News from Sundling Junior High

August 20, 2021

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Notes from Mr. Dietz

Hello Sundling Families,

It was an awesome start to the 2021-22 school year. It was great to see and reconnect with many of our students and families at Walk Your Schedule on Tuesday, followed up by the first day of classes on Wednesday. The students are slowly getting adjusted to the pace of junior high with lockers, hallways, and lunch periods, but are doing a great job. Within a week or two, it will be second nature, and they will never know anything different! It has been a productive and energetic three days so far, and we hope it carries on through the remainder of the school year.

Just as we did last year, students were provided a lanyard with a self-certification card including symptoms as well as a signature card for you, the parent/guardian, to sign each morning verifying that your child is symptom and fever-free. We will have adults greet that at the door each morning to verify self-certification.

As a reminder, staying home when sick or symptomatic is one of our Safe 6 mitigations as we kick off the new school year. Everyone should stay home when they have signs of COVID-19. All students must self-certify that they are free of COVID-19 symptoms (listed below) and a fever each day before entering our buildings and school buses.

Symptoms Include:

-Fever (100.4°F or higher);
-New onset of moderate to severe headache;
-Shortness of breath;
-New cough;
-Sore throat;
-Vomiting or diarrhea;
-New loss of sense of taste or smell;
-Fatigue from unknown cause; and/or
-Muscle or body aches from unknown causes.

Staying home when sick helps us reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses in our schools and allows individuals to recover more quickly.

If you have questions, please reference the Return to Learn, Reconnect, and Re-Engage Plan.

Sundling Picture Day- 8/27/21

Our school picture day will be held next Friday, August 27th during the school day. 7th and 8th gade students will be taking pictures with Lifetouch during their PE/Health classes throughout the school day.

You can order online at with your Student's School ID or Picture Day ID: EVTNV7PPK. We will send a hard copy of the order form home with students early next week that can also be completed and turned in at the time of the picture.

School Name: Walter Sundling Junior High School

Picture Day Date: Friday, August 27

Picture Day ID: EVTNV7PPK

WRS Parent Orientation- 9/9/21

We look forward to seeing you at our Parent Orientation on Thursdsay, September 9th, starting at 6:00 PM. Be on the lookout for a letter and schedule that will be completed and sent home with students in the coming weeks to help you navigate the school and schedule.

Fall Sports Information- UPDATED Information 8/13/2021

At this time, our fall sports of Girl’s Basketball & Boy’s Soccer are considered High Risk Sports and are under review by District 15 as local Metrics are Monitored. These sports will not begin in August as mentioned in the prior newsletter, and are on hold until further notice. We hope to provide updates as the school year begins.

As of 8/12/2021, the fall sport of Boy’s & Girl’s Cross Country is scheduled to begin the season AFTER Labor Day. More information, and updated start dates/times wil be shared soon.

Any updates or additional information will be shared as it comes available.

WRS Clubs and After School Activities

We will be reviewing and updating our club and after school activities and offerings for the 21/22 school year as we return to school. As we receive further guidance and updates for start dates and times, we will share that with our students and families.

August/September 2021- Important Dates

Monday, August 30-Friday, September 3- MAP Testing (All students)

Monday, September 6- No School- Labor Day

Tuesday, September 7- Anticipated- Cross Country Season begins

Monday, September 6-Friday, September 10- PTA Scholastic Book Fair

Thursday, September 9- Parent Orientation 6-8PM

Wednesday, September 15- WRS PTA Meeting 7PM

Nutritional Services Information- Meal Service & Free/Reduced Lunch Program 21/22

Meals Will be Offered Free for 21-22 School Year

  • Meals will be FREE for all students for the 21-22 school year
  • This includes breakfast and lunch at all schools
  • Meals will only be served in school to in-person students
  • At this time, meals will no longer be offered in the community on buses or curbside at any schools during the 21-22 school year.
  • The last day for bus/curbside pickup is Tuesday, August 10th.

Free & Reduced-Price Meals

  • Parents are encouraged to fill out a Free & Reduced Meal Application, even though meals are free for the upcoming school year. The application will be processed for eligibility for school fee waivers plus other benefits.

Free & Reduced Application Link - D15 Website

Free/Reduced Application

English Application/Instructions

Spanish Application/Instructions

Household Letter to Parents & Income Chart

English Household Letter/Income Chart

Spanish Household Letter/Income Chart

Application for Educational Benefits

Application for Educational Benefits - English/Spanish


SchoolCafe is a new software system that Nutrition Services is using for parents to access their student's meal accounts, make payments online, and apply online for free/reduced. SchoolCafe is taking the place of Mealtime. Here is some information about the program:

SchoolCafé allows parents to pay for school meals and monitor student account balances, transactions, and request low balance notification online.

  • Stay informed about your student's lunch account activity.
  • Be notified on your phone when your student's account is low.
  • Make secure payments with Visa, MasterCard, or Discover Card.
  • Store your credit/debit card for quick and easy repeat use.
  • Schedule deposits to occur in any frequency you choose.

SchoolCafé allows for access from the web or any mobile device.

  • The SchoolCafé website uses the most up-to-date security available. The online payment plan is an enhancement to the district’s existing pre-pay meal program. Cash or checks will still be accepted.
  • The SchoolCafé apps for both iOS and Android are now available for download. They're free to install and they make your favorite features even easier to use. Download the SchoolCafé app today on the AppStore or Google Play.

View the SchoolCafé Quick Card for instructions on setting up your account, adding students, making payments, and setting up low balance alerts. Search for Community Consolidated School District 15 to find our district. Parents may also apply for Free & Reduced Meals through SchoolCafé.

For answers to frequently asked questions, and to get the most up-to-date help with this or any other information not covered here, please visit and select FAQs, or contact D15 School Nutrition Services at 847-963-3928.

Here are some links for resources on our district webpage:

School Cafe Website Information

SchoolCafe Website Link


Setting Up an Account on SchoolCafe: INSTRUCTIONS

Filling Out Online Application for Meal Benefits: INSTRUCTIONS


Setting Up an Account on SchoolCafe: INSTRUCTIONS

Filling Out Online Application for Meal Benefits: INSTRUCTIONS

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:

(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___________________________________________________


Email __________________________________________________________________________

Phone Number___________________________________________________________________

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

We are always looking to add substitute nurses to our sub-pool! Illinois Licensure and CPR Certification are required. If you're interested, please apply online.
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