Thank You for an Unforgettable Year

As this unusual, but memorable, school year draws to a close, I would like to take a minute to thank everyone who chaired or volunteered on a PTO committee this past year, and especially our Executive Board members, who I was so honored to serve with this year. I am so grateful for your support and for the time you dedicated to enhancing the middle school experience for our students. An extra special thank you, as well, to our eblast editors for getting the news out each and every week to keep everyone informed and up to date. And many thanks to our HMS staff and teachers for all that they did to make this a wonderful year for our students, despite the unique challenges they faced along the way.
If you have a recent 8th grade graduate, congratulations, and best wishes in high school. To those of you with children starting their first year at HMS in the fall, we extend a warm welcome to your family and we look forward to seeing you, and all of our returning students, in the fall.
This will be our last eblast until we start back up at the end of July. In the meantime, please feel free to visit our website at www.hmspto.org for any information you might need. We look forward to seeing you at Back To School Day on Monday August 17th. Until then, best wishes for a fun, relaxing, and safe summer!

Karin Rohn
HMS PTO President
2019-2020

Congratulations 2020 Graduates!

Best wishes to all the 2020 Graduates!  In addition to the yard signs, commencement video, diploma handout, and teacher clap out, the PTO will also be sponsoring a 2020 Graduation Get Together later this summer once restrictions have been lifted.  This will be an informal gathering for the kids to meet up, sign each others’ yearbooks and reconnect. More details will be made available as plans are finalized.

Also, be on the lookout for a special ad for our grads in the June 4th edition of the Hinsdalean.

Please direct any questions to graduation@hmspto.org.  Congratulations to all our Graduates!

Attention Parents of Graduating 8th Graders: Give Your Student a Head Start on Science and Math Classes Over the Summer

Our Sponsor: Genius Tutors is offering a $100 Summer Prep Program for High School Science & Math Classes (of which $50 gets Donated to the HMS PTO)!

Your student will get:
• 1 Hour of Live Virtual Instruction (with the expert tutor for the selected class)
• Access to Summer Prep Video Tutorials that explain Core Concepts (of the first 2-3 chapters of the class)
• A Summer Prep Study Guide (allowing your student to get ahead in the class)

For More Information & To Enroll Email: Tutoring@GeniusTutors.com

Or Message Us At: www.GeniusTutors.com

Note: Please Mention the ‘HMS PTO’ to receive the $100 (Per Class) Summer Prep Special!

 

Please help! The Parent List Needs Fresh Reviews

DID YOUR CHILD NEED HELP for an emotional, developmental, learning, or health issue this past school year? Did you work with a provider that made a positive difference in your child’s well-being? Please consider posting an anonymous review of that provider on the Hinsdale Central High School PTO resource called The Parent List.

The submission of reviews is closed to D86, D181, and D63 parents only. Your fresh review of a resource that you have experienced a positive outcome using recently may help a child attending school with your own. The Parent List contains first-hand insight about health care providers +that have helped D86, D181, and D63 children with issues that include: anxiety; depression; school avoidance; eating disorders; insomnia; substance abuse; peer relations; stress; autism spectrum; ADD/ADHD and more. Doctors, therapists, support groups, in-patient and out-patient programs, tutors, nutritionists, books, and holistic medical approaches may all be reviewed. To leave an anonymous review click HERE. To read existing Parent List reviews, go to hcpto.org/parent-list/. Questions can be directed to parentlist@hcpto.org.

In no way does the Hinsdale Central PTO, Hinsdale Central High School staff, school districts 86, 63 or 181 endorse or recommend any specific provider reviewed on The Parent List. The Parent List is a subjective forum set up by the Hinsdale Central PTO for your convenience. Parents and guardians are solely responsible for deciding to use any of the service providers on The Parent List in any capacity, and district 86, district 63, district 181 and the Hinsdale CentralPTO disclaim all liability for any damages, injuries, losses, expenses, or claims of any kind arising out of the provision of services by anyone or any agency appearing on The Parent List.

Attention Parents of Graduating 8th Graders: Get your Students a Head Start on their High School Science & Math Classes over the Summer!

Our Sponsor: Genius Tutors is offering a $100 Summer Prep Program for High School Science & Math Classes (of which $50 gets Donated to the HMS PTO)!

