The Item Newsletter, Issue #8, December 1, 2014


Dear Hubbard Woods Students and Parents,

During the month of December, Hubbard Woods will be celebrating non-fiction! You are invited to join us after school from 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm each Wednesday in December for a fire by the fireplace, some snacks and snuggles as we enjoy non-fiction together. In the past we've celebrated picture books. This year we'll be seeing how many non-fiction titles we can read during the month. Come see how non-fiction has changed! We hope to see you for one or all of the after-school celebrations!

- From Our Zen Librarian, Todd Burleson

This Week and Next
Friday, December 5
Kindergarten Registration
In the Auditorium
Friday, December 5 - Spirit Day 
Wear your turquoise and white!
News and Notes
Amazing Minds: A 1st and 2nd Grade Enrichment Program New to Hubbard Woods, Beginning in January! 
Calling all first and second graders! How would you like to go on an incredible journey with Amazing Minds after school? Explore topics such as countries near and far, land and water animals, rocks and minerals, and stormy weather. Build rock collections, excavate Ancient Egyptian tombs, and shop in a simulated grocery store. Learn to use tools that help you solve problems such as calculators, magnifying glasses, microscopes, tape measures and geology kits. Engage in science experiments where you dissect owl pellets, wear prism glasses and make raisins bounce. Top it all off with exciting topic-related take home prizes such as an Australian boomerang. Come and exercise your brain with us after school!

Amazing Minds will be at Hubbard Woods this winter! Class will be held on Tuesdays from January 13 to March 24, from 3:20 to 4:20 pm. Registration is now available through, or call 847-509-8875.
Winnetka Parents Institute:
Mathematics in the Winnetka Public Schools

Wednesday, December 3
9:30 - 11 am
Skokie School  

What does research say about best practices in mathematics education? And why does math today look so different from when we were in school? During this WPI, the following topics will be addressed:
  • How and when do students learn their "math facts"?
  • Why do we invest time in finding multiple ways to solve problems?
  • Why are thinking and reasoning essential in today's math class?
This presentation will be of interest to parents of students of all ages. Please RSVP to Cathy Koller at or call 847-501-4530.
Attention Parents Of Incoming Kindergarteners! 
Kindergarten registration will take place at Hubbard Woods THIS Friday, December 5 from 
9 AM - 11 AM for children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2015.

An official birth certificate and proof of residency will be required of ALL students, including those with older siblings enrolled in the Winnetka Public Schools. Documents will be photocopied and returned at the time of registration. Please see the District 36 website for examples of documents to present as proof of residency. If you have any questions, please contact the District Office at 847-446-9400.

*For the first time, parents will have the option of completing the majority of their paperwork online. Forms are now available on the District website.
"Grazie!" to Jennie Ely, Christina Collins and the World Travelers Committee for all they did to make the World Travelers Italy lunch and program such a success. 

A special thank you to Gina Fechheimer and Nicole Rivera as well as the rest of the RC Staff, the Book Fair Committee members and all of the parent volunteers for all of the effort they put into this year's wonderful Book Fair. 

Congratulations to the 3rd and 4th grade girls of the Hubbard Woods Girls On The Run Team for running the Chicago GOTR 5K in November! Despite 20 degree temperatures the girls completed the race with ease. Credit for making Girls On The Run so much fun goes to coaches Elizabeth Abrahmson, Rebecca Collora, and Aileen Baxter
Up Next
The deadline to submit content for the next issue of The Item is Monday, December 8. Submissions should be sent to
Looking Ahead
Thursday, December 18
Winter Sing 
In the Auditorium
9 am: Families with names from A-L
1:30 pm: Families with names from M-Z 
Friday, December 19
Pajama Day
Monday, December 22 - Friday, January 2
Winter Break - No School
Lost and Found
Accessories Are Adding Up! Come Check Them Out Before Buying More
The school's Lost and Found is filling up quickly.Stop by to see if anything belongs to you.
Lunch Box

Ordering now open for December - February 28, 2015. Log on today! 
The next Pizza Fun Lunch will be served on Friday, December 5.
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.
Community Events
Claude Steele, Ph.D.
presents "Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do" on Monday, December 8 at 7 PM in the Evanston Township High School Auditorium. Click here for information.
Drawing Contest!
The theme for this year's Screen Break Drawing contest is: 
Color Your Adventure. 
  • Drawings must be done on 8 1/2 x 11 paper
  • Use a black marker or felt tip pen only (for clearer copying)
  • Include your name, address, school, grade, email and phone number on the back of each drawing.
Drawings must be submitted to the library on or before Monday, January 19, 2015.
Details and entry forms are available here.