News from Carl Sandburg Junior High

October 24, 2021

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A Note from Mrs. Johansen

Dear Sandburg Families,

I'm still smiling as I think about the amazing afternoon we had on Friday! Hundreds of Wildcats returned to Sandburg on Friday for our PTSA Fall Festival. I'm grateful to all of the parent volunteers who creatively planned and coordinated the event, supervised our students, sold, shopped for and donated concessions. It took many hours of planning to pull this off and it was worth it. Our kids had a great time and they deserved it!

I am excited for our Spirit Week this week as we lead up to the Halloween weekend. Students will not be wearing Halloween costumes to school, but we will still have some fun!

Conferences will be held on November 22nd and 23rd. Conferences will be either virtual or in-person, depending on the parent's preference. We are having two waves of conference sign-up this year. Starting this week, we are contacting specific parents by email or phone who we need to connect with regarding their student's progress so far.

On November 5th, we will send out a conference sign-up to all parents. We are using a new online platform for conference sign-up this year. When we send out the website, we will share directions for the platform's use. You will hear more from us by November 5th.

As you know, parent-teacher conferences are a great way to connect with our Sandburg teachers to discuss your child's progress. However, 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 don't feel that you need to wait until conference time to do so. We are happy to partner with you to support your child at any time.

Have a wonderful week!

Erika Johansen

Sandburg Principal

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Update from the Sandburg PE Department

Dear Sandburg Parents,

Now that fall weather is upon us, we would like to provide an update about our PE class procedures. In our PE classes, we will go outside as much as possible until we cannot use the track due to the cold and icy conditions. Sandburg PE follows the District 15 Recess Plan for cold weather that can be accessed at this link: This outdoor time provides fresh air, exercise, and a welcomed mask break each day.

Our goal is that all students participate in PE each day. As stated on the D15 website, all junior high PE students are to wear their purchased PE uniform during class. Wearing the PE uniform is considered part of a student’s participation grade for PE class. At this time, all Sandburg students have received a PE uniform and they are expected to wear it to class each day. Due to the cold weather, students are encouraged to wear warmer clothing on top of their PE uniform when we go outside for class.

When class starts, we have the kids come out of the locker rooms with their PE uniforms on and then they can put on their hoodies/sweatpants before we go outside. This helps us verify that all students have their uniforms on before we go outside.

If a student would like to bring a sweatshirt or sweatpants to school to keep in their PE locker with their uniform, they may do so. We will encourage them to take it home on Fridays to clean over the weekend.

Thank you for your support! Please contact us with any questions.

The Sandburg PE Department,

Mrs. Nelson, 7th and 8th grade

Mrs. Pfeiffer, 8th grade

Mr. Pederson, 7th grade

Mr. Tobin, 7th grade

From the Sandburg PTSA

Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers who helped make Fall Festival a tremendous success and a great memory for our students!

To find out more about this event and how you can support the Sandburg PTSA, please consider coming to our next PTSA meeting on November 9th. It'll be held on Google Meets. Just email Mrs. Johansen for the meeting link.

Please consider becoming a member of the Sandburg PTSA! You can sign up at the link below.

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National PTA has a long-standing commitment to arts education. The Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life.

Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. This 50+ year-old program helps them explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.

The 2021–2022 Reflections theme is I Will Change the World By…

Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

Students participate in the appropriate division for their grade: Primary (Pre-K - Grade 2), Intermediate (Grades 3-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8), High School (Grades 9-12), Special Artist (All grades welcome). Students who identify as having a disability and may receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 may enter in the Special Artist Division or grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities.*

The deadline for entries is Friday, October 29. Projects should be turned in with a completed entry form to the main office. The entry form is linked below.

Update from Sandburg Health Office

COVID guidelines for school require wearing masks for all students and staff. Please send your child to school with a mask and an additional spare mask. Our stock is limited. I kindly ask for assistance from our families to make sure their child is safe in our school by sending them to school with more than one mask each day.

Our water bottle fillers are open for students' use. We no longer provide water bottles to students. Please send your child to school with a water bottle that can be filled with the filtered water bottle fountains. Proper hydration is very important for your child's health and education.

