Item Newsletter, Issue #13
Congratulations to our entire school community on an incredible Month of Service Learning! All students (K-4) contributed to our efforts in supporting Cradles to Crayons by donating clothes, sorting clothes and making well-wish cards! Students in 2-4th grade traveled to the C2C site downtown and helped sort loads of clothes, shoes, books and more. Students in K & 1st grade created school supply kits donated by the PTO. It was a magical month of not only learning about helping others while maintaining their dignity, but also taking action! 

A very special thank you to Jessalyn Garvey who orchestrated the month of activities in conjunction with a team of teachers and staff members.

Coming up...we will be World Travelers to the Netherlands, Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week and more! Read below for more details.

Hubbard Woods School PTO
News and Notes
Looking Ahead
World Travelers!

Get ready for your next trip with World Travelers as we visit the Netherlands!

Join us as we journey to the Netherlands with HW parent, Marlijn van Vilsteren. We’ll discover the unique and exciting culture as we learn about their customs, people, entertainment, and art. 

World Travelers will take place the week of February 27. Programming will take place during school hours and sign ups are not required for participation.

International lunches are back as part of World Travelers!

We’ve partnered with Marla’s Lunch to bring a taste of the Netherlands to our students. Order your Dutch pancakes for 2/27 HERE. Orders must be placed by Wednesday, 2/22, and remember you can change orders that have already been placed!
Opportunity to Help Turkey - Earthquake Relief Donations

Victims of the earthquakes in Turkey desperately need the following items: sleeping bags, tents, mats (camping), hand sanitizers, diapers, baby formula/food, hand warmers, batteries, feminine care items (e.g. pads), adult diapers, baby wipes, and sanitizing wipes. If you can donate, collection boxes will be in the HW school lobby until February 22.

Those who would like to donate money can do so by scanning the QR code above. The funds will be used toward supporting the survivors through reputable NGOs that are currently active on the ground.
After School Programs Spring Sessions


TUESDAYS - Taekwondo - 3:15PM-4:00PM from March 7 to May 30. Open to all grades. To register, click here.

WEDNESDAYS - Chess Wizards - 3:15PM-4:15PM from March 22 to May 24. Open to all grades. To register, click here. For more information, see the flyer.

THURSDAYS - Amazing Minds - 3:15PM-4:15PM from April 6 - June 8. Open to 1st and 2nd grade students. Register here.

For more information and updates on programs, please check our website.
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 22 to join the Nominating Committee Zoom Meeting on February 23, to nominate yourself for a position or with any questions.
Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is March 6-10!

Help us thank our teachers and staff who make our school such a special place! 

In celebration of Teacher and Staff Appreciation week, we have planned a really exciting week full of daily surprises for our cherished Hubbard Woods staff! The week will include a catered breakfast, catered lunch, smoothies, bakery cookies, heart shaped donuts and more. Students will have an opportunity to make handwritten notes during lunch and everyone will be gifted a gift card to enjoy.

Click on the links below if you would like to participate!

Click here to sign up to donate gift card(s) or treats for staff lounge room! 

Click here to make a monetary donation. Donations will go towards treats, catered meals, and gift cards!

Please email with any questions. Thank you!
Green Team Tips

  • Stickers/labels are not generally compostable because of the adhesive on them. Remove stickers from all fruit, bags, and other before composting. Or recycle paper bags with stickers.
  • The realm of hard plastics that is recyclable is MUCH narrower than we used to think. Focus on recycling BOTTLES, JARS, JUGS, and TUBS. Most other hard plastics, like utensils, straws, sushi boxes, fruit/sandwich clamshells, etc. are not recyclable.
  • When in doubt, throw it out! Don’t wishcycle or try to compost anything that is not organic. If you’re not sure where something goes, play it safe, put it in landfill and ask our Green team!
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.

Thank you to everyone who helped lead our Month of Service Learning, in particular:
  - Jessalyn Garvey for spearheading our PTO efforts
  - Staff team: Allison Greer, Jordyn Singer, Dayle Ellis, Kate Rosinski, Liz Delzell and Lisa Henkemeyer
  - All Parent Volunteers for in-school and on-site activities
  - Custodial staff for assistance with moving and storage of donation collections

Thank you to Emily Schnaper and Lynne Frank for organizing our 4th Faculty Lunch on Valentine's Day!

Thank you to Jenny Rosenstein for coordinating the 4th grade chorus performance of the National Anthem at the New Trier Boys Varsity Basketball game! 
World Travelers
February 27 - March 3

Pizza Fun Lunch
Friday, March 3

Kindergarten Moms' Night Out
Wednesday, March 8

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week
March 6-10

Pizza Fun Lunch
Friday, March 24

Spring Break
March 25 - April 3
Lunch Box
Marlas Brown Bag lunches are underway and the kids are enjoying lunch. Click here to order! The deadline to add, change or cancel lunches is 12pm each Wednesday for the following week.

New to Marlas ordering? Click here for instructions on how to sign up for Marla's lunches!
Our next Pizza Fun Lunch will be Friday, March 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, February 21, at 7:15 PM at Carlton Washburne School Resource Center.

To visit D36, Click Here

Winnetka Public Schools now features Podcasts called: Winnetka Voices. Click here to check them out!
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 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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