The Item Newsletter, Issue #2, September 7, 2014
Greetings From The HWS Environmental PTO Committee!

We are all about reducing, reusing, and recycling at Hubbard Woods and taking these habits home and into our community at large.

Some of our initiatives include:
  • Composting in the lunchroom, the faculty lounge, and a growing number of classrooms. (HWS is a founding member of We Compost!, a program that promotes composting)
  • Increasing awareness of and access to "regular" commingled Recycling opportunities for cardboard, paper, hard plastic bottles and containers, glass, and aluminum cans and foil.
  • Arranging "Special" Collections during the year for plastic bags, Capri Sun juice pouches, and other such items.
  • Advocating use of Reusables instead of single-use disposables for school and PTO programs and events.
  • Party Packs and reusable plateware for classroom snacks and class parties
  • Trash-Free Tuesdays
  • Walk-to-School Wednesdays 
  • No Idling campaign to limit our children's exposure to exhaust fumes emitted by cars.
  • Supporting our HWS extracurricular Student Green Team and faculty advisor Kate Edwards.
  • Working with the District 36 Green Team to coordinate consistent, sustainable initiatives across all our schools

More information on all these initiatives is or will be available on the PTO Website.  Please contact Liz Kunkle at for more information or to become a member of our committee.

This Week and Next
After School Sports Begin This Week!
Grade 4 - Wednesdays from 3:15-4:00 PM in the gym
Grade 3 - Thursdays from 3:15-4:00 PM in the gym 
Go-to-School Night, Thursday, September 11
Grades 3-4 at 7:00-7:50 PM, Grades 1-2 at 8:00-8:50 PM 
PTO Program: Daniel Ryan's VIEWS AND VISIONS, Wednesday, September 17 from 9:00-10:30 AM in the HW auditorium. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear Dr. Ryan articulate his vision and goals for our children and Hubbard Woods School for the 2014-2015 academic year. Please join us for this important conversation.
Thursday, September 18 is PICTURE DAY!
Please watch your child's backpack for sign up forms and information. If you have any questions, please contact Becky Sanderson               (
Kindergarten Go-to-School Night, 
Thursday, September 18 from 7:00-8:00 PM
News and Notes
This Is The Last Week To Order Spirit Wear!
If you haven't done so already, please 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.
The Grand
Raise Money for our School Without Writing a Check!
All you need to do is save your grocery receipts from The Grand. It's as easy as 1-2-3!
  1. Gather up and collect any 2014 Grand Food Receipts.
  2. Bring your receipts to the box in the front hall by Joan Kuzel's desk.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 all year long!
Community Events
"All Joy And No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood," Friday, September 19, 7:00 PM, 
New Trier School, Northfield Campus, Cornog Auditorium, 7 Happ Road, Northfield

New Trier High School D203, the New Trier Parents' Association and The Family Action Network (FAN) present Jennifer Senior, author of New York Times bestseller All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood. Unlike many parenting books on the market that focus on the effects of parents on children, Senior's book takes an ethnographic approach, documenting the effects that children have on their parents' lives - their marriages, jobs, friendships, lifestyles, and mental health. She guides parents in seeing that their challenges, which they often assume are of their own making, are in fact part of a much larger socio-economic-cultural picture.
Click here for more information.
Looking Ahead
There Will Be No School On Thursday, September 25 in observance of Rosh Hashanah
Lunch Box

Kiddos Hot Lunch Begins Tomorrow, September 8th!
The next Pizza Fun Lunch will be served on Friday, September 26th.
Hats off to co-chairs Jackie Gibbons and Meredith Lovell as well as all the other Pizza Fun Lunch volunteers for pulling off a terrific first pizza lunch on Friday.  A huge thanks to Greta O'Keef, Courtney Mathey and Jen Hayes for making our new families feel so very welcome at Daniel Ryan's New Family Orientation.  Thank you to Laurie Cahill and her Back to School Committee for placing and then tirelessly removing Hubbard Woods signs on every family's lawn. A very, very special thanks to Lori Miralles and her team for all of their hard work on the directory which is scheduled to arrive by Back to School Night.
Next Up
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The Item is Monday, September 15. Submissions should be sent to