The Item Newsletter, Issue #18, April 24, 2016
7 Weeks Until Summer!
Here's a quick recap of what we've got between now and then. 

The Hubbard Woods' 100 Year Anniversary Open House
May 3rd from 6:30-8:30pm. Don't forget to invite your friends, family and neighbors! Here's a link that you can forward: Hubbard Woods Plans 100th Anniversary Bash

Sunday, May 22nd from 11:00am - 3:00pm. Mark your calendars. Also please donate to the raffle. Ideas include: tickets, memorabilia, gadgets and gift cards. More details below.

News and Notes
The Directory Is Going Paperless Next Year
Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, our directory will only be available online or via the Directory Spot App we have been using for three years. If you haven't already used Directory Spot, now would be a great time to try it out!

You can access the directory online on your desktop at or by downloading the Directory spot app for free.

Here are directions for downloading the app and for first time users. Username is the parent 1 email address you provided to the district. 

Please contact Lori Miralles at with questions.
It's Earth Week and we've got some 
GREAT News.....

During the 2015-2016 school year, Hubbard Woods placed first among participating Winnetka Schools. Through this year's Trex Plastic Bag Challenge, Winnetka Schools kept approximately 1,000 lbs of plastic out of landfill!

Plastic bag collection ends this week. Moving forward please recycle them at local grocery stores.

Earth Week Schedule: 
Monday, April 25: Discussions in classrooms; WGST will air Earth Day videos
Tuesday, April 26: Trash-free Tuesday
Wednesday, April 27: Walk to school Wednesday
Thursday, April 28: Recycle - Think before you throw
Friday, April 29: Town Hall meeting focused on sustainability led by the Student Green Team
Field Day T-Shirts!
Time to consider ordering a cool 2016 Field Day t-shirt for your student. T-shirt cost is only $6 with a ordering deadline of Friday, May 13th. Click here for ordering instructions and form.

Field Day is Wednesday, June 1st. Look for a volunteer sign up soon!
Grand Foods Receipt Challenge

We're nearing the end of the April Grand Foods Receipt Challenge. Turn in your Grand Foods receipts to your child's teacher. The winning classroom gets a McFlurry party!

Any questions, please contact Jennifer Dasso at
4th Grade Parents, SAVE THE DATE

The 4th grade Farewell Breakfast is on Wednesday, June 8th from 7:30am-8:30am.
Look for an invitation in your child's backpack this week. Please note, the breakfast is a very special event for 4th grade students and their parents. Please arrange child care for siblings.

Also, dig around for a baby photo of your 4th grader, ideally between the ages of 8 months and 2 years old. We'll be collecting images early May.

Our annual carnival-themed fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday, May 22nd from 11am - 3pm, rain or shine.

You can support Mayest 2016 by donating items for the raffle. All donations BIG or small are appreciated! Contact Jenny Tucker w/items or questions:

Donation Ideas:
  • tickets to sporting events
  • autographed memorabilia
  • bike, trike or anything that goes
  • activity baskets
  • gadgets (Go Pro, Kindle, iPad, etc.)
  • basket of books
  • candy dispenser or gumboil machine
  • gift cards for spa services, dining, shopping, etc.
  • your services/talents-photography session, interior design consultation, etc.
Congratulations to the World Travelers committee and the fantastic children who worked together to pull off a phenomenal World Travelers Travelogue and Luncheon. Students Joey and Riggs Williams, Arden, Hunter and Maddie Kain, and Victoria and Sophia Amin brought Australia to life with a fun, interactive presentation on Wednesday.

Tine Tschackert, Nichole Kain, Laura Williams, Gina Dillig, Erin Donaldson, Gina Fechheimer, Dena Ferdinand, Kate Neal, Becky, Theo and Zara Sanderson and Nurca and Kaan Bozkurt cooked and served a delicious lunch on Friday. Thanks to all for creating such an amazing experience for the children!

Congrats to Brooke Helmstetter, Nidhi Singh, Sarah Graham, Lori Miralles, Abby Burtelow, Kendal Reis, Lauren Laboyer and Jen Hayes who were unanimously voted onto the PTO Executive Board for 2016-17. 

Thank you for all the tickets bought for the Parent-Faculty Party. We have three classes that are celebrating their school spirit with new things for their classrooms!

1st Place - $300
Mrs. Kerouac -3rd Grade
iPad Stands, puzzles, games, supplies for class pet

2nd Place- $200
Ms. White -AM kindergarten
Magna tiles

3rd Place- $100
Mrs. Baker - 3rd Grade
Balls and jump ropes
This Week and Next
Trash Free Tuesday
Tuesday, April 26
Send your child to school with a waste and package-free lunch
Walk to School Wednesday
Wednesday, April 27
Use non-motorized transportation to get to school.
Hubbard Woods 100th Anniversary Open House!
Tuesday, May 3, 6:30-8:30pm

Looking Ahead
4th Grade Camp Edwards
Thurs, May 5 - Friday, May 6 
Sunday, May 22, 11am-3pm 
Todd Burleson
Not only is Hubbard Woods celebrating its 100th birthday, but but on April 12th so did one of my favorite children's authors, Beverly Clearly.  You are going to want to stop over at our blog to read about how this amazing author has inspired generations of readers, including your very own librarian!
Lunch Box
The next Pizza Fun Lunch will be Friday, April 29.
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
Teacher Tribute!
Is there an especially wonderful teacher who has nurtured your child this year?  Please consider honoring an outstanding educator with a Teacher Tribute.  To make a Tribute, click on this  Teacher Tribute flyer.  For more information, click here.

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 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 

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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