We develop compassionate, engaged students who are HAPPY to be at school
**9/5/18 First PTO Meeting 7pm in the gym**
*NO SCHOOL 9/3/18 for Labor Day*
*NO SCHOOL 9/17 for Staff Professional Development Day*
Upcoming Events  
PTO Meeting Wednesday 9/5 at 7pm
Location- Hyde Park School- Gym
Meet your new PTO officers and learn about security at HPS. Guest speaker Dan Daum is the CPS Security Program Coordinator/Investigator and has provided ALICE training to all district-wide staff. He will be discussing ALICE, lockdowns and the safety of our schools and answering questions.
Back to School Celebration Thursday 9/6 at 6:30-8pm
Location- Hyde Park School Play Yard
Sponsored by the Hyde Park Neighborhood Council. Please come enjoy ice cream, face painting and games in the play yard with friends - new and old!
Parent Conferences Tuesday 9/25 2:30pm and later
Signups will be sent this week.
Ever wonder how your PTO raises the money to support our staff and pay for field trips, etc.? One way is with social events. Host families band together to plan a fun event. Other families buy tickets (all proceeds go to PTO) and then they attend, have a great time and get to know other parents. Wins for everyone! Tickets are limited so buy 'em now (see below). Interested in hosting or co-hosting? We still need main and supporting hosts for 1st, 4th & 5th and 2 co-hosts for Costumes & Cocktails on 10/27 and two co-hosts for the annual family chili party. Do you have an idea for a party? Mani-pedi night, Kenneland trip, let's do it! Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/o/hps-socials-9236187888 for more info and to submit a planning form.
Kindergarten Parents: "Crafts" Party 9/15
Join your fellow kindergarten parents for a night of socializing and crafts - craft cocktails and craft beers, that is! There will also be heavy appetizers, some sweet treats, and lots of fun! **Adults only!**
Hosted by: The Hogans, The Browns, The Brughs, The Schulerts, and The Welches
2nd Grade Parents: Lawn Chairs & Livings Rooms 9/29 BUY NOW - only a few tickets left!
Join your fellow 2nd grade parents for a night of fun, food, drinks, and live entertainment from Brian Vander Ark, lead singer of The Verve Pipe!
Hosts: Tami & Bob Beattie, Leah & Joe Beckman, Jill & Jeff Goulait, Betsy & Brandon Klerk and Kim & Ed Paff
Volunteer Opportunities
Fundraising Committee Volunteers
We need YOU to help us build a strong supportive
community for the Hyde Park School Students!
We are looking for volunteers to fill jobs both big and small!
We welcome ANY level of commitment!
Please volunteer to be a community Superhero to our school and help us make this an amazing year! Please contact us:
Leah Beckman leahbeckman1@gmail.com   315-3260
Malinda Uetrecht muetrecht@gmail.com 532-0832
Jill Goulait jillgoulait@gmail.com 405-2826
Kindergarten Lunch & Recess Volunteers

Our youngest students are in need of some assistance during lunch time. Tasks like opening cheese sticks, yogurt lids, and even putting straws in drink boxes can be challenging to little hands. If you could spare an hour of your time, please come join our lunch and recess period to help make the most of this important hour of their day! Volunteer badges are needed, please contact the office for badge information.
Fall Extracurricular Activities

We have just added TWO Yoga classes for the fall extracurricular schedule. Choose Thursdays with Hollie or Fridays with Suzie ...OR BOTH! Engage in fun yoga poses, practice mindfulness, make new friends, and manage stress outside the classroom with one of our new HPS Yoga classes this fall. Additional details and registration options are available here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054fa5a72ba5f49-hpsyoga1
Online Registration is OPEN

Our after-school extracurricular session begins the week of September 10th. The final schedule and additional information will be in your child's Tuesday folder this week (8/28). Check out the classes and register on the extracurriculars page on the PTO website at  http://www.hydeparkschoolpto.org/extracurricular-activities/

Questions? Contact Ashley Tolokonsky at  ashleymat@yahoo.com  
Sports Spotlight 
Please visit hydeparkschoolathletics.org for all things athletics

  • Running Club is here! The Evening Club begins this Tuesday and the Afterschool Clubs will start the week of September 10th. If you registered, you should have already received an email from your coaches. Additional details will be provided via email in the coming days. I'm sorry, but we are not able to take any new registrations at this time. We have almost 70 kids registered to run, but we need more parent volunteers. If you are able to participate, especially during the Afterschool program please contact me at hps.athletics@outlook.com.
  • Soccer season is underway and we're off to a record start. Not only do we have 4 kindergartner teams participating in our instructional program, but several kindergartners are playing in our Passer division. This means 2 practices a week and games on the weekends - awesome to see these young kids competing! Good luck to all of our teams. Games start on September 8th, so be sure to come out and support your HPS Eagles.
  • Basketball registration is around the corner. Please be sure to check next week's newsletter for more info. We will also post updates to the Athletics website so visit often.
  • The Booster Club is off to a great start. Our Board is hard at work planning fundraisers, supporting our existing programs, and driving Booster Membership. If you haven't already signed up, please head to the website now to support our athletic programs. Booster Membership is only $30 a year and ensures our kids have the equipment and resources necessary to effectively learn and compete. Thank you to all those who have already signed up!

Please direct any questions to Michael Brugh, Athletic Director