The Item Newsletter, Issue #19, May 8, 2016

Mayfest is our biggest fundraiser and most exciting community-building celebration -- it's been taking place for more than 35 years! You can get in on the action and Support Mayest 2016 NOW when you:

Buy Your Tickets in Advance Online
Avoid the ticket lines and enjoy the convenience of using a credit card online to buy your tickets for Mayfest. The event happens rain or shine, so your tickets will be used! A personalized packet with your tickets already filled out for you will be waiting at Will-Call so you can start stuffing the raffle prize boxes and enjoying the attractions as soon as Mayfest opens!

Donate a Raffle Item
From tickets to events and electronic gadgets, to gift cards and outdoor gear -- all donations BIG or small are appreciated! The raffle is one of the most exciting parts of Mayfest for kids and adults alike!
Contact Jenny Tucker to submit an item or find out what would be most helpful:

Sponsor Your Child's Favorite Mayfest Area
Our HWS families make Mayfest run -- and raise the important funds that come out of it to support our school's enrichment projects. Consider buying a sponsorship as part of your Mayfest contribution.  

Thank you in advance for your generous support -- including working your assigned shift at your child's class area at Mayfest. See you on the blacktop! 
Sunday, May 22nd, 11am-3pm! (Will-Call opens at 10:45am). 

P.S. Can't make it? We'll miss you. Make it up to us by visiting our PayPal page and donating. All proceeds directly benefit our school! Rah, rah, rah!

News and Notes
2nd Grade Thrift Shop THIS TUESDAY
The 2nd graders in Mr. Dillon and Mrs. Farley's classes have been studying commerce this past month.  They were inspired by a field trip to The Winnetka Thrift Store, and are opening up their own thrift store in the Project Room on Tuesday.  Classes signed up to visit at different times, and they are excited to sell items, and make change, with real money!  Prices range from $0.50 to $15.00, so if your child would like to purchase anything they should bring a few dollars on Tuesday.  The money they raise will be used for the end of the year party for the 2nd graders.

Field Day Is Coming!
The Hubbard Woods annual Field Day will be held on Wednesday, 
June 1. This is one of the most fun-filled days at Hubbard Woods! The 1st-4th graders are mixed together on three different teams: Red, White, or Blue. Students wear their team colors while participating in games such as spoon & egg walk, water balloon toss and bozo buckets!  Volunteers are needed for this action -packed day of fun doing everything from managing games to scoring to distributing water. Sign up HERE to volunteer for a shift. 
There is still t
ime to order a cool 2016 Field Day t-shirt for your student. T-shirt cost is only $6 with a ordering deadline of Friday, May 13. Click here for ordering instructions and form.

Farewell Coffee for 
Dr. Daniel Ryan 
The PTO will host a Farewell Coffee for Dr. Ryan 
on Wednesday, May 25th at 8:30AM. Please join us as we thank Dr. Ryan for his service to Hubbard Woods School and wish him well in his new position with District 36.

Then at 9:00 AM Dr. Ryan will conduct his final  "Views, Visions and Verifications." During this intimate conversation, Dr. Ryan will review the goals he articulated at the beginning of the academic year, highlighting our school's successes in 2015-16 and areas of continued focus moving forward.

The Grand
And The Winner Is... 
After gathering all 1200+ receipts the winner is Mrs. Kerouac's class, with Will Helmstetter bringing in 51 receipts alone!! Yay!  It was super close by 5 receipts.  
2nd place goes to Mrs. Wray and 3rd to Mrs. Blaker! 
LAST CHANCE To Order 100 Year Swag 
The window of opportunity is closing in the next day or so. 
Click here to order your hat, mug or stuffed Rocky.

Saddle Up! 
The Bike Rodeo Is Wednesday, May 25th  
Every year the Winnetka Police Department hosts a Bicycle Rodeo to mark the end of Bicycle Safety Week - the week that 2nd graders throughout Winnetka learn about bicycle safety and earn the right to ride their bike to school. 

All students, regardless of grade, are invited to attend the rodeo on Wednesday, May 25th from 3:30-5 PM on the Hubbard Woods Playground. Children who attend can get a free bike safety check, register their bikes (parents' bikes too!) and play fun games. Please bring your bicycle helmets...they're required!
4th Grade Parents, 
The 4th grade Farewell Breakfast will take place on Wednesday, June 8th from 7:30am-8:30am.
The $40 fee for the event is due this Friday, May 13th. 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 6 months and 3years old. 
Photos are due DIGITALLY in JPEG format in original resoluCon to by Friday, May 20th. Hard copy (5x3 or bigger) can by dropped off at the front office in the baby picture box and will be returned at the front office for pick up. Please contact Jennie Ely with questions, 

Congratulations to the Green Team and their faculty leaders, Judith Campbell and Rita Gardner, on a successful Earth Week! These students have been meeting and preparing all year to present ideas for reducing, reusing and recycling to the entire school at the Town Hall Meeting to wrap up Earth Week. 
Great Job, Green Team!

Thank you Jen Dasso and the Grand Foods Committee: Amy Kay, Nicole Rivera and Laurie VanDusen. We're grateful for all of the collecting and tallying you've done throughout the year to make the Grand Foods Challenges successful!
This Week and Next
Sunday, May 22, 11am-3pm

Looking Ahead
Goodbye Coffee with Daniel Ryan and 
Views & Visions Talk
Wednesday, May 25  
8:30 AM Coffee, 9:00 AM Talk
Bike Rodeo
Wednesday, May 25  3:30PM
Early Dismissal 
Friday, May 27, 11:25AM
No AM Kindergarten, PM Kindergarten attends in the AM
No School-Memorial Day  
Monday, May 30
Field Day 
Wednesday, June 1
Lunch Box
The next Pizza Fun Lunch will be Friday, May 13.
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.

"Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance"
by Angela Duckworth, Ph.D
Wednesday, May 11, 7:00 PM:
New Trier High School, Gaffney Auditorium

Dr. Duckworth co-founded The
Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character
development in children. An expert in non-I.Q. competencies, she has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs.
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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