Join the discussion for the Success for All Students Partnership on October 25

Our new Butler 53 Director of Student Services, Andrea Prola, will be hosting a gathering to discuss the Success for All Students Partnership for all Butler 53 parents and guardians on Wednesday, October 25 at 9:00 am at Butler Junior High. 

Come to the Butler Rummage Sale on October 25-26

The Butler Rummage Sale, sponsored by the Graduation Committee, will be held on Wednesday, Oct 25 & Thursday, Oct 26 at the Oak Brook Park District Central Park West.  You can drop off your donations of books, clothes, furniture, toys, sports equipment, games, etc. in the White Trailer in the Butler Jr High parking lot from Oct 16-20.  Volunteers are needed!  Please contact Michelle Edmonds with any questions.

Brook Forest Halloween Parties coming up on October 27

Thank you to the Brook Forest Room Parents for organizing the Brook Forest Halloween Parties.  The students are very excited.  Please contact Sheila Miceli with any questions.

More Cars are Needed for Trunk or Treat on October 27

Come to "Trunk Or Treat" on Friday, October 27 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm at the Brook Forest parking lot, where parents can decorate their cars and hand out treats for students.  Volunteers are needed!  For more information, please contact Vivien Ho.

Volunteers are Needed for the Halloween Sock Hop on October 27

Butler Jr High students are invited to the Halloween Sock Hop on Friday, October 27, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Multi-purpose Room at Butler Jr High.  There will be a prize for the best costume. Cost of admission is $5 and includes pizza, drinks, snacks, a few contests and prizes, and a DJ. We encourage ALL BJH students to come join the fun and have a spook-tacular time! Questions?  Please contact Laura Katsis.

Girl Power Yoga begins on November 1

Girl Power Yoga has classes from Mission Propelle for girls in grades K-5 at the Brook Forest Pod on Wednesdays from 3:25 pm to 4:25 pm from November 1 to December 13 (no class Nov 22).   Cost:  $95 for new students, $90 for returning students.  Click to register at  Questions?  Please contact Cathy Murphy. A portion of the registration fee will benefit the PTO.  Thanks for supporting the Butler 53 PTO.

Join Bricks 4 Kidz on November 6

Bricks 4 Kidz is coming to the Brook Forest LMC/Pod on Mondays from 3:25 pm to 4:25 pm from November 6 to December 11. This afterschool enrichment class, for grades K-4, focuses on introducing kids to principles of science, technology, engineering, architecture, and math. Cost is $100.  To enroll, click for Session 1 or Session 2.  Questions?  Please contact Mary Beth Joutras.

Next District 86 Board of Education Committee of the Whole Meeting on November 6

The next District 86 Board of Education Committee of the Whole Meeting is on Monday, November 6 at 7:00 pm at Hinsdale Central.  Dr. Law said that discussions about enrollment issues are off the table for now. The board is focusing on facilities improvements at both schools. There will be a Life & Safety Report coming out Nov 13 which will detail the improvements required for infrastructure, safety, and accessibility. A community task force would be welcome to help work on these plans. Feel free to contact Dr. Law and the Board with your questions and concerns at

Come to the Butler Jr High Book Fair on November 9

The Butler Jr High Book Fair will take place on Thursday, Nov 9 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and re-open from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm during Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Volunteers are needed!  Please contact Rahma Hasan or Usha Schmit.

Come to 8th Grade Parent Night for HCHS on November 9 or 15

8th Grade Parent Night: A Conversation About Your Student’s Transition to Hinsdale Central High School takes place on Thursday, November 9th, 7:00pm at Hinsdale Middle School -OR- Wednesday, November 15th, 7:00pm at Clarendon Hills Middle School.  This event, open to ALL Hinsdale Central feeder school 8th grade parents, will feature Jessica Hurt, Hinsdale Central's Asst Principal of Curriculum and Instruction, and Bill Walsh, Hinsdale Central’s Principal. Ms. Hurt and Mr. Walsh will share insights and advice with parents about the Hinsdale Central curriculum, registration process, and factors to consider when working with their student to compile his/her four-year high school academic plan and to select freshman year classes in January 2018. See the flyer for more information.

Please register online at


Come to our next Butler 53 PTO Meeting on November 10

Our next PTO meeting will be on Friday, November 10 at the Butler Board Room at 9:00 am.  You can hear reports from our community, our superintendent and school principals, as well as our PTO Board members.  Get involved with the PTO and learn about our upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. 

