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Parent Survey-5Essentials
As of April 18, the parent response rate at Clarendon Hills Middle School is only 5% for the Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey. As a reminder, schools need 30% of their parents to respond in order to receive a report. This report will be really valuable for our school and me.  Please consider taking 5 minutes right now and completing the parent survey at  (The survey is not very mobile-friendly so to make it easier and quicker, please use a PC, laptop or Ipad.) The window this year closes on April 25.
Digital Citizenship Assembly on April 22nd
On April 22, the CHMS students will see a presentation on digital citizenship from a representative from the Attorney General’s office.  This presentation is one we have done for many years now and provides the students with additional information about how to be safe and appropriate while on-line.  We will email you the special schedule for lunch times and class time on Monday.  Below are some highlights in the past:


  • You are moving in a public are online with everyone...things can spread around the world without your consent...
  • Once you post something online, you lose control of can be copied, saved, and forwarded
  • Make sure what you are posting is appropriate for everyone and anyone's eyes
  • Once you post something you can't take it back...the internet does not have an is like writing with a permanent marker...
  • Password Privacy...make you password complicated...use different passwords for different accounts...only share it with your parents
  • Think about the people you choose to interact with on the internet/cell...who are they?  Who do you trust?  How do we make ourselves vulnerable? 
  • What kind of info are you does it you and what kind of does it tell about you ()
  • Use the same level of integrity with this technology that you would use face to face
    Illinois Youth Survey
    Student in 6th and 8th grade will be taking a survey in coordination with the Center for Prevention Research and Development at the University of Illinois on Tuesday, April 22nd.  Parents of 6th and 8th grade students should have received an email last week with more information.  
    The survey will ask students about: personal use of alcohol and other drugs, perception of risks, where accessed, consequences of use, approval or disapproval of use; students' feelings about their school experience; family and personal characteristics; family communication about substance use; feeling about self and moods; and student health behaviors – food intake, exercise, height and weight.  The survey is completely voluntary and privacy will be strictly protected.  If there are any questions your child does not wish to answer, he/she is free to skip questions and they may stop taking survey at any time they choose. Students who do not wish to participate in the survey or stop participating or whose parents choose to deny permission for their participation will be provided with an appropriate alternative activity (e.g. reading in the school library or quiet reading) while the surveys are being administered. The staff handing out surveys will remind students of these rights before the survey begins.
    The survey will be administered to 6th and 8th grade students on Tuesday, April 22nd.  I apologize for the relatively short notice about this survey, but we wanted to take advantage of an opportunity to conduct the survey on a day that we are already running an alternate schedule for an assembly and we would not be losing instructional time.  If you DO NOT want your child to participate in the survey or if you have any questions, please contact Joni Sherman at
    Washington D.C. trip for 8th grade students
    The 8th grade students will be traveling to Washington this week from April 23-26

Just a Heads Up... 

Pizza Wars/Eagle Jam Tickets on Sale Now
 Don’t miss this fun family event on Friday, May 2nd from 6-9 pm.  Ten local pizzerias will be battling for the right to say they have the BEST pizza in the area.  There will be a teacher pizza eating contest and entertainment by our talented CHMS students.  Tickets are on $10 in advance or $12 the day of the event.  Go to to join the fun.  This is a community event open to all, so bring your friends!!!  Monies raised will benefit the Technology Fund.
*** We are also looking for Eagle Jam Sponsorship at these levels:
Cheese Only $150 ~ Sponsor name featured on thank you banner, 2 complimentary tickets to Pizza Wars & Sponsor’s name listed on PTO website.

Cheese & Sausage $250 ~ Sponsor name featured on thank you Banner, 4 complimentary tickets to Pizza Wars, Sponsor name listed on PTO Website, Half page ad in CHMS 2014/2015 Student Directory.

Everything  $500 ~ Sponsor name featured on thank you banner, advertising table at Pizza Wars, 6 complimentary tickets to Pizza Wars, Sponsor name listed on PTO Website & full page ad in CHMS 2014/2015 Student Directory
 Vern Goers Shop and Share

Vern Goers Greenhouse will donate 10% of EVERY purchase you make, May 1st through May 31st to CHMS! This includes flowers, pots, perennials, annuals and more! It's easy to help out. Print out a form from the CHMS website, and bring it to Vern Goers or just mention you’re a CHMS supporter.
Vern Goers also offers FREE “Design your Pots with the Experts!” every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday in May from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. 10% of every plant you purchase will go to CHMS!
Vern Goers Greenhouse, 5620 South Oak, Hinsdale
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 8 pm, Saturday 8 am - 6 pm, Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
Thank you for your support. Happy Planting!

Robert Crown Heroin Presentation for Parents

Thanks to all that attended the presentation on Wednesday, April 16th.  If you weren’t able to come please check the PTO website (speaker meeting notes tab) for parent talking points.  RC spoke to each grade level over the last week (6th – 4/8, 7th – 4/9 & 8th – 4/16), so talk to your child and help educate them about the dangers of this drug.
April PTO Meeting Identifying & Addressing Anxiety in Your Teen with Dr. Lisa Kaplin

Thanks to all that attended this fantastic presentation.  We are working to upload the video to the PTO website for those that could not attend.  We will let you know when it is available for viewing. 
CHMS Spring Book Fair

Tuesday April 29th – Thursday, May 1st.  20% of sales will be given back to CHMS’ MRC to buy new books, so support literacy!   We will also be selling all of the summer reading books.  Summer reading lists will be emailed home later this week, but can be found now at Anderson Book Company’s website ( under the tab Clarendon Hills MS.  CHMS also receives 20% on all online orders YEAR ROUND (24/7/365) if you reference CHMS, so if you can’t make it to the Book Fair order online.   Anderson has 6000 titles available on their website.  Book fair choices can be found under the “Shop Now Spring 2014 Categories”. 

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.


CHMS Upcoming Events

8th Grade DC Trip
April 23-26th

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

CHMS Art Teacher, Jean Fitzgerald, was flown to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this past February as part of a Samba Dance delegation representing Chicago. She was awarded a grant from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. She and her fellow "Samba Sisters" performed in the Carnival parades of Rio. Musicians and dancers from Brazil will be visiting Chicago this summer as part of the International arts exchange. Jean Fitzgerald brought back great stories of being on television, dancing in front of 100,000 people, and experiencing the fantastic sights and sounds of Brazil. She even managed to fit her big showy costume onto the plane and bring it to school to show CHMS students. Bom Carnivale!


CHMS Eco Fair

Saturday, May 3rd

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Parking Lot of Clarendon Hills Middle School
Contact:  Mr. Ryan Cantrell,, 630-861-4800x4822
This is our 4th annual Eco Fair!  It is getting bigger and better!  Participants will be able to recycle old/broken electronics, computer parts, old clothing, fluorescent light bulbs and old batteries. TVs can be recycled for a donation ($10-$40 depending on the size).  They will also see what AVA Recycling, TESLA Motors, The Conservation Foundation, CHCO2 and USAgain are doing to help the environment.  The TESLA car will be on display.  Attached are flyers for this event.


One Act Plays - "Big Bad"
Wednesday, May 7th
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Contact:  Mrs. Marie Bond,, 630-861-4800 x4840

Students will perform the play "Big Bad," a comedy that puts the Big Bad Wolf on a TV court trial for his crimes against various fairytale creatures.
Students from all grade levels participate in the after school club that puts on this show.    Dress rehearsals will be on May 6th from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. and May 7th from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.  The media is invited to attend these rehearsals.   Admission is free.
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