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From the Principal's Desk...
Spring MAP Testing

All students at CHMS will be taking the MAP test within the next two weeks.  Eighth grade students will test April 14 and 15, Seventh grade students will test April 16 and 17, and sixth grade students will test April 24 and 25.  Make up testing will be scheduled for students who are absent on testing days.  If you have any questions, please contact Joni Sherman at

Chicago Blackhawks "Pass it On" Donation Challenge
As you are doing your "spring cleaning", please consider dropping off gently used clothing and household items to any participating Goodwill Store & donation center throughout the month of April.  Indicate that you are from CHMS, and our school could earn a change to have Chicago Blackhawk Patrick Sharp visit our school! Visit for a list of participating Goodwill stores.

Just a Heads Up... 

Pizza Wars/Eagle Jam Auditions
& Ticket Sales This Week

Eagle Jam auditions will be this Tuesday (15th) and Wednesday (16th) after school from 3-5 pm in the music room. Audition sign up sheets are in the office. Encourage your child to audition. Acts should be a maximum of three minutes and family appropriate. Our goal is to allow everyone to perform, but time constraints may require some cuts. Priority will be given to 8th grade students.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!!! Go to and buy your tickets for the 1st Annual Pizza Wars on Friday, May 2nd from 6-9 pm. This is a District wide, family event hosted by CHMS, so bring all of your family and friends from neighboring schools. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. There will be 10 vendors for you to taste including Marios, Home Run Inn, Baldinelli’s, Foxes, Pompeii just to name a few. Look for the posters around school and CH/Hinsdale. Congratulations to 7th grader Nate Tamas for his winning Pizza Wars design that will be featured on all of the posters. Thank you to art teacher Jean Fitzgerald for helping coordinate these designs! Proceeds from the event will benefit the CHMS’ Technology Fund.

April PTO Meeting This Week
Join us Wednesday, April 16th for the monthly PTO meeting at 9:00 am in the MRC. Lisa Kaplin, Life Coach & Psychologist will be speaking about identifying and learning about anxiety in our children that we may or may not know even exists. What the warning signs are, what to do, how to prevent and address in our fast paced society. Dr. Kaplin has spoken a few times within District 181 and has a loyal following. She can make you laugh, make you cry and help you as a parent to enrich and ensure a fuller, healthier and happier life for our children and families. If you would like to learn more about Dr. Kaplin you can look at her website @ It will be a great morning with coffee and treats. Look forward to seeing you all.

Robert Crown Parent Presentation on Heroin 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 6:30PM - 8:00PM-Cafeteria

After the students get their Heroin Prevention Education programming earlier during the month of April, the parents will get a presentation as well.  The program focuses on primary prevention, providing middle school and high school students, their parents and school staff with the scientific and social/emotional learning content to understand the risk of drug use, specifically targeting prescription pain medication and heroin. Contact: Mrs. Jenny Steinhebel at

Chipotle Night
HUGE thanks to all of you who attended the fundraising night last Tuesday at Chipotle. We raised $1,700. These fundraisers not only support the PTO initiatives, but the money raised helps supplement our ongoing goal of raising money for new technology that the District budget does not provide.

Spring Book Fair & Anderson Book Company 24/7/365 Fundraiser
CHMS’ spring book fair will be Tuesday, April 28th – Thursday, May 1st with Anderson Book Company. It’s a great time to get your required summer reading books, as well as some other great books. Your child can attend the Book Fair during their LA Class and the Fair will remain open after school until 3:45 pm each day. We will also be open until 8 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. CHMS earns 20% on all sales. Monies earned go toward buying new books for the MRC, so please support the Book Fair.


CHMS PTO is excited to announce the proposed executive board slate for the 2014/2015 school year

Treasurer MARNIE JOY
VP Communications NERIDA THOMAS

This slate will be posted on the PTO website for the next 30 days. The slate will be ratified at the May 14, 2014 PTO General Meeting at 9:00 am in the MRC unless there are other nominees that indicate interest prior to April 15th. Please contact Kim Anderson ( or Julie Kelly ( with any questions. Thank you.

