Item Newsletter, Issue #11
While it may seem cold and grey outside, heartwarming acts of service are happening within the walls of our school! 

We kicked off the Cradles to Crayons clothing drive for new and like-new clothing, so it's a great time to clean out your closets and to consider volunteering for our on-site visits scheduled for mid-February, details are below. 

Also, plans for our Parent Paddle Party on January 27 are well underway and it is sure to be a fun night of paddle and socializing. 

We hope to see you at our upcoming events!

Hubbard Woods School PTO
News and Notes
Looking Ahead
Cradles to Crayons

Month of Service
Learning at HWS

Kicked off by Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Hubbard Woods students will engage in a month of service-learning, focusing on community and dignity. In conjunction with this school-wide curriculum, all students will take part in service projects benefiting Cradles to Crayons. In school, students will create “well-wish notes” — notes and drawings of encouragement that accompany each clothing pack distributed by Cradles to Crayons. Secondly, students will sort and quality-check donations. Lastly, grades 2-4 will volunteer in person at the organization’s Giving Factory in Chicago. Please expect more details from Beth Carmody and your student’s teacher in the coming weeks. 

Now - Feb 3: Cradles to Crayons Donation Drive at HWS
Week of Jan 30: Students create well-wish notes at HWS
Week of Feb 6: Students sort and quality check donated items at HWS
Feb 14-17: Grades 2-4 volunteer at Cradles to Crayons (*Volunteers needed, sign up HERE)

We need your help!! DONATE new and like-new clothing, newborn thru 12yrs, details here: Click HERE for items that are accepted. Donations can be dropped in marked bins in the entrance lobby.

VOLUNTEER in-person with students at Cradles to Crayons. We need a lot of parent volunteers to support this effort! Dates, times, classroom assignments, and volunteer openings can be found HERE.
WPSF Carlson event

The Winnetka Public School Foundation (WPSF) is hosting its annual Carlson Event on Thursday, January 26 from 7:00PM-9:00PM at the Winnetka Community House. All are welcome and should RSVP HERE. The Carlson Event will host a panel of D36 educators to speak about two hot topics in the classroom. Dr. Becky Mathison will lead a discussion on "The Science of Reading" for Kindergarten - 4th grade and "Project Based Learning" for 5th - 8th grade in the classroom. There will be demonstrations of the Foundation's latest grants on display, plus there will be refreshments and hors d'oeuvres! 
Hubbard Woods
Parent Paddle Party!

The Hubbard Woods Parent Paddle Party is waitlist only!
When: 6:30-9:30PM, Friday, January 27
Where: Skokie Country Club Paddle Courts – 701 Prairie Road, Glencoe, IL 60022 (Please NOTE, the paddle court address is NOT the same as the main club address!). If you signed up, please fill out this Google form so we can best organize the event. 
Please email if you have any questions, or if you missed the sign up and would like to be added to the waitlist! 
Join the PTO Nominating Committee!

The PTO needs 8-10 parents to help out ONE TIME at our Nominating Committee Zoom Meeting on Thursday, February 23 from 12:00-1:00pm.

We will discuss each role's responsibilities and brainstorm names to nominate for the open positions for the 2023-2024 Hubbard Woods PTO Executive Committee:

Vice President (commitment to become President following year)
Vice President Programs (new position - one year commitment)
Assistant Treasurer (commitment to become Treasurer following year)
Assistant Communications (commitment to become Communications Chair following year)
Secretary (one year commitment)

Please email Nissa Cox by February 17 to join the Nominating Committee Zoom Meeting on February 23, to nominate yourself for a position or with any questions.
Online Registration Open for Incoming Kindergarteners & New Students for the 2023-2024 School Year

Registration for incoming kindergarteners and students new to The Winnetka Public Schools in 2023-2024 is now open on the District website. Children who will be five-years-old on or before September 1, 2023, are eligible to enroll.

Children will not be considered enrolled until both the online and paper portion of registration has been completed and residency documentation is verified. If you have any questions, please contact the District Office at 847-446-9400.
WPSF Carlson Event
Thursday, January 26 @ The Community House

PTO Social Event - Parent Paddle Party
Friday, January 27 @
Skokie Country Club

No School - Conferences
Thursday, February 9

No School - Conferences
Friday, February 10

Pizza Fun Lunch
Friday, February 17

No School - Teacher Institute Day
Monday, February 20
Lunch Box
Marlas Brown Bag lunches are underway and the kids are enjoying lunchClick here to order!

The deadline to add, change or cancel lunches is 12pm each Wednesday for the following week.
Our next Pizza Fun Lunch will be Friday, February 3.
Click here for Pizza Fun Lunch Info and dates.

*Please confirm your PFL orders for the second half of the year. We had several children who thought they were signed up, but are not on Marla's list.
Save the Date: Mayfest 2023

Please mark your calendars for Mayfest, scheduled for Sunday, May 21, 2023!

Mayfest is the biggest blacktop extravaganza of the school year and our annual carnival-themed fundraiser. Mayfest is a 40+ year tradition featuring rides, games, and an exciting raffle.

Our Mayfest Committee has started planning; stay tuned for more information as the date approaches!
District News
Next D36 School Board Meeting
Tuesday, January 31, at 7:15 PM at Carlton Washburne School Resource Center.

To visit D36, Click Here
District Partners
Click here to access district partner Family Action Network's (FAN) website for information about events to provide the latest insights on education and more.
Click here for district partner the Alliance's Fall/Winter 2022 Newsletter and to learn more about the organization’s offerings for families.
The Green Team Presents...the TREX Plastic Film Challenge 

Each year Go Green Winnetka and all District 36 schools participate in this program, which enlists schools to collect plastic bags and wrap, which are then recycled and made into alternate wood products. The Challenge runs now through April 15, with winners announced on Earth Day. 

During this time, bins are placed at D36 schools to collect the *plastics listed below. 
Grocery bags; bread bags; case overwrap (e.g. water, soda and juice bottles); dry cleaning bags; newspaper sleeves; ice bags; wood pellet bags; Ziplock and other reclosable bags; produce bags; bubble wrap; salt bags; and cereal bags

*Please note, all plastics must be clean, dry, and free of food residue. 

More information about the program can be found here and here.

Contact with any questions.

Many thanks to Jessalyn Garvey for partnering with our teachers to create a meaningful month of Community Outreach for our students!

Thank you to all of the families who are donating clothing for our Cradles to Crayons clothing drive!
The Hubbard Woods School PTO is on Instagram! We are very excited to offer an additional resource to our Hubbard Woods School community for school events.

Follow us @hubbardwoodspto for the latest school activities!

Please note the account is private, so please request to follow.
About the PTO
The HW PTO involves parents and teachers working together on behalf of the school and students. To become involved please contact: the Hubbard Woods PTO or visit the PTO Sign Up Genius.

You can also reach out to:
President - Anne Babick
Vice President - Jessalyn Garvey

To learn more about the Central PTO, which supports all three elementary schools and Skokie-Washburne,
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