In This Issue...
- Clubs & Activities Fair
- Magazine Sale
- Manna Campaign
- Picture Retakes
- Girls' Basketball tryouts Wednesday & Thursday
First Quarter Halfway Completed
Halfway through the first quarter, my where does the time go? The students (and staff) are in very good routines of building relationships, rigorous studies, and experiential learning. With the end of September upon us, this means our cross-country season will come to a close at tomorrow’s conference meet at Blackhawk Junior High School in Bensenville. Girls’ basketball tryouts will be Wednesday and Thursday after school and our Clubs and Activities Fair (for students and parents) is Thursday from 3 to 4 pm. This event will promote the clubs and other activities that CHMS has to offer our students. Different from elementary school, these clubs are drop in and do not require sign-ups or lengthy commitments. The Clubs and Activities Fair will allow students to not only find out about the clubs, but also what days and times they will be offered. The PTO sponsors this activity and will be providing support and popcorn.
The middle school programming at CHMS includes a daily advisory period. It is during this period that a smaller group of students (between 7-18 unless for space purposes, two teachers share a larger advisory) and a teacher or other certified staff member work on team building, goal setting, perspective taking and other social-emotional learning areas. We have worked to integrate this social emotional learning for academic success (SELAS) within our other classes on a daily basis because we believe that learning should not occur in isolation but generalized across many disciplines. We also feel that the small advisory time is important for the students to develop a daily connection with this staff member. New this year, each student has an advisor who is his/her teacher. Logically, this makes the most sense, but previously, we were unable to make this occur in our schedule. Advisory is a very important part of the education of whole child that occurs at CHMS. The advisory period is 5 minutes long to begin the school day on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, advisory is 25 minutes long and also occurs at the beginning of the school day.
If there are concerns on any of the buses, please contact Mrs. Sherman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or me (email@example.com) so we are aware of the situation. We work diligently to maintain a safe and appropriate environment on the school buses but cannot fix a problem we do not know is happening. In addition, please do not enter the bus lane to the east of the school off of Chicago Avenue between 2:45 pm and 3:00 pm, as our students are loading onto the buses to go home. Remember, it is unlawful to pass a stopped school bus that has its red stop arm extended. Together, we can make pick up and drop off at CHMS a safe place for our students.
Just A Heads Up...
CHMS Clubs and Activities Fair
Thursday, October 2nd from 3-4pm--CHMS Cafeteria
Remind your students to stop in after school on Thursday to check out all of the activities going on throughout the year at CHMS!!
Sponsoring teachers, along with some existing club members, will be available to discuss the benefits and opportunities of each of the activities. Students can become involved at CHMS through athletics, leadership, science, drama, music and other unique offerings such as the art & digital club and movie club. There are many noteworthy offerings and something to satisfy everyone's interests!
The Eagles' Nest will be open and Gatorade (G2) and water will be for sale (cash only), so bring a few dollars if you would like a treat!
Magazine Sale Update!!
Reminder - we are in the HOME STRETCH for magazine sales!
FINAL turn in date is THIS Thursday, October 2nd!
Great prizes this week include the "Rocket Launch" for anyone who sells three or more orders. Six or more orders will earn you a pull from the "Big Bucks Box"!
Remember, there is still time to turn in a total of 15 orders and win a trip to the movies!!
Consider forwarding the link below to out of town friends and family - your student will get credit for all orders placed on-line!
Thank you for your continued support of the PTO!
Lisa Deering & Kim Shean
CHMS Manna Program Begins Oct. 1st
Parents who have already submitted enrollment forms will be emailed gift card order instructions and a password no later than Tuesday, September 30th. If you still want to enroll, please see the CHMS PTO website for a form.
Gift card orders begin October 1st and end on October 22nd. The pick up for these “physical” gift cards will be on October 30th from 2:30-3:30pm in the CHMS lobby.
BRAND NEW TO MANNA is E-Scrip or Electronic Gift Cards. These are available 24/7 to you. There are over 30 electronic gift cards currently available. These electronic gift cards must be paid for through Manna Pay or an ACH debit to your bank account. The profit earned on these cards is the vendor discount less a 1% fee.
Picture Re-Take Day is Wednesday!
Remember your smiles for picture retake day this Wednesday, October 1st.
Girls' Basketball Tryouts
Grades 7 & 8
Wednesday, October 1st and Thursday,
October 2nd after school, 3-5:30pm