109 News

October 19, 2021 - Issue 5

Background pic: 3rd graders in Ms. Thurman's class at Kipling wrote their own stories and then got to share them virtually with some very special guests... their own families!
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Help Define 109!

A reminder that we have four community input sessions coming up where you can help shape the direction of District 109 as we work on our mission and vision:


Thursday 10/21 - 7-8 p.m. via Zoom - sign-up closes tomorrow (10/20)

Wednesday 10/27 - 9-10 am at District Office

Wednesday 10/27 - 1-2 pm at District Office

Wednesday 10/27 - 7-8 p.m. at District Office


Click the button below to sign up!


If those times or dates don't work for you, don't worry! We will be utilizing ThoughtExchange a bit later in the process to allow everyone an opportunity to give feedback on a draft of our mission and vision.

What's Good in 109 - Appreciating Our Custodians!

School simply cannot run without the hard work of our custodians and Buildings & Grounds departments! Here's a few photos of some of the gestures of appreciation that our students & staff have shown. Thank you for all you do!!!
The Rainbow Relay at Kipling!

District 113 Listening Session Tonight: One Last Reminder

The District 113 Board of Education is considering options for addressing financial and facilities needs in light of declining student enrollment. A listening Session to provide input to the Board will be held tonight, Tuesday, October 19 at Deerfield High School. The tour will begin in the Auditorium at 6 p.m. and the Listening Session will begin in the Auditorium at 7 p.m. The Listening Session portion of the meeting will be streamed and recorded.


Check out the dist113.org/Future113 website for more details.

Questions? Contact District 113 Director of Communications Karen Warner at kwarner@dist113.org.


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Guided building tour begins at 6:00 p.m. starting in the auditorium

Listening Session 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Deerfield High School Auditorium

Save The Date: Workshop Geared Towards Parents/Guardians

DPS 109 is excited to announce that, in partnership with PPS 109 (our parent and educator partnership supporting the district community) we will be hosting a series of parent/guardian/community workshops this school year.


We will be kicking off this series next Monday, October 25th, with a one-hour Zoom webinar hosted by Dr. Doug Bolton entitled “Parenting Through COVID: Understanding & Coping With The Stress.”


The webinar begins at 7 p.m. No sign-up is required ahead of time, and the session will be recorded and distributed in the next 109 News for anyone that cannot attend.


Look for a more detailed description of the event as well as more information about PPS 109 in the newsletter you receive from your principal this Friday.

Community: The Anti-Drug October Newsletter

Stress is part of everyday life. It can be short-lived or ongoing. Many DPS 109 students try to find balance through healthy outlets and a positive mindset. The theme of CTAD's October newsletter (click below) is stress relief for both you and your child. In this issue:

  • The 4 A's of Stress Relief
  • Stress Management Tips by Students for Students
  • Mental Health Checklist
  • Social Media Wellness - free webinar tomorrow
  • Tips to Get Youth Talking
  • Volunteer Spotlight: Bannockburn Police Chief Walt Trillhaase

Introducing... TrueNorth

  • Our district is a member of TrueNorth Educational Cooperative 804. We share resources with 17 other school districts in our region so that we can provide every student the opportunity to learn and reach their full potential. Through TrueNorth, our students can access academic and behavior support, and our staff can engage in high quality professional learning that impacts student growth here in DPS 109. TrueNorth (formerly NSSED, or Northern Suburban Special Education District), is committed to the possibilities in every learner, every day. Please visit truenorth804.org to learn more about the cooperative and watch an introduction video.

Upcoming Dates/Events


  • October 21: Define 109 Virtual Community Feedback 7-8 p.m.
  • October 27: Define 109 In-Person Community Feedback 9-10 a.m., 1-2 p.m., 7-8 p.m.
  • October 28: Finance Committee Meeting at 5:30 p.m.
  • October 28: Board of Education Meeting at 7 p.m.
  • November 11: NO SCHOOL