December 1, 2014

Eagle E-News

In This Issue...


  • Principal's Corner 

  • Holiday Sharing

  • Fall Book Fair

  • Box Tops Holiday Promotion

  • 6th Grade Dance Postponed

  • 2nd Manna campaign ends this week

  • Vern Goers Shop ‘n Share going on now

  • Amazon Shopping Bonus



Principal's Corner

I Am Thankful For…

This Thanksgiving, please remember how fortunate we all are.  I, for one, am thankful for so much in my life. Having a home, food on the table and our health during these times is a gift that I cherish.  At times, we all can lose our focus on what really matters in our lives. Sometimes we need to take a step back and remember how fortunate we all truly are.  As we head towards the winter holidays, I hope everyone can strive for the work/family/life balance that promotes true thankfulness, generous giving and authentic appreciation for the goodness in our lives.
Videos of PTO Meetings and
Other Parent Events

I wanted to take a moment to highlight a location on the CHMS PTO website that you may not be familiar with this year.  It is on upper right portion of the main page at just below the grade level news and it is called Seen, Heard, Read-PTO Communications.  When you hover click on this heading, you will have three options present themselves to you there.  The bottom option takes you to each of the videos of PTO meetings and other parent events that we have had this year that we were able to videotape. I know the meeting times are not always conducive to everyone’s schedule and I wanted let you know that watching these videos can be a viable alternative.

Just A Heads Up...


For the 4th year in a row, CHMS will partner with HCS Family Services in its holiday giving, Adopt-A-Family program.  HCS Family Services is a not-for-profit organization which has been serving residents of Southeast DuPage County since 1937.  Its goal is to prevent homelessness and food insecurity, helping low-income individuals achieve their dreams of sustained economic self-sufficiency and creating an improved quality of life for themselves and their families.  HCS Family Services empowers people to reach their goals through one-on-one guidance, education and advocacy.  Their services include such things as personalized guidance and support, education and career development as well as access to a food pantry.  This season, CHMS will once again "adopt," approximately 20 families in need. 

Gift requests can be picked up by students (or parents), before school or during lunch on Monday, December 1st and Tuesday, December 2nd.  The gifts are due back at school, UNWRAPPED, with the gift request card and a gift receipt (if possible), on Tuesday, December 9th.  Community service committee members will organize gifts at school, and they will be picked up by the HCS client families at CHMS on Monday evening, December 15th.  We ask that the donated gifts be new, and around $30.  Last year we had two brand new bikes donated as well, but this is not expected by HCS or their families.

CHMS Book Fair

Get some of your holiday shopping done at the CHMS Book Fair this week! The book fair will be open Wednesday, December 3rd–Friday, December 5th, 7:30am-3:30pm.  No problem if you can't make it to the book fair....there are also online sales available 24/7/365 at Anderson’s Bookfair Company website (  CHMS will receive 20% of all online sales too.

Please have your children bring money to school so they can purchase just the right book that they are looking for.  There will be many books to choose from.  Check out the flyer on the CHMS PTO website.  The profits go to the MRC budget for new materials. Happy reading!

CHMS is holding a contest to see which student can turn in the most Box Tops between now and February 1st, 2015!  Hoard Box Tops over the holidays AND rally your relatives to save them too!  Each Box Top is worth 10¢ to CHMS and those dimes add up quickly.  Winner for turning in the most Box Tops by February 1st wins a $20 gift certificate to The Daily Scoop!  Don’t forget to put your student’s name on the baggie/envelope when turning in Box Tops in the school office to make sure your student earns their credit.  Thanks for your support!

Sixth Grade Dance Postponed

The CHMS 6th grade dance scheduled for this Friday has been postponed.  We will update you when a new date is set.

Second Manna Campaign Ends 

Be sure to place your order for Manna gift cards by Wednesday, December 3rd online or in the CHMS office.  They make great holiday gifts and the vendor discount earned on each gift card will offset your student’s Washington D.C. trip. Gift card pickup is Monday, December 15th from 2:30-3:30 pm in the CHMS lobby.

Vern Goers “Deck the Halls” Shop ‘n Share

Every item you buy at Vern Goers Greenhouse for the holidays 10% comes back to CHMS!  The promotion runs now through December 23rd. Present the Shop ‘n Share coupon, available on the PTO website, every time you shop or just mention you’re a CHMS supporter! Thank you for your support!!

Vern Goers Greenhouse, 5620 South Oak Street, Hinsdale   (630) 323-1085

AMAZON Shoppers – Please Use Fundinco!

CHMS earns 3% of EVERY Amazon purchase you make if you click the Fundinco tab on the front page of the CHMS PTO website,  It’s no cost to you and really add up. As always, thank you for your support!

Dates to Remember...


December 3rd – 5th-Fall Book Fair

December 3rd-2nd Manna campaign ends---orders/payments due

December 15th-Gift card pick-up 2:30-3:30pm in school lobby

December 19th-Winter break begins


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