News from the CHMS PTO

Administrative Assistant Update

Dear CHMS Families,

It is with both great joy and sadness to announce that Ms. Diane Torti, our incredible Administrative Assistant in the main office, has taken a new position and will no longer be with us at CHMS. She will be moving to the district office to take a full year position working with Human Resources. Her smile, gracious nature, professional abilities and daily happiness will be genuinely missed, but luckily she is not too far away.

Ms. Carmen Beltran is our new Administrative Assistant who is taking over this great role and multiple responsibilities. Her bubbly personality, numerous years of experience and kind nature are just a few of the qualities which stood out in her interviews. We are very excited to have her join our CHMS family, so please be sure to welcome her when you stop by to visit.

As always, thank you for the consistent support and thank you for lending us your learners each day!

Dr. Levi Brown

Principal, CHMS

Red Ribbon Week

Next week is Red Ribbon Week at CHMS.  Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention awareness campaign that is observed annually in schools across the country.  We will be kicking off Red Ribbon Week with our Matt Wilhelm Assembly on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Please see email from Dr. Brown send on 10/23 for details.

As part of our Red Ribbon celebration, we encourage students to exhibit their commitment to living a drug-free life by participating in our Spirit themed days as outlined below:

Monday is…Wear RED. Put a stop to drugs!

Tuesday is…Wear pajamas.  Put the idea of drugs to sleep and be comfortable with who you are!

Wednesday…Wear your favorite band/performer t-shirt and listen to music at lunch.  Tune out drugs!

Thursday is Halloween…Either wear your costume or wear orange and black.  Creep it real, make choices that are positive for you!

Parent Teacher Conferences

As of this past Thursday, October 24, you are now able to schedule your student(s)’ Parent-Teacher mini-conference(s) through Skyward Family Access. Mini-conferences are times for you to check in with your child’s individual teachers for about five minutes apiece. These mini-conferences will be held on Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26. Sign-up for mini-conferences will close Friday, November 15.

Please Note:

  1. Unlike in our elementary schools, these mini-conferences are elective; they are not mandatory.

  2. This year we are offering more mini-conference options. You will sign up on Skyward for a session when all teachers will be available to meet in the Gym/Cafeteria.  You can use that time to see your child(ren)’s teachers.

  3. Team conferences will only be scheduled by grade level teams when they feel it is necessary.

  4. If a team conference is requested for your child, you do not need to sign up for mini-conferences.


  • Login to your Skyward Family Access:

  • Click on the Conferences tab

  • Select All Conferences to view what is available for your student

  • Click on “Select a Time”

  • The list of time slots that are open will appear. Click the Select button to reserve a spot. A confirmation will appear with the conference details. To confirm click Save or else click Back to select a different one. A confirmation email will be sent.

  • To view conferences you have manually scheduled or an instructor has scheduled click on View Scheduled Times.

Thank you!

Scheduling issues? Please contact Student Services, Mrs. Adrienne Renwick click HERE.  Technical issues? Click HERE.

“Turnabout 2019-20” Just Four Days Left to Donate!

Help us continue to bring programs and experiences that will enrich your child’s experience at CHMS.   We have just four days left to donate and need your help to reach our goal.  The minimum operating budget goal is $20,000 and we are at $17,500.

What are CHMS PTO funds used for?

  • The majority of funds are used to help the teachers with classroom needs. Recent examples include, new bike racks and flexible seating in the classrooms.
  • motivational speakers for all school assemblies
  • guest speakers in the classroom

This is just a sampling of what the PTO provides with monies raised during our annual fundraiser.

If we pass $20,000, the additional funds may be used for these special projects:

  • sound-absorbing panels for the cafeteria
  • exercise equipment to be used in PE classes, such as rowing machines and airbikes

Thank you for your consideration!  Click HERE to donate.

Thank you to all who have already donated!

CHMS Book Fair – Save the Date/ Volunteers Needed

CHMS will be hosting a Book Fair:

  • Wednesday, November 20 – Friday, November 23 during school.
  • Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26 during Parent Teacher Conferences.

We are looking for parent volunteers.  Click HERE to sign up.

Questions? Please contact

Membership Toolkit: TAKE ACTION to Confirm

All active PTO members received an email on Sept. 30 asking you to create an account with Membership Toolkit and to verify and save your personal information in the CHMS online directory.

