The Item Newsletter, Preview Issue, August 16, 2015
Dear Hubbard Woods Families,
Welcome to the preview issue of the Item e-newsletter, your primary source of information for PTO-related information at Hubbard Woods. Beginning August 23rd, the Item will arrive in your inbox every other week. There is no need to subscribe. The Item is designed to provide important information about everything from school lunches to special events to important dates in a succinct, easy to read format. Each issue of the Item will be similar in format to allow you to find key information with minimal effort. 
While the Item should be your primary source for timely information, the Hubbard Woods PTO website is a wonderful resource for Hubbard Woods families with links to community organizations, detailed information about school policies and procedures, and contact information and descriptions for all PTO programs. Check out the website by clicking

Please do enjoy the remaining days of summer vacation. We look forward to seeing everyone next week!
Jennifer Hayes, PTO President
Erin Donaldson, PTO Programs/Communications
This Week and Next
New Online Payment Option - Log on NOW to 
Complete Important Purchases Before School Starts!
The PTO hopes to streamline the back-to-school payment process by making it online this year! NOW, you can pay before the first day of school and you only have one payment! Itʼs as simple as logging onto the PTO's website to make your back-to-school payments. With a few clicks of a button you will be able to pay for the following: *School Supplies * Yearbooks * Teacher Gifts * Pizza Fun Lunch * School Directories * Birthdays Books 
CLICK HERE to pay for all your back-to-school options! Please note, PayPal charges a processing fee and we have added it to the school supply cost. If you prefer to pay by check you may still do so on the first day of school. Please bring your checks written separately for each student and each option listed above to your room parent on the first morning of school (same process as previous years). Checks should be made out to: Hubbard Woods PTO. 
New Family Playdate, Tomorrow,
Monday, 8/17
All new families and their buddy families are invited to the New Family Playdate this Monday from 3:30-5:30 PM on the Hubbard Woods playground. 
Siblings welcome! 
School Tour for New Families, 
Friday, August 21, 9:00 AM in the Auditorium
Tours for new families will be held on Friday morning starting in the auditorium, followed by popsicles on the playground. Please note, tours will not include visits to the teachers or inside the kindergarten classrooms as the staff is busy preparing surprises for the first day of school. Questions? Contact Nidhi Singh (chicagonidhi@gmail.comor Stephanie Meyer (
Back-to-School Schedule
Grades 1-4 - FIRST DAY
Wednesday, August 26
8:35am - 2:45pm

Kindergarten - SHORT FIRST DAY
Thursday, August 27
Times TBD
Welcome Coffee, Wednesday, August 26, 
8:30-9:30 AM in the Front Foyer
After seeing the children off on their first day swing by to enjoy a cup of coffee and a chance to say hello to other HW parents.
Popsicles on the Playground, 
Wednesday, August 26, 2:45-3:15 PM
Parents and children - let's celebrate the start of a new school year with popsicles on the playground! Join us right after the first day of school. Siblings welcome.

News and Notes
2015-2016 Spirit Wear is Here With New 
Colors & Designs! null
Check out our great new HW Spirit Wear collection online or in-person and get your family outfitted for the school year! 
Purchase opportunities include:
  • During New Family Tours on 8/21
  • In the school lobby during the first week of school (as early as 8:15am)
  • During Go-to-School Nights in September

Or, view and purchase from the entire collection online at For assistance, contact Nichole Kain at 

Rah, Rah, Rah for Hubbard Woods!
It has become a fun annual tradition to show our school spirit by displaying colorful Hubbard Woods yard signs in the days leading up to the first day of school. Volunteers will be placing a HW sign in your front yard next week. If you do not wish to have a sign please contact Lucie White 
( or Dominique Birchmeier 
( Signs will be collected from yards by volunteers during the first week of school.       
Seeking 3rd and 4th Grade Runners 
Girls on the Run will meet after school every Tuesday and Friday from 3:15-4:40 beginning early September through mid-November. The program is open to all girls in grades 3 and 4. If you are interested in signing up your child, please respond to the email with registration information you should have received from Rebecca Collora ( Registration will begin early this year--August 24th.

Looking Ahead
New Parent Orientation Evening, Tuesday, September 1, 
7:00-8:15 PM presentation in the Resource Center.
Go-to-School Night, Thursday, September 17,
Grades 3-4 at 7:00-7:50 PM, Grades 1-2 at 8:00-8:50 PM 
Go-to-School Night, Thursday, October 1,
from 7:00-8:00 PM
PTO Program: Daniel Ryan's Views and Visions, Wednesday, September 30, 9:00-10:30 AM
in the Auditorium
Lunch Box

Kiddos Hot Lunch begins Monday, August 31st. Click here to order today! You must place your child's order by 9AM on Monday, August 24th for that first week of lunches. The Kiddos hot lunch program is available for students in Grades 1-4. Ordering is now open for the period of August 31-January 30, 2016.
The first Pizza Fun Lunch will be Friday, September 11th. Pizza Fun Lunch is a school fundraiser that allows students to enjoy delicious Viccino's pizza on select Fridays throughout the school year. New this year:
Fruit will be provided along with the pizza!
To participate and pay online, please click here.  
About the PTO
The Hubbard Woods PTO involves parents and teachers working together on behalf of the school and its students.  Parent volunteers help create a strong sense of community, provide support to our teachers and staff, and sponsor programs and activities that enrich our chidren's educational experience. To become involved please contact Jen Hayes at