The Item Newsletter, Issue #4, October 4, 2015

Thanks to All Who Made the Cardboard Challenge A HUGE Success!

Yesterday Hubbard Woods had its first-ever Cardboard Challenge. Kids of all ages came to the gym and built impressive designs using nothing but cardboard, recycled materials -- and their imaginations! From a putting green to all types of houses and games -- everyone had great ideas and really practiced teamwork, resourcefulness, and design thinking to bring them to life. Most importantly, it was a day that celebrated the creativity and imagination of our incredible Hubbard Woods children! 

Some of the work remains in the gym for viewing this week -- be sure to check it out. For those of you who attended and took your works of art home, please remember to return the Makedo rivets used in your creations this week. There will be a box in front of Mrs. Kuzel's desk.

Thanks to everyone who came out to play. Thanks also to Jen Hayes, Sarah Graham and Todd Burleson, who were the drivers of bringing the event to Hubbard Woods. Last but not least, an enormous thank you to Clive Lascelles and Dennis Myers for all of their help trafficking the enormous amount of cardboard needed for the event. It couldn't have happened without you!
This Week and Next
International Walk to School Day   
Wednesday, October 7
Join your classmates and walk, bike or use some form of active transportation to get to and from school!
Kindergarten Focus Groups
Thursday, October 8, 7PM and Friday, October 9, 9AM
Have thoughts on extended kindergarten in District 36? Attend one of these focus groups at Hubbard Woods School.
Columbus Day    
Monday, October 12 - No School 
Parent-Teacher Conferences Early Release
Thursday, October 15, 11:25AM dismissal.
No PM kindergarten.
Parent/Teacher Conferences   
Friday, October 16 - No School 
News and Notes
Join us for our Second Annual District 36 Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 7. Each District 36 School is participating.
Our event encourages all forms of active, non-motorized transportation,
so feel free to ride bikes, scooter, or use in-line skates instead of walking. The goal is to get our kids out of our cars and onto our sidewalks.
Holiday Planning helps the PTO 
Get a jump on your holiday gift wrapping by purchasing gift wrap and other gifts through the Genevieve website. Simply log on, click "shop now" and enter HW account #5548. It's fast and easy to order online, and helps the PTO fund programs and activities. Deadline is October 16 to have your orders delivered in time for the holidays.  For more information contact Amy Kay
World Travelers- First Voyage of the Year:
Get ready for PORTUGAL! 
Learn about the history, culture, and traditions of the western-most point in Europe at our travelogue on Wednesday, October 21, and then enjoy a variety of kid-friendly dishes from the country on Friday, October 23. Your child brought flyers home last Friday; they are due before Friday, October 9. Please note the lunch is NOT allergen- free. If you have any questions, contact Linda Gerstman at or Tine Tschackert at
Save the Date for the Hubbard Woods PTO Fall Luncheon 
You won't want to miss this year's PTO Fall luncheon at Skokie Country Club Friday, November 13, from 11:30AM-2:30PM. The amazing "academic entertainer" Barbara Rinella will be performing her dramatic interpretation of the book, "The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour- and the (Ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in News" by Sheila Weller. It's sure to be good gossipy fun. Please check your email for the invitation coming soon.  
Attend Antiques + Modernism Preview Party and Help HW!
With more than 45 dealers, the A+M Show offers an exciting blend of the best of traditional antiques and early mid-20th century design. In addition to being a fundraiser, this spectacular style and design event is a much anticipated event on the North Shore.

Buy a ticket through the Hubbard Woods PTO for the Thursday,  November 6 Antiques + Modernism Show Preview Party and a portion of your ticket price will benefit the PTO. It's a win-win- help the PTO and WCH! Tickets are $125/person. Please contact Katie Zoloto to purchase a ticket before November 2,
HW Needs Lids!    
Ms. Mac and Mr. Burleson are planning an epic project in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Hubbard Woods. They are going to create a mosaic out of bottle lids. It's going to take thousands of multi-color lids
of all shapes and sizes. Deodorant lids, medicine bottles, large and small; we want them all.  The more colors the better!   
Please place donations in the"Upcycling" box by Joan Kuzel's desk.  
your 2nd- 4th Grader 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.
The first meeting is this Wednesday, October 7.
What's The Big IDEA? - by Todd Burleson
We've been busy in the IDEA Lab. Many students were introduced to Sphero; a 3D sphere that is controlled and programmed with an iPad. Our 3D printer has been going non-stop and students explored Tinkerplay, an app that lets them design and produce their very own fully posable figure.

That's just a tiny bit of what has been happening up in the IDEA Lab. Click here to read all about it!
Mark Your Calendars: IDEA Lab Open House  Open House for Parents and Students
November 10, 7-8 PM
Tinker At Home!
Challenge #2: "Changing States: Make An Egg Fit Into A Bottle Without Breaking It". Click here for directions.
Looking Ahead
Picture Day Retakes 
Wednesday, October 21
Spirt Wear Sample Sale 
Wednesday, October 21, 3:15pm
World Travelers Travelogue  
Wednesday, October 21
World Travelers Lunch
Friday, October 23
Halloween Ghost Walk
Friday, October 30 1:45PM
Mark Your Calendars: IDEA Lab Open House  Open house for parents and students, November 10 7-8pm
Lunch Box

It's time for your child to experience the great lunches offered by KiddosClick 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, October 9.
A big thank you to Liz Kunkle and the members of the parent green team who help our students recycle and compost everyday during lunch.
Another big thank you to Kim Half, Amy Gardella and team for hosting the first teacher fun lunch of the school year.  
Community News
Kindergarten Focus Groups
The Winnetka community needs to hear your voice on the issue of adding full or extended kindergarten offerings. Attend one of the following focus groups hosted at Hubbard Woods School, and weigh-in on this important topic:
Thursday, October 8, 7 PM
Friday, October 9, 9 AM
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. All ages are invited to join the Winnetka Park District, Tinkering School Chicago, and the Alliance for Early Childhood Education in a creative project-focused environment. Drop in to build, create, play or just be inspired. 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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