The Item Newsletter, Issue #18, May 3, 2015
This is one of the most fun-filled days at Hubbard Woods! Students from grades 1-4 are mixed together on three different teams: Red, White, or Blue. Students are encouraged to wear their team colors on Field Day while engaging in activities including: trivia, water balloon toss, soccer dribble, and more. Teachers and parent volunteers work together to ensure the events of the day run smoothly doing everything from managing games to scoring or distributing water. Sign up to volunteer today by clicking here 
In the event of inclement weather, Field Day will take place in the gym.
Questions? Please contact your Field Day co-chairs Anne Ross ( and Andrea Mercuri (
This Week and Next
Wednesday, May 6
National Bike to School Day. 3rd and 4th Graders are encouraged to bike to and from school.
Thursday, May 7 and Friday, May 8
Camp Edwards, 4th Grade
Wednesday, May 13 
Views, Visions & Verifications Presentation by Daniel Ryan, 9-10:30 AM, Hubbard Woods Auditorium
Sunday, May 17
12-4 PM, Hubbard Woods School
News and Notes
   Mayfest '15 
Kids. Tradition. Fun.
It's time to get your Mayfest tickets!
Take advantage of our convenient, easy PayPal option and avoid ticket lines at Mayfest!

Cinco de Mayo Special
Support Mayfest with *online purchase May 5th and receive a FREE Mayfest tote bag, featuring our favorite HW raccoon!
*Must order from each category:  
raffle tics, food/ride tics and sponsorship.Tote will be distributed with your ticket packet at Will-Call.

Check-order packets including complete raffle item list going home with kids next week! Remember, you stuff your own raffle boxes this year!
Please complete the online PTO volunteer form for the upcoming school year, by CLICKING HERE. In order to successfully continue PTO-sponsored programs such as the Yearbook, Pizza Fun Lunch, Mayfest, Book Fair, Art Smart and the Kiddos Lunch Program, we need your help. Questions can be directed to the PTO at
Last Grand Foods Challenge of the Year
And, back by popular demand, the classroom that turns in the most 2015 receipts will get a McFlurry Party. Just have your student bring the Grand receipts to their classroom and deposit the receipts in the class envelopes. By supporting our local grocery store you also support Hubbard Woods. So send in those receipts today!
Parents: Have you ever asked yourself, "Why do I need to submit the same information I provide during school registration a second time for inclusion in the school directory?" Well, no more! This year we will be collecting directory information via Infosnap during registration in June.  This will be your only chance to submit information for the directory, so please be sure to complete this section.  More information to come as registration approaches.  Questions? Contact Lori Miralles at
MORE Great News from
The Green Team!
On the heels of Hubbard Woods' Trex Plastic Bag Challenge win and a very productive Earth Week, the Green Team is pleased to bring yet another bit of good news. In honor of Arbor Day, the PTO planted two apple trees on the east side of Hubbard Woods. Swing by the corner of Burr and Laurel (where the buses pick up) to see our new additions!
ATTENTION all lovers of rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, turtles, birds and other small animals!  Winnetka's Adventures in Learning/Animal Care Class is back this summer beginning Monday, June 15th.  If your son's or daughter's small animal (or you) is due for a brief break this summer, please email Anna at Attempts at permanent adoptions can also be made if it is time to pass your pet on to another loving family.
The PTO would like to applaud the amazing work of
Mr. Wendt
and the children of Hubbard Woods. Spring Sing was absolutely fantastic!!!! Bravo!
Thank you's also belong to the terrific team of people who made sure the Spring Sing went off without a hitch:

to Liz Vance, Chair of the Music Committee, for her tireless, behind-the-scenes efforts to coordinate the night's many, many details. Liz Vance, along with Sarah Graham, interviewed the students to find out what community means to them. These big ideas were the basis for the whole show!

to Mr. Klip, Ms. Mac, Ms. Bierner, Senorita T, Ms. Lockridge, Ms. Fields, Ms. Carmichael, Ms. Barron, Ms. Anderson and Ms. Kaseeska for helping with rehearsals, 

to the "coaches" for The Voice - Ms. White, Ms. Greer, Ms. Kasesska, Ms. Goettel, Mr. Scheetz, Ms. Wray, Mr. Dillon, Ms. Blaker, Ms. Connell, Ms. Kerouac, Ms. Ellis, Ms. Baker, Ms. Bulan, Ms. Rhyne and Ms. Amaral

to Laura Williams, Becky Sanderson and Erin Donaldson for the wonderful swivel chairs.

to Ms. Strening for choreographing "Make 'Em Laugh" 

to Mr. Burleson for tech and audio support
Thank you to Liz Kunkle, Judith Campbell and the Hubbard Woods Green Team for making Earth Week so meaningful. From the introduction of the classroom composting bins, to a chilly but successful Walk-to-School Wednesday, to the planting of two new apple trees on Arbor Day, your hard work is making a significant impact on our community!
A special word of thanks to Amy Boehm, this year's PTO Treasurer. Amy has done an exceptional job of putting the PTO's accounts in perfect order. We're so grateful Amy!
Last, but not least, kudos to Flannery Buchanan for her patience, tenacity, and determination which resulted in a wonderful Spanish Dance Assembly for all our children.  Thank you Flannery!

Looking Ahead
Friday, May 22
Early Dismissal, No school in the afternoon
Monday, May 25
Memorial Day, No school
Tuesday, May 26
Safety Patrol and 4th Grade Pizza Fun Lunch
Wednesday, May 27
Field Day
Friday, May 29
WPD Bike Rodeo, HW Playground
Wednesday, June 3
Last Day of School for Kindergarten
Thursday, June 4, 7:45-8:30 AM
Fourth Grade Farewell, Hubbard Woods Auditorium
Thursday, June 4
Last Day of School, 2:45 PM Dismissal
- By Todd Burleson
What can you do to encourage a love of reading in your child this summer? How do you keep your child progressing and prevent the 'summer slide'? CLICK HERE for tips from our own Zen Librarian.  
Gear Up for Camp
for just $5!

They're cute, earth-friendly, inexpensive and perfect for camp. Please see Joan Kuzel at the front desk to purchase one (or more) before summer.
Lunch Box

Lunch ordering is NOW OPEN for all dates through year end. Place your order by logging onto
The next Pizza Fun Lunch will be served on Friday, May 15
Community Events
Saturday, May 16, 8 AM at The Skokie School. Race fee is $35*. You can register the morning of the race beginning at 6:30 AM, or pre-register online HERE. *Money raised will support the Live Like Leah Foundation supporting pediatric brain cancer research. Questions? Contact or log onto
Notice for 4th Grade Parents:
Dear Skokie-Washburne Parents,
It's that time of year! Time to start thinking about NEXT year! Whatever your interest or talent we have a volunteer opportunity for you! Please go to to fill out the survey and click on whatever committee looks interesting - we are always looking for an extra set of hands! Keep in mind, the chair positions are filled on a first come, first served basis so sign up today! Thank you! Karin Palasz and Heather Pigott
"Happiness is Only the Cart: Love is the Horse"
Lecture(s) by George E. Vaillant, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. Tuesday, May 5, 7PM, Glenbrook South High School AND Wednesday, May 6, 7PM at New Trier High School, Winnetka Campus. Click here for more information.
"Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time"
Lecture by Brigid Schulte, Staff Writer, The Washington Post. Monday, May 11, 7PM, New Trier High School, Winnetka Campus. Click here for more information.
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