Few spots left for Bike Rodeo!

The Oak Brook Police Department is excited to bring the Bike Rodeo 2021 to Brook Forest!

Due to current CDC limitations on gatherings, this event is open to kids in 3rd-5th grades only with a maximum of 50 kids allowed. Only few spots left!

There is no cost for this event.

Date: Friday, April 23rd (half day of school)

Time: 12-2:30pm

Please see the Bike Rodeo 2021 flyer for the details.

Please click here to sign up!

Community Speaker Series

The Community Speaker Series, D86 and D181 are excited to present Nicholas Epley on 4/20/21

Nicholas Epley – Mindwise: A Guide to Understanding the Minds of Others

You are a mind reader, born with an extraordinary ability to understand what others think, feel, believe, want and know. It’s a sixth sense you use each day in every professional and personal relationship—but how well do you really know what your coworkers, employees, competitors or customers want or are thinking? How good are you at knowing the minds of others? How well can you guess what others think of you, your business or your product? In this illuminating exploration of one of the great mysteries of the human mind, University of Chicago award-winning psychologist Nicholas Epley introduces audiences to what scientists have learned about our ability to understand the most complicated puzzle on the planet—other people—and the surprising mistakes we often make. Why are we sometimes blind to the minds of others? Why do we so routinely believe that others think, feel and want what we do, when in fact they do not? In his presentation modeled after his book, Mindwise, Epley will not turn other people into open books, but will give you the wisdom to revolutionize how you think about them—and yourself.

Date Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Time 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
Format Zoom Webinar
Register Visit www.d181foundation.org or click here.

The presentation is free and open to all. Registration is required as each viewer receives a unique link. This event will be recorded and will be available ONLY to those who register for the event. If you are unable to attend the live-stream, but will want to view the recording, please register.

For more information, please see attached flyer.

For more information, please see this Speaker Series – Epley Webinar flyer.

Spirit Drive is Here!

To see the Spirit Drive options and order online:

Brook Forest Elementary

Butler Junior High

Ordering deadline is April 26, 2021.

Spring Virtual Book Fair

The Spring Book Fair is coming up – April 5-16.

Please visit Anderson’s Virtual Book Fair: www.abcfairs.com

Please do not forget to look for Teacher lists and use your school name!

Please also see the Spring
Online Book Fair flyer
for more details.

PTO Board Vacancies for 21-22 School Year

Hello Butler 53 Families!

We wanted to share that we will have some PTO board vacancies for the coming school year that we would like to work towards filling. If you have an interest in giving of your time and talent to our school community in this way, please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. Any of our current team members would be happy to discuss them with you.

Available positions:

(see this document for a brief description of these roles)

President (outgoing Chris Koutsky)
VP of Brook Forest (outgoing Deepa Jain and Kathy Schooley)
Communications Secretary (outgoing Matt Kelley)
Recording Secretary (outgoing Kavitha Neerukonda)
Lead Treasurer (outgoing Katie Donnelly)

Please know that outgoing board members will always be available for support to anyone that chooses to take on one of these roles. Ideally, a 2 year commitment is asked but is not required. New board members will assume their role on June 30th.

Thank you so much for your thoughtful consideration of this.


Chris Koutsky
Butler 53 PTO President

Save the date for our virtual Silent Auction

Our virtual Silent Auction is on May 8th.

Butler 53 “SPRING SWING” Family Golf Outing

ATTENTION Butler53 families!

The family golf outing is BACK! A fun event this spring, and it’s all about the kids and having fun outdoors!

Saturday, May 15 at Oak Brook Golf Club.

You can volunteer, donate, or sponsor! Please click here to see the
Spring Swing flyer.

Please click here to sign up for Tee Times.

Recording of Butler 53 PTO meeting on March 4

Butler 53 PTO meeting was held on March 4.
Please click here to access the recording of the meeting.

Amazon Smile on Your Phone

Amazon Smile is now available in the Amazon Shopping App on your phone.

Turn on to start generating donations in the app, at no cost to you.

You can keep supporting Butler District 53 Parent Teacher Organization

– Open the Amazon Shopping App on your phone
– Go into the main menu and tap into Settings
– Tap Amazon Smile and follow the on-screen instructions and complete your activation

Lunch Volunteers Needed at Brook Forest

As the school moves toward opening for full days on September 8th, they have come to us with a request for parent help to provide support to the teachers during the lunch periods. We have had lunch volunteers in years past but it will look a bit different this year. The students will be eating lunch in their homerooms and they are requesting help from the parents to monitor the lunch period, assist with distribution of boxed lunches and clean up/sanitizing of desks. The lunch period runs from 12pm-1:30pm. We are including a sign up link below to get an idea of how many volunteers are willing to help and on which days. We will work on a schedule and provide further details once we know more definitively what the school needs are.

Our teachers are working so hard, going above and beyond, for our kids. Let’s show them that we are here for them in this small way. Please use the link below to indicate your willingness to help and on which days you might be available. We will make every effort to place you in your child’s homeroom however, we will want to make sure that all needs are fulfilled.

Please click here to volunteer!