The Item Newsletter, Issue #2, September 9, 2018
Feeling Settled in Yet?

Parents, pat yourselves on the back for making it through the start of the school year. Maybe some lunches were forgotten or there was a bike crash here or there -- it's not always pretty getting back into a routine! But, the kids seem settled in and excited for another great year at Hubbard Woods. Another shout-out to our Back-to-School and New Family Committee Chairs, for making sure all families, new and old, felt welcome!

Hopefully you've had the chance to meet some of the wonderful new staff members at HW. Our kids are in such great hands! In this letter, you'll see a few more new faces to get to know. One great way to get to meet staff, is to volunteer in the lunchroom, to help with recycling and composting! Click here for that opportunity. I was in there recently, and it's pretty amazing to see how much of the packaging and uneaten food the kids sort into compost or recycling, reducing the landfill trash! Thank you again to new HW parent, Elizabeth Leonard, for Co-Chairing our Green Team Committee.

When you attend Go-to-School Night this week (9/27 for kindergarten parents), we hope you'll sign-up for the jobs in your child's classroom. For example, each class needs a parent to take photos throughout the year, to make our PTO parent-produced yearbook. 

In addition to class-specific jobs, the PTO still has plenty of room on our committees. Please click here and take a look at all of the fun opportunities to say, "Yes!" and support our amazing little school! And, if you need more convincing on donating your time,
click here to read a recent WSJ article about the added benefits our kids receive when parents volunteer at school.

If you have any questions about the PTO or how you can help at HW, please reach out!
For new families (or any parent who wants a refresher course!), the October 3rd (7pm) HW Orientation is a great opportunity to learn more about the school, progressive ed, the district's Future Ready master planning initiative -- and the PTO. This event takes the place of last year's Vision and Views, which was held on a weekday morning.

In the meantime, enjoy this great walk-to-school season and please let us know any feedback:

-Kendal Reis (PTO President)

This Week and Next
No School    
Monday, September 10th
Rosh Hashanah
Go-To-School Night     
Thursday, September 13th
Grades 1-2 at 8:00 PM
Grades 3-4 at 7:00 PM 
*Please note: This is a PARENT ONLY event
Picture Day - SMILE!
TUESDAY , September 18th (during school hours)
Please watch your child's backpack for sign-up forms and information. If you would like to order photos via Stuart Rodgers, please complete an order form for each child and return them to your child's teacher. A Picture Retake Day is scheduled for October. If you have questions, please contact Becky Sanderson at
News and Notes
Spirit Wear Is Here  With New Colors & Designs

On the first Friday of every month, Hubbard Woods students show their school spirit by wearing our school logo.

Show your Hubbard Woods pride and order your spirit wear today!   Click here to order and see all the options available.   Exciting new colors and styles are available this year!  View the entire spirit wear collection online or check out some samples in the school foyer.  

The sale ends
September 14th

Come check out the samples, in the school lobby for sizing and color as all sales are final.   If you have questions or need assistance with sizing, etc. please contact Angela Mak at .

Register Your Child for Chess Wizards!

Calling all Chess Wizards!  Fall registration is now underway for students in grades 1-4, who would like to learn and play chess.  This year, Chess Wizards will take place on Thursdays after school, from 3:20-4:20p.m., in the auditorium.  Fall classes start on 9/20 and will run through 11/22/18.    Sign up online today or complete and return the paper version ( click here to download -- or wait for a flyer to go home shortly in your kiddo's backpack) to your student's teacher.

Please contact Angela Mak at  with questions.

Our PTO Green Committee Needs Your Help In the Lunch Room!
If we have a handful of parents we can make a big difference in the effectiveness of our school's Compost and Recycling efforts. Click Here to sign up for a lunch slot.

Please contact Elizabeth Leonard at if you are interested in learning more about this volunteer opportunity.
A Green Reminder
Please turn off your car engines while waiting in the school drop-off and pick-up lines. Especially at the main entrance, car exhaust collects near the front door and gets sucked inside. We can reduce this hazy, toxic air by honoring our school's year-round policy of NO IDLING in car line. Thank you for doing the right thing and turning off your engines.
New Faces
Welcome  to the rest of our new staff members at Hubbard Woods!

Melissa Mansfield - 4th Gr. Associate

Mary Dana Abbott - 4th Gr. Associate

Heather Douglas - 4th Gr. Associate

Adrienne Sadoff - Temporary Nurse

MaggieWaterkotte - Kind. Associate (Goettel)

Russell Pinzno - Student Teacher for Music

Kim Frank - 1st Gr. Associate (Singer)
Cassidy McCue - Speech & Language
Looking Ahead
D36 School Board Meeting
Tuesday, September 25th
Hubbard Woods School Auditorium
Kindergarten Go-To-School
Thursday, September 27th

Principal Carmody's Hubbard Woods Orientation Night
Wednesday, October 3rd
Hubbard Woods Auditorium (parents only event - all HW parents welcome, new and old!)
Hubbard Woods Social - Stay Tuned for Invite!
Skokie Country Club
Friday, October 26th

Lunch Box

Kiddos Lunch is well underway and the kids are loving the food!  Click here  t o order today! Please place your child's order by 12 PM EACH WEDNESDAY for the following week of lunches. Or you can place your orders now all the way through February 1, 2019.  
The first Pizza Fun Lunch will be Friday, September 14th. Pizza Fun Lunch is a school fundraiser that allows students to enjoy Domino's pizza on 16 select Fridays throughout the school year. To participate and pay online, please   click here. 


