Do your Holiday Shopping and Fundraise for the PTO with AmazonSmile

Doing some holiday shopping?  Go to AmazonSmile, and AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the PTO.  Just visit https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-1792634.  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 coding and creating websites would be helpful. Please contact Linda Lu if you are interested in this position.

Next District 86 Board of Education Regular Action Meeting on December 18

The next District 86 Board of Education Regular Action Meeting is on Monday, December 18 at 7:00 pm at Hinsdale South.  The Board is contemplating a November 2018 referendum to address the safety, infrastructure, and accessibility needs identified in the Life Safety Report as well as other needs identified in the Master Facilities Plan. Dr. Law said that discussions about enrollment issues are off the table for now. Feel free to contact Dr. Law and the Board with your questions and concerns at boe@hinsdale86.org.

Brook Forest Winter Parties coming up on December 22

Thank you to our wonderful room parents for organizing the Classroom Winter Parties at Brook Forest.  Questions?  Please contact Sheila Miceli.

Join Chess Scholars on January 8

Chess Scholars comes to Brook Forest on Mondays from 3:25 pm to 4:25 pm from January 8 to February 26 (no class Jan 15 and Feb 19).  To sign up, register at https://www.chessscholars.com/signup with class code BFO1.8.18 by Dec 29 for the early bird price of $90.  Questions?  Please contact Kathy Hernandez.

Join Sticky Fingers beginning January 9

Sticky Fingers begins at Brook Forest on Tuesdays from 3:25 pm to 4:25 pm from January 9 to February 13.  Open to students grades K-5.  Fee is $126 for 6 classes.  Click to register at Sticky Fingers.  Questions?  Please contact Erin Krause.

Come to our next Butler 53 PTO Meeting on January 19

Come to our next PTO meeting on Friday, January 19 at 9:00 am at the Butler Board Room .  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. Hope to see you there!

Join us for Girl Power Yoga beginning January 22

Girl Power Yoga has classes from Mission Propelle for girls in grades K-5 at the Brook Forest Pod on Mondays from 3:25 pm to 4:25 pm from January 22 to March 12 (no class Feb 19 or Mar 5).   Cost:  $110 for new students, $100 for returning students.  Click to register at http://missionpropelle.com/register/​.  Questions?  Please contact Cathy Murphy. A portion of the registration fee will benefit the PTO.  Thanks for supporting the Butler 53 PTO.

Get ready for the PTO Roller Skating Party on January 25

Bring the family for the PTO Roller Skating Party on Thursday, January 25 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Lombard Roller Rink.  Questions?  Please contact Kelly Greco.

International Day is coming up on January 26

Butler Jr High students will have an opportunity to taste a variety of foods and experience activities and performances from different parts of the world on International Day--Friday, January 26.  Volunteers are needed!  Please contact Terri Arain.

Save the Date for the Daddy Daughter Dance on February 9

The Fiesta Daddy Daughter Dance will be held on Friday, February 9 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Questions?  Please contact Sheila Miceli or Purva Shah.

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.

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

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.

Girl Power Yoga begins on October 30

Girl Power Yoga has classes from Mission Propelle for girls in grades K-5 at the Brook Forest Pod on Mondays from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm from October 30 to December 11 (no class Nov 20).   Cost:  $95 for new students, $90 for returning students.  Click to register at https://missionpropelle.com/product/brook-forest-elementary/.  Questions?  Please contact Cathy Murphy. A portion of the registration fee will benefit the PTO.  Thanks for supporting the Butler 53 PTO.

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!

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 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 kiwanisoakbrook@gmail.com.