News from the CHMS PTO

Best of the Nest Award October

Dear CHMS Families,
As you may recall from last year when this was initiated, 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 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 inspiring.

This month, Mrs. Jamie Guerin,  (7th grade teacher) was our lucky winner! A few comments shared about her were: You are a wonderful leader. Thank you for everything you do for us on the Building Leadership Team.  I really appreciate you!

Please congratulate her if you happen to run into her when you are visiting us at CHMS!

Dr. Levi Brown
Principal, Clarendon Hills Middle School

“Turnabout 2019-20” 11 Days Left to Donate

Thanks to everyone who has donated to the annual CHMS PTO fundraiser, “Turnabout 2019-2020″.   We have had 10 percent of CHMS families donate so far.

The funds earned through “Turnabout 2019-20” directly benefit programs that enrich and enhance your student’s school experience at CHMS.  $20K of PTO donations raised annually are used to fund:

  • teacher supplies and curriculum needs at each grade level
  • MRC needs
  • school motivational speakers and assemblies
  • teacher/staff appreciation events and more

The additional $15K we hope to raise this year will be used to fund these special projects:

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

The PTO cannot function without your generous support, so please consider making a donation.

Sponsor levels:

Solo: $100

Grab a Partner: $150

Napoleon Dynamite Ultimate Dance Solo: $200

Freestyle: Whatever Amount Works Best for Your Family

To donate please click HERE.

Membership Toolkit: Take Action if you Haven’t Already

You should have received an email on 9/30 inviting you to create a Membership Toolkit Account. Membership Toolkit is our new online directory provider. We need ALL parents to verify/confirm their personal data in Membership Toolkit ASAP using the app on your phone or your computer.  Download the Membership Toolkit app or the URL for Membership Toolkit on a computer is:

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

We will no longer be using Remind for text messages. This year we will send out PTO announcements/reminders via push notifications and email using the Membership Toolkit system and you must allow the system to send you notifications. To do this, go to Settings in your profile and slide the toggle to green at 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:         

Don’t Miss The Self-Driven Child 10/22

Why does it feel like even high-performing kids seem to be acutely stressed and lacking motivation? In The Self-Driven Child, clinical neuro-psychologist Dr. William Stixrud and teen motivational coach Ned Johnson discuss today’s common stressors and describe compassionate, concrete solutions to help children of all ages move from feelings of powerlessness to purpose, ready to take on new challenges on the real road to success.

If you are interested in attending, please register in advance by using the registration links below:

9:30 – 11:00 a.m. The Community House to register click HERE

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. The Community House to register click HERE

CHMS Cheerleading Info Mtg. 10/24

There will be a mandatory meeting Thursday, October 24 from  3:30-4:00 p.m. in room Room 109 to discuss the expectations for the upcoming season.  If a student wants to be on the team, they must attend this meeting or they will not be able to participate. If the student can’t make this meeting, they must contact Gabriella Arcidiacono (Miss A)  prior to the meeting. Any questions, click HERE


8th grade parent meeting Washington D.C. 10/24

There will be an informational meeting about the 8th grade Washington D.C. trip on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.  This is for parents only. All forms are available in your Skyward account.  All paperwork is due 11/30/19.

District 86 Enrollment for 8th graders Submit by 10/25

The District 86 enrollment website is now open for current 8th grade students. You must submit enrollment forms through the website below by October 25 to be able to choose classes for next school year.  



The Parent List

Check out The Parent List, an anonymous platform containing over 80 positive reviews of health care providers that have helped School District 86 and 181 children with a variety of physical and mental health issues. To read the reviews, click HERE.

A Look Ahead

Monday, Oct. 21
Girls Basketball  HMS vs. CHMS Hinsdale Central
7th grade 6:30 p.m. 8th grade 7:30
Tuesday, Oct. 22
Girls Basketball vs. Jackson 7th grade home 8th grade away
3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 23
Girls Basketball vs. Sandburg 7th home 8th away
3:30 p.m.-5:30p.m.
Choir Festival at Hinsdale Central
4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 24
8th grade parents Washington D.C. info meeting 6:30 p.m.
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
View “Upcoming Events” on the PTO website for more details and updates.

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