Caruso Connect - May 6th


Caruso Families!

First, we want to start with a thank you! Thank you to the PTO for such a lovely lunch to wrap up Teacher Appreciation Week. In this week's Caruso Connect please look for the updates / reminders of important upcoming dates. We also have information regarding our new Coffee w/ Caruso, an opportunity for you all to connect with us! Space is limited, please RSVP below. Note, there is an opportunity for incoming 6th grade families to join. We will be contacting them directly with the RSVP link.

A quick note for 8th Grade Families: new this year, Caruso staff members will be personally delivering your student's graduation sign on May 18th! If you would prefer to pick it up, please email Tim Brodeur by Friday, May 13th.

As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to any of us.

Tim, Caitlin, and Heidy

Tim Brodeur - Principal -

Caitlin Lucci - Associate Principal -

Heidy LaFleur - Interim Coordinator of Student Support -

Upcoming Events

Make sure to check the dress up days for ABC Countdown!

May 10th and 12th MAP Testing

May 10th - Spring Orchestra Concert

May 13th - Coffee w/ Caruso: Creating Emotional Resilience

May 16th - Spring Band Concert

May 20th - Coffee w/ Caruso: Oh No, I Forgot My Lunch

May 23rd - PTO Meeting

May 24th - Variety Show (During the Day, Parents/Guardians of those performing are welcome to attend.)

May 26th, 27th & 31st - 8th Grade Graduation Practice

May 27th - Coffee w/ Caruso: Sixth Grade Scaries

May 27th - 8th Grade Rewards Day

May 31st - 8th Grade Graduation

June 1st - 6th Grade Rewards Day

June 2nd - 7th Grade Rewards Day

June 2nd - Fly Up Day (5th to 6th, 6th to 7th & 7th to 8th)

June 3rd - Last day, 1/2 Day

Map Testing Schedule

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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!
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Coffee w/ Caruso

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Gifts for your 8th Grade Grad

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2022 ABC Countdown to Summer (Dress Up Days)

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8th Grade Meeting Recap

Hello 8th Grade Families!

Today our 8th grade team was able to present to our entire 8th grade. They went over information that your student and you need to know for the end of the year. You may view the presentation HERE. Here is the link to the Google Form that is the permission slip and payment information. Payments for the Par-King, our Q4 rewards day, and the class tree go to the Science Teachers/Team Leaders. As Par-King is our Q4 rewards day, students should be aware of the choice they are making so they do not loose the ability to attend this.

At the end I spoke to them about the legacy that they can choose to leave here at Caruso. In the short year I have known this class I am so impressed with them. We reminded that we have high expectations for them these last few weeks and want them to finish 8th grade strong.

If you have any questions, please reach out.

Tim and the 8th Grade Team

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8th Grade Graduation Ticket Lottery

Each family will receive 4 tickets*. Below you will be able to enter in to a lottery to receive an additional one or two tickets. Please enter by Friday April 29th. If you have been selected to receive one you will be notified on or before May 13th. If you have needs beyond these tickets, please work with other families; often families do not use all of their tickets.

*Families with twins will receive 6 tickets.

Erin's Law Presentation Information

Dear Parents and Guardians of Middle School Students:

Erin’s Law (House Bill 6193) was signed by Governor Pat Quinn on January 24, 2013. This law requires schools to implement an age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention curriculum for grades Pre-K through 12. District 109 partners with Childhood Victories, Inc., an organization founded by Victor Pacini who is a motivational speaker and a survivor of sexual abuse. Speakers from Childhood Victories, Inc. provide programming for our students that teaches them basic skills to keep them safe from dangerous or abusive situations. The program, Be Seen and Heard 2.0, is developmentally appropriate, interactive, aligned with learning standards, and will cover the following topics:

  • Distinguishing safe from unsafe touches

  • Safety rules at home and school

  • Saying “NO”

  • Secrets

  • It’s not the child’s fault if someone touches them

  • Telling a trusted adult

The staff from Childhood Victories, Inc. will be presenting to our middle school students on the following date:

  • Caruso: Tuesday May 10th

Parents can view Victor Pacini’s parent video to preview the concepts of the Be Seen and Heard 2.0 program.

Requests to Opt-Out: If you prefer that your child opt-out of this prevention education session, please email your child’s school principal by Friday May 6. Please also feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions or concerns.


Joanna Ford

Assistant Superintendent for Student Services

847-945-1844 x7229

School Supply Info for 2022-2023

8th Grade Save the Dates

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Information for Families

CMS Clubs and Activities

Heath and Wellness Reminders

SHIELD Results

Due to increased testing volume across Illinois, DPS109 now receives SHIELD results within 48 hours. This slower turnaround time impacts our ability to contact families prior to the next school day with results. We ask for your continued partnership in keeping students healthy and in school. Please complete Daily Health Certifications, and make sure your contact information is current in Family Access to help your nurses/staff efficiently make notifications and contact trace.

SHIELD Testing

Students will begin SHIELD testing at 8:30 AM. Please ensure that students do not have food, gum, or drinks an hour prior to testing. Students will be called out of class for SHIELD testing according to the schedule below. Please communicate with your student if you would like them to test or not. We make reminder calls for all students for testing, and if students have your consent they can test even if they do not have a QR code/lanyard yet. (We are working with district office to ensure everyone has one soon!)

8th Grade 8:30-8:50 from Encore 1

6th Grade 8:50-9:10 from Core 1

7th Grade 9:20-9:40 from Core 2

Below are the SHIELD testing dates:

CARUSO - 8:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Wednesday, May 11

Wednesday, May 18

Wednesday, May 25

Wednesday, June 1

Testing is not mandatory. By consenting to the testing, your child’s name is put on a roster and the expectation is that they will be testing weekly unless a parent/guardian notifies us otherwise.


Log in to Skyward/Family Access and it should appear as a green box next to your child’s name. Contact Kristen Neu ( with any Family Access questions.


Fill out this Google Form prior to 7 AM on the day that our school tests: Wednesday

COVID Information


DPS 109 will be offering testing for symptomatic students Monday through Friday afternoons during the school year. The BinaxNOW test will be administered outside of the District Office in the beige testing building (please look for sign on door). Testing is free of charge to families. Click here to read more about testing.


It’s always a tough situation when this happens in the morning! Be sure to read this section in our COVID information hub, especially if you have multiple children enrolled in DPS 109. Our school exclusion guidance comes from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

8th Grade Transition to DHS

DHS Registration Dates for the Class of 2026

Special Education Articulation Meetings are scheduled Mid-January – Early February. DHS Special Education staff meet with 8th-grade families to review plans for incoming freshmen with Individualized Education Plans.

Calendar of Events:

Mid-August, 2022: Schedules posted on Infinite Campus

August 15, 2022: Warrior Welcome for Students & Parents/Guardians (6:30 pm- 8:00 pm)

August 17, 2022: First day of student attendance

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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