October 9, 2020
A Message from the Principal
Hello, Deer Path Families.
At DPM, we have identified specific characteristics that we want every Deer Path student to embody during their time in middle school and that they can take with them for the rest of their lives. These DPM Core Values were identified by the Lake Forest community as traits we want to explicitly teach and cultivate for every student who walks through our doors (or engages remotely at home). 
Our two Deans of Culture have developed Social and Emotional Learning opportunities that focus on Perseverance, Integrity, Compassion, Curiosity (abbreviated PICC), and of course being Funtastic, which we actively integrate throughout your child’s experience.
This school year, we will use the DPM Core Values as a platform to share helpful information about our school that will benefit our students, families, and staff. The first initiative will focus on how we can all do our part to improve Attendance, Engagement, Behavior  and Learning Outcomes for all Braves!
Have a wonderful weekend!
The Deer Path Administrative Team

Thomas Herion

Associate Principal
Megan Eigenrauch

Associate Principal
Sam Paulsen

Dean of Culture
Grades 5/6
Ryan Wood

Grades 7/8
Rob Wegley

Grades 5/6:
Grades 7/8:

Grades 5/6
Linda Raye

Grades 7/8
Heather Egenthal
CII Days - October 13 is an asynchronous learning day
Just a reminder that all students will have remote, asynchronous instruction on Tuesday, October 13. This is the first of our monthly CII (Continuous Improvement Initiative) days, during which there will be no in-person or live synchronous instruction in order to allow teachers to engage in collaboration, professional learning, and data review. All instruction - including core classes, specials/encore classes, and small group/individual support - will be remote and asynchronous, meaning that students will complete the work independently via Schoology.

The CII days for the next three months are listed below. Again, there will be no in-person or live synchronous instruction on these days.

  • Tuesday, October 13
  • Monday, November 2
  • Friday, December 11

We are also scheduling a Remote Learning Planning Day for staff on Monday, January 4. Unlike CII days, January 4 will be a day of non-attendance for students. This will be the fourth of our five state-allotted Remote Learning Planning Days (the first three were used on August 26-28).

Permissive Transfer Deadline Extended
If you would like your child to move to a different instructional program (Hybrid to AVA or AVA to Hybrid) from November 16 through the end of the school year, please complete a permissive transfer request by 5:00 p.m. CT on Tuesday, October 13. This timing will help us plan for a transition of students, as necessary. Read More

Parent Teacher Conferences
DPM Parent Teacher Conferences will be on October 22nd from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and October 23rd from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Conference information will be sent out via email to all DPM families according to the following timeline:
  • 10/14 - Online conference sign-ups open to parents
  • 10/21 - Online conference sign-ups close to parents
  • 10/22-10/23 - Parents call teacher to schedule
Please reach out to either office if you have questions!

SEL Newsletter: Be Brave
Our DPM Deans of Culture, Mr. Rob Wegley and Mr. Ryan Wood, have created an informational SEL newsletter that outlines highlights from the social-emotional learning lessons that our students have been participating in during the Homeroom period. There are helpful tips and links for families to use to support their children at home and a preview of material that is coming soon!

Mark your calendars! Our annual district-wide H.U.G.S. Thanksgiving food drive runs Nov. 2-6th. Food insecurity has surged because of the pandemic. We've set a goal of filling over 700 meal bags this year. Thank you for your support of this program to provide Thanksgiving meals to our neighbors! Bins for food collection will be at drop off and pick up at DPM.

5th graders – Corn Muffin Mix
6th graders – Canned chicken or turkey broth
7th graders – Canned Corn
8th graders – Rice
An option for all – $10 Jewel gift card to buy a turkey

Feedback Survey
We are soliciting feedback from staff and families about the Hybrid In-Person experience. Results will be shared out at the school level as well as with the Board. Please complete the Hybrid In-Person Family Survey by Tuesday, October 13. Your feedback will help us evaluate what is working and which areas can be improved. Surveys are anonymous.
Student Organization and Academic Resource (SOAR) Information
SOAR, a virtual after school homework/math tutoring service, starts next Wednesday, October 14th from 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. High school students are available to help all levels of math in grades 5th - 8th. No sign up is necessary - just go to the grade level class page and hit the SOAR link. There is a link to the virtual meet, and from there each student will be assigned a room with a tutor based on their math class. See this flyer for further information.

Virtual Math Resource Center (7th and 8th Grade):
We are excited to announce the launch of the new Virtual Math Resource Center (MRC) for Hybrid and AVA 7th and 8th graders here at Deer Path! The MRC will start on Monday, October 5. Students can access the MRC schedule and Google Meet Links through the link included below. This will also be posted on their math Schoology page. Students should go to the MRC Google Meet that is listed for the math course they take. Please have your child reach out to their math teacher if they have any questions.  

Responsible Use Agreement: As we begin the school year, we'd like to remind you and your students about our Responsible Use Agreement with technology. All 6th, 7th and 8th graders and their parents should read through the expectations and fill out this form. The form should be filled out A.S.A.P. if you have not already done so.

School Photos
If you missed your photo opportunity, you can also go to the VIP studio in Wheeling. Reach out to Steve LaMaster at slamaster@vipis.com or 847-499-9300 for details before November 5th.

Wheeling Studio
600 Northgate PKY
The studio will ask for student name, ID number, grade and school.

You can also return to DPM on November 5 for re-takes.

