The Item Newsletter, Issue #1, August 24, 2014
Welcome Hubbard Woods Families!
We're looking forward to a fantastic year together...a momentous year, actually, as our school celebrates its 100th birthday in 2015! What a great time to be part of the Hubbard Woods community. The PTO has planned several events in the coming weeks to reconnect with friends and to make new ones. Please join us for as many as you can, beginning with coffee and popsicles tomorrow.

Thank you for bearing with the barrage of dates and deadlines this first week. While details are below, the most pressing information remains to fill out the Online Directory Form before tomorrow (Click here...we are still missing information for 45 Hubbard Woods families!), order Kiddos lunch by August 31st (Click here) and bring your placement packet forms and your checkbook to school tomorrow morning.

We look forward to seeing you all soon!
This Week and Next
Welcome Coffee, 
Monday, August 25, 8:30-9:30 AM in the Front Foyer
After seeing the children off on their first day, swing by to enjoy a cup of coffee and a chance to say hello to other HW parents.
Popsicles on the Playground, 
Monday, August 25, 2:45-3:15 PM
Parents and children - let's celebrate the start of a new school year with popsicles on the playground! Join us right after the first day of school. Siblings welcome.
Orientation by Daniel Ryan, 
Tuesday, September 2, 7-8:15 PM 
Presentation will take place in the Resource Center.
News and Notes
Seeking 3rd and 4th Grade Runners and Coaches
Girls on the Run will meet after school every Tuesday and Friday from 3:15-4:40 beginning September 2 through mid-November. The program is open to all girls in grades 3 and 4. Click here for more information about the program. If you are interested in signing up your child and/or volunteering as a coach this season contact Rebecca Collora ( or Elizabeth Abramson (
Complete the Online School Directory Form 
BY TOMORROW to be included in the Directory
Please note, your family information must be submitted by tomorrow, Monday, August 25th to be included in the directory. Click here to complete the online form. Please fill out a form for each child you have attending Hubbard Woods. Feel free to only fill in the fields that contain information you would like included in the school directory. Some fields may remain blank. Again, information provided will be used solely for the purpose of the directory. 
NEW HW Spirit Wear
Shirts, soft pajamas, cozy sweatshirts and more. Click here to check out our new Hubbard Woods collection and to order your Spirit Wear today. Orders must be placed by September 12th.
Please contact Nidhi Singh (
or Seanra Kalil (
with questions about the merchandise and sizing. 
All sales are final.
Birthday Books!
The PTO is excited to offer its new Birthday Book Program, a special way to celebrate your child's birthday while supporting the school's library at the same time. This program is completely optional. If you are interested in participating, please compete the form included in your child's placement packet and return it on the first day of school with your $20 donation. Contact Linda O'Toole ( with any questions. 
School Supplies and Yearbook Orders

Fill out those papers and send them in tomorrow!

As a convenience to parents, the Hubbard Woods PTO arranges for every child to receive a school supply kit on the first day of school. Details and payment information were sent home in your child's placement packet. As it did last year, the PTO has added each child's yearbook fee to their supply kit fee in order to eliminate the need for a separate order form/check. Questions about school supply kits can be directed to Abby Burtelow ( Questions about yearbooks should be directed to Jennie Ely ( or Anne Albrecht Juliusson (  

Rah, Rah, Rah for Hubbard Woods!
By now your yard should be graced with a colorful Hubbard Woods yard sign. At some point this week a volunteer will swing by to collect the sign from your yard. No need to return it yourself.   
Space constraints do not permit us to name each of the many, many individuals involved with all of the back to school initiatives.  Please know that your efforts are greatly appreciated!  Still, we want to take this opportunity to thank Laurie Cahill and members of her Back to School Committee for arranging to have signs placed on every HW family's lawn, among other efforts.  A big thanks to Greta O'Keef and Courtney Mathey and all the HW buddy families for their tireless efforts to make all of our new families feel so welcome. Thank you to Brie Root and her committee for providing the faculty and staff with a wonderful lunch as they prepared their classrooms last week.  A special thanks to Michael Collins for creating incredible digital maps of the HW traffic patterns and classroom layout.  Thank you to Nidhi Singh and Sean Kalil for spending much of the summer designing an amazing line of school spirit wear with accompanying magnets and water bottles. Abby Burtelow deserves great thanks for handling all of the school supply ordering and orchestrating the distribution of supply kits with the help of a great team of parents, school friends, and children.  Thanks to Jen Hayes for masterfully coordinating the assignment or room parents and Mayfest parents.  A huge thanks to Lori Miralles and her team for handling the timely collection of data and content to ensure the school directory will be available in mid-September.  Thank you Fran Fairman and her committee for ensuring that all members of the HW community will be greeted by beautiful flowers when they arrive at the front entrance to school.  Last but not least, a big thanks to Erin Donaldson for all her efforts to distribute timely information to our HW family through the Item and other communications.

Looking Ahead
Go-to-School Night, Thursday, September 11,
Grades 1-2 at 7:00-7:50 PM, Grades 3-4 at 8:00-8:50 PM 
Go-to-School Night, Thursday, September 18,
from 7:00-8:00 PM
PTO Program: Daniel Ryan's Views and Visions, 
New Date: 
9:00-10:30 AM
in the Auditorium
Lunch Box

Reminder: Order Kiddos BEFORE August 31st.
Kiddos hot lunch program is available for students in Grades 1-4. Click here to order lunches for the period of September 8 - November 28th. Lunches must be ordered by August 31st. 

You will need to make alternative arrangements for your child(ren)'s lunches for the first two weeks of school.
Pizza Fun Lunch 
is a school fundraiser that allows students to enjoy delicious Viccino's pizza on select Fridays throughout the school year. To participate, please complete the form in your child's placement packet and return it with payment on Monday, August 25th. The first pizza fun lunch will be served on Friday, September 5th.
About The PTO
The Hubbard Woods PTO involves parents and teachers working together on behalf of the school and its students.  Parent volunteers help create a strong sense of community, provide support to our teachers and staff, and sponsor programs and activities that enrich our chidren's educational experience. To become involved please contact Georgie Geraghty at