The Item Newsletter, Issue #11,  January 18, 2016
Ra Ra Ra for Hubbard Woods!

The Hubbard Woods Parent-Faculty Party is less than a month away! Please join the fantastic parents and faculty of our school at The Happ Inn, Friday, February 5, at 6:30 pm for a festive night in honor of our 100 years, and who we are now. Check your inbox, as Paperless Post invitations have been emailed with a link to pay online via PayPal. 

If you have questions or did not receive an invite, please contact Sarah Alshouse ( or Courtney Mathy ( RSVP today!

News and Notes
World Travelers Head to Turkey
Our second journey of the school year will take us all the way to Turkey where we'll visit the "City on Seven Hills" to see the Haghia Sophia Museum with its Byzantine mosaics, Topkapi Palace, and the Blue Mosque. Take a Turkish bath, walk on a magic carpet, cruise on the Bosphorus and watch the Whirling Dervishes. Travel to Ephesus to see civilization from 1100 BC, Pamukkale Cotton Castle to see a natural wonder of the world, and Cappadocia to see geological and architectural marvels.

Save the date for our travelogue on January 27 and the tasty Turkish lunch on January 29. Fliers are due Tuesday, January 21. Questions? Contact Tine Tschackert at or Linda Gerstman at
Winnetka Public Schools Foundation Phone-a-Thon
Monday, January 11, WPSF kicks off its annual fundraiser, the Phone-a-Thon. Funds raised during the Phone-a-Thon support programs in Winnetka's public schools that go above and beyond what could be achieved with tax dollars alone. This year, a generous anonymous donor will match the first $10,000 of donations made during the early online donation period (January 11-30). What a fantastic way to double the impact of your donation! To learn more or make a donation, visit To donate by phone, please answer the call from a board member on Sunday, Jan. 31 or Monday, Feb. 1.

Would you like to learn more about what the Foundation does and how it supports students in District 36? The Foundation's annual Carlson Event is an opportunity to see Foundation grants in action. This year's event will be held on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 7-9PM at an elegant private home in Winnetka. District 36 educators will be on hand to showcase how their Foundation grants enabled them to create exciting learning opportunities for their students. At the same time, you'll enjoy conversation, a glass of wine and delicious hors d'oeuvres. For more details or to RSVP, please contact Rose Selker at
Congratulations to Gary Wendt and the Fourth Grade Chorus for their January 12 performance of the national anthem at the Northwestern University men's basketball game vs. Wisconsin. Great job! 

Additional kudos go to Kim Half and Amy Gardella for providing a wonderful holiday teacher lunch; Sarah Stuart and the art smart committee for their their classroom work on the Andy Warhol project throughout the fall; Liz Vance and the PTO music committee for their help with the Winter Sing; Lisa Merlo for organizing our Lost & Found; Sara McClain for organizing the Kindness Connection community service project; and all Hubbards Woods families who donated winter gear to the night ministry before the holidays. Thank you!
A Zen Librarian

Rigamajig Update

This week's entry in the Zen Librarian is a follow-up to the incredible Rigamajig project that students participated in during November. Students were to use Rigamajig to make their school a better place. Each grade level explored the school and interviewed staff to find things they thought they could improve. The grade levels each selected one problem to design a solution for. After the students submitted their entries in the contest, we waited for a response. Well, late in November we received one. Click here to find out just how we did! 
Alliance for Early Childhood Update
ScreenBreak Drawing Contest Deadline
Monday, January 18

Drawing contest workshops will also be held on Jan. 18. For more information about the contest rules and workshop schedules, click here.

"Parenting in the 21st Century" Presentation
Friday, Jan. 22
Church of the Holy Comforter

Dr. Marcy Guddemi will facilitate a parent workshop titled "Parenting in the 21st Century: What Research Tells Us is Most Important." There is no charge to attend, but individuals are asked to register in advance and reserve onsite childcare by Jan. 19 by clicking here. More information about the event can be found here.

Children's Winter Play Day
Saturday, January 30
Crow Island Woods

Beat cabin fever and join The Alliance for a NEW Winter Play Day, complete with fort building, ice painting, marshmallow roasting (bring your own, please), a scavenger hunt, and more! Find more information here
This Week and Next
Tuesday, January 19
No School - Teacher Institute Day
Social Media @Winnetka36 #WE36 
Social media primer and seminar
Thursday, January 21, 2016 
9AM-10:30AM, Carleton Washburne School
Math Chat: "What is Math Today in the Classroom?"
Friday, Jan 22, 2016 
District 36 School Board Meeting
Tuesday, January 26
7:15PM in the Skokie School Resource Center 
World Travelers Travelogue
Wednesday, January 27 
World Travelers Luncheon
Friday, January 29 
Looking Ahead
Parent-Faculty Party
Friday, Feb 5, 2016 6:30PM  
Spirit Day
Friday, Feb 5, 2016 
Wear your turquoise and white! 
Math Chat: "Math Literacy at Home"
Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 

100 Year Anniversary Open House
Tuesday, May 3, 2016     

*New Date & Time*
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Parent Events
Don't forget about our upcoming math programs!
Come learn more about what math looks like in your child's classroom.

Math Chat: "What is Math Today in the Classroom?"
Friday, Jan 22, 2016 
Math Chat: "Math Literacy at Home"
Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 
Lunch Box
The next Pizza Fun Lunch will be Friday, January 22.
Ordering Now Open Through Year End 
Kiddos is happily accepting hot lunch orders for next week through through the end of the school year. Click 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 May 26, 2016.
Community News
"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.
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
The deadline to submit content for the next issue of The Item is Monday, January 26. Submissions should be sent to