News from the CHMS PTO

Best of the Nest Award

Dear wonderful CHMS Families,
As you may recall, 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 inspiring, 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 inspirational.

This month, Ms. Lisa Albano (6th grade LA) was our lucky winner! A few comments shared about her were:

She is a great friend and colleague!

She is amazing with how she works with students and teaches them responsibility with caring for each and every kid.

Lisa is so dedicated to her work and to her students.

Thank you, thank you, Lisa, for leading our Excel class and looking out for those students and communicating so well with the teachers. You are amazing!!!

On a side note, Ms. Albano typically is one of the first (if not the first) teacher here each day, so she kindly gave her parking spot to a colleague!

Congratulations again to Ms. Albano and all of our nominated staff members!

Dr. Levi Brown
Principal, Clarendon Hills Middle School

Rotary Run this Sunday! Celeb Appearance by Echo the Eagle!

The Rotary Club of Hinsdale will hold its annual Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic this Sunday, October 3. The event will feature several 3K, 5K and 10K run/walk races, and will help raise money for the following local nonprofit organizations:


  • The Community House
  • District 181 Foundation
  • Hinsdale Hospital Foundation
  • Hansen Center-Ray Graham Association
  • Rotary Club of Hinsdale Foundation

The World Famous D181 Mascot Dash will also return, and YES, Echo will be there flying toward the finish line!

CLICK HERE to access additional information.

There’s Still Time to Register for Jamil Zaki this Tuesday!

Jamil Zaki

The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World

October 5, 2021 – 7:00-8:30 PM


Jamil Zaki is a professor of psychology at Stanford University and the director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab. Using tools from psychology and neuroscience, he and his colleagues examine how empathy works and how people can learn to empathize more effectively.

In The War for Kindness, he weaves together the latest science with engaging real-world stories, offering us a revolutionary perspective on empathy and how to develop it as a skill. He shows that kindness is not a sign of weakness but a source of strength. With warmth, wit and straightforward exercises that can be swiftly implemented, Dr. Zaki shows audiences of all ages how to change their professional, student, creative and personal relationships for the better.

The webinar, presented by the Community Speaker Series, D181 and the D181 Foundation, is free and open to all. If you are interested in attending, please register in advance by using the registration link HERE.

Can’t attend the live program? Please register and a link to the recording will be sent to you. For more information, visit or see the event flyer HERE.

Coming Soon: The 2021 Phantom Ball!

Our 2021 Phantom Ball approaches- It’s the most anticipated non-event of the year!

Every fall the PTO holds a fundraiser to enhance and enrich student educational programs, support community service events, and to provide opportunities for parent education and networking. But fear not! Our 2021 Phantom Ball allows you to donate from the comfort of your home, all without the worries of finding a sitter, dressing up, or heading out! It keeps funds raised by the PTO where they matter most – our school! It’s easy as (pumpkin) pie!

Please look for an e-mail on October 5 with a link to our 2021 Phantom Ball!

Dinner Bell Take and Bake

Dinner Bell Take and Bake! Celebrate Sweetest Day and let Home Run Inn take care of dinner with special heart shaped pizza. Order a take and bake pizza, salad or dessert and 30% of the proceeds will go to the CHMS PTO!

Click HERE to submit your order by Sunday, October 10.

Order pick-up up will take place at CHMS on Friday, October 15 after school dismissal.

For more information on our first Eagle Eats fundraiser with Home Run Inn click HERE for the event flyer.

Questions? Reach out to


Car Magnet Sale: Support the Angel Fund

Customize your ride, refrigerator, or metal shelving unit with a super cool CHMS Eagle car magnet. Just $5 each and all proceeds go to support the CHMS Angel Fund!

Click HERE to brighten someone’s day!

*Our PTO Angel Fund supports students at CHMS in financial need.*

Bike Safety – Wheelie Good Info

Top 3 Helmets of All Time:

3. Darth Vader’s (would be no. 1, but visibility takes a hit in scoring with his overly dark eye protection)

2. Viking (can’t beat the awesome horn accessories, great at football games too)

1. Your very own bike helmet!! (best fit, great vision, actually works)

There are so many great reasons to ride a bike: They offer fun, freedom and exercise, and it’s good for the environment. Remember to always wear a helmet because accidents have no planned schedule. Here are a few more tips from our very own Clarendon Hills PD so that students and families can be safe while biking. For more information on properly fitting a bicycle helmet click HERE!

Spirit Wear Orders

Thank you for purchasing CHMS spirit wear!  Not only will you look good, but your purchase will help fund many of the wonderful endeavors our PTO does to continually improve our CHMS community.

Delivery update: due to a few bumps in the road (even CHMS Spirit Wear is subject to supply chain issues) our deliveries are delayed.  We anticipate orders the second week of October.  Remember, orders are going home with students through Advisory so be sure to check those backpacks!


Thank you for the Stock the Lounge Donations

We would like to thank the families who donated snacks and drinks to “Stock the Staff Lounges.” The CHMS teachers and staff are incredibly grateful for your kindness and generosity. Our next Stock the Lounge will be in January/February 2022.


A Look Ahead

Sunday, Oct. 3

  • Rotary Run Chicago Classic at The Community House 8:30 a.m. start time

Monday, Oct. 4

  • GBB vs. Blackhawk – 7th Home, 8th Away 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 5

  • Badminton Club – CHMS Cafeteria 3:15 – 4:00 p.m.
  • GBB vs. HMS – 7th Home, 8th Away
  • Community Speaker Series – Jamil Zaki: The War for Kindness 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 7

  • GBB vs Sandburg – 7th Away, 8th Home 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 8

  • Bandamonium (8th grade only) HCHS Gym 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 11

  • Columbus and Indigenous People’s Day – NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, Oct. 12

  • Badminton Club – CHMS Cafeteria 3:15 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Beginning Orchestra Parent Meeting (Virtual) 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Beginning Band Parent Meeting (Virtual) 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 14

  • GBB vs. Indian Trail – 7th Home, 8th Away 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 21

  • Washington D.C. Trip – Parent Information Night at CHMS 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.


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