And finally, if your child has an injury in or outside of school that calls for gym restriction, please send documentation from a medical professional for gym/sports restrictions and return dates.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Trina Annerino

Sandburg Nurse


Test To Stay (T2S) Information

Dear Parents and Guardians,

District 15 is excited to begin Test To Stay (T2S) on Monday, October 25. This is an additional, optional testing regimen that will allow us to keep qualifying identified close contacts learning in person. Thank you for your patience as we worked to follow the guidance/requirements needed to safely implement T2S. Here are the nuts and bolts of T2S:

  • Students must be registered and participating in weekly SHIELD testing (more information below).
  • Students test on school days 1, 3, 5, and 7. If a testing day falls on a non-school day, we will work with you to accommodate testing at the earliest possible opportunity.

Participation Qualifications (Per ISBE & IDPH Guidance):

  • The positive COVID-19 case and the close contact must have been engaged in consistent and correct use of well-fitting masks, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Parents/guardians will need to transport their child to the District office for testing on test days and from school during the entire testing time frame.
  • Students must be opted into weekly SHIELD screening to participate in T2S. We realize this is new information and have worked with IDPH and CCDPH, hopeful for some flexibility. Guidance is firm about this requirement.

Here’s How to Opt In:

  • If you are currently opted IN for SHIELD and your child qualifies to participate in Test To Stay (T2S): There will be an additional consent form for Test To Stay. T2S will use a BinaxNOW test, different from the weekly SHIELD test. Results of the test take only 15-20 minutes. If your child qualifies for the T2S process, you will be sent the consent form to complete.
  • If you opted out of SHIELD and your child qualifies to participate in T2S OR If you have not filled out anything regarding SHIELD and your child qualifies to participate in T2S: Please fill out this SHIELD consent form and email it to to be opted in to SHIELD weekly testing OR you can fill out the SHIELD consent on-site on their first day of T2S. There will be an additional consent form for Test To Stay. T2S will use a BinaxNOW test, different from the weekly SHIELD test. Results of the test take only 15-20 minutes. If your child qualifies for the T2S process, you will be sent the consent form to complete.

How T2S Works:
Test To Stay testing will take place on school days from 7:00 am - 9:00 am at the District Office located at 580 North 1st Bank Drive, Palatine. Everyone entering the District Office for T2S must be fully masked at all times.

If your child is identified as a close contact and qualifies for T2S, parents/guardians will receive a close contact email from a District nurse or contact tracer with an invitation and instructions about how to participate in T2S. Following receipt of the email, parents/guardians must:

  • Complete the Google form in the invitation email;
  • Complete the Binax consent form in the invitation email;
  • Complete the SHIELD consent form, if they have not already Opted-In to weekly SHIELD testing;
  • Download the Navica Mobile App to their smartphone (directions will be in the invitation email) before coming to the District office to test - parents/guardians will receive the T2S results through this app;
  • Transport their child to testing and home from school, as students cannot ride the bus at any time until the T2S regimen is complete.

Additional Information:

  • Students participating in T2S may participate in extracurricular activities (as long as they remain consistently masked and physically distanced). Students on sports teams may participate in practice, but not games or competitions until the 15th day.
  • Students may resume using District transportation and participating in sports/extracurricular competitions after they have completed the testing regimen.
  • If at any point during the testing regimen, the student begins having symptoms, they must isolate right away.
  • T2S participants should avoid social gatherings and remain home when not at school functions for the full testing regimen.
  • OUTSIDE tests cannot be accepted for Test To Stay - it must be a District administered test.

We look forward to adding this screening measure to our mitigation efforts. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or your school nurse.


Karen Flor
Coordinator of Health Services

Update from Nutrition Services

Due to supply chain issues, we are unable to serve peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at our schools. We hope to have them back in stock soon, but in the meantime, we will be serving Protein Power Packs so students will have a vegetarian option.

We know many families print off their menus for the month. Please note that if we have to change an offering due to the shortage, we will update menus online each Friday so families will know if there are any changes for the following week. Please check regularly if your child has a favorite that may be in short supply

Upcoming events

October 30- 8:00 AM D214 PSAT Testing at RMHS

November 1 - D15 Job Fair

November 8- Mental Health Awareness Presentations at CSJH

November 9- 6:00 PTSA Meeting (Virtual)

Nobember 10- Mental Health Awareness Presentations at CSJH

November 10 - 7:00 Board of Education Meeting

November 22-24 - Student Nonattendance Days

November 25-26 - No School - Thanksgiving Recess

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