District Happenings
Superintendent's Learning Committee Applications Due April 18: This committee is being formed for the purpose of providing input on major curriculum, assessment, instruction, and student services practices and policies. The application is available in hard copy at the Administration Center and posted at: > Resources > Committees > Learning.

Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey Open through April 25: It takes approximately 15 minutes and is designed to help identify strengths and areas for improvement in the school climate and learning conditions. The survey can be accessed at: > Resources > IL 5Essentials.

Upcoming District Speaking Events:
Friday, April 25 or Tuesday, May 6: "Non-Negotiable Principals for Creating Inclusive Schools for All" (April 25 at CH Public Library, 9:30-11am) and (May 6 at Elm School, 7-8:30pm). This session focuses on the non-negotiable principles that are necessary in order to create proactive, high achieving, inclusive schools for all students. Department of Learning & D181 staff will share research, federal law expectations and national/state/local data trends. Time for Q&A will be included. Please RSVP by contacting FRN Parent Liaisons Amy McCurry and Christine Allen.

Wednesday, April 30 or Thursday, May 1: “Hooked Up: How Kids and Technology are Changing the World” featuring Jack Myers (April 30 at Hinsdale South High School, 7pm; May 1 at The Community House, 9am) Registration is required and can be completed on the D181 Foundation website. District 181 is a proud partner of this event, which is part of the Hinsdale Township High School District 86 Speaker Series. See flyer on website for more information.



CHMS Upcoming Events

"Heroin Education at CHMS
April 8 (6thgr), 9 (7th gr) and 16 (8th gr)
Parent Presentation, Wednesday, April 16th

Walk the Walk for Autism
April 27th

CHMS Band Spring Concert
Tuesday April 29th

Spring Book Fair
Tuesday through Thursday
Apr 29 – May 1, 2014
5th Grade Parent Night
Wednesday, April 30th, CHMS
60s Day-8th Grade Only  
Friday, May 2nd. Kids are not required to dress for 60s Day, but they may do so if they wish.

Pizza Wars/Open Mic Night
Friday, May 2

Eco-Club Recycling Fair
Saturday, May 3rd, CHMS

8th Grade Graduation Date
Wednesday, June 4th, 5:30, Hinsdale Central

April is Autism Awareness Month and in support of Walk the Walk for Autism here are a few ways you can participate:

Register for the 2014 Walk the Walk for Autism by clicking HERE.
Sweet Ali’s (13 W 1st St, Hinsdale) has created a sumptuous, dairy free vanilla cupcake with dairy free vanilla frosting, topped with a blue fondant puzzle piece, in support of the 7th Annual Walk the Walk for Autism.  Sweet Ali’s will be selling the special edition cupcakes everyday for the month of April.


Walk the Walk Autism Fundraiser-CHMS Team

Register for the 7th Annual
Walk The Walk for Autism on Sunday, April 27th
at The Community House.
Be sure to register by JOINING A TEAM – the CHMS Eagles team!!
Top fundraising team will get a Pizza Party (during school lunch).
The school with the highest percentage of participants will receive the BIG BLUE SHOE trophy.

Proceeds support the programs and services provided by
Charlie’s Gift Autism Center.
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 April 14th..
On Monday, April 14th Charlie's Gift Autism Center will receive 10% of all proceeds from Standard Market or Grill (333 E Ogden Ave, Westmont) for all purchases! Please mention Charlie's Gift or Walk the Walk for Autism to your server or at checkout.
Please join us at CiNe on Monday, April 14th starting at 6:00 p.m. 40% of the proceeds will go to Walk the Walk for Autism benefiting Charlie's Git Autism Center. We have a lot of great raffle items...small and BIG! Raffles from Tigers and Tulips, Alexandra, Stockholm Objects, King Keyser, Prime and Tender, Burhops, FREE dry cleaning, Mani-pedi, Orangetherapy, Madegoodness juices, Madyati Yoga Studio, Campus Colors, and more!
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