News from the CHMS PTO

Best of the Nest Award

Dear CHMS Families,
As you may recall, our amazing PTO sponsors our staff appreciation award, the “Best of the Nest” with a premium parking spot for the winner! Staff members nominate each other based on:

  • Who has inspired you?
  • Who is making you a better staff member?
  • Who is making your day more enjoyable?
  • Who is doing great things for kids?
  • Who is consistently in your corner?
  • Who is implementing innovative strategies in the building?

This award continues to demonstrate the inspiring, kind, and giving staff we have here at CHMS. The incredible words that are written toward each other in response to the thoughtful actions taken are inspirational.

This month, Mrs. Ele Santini (7th grade Social Worker) was our lucky winner! A few comments shared about her were:

“Ele is a constant ray of sunshine for anyone who walks into her office. She’s just the best and we are so lucky to have her!”

“Ele is always going above and beyond for our students and our school. Not only is she an effective and proactive social worker for our students, but she often provides free therapy for the teachers, too!”

“Ele is always thinking about students’ feelings and well-being.”

“Congratulations again to Mrs. Santini and all of our nominated staff members!”

Dr. Levi Brown
Principal, Clarendon Hills Middle School

Update Your Directory Information By October 9

The CHMS digital directory is now available on the Membership ToolKit app and on the web HERE.  It is recommended that you download the Membership Toolkit app to your phone and enable notifications.

  • In the app, select Communication Settings. Set your Announcement Preferences. You can select email, app notification or both email and app notification.
  • On the website, go to My Account, select Communication Settings and set your Announcement Preferences. You can select email, app notification or both email and app notification.

Friday, October 9 is the deadline to verify or edit your directory information. 

Check your listing and make changes HERE or the Membership Toolkit app today. Have questions or issues?  Contact Anastasia Nystedt via

Spirit Wear Has Arrived

Cue the happy dance –  spirit wear orders have arrived! Orders will be delivered to student’s homes between Wednesday – Friday of this week.  Be on the look out for yours. We send a huge thank you to everyone who ordered. There were a record number of sales this fall.  All proceeds go the CHMS PTO and we thank you all for your support. Questions with orders? Email

Middle School 101 Presentation

Thanks to Dr. Brown and our new 6th grade social worker, Ms. Emma Jasinski for a wonderful Middle School 101 session on Thursday evening. If you missed it or made it but would like to review, please find the presentation HERE. Have questions? Please reach out by phone or email at or

Running Club and Turkey Trot

Whether your children are missing cross country meets or just want a new challenge, all are invited to join the new CHMS Virtual Running Club and train for a Thanksgiving week virtual 5k. Find all the fun details HERE.

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