The Item Newsletter, Issue #16, March 28, 2016
It's Your Chance to Get Involved for the 2016-2017 School Year!

Welcome back from Spring Break! We hope your family had a safe, fun and relaxing week off!

Believe it or not, now is the perfect time to start thinking about NEXT school year!  

Please take a moment to complete the online PTO Volunteer Survey for 2015-2016. We need YOUR help to successfully continue PTO sponsored programs like Pizza Fun Lunch, Mayfest, Book Fair, Green Team and Art Smart!
We have opportunities for everyone, from being a room parent to helping with STEAM Night (formally Family Math Night!)! There are roles that can be handled from home and others that give you a chance to enjoy being at the school. Whatever your interests or talents may be -- we have a place for you!  

Please, CLICK HERE to fill out the PTO Volunteer Survey.  
It's a fun way to get involved at Hubbard Woods School!

Thank you for considering joining the team!

News and Notes
April World Travelers -- Get Ready for a Visit Down Under!

G'day Mate!  Travel with us to Austalia -- a country and a continent.  From its bustling cities to the outback and the Great Barrier Reef, Australia has it all.  Learn about the wonders of this nation at our travelogue on Wednesday, April 13and then enjoy a variety of kid-friendly dishes from the country on Friday, April 15.  

Look for flyers to come home THIS WEEK; they are due this Friday, April 1. Please note the lunch is NOT allergen-free. 

If you have any questions, contact Linda Gerstman at or Tine Tschackert at  

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 (
Thank You to the many parents and faculty members who have been so busy and dedicated during the past few weeks! It's been a busy time at HWS and there are many of you to thank, including:

Thanks to the Teacher Appreciation Team, including Jenny Keller, Sarah Graham, Sarah Ko, Jessica Brosche, Amy Chudgar, Jennifer Lahti, Sarah Levi, Nicole Rivera, and Wendy Thomas, for an awesome week that celebrated the wonderful people who make HWS great!

Thanks to the amazing Spring Sing Team, who made Spring Sing a true tribute to our 100-year celebration. The event was a huge success, thanks to:  Gary Wendt, Todd Burleson, Julie McDonough and Liz Vance, as well as the volunteers that helped set up and help on the night of the event. Special thanks also goes to Miss Nottingham, Mr. Klipowicz, Miss Strening and Miss BiernerAnother thank you to Flannery Buchanan who organized the Decades Dance residency that added extra excitement to Spring Sing! 

Thank you to Laurie Cahill for all of her ongoing efforts to organize the Fourth Grade Chorus.

Thank you to Sara McClain, Emily Boling, the Second Grade Teachers and the parent volunteers who made the Second Grade Service Project not only a great philanthropic event but a fantastic day of commerce education. Wow, those cookies were delicious!

On behalf of the Family Math Night committee (Heather Boulanger, Sandy Carlson, Sarah Graham, Erin Luzadder, Heather Stepan and Tim Womack), Michael Collins would like to say "Thank you" to all of the volunteers who helped out at Family Math Night. "We couldn't have done it without you. Thanks especially to Judith Campbell and Todd Burleson for their time, ideas, and hard work."

Community News
Don't Miss This Important Parent Book Talk
This spring's selection, "How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Parenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success" by Julie Lythcott-Haimes, centers on preparing children to be self-reliant in an era of over-parenting. Trisha Kocanda, Superintendent, and Susan Hugebeck, Greeley School Principal, will facilitate discussions. The book is available at The Book Stall in downtown Winnetka. Attendance at both sessions is not required.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 9:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m
(Chapters 1 - 11)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 9:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.
(Chapters 12  - 22)

Location:  Carleton Washburne School's Curriculum Planning Room (#C306A)

To RSVP, please contact: Kate Hughes 

This Week and Next
Spirit Day
Friday, April 1
Wear your HWS gear!
Combined District 
Choral Concert
Tuesday April 5th, 7pm
at Skokie School
Note:  The kids need to arrive at 
6:45pm. The Fourth Graders should wear their Chorus t-shirts that they will receive this week.

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.
World Travelers 
Wednesday, April 13 
World Travelers 
Friday, April 15
Looking Ahead

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, April 1.
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.
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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