The Item Newsletter, Issue #6, November 1, 2015 
Get Ready to Roll Up Your Sleeves in the IDEA Lab!
By now you've hopefully heard about the exciting new space within the Resource Center at Hubbard Woods School:  The IDEA Lab. Mr. Burleson likes to say that our library has been transformed into a "libratory"! In fact, there is a great article in the Chicago Tribune this week about it.  

You might have stopped in or volunteered in the IDEA Lab, but those brief visits offer only a mere glimpse into the fantastic explorations that are underway in the space. November 10th, ALL Hubbard Woods School families are invited to come and enjoy a fun, immersive hands-on experience in the IDEA Lab.

On Tuesday, November 10, from 7-8pm, here is just a taste of what you will try, make and do in the IDEA Lab:

Teach Dot and Dash to make music
Make your own 21st Century Jackson Pollock painting with Sphero
Drive a Sphero in our foam cube racetrack
Use wooden blocks to program KIBO
Program Lego WeDo creations to spin, chomp and move
Build something big with our Rigamajig blocks
Use our Kid K'nex to build something that moves
Check out our 3D printer in action
See if you can make a marble run that spans all three of our marble walls
Make your very own button!
Play a Bananna Piano and other wacky Makey Makey projects
Try building one of the 101 snap circuit projects
Explore Little Bits circuits
Interact with our Augmented Reality Sandbox
Tour the WGST Studio
Observe what's going on in the GIANT new fish tank

To learn more about what you will experience on November 10th, visit Mr. Burleson's blog, A Zen Librarian.

Want to help run the show? We're still looking for a few parent and child volunteers for the Open House. Click here!

This Week and Next
Spirit Day
Thursday, November 5
No School 
Friday, November 6
Teacher Institute Day
IDEA Lab Open House
Tuesday, November 10, 7-8pm
PTO Fall Luncheon  
Friday, November 13, 11:30-2:30pm
News and Notes
Did you hear the news? 
The RSVP deadline for The HW
Fall Luncheon has been moved to Friday November 6th! There's still time to join the fun -- what great luck for an event on Friday the 13th!

Enjoy lunch while the wildly entertaining Barbara Rinella dramatizes Sheila Weller's book, "The News Sorority." There is still time to read the book, so if you'd like a copy, please contact Sean Kalil, 

Friday, November 13th
Skokie Country Club
$68 per person 
You can pay via PayPal on the PTO website (CLICK HERE) or by check made payable to Hubbard Woods PTO.
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,
Starting This Week - Gather Your Grand Receipts!
It's that time again for the Grand Food Receipts Challenge! November 1-30 
the class with the most receipts collected will win a McDonald's Mcflurry party! Watch for the collection envelopes in your teacher's room and drop your receipts there. The classroom winner will be announced the first week in December on WGST. 

Happy collecting! If you have questions, please email Jenn Dasso at

Donate Your Extra/Unwanted Halloween Candy!
Our Hubbard Woods Brownie and Girl Scout troops will be helping Skokie Middle School with their Halloween Candy Drive. If you're interested in helping our middle school, please drop off your extra candy at Hubbard Woods on Monday, November 2nd through Wednesday, November 4th. Bins will be located in front of the school in the morning during drop off and inside by Joan Kuzel's desk during school hours. The candy collected will be sold for $1/pound with proceeds being donated to Lurie Children's Hospital.  

Any questions, contact Justine Cody at

Hubbard Woods 100 Year
Decades Project Update: 
Patti Van Cleave from the Winnetka Historical Society came to Hubbard Woods on Wednesday, October 28. She presented to each grade level as part of the 100th Anniversary Decade project. In November, students will study the major historical events of their assigned decade.
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!

Thanks To All Who Participated In 
The Ghost Walk
What a perfect afternoon for this year's Ghost Walk. Thank you to all of the teachers, room parents and parent volunteers who made the afternoon so special for the children. A special shout out to Mr. Wendt and the Fourth Grader Class for the fantastic rendition of Thriller! You didn't miss a beat.
World Travelers:
Our first World Travelers voyage was a huge success!  More than 75 students participated.  Thanks to Hubbard Woods mom Theresa Dube for introducing students to her native country, as well as spearheading a delicious international lunch from Tapas Gitana (the croquettes were a big hit!).  Thanks also to Tine Tsachakert, Linda Gertsman and the World Travelers Committee members who attended to all the details and came out in force to both the travelogue and the lunch.  Our next destination will be announced in January.
Thank you to the many other volunteers who have been hard at work on behalf of our school:
Thank you Sara McClain for the very successful Volunteer Center collection last week. Thank you to Becky Sanderson and her team for the photo re-do's (pun intended) on Wednesday. Tracey McDowell and Brooke Helmstetter deserve a round of applause for helping create the Decade Project bulletin board (along with the teachers and Decades Project parents) and for organizing an assembly with the Winnetka Historical Society. Lastly, thank you to Molly Pope for all of the effort put into the "BIG Emotions" lecture. We're grateful for each and every one of you!
Looking Ahead
Book Fair
November 18-19
Volunteers Wanted!
This is a fun way to get involved and check out the latest titles in children's books! Your time commitment can be as little as 90 minutes. Twenty-five percent of all proceeds go directly to the HW Resource Center.
Look for a Sign Up Genius in your inbox this week!
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, November 20.
Music Notes
Our Music Department Has A NEW WEBSITE!   
Check it out by clicking here.
IDEA Lab / Art Project
We Need Your Recyclables!
Help stock the Project Room and supply the special project Ms. Mac and Mr. Burleson are planning in celebration of the 100th anniversary of HWS!

Please place the following items in the box by Joan Kuzel's desk (no other recyclables needed right now, thanks!):
--- Prescription MEDICINE BOTTLES (orange w/white cap, labels removed)
--- BOTTLE CAPS, all colors

Community News
Pumpkin Composting
The Village of Winnetka Public Works Department will host a one-day pumpkin collection event from 
9am-1pm on Wednesday, November 4th, at 1390 Willow Road. Drop off pumpkins (pumpkins only) for the Village to properly dispose of at an approved compost facility. Contact the Public Works Department at 847-716-3550 with any questions.

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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