy to help.

Include the following information when contacting Maria:
Your child' name, school, grade, team, and first period core area teacher (math, ELA, science, social studies).

Caruso Bell Schedules

Coffee w/ Caruso

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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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