PTO Color Fun Run

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Upcoming PTO Events

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HMS PTO Color Fun Run

November 13 @ 1:30pm

General PTO Meeting, MRC

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**** NEW INFORMATION: PTO Color Fun Run is this Friday!

We heard from families that their child was choosing not to participate on 10/3 because they wanted to be with more friends than those who were in their PE/Health class.  HMS and the PTO have listened!  Friday’s PTO Color Fun Run will now be during the later periods of the school day.  Students will participate as a grade-level (6th grade going outside, followed by 7th and then 8th.)

We also have extended the deadline: All students must be registered at for the PTO Color Fun Run event by this Wednesday, October 1st at 3 PM.  As an alternative, you can go into the HMS Front Office and sign a hard copy of a waiver, and leave it with a check written to HMS PTO.

Students not registered will be unable to participate. All students are encouraged to seek donations from family and friends to sponsor them for the Color Fun Run. The event will take place during your child’s PE/Health class this Friday, October 3rd. All students will receive a Color Fun Run t-shirt, but only those with a signed waiver, science goggles and a minimum $15 donation will be able to participate in the run. In addition to earning “Run Rewards”, any donations registered over the next few days will enter your student into a raffle for a gift card award! Click here for more Color Fun Run details. We still need your help!  Please volunteer at Sign Up Genius. Click here to donate plastic bags or water.  Thank you to Nellie & Ed McCarthy of Berkshire Hathaway and Shop Melee for presenting this PTO event! Questions? Email

If your child chooses not to participate, we still would appreciate a donation to the PTO. Running is not required, selling stuff you don’t need is not required, but supporting HMS PTO, however, is still a good thing!  We need a donation from every family to help us achieve our PTO fundraising goal.  Thank you for your support.

Family Education Series Event: “Queen Bees and Wannabees”

All families are invited to attend the next event in the Family Education Series, which is the first event in the District 86 Community Speaker Series. Rosalind Wiseman is the author of “Queen Bees & Wannabes” and “Masterminds & Wingmen.” She will speak at the Hinsdale Central Auditorium on Tuesday, October 7 (7pm) and at the Community House on Wednesday, October 8 (10am). Both presentations are free but advance registration is required. Click here to register today. Through many years of working with teenagers, Rosalind Wiseman has become a keen observer of behavior and social structures. Her books discuss the social hierarchies that influence children’s decision making and emotional well-being. The movie “Mean Girls” is based in part on “Queen Bees.” As a speaker, author and educator, Ms. Wiseman focuses on the development of a healthy well-being, self-identity and positive relationships.  Please see the attached flyer for the full details.  For questions please email one of the D181 Family Resource Network Parent Liaisons: Christine Allen or Amy McCurry

Verify Your Directory Information

Look for an email with instructions for how to verify your contact information for the HMS Directory.  After verifying your family’s information, you will have access to the online directory.  All PTO members will receive a printed directory later this fall and access to the online directory for the entire year. If you are not a PTO member, access to the online directory will be terminated October 10.

E-mail if you do not receive the verification e-mail by Monday, September 22.  Click here for FAQs and the Parent User Guide.

MRC Volunteers Needed

Did you know that volunteering in the Media Resource Center (MRC) is a great way to see your children in their academic setting?  Located on the second floor, the MRC is a hub of learning surrounded by active classrooms. If you are a sixth grade parent, your child is likely to pass through the MRC several times during your volunteer time.  To volunteer, please go to Sign Up Genius.  If you have questions, please email Kathy Arciero in the MRC or