6th Grade Socials

Fall Social: The 6th Grade Tailgate is October 4th.

Calling all 6th graders! Please join us on October 4th for the 6th Grade Fall Social at the outside field (Sandburg) from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. This event is will be a tailgate party to support the York football team so wear green and white! Go Dukes!

The game will begin at 7:30 and everyone needs to find their own transportation to York High School. Please be aware of the rules below for York football games:

  • Admission for adults is $4.00, middle school students and senior citizens is $2.00.
  • Children under 14 years of age must be supervised by an adult.
  • NO backpacks, water bottles, skateboards, bikes, footballs, etc. will be allowed through the gate.

Pizza, pretzels and desserts will be provided along with a DJ and raffle prizes to make sure fun is had by all! It will be a great event and hope you all can make it! In case of rain, the event will be in the cafeteria at Sandburg.

Click here to volunteer or make a donation.

Please contact Bonnie Allen or Nicole Krzak with any questions.

Spring Social: TBD

Please contact Katerina Hickey with any questions.

7th Grade Socials

Fall Social: The 7th Grade Fall Social is Friday, October 18th, 3:30-5:30 in the school cafeteria.

Games, music, raffle prizes, snacks and treats from Courageous Cupcakes will be provided. To volunteer or donate, please sign up here.

Contact Traci Wright with any questions.

Spring Social: TBD

Please contact Kati Kemph with any questions.

8th Grade Socials

Fall Social

The 8th Grade Fall Social September 20th.

Sandburg 8th Grade Tailgate Party is September 20th from 5-7pm in the Sandburg parking lot. Bring your classmates to this very fun event featuring a LIVE DJ, FOOD from Culver's, GAMES and a PHOTO BOOTH to help create memories that last a lifetime! This is a great event to help our 8th graders celebrate their time together!!!

In an effort to reduce plastic bottles in the environment, parens please send your 8th grader to this event with a water bottle from home. Your student can refill it with water throughout the evening.

Culver's has generously announced they will be donating food for our 8th grade social. Please let Linda Davies know if there are any dietary restrictions/allergies at We will be collecting small gift card donations of $5 and $10 from Culver's to raffle off at the event. If interested in donating, please drop in Linda Davies' mailbox at 384 Arlington Ave.

At 7:30pm, York will be celebrating homecoming with a football game against Lyons Township. Parents are responsible for bringing their child to the York football game. Please be aware of the rules below for York football games:

  • Admission for adults is $4.00, middle school students and senior citizens is $2.00.
  • Children under 14 years of age must be supervised by an adult.
  • NO backpacks, water bottles, skateboards, bikes, footballs, etc. will be allowed through the gate.

The tailgate will be in Sandburg's back lot (north side of building). 

Questions? Contact Linda Davies.

Activity Day

This year in May 2020 the 8th grade class is invited to spend the day with their classmates cruising aboard a private yacht on Lake Michigan.  Students will cruise for two hours aboard the Anita Dee II and enjoy a buffet lunch, beverages, music and dancing.

Students will come to school at the regular start time and report to their seminar classrooms.  Buses will plan to depart Sandburg school at 9:30am and return at 2:30 pm. A signed Medical Release Waiver and an Activity Day Permission slip with payment are required for participation.   The cost of the event is $50 per person, with checks made payable to “Sandburg PTA”. This includes the bus transportation, boat cruise, and food/drinks served on board.  

To sign up, please have the Field Trip Medical Waiver and the 8th Grade Activity Day permission slip found below signed and turned into the office or seminar teacher with your payment by May 8th

If you have any questions, please contact Wendee Reedy.


8th Grade Boat Trip Permission Form 2020

8th Grade Boat Trip Parent Payment Form 2020

Upon returning from the cruise, students will gather in the cafeteria for a yearbook signing party.  We are collecting donations for the yearbook signing party through the following sign up genius link.  

8th Grade Yearbook Signing Party Volunteers and Donations SIGNUP GENIUS

8th Grade Activity Day FAQ

What should/can I bring for the event?
Jackets, and a camera or smartphone will be allowed on board. No other items are needed. Phones are ONLY to be used during the on-board event to take pictures, and will not be allowed to be used for texting or posting on social media apps. Students will be asked to put their phones away or will be held by chaperones. We are encouraging students to spend time on board interacting with each other in person.

