The Item Newsletter, Issue #7, November 15, 2015 
The annual HW Book Fair will take place in the Resource Center THIS WEEK: Wednesday, November 18, from 3PM - 8PM and Thursday, November 19, from 8AM - 10AM. It's the perfect opportunity to buy gifts for the holidays or fulfill teacher wish lists, while raising important funds to keep our beloved HW "RC" thriving!

Look for fliers, catalogs and your child's personal wish list in backpacks this week. Teacher wish lists will be available in the Resource Center during the book fair as well. 
Proceeds directly benefit the Resource Center. Credit cards, cash and checks will be accepted. Please consider bringing a bag to carry your books home.
We look forward to seeing all HW families at the Book Fair!

There are still some slots available to volunteer at our HW Book Fair this Wednesday and Thursday! Click here to sign up. Children are welcome to join you during your shift.

This Week and Next
America Recycles Day and Start of the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge
Sunday November 15
Book Fair
Wednesday, November 18 - Thursday, November 19
in the Resource Center
No School 
Wednesday, November 25 - Friday, November 27
Thanksgiving Break 
Congratulations to the 
Girls on the Run!  
Hubbard Woods is proud to have 30 girls running the Girls on the Run 5K on Saturday, November 21, at Montrose Harbor. Girls on the Run supports volunteers who in turn support girls to be joyful, healthy and confident as they run their way through a 10-week curriculum leading up to a 5K. Thank you to our dedicated teachers and parents who coached the HW team twice a week this fall:  Rebecca Collora, Niki Tottingham, Andrea Mercuri, Annie Ross, Flannery Buchanan, Gina Dillig, Kirsten Lee, Kathy Newlands and Nicole Rivera. Click here to see a list of all participating runners!  
News and Notes
Help the Birthday Book Committee! 
The Birthday Book Committee is looking for additional members who are available to help during the day. The time commitment is minimal, just 1-2 hours the first Thursday of each month in the morning. We meet in the Resource Center and apply a protective wrap on the books that will be used for the program. It's a great program that the kids love and the Resource Center appreciates!

Please contact Gina Fechheimer, or Sarah Boulos, for more information or to join our committee!
Only 15 days Remain in the Grand Food Challenge!
The class with the most Grand receipts collected between November 1-30 will win a McDonald's Mcflurry party! Drop your receipts in your classroom envelope. The classroom winner will be announced the first week in December on WGST. 

If you have questions, please email Jenn Dasso at
Time to Look at Plastics in a New Way...
The TREX Plastic Film Recycling Challenge starts today! Each year, all District 36 schools participate in this program, which enlists schools to collect plastic bags, film, and wrap, which are then recycled and made into alternate wood products. The Challenge runs from November 15 - April 15, with winners announced on April 22, Earth Day. During this time, boxes are placed in the front hall and the lunchroom at HW to collect the plastics listed below. The plastics below may also be recycled in the yellow stackable recycling bins that are in HW classrooms and around the school. 
●Grocery bags
●Bread bags
●Case overwrap (e.g. water, soda and juice bottles)
●Dry cleaning bags
●Newspaper sleeves
●Ice bags
●Wood pellet bags
●Ziplock and other reclosable bags
●Produce bags
●Bubble wrap
●Salt bags
●Cereal insert bags
Please note:
--All plastics must be clean, dry, and free of food residue.
--Do not drop off mailing envelopes or chip bags.
--If you can't see through it, it can't be recycled through Trex!
Hubbard Woods 100 Year
Decades Project Update: 
HW students presented their initial decades project findings at the October 13th Town Hall. Students and faculty enjoyed hearing how each class explored life in Winnetka and at HW from 1915 until today. Ms. Amaral's class showed a special black and white video they created to reflect what students might have looked like 100 years ago. 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!

A ZEN LIBRARIAN - by Todd Burleson 
Veteran's Day is a day we typically have off here in Winnetka. This year, I used the day 'in' school to share my own experiences with students. I used one of my favorite picture books on the subject to help our students put the day into perspective. Click HERE to read the blog post on the Zen Librarian Blog.
What's The Big IDEA? -by Todd Burleson
Photos by Kate Hughes
The first ever Hubbard Woods IDEA Lab Open House was a resounding success! Dozens of families attended and had the chance to make, do and learn exciting new things.  Thank you to the PTO for supporting the creation of our new IDEA Lab.  Thank you to Sarah Graham for spearheading the IDEA Lab committee, and very special thanks to the parents and students who oversaw the stations.  It couldn't have happened without all of the gracious support and time.  Thank you!

Tinker At Home!
Challenge #4: "Make your own Marble Run". Click here for directions.
Thank you to the many volunteers who have been hard at work on behalf of our school:
Thank you Todd Burleson, Sarah Graham, and the
IDEA Lab Committee and volunteers for a successful Open House! Thanks to Sean Kalil and Greta O'Keef for a hugely successful Fall Luncheon, attended by around 100 people! Thank you room parents and parent volunteers for hosting parent/teacher parties this fall. Thanks to Kim Half, Dena Ferdinand, Sarah Graham and Kathy Newlands for providing the wonderful Faculty Fun Lunch. Thank you to Sarah Boulos, Gina Fechmeimer and the Birthday Book Committee for putting so much effort into this program our children love!

Looking Ahead
Kindergarten Registration
Friday, December 4, 9AM   
Spirit Day
Friday, December 4  
Put on your Spirit Wear!
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 Needs This!
Don't Throw Out Your NY Times Augmented Reality Kits - Donate Them to the IDEA Lab!
If you, your office, or other extended family members subscribe to the NY Times, please don't throw out the "AR" (augmented reality) kit the NYT recently mailed to every subscriber in a little brown box. The IDEA Lab would be extremely grateful to receive any of these kits that subscribers do not want. See above photo.

Community News
Shared Vision Community Engagement Opportunity
In order to refine the draft of the District's Shared Vision before it is approved by the Board, Superintendent Kocanda has been meeting with community members, staff, and students to review the draft vision statement. 

You are invited to attend an engagement opportunity to share your input:

Thursday, November 19, 2015
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. in The Skokie School Community Room

To RSVP, please contact Communications & Community Relations Coordinator, Kate Hughes, at
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
Next Up
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