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Red Ribbon Week Begins Monday

This coming week is Red Ribbon Week at CHMS – 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 Steve Troglio, a well-known speaker and presenter,  who will address students on Monday, Oct. 29. His message is simple: You determine your future by the decisions you make in the present. He will talk with our 6th and 7th graders together in the gym, and then 8th graders in the cafeteria.

Please encourage your student(s) to show their commitment to living a drug-free life by participating in these spirit-themed days:

  • Monday: Wear RED. Put a STOP to drugs!
  • Tuesday: Wear pajamas. Put the idea of drugs to sleep and be comfortable with who you are!
  • Wednesday: Wear Orange and Black. Creep it real, make choices that are positive for you!
  • Thursday: Wear your favorite band/performer T-shirt and listen to music at lunch. Tune out drugs!

For more information and ideas about how to talk with your child about drugs and alcohol, please click here on the Parent Talk Kit created by The Medicine Abuse Project and The Partnership at In addition, we are also including a link provided by the Center on Addiction about the health risks associated with e-cigarettes (vaping).

Please feel free to reach out to your grade level social worker for questions or concerns.

  • Ele Santini – 8th grade
  • Kim Schnowske – 7th grade
  • Jenny Steinhebel – 6th grade

Sign Up for Parent-Teacher Conferences: Now – Monday, Nov. 5

Sign up for parent-teacher conferences! You may sign up for a 15-minute team conference or a 30-minute block to meet with individual teachers of your choice. Also, check the conference schedule if you did not get your first choice as there have been some cancellations. To schedule a conference, you need to log in to Skyward. You will see the conference option(s) for your student(s). Click here for detailed directions about how to sign up.

Halloween Costumes at School

Traditionally, some students have chosen to dress up when attending school on Halloween. Please help maintain a safe and academically-focused school environment this week by ensuring that your child’s costume adheres to these guidelines:

  • Falls within the bounds of good taste.
  • Costumes/outfits must still follow all school dress code expectations.
  • No masks of any kind are permitted.
  • No weapons or look-alike weapons are permitted.
  • Any hair products or make up must be applied at home.
  • Students must be able to change for PE.

Appropriateness of costumes will be left to the discretion of the building administration and staff. Students will be asked to change if the administration or staff feels the costumes interfere with learning or are deemed inappropriate.

“Dear Edwina Jr.” Tickets Go on Sale This Tuesday!

Make sure not to miss CHMS spirited production of “Dear Edwina Jr.” Performances will be held:

  • Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 10 at both 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“Dear Edwina Jr” is a heartwarming tale of 13-year-old Edwina Spoonapple, advice giver extraordinaire, who answers letters sent from neighborhood kids through songs and dances in her weekly show. Edwina reminds us to always do our own thing and not be afraid of achieving our dreams!

Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased by students in the cafeteria at lunch or by parents in the main office between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. starting this Tuesday, Oct. 30 until Friday, Nov. 9. Purchase your tickets early as seats are limited.

Parent Meeting – Transitioning to Hinsdale Central: Oct. 29 or Nov. 13

Calling all 8th grade parents! Hinsdale Central High School will be offering presentations for 8th grade parents to help parents and students prepare for high school registration. Principal Bill Walsh, Assistant Principal Jessica Hurt, and Director of Guidance Jennifer Regnier will discuss HCHS curriculum, student placement, guidance counselors, and transition. Parents who are considering Hinsdale Central High School for their students are encouraged to attend. The presentation will be offered twice, once at CHMS and once at HMS. Parents are welcome to attend either of these sessions:

  • Monday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.- 8 p.m.: Clarendon Hills Middle School
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Hinsdale Middle School

Questions? Please contact the Hinsdale Central PTO at

Reminder! 6th Grade Parent’s Night Out This Thursday

Attention 6th grade parents!  Come to a night of good cheer on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Bakersfield Wood-Fired Grill in Westmont. Appetizers will be served. Cash bar and a $6 Cranberry Mule Specialty Drink. Please see the attached flyer for more details. Drop-ins are welcome, but if possible, RSVP here.

November Book Fair: Save the Date & Volunteer

Mark your calendars! CHMS will be hosting a Book Fair on:

  • Thursday, Nov. 15 and Friday, Nov. 16 during school.
  • Monday, Nov. 19 and Tuesday, Nov. 20 during Parent Teacher Conferences.

We still need a few good parent volunteers. Sign-up here!

Questions? Please contact Marie Strimaitis at

A Look Ahead

Monday, Oct. 29
Girls Basketball vs. Sandburg 4 p.m. (7th home/8th away)
HCHS 8th Grade Transition Presentation CHMS Cafeteria 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 1
Girls Basketball vs. Jefferson 4 p.m. (7th away/8th home)
6th Grade Parents Night Out (see above for details)

Friday, Nov. 2
No school

Other Upcoming No Student Attendance Days
Monday, Nov. 19: Parent-Teacher Conferences
Tuesday, Nov. 20: Parent-Teacher Conferences
Wednesday, Nov. 21 – Friday, Nov. 23: Thanksgiving Break

8th Grade Parents: Mark Your Calendars!
CHMS Graduation: Friday, June 7 @ 5:30 p.m.

View “Upcoming Events” on the PTO website for more details and updates.

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