What should I wear for the event?
Students should wear school policy dress code, summer, casual wear appropriate for the weather.

What type of food is being served and what if my child has special dietary needs?
A lunch buffet with foot items to be served as follows: Soda and juice bar and snack buffet which includes finger sandwiches, cheeses, fruit and vegetable trays and desserts. The sandwiches are generally ham and turkey bundles and mini club sandwiches.  There will be a few vegetarian spinach pinwheels wrap trays. We have requested that NO nut products be served for the event.  For gluten, free restrictions, only the fruit and veggie trays are gluten free. Should your child need to bring his/her own lunch due to dietary restrictions, please email Katerina Hickey or Erika Vlahos to obtain and complete an authorization form to allow your child to bring passenger provided food on board (boat provider’s requirement. No outside food will be allowed without a signed Authorization form).

ATTENDANCE AS OF [DATE] - click here to check


Promotion Party

LAST BLAST 8th Grade Promotion Party May 2020

The Sandburg PTA and 8th grade parents are set to host a post-promotion party for the entire 8th grade class! This is a FREE, FUN event celebrating the end of Middle School. All Sandburg 8th graders invited. The party will include light snacks, raffles (gift cards, York Gear, etc.), a photo booth and dancing!

Please click HERE for the required Last Blast Permission Form.


Thank you in advance for your help making this a successful event! 

Cash Donations -- Cash donations are greatly appreciated and can be sent to the Sandburg office. Checks should be made out to “Sandburg PTA.” Please write “Last Blast/8th Grade Promotion Party” in the memo field. Cash donations will go toward items like DJ, food, and photo booth.

Item Donations -- To donate party items, visit our Sign Up Genius.

Volunteers -- To volunteer at the event, visit our Sign Up Genius.


For more info, contact Angela Bagdasarian  - OR Wendee Reedy -

8th Gr Fall Social 2018

All School Dance

All School Dance: FEBRUARY 2020

Sandburg Rocks!  Have you child get ready to join their friends at the All School Dance on TBD. 

Music, Dancing and a few other surprises will be happening from 7 - 9 pm. We look forward to seeing the students having fun at this always-popular event.

It takes a host an ALL SCHOOL DANCE!!

Volunteer's positions are available and include: Set Up, Check-In, Chaperones, Security, Clean-Up and Cafeteria supervision. 

  • If you want to learn the latest dance moves, be a chaperone!
  • Have an eagle eye, sign up to be security! 
  • If you prefer to be behind the scene, try the cafeteria!

Trust me, there is something for everyone!

We also need donations of SNACKS & RAFFLE prizes!  

All items may be dropped off on in the school office during regular school hours or in the cafeteria before the dance between 6:00 - 7:00 pm.  Please label donations "ALL SCHOOL DANCE".

TO VOLUNTEER, PLEASE GO TO (sign up genius coming soon).

This event is sponsored by the Sandburg PTA. Questions? Contact Stacey Roginski

Be Internet Awesome Workshop

Sandburg PTA is proud to have hosted a Be Internet Awesome Workshop! To make the most of the Internet, families need to be prepared to make smart decisions. Google's Be Internet Awesome program allows parents to explore their excitements and worries about raising children in a connected world and to work through discussion-based, parent-to-parent sessions on topics like password security and safe websites. 

Together we explored the topics of being SmartAlertStrongKind, and Brave on and off the Internet.

For details of our workshop and links to tools and resources access the :

You can also go to the National PTA website for more details on their PTA Connected programs.

National PTA has been a partner to parents on digital parenting topics for over 5 years, exploring in-depth the issues that are on the minds of today’s families, and connecting parents with tools, research and supports to make the best decisions for their children. 

Be Internet Awesome

Raising children in the age of smartphones and social media brings new challenges and concerns for all families. The Sandburg PTA is excited to host a Be Internet Awesome Workshop which promotes safer and more responsible use of online technology among children and families.

Tip of the Month:  Don’t “friend” or chat to strangers online. Your child should be able to tell you three things about the person they are interacting with online (e.g. he has an older brother at York, he lives on Geneva Avenue, and he has a dog named Buddy).

