The Item Newsletter, Issue #20, May 23, 2016
We're cruising into the finish line... 
but we still have a few things to wrap up.
Please take a moment to sign up for Field Day and for 
PTO committees next year. As they say, it takes a village!

Field Day is Wednesday, June 1 
Sign up for fresh air and fun with your child!
One of the most fun-filled days of the year at Hubbard Woods School is fast approaching. Field Day will take place on Wednesday, June 1, rain or shine. We still have many volunteer spots to fill. Parent volunteers make the day possible by overseeing all activities and cheering. Please take a short break from your day to volunteer by CLICKING HEREShifts are easy, enjoyable and a great way to see your child in action. You'll be glad you did!
Be A Part Of The Action Next Year
We need everyone's help to successfully continue the amazing PTO sponsored programs that make Hubbard Woods such a magical place. If you haven't done so already, please take a moment to complete the online PTO Volunteer Survey for 2016-2017. Whatever your interests or talents may be -- we have a place for you!  Please, CLICK HERE to fill out the PTO Volunteer Survey. Make friends, use your talent, help the school and have a great time in the process!

News and Notes
Farewell Coffee for 
Dr. Daniel Ryan 
The PTO will host a Farewell Coffee for Dr. Ryan 
this 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.

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!
Kindergarten Picnic on the Playground 
On Thursday, May 26 from 5:30-7 PM kindergarten families are invited to join 
Ms. White for the year-end kindergarten picnic. Please bring your family, a blanket and dinner to the HW playground. Kindergarteners wear their tie-dyed t-shirt. There will be an ice cream truck in the circle from 6-7 so don't forget to bring some cash for a treat! No raindate.
Calling All Photographers!
Do you love to take pictures of your children? Do you want to be your child's official class photographer? From photographing the first day of school to the ghost walk to recess and Mayfest, we need parents who will help take pictures for the yearbook next year! Please email Jennifer Hayes ( or Julia Werner ( if you are interested in being a photographer for the yearbook next school year!

Buddy Families Needed
Each August we welcome many new families to the Hubbard Woods School community. You can help make their transitions easier by volunteering to be a Buddy Family!  
As a Buddy Family you will be paired with a new family with children similar in age. There is a get-to-know-you playground playdate and school tour for the new families the week before school starts.  It's a great opportunity to show your HW community spirit and meet new friends at the same time! If you'd like to be a Buddy Family please contact Sara McClain ( or Dominique Birchmeier (

A HUGE thank you to Mayfest Chairs Heather Boulanger, Sarah Donaldson and Jenny Tucker, Mayfest Communications Chair Kendal Reis and all the members of the incredible committee for pulling off a truly spectacular Mayfest: Nidhi Singh, Lucie White, Jessica Dietrich, Dominique Birchmeier, Lindy Kelly, Jessica Brosch, Kathy Newlands, Julia Werner, Kate Kligora, Erin Kelly, Effie Karavites, Gwen Olerich, Lauren Leboyer, Brie Root, Gina Fechheimer, Lori Miralles, Julia Werner, Liz Kunkle and Dee Macey.
The weather cooperated, the community came out and the event was a fantastic success. Thank you for the months of hard work it took to organize such a wonderful afternoon for the community and fundraiser for the school. Special acknowledgement also goes to the Mayest Room Parents, Byrd Rhyne and her amazing band 6FM, Mayfest Mayor Maddie Boulos, Todd Burleson, Daniel Ryan, Joan Kuzel, Lois Peterson, Clive Laschelles and Dennis Myers.

Lastly, thank you to the HW community of families that donated money, items, and time to make an event for all of our children to remember fondly.  Mayfest would not have been possible without your support!

Congratulations to the 2nd Grade students and
teachers for staging such a wonderful and wildly successful thrift shop! Thanks to Nichole Kain, Rita Compton and Dee Macey for facilitating the purchase and distribution of the additional 100 Year Anniversary swag. Kudos to Lowey Sichol for chairing the Art Room Assistants Program this year and to the many parents who volunteered on her committee. Thank you to Brooke Helmstetter and the Resource Center committee for their help in the RC this year. Thanks also goes to Katie Hielscher for her work with WGST. Last but not least, we're grateful to Nicole Rivera and the Pioneer Room committee for ensuring a wonderful experience for the third graders!

This Week and Next
Goodbye Coffee with Daniel Ryan and 
Views & Visions Talk
Wednesday, May 25  
8:30AM Coffee, 9:00AM Talk
Bike Rodeo
Wednesday, May 25  3:30PM
Kindergarten Picnic
Thursday, May 26  5:30-7PM
HW Playground
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
Looking Ahead
Fourth Grade Farewell
Wednesday, June 8, 7:30-8:30AM
Last Day of School
Wednesday, June 8
Early Dismissal, 11:30AM
Lunch Box
The next (and last!) Pizza Fun Lunch will be Friday, June 3rd.
Last Day of KIDDOS is this Friday, May 26! 
Please make a note to pack lunches on those last few days of school.

- by Todd Burleson
Friday, May 13th was the 
2015-2016 Trout in the Resource Center Trout Release. It was a beautiful day with perfect weather for sending our hover of trout out into Lake Michigan.  Read all about the whole project on the A Zen Librarian Blog!
Lost & Found
Missing Something?
From the looks of it, we all are! 
Please make time to check out the school's Lost & Found this week. We will be donating remaining items to charity at the end of the school year.

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