The Item Newsletter, Issue #5, October 18, 2015 
Our Hubbard Woods Decade Study Is Off and Running!
The celebration of HW's 100th birthday continues as students dive into the Decades Project! A huge thank you to the teachers and decade parents who have been spending time helping the kids explore their classroom's assigned decade and posting the results on the bulletin boards. The Sept/Oct theme covered Hubbard Woods and Winnetka, so the kids have been enjoying learning what life was like at school and in their town from 1915 until today!

As the classrooms continue their exploration, they may visit with former students. Friday, October 9, Ms. Kerouac's third-grade class hosted HW alum, Don Fawcett, class of 1973. Mr. Fawcett brought "artifacts" from his time at HW and shared fun facts that blew the students away, including:
  • Misbehaving students had to put pennies in a penny jar or go jump rope!
  • The RC used to be the gym and a climbing rope hung from the beams!
  • Kids each had individual desks - no tables or grouped seating!
Over the next five months students will think about historic events, sports, science/technology, entertainment and lifestyle for their assigned decade. All of the photos, artifacts, stories and information gathered through the Decades Project will be showcased at an all-school open house May 3 to celebrate the Hubbard Woods 100 year anniversary.
This Week and Next
Spirit Wear Sample Sale 
Wednesday, October 21, 3:15-4pm
In the Lobby
World Travelers Travelogue
Wednesday, October 21
World Travelers Lunch
Friday, October 23 -- NO KIDDOS LUNCH 
Picture Day Retakes   
Wednesday, October 28, 8:30-10:30am 
"Parenting Kids With BIG Emotions
and BIG Behaviors"
Wednesday, October 28 at 9:30am at Hubbard Woods
Come join Hubbard Woods school psychologist, Molly Pope, in a one-hour presentation on supporting kids emotional development, as they navigate their big emotions. Anxiety, anger, frustration, feeling overwhelmed -- these are feelings that our children are learning to manage and will need to manage even into adulthood. Come learn new ways to support your child's emotional growth and gain a deeper understanding of why they behave the way they do.
Halloween Ghost Walk
Friday, October 30, 1:45pm on the playground
(gym if bad weather) 
News and Notes
The Volunteer Center, located right here in Winnetka needs your help.  Please support 14 local service organizations by donating gently used or new items for Make A Difference Day!  The PTO has placed a bin in the front hallway and is collecting children's books, clothing for men, women and children, school supplies, sports equipment, diapers, non-perishable food and other items.  Please click here for more information.

Let's see what a difference Hubbard Woods can make for this great organization!  All donations should be brought to school by Friday, October 23rd.  Thank you!
World Travelers: 
This week, students who signed up for World Travelers will be transported to Portugal! They will learn about the history, culture, and traditions of the western-most point in Europe at our travelogue on Wednesday and then enjoy a variety of kid-friendly dishes from the country on FridayPlease note if your child is signed up for lunch, it is NOT allergen- free. If you have any questions, contact Linda Gerstman at or Tine Tschackert at
Spirit Wear Sample Sale on Wednesday, October 21
There are just a few more sample spirit wear pieces left! Join us on Wed at 3:15 pm in the lobby to browse the remaining sizes and styles (sold at cost). Cash or check accepted.
RSVP to 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. 

Check your email for the Paperless Post invite and please RSVP by Nov. 1. The cost is $68 and this year you can pay via PayPal on the PTO website (CLICK HERE) or by check made payable to Hubbard Woods PTO. Buy the book in advance at the Book Stall at a 20% discount!
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.

Buy a ticket through the Hubbard Woods PTO for the Thursday,  November 5 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,
What's The Big IDEA? - by Todd Burleson
Jackson Pollock Collaboration
Over the summer, Mrs. Mac and I talked about how we might collaborate and integrate technology and art as part of our STEAM pilot in the IDEA Lab. One of my favorite artists is Jackson Pollock; I love how he re-imagined how artists and viewers interact with his paintings. 

Head on over to our blog:  A Zen Librarian to learn more about this collaboration!
Tinker At Home!
Challenge #3: "Make your own geodesic dome using sticks and jelly sweets". Click here for directions.
Hubbard Woods 100 Year
We need your help to locate as many HW alumni as possible to invite them to share in this historic event. Please consider any neighbors, friends, former babysitters or family members you may know who went to HW. Please forward their names and contact info to open house chair Lauren LeBoyer,

Please visit and "Like" our FB page, Hubbard Woods School's 100th Anniversary, which will help spread the word about our search for alumni and keep you updated on all of the great things we're doing to celebrate HWS's 100th!

FUN FACT: Hubbard Woods School was completed in 1915 for $27,000
Looking Ahead
Spirit Day
Thursday, November 5
No School 
Friday, November 6
Teacher Institute Day
IDEA Lab Open House
Tuesday, November 10
PTO Fall Luncheon  
Friday, November 13
Save the Date
Book Fair
November 18-19
Save The Date
100 Year Anniversary Open House
Tuesday, May 3     
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 30.
Music Notes
Our Music Department Has A NEW WEBSITE!   
Check it out by clicking here.
IDEA Lab / Art Project
Reminder: HW Needs Lids!    
Ms. Mac and Mr. Burleson are planning an epic project in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Hubbard Woods. 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.  
A big thank you to Amy Kay for her hard work on the gift wrap sales. Thank you to Sandy Carlson for promoting the kindergarten focus groups. Thank you to all the parents and students who participated in International Walk to
School Day!
Community News
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.
Sensory Needs in Preschool and the Early Elementary Years
Tuesday, November 10
Live Webinar
Challenges with sensory processing can cause a variety of issues for young children both in and out of the classroom. This webinar will explain the main areas of sensory processing, their challenges and solutions. Click here to register. 
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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