The Item Newsletter, Issue #5, October 21, 2018
Make Time for These...You Won't Be Sorry! 

I wanted to use this week to make sure parents know about the Winnetka Parents Institute -- an amazing effort by our District to offer engaging and helpful talks on topics that parents care about. Often these events are not well attended, which is a shame, because those who go come away amazed by how helpful the information was and how it was a chance to get to know other parents concerned about the same issues. For example, a recent WPI talk was about a parent's role in navigating their child's IEP. I've heard it was hugely helpful to those who attended. That said, here are some upcoming WPI events you may want to cram into your busy schedule! If you cannot attend an event -- the good news is they record them and post them at the following link: 

If you have ideas for topics the district should consider for future WPI events, please let me know and I'll pass it on.

Looking forward to seeing everybody at our annual HW Social this coming Friday at Skokie Country Club. We know it's a very busy time of the year, but we hope you'll buy a ticket if you haven't already and join us! It's a fun thing to see the school's parents and teachers all in one place, and get a true feel for our little community.

-Kendal Reis (HW PTO President)

Upcoming Winnetka Parents Institute Events (RSVP to any of the below by clicking HERE:
Why Learning Space Design Matters with Dr. Robert Dillon
Monday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m.
The Skokie School
Join  Dr. Robert Dillon  (author, educator and  Director of Innovation Learning at University City in St. Louis)  and members of the Learning Space Design Team (a D36 and Winnetka Public Schools Foundation partnership) to learn more about the impact of learning space design to create brain-friendly, modern classrooms for active, collaborative, experiential learning.

Not Quite Little Kid, Not Quite Teenager: The Developmental Progression of the Middle School Child
Friday, October 26 at 9:30 a.m.
The Skokie School Community Room
Join Principal Tess and Assistant Principal Weir (The Skokie School) and Principal Kanne and Assistant Principal Horwitz (Carleton Washburne School) for an informational session focusing on the ins and outs of the growing middle school child. We will spend time exploring both the academic and social-emotional needs appropriate to 5th-8th grade children, how they change over that four year span, as well as the neurological changes that contribute to these needs.  Parents with current middle schoolers, or soon-to-be middle schoolers, are encouraged to join us for an engaging, encouraging and educational hour together.

From Washburne to New Trier:
A D36 Parent's Guide to the New Trier Transition
Thursday, November 15 at 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Carleton Washburne School,  515 Hibbard Rd .
Paul Waechtler, Principal at the New Trier High School Freshman
Campus, and Lori Worth, 8th Grade Transition Faculty, will discuss the New Trier freshman placement process and the efforts made to ensure a smooth transition to high school.  A Q & A will provide an opportunity for parents to learn more about how to best support their child(ren) as they prepare for their New Trier experience. 

D36 & Winnetka-Northfield Public Library: What Can We Do for You?
Friday, November 16 at 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Winnetka Library, 768 Oak Street
Our school and Village libraries aren't quite like the libraries many adults remember as children--they are dynamic learning environments that include opportunities for creating and collaborating--from exploring a vast collection of books and digital materials to experimenting with 3-D printing and embroidery. D36 Resource Directors and leaders at Winnetka-Northfield Public Library will share resources that are available to enhance reading and creating at home, school and the public library. All community members are welcome to attend!

This Week and Next
D36 School Board Meeting
Tuesday, October 23
Hubbard Woods School
Note: Long-Range Master Facilities Plan to Be Voted On -- All Community Members Invited
World Travelers Travelogue  
Wednesday, October 24
Picture Day Retakes
Thursday, October 25
World Travelers Lunch    
Friday, October 26
Hubbard Woods Social   
Friday, October 26
RSVP due by October 23 
News and Notes
Don't Miss the Fun -- Last Call for Tickets to This Friday's HW Social! Deadline Tuesday!

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

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.

Our first international destination this school year is New Zealand! This Wednesday, October 24, students will learn about the history, culture and traditions of this beautiful island nation at our travelogue in the Resource Center. This Friday, October 26, they will enjoy a delicious Kiwi-style lunch. 

Electronic sign-up is required for both of these PTO events -- sign-ups are closing Monday!
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.
Spirit Wear Orders Have Arrived!
Just in time for the next Spirit Day, the spirit wear has arrived! The spirit wear has been sorted and distributed to the teachers. Please keep an eye out for spirit wear coming home in backpacks shortly (noting that teachers may choose to distribute to their classes at different times.) If you have any questions regarding your order please contact Angela Mak at
Thanks to those of you who signed up to attend the annual Fall Luncheon on 11/2, featuring book dramatist Barbara Rinella. Due to this being an extremely busy time of year, we have decided to post-pone the luncheon until spring, when more parents can attend. Refunds will be issued to those who have purchased tickets. The new date will be announced soon. Thank you!
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!  
Looking Ahead
Halloween Ghost Walk
Wednesday, October 31 
1:45pm (Grades 1-4)
Parents congregate around borders of the playground. 
Hubbard Woods Book Fair
November 14th and 15th
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 26th.
Join the Annual Winnetka Witches Ride!
Winnetka Witches is a Hubbard Woods Tradition where moms/dads dress up as witches/warlocks and ride around town raising money for Casa Central and delivering cookies to our police and fire department. Witches end their ride at Hubbard Woods in time to do a few laps around the school yard and watch the ghost walk. Bike trailers with little ones are welcome! If you would like join please send your name and email to : 
Gather Up Your Extra Halloween Candy!
The Winnetka Public Schools will be hosting a Halloween Candy Drive! Extra candy can be dropped off in the Hubbard Woods foyer on Thursday, November 7th or at McClellan Orthodontics on Green Bay Road. (Please remember to tell them the donation is from Hubbard Woods).
Candy sale proceeds will be donated to Lurie Children's Hospital. Candy will be sold for $1/pound at McClellan Orthodontics. In addition, the schools with the most candy contributed receive cash prizes. Let's work together and go for the top prize! Spread the word and please help the Winnetka Public Schools fund a wish list item at Lurie Children's Hospital by donating your extra Halloween candy.
Alliance for Early Childhood Event: 
Reclaiming Play in a Screen-Saturated World
Friday, October 26, 9:30-11:00 am
Church of the Holy Comforter, 
222 Kenilworth Ave

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.

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
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