The Item Newsletter, Issue #4, October 7, 2018
Join the PTO Fun This Fall!

We have so many fun offerings this season, for the kids and for the parents! We hope your family can take advantage of as much of it as possible.

For the kiddos, our first World Travelers experience is coming up -- we're transporting them to New Zealand! For those of you who are new, this program has been a long-standing tradition the kids look forward to each year. Our committee recruits a HW parent who is from (or an expert on) another country and builds a travelogue and lunch themed around that country. The kids come away learning about another corner of the world and maybe trying some brand new foods! The PTO plans three of these each year.

For the parents, our HW Social parent-staff party, and our Fall Luncheon, are both coming up. These events are not fund-raisers -- but merely great opportunities for us to strengthen our parent community and make new friends. The party is the weekend before Halloween, and this year it's Hawaiian-themed - so break out your island attire and get ready for a fun, casual night. The luncheon features entertainment by the famous Barbara Rinella, an "actress" who dramatizes a currently popular best seller. This event is so popular we often get former HW parents to come back for it.

We hope you felt welcomed by the PTO at the various go-to-school nights and at the orientation night. Please continue to reach out with your questions and feedback. Also, it's never too late to get involved. If you signed up for a committee, you'll be contacted by that chair at the appropriate time (e.g. our Book Fair volunteers will be hearing from those chairs soon, as the Book Fair is coming up Nov. 14-15).

-Kendal Reis (PTO president)

October is National Principal Appreciation Month

Did you know that October is National Principals Month? Take this opportunity to thank our wonderful principal, Beth Carmody, for all she does for our school AND to
spread the word in the community about how great she is! 

"The key to student success is a great school, and the key to a great school is a great principal."

This Week and Next
School is IN SESSION on Columbus Day    
Monday, October 8 
Parent-Teacher Conferences Early Release
Thursday, October 18  
Kindergarten 11:10 AM dismissal
Grades 1-4 11:25 AM dismissal  
Parent/Teacher Conferences   
Friday, October 19 - No School 
News and Notes
Aloha...It's a Luau Party! 

Gather your Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts and join us for the Hubbard Woods Social! This party is an annual tradition not-to-be-missed. It's a night to kick back with friends, meet new ones -- and get to know some of the HW teachers better. Not in the mood to dress up? Not a problem! Jeans are fine.


Friday, Oct. 26th, 6:30pm-11:00pm
Skokie Country Club
RSVP due by 10/23/18

Click here to purchase tickets.
As you purchase your ticket, consider making a donation to support the PTO's effort to 
cover the cost of HW staff attending.

Mark your calendars! Our first international destination this school year is New Zealand! On Wednesday, October 24, students will learn about the history, culture and traditions of this beautiful island nation at our travelogue in the Resource Center. Then on Friday, October 26, they will enjoy a delicious Kiwi-style lunch. Please note, electronic sign-up is required for both of these PTO events by October 19. Click here to sign up for the "Travelogue" and click here to sign up and pay for the "International Lunch". Questions? Contact Tine Tschackert or Nurca Bozkurt.

Parents please note: The World Travelers PTO-run lunch is not allergen-free. Please read all of the waiver language posted at the online link before signing your child up for the lunch.
Who:  All Hubbard Woods parents, new (COME ON KINDERGARTEN PARENTS!), old, and all those in between
What:  A chance for friends to mingle, munch, and listen to the legendary literary dramatist Barbara Rinella perform the book 'Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule'
When:  November 2nd at 10:00am (Lunch will be provided following the performance)
Where:  Sunset Ridge Country Club
Why:  Enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, lunch, and friends - this is one of our long-standing Hubbard Woods traditions!
Cost:  $70/person Payable through PayPal or check made out to the HW PTO (to be dropped off in the school office)

**Prearranged tables of 10 can be accommodated when you let the host know on the Paperless Post Invitation**

Click here to purchase tickets!

Attend Antiques + Modernism Show Preview Party and Help Hubbard Woods!

