September 11, 2020
Principal
Thomas Herion
847-615-4440

Associate Principal
Megan Eigenrauch
847-604-7405

Associate Principal
Sam Paulsen
847-615-4475

Office
Grades 5/6: 847-615-4470
Grades 7/8: 847-604-7400

Nurse
Grades 5/6: 847-604-7419
Grades 7/8: 847-604-7431
A Message from the Principal
Dear Deer Path Families,
Starting Monday, September 14, our 5th and 7th grade families will need to complete the Self-Certification prior to student arrival. Families need to complete the self-certification process prior to 7:45 am, regardless of an AM cohort arrival or a PM cohort arrival. For the week of September 14, only our 5th and 7th grade students will be on campus and will need to complete self-certification before arrival. Our 6th and 8th grade families are to self-certify the week of September 21st. Students that have not completed self-certification and do not have proof of self-certification will not be able to board the bus or enter the building.

Families must use this link and complete certification prior to 7:45 am. Once students have completed self-certification, families will receive either a GREEN or RED notification email that determines if a student can attend in-person learning on campus. Students with a GREEN certification may report to campus. Students must present a paper copy or digital copy of the GREEN self-certification form when they arrive on campus. Students can share a digital copy on their cellphones, or student devices including iPad or Chromebooks. Students can take pictures of their certification and show them to staff prior to entering campus. 

Families that receive a RED notification email are not permitted on campus, and must keep students at home. The DPM office will call families to confirm their student will not be in attendance and provide information on further action. Students that arrive at campus without completing self-certification will not be allowed to enter the building. Families will be notified their child is not approved to enter the building and the student will be provided a symptom screening pursuant to the District’s symptom screening protocol to allow students to enter.

Arrival/ Dismissal

Please watch our video of arrival and dismissal procedures. Additionally, we have included a visual below and attached here.
Upon arriving on campus, students must stay in their vehicles until 8:30am for the AM cohort or 12:50pm for the PM cohort. Students will then walk to their designated grade level area and line up with their 1st period teacher on the next available social distance marker. Administrators will check each student to verify their self certification was completed, and then students will follow their teacher into the building to begin their school day.

At the end of the school day, students will be dismissed by class one at a time. Students who are picked up by a parent/guardian, will exit the through the back of the building and walk to their respective vehicle. Students who ride the bus will exit through the front of the building and board their respective bus to go home. Students are not permitted to remain in the school following dismissal, they must exit the building 

Bus Routes
Information regarding bus routes are available at this link here. Students who take district transportation will be routed for either an AM or PM route according to their designated cohort. Students will take their assigned routes on their designated day of attendance during the slow roll. 5th & 7th graders will take transportation the week of 9/14. 6th & 8th grade students will take transportation the week of 9/21. 

Student schedules
5th and 7th grade: AM core students are in person on September 14th and 15th. PM students will learn remotely in the afternoon. PM core students are in person on September 16th and 17th. AM students will learn remotely in the morning. The days will follow both our regular schedule AND gold/maroon days.


6th and 8th grade: AM core students are in person on September 21st and 22nd. PM students will learn remotely in the afternoon.  PM core students are in person on September 23rd and 24th. AM students will learn remotely in the morning. The days will follow both our regular schedule AND gold/maroon days.


You should have also received an email this afternoon that contained your child’s schedule for the week. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out! 

Snack Break
Students are permitted to bring a snack during the SEL/Snack break during homeroom. Please ensure that all snack items that are brought in for the SEL/Snack break are free of all peanuts, all nut products, and all nut oils due to allergy concerns. A full listing of acceptable healthy classroom snacks can be found on the district’s website at lakeforestschools.org

FastBridge Assessment
Students will need to bring their own headphones or earbuds to complete the FastBridge assessment. Students may not use their airpods, or bluetooth earbuds.

Schoology Parent Codes
Parent Schoology codes will be shared with families Friday evening with directions on how to get your parent account connected to your child!

Town Hall Recording
For our families that were unable to attend our live Town Hall on Thursday night please use the following links to view our recorded Town Hall or the slides from the presentation. Information at our Town Hall reviews our return to in-person learning during our slow rollout. Topics covered include student schedules for either the AM or PM cohort, self-certification process and mask expectations. 

Thank you for helping to ensure a safe return for all of our students. We appreciate your partnership. 

Sincerely,

The Deer Path Administrative Team

847-615-4440
Please Bring Filled Water Bottles Next Week
As you know, we have been busy making the final preparations for students to begin returning to our District 67 buildings next week. 
 
We recently had a contractor test the water systems in our buildings following months of non-use. While they found no overall concern with the water system, they did note the chlorine levels to be slightly lower than preferred and, as an extra precaution, are recommending that the water bottle filling stations not be used for one week from the time students begin returning.
 
With this in mind, we are turning off the bottle filling stations for the first week in the buildings and ask that staff and students bring water from home September 14-18. This will allow the chlorine levels in our water system the time required to re-balance. Water bottle fillers will be available again on Monday, September 21. As the toilets and sinks are used more consistently and at a higher volume, the system will adjust to the correct chlorine levels without being turned off.
 
Again, students are invited to bring filled, non-aerosol water bottles from home for the first week of hybrid in-person learning. We will also have bottled water on hand during the first week for those who need it. 
 
