The Item Newsletter, Issue #12,  January 31, 2016
The 100-Year Party Keeps Rolling
Here we are, more than 100 days into the 100th year, and every family has probably had a chance to celebrate HWS's amazing milestone or learn an interesting historic fact about our beloved school. From the 100th Birthday Party at the start of the school year, to the ongoing Decade Project (next topic: Science and Technology!), to making plans for the May 3rd Open House -- we have centennial fever!

Since the last Item came out, we've had two fun 100-year moments! We all enjoyed the pep rally-themed parent-faculty party at the Happ Inn -- a special thanks to Sarah Alshouse, Courtney Mathy and their team of volunteers for organizing a great night that set a record for highest attendance! Also, February 10th, students and faculty had a blast marking the 100th day of this 100th school year. 100 minutes into the day, everyone gathered in the auditorium and enjoyed a countdown and rousing rendition of the school song. Did we mention many students dressed up like they were 100-years-old?!

As the fun continues, here are two ways you can get involved:

Please reach out to ANY HWS Alumni you know and urge them to get in touch with us to share any photos, memories, stories, etc. We are making a video to showcase at the May 3rd open house and the more alumni who share the better! To share, they can do the following:

1. Attend one of our drop in sessions at the school Resource Center, when we will videotape/collect stories, pictures, etc. from their time at HWS.
Wednesday, Feb.24, 1pm-3pm
Wednesday, Feb.24, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Tuesday, March 1, 9:30am-11am
2. E-mail a photo (a digital photo or scan of an old printed photo is fine!), video (MP4 or .mov file), written story, etc. to:

Please spread the word about our May 3rd Open House, 6:30pm-8:30pm at our school! You can visit and "Like" our FB pageHubbard 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!

News and Notes
Don't Miss These Awesome Math Events!
If your child's math progress is on your mind, 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.

Thursday, Feb 25, 7pm-8pm @ Hubbard Woods Resource Center
Math Chat: Math Literacy At Home and How Best to Support Our Children as Mathematicians
Join Judith Campbell, math facilitator at HWS, by the fire in the RC to learn about steps to support your child's math development and create a rich, fun math environment at home. We will also talk about the best way to support our students with math homework. Current research and practical tools will be included.

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:
Thank You to All Who Have Pitched in on Recent Activities, Including...

Thank you to Judith Campbell and the Green Team for organizing another successful book drive to benefit Bernie's Books!

Thank you to all of the Room Parents and Parent Volunteers who helped out with classroom Valentine's celebrations!

Thank you to Heather Boulanger for helping with Winter Reading in the RC!

From Sarah Alshouse and Courtney Mathy...A huge thank you to the Parent-Faculty Party Committee, including Dena Ferdinand, Leigh Sears and Wendy Thomas. Also, thank you to Jen Hayes and Brooke Helmstetter who gave extra hands and time. And a final thank you to Todd Burleson who helped with the children's photos. 

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.

Click Here to see part two of the awesome wagon project the second graders completed! This was a fantastic example of design thinking in action!

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

This Week and Next
Cozy Up During 
Winter Reading in the RC
Wednesday, Feb 17
Enjoy snacks, a fire in fireplace and a good book! Siblings welcome.

Curious How Prepared D36 Students are 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,

Looking Ahead
District 36
School Board Meeting
Tues, Feb 23, 2016, 7:15pm
Skokie School 
Please join us for a fun evening filled with math-related games and activities.
If you would like to volunteer or help with the event please contact Michael Collins.

Teacher Appreciation Week
March 14 - March 18
Save the Date - The Skokie School 
5th Grade Orientation
Thursday, April 7, 2016 
6:30pm - 8:00pm
The Skokie School will host an orientation meeting for current fourth grade students and their parents.

100 Year Anniversary Open House
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 

*New Date & Time*
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Lunch Box
The next Pizza Fun Lunch will be Friday, February 19.
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.
Community News
Upcoming FAN Events

The End of Education, The Future of Learning
An all-star panel discussion regarding today's changing education. 
Wednesday, February 17, 7:00pm 
Evanston Township high school auditorium

United Sen. Cory Booker
Friday, February 26 at 7:30pm
Evanston Township High School

Intelligence Redefined
Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph. D. 
Monday, February 29, 7:00pm 
New Trier High School/Northfield

Click here for more info.
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 23. Submissions should be sent to

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