If you have not logged into the Membership Toolkit app yet, please do so ASAP. We need all parents to login and verify their personal data immediately to ensure you receive all PTO announcements and updates throughout the school year.

To access the online directory on your phone, download the Membership Toolkit app.

To access the directory on your computer, enter the URL:

Please click HERE for more detailed information and tips on using Membership Toolkit.

We are no longer using Remind text messages. This year, all PTO announcements/reminders are being sent via text (push notifications) and email through the Membership Toolkit system. You must allow the Membership Toolkit system to send you notifications. *To do this, go to Settings in your MT profile and slide the toggle to green to Allow Notifications.

Thank you for your assistance with the smooth transition to Membership Toolkit, our new online directory provider and communication system. If you have any other questions, please email:

All print directory orders will be sent home through your child’s advisory teacher by next Thurs., 10/31.

8th Grade Washington Trip: ACTION needed

All D.C. trip forms and registration are due by Friday, November 8.  Please fill out BOTH the CHMS registration forms in your Skyward account and register and pay through Nation’s Classroom at TOUR  ID#33992007.  The medication form needs to be turned into the office even if your child is not taking medication.  If your child has a medication form on file in the health office, you do not need to turn the form in.

Click HERE for the D. C. presentation from the parent meeting on 10/24.

Click HERE for the medication form.

Any questions, click HERE to email Jenny Steinbhebel.

CHMS Musical Willy Wonka Jr.

The musical Willy Wonka, Jr. will be presented November 7-9  at CHMS and tickets go on sale next week.  Ticket sales will run Tuesday, Oct. 29 through Nov. 8 and may be purchased during lunch periods or in the office.   Tickets will also be available at the door and our box office table will be set up 30 minutes prior to each performance.

All tickets cost $10 and are general admission seating. Show dates/times are:

Thursday, November 7  – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, November 8  – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 9 – 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 9 – 7:00 p.m.

Orchestra and Band Update

On Saturday, September 28 several students from CHMS auditioned for the Illinois Music Education Association Junior High Honor Band. Two students from CHMS were selected to perform in the honor ensemble, they are Richard Chen and Andrew Kim.

On Saturday, November 9th, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. the ILMEA Junior High Division will hold its annual District I Music Festival at Joliet Central High School in Joliet, IL. The festival will involve over 500 students selected from more than 60 schools throughout the metropolitan Chicago area. The festival band will include 150 students who will work with a guest conductor for their performance.

We wish our students going the best.  What an honor for CHMS.

Endless Appreciation

The PTO would like to extend a very big thank you to all our amazing volunteers. A special thanks to Jen Coffey for getting our weekly newsletters out and keeping us all up to date with the happenings at CHMS. Thanks to Theresa Gannon for her work on the new online directory and push notification system. Stay tuned for the print directory. Another “shout out” to Julie Boruff for updating our website and posting relevant content to keep us all in the know. A huge “high five” to Katie Gjeldum for all her work getting our kiddos set with their spirit wear. Thanks to Julia Costello, Noelle Lipari & Maggie Lynch for their tireless efforts in setting up all the vendors for the Eagle Cafe luncheons and providing ingredients. That is no small feat!

Thank you to Betty Ho & Nicole Kubesh who helped organize and set up a very successful Clubs and Activities Fair. Thank you to Jenny Driscoll for coordinating our mascot at various CHMS events. Thanks to Laura Morris & Marcie Purcell for a wonderful back to school lunch and to Carissa Kapcar for her assistance in coordinating the Stock the Lounge program. And lastly, thanks to Jen Ortega, Anne Prasse & Julie Rzeppa for planning a fun 6th grade social. Thanks again to all our volunteers!

A Look Ahead

Monday, Oct. 28
Girls Basketball vs. Indian Trail – 7th away, 8th home
3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 29
Girls Basketball vs. Jefferson – 7th away, 8th home
3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 1
NO SCHOOL Teacher Institute Day

Monday, Nov. 4
GBB vs. Churchville – 7th home , 8th away
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 6
GBB vs. Blackhawk – 7th away , 8th home
3:30 p.m.-5:30 pm

Thursday, Nov. 7
CHMS Musical Willy Wonka Jr.
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 8
CHMS Musical Willy Wonka Jr.
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Eagle Cafe Spirit Lunch
Home Run Inn Chicken Tenders

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