For safety and convenience, the photo days this year are paperless. All images will be posted online to view and order within 10 to 15 days after your photo day, and all orders will be delivered straight to your door. To place your order after photo day, just go to vipis.com to view and order your photos. For additional options and information email support@vipis.com

To place your order after photo day, simply follow these steps:
1. Go to vipis.com
2. Type in your school or organization
3. Choose which photos you want to order, and enter the information needed. Your order will be delivered directly to your home.
To reduce the need to handle forms and money VIP has gone paperless - please contact us at support@vipis.com for additional ordering options or questions.

Click the links below for more information:

Lake Forest High School will hold the PSAT8 Assessment on either October 17 or October 31. This assessment aids the high school in determining student placement for the 2021-2022 school year. Both testing dates will be held at the East (main) Campus on 1285 McKinley Road, following LFHS’s social distancing and other safety protocols... Read more
Sign up for your student to take the PSAT 8/9 on October 17 OR October 31 by completing this form no later than Monday, October 12: Class of 2025 sign up form

The 8th Grade Graduation Dance will be held on Friday, May 28th this year. More information to follow.
The 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 1st this year. More information to follow.

Dear Parent's of all 6th Grade students and students NEW to DPM in 5th, 7th, or 8th grades.
The State of Illinois requires all 6th grade and all new students have:
  1. Certificate of Child Health Examination and documentation of immunizations to IDPH standards on file in the Nurse's office no later than October 14th. Students without complete records must be excluded from school October 15th and until records are complete.
  2. Please be sure to fill out the Health History on the Certificate of Child Health Examination (yes/no questions). This is done by the parent and needs a signature/date. The form is considered incomplete without it!
  3. Students entering an Illinois school for the first time must also provide a State of  Illinois Eye Exam.
  4. A Proof of Dental Examination form is required at 6th Grade.
  5. If your child will be participating in interscholastic sports, a Sports physical is required before participation is allowed. It must be on file in the Nurse's Office and dated within 13 months of the start of tryouts and if rostered on the team, the sports physical must remain valid for the entire season.

For more information and to download forms please follow the link to Health Services:

All students must be up-to-date with physical examinations and immunization requirements, regardless of your choice of instruction (in-person or AVA), no later than October 14, 2020. Any student that has not submitted the required forms will be excluded from school starting on October 15, 2020. 

Required Health Records should be emailed/ mailed to the Nurse's Office ASAP

Thank you,
Heather Egenthal RN, DPM-West 847-604-7431 EMAIL: HEGENTHAL@LFSCHOOLS.NET
Linda Raye RN, DPM -East 847-604-7419. EMAIL: LRAYE@LFSCHOOLS.NET

10/12/20: Columbus Day, No School
10/13/20: Fully Remote Day for All Students. Any work provided via schoology
10/14/20: Online Parent/Teacher Conference Sign-Up Begins
10/21/20: Online Parent/Teacher Conference Sign-Up Closes
10/20/20: APT Meeting, 7pm
10/22/20: Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4pm - 8pm
10/23/20: Parent/Teacher Conferences, 8am - noon,
10/23/20: No Student Attendance due to Conferences

11/1/20: Daylight Saving Time Ends - turn your clocks back one hour
11/3/20: General Election Holiday, No School
11/5/20: Picture Re-Take Day for AVA/Hybrid, 8:45am - 2:30pm, Location outside/gyms

Board of Education Meeting
The next Board of Education Meeting for District 67 will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. The regular business of the Board of Education will not be conducted until 7:00 p.m. An Executive Session may be held prior to the conduction of regular business. Please check the District 67 Board of Ed Page of the website for additional information.
Please mark your calendar for our next meeting on Tuesday, October 20th at 7pm. Our guest speaker will be CROYA Manager, Todd Nahigian, who will talk about the organization and the after school programming that CROYA will be offering to help our adolescents maintain mental health, social connections and service opportunities during this time of e/hybrid learning and social distancing. A link for the meeting will be provided at a later date and ALL are welcome to attend!
On Saturday October 17th and Sunday October 18th 2020 at 7:00pm at Deer Path Middle School the Spirit of 67 will bring our community together for a socially distant night of family fun and fundraising with a drive-in movie! Due to restrictions on group size, tickets are limited to 50 a night and we expect to sell out quickly. Kung Fu Panda is on the marquee and all the money raised goes towards classroom grants. Ticket information here: https://spiritof67foundation.org
Community News
For more information, please visit the Green Backpack online.
CROYA after-school programs for 7th and 8th grade students have started! All students must have a CROYA waiver signed by a parent/guardian before they will be able to attend meetings or after-school programming at CROYA. The CROYA waiver will allow parents to sign their students up for days that they plan on attending CROYA after-school programs. Students must be signed up for the specific day they plan to attend in advance. This waiver will cover the student for the entire 2020-2021 school year, and will only need to be completed once. Waivers and signups can be completed online through the RecTrac web portal available at https://croya.com/. Please contact CROYA with any questions.  
Lake Forest College Resumes Radio Program for Children (and Adults)
Lake Forest College is excited to announce that Breakfast Jams, a radio program designed for elementary school aged children and adults, is back on the air! Please note the new broadcast schedule. Breakfast Jams is now broadcast (most) Tuesdays from 8:00 – 10:00 AM and rebroadcast on the following Thursday at the same time. Tune in to Breakfast Jams at WMXM-88.9 FM in Lake County or stream the show online at WMXM.ORG. Breakfast Jams is hosted by Fred Koch (former Lake Forest elementary music teacher). For more information visit https://breakfastjams.weebly.com.
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