The Item Newsletter, Issue #9, December 13, 2015
Winter Sing 2015 is Thursday, December 17!
Get ready for a lot of spirited music -- and some movin' and groovin' -- as we gather in the HW auditorium Thursday for the annual Winter Sing. For those who are new, this is the event of the winter season and something the kids work really hard on. It's a great opportunity to see all of the faces and personalities that make up our amazing school.

This year's theme, "Humans of Hubbard Woods," is based on the popular blog, "Humans of New York," and ties into our ongoing 100-year celebration! To bring the theme to life and identify the songs, Mr. Wendt, and his trusty assistant Ms. Goldenberg, have been interviewing the students and really getting to the heart of the common stories found in our school community. "Who the students are is really shown in what they sing and do during this show," says Mr. Wendt.

Here are a few highlights to look for when you attend:
  • Mrs. Mac worked with the students on self portraits, which will decorate the room and help bring the theme to life (the portraits will have QR codes you can scan with your phone in order to link to your child's interview recording)
  • Each grade has a theme, which came from the trends found in the interviews. 
  • Students in the strings program will open up the show with two pieces, followed by performances by first grade, kindergarten, second grade, third grade and fourth grade.
Unless otherwise directed by your child's teacher, parents should report to their child's classroom to take them to the auditorium and sit together. Each class is called up to perform and then will return to sit with their families. Each show should last one hour. Please take note of the designated show times according to last names:
9 AM: Families with last names M-Z
1:30 PM: Families with last names A-L

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday!

This Week and Next
Pajama Day
Friday, December 18  
Children come to school cozy
Winter Break
Monday, December 21 - Friday, January 1, 2016 
No School!
News and Notes
3rd Grade Service Project: Last Week To 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
Grand Foods Receipts Winners!
Thanks to all the families and teachers who participated in the 
Grand Food Receipts Challenge! 
 Results are in:
1st Place: Mrs. Blaker's class (233 receipts)
2nd Place: Mrs. Ellis's class (179 receipts)
3rd Place: Mrs. Kerouac's class (161 receipts)

Congrats to Mrs. Blaker's class, winners of the McFlurry party!

Please note:  All Grand Food receipts dated 2015 are due January 6! Please bring in your 2015 receipts this week and immediately following break!
Art Room Helpers Needed
Signup Genius emails went out last week asking everyone to volunteer as an art room helper for your child's class from January to June. Please take a minute and sign up for at least one session. It's lots of fun and a great way to see your child in action. (No art talent required.)  For guestions, please email Lowey Sichol at 
A ZEN LIBRARIAN - by Todd Burleson 
Hour of Code
This week was Computer Science Week. To celebrate, millions of students of all ages participated in the Hour of Code. This was a fantastic opportunity to explore new skills and ideas. Hubbard Woods students enjoyed learning to code with BB8 and other Star Wars characters, and also with Elsa and Anna from Frozen. Some students also explored the Minecraft lessons. Click here to read about the events!
Hubbard Woods 
100 Year Anniversary
Maybe a neighbor coming home from college 
for the holidays, or an acquaintance from around town?

The PTO needs your help in locating former Hubbard Woods students to be a part of the video we're putting together for our 100 Year Open House on Tuesday, May 3. 

We are asking alums to email us a short video (MP4 or .mov file) including the following:
  • Tell us your name and the years you attended Hubbard Woods
  • Who was your favorite teacher?
  • What was your favorite project or memory?
Alums can also share their old still photographs by scanning them or taking a photo.

Please send all submissions to:

Take advantage of the holidays and film together with old friends and classmates!  We look forward to your submissions and the video premiere on May 3.
Community News
Winnetka Public Schools Foundation: Annual Report and New Website
The Winnetka Public Schools Foundation's 2015 Annual Report was mailed to Winnetka families last month. It can also be viewed at the Foundation's newly designed website, Please view the report and website to learn more about the exciting programs the Foundation has funded in Winnetka public schools.

Your support of the Foundation is greatly appreciated. Donations may be made at, and all donations received by the end of the year are tax-deductible for 2015.
"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. 
Looking Ahead
Parent-Faculty Party
February 5, 2016 6:30PM  
Great people, delicious food, fun music celebrating a school we love! Mark your calendar!
Save The Date
100 Year Anniversary Open House
Tuesday, May 3, 2016     
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 18.
Music Notes
Our Music Department Has A NEW WEBSITE! 
Check it out by clicking here.
Green Team Reminder
Don't Forget Party Packs for Class Holiday Parties!

Each classroom has a set of reusable plates, cups and silverware available for birthday, holiday and other celebrations and extra sets are available in the PTO closet. These may be washed at home and returned to school or rinsed in the classroom sinks.

Thank you to the teachers, room parents and parent volunteers for bypassing the paper goods and honoring our school's commitment to keeping green! Contact Liz Kunkle at with any questions!
Thank you to the many volunteers who have been hard at work on behalf of our school:

Thank youJenn Dasso and the Grand Food Receipts committee for coordinating the Grand Food Challenge this November. This fundraiser always excites the children and creates a 
win-win for our school and an important local business. 
Thank you Kindergarten Registration Chair Effie Karavites and her wonderful committee for making all of the new kindergarten families feel so welcome at Hubbard Woods. The kindergarten registration went off without a hitch on Friday, December 4th. We're grateful for all of your effort!

Last but not least, a heartfelt thank you to Sara McClain for organizing the third grade community outreach program with The Night Ministry. 
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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