Item Newsletter, Preview Issue, August 15, 2021
Dear Hubbard Woods School Families,
 
Welcome to The Preview Issue of The Item e-newsletter, your primary source of Hubbard Woods School PTO information! The Item includes news about upcoming special events, volunteer opportunities and more. Make sure it doesn't fall into your Spam folder! Beginning August 22nd, The Item will arrive in your inbox about every two weeks. You will also receive email blasts from time to time containing pertinent information. The HW PTO Website is also a great resource. Please bookmark it: http://www.hubbardwoods36pto.org.
 
Parents often ask why a particular parent email address is receiving The Item. The district provides us with one parent contact per student. This is based on the online school registration you completed at the district level. If another parent/guardian would like to be added to our mailing list, please send their name and email address to: hwitemeditor@gmail.com.
 
A very warm welcome to all of our new families! We are so glad that you’ve joined our special school and can’t wait to get to know you. We hope that you will quickly feel connected to the Hubbard Woods School community. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions! 
 
The HW PTO serves the school by supporting programs and events that enhance our children’s and the staff’s daily experiences. We fund value added purchases such as extra technology equipment and other innovative classroom materials. We also fund the fun! To make our community stronger, we host various events like our incredible Mayfest and a fantastic Parent/Staff party. The PTO also runs many beloved school traditions like World Travelers, Book Fair, Bike Rodeo, Yearbook, Field Day and a special farewell for our 4th graders in June.
 
The financial support and volunteer efforts from our parent community enable us to keep our PTO going strong! There will be an opportunity to donate during the back-to-school payment process. Thank you for considering a contribution. We also appreciate you offering your time and talents. Please take a look at our volunteer Sign Up Genius and consider joining one of our productive committees. Volunteering is an excellent way to get to know other parents and teachers and make a meaningful contribution to your child’s elementary school experience. We are grateful for whatever support you can provide. 
  
We hope you enjoy the remaining days of summer break and look forward to seeing you very soon. It’s going to be a great year together!
 
Nissa Cox, HW PTO President
News and Notes
Looking Ahead
Log on NOW to Complete Important Back to School Purchases Before School Starts!

The PTO offers a simple back-to-school payment process online. Starting now, you can pay for all back-to-school items with one easy payment! See the Hubbard Woods PTO Website for detailed information about each Back to School purchase and to make payments.
 
Pay for your child's Back to School needs such as: School Supplies, Pizza Fun Lunch, Teacher Gifts, and to make a PTO Donation.

Deadline to order School Supplies is Wednesday, August 18! If you wish to shop and purchase your own supplies, contact Margaret Reynolds for each grade's detailed Supply List.

Order deadline for Pizza Fun Lunch is Friday, September 3! Click Here for Pizza Fun Lunch dates.

*Please note, Yearbook orders have been moved to the spring.*
Rah, Rah, Rah for Hubbard Woods!

It has become a fun annual tradition to show our school spirit by displaying colorful Hubbard Woods signs in the days leading up to the first day of school. Volunteers will place a HW sign in front of your home the week before school starts.

If you do not wish to have a sign, please contact Back-to-School Committee Chair: Peter Eck (hubbardwoodspto@gmail.com). Volunteers will collect signs after the first week of school.   
New Family Tours
August 18
9:00AM or 2:00PM

Class Placement Info
August 19
3:00PM

Kiddos Lunch Ordering Opens
August 20
12:00pm

Kindergarten Popsicle Play Date
Sunday, August 22
3:00 - 4:00 PM

New Family/Buddy Family Popsicle Play Date
Tuesday, August 24
10:00-10:45 AM

Teacher Meet and Greets Tuesday, August 24
10:45-11:30AM

D36 Welcome Back to School Concert Event
Tuesday, August 24
4:00-6:00PM

First Day of School, 1/2 Day
Wednesday, August 25
8:37-11:25AM

Parent Welcome Coffee
Wednesday, August 25 8:30-9:30AM

First Full Day of School
Thursday, August 26 8:37AM-3:15PM
New Family Tours

Tours of Hubbard Woods School are being offered to new families and students, or families new to the school in 2020 who were never able to tour the school. PTO volunteers and staff will guide tours and answer questions in an Open House format on Wednesday, August 18 from 9:00-10:00AM, or 2:00-3:00PM. Be sure to wear a mask!

Please note: rooms will not yet be set up for students as teachers do not return to school until August 23.
Popsicle Playdates

As a welcome to our new students and families, the PTO is hosting 2 popsicle playdates!

The first is a Kindergarten Popsicle Play Date for all incoming Kindergarteners! Come to explore the playground and meet your new classmates! On Sunday, August 22, from 3:00 - 4:00 PM at the Hubbard Woods School Playground.

The second is the 2021 New Family/Buddy Family Popsicle Play Date, Tuesday, August 24, from 10:00-10:45 AM at the Hubbard Woods School Playground. We invite all new to the school families and their buddy families to meet at the playground for popsicles and fun before the teacher meet and greets.
Back-to-School Schedule
 
Grades 1-4 - SHORTENED FIRST DAY
Wednesday, August 25
Doors Open 8:30am - 11:25am

Grades 1-4 - FIRST FULL DAY
Thursday, August 26
Doors Open 8:30am - 3:15pm

Note: Details of Kindergarten schedule will be announced by teachers - stay tuned!
Welcome Coffee

After seeing the children off on their first day, enjoy a cup of coffee and a chance to say hello to other HW parents. Meet in front of the school on Wednesday, August 25 from 8:30-9:30AM.
Mark your Calendars for Octoberfest!

Save the date for the Hubbard Woods Parent & Staff Party on Friday, October 1. The event will be at Westmoreland Country Club in an outdoor tent. More details to follow!
District News
Next D36 School Board Meeting:
Tuesday, 8/17, 7:15 PM
Carleton Washburne Resource Center

To visit D36, Click Here
Volunteer Opportunities
World Travelers Co-Chair:
Help coordinate 3 international travelogues taking our students on a whirlwind adventure to worldly destinations. Travelogues are presented to students over a week in October, January and April.

Green Team Chair: Represent HW at the monthly district Green Team meetings (one hour on zoom) and promote Earth Week in April. 

Have questions, or want to become involved? Please email Nissa Cox.
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 - Nissa Cox
Vice President - Anne Babick

To learn more about the Central PTO, which supports all three elementary schools and Skokie-Washburne,
Hubbard Woods PTO | www.hubbardwoods36pto.org