Caruso Connect - October 7

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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 please make sure to check to see who our Blue Jays of the week are! As a reminder, anyone can nominate a member of our staff for this award. Please use the link below!!!!

Staff Nomination Form (Due Thursday, end of day)

We are also asking that for those who are waiting in front of the school to pick up/drop off students to please not block the crosswalk that leads to the bike parking/trail. Students have to walk around the car without being able to see if another car is coming in the other lane and this is creating a potentially dangerous situation.

We hope that you enjoy your long weekend.

Tim, Jim, Caitlin & The Caruso Staff

Tim Brodeur - Principal -

Jim Monaco - Associate Principal -

Caitlin Lucci - Coordinator of Student Support -

Upcoming Events

October 10th - No School

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8th Grade Release of Information for Deerfield High School

(Communicated 10/6/22 via email)

8th Grade Parents/Guardians,

To assist with your child’s transition to high school, DHS requests information from Shepard and Caruso Middle School, such as demographic information, standardized test data, and grades. To exchange this information about your child, we must obtain consent from you and your child. The parental form is now available in your Family Access account in Skyward. It is titled “Permission to Release/Exchange Info - 8th Grade. The completion of this form should only take a couple of minutes. You will provide some directory information (school, name, date of birth, contact info) and an electronic signature. To begin working with the high school, we are asking that all families complete this form no later than Friday, October 14th .

Once parental consent is completed, we will also collect student consent during ExSEL on Wednesday, October 19th.

Here is a little information about the 8th grade to high school process that occurs over the next few months:

  • DHS Administrators and Department Chairs provide the middle school with updates regarding courses.

  • 8th grade teachers discuss the freshman year course options with students. For students who receive special education services, additional communication will occur between the family and the case manager.

  • The DHS Program of Studies is updated online, providing details about all courses.

  • DHS hosts Curriculum Nights for incoming freshmen and their parents/guardians.

  • 9th grade schedules and course placements are finalized by the high school.

We look forward to supporting your child at this important time in their education. Please be sure to login to Skyward Family Access and complete the form as soon as possible.


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Caruso News

Parent/Guardian Conferences Survey

(Communicated 10/7/22)

Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Monday, November 21 and Tuesday, November 22. In an effort to make a plan that will meet the needs of all of our families, we are asking you to take a moment to complete THIS SURVEY on your format preference for conferences (Remote or In-Person). Please do so by noon on Tuesday, October 11th. Thank you for your help.

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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DID YOU KNOW...about your Caruso PTO?

(Communicated 10/7/22)

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 & the PTO

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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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.
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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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