News from Sundling Junior High
July 29, 2021
Notes from Mr. Dietz
I hope that this summer email finds you well. We, at Sundling, are looking forward to starting school and getting back into a school routine soon. We are all in this together, and will continue to focus our work on what’s most important, our students!
The Sundling staff is gearing up after the summer months, and looks forward to working with you as our “Partners in Learning” this year. Please remember that our front office staff is here to assist with your transition into the new school year. Jennifer Ratkovich, our school secretary and Betty Dime, our recently hired school nurse, will be available for support throughout the year. We are currently in the process of hiring a new school office clerical. The Sundling Leadership Team consists of myself, Assistant Principal Kelly Rice, Michelle Burton, our School Counselor, and our new School Resource Officer Jenae Taylor. Please do not hesitate to contact any of us if we can be of assistance to you. As a leadership team, it is our goal to provide a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable learning experience for our students so that they continue to achieve the academic excellence that the community has come to expect from Sundling. If you have questions or areas of concern, we encourage you to contact any of your child’s teachers, our school counselor, or the administrative staff so that we can work together to help your child reach his/her academic goals throughout the year.
Students will have access to their schedules using the Infinite Campus Student Portal on August 5th after 4:00 PM. Students can use their Chromebook login information to gain access and view their schedule. Help us to remind students to have their Chromebook charged and ready for learning each day, and to regularly check emails for daily updates and news a few days prior to school, and thereafter. Here is a link to the Sundling Bell Schedule as a reference. Students will use this bell schedule and their own schedule to move through their classes each day. Teachers will be taking attendance for classes at the beginning of the school day, and for each class period.
The process of scheduling a junior high school of more than 600 students is extremely complex. During the past several months, the Sundling staff has been working through the scheduling process for all students. This was a time-consuming process that involved content specialists and student support staff. We appreciate the trust you have given us in using our best professional judgment in placing students. Our scheduling process is a team effort that is very complex and completed with great care. Please know that we work to place each student in the best schedule possible. Every consideration is made to best accommodate each student’s needs. Unfortunately, it is impossible to honor over 600 requests. As such, we will not be able to change schedules if students did not receive their electives of choice. Doing so would create unbalanced classes and upset the instructional environment for all. Thank you for your understanding. We appreciate you for relying on and trusting our professional judgments on this important issue.
We will be utilizing lockers again this year and due to enrollment and number of lockers, some lockers will be shared. Students will also receive a PE uniform at the beginning of the school year, and receive a PE locker. If students bring cellphones to school, they will be required to keep them locked in their locker during the school day. For those students that share a locker, we offer a locker that is safely located in the office for personal items they wish to remain secure.
Our adopted motto will remain, “Sundling Strong!” We will focus on this motto in various ways throughout the school year as we teach students what it looks like to be respectful, responsible, and safe in all school-related settings in junior high. We will support them by kicking off the year with virtual lessons and activities that teach them about our behavioral expectations while gearing them up to be the best student they can be. Our focus to start the year will be to “Reinvest” in school and with each other.
Enjoy the remainder of your summer. I will continue to send out additionaI information as we close in on the forst day of school. look forward to the opportunity to meet and work with you and your child to help promote growth and success during their junior high experience.
Jason A. Dietz
WRS School Supplies 2021-22
Please click on the following link to view the list of school supplies needed for Sundling JH this school year: WRS School Supply List 2021/22.
Walk Your Schedule & First Day of School Information
Please note these important upcoming events:
*Tuesday, August 17, 12:30-2:30 PM Walk Your Schedule & Welcome to WRS
* 7th Grade- 12:30-1:30 PM
* 8th Grade- 1:45-2:30 PM
This is an opportunity for the administration and staff to welcome our students to Sundling, and for students to use their daily schedules to walk the school building, and meet the teachers that they will be working with each day! The WRS PTA will be hosting the Kona Ice Truck for our families, and we will have tables set up outside (weather permitting) to share information about fall sports, school resources, community resources, and more.
*Wednesday, August 18, 7:50 AM-2:30 PM First Day of School for Students
School doors open at 7:35 AM for a 7:50 AM start.
The first day of school is a kickoff day in which we orient/re-orient students to the processes, procedures, and expectations at Sundling. Students will have the opportunity to meet teachers, administrators and staff; ask questions; provide input into extra-curricular clubs and activities offered during the school year; and meet their classmates. Students do not need to bring ALL of their school supplies on the 1st day of school since lockers will be assigned and significant time allowed for new students to practice locking/unlocking. Students will also review lessons on Pledge to the Paladin, our school expectations, and Digital Citizenship throughout the week to support appropriate and safe use of the Chromebook both on and off school grounds.
