The Item Newsletter, Issue #5, October 19, 2014
A ZEN LIBRARIAN - by Todd Burleson
Digital Citizenship Week 2014: Oct. 19-25
What is Digital Citizenship? How is it being taught at Hubbard Woods School and around the nation? What is Common Sense Media and why should I care? If one or more of these questions piques your interest, and as parents of elementary-age students they should, please click HERE to learn more about it. This month I share one of the most valuable resources you'll ever find when it comes to managing and taming the internet with and for children.

On Thursday, October 30th the District will be hosting a presentation entitled 
Raising Digital Natives at The Skokie School
9am - Elementary School Parents
11am - Middle School Parents
There will be a presentation by New Trier Superintendent, Dr. Linda Yonke, betweeen the two sessions at 10:30am.
This Week and Next
Monday, October 27 
Picture Retake Day 
October 28 and 29
Vision and Hearing Screening
Friday, October 31 - Halloween Ghost Walk 
2 pm on the playground (in the gym if poor weather)
Class parties to follow Ghost Walk
News and Notes
Picture Retake Day is October 27
Please note that Picture Retake Day has been rescheduled to Monday, October 27, due to a delay in receiving our photos. If you missed picture day, are unhappy with your child's picture, or just want a do-over, you have one more chance! IMPORTANT: If you have already taken pictures, you MUST return them to the photographer, along with the envelope, to receive full credit. Please keep the individual class photo as that will NOT be retaken. If you are a parent of an afternoon kindergartner and want a retake, you will need to bring your child to school that morning between 8:45 and 10:45 am. Questions? Contact Becky Sanderson at
World Travelers: Upcoming Voyage
Mark your calendars: our first destination is Italy! Learn about Italy's rich art, culture, and history. Italy is a country filled with great cathedrals and many works by famous artists. Learn about this and much more at our travelogue on Wednesday, November 12. Enjoy dishes from Italy on Friday, November 14. Fliers will come home in your child's backpack on Friday, October 31. Payment and registration is due Friday, November 7. Questions? Contact Jenny Ely at or Christina Collins at
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. 
Shopping For Halloween Candy?
Or A Tailgating Party?
Don't forget to bring in your Grand Food Center receipts to Hubbard Woods. It's a win-win: you support the Hubbard Woods PTO and The Grand at the same time. The Grand generously donates 3% of the pre-tax amount to the PTO on each receipt collected from the Winnetka and Glencoe stores. Just drop off your Grand receipts in the box in front of Joan Kuzel's desk.
You Can Still Purchase Holiday Gift Wrap!
Thank you to all who purchased holiday gift wrap and other gifts to help raise PTO funds. As a reminder, you can order more gift wrap and other items from the Genevieve website all year long! Simply visit, click SHOP and enter our Hubbard Woods account number, 5548. For questions, please contact Gwen Oelerich at

Thanks to everyone for supporting Hubbard Woods's first International Walk To School Day on October 8. Did you notice there were no cars during drop-off last Wednesday? Safety Patrol had nothing to do! What a great problem to have. Remember, every Wednesday is Walk To School Wednesday.
Also, many thanks to Gwen Oelerich for spearheading the gift wrap sales and for working with her team to make it a successful fundraiser for Hubbard Woods.  We also thank Fran Fairman for coming up with so many creative solutions to beautify the grounds of Hubbard Woods.
Next Up
The deadline to submit content for the next issue of The Item is Monday, October 27. Submissions should be sent to
Looking Ahead
Tuesday, November 4 
Early Dismissal
No school in the afternoon
Friday, November 7 
Barbara Rinella Luncheon
11:45 am - 2:30 pm
Friday, November 7 
School Spirit Day
Wednesday, November 12
Meet and Greet with Superintendent Trish Kocanda
2 pm sharp at the home of 
Amy Boehm, 766 Walden Rd.
Please RSVP to by November 5 if you plan to attend.
Wednesday, November 12
World Traveler Travelogue
11:30 am - 12:20 pm
Friday, November 14
World Traveler Lunch
11:30 am - 12:20 pm
Lost and Found
Your child might want to start wearing this again. 
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 24.
A Friendly Reminder: 
Please send your child to school with a water bottle or other beverage for lunch, if you have not prepurchased milk or juice.
Community Events

New Trier Referendum 
Learn more about the $89 million bond referendum that would replace three sections of New Trier High School's Winnetka Campus at an
Informational Meeting and Tour on Saturday, October 25. Tours will take place on the hour at 10am, 11am and 12pm.
Click here for more information.
The vote takes place on November 4.
Family Action Network
Upcoming Programs: 
Thursday, October 23, 7pm
Andrew Solomon, Ph.D. will present his lecture entitled Depression, Too, Is A Thing With Feathers. Click here for information.
Alliance for Early Childhood 
Upcoming Programs: 
Wednesday, October 29, 9:30-11am - Beyond Time Out: Dealing With Challenging Behaviors. Click here for information

Thursday, November 12, 9:30-11am - Encouraging Adventure: Redefining Success to Include Risk. Click here for information.

Thursday, November 13, 6:30pm - 25th Anniversary Celebration. Click here for information.