The Item Newsletter, Issue #9, December 14, 2014
ALMOST THERE! But Donations Still Needed 
Our third and fourth graders have done a fantastic job organizing and promoting their respective service projects. Let's help them finish strong.

Third Grade - Collection of Cold Weather Gear

The Third Grade is collecting cold weather gear for The Night Ministry. Please donate hats, scarves and sturdy, non-knit gloves for homeless adults. Dark colors are preferred. A box is located in the font hallway until Friday, December 19.
Fourth Grade - Items for The New Trier Food Pantry 
The Fourth Grade is collecting food and basic necessities for the New Trier Township Food Pantry. There will be collection containers in the front hallway until Wednesday, December 17.

Priority items include: white and brown rice, cookies, crackers, other healthy snacks, condiments, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and toilet paper.
Click here for a full list of recommended items.
This Week and Next
Thursday, December 18 - Winter Sing
9-10 AM Families with names from A-L
1:30-2:30 PM Families with names from M-Z
In the Auditorium
Friday, December 19 - PAJAMA DAY!
Kids come to school in their pj's. 
Monday, December 22 - Friday, January 2
Winter Break - No School

News and Notes
A Successful
Grand Foods Challenge!

Thank you all for participating in the most recent Grand Foods Challenge! Ms. Rhyne's fourth grade class was the lucky beneficiary of the McFlurry party having brought in the most receipts by the November deadline.


LAST CALL - Please remember to turn in any remaining 2014 Grand Food Center Receipts by Friday, December 19. The Grand will not accept any 2014 receipts next year, so now is the only time we can use them. Drop receipts in the  "Grand Receipts" box in front of Ms. Kuzel's desk.

Save the Date!
The Parent Faculty Party will be held on Saturday, February 7. We are going paperless this year- invitations will be coming soon to your inbox!
A ZEN LIBRARIAN - by Todd Burleson
One More Non-Fiction Fest This Wednesday
You are invited to join us after school from 3:15-4:30pm this Wednesday, December 17 for a fire by the fireplace, some snacks and snuggles as we enjoy non-fiction together.
I would also love to thank the parents and kids for coming to the Non-Fiction Fest these past two Wednesdays!  It has been a wonderful chance to slow down, enjoy the fire and celebrate great books together.  Thank you!
A huge thank you to Book Fair Co-Chairs Nicole Rivera and Gina Fechheimer, to all the members of the Book Fair Committee and to all the parent volunteers who helped at the event. The Book Fair proved to be a tremendous success this year and the entire event went off without a hitch thanks to all the wonderful planning. Thank you again! Thank you Kindergarten Registration Chair Effie Karavites and her wonderful committee for making all of the new kindergarten families feel so welcome at Hubbard Woods. The event ran smoothly thanks to their great efforts. Thank you to Belinda Swain for her behind the scenes work at Hubbard Woods. Efforts like those of Belinda and all the others mentioned above are what make Hubbard Woods such a special community. Last but not least, a very special thanks to Nat Roberts, Lori Miralles, Abby Burtelow, Kathy Newlands, Amy Boehm and Ann Waite who heeded the call for help and assisted Ms. Mac with the hanging of the art work in anticipation of the winter sing. 
Up Next
The deadline to submit content for the next issue of The Item is Monday, December 29. Submissions should be sent to
Looking Ahead
Monday January 5
School Reopens
Friday, January 9
Spirit Day
Lost and Found
Please remind your children to check the Lost and Found for missing items before the end of school on Friday, December 19. Also, the Lost and Found will be placed in the school foyer on the day of the Winter Sing. Make sure to check it out!  
Lunch Box

Ordering now open for December - February 28, 2015. Log on today! 
The next Pizza Fun Lunch will be served on Friday, December 19.
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
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.