News from the CHMS PTO

Gift Of The Season

Thank you to everyone who picked up a wishlist item for families in need! Gifts should be returned unwrapped to the CHMS lobby the week of November 29.

  • Please return the neon wishlist index card with your gift.
  • A gift card can replace any wishlist item (suggested amount $30-$50 per card).

If you would still like to participate we can use Walmart gift cards, books (all ages), family board games, hats and gloves (all ages) or grocery gift cards.

Thanks for making the holidays bright for local families in need!

-Stephanie Hammond and Nancy Koschik

“High School 101” Parent Panel, Dec. 1

The CHMS PTO is excited to offer “High School 101” on Wednesday, December 1 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Presented by our high school parent panel, this virtual event will share insights and insider tips to help transition students (and parents) to HCHS.

All parents are welcome! Eighth grade parents are particularly encouraged to attend and learn from experienced HC parents who have transitioned with their children from CHMS to HCHS. Much of the session is Q&A time with our panelists.

  • Want to know the best places to drop or pick up students?
  • How about when to avoid 55th street? The difference between getting stuck in a traffic jam and a quick drop is within 5 minutes at 8:30am.
  • What’s the difference in rigor between regular courses, honors and AP?
  • How do you balance sports with academics?
  • What is the program of studies/course catalog? Where to find it?
  • Ask your questions on December 1st!

Parents attending past High School 101 sessions have found it invaluable for learning the ropes and grey areas of Hinsdale Central. Please join us!

PTO Volunteer Spotlight

CHMS PTO has so many impressive things going on behind the scenes that we can’t help shining the light on our talented volunteers once in awhile!

Please join us in thanking:

  • Phantom Ball 2022co-chairs Elaine Gilman and Susan Blumberg-Kason for their extraordinary fundraising efforts. You are spooktacular!
  • Spirit Wear Chair Katie Gjeldum who has executed yet another successful season of Spirit Wear sales.
  • Eagle Eats/Community Partners co-chairs Julia Costello and Courtney Sigmund in partnering with local business Vintage Charm to present a well-timed holiday shopping and fundraising opportunity.
  • Landscaping chair Klaudia Zapol for digging in and beautifying our outdoor spaces.
  • Book Fair co-chairs Elaine Gilman and Susan Blumberg-Kason (names look familiar? See Phantom Ball kudos!) who worked with teacher-librarian Ashley Rasmussen on last week’s book fair. And we certainly cannot forget the 25 PARENT VOLUNTEERS who kept it running smoothly each day!

Our volunteers are literally the ones who make everything we dream of doing for CHMS come true. Thank you!


Become a Sponsor of The Windhover

Help support the arts in our community and the youth of d181 by sponsoring the restoration of the Windhover sculpture. Visit for more information on this community-wide partnership between d181 and the HMS PTO. Click HERE to view Windhover Restoration sponsorship levels and help make a lasting contribution to the arts!

🎓8th Grade Graduation: SAVE THE DATE

Save the date, 8th Grade families!

The 2021-2022 CHMS/D181 Eighth Grade Graduation Ceremony will be held Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 6:00 pm in the Hinsdale Middle School Gymnasium.

D181 will be adhering to the appropriate safety protocols for all attendees at that time. More information and details will be provided nearer the event.

Donate Epinephrine Training Pens

Parents and Students:

Do you or someone you know have extra epinephrine (EpiPen) trainers to donate for Health class? Health teachers would like to have more training devices (any brand) to provide students with hands-on learning for their first aid unit.

Bring your extra trainers to the main office to give to Mary, Carmen or Debbie. EpiPen trainer donations welcome and appreciated at any time!


Parent Network Committee Presents: What is Executive Functioning?

District 86 and The Parent Network Committee present: What Is Executive Functioning?

This outreach event is especially beneficial for students with 504 or IEP plans, or for anyone who struggles to help their child stay organized. Expert speakers will discuss strategies to help students thrive, even when transitioning to high school and college.

Please join us on Tuesday, December 7 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Little Theater at Hinsdale South High School.

Click HERE to view the event flyer.

Thankful for You!

Dear CHMS Community,

The CHMS PTO wishes you, and those dear to you, a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are grateful for your dedication and support of our students, school and staff.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Your PTO Executive Board

A Look Ahead

For an updated CHMS Sports and Activities Calendar click HERE 

Monday, Nov. 22

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences  – NO SCHOOL –

Tuesday, Nov. 23

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences – NO SCHOOL –

Wednesday, Nov. 24 – Friday, Nov. 26

  • Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL –

Monday, Nov. 29

  • Gift of The Season wishlist items due this week in CHMS lobby

Wednesday, Dec. 1

  • PTO Parent Panel speaker event “High School 101: Insider Tips to Successfully Transition to HCHS” (virtual) 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Tuesday, Dec. 7

  • Parent Network Committee presents: What is Executive Functioning?
    7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Little Theater at Hinsdale South High School.

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