Book Fair

Our annual Book Fair is Friday, October 18th to Friday, October 25th.

Students will be viewing with the option to purchase books when their English classroom visits the fair. The Book Fair will be also be open during lunch time, after school and during parent teacher conferences on Thursday, October 24th and Friday, October 25th. Times vary by day.

We are looking for parent volunteers to help as general volunteers and cashiers during the event. Please click here to access our volunteer sign up.

Students can bring cash, parents can use cash, check or credit card. New this year...GO CASHLESS and set up a student EWALLET account.  Simply create a free account, preauthorize a spending limit, and have funds immediately available. You are only charged for the amount of your students purchase.

To set up an EWALLET account or shop online, click here to view the Sandburg Scholastic Book Fair website.

Career Day

Every year, our eighth grade students participate in our annual Career Education Day.  On this day, students are given the privilege to hear presentations regarding a variety of careers. Professionals from all industries and areas of expertise present their own personal career opportunities to our students. In previous years our list of professions included firemen, police officer, author, teacher,  VP of finance, animal trainer, construction worker, attorney, librarian, chef, engineer, marketing and product development, emergency doctor, nurse, FBI agent, NFL security, veterinarian, Chief Operating Officer, and small business owner. 

We are committed to continuing this tradition as it enriches the lives of our children as they are inspired to follow their dreams. This is a great experience for students that they may remember into adulthood.

This event takes place at the beginning of the school year on September 27th. If you would like to be part of it by helping with planning, or coming to talk to students about your career path, please contact Laura Stukel.

Dance Class (7th and 8th Grade)

The ever-popular 7th and 8th grade dance classes! will start up again in March 2020. Read below for more information.

Spring Dance Class Registration for 7th and 8th Graders
The Sandburg PTA is offering a social dance class to students in 7th and 8th grade. As in years past, the class will be taught by Mr. Andy Fuzak from Those Kids Can Dance. The class meets eight evenings. The 7th grade class meets from 7:00 – 8:30 PM, and the 8th grade class from 8:30 - 10:00 PM, in the Sandburg Gym.  The cost per student is $68. 


  • Friday, March 6th
  • Thursday, March 12th
  • Thursday, March 19th
  • Friday, April 3rd
  • Thursday, April 9th
  • Friday, April 17th
  • Friday, April 24th
  • Friday, May 1st

Questions? Contact Lisa Vasilopoulos (8th grade chair) and Mari Suarez (7th grade chair)

Fresh Start Breakfast

The PTA will host a breakfast for all students on TBD to reflect on their first semester goals and the setting of new ones. The breakfast will be served from TBD. Please encourage your student to set their alarm a bit earlier to participate in this event. The breakfast will be catered but we would greatly appreciate donations of gift cards such as Jewel, Starbucks, Chipotle and Panera. We will use the Jewel gift cards to purchase miscellaneous items for the breakfast. You can drop off the donations and the gift cards at the school front desk or at 243 N Clinton before TBD.

Sign up today if you can donate to or volunteer for the event by clicking here. If you have any questions about the Fresh Start Breakfast, please contact Randa Barber ( or Renee Pas (





The Reflections program is here again for the 2019-2020 school year.  The National PTA Reflections program is PTA's cornerstone art program, offering students an opportunity to explore their artistic creativity and earn recognition for the artwork they create. 

The theme this year is: Look Within. Reflections project categories include: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. There also is a special artist division option for students with disabilities to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in the program. No experience is required to participate and all grade levels are welcome. Just have fun and express yourself - draw, paint, make a collage, write something, take a photo, compose a song, choreograph a dance, produce a movie. All students who participate will be recognized!

Completed projects must be turned in to the school office by Friday, November 8th.  All rules and regulations for each category and downloadable entry forms can be found below.

If you have any other questions please contact Nikki Dolvig.

Please carefully read the rules for specific categories. Failure to submit a proper entry form or follow specific arts category rules could disqualify a project.

Each project submission must include an official entry form. Feel free to attach an extra sheet if more room is needed for the Artist Statement, etc.