Sign up for TinkRworks which begins November 10

TinkRworks has classes for students grades 3-5 at the Brook Forest Science Lab on Fridays from 3:25 pm to 4:40 pm from November 10 to December 22 (no class Nov 24).  Shoot N Score involves creating customized, interactive sports-themed electronic displays.  Fee is $175.  Click to sign up for TinkRworks.  For more information, please contact Vivien Ho

Get ready for the Mother-Son Dance on November 10

Mother-Son "Fan-tastic" Dance Party invites have gone out! The dance is on Friday, November 10th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Butler Jr High Gym. Don't miss a night of dancing, treats, prizes, and activities all while making memories with your favorite little guy! Please send RSVP with payment to school by October 27th.  Contact Priti Shah or Deepa Jain if you have any questions. 

"The Gift of Failure" presented on November 16-17

The Community Speaker Series ​presents "The Gift of Failure:  How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed" by Jessica Lahey on November 16 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm or November 17 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am at The Community House.  Sign up at

Save the Date for Giordano's Gives on November 20

Get ready for our restaurant fundraiser at Giordano's at 17 W 280 W 22nd St.  Giordano's Gives 15% of your entire bill back to the PTO all day on Monday, Nov 20.  

Save the Date for the PTO Adult Social on March 9

Don't miss the PTO Adult Social on Friday, March 9 at 7:00 pm.  Many volunteers will be needed for this fabulous event!  Please contact Sheila Miceli, Purva Shah, or Georgia Chulos for more information.

Join the PTO!

The PTO organizes several exciting events throughout the school year to benefit our students and families.  Sign up to volunteer by contacting any of our Committee Chairs. Please contact our PTO Board members if you have any questions.  We would love to hear from you.

If you have not already joined our PTO during school registration, you may become a member by sending in a check for $35 to Butler District 53 PTO to the school office.  Thanks for supporting the PTO!

PTO Website Administrator Needed for 2018-2019

Our current PTO website team will be leaving the district at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. A new website team will be needed to create & maintain the PTO website, send out weekly PTO eUpdates, and manage the PTO Facebook page. Someone with a background in computer science or with experience in creating websites would be helpful. Please contact Linda Lu if you are interested in this position.

Sign Up for Chess Scholars, which begins September 11

Chess Scholars offers classes on Mondays from September 11 to October 23 (no class Oct 9) from 3:25 pm to 4:25 pm at the Brook Forest Pod.  Open to students grades K-8. To sign up for Chess Scholars, please visit  You will need to enter the class code BFO9.11.17 in order to register. Please register by 9/1 for the early bird price of $90.00.  For more information, contact Chess Scholars at 847-482-9999 or  Questions?  Please contact Kathy Hernandez.

Join Sticky Fingers, beginning on September 12

Try the Sticky Fingers Cooking Classes at the Brook Forest Science Lab on Tuesdays from 3:25 pm to 4:25 pm from Sept 12 to October 17.  Open to students grades K-5. Fee is $126 for 6 classes.  Click to register for Sticky Fingers.  Questions?  Please contact Erin Krause.

Join Mathnasium and Benefit the PTO

Mathnasium of Oak Brook is a math learning center that teaches math in a way that makes sense to students.  Mathnasium will donate $5 per student per month to our PTO for the entire 2017-2018 school year.  So far, their donations this year total $130!  For more information, please contact Mathnasium of Oak Brook.

Fundraise for the PTO with AmazonSmile

Do you do any shopping with Amazon?  AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the PTO.  Just visit and choose "Butler District 53 Parent Teacher Organization" as your charity.  Learn more at AmazonSmile.  Thanks for supporting the PTO!

Fundraise for the PTO with Shoparoo

Shoparoo is a mobile app that turns grocery receipts into instant cash donations for the PTO.  Just download the free Shoparoo App, select "Brook Forest Elementary School," shop for groceries, take pictures of the receipts with the app, and the PTO receives money for each receipt image.  Invite your friends within the app, and you'll earn even more.  Find out more about Shoparoo.

Crime Prevention Bulletin

Thanks to the Oak Brook Police Department for reminding us to secure our valuables, vehicles, and homes.  See the Crime Prevention Bulletin below.

Have Fun at the Oak Brook Park District

Don't miss the Dive-in movie, youth activities, and more at the Oak Brook Park District

Visit the Oak Brook Public Library

Come to the Oak Brook Public Library for the Storytimes, Book Discussions, and more.  Learn a foreign language online with Mango languages, provided free from the Oak Brook Public Library with your library card.  Click to see the Youth Services brochure.

Join the Kiwanis Club of Oak Brook

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.  Annual Membership fee is $125.  Members meet at noon at Gibsons every 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.  Find out more at their Facebook page or email them at