The Item Newsletter, Issue #3, September 20, 2015
Your Family Is Invited to The First-Ever  
Cardboard Challenge at Hubbard Woods School! 

On Saturday, October 3rd from 3-5 pm, bring your children to the playground to build anything they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination.
  • All ages welcome
  • Children must be accompanied by a caregiver
  • Cardboard and "Makedo" cardboard tools will be provided
  • Feel free to bring cardboard from home as well
  • If the sun is shining, we'll be on the playground
  • If not, we'll meet in the gym
  • Remember to bring water bottles for your hard-working children!
Click here to watch "Caine's Arcade" the moving short film that tells the story of
Caine Monroy, 9 year old tinker, entrepreneur and inspiration for the Global Cardboard Challenge.

Click here for information about the Global Cardboard Challenge.

Click here to learn about Makedo's, and to get some  
great ideas about all that can be done with cardboard. 
This Week and Next
Yom Kippur     
Wednesday, September 23rd - No School 
PTO Program: Daniel Ryan's Views and Visions
Wednesday, September 30
9:00-10:30 AM
in the Auditorium
Dr. Ryan will articulate his vision for the school year, talk about the IDEA lab, the Decades Project and other exciting developments happening this year. There will be time for questions and answers at the end. Please join us for this important discussion!
Kindergarten Go-to-School Night
Thursday, October 1, 7-8 PM
Saturday, October 3, 3-5 PM
on the Hubbard Woods Playground
A ZEN LIBRARIAN - by Todd Burleson
You've heard a lot about the IDEA Lab and all the amazing things that are going on in the space, but what about books?  Well, you are going to want to read this week's A Zen Librarian! In it our Librarian Todd Burleson talks about the important balance of 'books and bytes!' Check it out!
News and Notes
Fourth Grade Chorus
Begins Soon!
The 4th Grade Chorus will begin on Tuesday, October 6th at 8:00 AM for all interested 4th Graders!  This year we will meet every Tuesday morning, with a few exceptions.  We have already been invited to sing at a men's basketball game at Northwestern University and we are working on some other out-of-school performances through the year.  Stay tuned for more details!

In our music classes, we focus on what it's like to be part of an ensemble.  The chorus takes this concept and puts it into practice by expanding on our singing skills (pitch, range) as well as our level of independence in singing through 2 and 3 part music, and strengthens our ability to listen to each other and be part of a musical team.  Physical warm-ups and choreography are also part of the experience.  

All are welcome!  Permission slips will be going home soon - be on the lookout!
-Mr. Wendt
Calling All First Grade Cub Scouts
We would like to know who is interested in joining 1st Grade Cub Scouts this year!  Please email Kate Sognefest at if your son would like to have a super fun year of hands-on activities.  We will meet once a month and participate in the popular Pinewood Derby, camping, field trips, and more.  Please join the 1st grade Den Parents, Kate & Matt Neal and Kate & Scott Sognefest, for a brief Parent Info Night on September 24 at 7:30pm to get more information and sign up.
PTO Gift Wrap Sale Is Here  
Next week, your child will be bringing home the Genevieve's gift wrap and gifts catalog. Please consider ordering high quality gift wrap and gifts and get a jump on the holidays. The annual sale helps the PTO fund many wonderful programs and activities at Hubbard Woods.  
For more information, contact Amy Kay
The Grand
Raise Money for our School Without Writing a Check!
All you need to do is save your grocery receipts from The Grand. It's as easy as 1-2-3!
1. Gather up and collect any 2015 Grand Food Receipts.
2. Bring your receipts to the box in the front hall by Joan Kuzel's desk.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 all year long!
Now Enrolling 2nd- 4th Graders For The Student Green Team 
The Student Green Team meets during lunch every other Wednesday. Click here for the Student Green Team permission slip. Please print it out, then return the filled-in form to the school office.
Help Stock The Project Room   
We are building a supply of the following items in the Project Room. Please place donations in the box by Joan Kuzel's desk (at this time we aren't in need of any recyclables other than what is listed below, thanks!).
- corks
- prescription medicine bottles (orange with white cap, labels removed)
- bottle caps, all colors 
Volunteer for the IDEA Lab    
Don't forget to sign up as a parent volunteer for your child's IDEA Lab time. No special skills or training necessary! You should have received a SignUp Genius on September 7th. We still need some help! Please take a minute to sign up for a slot or two so that you can see the IDEA Lab in action! Contact Sarah Graham with any questions or if you have not seen the sign up (
Do You Love Scrapbooking? Or Creating Snapfish Picture Books? 
Then the PTO has a spot for you! We're looking for 2 people to collaborate with our veteran Yearbook Chair, Jennie Ely, on this year's yearbook.  Please contact Jennie Ely with interest or questions at
Looking Ahead
International Walk To School Day
Wednesday, October 7
Walk, bike or use some other form of active transportation to get to and from school
Columbus Day      
Monday, October 12
No School 
Parent Teacher Conferences
Thursday, October 15
Early Release Day
11:25am Dismissal,
No Afternoon Kindergarten
Parent Teacher Conferences
Friday, October 16
No School
Mark Your Calendars: IDEA Lab OPEN HOUSE 
Open House for Parents and Students
Tuesday, November 10, 7-8PM
Lunch Box

Kiddos Hot Lunch is well underway. Click here to order today! Please place your child's order by 9AM EACH MONDAY for the following week of lunches. Or you can place your orders now all the way through January 30, 2016.  
The next Pizza Fun Lunch will be Friday, September 25th.
An enormous thank you to Lisa Merlo and her team for throwing an amazing birthday party to celebrate Hubbard Woods' 100th Anniversary. What a fantastic way to kick off this special year!

Thank you to Lowey Sichol  for coordinating Art Room helpers for the year. And thanks go to Sarah Graham for coordinating IDEA Lab helpers.

Thank you Pizza Fun Lunch co-chairs Nicole Rivera and Jen Lahti along with the whole Pizza Fun Lunch Team for running such a well-oiled operation.

Lastly, smiles all around for Becky Sanderson and her team for making sure Picture Day was a success!

Community News
Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle, Ph.D.
Friday, October 9,
7 PM at Skokie School Auditorium. Click here for details about this lecture and for a list of future FAN events.
Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family by Anne-Marie Slaughter, Ph.D.
Monday, October 12, 7 PM at New Trier High School, Northfield Campus. Click here for details about this lecture.
How To Raise An Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims
Wednesday, October 14, 7 PM at Glenbrook North High School. Click here for details about this lecture.
An Evening with Andrew Solomon
Andrew Solomon, Ph.D.

Tuesday, October 20, 7 PM at Cahn Auditorium, Northwestern University. Click here for details about this lecture.
Fort Building!
Friday, October 9, 4-7 PM and Saturday, October 10, 12-7 PM, Crow Island Woods, Winnetka. Click here for more information.
About the PTO
The Hubbard Woods PTO involves parents and teachers working together on behalf of the school and its students. To become involved please contact
Jen Hayes at
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