The Item Newsletter, Issue #12,  January 31, 2016
Let's Do Our Math Homework Parents!
If you've got math on the brain and find yourself wondering about your child's math curriculum and development, you are in luck! There are several upcoming events designed to educate parents on this very topic, as part of the Math Parent Education Series created by District 36.
Wed, Feb 10, 9:30am-11am @ Skokie School
Developing Mathematicians From Kindergarten to High School
Check out this informational session focused on developing mathematicians across grades K-12. Mr. Paul Sally, associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and District 36 staff, will discuss how prepared Winnetka students are for high school math and how you as a parent can support your student in math as they progress.

Thursday, Feb 25, 7pm-8pm @ Hubbard Woods
Math Chat: Math Literacy At Home

Friday, Feb 26, 9:30am @ Skokie School
Math Sense 101: How Do I Help My Middle Schooler With Their Math Homework?

Math Parent Education Series 
(takes place @ Crow Island, but all schools invited)
Wed, Feb 17, 8:45am-9:30am (4th grade parents)
Thurs, Feb 18, 8:45am-9:30am (3rd grade parents)
Mon, Feb 22, 1:45pm-2:30pm (1st & 2nd grade parents)
Fri, Mar 4, 10:30am-11:15am (kindergarten parents)

Wednesday, March 2, 7pm
Family Math Night @ Hubbard Woods School
The entire family is invited to experience this hands-on, fun exploration of math!

Friday, March 4, 9:30am @ Skokie School
Number Talks: A Hands-on Experience With Today's Instructional Approach

Friday, March 11, 11am-12:30pm 
@ Carleton Washburne
Using Mathematical Tasks to Demonstrate Mathematical Practices

Wed, May 18, 11am-12:30pm 
@ Carleton Washburn 
Using Technology to Introduce Mathematical Concepts

For more information, visit the District 36 Web site:
News and Notes
Join the PTO Exec Board 
Nominating Committee

We are looking for HW parents who are interested in joining the nominating committee for next year's PTO Exec Board! The committee will meet with Georgie Geraghty this week (Wed., Feb 3, 9am-11am) to help the PTO determine individuals (you can nominate yourself) who may be nominated for next year's open exec board positions (VP, Assistant Treasurer, Secretary, and Assistant Communications). Contact Georgie ( or (847) 227-7307) with interest. 

We'll find out which class has the most school spirit at the Parent-Faculty Party this Friday, February 5, 6:30pm, at the Happ Inn! By signing up to attend, you can help your child's teacher win something off his/her wish list for the classroom! The class with the highest attendance at the Parent-Faculty party will win the prize! A point will be given for each child represented with a paid parent ticket. Teachers in attendance will earn 5 points! Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be given.

Rally your class and RSVP TODAY!   

Ra Ra Ra for Hubbard Woods!
If you have questions or did not receive an invite, please contact Sarah Alshouse ( or Courtney Mathy ( 

It's Go-Time for the Winnetka Public Schools Foundation Phone-a-Thon
The major annual fundraiser for the Winnetka Public Schools Foundation (WPSF), the Phone-a-thon, is happening now! Board members are reaching out by phone on January 31 and February 1 to request donations. Funds raised go toward innovative pilot programs, extensions to the core curriculum, and other exciting programs in all five of Winnetka's public schools.

To learn more or make a donation, visit

For more information about programs the Foundation has helped make possible at Hubbard Woods, choose "Schools" from the menu and click on Hubbard Woods. Thank you in advance for your support! 

World Travelers - Back From Turkey!
Our second World Travelers voyage was a big hit! We learned that the turkey bird was named after it was imported to England from Africa, via Turkey. We also learned many Turkish children can say they live in Asia and go to school in Europe - since Turkey is located on both continents!

For the World Travelers meal, kids enjoyed delicious Turkish foods from Cafe Orchid, including meatballs, flatbread, bulgur, rice and Turkish custard. 

A huge thank you to our speaker, Nurca Bozkurt, for all her hard work putting the interesting presentation together. Also, thank you to the entire World Travelers PTO committee, lead by Tine Tschackert, for their hard work putting these events on!

Congratulations to Hubbard Woods School for raising a whopping $6,713.97 for the school through the Grand Receipts program! Thanks to all who brought in 2015 Grand receipts, thanks to The Grand for being a great partner, and a huge thanks to Jen Dasso and her team, including: Laurie Van Dusen, Amy Kay and Nicole Rivera. Stay tuned for another Grand Receipts Challenge in April!
A Zen Librarian
Check Out the IDEA Lab in Action!

Some of you may have heard about the recent wagon project that grew from an idea the second grade team had. They wanted something to house and help move their growing sets of books.

The second grade researched, prototyped and built their own wagons. Check out the latest A Zen Librarian post from Todd Burleson, to see this amazing collaboration from start to finish.

Hubbard Woods 100 Year
Know Any Hubbard Woods Alumni? 
Please tell them to come to one of our THREE DROP IN SESSIONS at Hubbard Woods School. 
A member of the PTO will be there to videotape and/or collect pictures and stories.

Wednesday, February 24th from 1-3 PM 
Wednesday, February 24th from 6:30-8:30 PM 
Tuesday, March 1st from 9:30-11 AM

Contact Lauren LeBoyer for more details or to lock in a specific date and time,

Alumni can also SHARE MEMORIES VIRTUALLY by emailing any of the following to

A video: (MP4 or .mov file, any phone will output this way) 
  • Tell us your name and years you went to Hubbard Woods
  • Who was your favorite teacher?
  • What was your favorite project or memory?
Scans or digital images of old photographs

This Week and Next
Parent-Faculty Party
Friday, Feb 5, 6:30PM
Spirit Day
Friday, Feb 5
Wear your turquoise and white! 
No School
Thurs, Feb 11 and 
Friday, Feb 12
Teacher Conferences
Looking Ahead
No School
President's Day
Monday, Feb 15
District 36
School Board Meeting
Tues, Feb 23, 2016, 7:15pm
Skokie School 

100 Year Anniversary Open House
Tuesday, May 3, 2016     

*New Date & Time*
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Parent Events
Curious How D36 Students Prepare for New Trier?
You are invited to attend an evening with Dr. Linda Yonke, New Trier High School's Superintendent, to hear her address the community regarding the academic performance, leadership skills, and service involvement that characterizes D36 students who attend New Trier. 
Thursday, Feb 18, 7pm
Carleton Washburn School's Little Theater

To RSVP, email Kate Hughes,

Lunch Box
The next Pizza Fun Lunch will be Friday, February 5.
Music Notes

Check Out the Music Web Site!
The music Web site has been updated to include content from Winter Sing, including the kids' interviews. If you scroll over the chorus section, you can view the chorus singing the national anthem at the Northwestern vs. Wisconsin game! Click here

From Mr. Wendt....
Thank you to the HW PTO for the purchase of 2 sound domes for the music room hallway. The beginning of our "Sound Forest," all classes at HW will be recording their musical work - singing, playing, composing - and will become DJs developing playlists to play throughout the day. 

We are excited about the possibilities these domes provide for our kids, for the wonderful
music that will greet everyone coming and going from the playground, and
for the ability to share the gift of music with everyone!

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.
Green Team News
From the PTO Green Team:
Thank you to everyone for bringing in your plastic bags! Our bins fill up at least once a week.

Please remember that only clear/translucent #4 plastic bags are recyclable through the Trex Challenge. Chip/snack bags, mailing envelopes, crayola marker bags, etc. are not recyclable. If you can't see through the bag, it is not recyclable! Thanks for your commitment to our efforts and these guidelines.

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 Tuesday, February 9. Submissions should be sent to

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