The Item Newsletter, Issue #8, November 30, 2015 
Need a Birthday or Holiday Gift Idea for Kids Who Love the IDEA Lab?

The IDEA Lab is full of educational resources. Some of them are technology based and some are not. Mr. Burleson has received multiple requests for recommended gifts for kids. So, here are his top 10 tools to encourage STEAM learning at home this holiday season and all year long. Click here for full descriptions.

This Week and Next
Kindergarten Registration
Friday December 4, 9AM-11AM 
in the Hubbard Woods Auditorium
Spirit Day
Friday, December 4 
Put on your Turquoise and White!
News and Notes
3rd Grade Service Project - Please Donate!

Please help the 3rd grade collect cold weather gear for The Night Ministry, an organization that provides assistance to the homeless in Chicago. Please donate hats, scarves and sturdy, non-knit gloves for homeless adults. Dark colors are preferred. A box will be located in the front hallway until December 18th. Thanks for your help!

Questions? Contact Sara McClain.

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!
A ZEN LIBRARIAN - by Todd Burleson 
I'm sure by now you've heard the word Rigamajig at home. What it is you might not know. Be sure to pop over to 
A Zen Librarian to find out about how our students are applying design thinking to improve our school using Rigamajig!  It will impress you!

HERE to read the blog post on the Zen Librarian Blog.
IDEA Lab and Project Room Need These!
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 photo.

Help stock the Project Room and supply a special project!
We are building a supply of the following items in the Project Room. Please place donations in the box by Mrs Kuzel's desk. (At this time, we aren't in need of any other recyclables, thanks!)
--- Prescription MEDICINE BOTTLES (orange w white cap, labels removed)
--- BOTTLE CAPS, all colors
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!

Thank you to the many volunteers who have been hard at work on behalf of our school:

A huge thank you to all who visited the HW Book Fair this year!  "We are extremely grateful for our volunteers who helped with the book fair. We truly couldn't have done it without you all! It was a huge success and the Resource Center will benefit from all of your support!" 
--Rachel Kozina and Carrie Waterston

The PTO thanks Rachel Kozina and Carrie Waterston for all of their efforts to put on another outstanding book fair!

Congratulations to the 3rd and 4th grade girls and their running buddies who powered through the Girls on the Run 5K in Montrose Harbor on Nov. 21st amidst the wind, snow and sleet! Thank you to Mr. Ryan for joining the girls at the race start and singing the school song to bolster their spirits!

The Hubbard Woods Fall Luncheon Committee would like to thank everyone who attended the luncheon. The event, which attracted double the attendance from past years, brought in nearly $2,000 for the PTO! Last but not least, we are grateful to Georgie Geraghty, Jenny Keller, Ann Nolan, and Kathy Newlands for their help in making the event such a success. 

The PTO gives a big thanks to Seanra Kalil and Greta O'Keefe for chairing this committee and putting on a memorable event!

Thank you to everyone who turned in their extra Halloween candy to help the Winnetka Public Schools collect more than 300 lbs, which raised more than $1,000 for Skokie School and Lurie Children's Hospital! Thanks to all of our HW Brownies and Girl Scouts, along with their leaders Rachel Kozina and Justine Cody, who lead the collection efforts at our school.

Looking Ahead
Winter Sing
Thursday, December 17, 
9AM-10AM (Last Names M-Z) and 1:30PM-2:30PM (Last Names A-L) 
Pajama Day
Friday, December 18  
Children come to school cozy
Winter Break
Monday, December 21 - Friday, January 1, 2016 
No School!
Parent-Faculty Party
February 5, 2016 6:30PM  
It's going to be a fun night at the Happ Inn, celebrating the school we love! Book your sitters now!

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, December 4.
Music Notes
Our Music Department Has A NEW WEBSITE!   
Check it out by clicking here.
Community News
"Different Not Less: NeuroTribes and the Future of Neurodiversity"
Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity presents.
Tuesday, December 1, 7PM
New Trier High School, Northfield Campus

"Presence: How to Bring Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges"
by Amy Cuddy, Associate Professor and Hellman Faculty Fellow, Negotiations, organization and Markets Unit, Harvard Business School. Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 7PM, New Trier High School, Northfields Campus. 

Click here for more information.
Start Your ScreenBreak Drawing Contest Entries!
Deadline:  Monday, Jan. 18
Children in 8th grade and under are invited to submit drawings to the Alliance's annual ScreenBreak Drawing Contest. All winners are honored at the ScreenBreak Kick-off Event. Details and entry forms available at:

"Parenting in the 21st Century: What Research Tells Us Is Most Important"
Friday, January 22, 2016, 9:30-11AM. 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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