News from Carl Sandburg Junior High

November 22, 2022

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A Note from Mrs. Johansen

Dear Sandburg Families,


I hope everyone is having a great start to the Thanksgiving break.


As you know, we hosted parent-teacher conferences this week. While these two days are designated for conferences, you are always welcome to reach out to the Sandburg staff via email or phone to discuss your child's progress. If there is something you need to ask or relay to the teachers, please reach out. We are happy to partner with you to support your child at any time. A staff list with emails and phone number is linked HERE. It's also available on the CSJH website.


Over the past few weeks, I've had many conversations with parents regarding the challenges we are facing as we guide our children in this post-pandemic environment. Below, you'll find information about the next D15 Parent University with psychologist and educator, Dr. Doug Bolton. The title of his presentation is "Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Children in a Post-Pandemic World." I encourage all parents to attend this seminar, if you're available. Dr. Bolton was the keynote speaker for the D15 August Institute and I'm glad that you will have the opportunity to hear his words of advice, as well.


Whether you're traveling or staying home, I hope you and your families have an opportunty to find calm and a chance to recharge. We are grateful for your support and to be working with your children each day.


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Erika Johansen

Sandburg Principal

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • November 21st and 22nd- No School- Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 23rd-27th- No School Thanksgiving Break
  • November 30th- KH Intermediate/CS Jazz Band Concert @ CS 6:00 pm
  • December 5th- CS Band/Orchestra Concert 7 pm
  • December 8th- MPAC Meeting- Understanding the ACCESS test - Virtual 6:30 pm
  • December 13th- Chorus Concert at Fremd
  • December 13th- D15 Board of Education meeting 7:00 @ Sundling Junior High
  • December 14th- Parent University 6:30 pm @ Sundling Junior High
  • December 22nd- Winter Break Begins
  • January 9th- Back to School!

Important Reminders about Student Behavior

We would appreciate your help as we remind our students about behavioral expectations at school. A few we will be reviewing with students are:


  • Per District 15 Board Policy, cell phone are allowed at school, but must be off and stored in lockers at all times. If students struggle with following this rule, we will contact parents to come pick up the phone at school and students may not bring them back to school.
  • It's very important for students to arrive to school and to classes on-time. We do have a tardy policy that is linked below. Students serve lunch detentions and after school detentions when they earn repeated tardies. You will be informed via email if your child has earned an after school detention. The detentions last from 2:15-3:45.
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Student Homework Support

We have After School Academic Support available every Monday thru Thursday in the library. Students will be able to stay after school to get help from a Sandburg staff member. This after school support will run until April. Students who stay after school will be in the library from 2:20-3:50 and can take the activity bus home. If you would like to have your child stay after school for additional support, this opportunity is open to ALL students.


Additionally, we run a Lunch Time Study Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students can work quietly on school work during the lunch period with a Sandburg Staff member. Students sign themselves up for this study hall through a google form that is posted in the Wildcat Google Classroom.

Volleyball and Wrestling at Sandburg

Visit the Girls Volleyball Information and Registration Link for more information.

Tryout Registration Opens: November 9, 2022

Tryout Closes: January 9, 2023, 9 a.m.

Tryouts: January 9-18, 2023 (refer to your school's published schedule to confirm dates per grade level)

First Practice: January 19, 2023


Visit the Wrestling Information and Registration Link for more information.

Registration Opens: November 9, 2022

Registration Closes: January 12, 2023

Season Practice Starts: January 9, 2023

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Parent University Series- December 18, 2022

Dear District 15 Families,

As part of our regular Parent University series, District 15 has partnered with psychologist and educator Dr. Doug Bolton to speak with parents/guardians surrounding the growing mental health needs of our students. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, concerns existed surrounding the overall well-being of school-age children as it relates to mental health needs. As we moved through the pandemic, practitioners saw a rise in such needs, as did our schools. That said, however, as challenging as the pandemic has been on so many of us, the disruption of this pandemic has pushed us all to find resilience during a time of remarkable uncertainty and stress.


That is why District 15 has partnered with Dr. Doug Bolton. He will share some of the valuable “lessons learned” about how to use stressful times to build resilience in our children because doing so will help them both now and in the future as they face unexpected challenges. We hope you are able to join us on Wednesday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m. for a presentation entitled: Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Children in a Post-pandemic World.

Dr. Doug Bolton is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Director of School Consultation for Formative Psychological Services. He has spent over 20 years as a psychologist and principal at North Shore Academy and at a K-12 therapeutic school in nearby Highland Park. Dr. Bolton provides consultation, supervision, and professional development to parents, educators, and clinicians throughout northern Illinois as he is passionately committed to creating communities that help foster student and staff resilience. District 15 leadership, as well as our certified staff, benefitted from a similar presentation by Dr. Bolton in August, and know you will find his presentation not only thought provoking, but useful in your role as parent/guardian.


Again, we hope you are able to join Dr. Bolton on Wednesday, December 14, 2022, for our final Parent University of 2022. The session will be held in the Walter R. Sundling Junior High Auditorium. The presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. and will include time for a Q & A.


Your partner in education,

Laurie Heinz

Superintendent of Schools

D15 Special Olympics

District 15 Special Olympics provides sports training and competition in a variety of sports for children ages 8-15 having a variety of disabilities. These sports provide opportunities to develop physical fitness; the development of leisure skills; the enjoyment of learning new skills; the experience of working with their peers and being a part of a team while making friends and improving social interactions.


District 15 Special Olympics team, the Blue Jays, will offer three sports this year: Snowshoeing, Soccer, and Track and Field

  • Special Olympics offer students an extracurricular program designed specifically for them.
  • Special Olympics give students a chance to experience being part of a team.
  • Special Olympics help students learn how to make friends and play with others.
  • Special Olympics help students get a better sense of self while developing social and self-help skills.


To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, an athlete must be at least eight years old on or before the date of completion and have an IEP. The athlete's IEP must have at least one academic goal regardless of classroom placement.

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