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PTO: Stuff to Do This Week!

Check out the New Elm School Pavilions

Thank you to all the parents who made this possible with all your donations!  Please visit the Prairie Garden at the back of the school to see them!  Next step…we will be getting new black top before moving the picnic tables back under the pavilions.


See the Flyer Invite below if you have not yet registered.

If you have registered:  Please edit your SignUp Genius entries to include family member names of those attending if you haven’t done so already. We need names in case of emergency and to expedite check-in. You’ll be contacted directly if you haven't done this, which is adding a lot of unnecessary follow up time to the organizers. Thanks for your cooperation! 

The Principal's Page

Fifth Grade Parent Night Invite

Dear Future HMS Families:
Whether you are sending us your first child, the next one in line, or your very last Spartan to Hinsdale Middle School, we are excited about the opportunity to have your child at HMS next year! The end of one school year is an exciting time, and also a time to start thinking about the next one. 

On Tuesday, May 24th, at 6 PM, Hinsdale Middle School will be hosting a “Future 6th Grade Parent Night” to welcome you to HMS, answer questions, and provide information about our school. Please enter on the parking deck side, and join us in the cafetorium for a half hour overview of our school. Unfortunately, the building will not be open for touring this evening, and bringing your 5th grader is optional. We hope to see you there! 

During that same week, your 5th grader will be visiting us at HMS. On Tuesday, May 24th, The Lane and Oak will be visiting, and on Friday, May 27th, Elm and Madison will be visiting. We look forward to showing them around, and welcoming them to HMS. 

We encourage you to subscribe to the HMS PTO, and receive their weekly newsletters. Near the top of the page, click on the “Subscribe” button to join. 

We wish you a wonderful ending to your child’s 5th grade year, and look forward to the next chapter at HMS. Please reach out to us if you have any questions. We’re here to help! 



Course Placement for Fall 2022

MAP scores have traditionally been utilized as one component of math course placement in elementary and middle school as well as in language arts and social studies placement in middle school. The placement criteria for fall 2022 are available on the Advancement & Acceleration section of the D181 website under the header of “Placement Criteria (2022-2023).” Placement determinations will be communicated to families during the week of May 23rd. Finally, if you anticipate that your child will qualify for Summer Math Bridge, please note that this program is planned to take place between June 8 - June 28, 2022. A full list of D181 program dates is available on D181 Board Docs (January 13, 2022).

Incoming Kindergarten Information

On May 31 and June 1 all incoming kindergarten students will be screened in early literacy, early numeracy, and fine motor skill development. The screening process will take approximately 30 minutes and will be held at Oak Elementary School in the preschool wing. The screening assessment will be completed one-on-one with a D181 staff member who all are very experienced with young children. Most of the activities students will participate in are verbal and intended to not be stressful.  More information will be sent closer to the screening dates on the procedure for entering the building and where parents/guardians will wait. 

All incoming kindergarten students will take part in the screening as a way to identify student needs and where to begin instruction in the fall. We are asking you to sign up for a screening time for your child.  You may select your date and time for May 31 or June 1, 2022.  It is important to sign up for a time early and to attend, as classroom placements will only be sent to parents for students who have completed the screening assessment. Directions for selecting a screening date and time can be found here. If you have tech issues in signing up, please contact Nick Skrip at

If you have any further questions you may contact the Department of Learning by phone at 630-861-4923, or by email at:

Dr. Kathleen Robinson, Assistant Superintendent of Learning

Dr. Dana Bergthold, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services

Dr. Tracey Miller, Director of Assessment, Instruction, & Evaluation

Thank you and we look forward to meeting your child on May 31 or June 1!

OutShine Bar Information for Families:

Elm School PTO will be providing students a popsicle, to be eaten at the end of Field Day on Tuesday, May 31st. The ingredient label is located below.

Sara Olson
Elm School Principal 


Please Note: This is not meant to be a comprehensive list - just the key highlights from the school and district.

May 24 - 6:00: HMS Hosting Incoming 6th grade parent night
May 24 - Summer Book Bag Permission Slips Due (See Below)
May 27: Elm 5th graders visit HMS

 Save the Dates

June 1 -  4-6:30 : End of Year Pool Party (See Below)
June 3 - Last Day to Order School Supplies with Free Shipping (See Below)
June 3 - 12:30: Last PTO Meeting of the 21-22 School Year - Executive Board Only
Elm School and Area News
  • Summer School Registration:
         The session runs from June 8-June 28 at Hinsdale Middle School. 
         The deadline to register is May 27, 2022.  
View the catalog here

From The Library:

**All Elm library books were due on Friday, May 20th.  Please help your children to return their books as soon as possible.**

Summer Book Bags

Students in grades K- 5 are invited to check out books from the Elm School library to read during the summer! There are so many benefits from reading that we want to make sure students have great books to read.

  • Each student may check out up to ten books.
  • Books and the bag are due on Friday, August 26th.
  • Just as we expect you to take good care of the books you check out during the school year, we expect you to take good care of books you take with you for the summer.
  • You are responsible for the cost to replace any lost or damaged books.
  • There is a $1.00 fee if the bag is not returned in August. We will use the bags again next year.
  • Students who have returned all books or paid for lost books may check out books. 
  • 5th graders may also check out books. They will need to make arrangements to return them. This is an especially good opportunity for students who do not have a public library card.
  • Turn in the permission slip  by Tuesday, May 24th. 

Hinsdale Public Library
The Hinsdale Public Library met with grade levels this past week to share their summer reading program and activities.  These events are all free for Elm families, but some do require registration.  Registration for all summer library programming opens on Monday, May 23rd at 9:00 AM.  I highly encourage you to register early if your child is interested in any of the programs, classes or book clubs.  You can check out their offerings here. They will also be having a "Kickoff to Summer Reading" party on Wednesday, June 8 from 2-4 PM with outside activities including ice cream and face painting. So bring the entire family, have some fun and sign up for summer reading!

Happy Reading!
Mrs. Petersen
  • Elm School Supply Kit Sale

    School supply kits are now available to purchase online. There is no cost to have your kits shipped to school during the sale dates. If you order after June 3 or have the kits shipped somewhere else, standard shipping charges will apply. The storefront will remain open until 7/15.

See the Flyer Below for more information.
Go to

Need School Supplies for your Incoming HMS 6th Grader?
Hello 5th graders! It’s that time of year to start ordering school supplies for next year! It’s a convenient hassle free way to order supplies and have them shipped directly to you before school starts! Main sale ends 6/12. Late sale ends 7/4 (additional fees apply).

  Our HMS school ID: HIN022

Band and Orchestra Information for 4th Grade Parents:


Volunteer Opportunities and Ways to Help Elm School

Nothing at this time.

Sign-Ups for School Activities

End of Year Pool Party:  Elm School PTO Is happy to announce that we are hosting an end of year Pool Party on Wednesday, 6/1/22 from 4-6:30 PM at Hinsdale Community Pool (500 W. Hinsdale Ave, Hinsdale). Pizza will be provided by the PTO and the concession stand will be open for purchases.

Links are included below for your convenience to click on or feel free to use the QR code on the flyer. These flyers went home with the kids in their Friday folders - please look out for it! Please pay via Square AND then RSVP via the Signup Genius link! RSVP due by Tuesday 5/31 so we can order food accordingly.

Manually enter the total for your family. Tickets are $10/PER PERSON. (Example: Family of 4 = $40.00).

Please include all family members attending in your SignUp Genius entry.

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