The Item Newsletter, Issue #10, January 6, 2019
Happy 2019 Hubbard Woods
Happy New Year HW families -- hope you all had fun over break and avoided the flu that seems to be taking no prisoners!

Whether you're glad to get the kiddos back into their school routine -- or sad that the break has come to a close -- I'm happy to tell you there's a ton to look forward to this school year. If you haven't yet volunteered for PTO committees or events, and feel you are now ready (hooray!) -- please get in touch with us and we'll find a spot for you. The year will go by very quickly from here on out, so don't miss a chance to get a bit more involved in your child's school experience and make some good friends with other parents along the way.

Hope your transition back to school days goes smoothly!

Kendal Reis (HW PTO president)

P.S. Please start bringing in your 2019 Grand Foods grocery receipts, to the box located next to Rosa's desk in the school lobby. This is a great fundraiser for us! We appreciate your support.

This Week
Back to School!
Monday, January 7th
News and Notes
Online Kindergarten Registration Open
Children who will be 5-years-old on or before September 1, 2019, are eligible to enroll.  Parents are encouraged to pre-register as this will help with teacher and space planning for next year.

Chess Wizards
Registration for the Chess Wizards Winter 2019 session at Hubbard Woods (once a week, after school) is open. Click here to learn more about the program. Go to to sign up! Contact PTO Chess Wizards Chair Angela Mak with any questions about the program:

Coming This Friday...Hubbard Woods Spirit Wear Sale!

By popular demand, we are  opening  up another HWS Spirit Wear sales window! You will soon have the chance to order your child HWS gear to wear on Spirit Day, the first Friday of each month -- or whenever they want! The Spirit Wear Sale opens on Friday, January 11th, and runs through January 25th. (Note: The website does not go live until 1/11.) Orders are expected in the week of 2/25. 

To order, starting Friday, visit:

For more information, contact PTO Spirit Wear Committee Chair, Angela Mak:

Volunteers Needed
Idea Lab Volunteers Needed
Beginning after winter break, the Idea Lab is looking for Friday Helpers to assist Mr. Burleson. Jobs could be anything from cutting fabric to prepping the next big project.  Grab a friend and signup! Please note - this is not during your child's Idea Lab class time.

Click Here to sign up!

Please Volunteer to Help With Recycling and Composting!
Be a part of educating our future generations to think before you toss. Wear gloves, stand at the three bins and answer kids' questions on which bin to toss in (we have visual aids to help you) -- it's that easy. We need volunteers to continue this program and the best part is, our planet will thank you!

Contact Elizabeth Leonard at: if you are interested in learning more about this volunteer opportunity.
A special thank you to Mr. Wendt, Ms. Bamshad and Mr. Burleson -- along with all others who help out behind the scenes! -- for a wonderful Winter Sing! Your hard work, creativity and dedication is much appreciated! Also, thank you to Melinda Doty, our PTO Music Committee parent who helps Mr. Wendt.

Looking Ahead
Family Dance Party
Note: Original January 26th date is changing due to conflicting event - stay tuned for new date!
Hubbard Woods Gym

Family Bingo 
Sunday, February 24th
Hubbard Woods Gym

PTO Spring Luncheon
Friday, April 12th
Sunset Ridge Country Club
Lunch Box
Kiddos Lunch  is our "hot lunch" program featuring delivered food selections from local restaurants kids love!  Click here  t o order today! 

Please place your child's order by  12PM EACH WEDNESDAY  for the  following week  of lunches. 

Note:  You can now place your orders for February 2019, through the end of the school year!
Upcoming Pizza Fun Lunch Dates:
 F, Jan. 18
 F, Feb. 1
 F, Feb. 23
 F, March 8
        F, March 22
        F, April 5
        F, April 26
        F, May 10
        F, May 31

Parent Book Club Opportunity
*The Gift of Failure : How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed
by: Jessica Lahey

January 14th 
Greeley School
275 Fairview Ave., Winnetka

*The format is group discussion of the book, so ideally attendees have pre-read the book and are ready to share!
Save the Date for these upcoming FAN events:
Jan. 17th:  
Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace  
"The Ambition Decisions: What Women Know About Work, Family, and the Path to Building a Life"
Jan. 22nd:  
Leslie Jamison  
"The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath"
Jan. 25:  
David Blight, Ph.D.  
"Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom"
Jan. 30:  
Eboo Patel, Ph.D
"Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity and the American Promise"

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:

You can also reach out to members of the Exec Team:
President - Kendal Reis
VP - Maggie Beitler
Secretary - Carrie Waterston
Ex Officio - Nidhi Singh
Treasurer - Kate Kligora
Asst. Treasurer - Anna Anderson
Communications - Meghan Miller and Lisa Farrell