Your student will get:
• 1 Hour of Live Virtual Instruction (with the expert tutor for the selected class)
• Access to Summer Prep Video Tutorials that explain Core Concepts (of the first 2-3 chapters of the class)
• A Summer Prep Study Guide (allowing your student to get ahead in the class)

For More Information & To Enroll Email: Tutoring@GeniusTutors.com

Or Message Us At: www.GeniusTutors.com

Note: Please Mention the ‘HMS PTO’ to receive the $100 (Per Class) Summer Prep Special!

 

Volunteer Opportunities – 2020-2021 School Year

Thanks to all who have volunteered to help out at HMS next year. Only a few positions remain. Please read about the open positions below and if you are interested in becoming more involved at HMS by leading one of the committees below, or if you have any questions about the committees, please contact Karin Rohn at president@hmspto.org. We would love your help!

World War II Day – One co-chair needed – World War II Day is one of the highlights of the 8th-grade year and we are sure you will enjoy being a part of this inspiring event. It is a one-day event in the spring when we invite veterans of World War II to share their amazing stories with our 8th graders.

School Supplies – We are looking for a co-chair to work with teachers and vendors to put together school supply packages for families to purchase online.

Social Media Chair – We are looking for a committee chair to manage posts on the PTO’s Facebook page and other social media accounts, as needed.

Order School Supply Kits For 2020-2021 Now

In the midst of e-learning, we are looking forward to a return to school in the fall! Online ordering of school supply kits for the 2020-2021 school year is now open. Online ordering of kits is a convenience provided for families by the PTO. Save time by pre-ordering! All items in the kits are teacher approved and are the specific brands required by the school. Supplies will be shipped to student homes before the school year begins so students can bring their supplies to put in their lockers on “back to school day.”

Order deadline – June 14, 2020

Ordering instructions:
– Go to the ordering webpage at https://www.educationalproducts.com/ShopPacks/
– Enter school ID# HIN022
– Choose the kit for your student’s grade in the fall
– You may add a language dictionary or a calculator if your student needs one
– Graphing calculators are only needed for students in 7th or 8th grade Accelerated math and 8th grade Advanced math
– Make sure you have received an email confirmation of your order

Fee waiver – students who are eligible for a fee waiver through the school district may request a supply kit through the school office. Please contact Sally Cuchna in the office for more information.

Questions should be directed to schoolsupplies@hmspto.org

If you are interested in purchasing supplies directly, here are the lists for each grade:

 

Socially Distanced Hinsdale Central Spiritwear Sale

We are having a socially distanced spiritwear sale on May 16th and June 1st from 9-11am. We have a limited selection that includes our more popular items such as Hinsdale Central hoodies, hats, t-shirts and windbreakers.

We accept cash, check and credit cards. Please wear a mask.

Please contact Michelle Fischer at mbfischer74@gmail.com for an appointment and the location of the sale.

All proceeds from the sale will benefit HC Boosters – a non-profit organization that provides funding to arts, student clubs and activities, and athletics at Hinsdale Central.

Volunteer Opportunities: 2020-2021

This school year may be wrapping up, but we are already starting to plan for next year and we need your help! If you are interested in becoming more involved at HMS by leading one of the committees below, or if you have any questions about the committees, please contact Karin Rohn at president@hmspto.org. We would love your help!

World War II Day – One co-chair needed – World War II Day is one of the highlights of the 8th-grade year and we are sure you will enjoy being a part of this inspiring event. It is a one-day event in the spring when we invite veterans of World War II to share their amazing stories with our 8th graders.

Gardening – With the completion of the parking garage we will finally be able to focus on beautifying the grounds of our new school. We are looking for a committee chair to take care of purchasing/planting/decorating seasonal pots and/or planters at the new HMS building, including the roof garden

Fort Nightly – Starting next year, this fun tradition (six-week course of ballroom dancing classes for 8th graders) will be led by the Community House and facilitated by HMS and CHMS PTOs. Chairs will need to assist with class lists, registration, and sign up genius forms for parent volunteers.

Spiritwear – We are looking for two chairs for this committee, which is in charge of ordering and selling HMS spirit wear at school events like Curriculum Night, 5th grade Welcome, Back to School Day, and more.

Lost and Found – We are looking for a committee chair to periodically organize and donate items left at school.

School Supplies – We are looking for a co-chair to work with teachers and vendors to put together school supply packages for families to purchase online.

Future Funds – We are looking for a co-chair to evaluate funding requests submitted by teachers and staff twice a year.

PTO E-Blast – We are seeking a co-chair that will create and facilitate this communication on a bi-weekly basis.

Social Media Chair – We are looking for a committee chair to manage posts on the PTO’s Facebook page and other social media accounts, as needed.