The Item Newsletter, Issue #4, October 5, 2014
Mrs. McMillan Featured In 
The Chicago Tribune!
Congratulations to our own Phyllis McMillan on her feature in last week's local Chicago Tribune. The Tribune picked up the story of Mrs. McMillan's exceptional 47 year teaching career after hearing about the Hubbard Woods book collection dedicated in her honor. To read the full Tribune article click here

If you would like to make a donation to purchase a book for The Phyllis McMillan Book Collection, which is housed in the Hubbard Woods Resource Center, please click hereFor a $20 donation, a children's book will be purchased and inscribed with your name and a brief message for Mrs. McMillan. We are thrilled that Mrs. McMillan is able to make great use of this book collection as she continues on at Hubbard Woods as a reading volunteer.
This Week and Next
Wednesday, October 8 
International Walk To School Day 
Monday, October 13 - No School 
in observance of Columbus Day
Thursday, October 16 - Early Release Day 
School will dismiss at 11:25am for Parent-Teacher Conferences. No PM kindergarten.
Friday, October 17 - No School 
Parent-Teacher Conference Day
News and Notes
Wednesday, October 8 is International Walk To School Day
The forecast looks great! 
Make a plan now to walk, bike, or use other forms of active, non-motorized transportation to get to and from school this Wednesday. And remember - every Wednesday is Walk-to-School Wednesday! Please contact Liz Kunkle ( for more information or to become a member of the HWS Environmental PTO Committee.
Holiday Planning Helps 
the PTO!
Get a jump on your holiday gift wrapping by purchasing gift wrap and other gift items through the Genevieve website. Each Hubbard Woods family should have received one Genevieve brochure, along with instructions for ordering online. It's fast and easy, and helps our PTO fund programs and activities.
THE DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 15 to have orders delivered in time for the holidays. For more information please contact Gwen Oelerich (
It's time for our annual fall luncheon with the fantastic academic entertainer, Barbara Rinella. Barbara is doing a book dramatization of The Traitor's Wife, The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray America by Allison Pataki. Please check your email for the invitation on Paperless Post. RSVP now for lunch at the Skokie Country Club, Friday November 7th, 11:45am-2:30pm. Get a group of friends and family together to support Hubbard Woods School. Everyone is welcome. 
A ZEN LIBRARIAN - by Todd Burleson

Welcome to the first of a regular column from the Hubbard

Woods Resource Center and its director Todd Burleson. 

Each month I will alternate between discussing technology and texts. 


This month, I want to explore the thinking and research around teaching keyboarding. As our students become increasingly more 'connected,' fluency is the objective. Just as students need to know how to effectively write without struggling to know how to make each letter, they also must know how to type without hunting for each individual character. Here is a link to an article I posted on our A Zen Librarian Blog. I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Next month I'll be discussing non-fiction and its new importance as the Common Core amps up the amount of this type of reading. Also, Parents, take a look at our Hubbard Woods Resource Center Web Page. Over on the left side of the page are three tabs: For Students; For Teachers; For Parents. Check out the resources there for both you an your children.

Next Up
The deadline to submit content for the next issue of The Item is Tuesday, October 14. Submissions should be sent to
Looking Ahead
Wednesday, October 22 
Picture Day Retakes
October 28 and 29 
Vision and Hearing Screening
Friday, October 31
Halloween Ghost Walk
2pm on the playground (in gym if poor weather). Class parties to follow Ghost Walk.
Lost and Found
This week we are featuring this shiny, awesome North Face jacket. It's getting cold, you might want this back! 
The school's Lost and Found is filling up quickly.Stop by to see if anything belongs to you.
Lunch Box

Did you miss the ordering deadline? Do you want to order more meals, or change/cancel part of your order? Access your account to make changes at any time at
The next Pizza Fun Lunch will be served on Friday, October 10.
Community Events

New Trier Referendum - 
Vote on November 4
On November 4, New Trier Township residents will vote on an $89 million bond referendum that would replace three adjacent sections of New Trier High School's Winnetka Campus with one new building. For more information about this proposed project click here.