November 16, 2014

Eagle E-News

In This Issue...

  • Snippets on SELAS

  • Boys Basketball Tryouts

  • Science Olympiad Meeting

  • Teacher Conferences

  • Book Fair

  • Fundinco – Amazon Holiday Shopping Bonus

  • Vern Goers Shop ‘n Share

  • Gift Ideas – Manna Gift Cards/Buy a Brick

  • Eco Club Challenge

  • Joyful Learning, D181 Speaker



Just A Heads Up...


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In sixth grade, the students have been working together to plan and design t-shirts for the 6th grade class. The 6th grade t-shirt design process encourages the students to engage in team-building and grade-wide bonding while taking pride in their work and their school.  At the conclusion of this process, when the final products arrive, the excitement the students have in their creation demonstrates how working together with a common vision promotes a sense of accomplishment and builds self-esteem.

In seventh grade, some advisory time over the last month has been used to implement social and emotional lessons provided by Robert Crown about drug abuse.  These activities, reinforced through health class as well, promote helping our students learn to make positive and healthy life choices.  Topics covered include reasons for drug use and assessment for risk, talking to peers about drugs, and the importance of talking to adults about drugs. In addition, the entire 7th grade went to a team-building course called Irons Oaks.  Although these days were unseasonably cold, the kids did an amazing job working together to solve the challenges that they faced as teams.

The eighth graders have written letters to veterans and are sending them to the V.A. Hines hospital.  Crafting these letters to our beloved veterans helps our students become more socially aware of others and connects them to real people that have given so much for all of us. In addition, the students will be participating in various anti-bullying activities throughout the month during advisory.
This week, students at all grade levels will be encouraged to write “Turkey Notes” to the staff at CHMS. This will be an opportunity for students to express gratitude towards people who have impacted their lives in a positive way. Please see the attached samples of our turkey notes and consider writing one to someone important in your life!

Boys Basketball Tryouts this Week!

CHMS will hold 7th and 8th grade boys’ basketball tryouts on November 20th and 21st  from 3-5pm in the CHMS gym.  Boys are encouraged to attend both tryout days. 

NEW Science Olympiad Team – Parent Meeting Thursday
CHMS is starting a new Science Olympiad Team!  The team is open to all CHMS students and will meet Tuesdays and Fridays in #209 after school. The team will take 15 students to the Regional Science Olympiad Competition in March. Parents will also be able to sign up as volunteers to support the team in various ways throughout the year.

To find out more, parents are invited to attend a meeting on Thursday, November 20th at 7pm at CHMSWe strongly encourage students and parents to attend that are interested in Science Olympiad!

Teacher Conferences
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CHMS is offering two options for Parent-Teacher Conferences on Monday, November 24th and Tuesday, November 25th.  You may sign up for a 15 minute conference with your child’s team of teachers or a mini conference time slot to chat with an individual teacher.  Please schedule your conference by Wednesday, November 19th to allow teachers to adequately prepare to meet with you and discuss your child’s progress.
6th Grade:  Contact Mrs. Torti at
7th Grade:  Contact Mrs. Marsilio at 630-861-4801
8th Grade:  Contact Mrs. Torti at
CHMS Book Fair
Don’t miss the CHMS Book Fair next week. The fair will be open Monday, November 24th 2pm – 8pm and on Tuesday, November 25th 8am – 2pm.  Additional shopping days will be on December 3rd - 5th, 7:30am - 3:30pm daily.  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 so new materials can be purchased.

It's a great time to stock up for the Thanksgiving and winter break as well as get a head start on holiday shopping!  Happy reading.

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. Thank you for your support!

Vern Goers “Deck the Halls” Shop ‘n Share

Please buy your holiday arrangements, wreaths, decorations, gifts and more at Vern Goers Greenhouse and 10% of EVERY purchase you make will come back to CHMS!  The promotion runs November 21st through December 23rd.  Present the Shop ‘n Share coupon, available on the PTO website or below, 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
Quick Gift Ideas for the Holidays!

How about a Gift Card
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Manna gift cards are the “Perfect” gift.  In addition, the vendor discount earned on each purchased gift card will offset your student’s Washington D.C. trip. Family or friends can buy gift cards using your student’s manna account information too.  The 2nd Manna Campaign runs now through Wednesday, December 3rd.  Gift card pickup is Monday, December 15th from 2:30-3:30pm in the CHMS lobby. For more information, go to the PTO website,  or contact Manna Coordinator at or 708-533-1648

How about a Brick?
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Purchase a brick to honor your CHMS student! A brick is only $100 for an individual or family name and is tax deductible too! The Brick Order Form can be found on the CHMS PTO website.
Don’t Forget the Eco Club Challenge!

The CHMS Eco Club invites you to clean out your closets and donate used clothing and shoes this month!  The club is competing in the USAgain America Recycles Challenge! Throughout November, the top 5 collecting schools will win cash $ prizes and all schools will raise funds for every pound collected! The USAgain bin is on the CHMS plaza. Questions? Contact Eco Club Teacher Sponsor Mr. Ryan Cantrell at

"Joyful Learning" with Dr. Paula Kluth

As part of the D181 speaker series, Dr. Paula Kluth will present what a joyful learning classroom looks like for children, where students learn and thrive. Dr. Kluth explains that once parents have this understanding, they can more effectively partner with their child’s teacher to create a positive learning environment for everyone.
Kluth will speak on Monday, November 17th, 7pm at the Hinsdale Middle School and Tuesday, November 18th, 9:30am at The Community House. To register go to: > Learning >Family Education Series.

Dates to Remember...


Nov. 17/18th-D181 presents Paula Kluth “Joyful Learning”

Nov. 24 – Dec. 24-Vern Goers Holiday Shop ‘n Share

November 24 & 25-Fall Book Fair

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


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