The Item Newsletter, Issue #15, March 13, 2016
Hubbard Woods Spring Sing is THIS Wednesday, March 16, 7pm
This year's Spring Sing is going to be one to remember as we celebrate 100 years of our beloved HWS. 

"There has been so much energy around this show and around these decades we're studying for the 100th anniversary," says music teacher Gary Wendt. "The kids are excited to be a part of it -- let's celebrate!"

Mr. Wendt said attendees can look forward to seeing each class perform songs from their assigned decade, as well as era-specific dances they learned during the recent dance residency. There will also be some guest appearances by some of the IDEA Lab's favorite robotic friends -- thus incorporating some futuristic flavor into the otherwise throwback-inspired evening. The kids actually choreographed the robots' parts in the show.

For their last Spring Sing at HWS, fourth graders will perform "I Love a Piano" -- a song from the year our school started, which they chose because they've been learning about the piano all year. The audience can look forward to some performances on keyboards during that number.

"We're going to celebrate who we are and who we're about to be," says Mr. Wendt.

See you all Wednesday, 7pm, at Skokie School's auditorium!

News and Notes

Hubbard Woods School Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week!
Each day this week, the PTO will let our teachers know how wonderful they are by offering treats and notes of appreciation. You and your children will also be encouraged to write notes to the teachers (information provided by your room parents). To wrap up the week, all teachers and staff will enjoy a catered lunch and have the opportunity to win prizes at the Teacher Raffle on Friday.

The PTO Needs Your Help to Make the Teacher Raffle a Success!
It's not too late to make a donation to the theme gift baskets - just put your item(s) in the collection boxes in the front lobby. If you have any questions about the raffle, please contact Nicole Rivera at at

Also, please check your child's backpack for your opportunity to buy raffle tickets on behalf of the teacher(s) of your choosing. Tickets will be collected all week. Tickets are $5 each, or $20 for five tickets and $40 for 10 tickets. 

Thank you very much for your support in honor of the wonderful teachers and staff at Hubbard Woods! 
Second Grade Bake Sale

Craving cookies? Satisfy your sweet tooth and help support the second grade community service project. Delicious, nut-free cookies baked by all three second grade classes (with help from The Floured Apron Bakery) will be sold Thursday, March 17. All profits will benefit The Floured Apron, a Winnetka-based non-profit run by Hubbard Woods parent, Emily Boling. More details to come prior to the sale!
World Travelers in April

Mark your calendars for our third and final World Travelers of the school year - our Travelogue will be April 13, with lunch on April 15. We'll travel to a far away country and learn about its people, culture, traditions and food. During lunch we'll sample some highlights of the local cuisine!

Please watch for sign-up information after spring break. 

2016-17 PTO Executive Board Slate

The PTO is pleased to present the slate for next year's Executive Board:

President - Brooke Helmstetter
Vice President - Nidhi Singh
Secretary - Sarah Graham
Treasurer - Lori Miralles
Assistant Treasurer - Abby Burtelow
Communications Chair - Kendal Reis
Assistant Communications Chair - Lauren LeBoyer
President Ex-Officio - Jen Hayes

Congratulations to the nominees!  The election of the officers will take place at Julia Werner's house on April 13th at 9 AM.  All PTO members are welcome and encouraged to attend. If you have any questions regarding the slate, nominating procedures, or the election, please contact Georgie Geraghty (
by Todd Burleson
Does Your Fridge Look Like This?

Wish you could find a way to better organize your kids' work? Check out the newest Zen Librarian blog post here to learn about SeeSaw. With SeeSaw, you can create a digital portfolio for your child. You'll be glad you did!
Thank You to everyone who has been helping out at our wonderful school, including Mr. Klip, Mr. Wendt, Flannery Buchanan and Jen Hayes for their organization of the dance residency last week. 

Thank you to Mr. Wendt, Todd Burleson, Ms. Mac and Liz Vance for all of your hard work preparing for the Spring Sing!

Thank you to Lauren Laboyer for all of her hard work on the 100-year video!

Thank you to Mr. Wendt, Mr. Burleson and the PTO for the new Sound Domes that were installed in the hallway outside of the music room. It's amazing to hear music and sounds composed by the kids, filling the hallway!  
This Week and Next
Teacher Appreciation Week
March 14 - March 18
HW Spring Sing
Wednesday, March 16, 7pm
at the Skokie School Auditorium
Second Grade Bake Sale
Thursday, March 17 
Spring Break
March 21- March 25
No School
Looking Ahead
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.
Spirit Day
Friday, April 1
World Travelers 
Wednesday, April 13 
World Travelers 
Friday, April 15

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, March 18.
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
Reading: Home/School Connection
Wednesday, March 16, 9:30am-10:45am
at Crow Island School 
Presented by Emily Butler Smith of Columbia University Teachers' College
Winnetka Public Schools Foundation Seeks New Members

Serving on the WPSF Board is a unique opportunity to work closely with District 36 administrators and other engaged Winnetka parents. WPSF raises funds to enhance and support the educational mission of Winnetka District 36 beyond the means of conventional public funding. For more information on membership, view an informational flier here or visit
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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