News from the District

January 29: HMS Construction Project Update and Community Beam Signing
Please join us for a celebratory HMS Construction beam signing and project update at Hinsdale Middle School on Monday, January 29 (6pm). All community members in attendance will be invited to sign a beam that will later be installed in the new school. Immediately following, Board members, administrators, and representatives from construction management firm Bulley & Andrews will lead an informational presentation on the construction budget, timeline, and other key topics. The event will conclude with a question and answer period. Click HERE for flyer.

February 1 Parent Event: “Increasing Your Child’s Independence at School and at Home”
All families are invited to the next program in our Special Education Event Series: “Increasing Your Child’s Independence at School and at Home.” Board Certified Behavior Analyst Dana Burke will discuss strategies to increase independence through setting up systems and fading adult supports to achieve a more functional, independent child. Please join us Thursday, February 1 at Monroe (5:30-6:30pm). Click HERE for flyer.

D181 Now Enrolling for 2018-19 Preschool Program
District 181 is now enrolling new registrants for its three and four year-old Preschool program. The D181 program features state-certified teachers, a high quality curriculum aligned to Illinois Early Learning Standards, competitive tuition, and low student-teacher ratios. To be enrolled for 2018-19, children must turn three years old by September 1, 2018, reside within District boundaries, and be toilet-trained. Registration is accepted at Oak School during school hours. Space is limited; registrants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call 630.861.4302 for more information, or go online to www.d181.org > Schools > Preschool.

Community Speaker Series Event Registration Open for Dr. Michael Bradley: “Crazy Stressed: Saving Today’s Overwhelmed Children”
The next event in the Community Speaker Series is “Crazy Stressed: Saving Today’s Overwhelmed Children” featuring Dr. Michael Bradley. He will be speaking at The Community House on Wednesday, February 21 (7pm) and Thursday, February 22 (9:30am). “New research tells us: Our kids are not all right. Too many are struggling with excessive academic loads, extracurricular demands, sleep deprivation, and 24/7 connectivity, causing epidemic rates of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and suicide. While teen brains are hardwired for risk-taking and overactive emotions, their coping abilities are at all-time lows. Dr. Bradley first explains what’s driving today’s adolescent anxiety, depression, and negative behaviors and what the latest brain development research is telling us. Then with proven strategies from his three decades of practice and his own years as a father, Dr. Bradley provides practical advice on how to connect with your children to build their life-saving resiliency and what to do when you’re facing a major mental health issue.” Registration is open now and can be completed online at http://www.d181foundation.org/community-speakers.html. Click HERE for flyer.

February 7: Opioid Epidemic Presentation for Parents and Students (Middle School & Older)
You are invited to attend an event featuring information on the opioid epidemic in DuPage County, including signs and symptoms of addiction, early intervention and prevention strategies, current local statistics, and what is being done to address this epidemic. The event will be held Wednesday, February 7 at CHMS (6:30-8:30pm). Speakers include Dr. Richard Jorgensen, DuPage County Coroner’s Office; Robert Berlin, DuPage County State’s Attorney; Matthew Quinn, Clinician from Rosecrance Treatment Center; and Tim Ryan of “From Dope to Hope.” Middle school students are invited to attend with their parents, however, the event is not recommended for grade school students. This event is being sponsored by the CHMS and HMS PTOs and the D181 Foundation.