 
An Update on District 67 Bus Schedules
We have heard from families reporting various issues with bus assignments. We want to acknowledge and thank you for those messages.
 
Due to last-minute changes and the ongoing addition of new riders, the District will issue updated bus schedules over the weekend.
 
As with so many things this school year, the bus scheduling process is more complex than usual. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
 
Thank you.

2020 Cross Country Season
The Lakeside Conference will be holding a virtual cross country season this fall! This opportunity is open to 5th-8th graders of all running abilities who are looking to stay active, be part of a team, and represent Deer Path! For more information please complete the interest form or email one of the coaches for details.

Coach Sostre msostre@lfschools.net
Coach Norman knorman@lfschools.net
Coach Regan lregan@lfschools.net

Ed Juergensen
Athletic Director
Wellness Teacher
Deer Path Middle School

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 by Friday, September 11th.

8th GRADE NEWS

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.

NEWS FROM THE NURSES

For medication drop off: The week of September 14th-18th
Medications and completed forms need to be brought in prior to your students arrival in the building. Parents please note due to the structure to the AM/PM schedule students may not need their/lunchtime medications.
Please come to the 5/6 or 7/8 main entrance at the front of the building and ring the bell and/or you can call our direct phone numbers when you arrive at school.
The nurse will come out to take the medications and review that the forms are filled out properly.
Please see the times below for dropping off medications:
Monday to Thursday 930-1100 AM,and Friday 1030-1200. Please have your students medications along with the completed forms for each medication labeled in a zip lock bag. If these times are not convenient please email or contact the nurse to make alternative arrangements. See the link below

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. Students entering an Illinois school for the first time must also provide a State of  Illinois Eye Exam.
3. A Proof of Dental Examination form is required at 6th Grade.
4. 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:
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

UPCOMING CALENDAR EVENTS:

SEPTEMBER
9/22/20: Board of Ed. Meeting, 7pm, Board Room, LFHS WEST CAMPUS

OCTOBER
10/1/20: Picture Day, AVA ONLY, 4:15-5pm, Location TBD
10/1 & 10/2/20: Picture Day HYBRID ONLY, Location TBD
10/12/20: Columbus Day, No School

As many of our students prepare for hybrid in-person learning next week, we know students and families may have questions about our new health and safety protocols.
 
With this in mind, our school nurses are launching a new video series called "Ask the Nurse."
Today's episode is about what might look different about school this year.
 
You can submit your own questions here.
 
Our nurses will pop up in your email and on our websites every week for the next month or so. Let us know what you think. We welcome your input and ideas!

Adolescent Parenting Resources from Dr. Lisa Damour
Our thanks to the Spirit of 67 for bringing us Wednesday night’s presentation and Q&A with New York Times best-selling author and adolescent psychologist Dr. Lisa Damour. Through the generous support of the Spirit, Dr. Damour will return for another presentation for DPM parents and guardians on March 11, 2021.
 
In the meantime, Dr. Damour has shared a wonderful selection of timely resources, available under the Social Emotional Wellness tab on The Map.
Last Chance for DPM Spiritwear!!! Please click on the link below to order your DPM Swag!! The deadline for orders is Sunday, September 13th at 11:59pm. 
 
 
Please mark your calendars for our first meeting which will be held virtually on Tuesday, September 15th at 7:00 pm. ALL are invited and encouraged to attend! 
 
We are excited that our DPM Principal, Mr.Thomas Herion, will be joining us for a Principal's update followed by guest speaker, Cecilia Ryon, the new DPM Executive Functioning Specialist. 
 
Mrs. Ryon will be introducing a new resource called the "Executive Functioning Hub" and providing us tips on how to best execute these practices in our home. This includes, organizing schedules, setting up effective learning spaces, prioritizing tasks and maximizing our student's effectiveness as we adapt to hybrid and E-learning plans. She will also fill us in on how these practices will be implemented into our children's school day. 
 
DPM APT Meeting 
Tuesday, September 15 at 7:00 PM CT
Zoom - Meeting ID: 841 8464 3025. Passcode 881333
 
Megan Engelberg
DPM APT President
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Community News
For more information, please visit the Green Backpack online.
Lake Forest Open Lands Events
A Tallgrass Conversation - Friday, September 11 | 6:00-7:30 p.m. via Zoom
Bagpipes & Bonfire @ Home - Saturday, September 19. Learn about Bagpipes & Bonfire and enjoy hearing a piper in your neighborhood at 6:30 pm 
 
Girl Scouts Drive-Thru Event
We are having a drive-thru event for families interested in learning more about the Girl Scouts! From the comfort and safety of your car, enjoy take-home crafts, see a STEM demonstration, bring home a balloon animal, and more while gathering information about Girl Scouts.
 
The event is at our Vernon Hills Gathering Place at 650 N Lakeview Parkway, on Saturday, September 12th from 2pm-5pm. More information can be found via our Eventbrite listing bit.ly/girlscoutdrivethru
 
Lake County is holding its third live Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. Hosted by Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart, panelists will discuss the most current information about how COVID-19 is impacting Lake County, relief efforts including programs that have provided funding to Lake County businesses and residents who have been financially impacted, and information about voting in the November General Election.
 
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020
 
Time: 7 p.m. 
 
Deer Path Middle School | 95 W. Deerpath | Lake Forest, IL 60045