Caruso Connect - October 21

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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:

In this week's Caruso Connect we hope you read on to check out our Friday Spirit Days. They were decided on by our Student Government and the poster below was designed by one of the members! Nice work STUGO!

Our annual in person Student-Led Conferences are coming up on November 21st and 22nd. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your student's CORE teachers and ENCORE teachers, but more importantly, it’s an opportunity to dialogue with your student about their progress and goals for the year. More information to sign up for conferences will be sent in November.

Finally, please note that Skyward Access will close to all families on October 26th at 8:00 AM so teachers can update their grades for Q1.

We hope that you enjoy your weekend.

Tim, Jim, Caitlin & The Caruso Staff

Tim Brodeur - Principal -

Jim Monaco - Associate Principal -

Caitlin Lucci - Coordinator of Student Support -

Upcoming Events

Nov 7th - PTO Meeting

November 8th - No School

November 21st - Conferences - PM

November 22nd - Conferences

November 22nd-25th - No School

Friday Spirit Days

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Blue Jays of the Week

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

Caruso News

Basketball Tryout Information

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*6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls basketball tryouts will take place in the gym on Tuesday, October 25th from 3:15-4:15pm. See Coach Jensen with any questions.

*6th grade boys basketball evaluations will take place in the gym on Tuesday, Nov 1 and Wednesday, Nov 2 from 7:00-7:55am. See Coach Lombardi with any questions.

*7th grade boys basketball tryouts will take place in the gym on Tuesday, October 25th and Thursday, October 27th from 3:15-4:15pm. See Coach Brian with any questions.

*8th grade boys basketball tryouts will take place in the gym on Tuesday, October 25th and Thursday, October 27th from 5:15-6:15pm. Contact Coach Ryan Gilbert with any questions.

Ways to Give

(Communicated on10/21/22)

Our Philanthropy Club has organized two different opportunities for Caruso to give!

The first organization that Caruso has teamed up with is CHANCE THE RAPPER’s nonprofit organization, Social Works! Items are given to Chicago families in need. There will be a large box in the front lobby of the school for people to bring in new/lightly used toys, coats, scarfs, new hygiene items, coats, gloves, blankets, and socks! Donations will run through December 4th. Please help fill the box.

The second organization is the Deerfield Food Pantry.Many families in Deerfield rely on the Deerfield Food Pantry. The Philanthropy Club is organizing a drive for the food pantry from October 17th-November 11th. Most needed items include cereal, pasta, nuts, and condiments. However, they do not want cans at this time. All items can be deposited in boxes around the school. Thank you so much for your support.

DHS Online Enrollment for Class of 2027

(Communicated via e-mail on 10/20/22)

Dear Class of 2027 Families,

On behalf of Deerfield High School, I would like to welcome you to the enrollment process. As our first step, we must collect the demographic and contact information through our online form. Collecting demographic data should take no longer than 15-20 minutes to complete.

Please complete this by Friday, November 18, 2022. Upon collecting your contact information, we will then email you directly with further information about the upcoming course placement process, High School Preview Night, registration for courses and other pertinent information.

Please click the link below to begin. All of the necessary information can be found on this District 113 Online Enrollment Registration page link, including the link to begin the enrollment:


Thank you, and we look forward to welcoming the Class of 2027 Warriors!


Dr. Brandt

DID YOU KNOW...about your Caruso PTO?

(Communicated 10/21/22)

Purchasing the PTO Membership Directory supports our kids, our staff, and our school.

It's SO MUCH MORE than just a website/directory/App.

Your donation allows the PTO to sponsor events and field trips, buy items for our school, and thank the staff!

Questions - reach out

Support Caruso & PTO
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Chicago Families Need Our Help!

(Communicated 10/14/22)

Caruso has teamed up with CHANCE THE RAPPER and his nonprofit organization, Social Works! There will be a large box at the front lobby of the school for people to bring in new/lightly used toys, coats, scarfs, new hygiene items, coats, gloves, blankets, and socks! Donations will run through December 4th.

Caruso Halloween Guidelines

(Communicated 10/7/22)

Caruso welcomes students to express their creative side and dress for Halloween while in school on Monday, October 31st. However, the following criteria are in place to ensure a safe and inclusive environment.

  • Families should have full knowledge of what their child will wear for school on October 31st.

  • Students should not wear costumes that turn someone’s identity into a stereotype.

  • Students can only apply make-up, spray colored hairspray, or put on costumes at home.

  • Students will not be permitted to wear any type of mask or any other costume that will obstruct the learning environment at school.

  • School rules for dress will apply. Students should not wear anything that has a sexual connotation or would be considered inappropriate dress.

  • Students should respect political views and religious beliefs.

  • Costumes that promote graphic violence are not permitted.

  • Students should not use costume props of a violent nature, such as toy guns, toy knives, and/or toy swords, to name a few.

  • Please be mindful of the impact of group costumes. We want to promote the social-emotional well-being of all students. If your child is participating in a group costume, please remind them to consider others and not intentionally exclude anyone.

Fishing Club

(Communicated 10/7/22)

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McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

(Communicated 9/30/22)

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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. We update this often. You can also access this document in real time.
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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, 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.

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

Caruso Bell Schedules

Coffee w/ Caruso

On October 20th the Coffee with Caruso will be held with architects working for the school district the conversation will be focused on improving our building to better support your students. Please join us and RSVP by calling the main office.

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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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