109 News

December 14, 2021 - Issue 9

Background pic: 5th graders at Wilmot recently got to make their "legacy" tiles. They pick an inspirational quote and then have to design the tile to help convey the message. These turned out amazing!!! The tiles just started going up around the building. Look for a What's Good in 109 feature on this when we come back from break.

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A Holiday Message from Mike

To our families, staff, and community:

As we approach the end of 2021, I extend my thanks to each of you for everything you have done to keep our children in school. It has been heartwarming to see students able to resume so many of the classroom activities they couldn’t do last year. Our teams are back on the court, and our bands and orchestras are back on the stage.

I’ve said it before, public education in Deerfield is a team sport. We cannot do this without you. We don’t entirely know what lies ahead in 2022 as we continue to monitor COVID-19 and its variants, but I’m confident we will all get through it together.

I wish you all a wonderful winter break full of quality time with loved ones. I hope you take care of yourself and yours and find time to do whatever it is that recharges you. “Take time when you’ve earned it” is a phrase often borrowed from the late Colin Powell. You’ve definitely earned the time, and I look forward to hearing about your R&R when we return!


The 109 Gives Back Spirit Is All Around!

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3 Days Left To Join the ThoughtExchange!

You shared your thoughts in November and told us that you want students with the above skills. Now help us get them there! Join the ThoughtExchange below that's open until Friday.

Has Your Child Recently Been Vaccinated for COVID-19?

You can complete an optional form in Family Access to let DPS 109 know that your child is vaccinated. This is the same form that was made available to students ages 12 and older earlier this year. Please click below to log into Family Access.

Why are we asking for this information?

A major benefit of completing the form is that if your child is deemed to be a close contact to a positive case, either in school or outside of it, our contact tracing team will quickly be able to potentially rule out quarantine for those that have voluntarily disclosed their child’s vaccination status or minimize the number of additional tests required to participate in the test to stay program.

Again, filing out this form is entirely optional. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to communications@dps109.org and we will put you in touch with the appropriate department.

Two Board of Education Meetings This Week

There's a special Board of Education meeting tonight at 6 p.m. to discuss the renovation plans for the Caruso Middle School auditorium.

The regular December Board of Education meeting will take place Thursday at 7 p.m. Both of these meetings are at the District Office and you can click below to see the agendas.

Both of these meetings will be streamed on our YouTube channel and available for playback.

Donate Books To Help A Special Project!

They are building a very special book igloo at Kipling for all to enjoy! Have any hardcover children's books you no longer want and might donate to the cause? Email Mrs. Karasick (akarasick@dps109.org) if you have some!
What's Good in 109: The Book Igloo

Upcoming Dates/Events

  • December 14: Special Board of Education Meeting about Caruso Auditorium Renovation @ 6 p.m.
  • December 16: Board of Education Meeting @ 7 p.m.
  • December 17: Define 109 ThoughtExchange question closes @ 5 p.m.
  • December 18-January 2: Winter Break across DPS 109!
  • January 11: Next edition of 109 News

A Minute of Jazz To Make You Smile

You will NOT believe that these are middle school students! Enjoy this wonderful snippet from the Shepard Jazz Combo. It just makes you want to curl up by a fireplace.
Shepard Middle School Jazz Combo

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