Fall Sports Information
BOYS SOCCER (cut-sport):
8th grade tryouts: Monday, August 23rd (2:30-4:05)
7th grade tryouts: Tuesday, August 24th (2:30-4:05)
1st Practice: Wednesday, August 25th (2:30-4:05)
GIRLS BASKETBALL (cut-sport):
7th grade tryouts: Monday, August 23rd (2:30-4:05) & Tuesday, August 24th (2:30-4:05)
8th grade tryouts: Wednesday, August 25th (2:30-4:05)
FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE (7th & 8th): Thursday, August 26rd (2:30-4:05)
CROSS COUNTRY (no cut-sport):
Team Meeting- Monday, August 23rd (2:30-4:05)
1st Practice: Wednesday, August 25th (2:30-4:05)
* Please note that times/dates are subject to change. Students should look for more information on announcements, flyers, and sign up opportunities during the first few days of school!
*Your child MUST have a current physical on file in our office in order to tryout/participate in a sport.
If a student is cut from a fall sport they can still participate in Cross Country following tryouts.
District 15 Registration & Residency for 2021/22
Registration is required every year.
If you have already registered your child for the 2021-22 school year, thank you—no further action is required!
With only a few weeks left before the start of the new school year, we want to remind our families of the new registration and residency verification process. If you have not yet registered your child(ren) for the 2021-22 school year, you MUST complete your registration and proof of residency as soon as possible so your child(ren) is able to start school on the first day of school. Children that do not have a completed registration or proof of residency will NOT be assigned a classroom.
Online student registration for the 2021-22 school year is open. If you have not already started this process for your student(s), please visit our registration page to start this process.
Register your child. Registration is the first step in getting ready for the upcoming school year. After registering online, parents will need to go in person to your child's school and provide:
- Health Forms. Required health, immunization, dental, and eye exams for students entering preschool, kindergarten, sixth-grade, and those who are new to the district.
- Prove Residency. If you have a student that is starting Kindergarten, entering 4th grade, or entering 7th grade, you are required to prove residency in District 15. Our residency webpage outlines the documents you will need to provide to prove residency.
Pay student fees. Our student fee webpage outlines the District’s student fee structure and the three ways fees can be paid.
All of the above steps of the enrollment process must be completed prior to the start of the school year. Students of families that, when required, do not prove residency, will not be able to attend class in a District 15 until the family’s residency is verified.
LOOKING FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION?
View the recorded CCSD15 Parent University sponsored: 2021-22 Registration Webinar. For written registration instructions, please view our Campus Parent - An Introduction.
In the event that a family is unable to provide any needed documentation because of a temporary living situation, please contact Julie O'Hara, 847-963-3210, email@example.com; or Min Goodwin, 847-963-3209, firstname.lastname@example.org, in the Superintendent's Office.
Think you may be eligible for a student fee waiver? Visit our student fee webpage to learn about the requirements and how to apply.
Think you may be eligible for services under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act? Please contact the Director of Student Services, 847-963-3152.
WRS PTA Membership
The PTA is excited at the possibility of providing fun activities for our students this year. We need the support of our Sundling community to make it happen. For $7 for single membership or $12 for family membership you can help create a memorable year for our kids.
Two Ways to Become a Member!
• Sign up online at: https://sundlingpta.new.memberhub.store/store
(There is a MemberHub service change of 75¢ (Individual) and 92¢ (Household) to join online.)
• Return this form to the school office in an envelope marked “PTA MEMBERSHIP” along with exact cash or check (payable to: “Sundling PTA”)
Sundling Jr. High will be open during school hours or you can mail to:
Sundling Jr. High 1100 N. Smith Rd. Palatine, IL 60067
Membership Type: _____ Individual (1 Family or Community Member) $7
_____ Household (2 Family or Community Members) $12
Member Name(s) ________________________________________________________________
Student(s) Name and Grade Level___________________________________________________
Check this box if you do not want your information listed in the PTA Members’ Electronic Directory
*Your support helps fund the Student/Faculty Basketball game, When Pigs Fly event, Reflections State-wide Art program, Teacher Appreciation, Book Fair and the Orange and Black event.
**PTA Member Discounts-AARP, Gaiam Warehouse, Good Housekeeping, Hertz, Met Life, Norton LIfelock, Office Depot and Quicken Loans
Substitute School Nurses Needed
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:
To locate additional companies that offer low-cost internet, please visit:
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: