The Item Newsletter, Issue #6, November 2, 2014

November is The Grand Foods Challenge Month! 

We are holding a competition during the month of November to see which classroom can collect the largest number of Grand Foods receipts. The classroom with the most receipts will get a McFlurry Party! 

This is one of Hubbard Woods' easiest fundraisers.  

Here's all we need:

1. Gather up ANY Grand Food receipts from 2014

2. Have your children bring the receipts to their classrooms before November 26 (Thanksgiving Break)

3. Put the receipts in your classroom's collection envelope.


Hubbard Woods' PTO receives 3% of all pre-tax sales, so send in your receipts today!

This Week and Next
Tuesday, November 4 
Early Dismissal - No school in the afternoon
Friday, November 7 
School Spirit Day - WEAR YOUR SPIRIT WEAR!
Friday, November 7 
Fall Luncheon with Barbara Rinella, 
11:45 am - 2:30 pm at Skokie Country Club
Wednesday, November 12
World Traveler Travelogue, 11:30 am - 12:20 pm
Wednesday, November 12
Meet and Greet with Superintendent Trish Kocanda
2 pm sharp at the home of Amy Boehm, 766 Walden Rd.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Tuesday, November 5 to
Friday, November 14
World Traveler Lunch, 11:30 am - 12:20 pm
News and Notes
Book Fair Volunteers Wanted!
Come help out at our annual Book Fair which takes place November 19-20.  This is a fun way to get involved and check out the latest titles in children's books! Your time commitment can be as little as 90 minutes. All proceeds benefit the HW Resource Center. Click here to sign up
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. Flyers will come home in backpacks on Monday, November 3rdPayment and registration are due Friday, November 7. Questions? Contact Jenny Ely at or Christina Collins at
It's time for the Trex Plastic Bag Challenge!
District-wide, all schools will participate in the Trex Plastic Bag Challenge, which enlists schools to collect plastic bags and wrap to be made into alternate wood products. The Challenge runs from Nov 15 - April 15, with winners announced on April 22 (Earth Day). During this time, boxes will be placed at HWS to collect the plastics listed below. 

●Grocery bags
●Bread bags
●Case overwrap (e.g. water, soda and juice bottles)
●Dry cleaning bags
●Newspaper sleeves
●Ice bags
●Wood pellet bags
●Ziplock and other reclosable bags
●Produce bags
●Bubble wrap
●Salt bags
●Cereal bags

All plastics must be clean, dry, and free of food residue 
(ie, no string cheese wrappers or baggies with crumbs or grease).
A ZEN LIBRARIAN by Todd Burleson

 "For you as a parent, finding the book that gives you and your child a mutual way of dealing with a life-event, a subliminal anxiety or the need to find an emotional outlet, is one of the best things you can do for and with your child."

Virginia Mallin, Little Parachutes' Resident Psychotherapist


Have you ever wished there was a way to start a conversation with your child about a difficult topic? It might be a relative who has died, fear of the dark, terrible table manners, or a food allergy. Well, I've found a resource that is going to help you with those challenging topics. Little Parachutes is a tremendous resource to help parents and teachers find books about difficult subjects. Check out the in depth article I wrote about this tool. You'll want to bookmark this one so that you can find it easily when you need it!

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 by clicking here. 
Pumpkin Composting
The Village of Winnetka Public Works Department will host a one-day pumpkin collection event from 9 am - 1 pm on Wednesday, November 5th at 1390 Willow Road. Drop off pumpkins (pumpkins only) for the Village to properly dispose of at an approved compost facility. Contact the Public Works Department at 847-716-3550 with any questions.
Candy Drive 
Skokie School, via a REACH classroom initiative, will be hosting a Halloween Candy Drive. Extra candy can be dropped off in the Skokie School foyer on Monday, November 3 through Wednesday, November 5 or directly at McClellan Orthodontics on Green Bay Road (remember to tell them the donation is from Skokie School). Candy sale proceeds will be donated by REACH to Lurie Children's Hospital.
Alliance for Early Childhood 
Upcoming Programs: 
Thursday, November 13, 9:30 - 11 am
Encouraging Adventure: Redefining Success to Include Risk. Click here for information.

Thursday, November 13, 6:30 pm
25th Anniversary Celebration. Click here for information.
Looking Ahead
Wednesday, November 19 - Thursday, November 20
Book Fair in the Resource Center
Wednesday, November 26 - Friday, November 28
Thanksgiving Break 
No school
Lost and Found
How could you have forgotten your super cute coat?
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, November 21.
A Friendly Reminder: 
Please send your child to school with a water bottle or other beverage for lunch, if you have not pre-purchased milk or juice.
Thank you to Becky Sanderson and her team for the re-do (no pun intended) of Picture Day. Congratulations to Mr. Wendt and the fabulous fourth graders on their thrilling new rendition of Thriller at the Ghostwalk. And a huge thank you to Jennie Ely for spearheading our first World Travelers program for the year. Congratulatzioni!
Next Up
The deadline to submit content for the next issue of The Item is Monday, November 10. Submissions should be sent to