News from Carl Sandburg Junior High

December 17, 2021

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A Note from Mrs. Johansen

Dear Sandburg Families,

I have always loved the holiday time of year at a school. It reminds me of all the good there is in the world. As an example, our Sandburg staff and student community came together to fill the Toys for Tots boxes that were housed in our entryway. What a gift to children all over the area!

Next week, our students will be involved in completing service projects in their classes that will benefit the community and our school. Our students and staff are eager to participate in this day of "giving back" on Wednesday, December 22nd. We are still collecting plastic bags and old t-shirts if you'd like to bring them by the school.

As you saw in my email on Wednesday, we have slightly altered our schedule for the ending of 2nd quarter and beginning of 3rd quarter. We felt it would be better to transition our students into 3rd quarter after winter break.

The timeline is as follows:

December 20-22- remain in 2nd quarter schedule/classes and finish up projects/work

January 10th- return to school and official start of 3rd quarter

January 14th- grades from 2nd quarter are posted in Infinite Campus

Parents and students should check Infinite Campus for any missing assignments or work that needs to be completed.

We are so proud of our students and the transition they have made back to in-person instruction after the varied educational setting over the last year and a half. It has not been an easy task! I applaud our school community with the great gains we've made over the past semester and look forward to starting 2022 off on the right foot!

When students return to classes in January, we will be participating in a school wide reboot of school expectations and procedures. This will support students as they start a new quarter!

This will be my last newsletter of 2021- it's been quite a year! I hope everyone has a restful and safe Winter Break. We look forward to seeing everyone back in 2022!

Be well,

Erika Johansen

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Submitting Your Student's Vaccination Card

Once your child has received both doses of the vaccine, you can submit a copy of it to our school nurse. Fully vaccinated individuals are not identified as close contacts, and therefore, not excluded from school if there is a positive COVID case (as long as they remain asymptomatic).

This documentation is very important during our contact tracing efforts. Families will continue to be notified if a student is identified as a close contact so they are aware to monitor for potential symptoms.

From Sandburg Student Services Team

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools are increasing their focus on mental health and well-being. Many schools are working to create a positive social and emotional climate to support students’ social and emotional learning. Starting January of 2022, a child in Illinois between the ages of 7-17 can take up to 5 mental health day's each school year without a doctor’s note.

A parent will still need to call in to report their student absent for the day. On the second mental health day, a Sandburg clinician will be reaching out to the parent to discuss if any support at school is needed. If you have any questions or if your student needs mental health support, please reach out to a Sandburg clinician.

To help with the transition back to school, take a look at our website and list of community resources. You can also contact us at the following information below:

Deyanira Munoz, Social Worker,, 847-963-7851 (bilingual)

Deanna Nemchock, School Counselor,, 847-963-7850

Wildcat Girls Volleyball- 2022

GVB Parent Letter

GVB Information

Tryout Registration Form **Registration Opened 12/3/2021

2021-22 Important Dates

Registration Opens: December 3rd

Registration Closes: January 9th

Tryouts Date: January 10th - 13th

Season Starts:January 19th

District Championship: February 1-2

Lost and Found

Is your child missing a jacket or a water bottle? We will have all items on a table in the lobby for students to look through. During winter break all items will be disposed of to clear off the table. Parents are welcomed to come look at the table during school hours, as well.

From the Sandburg PTSA

Please consider coming to our next PTSA meeting. Our group meets again on January 11th. 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.

Upcoming D15 Job Fairs

Job Fair

Please share with your staff and families that District 15 will be holding Job Fairs on the following dates: Come apply onsite!


Monday, January 24, 2022

Monday, March 7, 2022


Palatine Library

700 N. North Court

Palatine, IL 60067



We are looking for the following positions:

Bus Drivers - no experience necessary; paid training; free benefits (employee only); pension; paid holidays

  • Substitute Teachers and Substitute Program Assistants - set your own schedule!

  • Full time Program Assistants

  • Office and Library Clericals

  • Maintenance/Laborers/Custodians

  • And more!

Please contact Chanell Lopez at or Lori Thum at with any questions

Upcoming events

January 10- School Resumes/3rd quarter begins

January 11- PTSA Meeting Virtual 6:00

January 12- D15 Board of Education Meeting 7:00

January 14- Quarter 2 Report Cards available on Infinite Campus

January 17- No School- MLK Jr Day

January 18- No Student attendance- Teacher Institute Day

February 8- PTSA Meeting- In Person in Sandburg Library 6:00 pm

February 8- D15 Forum- Moving 15 Forward in Sandburg Cafeteria 6:30 pm

February 9- D15 Board of Education Meeting 7:00

February 21- No School- President's Day

February 22- No Student Attendance- Teacher Plan Day

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