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Upcoming PTO Events

November 13 @ 1:30pm

General PTO Meeting, MRC

November 17, 4-8pm

Chipotle Fundraiser

Magazine Renewal

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Save Your Box Tops for Education!

Thanks to everyone who turned in box tops for our Fall drive. We raised $304.90. During this Holiday Season please save your Box Tops for Education and encourage your friends and family members to do the same! Box Tops are worth 10 cents each and can be turned in to the School Office at any time. Our next collection drive will be at the end of February. For more information click here

The HMS PTO Directory Committee Delivered Student Directories This Past Week

We hope you are finding them useful! A HUGE thank you to Margaret Facchini, Debbie Hultquist and Peggy James for their hard work in getting them to print.  Questions?  Email

HMS Chipotle Night a Success

Thank you for making our first Restaurant Fundraising Night a success. We raised $472.00 on a record cold evening! Thank you to all who ventured out. These fundraisers help support our ongoing goal to raise money for student initiatives not covered by the d181 budget.

Eat at Chipotle in Willowbrook and Support HMS PTO

Chipotle in Willowbrook is hosting a fundraiser for the HMS PTO! Eat at Chipotle on Monday, November 17th from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.  Please bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause and Chipotle will donate 50% of your order price to HMS PTO.  Please mention the HMS fundraiser prior to paying.  Thank you and enjoy a night off from cooking!

8th Grade World Language Field Trip

The 8th grade world language field trip will take place on Wednesday, November 19. All students will leave school immediately following long advisory.

The Spanish class will attend a Latin Rhythms dance performance and experience a buffet of authentic Mexican fare at Las Fuentes in Stickney.  Students will return to school by 2:00 pm. If you have any questions regarding food ingredients, please call the restaurant  directly at 708-788-2002 or check Las Fuentes’ website. If you have any questions related to the field trip, please contact Ms. Kloster.

The French class will be going to the French restaurant Cyrano’s Farm Kitchen in Chicago to experience a four course meal, and then to the Art Institute to see the Impressionists collection. Students will return to school by 2:30 pm. If you have any questions regarding food ingredients, please call the restaurant directly at 312-467-0546 or go to Cyrano’s website. If you have any other questions, contact Mrs. Patris.

Family Education Series Event: “Joyful Learning”

All families are invited to attend the next event in the D181 Family Education Series presented by Dr. Paula Kluth.   She will speak at Hinsdale Middle School on Monday, November 17 (7pm) and at the Community House on Tuesday, November 18 (9:30am).  Dr. Kluth will describe 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.  Both presentations are free but advance registration is required.  Click here to register today.  See the attached flyer for full details.  For questions please email one of the D181 Family Resource Network Parent Liaisons: Christine Allen or Amy McCurry

Follow-up discussions will be held on Thursday, November 20 at The Lane (7pm) and Friday, November 21 at The Community House (9:30am).

8th Grade Parent Night at HMS: The High School Transition

Parents of current 8th graders are invited to attend a conversation about the development of their child’s four-year Hinsdale Central High School academic plan on Wednesday, November 19 at HMS (7:00pm). The event will feature John Bruesch, Hinsdale Central’s Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction and Dr. Mark Kolkman, Hinsdale Central’s Principal.  They will share insights and advice about the Hinsdale Central curriculum, registration process and factors to consider when compiling the academic plan and selecting freshman year classes.  Click here to register.  For more information see the attached flyer.

Volunteers Needed: Provide Baked Items For Parent/Teacher Conference Dinner

The PTO provides dinner for teachers and staff on Parent/Teacher Conference Night.  Please consider helping us to stay “in budget” by donating or baking items on November 24th. Go to SignUp Genius to volunteer.

Thank you,

Fran Mulvihill, Tina Greager & The Staff Appreciation Committee