News from the CHMS PTO

Teacher Spotlight

We are pleased to spotlight Tina Van Wetering, 6th – 8th Grade Spanish Teacher.  The PTO posed a few questions to Ms. Van Wetering to learn a bit more about her.

Why did you become a teacher?  

I had many strong influences that led me to the path of becoming a Spanish teacher. First of all, teaching runs in my family. I have several family members who are teachers, aides, social workers and librarians. I also love working with kids. Starting with my first job at 15, I’ve only ever had jobs where I’ve taught or coached kids. The Spanish language has also always been a big part of my life. I have had an interest in Hispanic culture because my mom was born in Cuba. Later, spending a month in Sevilla, Spain really solidified my desire to teach Spanish.

What was your favorite subject when you were in middle school? 

Of course I really enjoyed Spanish and learning more about my culture but also enjoyed the music class I took. We had a song of the day every day, learned how to play the drums and guitar, and did entire units on The Beatles and the song American Pie. It was very memorable.

What was your favorite book you read in middle school? 

“And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie. It was such a good mystery! It really kept me on my toes wondering would happen next. My 7th grade teacher also had an awesome unit to help us with it.

What’s something on your “bucket list”? 

Traveling to more Spanish speaking countries including Cuba, Costa Rica, and Argentina.

How do you like to spend your weekends? 

Usually I am hanging with my fiance, watching Netflix on the couch with my dog, Rocco, or playing some games. I also love to spend time with family including my niece and nephew.

If you could go back in time and give your middle school self some advice, what would it be? 

Stop talking so much and listen to others!! And just be yourself!

Save The Date – General PTO Meeting, 2/18

Please join the PTO remotely for our next meeting on Thursday, February 18 at 9:00 a.m. Our guest speaker will be Hinsdale-based Spotlight College Advising. They will present Top Middle School Tips for a Successful Transition to High School & College. The presentation will provide an overview of high school academics, the current college landscape and factors for admission, standardized testing, timelines, best practices and more! Spotlight will explain how the decisions made in middle school can impact a child’s future educational options. We hope that you can join us for this enlightening presentation. It will be the most informative hour of the week!

The Zoom link for the PTO Meeting will be sent out closer to the meeting. Go ahead and block your calendar now.

B-I-N-G-O and Coffee

CHMS staff played some rousing rounds of bingo to brighten up the dreary days of January. PTO was very happy to contribute gift cards for prizes. Congratulations to the winners, Mrs. Bilshausen, Mrs. Stellwagen and Mrs. Doering!

PTO also picked up a new Keurig for the lounge so staff can enjoy their favorite drinks. It’s gold, because CHMS teachers are the gold standard.

Love, Hearts and Thanks Are In The Air

Please help us send a little love to the CHMS teachers and staff. We would love for your students to fill a heart with a note, drawing or simple saying of thanks to show their appreciation.
If possible, please use red, pink or white paper. We encourage the students to be as creative and “extra” as they like. Every heart will be used, so have fun. Students can drop off their creations in a box labeled Project Hearts in the front lobby of CHMS until  Thursday, February 11. We hope to fill the lobby on Friday, February 12.

Paving the Way to the Future

Pave the way to the future by purchasing a 4″ x 8″ red brick engraved with your child’s name or family name. Purchasing a brick is a great way to leave a lasting legacy at CHMS for your child. Your purchase supports PTO programs and $65 is tax deductible. Please save a copy of your receipt for your tax records.

Individual and family bricks are $100. Business bricks are $175. Inscriptions are limited to three centered lines of 13 characters each. They will be installed on the walkway leading to the CHMS entrance this spring. Thank you for ordering your bricks here.

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