HMS PTO is hosting a Family Trivia Night Fundraiser on Friday, February 24, 2017. We are hopeful this fundraiser, which is the only fundraiser we will host this school year, will meet most everyone’s needs by bringing families and staff out for a fun night while raising money for our PTO.
We are currently reaching out to local businesses for sponsorships and support. We know many HMS families have their own businesses. We are hopeful that some of our own HMS family businesses will be interested in sponsoring this terrific event! If you have an interest in being a sponsor for this event, please contact Janet Lahr at VPFunding@hmsptorg.
How is the math curriculum changing and how will it vary by level? What is happening with regular and ACE social studies? How will the new science standards change what our children learn in science? What are the planned changes for LA and ELA and how will these classes be integrated with social studies and science? What is the common assessment framework and how will it affect our students?
Learn the answers to these questions and more as HMS Department Chairs Bill Eggert, Shannon Donovan, Amy Ostrowski, and Cheryl Petrou discuss our School Improvement Plan, highlighting curriculum and assessment changes at our next PTO meeting, Wednesday, December 14th at 9am in the MRC.
If you shop Amazon, you can support HMS PTO with every purchase by shopping at smile.amazon.com! When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our HMS PTO with no cost to you!
On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you will need to select Hinsdale Middle School Parent- Teacher Organization as the charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.
We thank you for your support!!
As a way to highlight some of our core values, HMS is bringing back a full day Service Day on Friday, February 3rd. All students will participate; and most will remain at HMS and pack meals with Feeding Children Worldwide. We hope to raise enough money to pack 50,000 meals for children in orphanages and poverty-stricken communities. We can reach our goal of $17,500 if students and staff each raise at least $25 to participate. It’s easy…click here to donate.
We thank you in advance for continued support to make this day a success for HMS, its students and the community. You can also send donations with your child to HMS, and give them to your child’s Advisory. We thank you in advance for your support.
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Sincerely, The Administration and Staff of Hinsdale Middle School
Battle of the Books sign up is happening now through December 15th. Competition will begin mid-January and will be held before and after school. Students will be able to select a competition time that works best for their schedule. Interested students should see Ms. Scacco in Room 115 if they have not yet registered.
As anticipated, the program is nearing capacity. Session 3 is full. Please RSVP now for Sessions 1,2,and 4. We are currently in the process of balancing our classes. Classes begin in January of 2017.
Even if your student is reluctant, they won’t want to miss this event. It turns out to be one of their highlights before heading to high school.
Invitations are available at all the middle school offices, at Cyndi Breslow’s house, 80 Waverly in Clarendon Hills (there is a basket on her front porch), or on line, at www.hinsdalefortnightly.org . Please complete both the RSVP and the waiver.
Fortnightly is a traditional, local rite-of-passage and teaches general decorum and manners combined with the basics of dancing (waltz, salsa and swing) to eighth grade students from the Hinsdale Central High School feeder schools. It is organized by volunteers and staffed by professionals. Scholarships are available.
This is a wonderful opportunity that your children will remember and appreciate the rest of their lives. The program has accommodated over 250 Hinsdale area students, every year, since 1958.
If you have questions about the program, please contact Cyndi Breslow or Kirsten Schmidt or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to those who participated in the HMS Fundraiser Survey. We received 141 responses with the following results:
Direct Donation (no event, no sales) – 52%
Adult Focused Evening Event – 20%
Student Sales and an Adult Evening Event – 12%
Student Sales – 8%
*We also received about 10% in the “other” category which generally gave good ideas and feedback about fundraising in general.
Using this feedback, the Fundraising Committee has decided to host a Family Trivia Night Fundraiser on Friday, February 24, 2017. We are hopeful this fundraiser will meet most everyone’s needs by bringing families and staff out for a fun night while raising money for our PTO. For the many families who indicated they would prefer to donate, we will offer a direct donation option if you are unable or unlikely to attend the Family Trivia Night.
We are early in the planning phases, but we are currently reaching out to local businesses for sponsorships and support. We know many HMS families have their own businesses, so if you have an interest in being a sponsor for this event, please contact Janet Lahr at VPFunding@hmspto.org.
District 181 is hosting two HMS Construction Update events – one in December for the immediate business and residential neighbors of HMS, and a separate event on Tuesday, January 24th for all community members. No registration will be required. The January 24th event (6:30-7:30pm at HMS) will be an opportunity for the administration and construction partners to meet with residents interested in learning more about all key aspects of the project, including timeline, budget, design, and site logistics. There will also be time for community Q&A. Please save the date! For more information visit the D181 website and see the attached flyer
District 181 is gathering a small team of parents, residents, and local business leaders who have expertise in architecture, commercial construction, facilities, or finance to form a task force that will serve in an advisory capacity for the administration during HMS construction. Specifically, the task force may be asked to perform tasks like monitoring expenditures, reviewing change orders, and making recommendations related to the schedule. If you have such expertise and are willing to volunteer your time, or you know a resident who may be interested, we invite you to access the Community Task Force overview and application by clicking here. Application materials are due by Friday, December 16.
Bring your family and friends to see this year’s musical, Beauty and the Beast. It promises to be a great show put on by a cast and crew of 97 talented HMS students. Tickets will be sold during all lunch periods. Ticket prices are adults $9 and students $7. Please remember that due to differing advisory lengths, lunch times are Monday, Thursday & Friday from 11:10am-1:10pm and Tuesday & Wednesday from 11:20am-1:15pm.
Beauty and the Beast Showtimes are:
Thursday, Dec 1st at 7:00pm
Friday. Dec 2nd at 7:00pm
Saturday. Dec 3rd at 2:00pm
Saturday, Dec 3rd at 7:00pm
If you have questions about tickets or if you wish to order them by phone, you may leave a message for Mr. Tabisz at 630-861-4700, ext: 4730.