Download the Sandburg Entry Form (pdf)


November 8 – Projects due to Sandburg office

School Supplies

The PTA organizes the sale of pre-packaged school supply kits so parents can avoid the hassle of searching for school supplies over summer break. The school supply kits are ordered during the month of May and will be delivered to Sandburg MS in time for the walk-throughs at the beginning of August. Online ordering available through June 30, 2019!
Questions? Please contact Audra Stanley or Lynnea Brown.
Order your supplies online for 2019-2020.

For those who enjoy shopping, the school supply lists for each grade can be found below.

School Supply Lists for 2019-2020

Science Olympiad

Congratulations to all the Sandburg students who participated and placed at the 2019 Science Olympiad Regional competition.


2nd - Road Scholar - Adam Bagdasarian and Tyler Melind

3rd - Elastic Launched Glider - Spencer Dirks and Henry Nelson

3rd - Roller Coaster - Ethan Carollo and Jovan Cholico

3rd - Thermodynamics - Dominic Begora and Ethan Carollo 

6th - Boomilever - Julia Clink and Caroline Fischer

6th - Heredity - Paula Derengowski and Aubrey Hall

6th - Water Quality - Ethan Carollo and Spencer Dirks

Junior Varsity:

3rd - Roller Coaster - Caruso Jara and AJ LaDeur

4th - Boomilever - Evan Carry and Saveen Shah

6th - Game On - Evan Carry and Saveen Shah

Illinois Science Olympiad is a non-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. ISO accomplishes its goals through classroom activities, research, training workshops and the encouragement of intramural, district, regional, state and national tournaments. ISO tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of team events, which students prepare for during the year. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced between the various science disciplines. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science concepts, process skills and science applications.

ISO has divided the state into ten regional competition sites.  Each site hosts both middle school and high school competitions on the same day that run simultaneously. Approximately 24 schools send their team(s) to a local site to compete in these events on a Saturday in February or March. Each event is evaluated according to the scoring criteria that is published in the coaches' manual. The top students in each event receive medals according to their rank. The scores of the team in each event are then combined for an overall score for the team. At the end of the day, the top percentage of the teams then advance to the State Tournament. The scenario begins again there and the top teams advance to the national competition.

For more information about Science Olympiad, please visit the National Science Olympiad website at

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Spirit Wear

Sandburg Spirit Wear is on sale through August 30, 2019!

Items available can be viewed and ordered online at:
The webstore closes at midnight on Friday, August 30

Or you can print the  paper order form below and turn it into the school office by Friday, May 3rd.

Spirit Wear Order Form

Please turn in your forms with a check made payable to Sandburg PTA to the office.  Items will be delivered to your child's classroom. 

Thank you for supporting Sandburg Middle School with your purchase.

Any questions, contact Rachel Stockard or Renee Pas.

Summer Recreation Open House (SROH)

Teacher Appreciation

Teacher Appreciation Week takes place during the week of May 4, 2020. For more information contact Amy Kinsella, Kristie Evers, Julie Poepping or Shawna Roubitchek.

Trivia Night

Registration for the 2nd Annual Sandburg Trivia Night is now open!

Don’t miss out on this soon to be infamous event! Saturday February 1st @ Knights of Columbus.  Doors open at 6:30pm, trivia begins at 7:30pm.

$40/per person gets you a spot at the adult only event, light snacks, pizza and a night of trivia.

All proceeds will go towards activities and programs sponsored by the Sandburg PTA benefiting all our kids. 

Prizes awarded for Best Team Name, Best Decorated table and Best Costumes. Heads or Tails games through the night and Team Trivia Winners will take home 1st place prizes and bragging rights.

Get your group of 8 together and submit your registration forms and check to school via the backpack or Heidi Baird’s House~499 Parkside.


Don’t delay, this event will sell out quickly!

If trivia isn’t your thing, but you still want in on the fun, please consider volunteering. Sign up here:

Any questions, please contact Heidi Baird at or Lisa O'Connor at


A BIG thank you the entire PTA Executive Committee for planning a fun and successful Trivia Night. Also, thank you to everyone who participated in the evening and to those who donated but were unable to attend.

We are excited to announce that we raised enough money to purchase a display monitor for the hallway that will post daily announcements for our students and help promote student participation in our club and after school activities.

The competition was tough and the scores were very close but Team Dunder Mifflin (aka Sandburg teachers and staff) took first place! CONGRATULATIONS!