AmazonSmile will triple the donation rate to 1.5% on your first purchase from March 12-March 31

3x your impact! Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first purchase - through March 31! Go to and Amazon donates to Butler District 53 Parent Teacher Organization. We have already earned $25 with AmazonSmile to date!

Come to our Next Butler 53 PTO Meeting on April 6

Come to our next PTO meeting on Friday, April 6 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!

Next District 86 Board of Education Committee of the Whole meeting on April 9

The next District 86 Board of Education Committee of the Whole meeting is on Monday, April 9 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

Volunteers Needed to Speak at Career Day on April 20

The PTO is planning a Butler Career Day “Plus” for the Junior High students on Friday, April 20.  The goal of this event is to expose students to different professions as in years past, but to also include volunteer opportunities.  We want to emphasize to students the importance of giving back to our communities as well as expose the students to different careers.

Guest Speakers Needed by Friday, March 23 for Career Day on Friday, April 20. Speakers will be given a half hour to provide an overview of what they do in their job or volunteer opportunity and take questions from the students.  If you would like to present or know individuals that would like to present please contact Cynthia Perkins.  Thank you so much!

Fundraise for the PTO with Kendra Scott on April 25

Just in time for Mother's Day, graduation, or anything you are celebrating, our local "give back" company, Kendra Scott, has helped us create a custom bracelet just for Butler 53 - the "Butler Bangle" and will donate 20% of proceeds to us!  There will be an in-store event at Kendra Scott in Oakbrook Center on Wednesday, April 25 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and phone orders are able to be placed all day if unable to attend.  Please see the attached flyers for more information or contact January Pawluk.


Come to the next Butler Jr High Sock Hop on April 27

Butler Jr High students are invited to the Butler Sock Hop on Friday, April 27 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  Volunteers are needed.  Questions?  Please contact Laura Katsis.

Don't miss the Mother-Daughter Tea on April 29

Please join us for the Mother-Daughter Tea on Sunday, April 29 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Butterfield Country Club.  Cost is $35 per person.  RSVP is required by April 16.  Please contact January Pawluk with any questions.

DARE/5th Grade Farewell takes place on May 25

Thanks to our chairs, Purva Shah and Georgia Chulos, for coordinating DARE/5th Grade Farewell.

8th Grade Graduation Celebration is coming up on May 30

Congratulations to our graduates!  Thanks to our chair, Michelle Edmonds, for organizing our 8th Grade Graduation Celebration.

Get ready for Exploremore Day on Jun 1

Exploremore Day is a well-loved tradition at Brook Forest School!  Students will take six classes based on their interests in technology, sports, arts & crafts, nature, service/careers, science, medicine, cooking, culture, and many more. Volunteers are needed!  Please contact Nicole Javell or Sharon Lin with any questions.

Calling 7th Grade Parents

As spring rapidly approaches (and not a moment too soon!), it's already time to start thinking about next year.  We are looking for parent volunteers to plan next year's 8th grade graduation for the class of 2019.  We would like to have our volunteers in place by early May so next year’s volunteers can shadow this year’s committee.  Please contact Usha Schmit if you are interested or have any questions!

Bricks4Kidz Spring Season: Starting on March 12

Bricks 4 Kidz and the Butler 53 PTO are excited to return our programs to Brook  Forest Elementary! Throughout our 6-week sessions students will explore a variety of new and exciting themes. Using our proprietary project kits and model plans, students will construct a different moving LEGO® creation each week. To enroll please visit us online at Contact Mary Beth Joutras for questions 

Thanks for coming to the PTO Adult Social

Thank you to everyone who attended and bid on auction items at our adult social, Denim is the New Black.

Special thanks to our event Chairs: Georgia Chulos, Anita Gatto, Sheila Miceli, January Pawluk and Purva Shah who worked tirelessly for the past few months to create such a phenomenal event! Thank you to our auction announcer, Mark Iozzo for his talent for this event. 

This event would not have been possible without our teachers, community members and generous sponsors; First Midwest Bank, Roberto's Restaurant, York Tavern and Endodontic Associates of Illinois.

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!

Fundraise for the PTO with AmazonSmile

Doing some shopping at Amazon?  AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the PTO.  Just visit  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