The annual Antiques+
Modernism Show (, a fundraiser for the Winnetka Community House, offers an exciting blend of the best of traditional antiques and early mid-20th century design from more than 45 dealers. The preview party,Thursday, November 1, 6:30pm, is always one of the most exciting events of the year!

If you are going to the preview party,  please buy your ticket through the Hubbard Woods PTO and a portion of your ticket price will benefit Hubbard Woods School.

Tickets are $145/person. Drop off your check in an envelope in the Hubbard Woods school office by 10/26. Any questions? Contact Nidhi Singh.

The Grand
Start Collecting Your Grand Receipts!
Do you shop at the Grand in Winnetka? Did you know the Grand will donate three percent of pre-tax sales back to our school? You can hand in your receipts any time in the box located in the school lobby next to Rosa's desk. However, beginning in November, we will have a "Grand Receipts Challenge" where every class competes to see who can collect the most before the end of the month! The winning class gets a special sweet treat.

It's such a simple way for us to raise funds for our beloved school!  
Picture Retake Day is October 25th 
Pictures should come home in backpacks in a few weeks. Picture Retake Day is scheduled for T hursday, October 25th . If you have any questions, please reach out to Picture Day Chair, Becky Sanderson.

Directory Spot
By now, you should have paid for and gotten access to the school online  directory. If you have any questions or needs related to the directory, please contact Amy Kay. Also, please note, the information contained in the directory is not to be shared with any outside organizations.

Looking Ahead
Picture Day Retakes 
Thursday, October 25
World Travelers Travelogue   
Wednesday, October 24
World Travelers Lunch
Friday, October 26
Hubbard Woods Social
Friday, October 26 
Halloween Ghost Walk
Wednesday, October 31  
PTO Fall Luncheon
Friday, November 2
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 12PM EACH WEDNESDAY for the following week of lunches. Or you can place your orders now all the way through February 1, 2019.  
The next Pizza Fun Lunch will be Friday, October 12th.
An enormous thank you to   all those putting in time and effort at HWS, including: Anna Anderson for all of her efforts in processing Back to School fees and Jessica Brosche, Michelle Cullen and Sarah Boulos for organizing a great Faculty Fun Lunch. Thank you to our Pizza Fun Lunch Co-Chairs, Katie King and Kate Hagenah, along with their volunteers, for getting the program going! A special thanks to Becky Sanderson and her volunteers for running Picture Day. Thank you to Elizabeth Leonard and the lunch room volunteers who have been helping with recycling and composting. Thank you to Amy Kay for all of your hard work on Directory Spot. Thank you Adriana Angulo and Jana Susie for helping with Girls on the Run!
Volunteers Needed
LUNCH ROOM VOLUNTEERS!   Be a part of educating our future generations on thinking before you toss. Wear gloves, stand at the three bins and answer kids' questions on which bin to toss in -- 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.

We need a few extra hands prior to the Book Fair in November. We are looking for 2-3 people to help out with updating our teacher wish list board and putting out the easels the week of the Book Fair reminding everyone to come! 
If you'd like to volunteer please contact co-chairs: Sarah Boulos at, Sandy Carlson st or Amy Kay at    

Community News
The following are important events you won't want to miss:

D36 School Board Meeting
Tues., Oct. 23, 7:15pm
Hubbard Woods School
Why go? The Board will vote on the 10-Year Vision for the district's Future Ready master facilities plan.

Winnetka Parent Institute Events: 
"Why Learning Space Design Matters."
Monday, Oct.22, 6:30pm
Skokie School
Why go? Author and educator, Dr. Robert Dillon, explains the impact of modernizing our learning spaces.

"Not Quite Little Kid, Not Quite Teenager"
Friday, Oct.26, 10:30am
Skokie School Community Room
Why go? If you have a middle-schooler, or will someday soon, you'll hear amazing information from the Skokie and Washburn principals about what is happening in the mind of a middle-schooler and why!
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
Next Up
The deadline to submit content for the next issue of  The Item is Tuesday, October 17. Submissions should be sent to .