Caruso Connect - September 1st

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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:

We want to take a moment to express our gratitude for your presence at our recent Open House event. It was truly a pleasure to see so many familiar and new faces as we came together to celebrate the start of a new school year.

Your engagement and enthusiasm during the Open House is reflective of the partnership we have in supporting our students. Our teachers and staff members were thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with you, share insights about our curriculum, and discuss the various ways we can work together to ensure your child's success. Your thoughtful questions and valuable feedback are essential in our ongoing efforts to create a positive and enriching learning environment for our students.

As we embark on this academic journey together, please remember that our doors are always open. We encourage you to maintain open lines of communication with our teachers, staff, and administration. Your involvement plays a crucial role in fostering a strong sense of community and support that enhances the educational experience for all students.

We hope you enjoy this long weekend! Be Safe.

Tim, Alli, Marcia & the Caruso Staff

Tim Brodeur - Principal -

Alli Waller - Associate Principal -

Marcia Klita - Coordinator of Student Support -

Upcoming Events

September 4th - No School

September 7th - Activity Fair at Lunch

September 8th - Picture Day

September 20th - Camp Duncan

September 25th - No School

Coffee With Caruso

Join us for coffee w/ Caruso; a way for the adults in our students' lives to build stronger connections with us at Caruso. Space is limited to 25 people per event, please RSVP by calling the Caruso Main Office at 847-945-8430. Thanks to the PTO for Sponsoring Coffee.

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New Information

Blue Jays of the Week

Photo/Video & Directory Opt Out Form - due Sept. 12!

(Communicated 9/1/23)

DPS 109 uses photos and videos of students and staff to tell the district’s story! The district also maintains directory information and shares it with our parent-teacher organizations and other District-connected organizations so that they can keep parents in the loop with important information (such as school lunch ordering, after-school enrichment, and other events, volunteer opportunities, and educational trips for middle school students). We use an opt out system to maintain these permissions.

If you are granting permission for photos and/or directory information, log in to Family Access and complete the opt out form without checking any boxes.

If you wish to opt out of photos/videos or directory information (or both), please check the applicable box and hit submit. *Please note that opting out of publications includes the yearbook.

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Steckling at

Still Missing Texts or Emails from The District?

(Communicated 9/1/23)

Login to Family Access to check if we have the right number on file for you. If it’s wrong, please change it. If it’s right and you’re still not hearing from us, reach out to and we will get back to you!

Google Classroom Guardian Invitation

(Communicated 9/1/23)


The Google Classroom Guardian invitation has gone out to all new incoming families!

  • IMPORTANT: This email invite does not connect you to the student's actual Google Classroom.
  • Once you Accept this invite, you will start receiving email summaries of your child's Google Classroom classes.
  • Your email used to send the invitation is the one you've provided as your Primary email that is found in Skyward.
  • If you'd like the email changed, please contact your child's first period classroom teacher (math, ELA, science, social studies).
  • This video helps explain the Google Classroom Guardian Summary Emails in detail:
  • When accepting the invite, you should 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's name, school, grade, team

Back to School Pep Rally

Repeated Information

Order Your Yearbook Now

(Communicated 8/25/23)

Our online yearbook offer is live and yearbooks can be purchased HERE or by phone at 1-877-767-5217.

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Camp Duncan - 6th Grade Only

(Communicated 8/25/23)

The plans for outdoor education at Camp Duncan in Ingleside, IL have been finalized. Camp Duncan provides our students with a wonderful opportunity to engage in exciting activities that support team building, science and many outdoor experiences. This is an exciting day for our sixth graders. It is also a long day, as we will return to school at approximately 5:00 pm. All students must ride the bus in both directions, and may not be picked up early from camp. Our staff and students will be participating in team-building activities throughout the camp, and we have a fun day planned. Camp Duncan will provide lunch for our students. Lunch will consist of pizza and salad bar. In the next few week you will receive a packet of information that will guide you through preparation for this very special event. Please read through the information carefully. The signed permission slip should be returned to your child’s 1st period teacher on or before Friday, September 8th.

Picture Day Info

(Communicated 8/25/23)

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Caruso Spirit Wear

(Communicated 8/25/23)

Greetings Parents! The Caruso Middle School Spirit Wear sale is in full force! Click HERE to check out our selections and place your order! Let's show some school spirit in the classroom or from home! Happy shopping!
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Join Choir

(Communicated 8/25/23)

-7th & 8th Grade (Concert Choir) starts on Monday, August 28th from 3pm-4pm (since we end at 4pm, students should not plan on taking the late bus. If you have concerns, please reach out to Ms. Vombrack).

-6th Grade (Caruso Singers) starts on Friday, September 1st from 3pm-3:45pm (late bus available).

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DPN: Deerfield Parent Network

(Communicated 8/25/23)

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(Communicated 8/25/23)


The DHS Athletic Booster Club's FUTURE WARRIOR FAST PASS is for middle school & elementary school students ONLY.

This pass is good for admission to all regular season home football games, all regular season girls and boys basketball games and all regular season home wrestling matches for the 2023-2024 school year.

Cost is $10.00 per child

Order online @ and a digital download fast pass will be emailed to you after purchase. Please include your child’s name and school in the notes to seller during checkout.

The first DHS home football game is this Friday vs. DePaul Prep and we are hoping to have a huge crowd for the Warriors!

4:30pm kickoff for frosh/soph game

7:00pm kickoff for Varsity

Come early to get a good seat and don’t miss halftime performances by the Warrior Dance Team and DHS Marching Band!

Can't wait to see you soon, GO WARRIORS!

Upcoming SEL Survey

(Communicated 8/25/23)

Building students’ social-emotional learning (SEL) skills is important in District 109. As a part of the learning process, we ask students in grades K-8 to reflect on skills related to social-emotional learning and the school environment. The fall survey will be administered to all students between September 5th and September 22nd and it should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. Per policy, if you would like your child to opt out of taking the survey, please contact your school principal no later than Friday, September 1.

PE Cold Weather Gear

(Communicated 8/18/23)

This year, we, along with Shepard, are offering cold weather gear for PE Classes. This is NOT a mandatory purchase. However, IF you choose to order, students can wear these items both inside and outside for PE. If families do not purchase this gear, students will be permitted to wear plain black sweatshirts and/or sweatpants outside. (Please note leggings are not an option.) We are offering these items to ensure that students are not wearing the same clothes that they wear during the school day, as these items can become sweaty and dirty during PE class. Please use the button or QR Code below to order. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Signa ( Please note this information was shared with families in the spring, you may have already ordered.

Student Deliveries

(Communicated 8/14/23)

We ask that you try to limit student deliveries during the school day. We will no longer be allowing and/or accepting any DoorDash or similar delivery options for any student under any circumstances. All deliveries will be refused. Families are welcome to drop off lunches themselves. We have extra Chromebooks, chargers, and copies of books here at Caruso, so it is not necessary to drop what you're doing and run these items to school. If something is truly needed during the day, we ask that you bring it in to the front entrance, label it with your student's name and grade, and leave it on the Drop Off table in the vestibule. We will then bring it into the office for your student to pick it up. Please note, students are not permitted to order their own lunches during the school day. If you order/bring lunch for your student, please do not provide food for other students.

School Lunch Information

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Spirit Days

Please encourage your students to dress up in our Spirit Days!
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Caruso Bell Schedules

PTO Info