The Online Directory is Now Available!

We are excited to announce that the 2018-2019 Winnetka Elementary Schools Directory is now available to those who have paid for access! If you have not yet paid for access ($5 fee), please click here to make your payment online -- or make a check out to Hubbard Woods PTO and submit in the school office. If you are not sure if you paid, please contact Asst. Treasurer, Anna Anderson (
If you have already paid,    CLICK HERE  for directions on how to access this year's mobile directory.   

If you want to view/change the contact information you submitted during registration, please download the application and review the online directory. All changes must be submitted to Amy Kay ( Please note that only the person you put in as "Parent 1" during registration will get access. If you need to add an additional family member, please contact Amy. Lastly, if you have children at Skokie or Washburne, access to that directory is paid for separately through the Skokie-Washburn PTO.

Helpful Tips
  • If you would like to print the directory (you can print class, families and individual school lists ), please   click here  for directions.  
  • We now have a combined Winnetka Elementary School Directory including students from Crow Island, Hubbard Woods and Greeley in one directory.
  • On the teacher tab, you will notice each teacher is identified with a CI, HW or GR before their name, allowing you to distinguish between the schools.
  • On the Families tab you will notice each family name is followed by either CI, GR, HW or CI/GR, CI/HW.  This lets you know which school(s) the students in that family attend.
  • The calendar tab across the bottom of your mobile screen displays the district calendar.
  • On the family tab you will notice that the individual schools are listed at the top. This contains the main school number and the nurse's number as well as a link to the PTO website.
Techie Trick
Did you know you can text directly from a student's listing? Simply hold your finger over the number until the menu pops up and select send message.

Community News
Come to Rocket Day to Learn More About HW Cub Scouts Pack 21!

What: Come out for a HW Cub Scout Pack tradition -- Rocket Day!
Who: Any HW boys, grades 1-4, interested in learning more about Cub Scouts
When: Sept.16th, 3:00 PM
Where: New Trier West fields

For more info., contact HW parent and third grade den leader, Ryan Reis (  
Join the Hubbard Woods Adventure Guides group!

What: Campouts and events throughout the year for dads and daughters (a YMCA program). It's a longstanding tradition in the district.
Who: Girls in grades 1-3

For more info., contact Hubbard Woods parent, Bob Kelley ( or visit:
Please be sure to check the FAN website for all the details and sign-up for the newsletter at:

Upcoming Events:
Heather Won Tesoriero  
"The Class: A Life-Changing Teacher, His World-Changing Kids, and the Most Inventive Classroom in America"
Monday, Sept. 24, 2018: 
12:00 PM: Loyola University of Chicago  
School of Law
25 E. Pearson St., Chicago
7:00 PM: New Trier High School/Northfield, Cornog Auditorium
7  Happ Rd., Northfield
KJ Dell'Antonia
"How to be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute"
Friday, Sept., 28, 2018
7:00 PM: New Trier High School/Northfield, Cornog Auditorium
7 Happ Rd., Northfield
Carol Anderson, Ph.D.
"One Person, No Vote: Examining the History of Voter Suppression"
7:00 PM: Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
Evanston Township High School Auditorium
1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston  
Thank you to Room Parents, for keeping your fellow parents informed of upcoming events.

Thank you to Adriana  Angulo for once again agreeing to manage our Lost and Found at school!

Thank you to our Pizza Fun Lunch Co-Chairs, Katie King and Kate Hagenah, for getting this popular program up and running!

Thank you to Anna Anderson,  for managing back-to-school payments and to Amy Kay  for preparing the Directory Spot!  

Thank you to Elizabeth Leonard for volunteering to Co-Chair the Green Team!

Thank you to Angela Mak for running Spirit Wear sales and coordinating the Chess Wizards program! 

Thanks  to Becky Sanderson for coordinating Picture Day. 

Thanks to Sarah Levi for being our FAN representative and Lyn Aleshire for being our Alliance for Early Childhood rep! 

Thanks to Megan Weisberg and Annie Cudney for sitting on the District Kindergarten Committee!

About the PTO
The Hubbard Woods PTO involves parents and teachers working together on behalf of the school and its students to enhance the HW experience for students, staff and families. If you have questions, or want to become involved, please reach our PTO Exec at:

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