The Item Newsletter, Issue #21, June 5, 2016
3 School Days Until Summer Vacation!

Here are the 5 Things You Need to Know:
1.  Don't forget to register for school next year with the district. 
Students must be registered and fees paid online by June 24, 2016 to facilitate the placement process. You must register with the district to receive any PTO emails for next school year.

2.  Volunteer for the PTO next school year. 
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!

3.  Save your Grand Food Center receipts. 
The PTO gets 3% pre-tax back on all purchases. We use those funds to keep Hubbard Woods going strong. Hold onto those receipts over the summer!

4.  Look for a back-to-school PTO email in August with information on school supplies and more.

5.  Have a Great Summer!

News and Notes
If you want to re-visit our 100 Year Open House or see the unedited alumni interviews, we now have a dedicated website for the Hubbard Woods 100th Anniversary Open House. Log on to see photos and videos from the evening, as well as the 100 Year Anniversary Video and all of the alumni interviews that were edited to create it.

Here's the link: 
(Bookmark it to keep it handy!)

*Lauren LeBoyer created the fantastic wordle above from the words and phrases written on the graffiti wall during the 100 Year Open House!  

A Note From Our Math Facilitator, Judith Campbell, About SUMMER MATH!

It is very important to maintain math skills (esp. facts) over the summer and continue to develop inquisitive and logical thinking, which is fundamental in building strong math thinking. 

Here are 4 recommendations from your Hubbard Woods Math Facilitator:

1. District website: full of ideas for parents!

2. ST Math, your child can continue working on this app:

Your child can log into his/her own account (after 6/9) and continue the work he/she have been doing on this school year.


3. Play board games as a family! All good board games have elements of strategic play that engage logical thinking and processing. Your children are using the same parts of their brain when playing strategy games as they are when they are problem solving in math.

4. Practice math-facts!
  • addition and subtraction facts for 1st and 2nd graders
  • multiplication and division facts for 3rd and 4th graders
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.  You will attend a park playdate and also be their "buddy" at the school tour for new families the week before school starts.  It's a great opportunity to show Hubbard Woods community spirit and meet new friends at the same time!    

If you would like to be a buddy family please contact Stephanie Meyer ( or Nidhi Singh (

A huge thank you to all of the parents who volunteered to make Field Day possible! Special thanks go to Anne Babick and Abby Burtelow, co-chairs of the event, to the field day committee and to the many, many parents who signed up for a shift (or two!) during the day. 

Thank you to Nat Roberts, chair of Bike Safety Week, and his team, Amy Kay and Courtney Mathy, for orchestrating a very successful Bike Rodeo.

Thank you Jennie Ely, chair of the yearbook committee, for putting together another beautiful book this year. Thanks also goes to her committee members for their year-long effort: Justine Cody, Gina Dillig, Linda Gerstman, Sarah Graham, Jenni Healy, Jane Hoffmeyer, Effie Karavites, Jen Lahti, Merdith Meyer, Julie Oleshansky, Florrie Parks, Alicai Rosauer, Leigh Sears, Lowey Sichol, Tine Tschackert & Danielle Wylie 

Thanks in advance to the Fourth Grade Farewell committee for putting together Wednesday's breakfast program, especially co-chairs Gina Dillig and Brooke Allen, video montage creator Jennie Ely and to committee members Gwen Oelerich,Seanra Kalil, Sara McCalin, Jennifer Lahti, Linda Gertsman, Jen Dasso and Erin Donaldson.  

Thank you Amy Kay and Sarah Tegel for editing the Item Newsletter for a second year in a row.  We're grateful for all of your time and effort!

This Week
Fourth Grade Farewell
Wednesday, June 8, 7:30-8:30AM
Last Day of School
Wednesday, June 8
Early Dismissal, 11:30AM
- by Todd Burleson
Dear Parents,
It is unbelievable that just over a year ago, the IDEA Lab existed only on paper. Through the amazing support of the PTO and countless parent volunteers, we've brought those ideas to life. In that short period of time, WE have created a space that has pushed the barriers and preconceived notions of what libraries and STEAM education can be. Parents, teachers and administrators from across the region have come to visit and experience the IDEA Lab. In fact, while nearly two hundred visitors have come to see the space in person, tens of thousands more have visited our blog, Facebook, INFO and Twitter pages. This wider audience has allowed us to advocate for this type of programming not only for Winnetka students, but all students! This global network of educators has consistently challenged and supported one another. Please help us to continue to grow and improve by completing our surveyAs we take stock of this past school year, we are already planning exciting and innovative investigations for the fall. We hope that you will join us as a parent volunteer so that you can experience the IDEA Lab too! Thank you!
Lost & Found
Going, Going, Gone!
The PTO will donate remaining items in the Lost & Found this week. Last chance to grab your stuff!

Community News
Volunteers Needed
The Winnetka Childrens' Fair still needs volunteers for the event this Friday and Saturday on the Village Green. Click here to sign up for a time slot.

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 Brooke Helmstetter at