The Item Newsletter, Issue #6, November 4, 2018
What's Happening With Our District's Master Facilities Plan? 

As you hopefully know, our District has been engaged in a facilities planning process for the past two years -- and a plan is on the table, with the likelihood of an April referendum. This process stemmed from a lack of balance in enrollment across the schools and the recognition that many of our old buildings require significant investment each year, just to maintain them, so the district decided to look at the educational opportunities that come from modernizing our facilities. 

For those of you with younger children coming up, this will directly affect you. For those of you whose kids may be aging out of the schools, it will impact your home value and taxes. School boundaries will be redrawn to balance enrollment (regardless of referendum passing), which is a common occurrence in most towns, but hasn't happened in Winnetka since 1949.

You have an opportunity to hear from Superintendent Kocanda this Wednesday, 9:00am, during our monthly PTO Exec meeting (to be held at the Beitler home). She, along with other key administrators and school board member Nat Roberts (a former HW parent), will attend our meeting to present an update on the Educational Master Facility Plan, which was approved in October. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to me by Tuesday, 11/6, at Noon, so we know how many to expect.

The update will include the important steps leading to an April 2, 2019, referendum. Superintendent Kocanda and team will share commitments to key components of the EMFPincluding:
-Classroom additions to Crow Island to support K-4 enrollment 
-Consolidation to a grade 5-8 campus at Washburne  
-Infrastructure upgrades for Health-Life Safety and HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems 
-Multi-tiered modernization for instructional and common spaces 
- Sustainability

Learn about work in progress to define a Phase I Facilities Plan in December and the key elements of the Redistricting & Implementation Plan to effectively revise elementary school attendance boundaries and balance enrollments long-term, with a priority of bringing Kindergarten back to Crow Island.
This is a unique chance to get an update in a smaller setting than the monthly school board meetings, and get your questions answered directly. It's important all Winnetka residents engage in this process and understand the facts, well before it comes to a vote in April.

See you there (RSVP to me by Noon Tuesday), 
Kendal Reis (HW PTO president)

P.S. Shout out to all of you who made time to do the Winnetka Witch's Ride on Halloween and raised money for Casa Central. This (non-PTO-sponsored) tradition, started by some former HW moms, is one of the many fun things about our school community!

This Week and Next
PTO Exec Meeting - All Parents Invited
Wednesday, November 7th
Beitler Home (1556 Tower)
RSVP by Noon Tuesday to:
No School
Friday, November 9th
Veteran's Day Observance
Grand Receipts Challenge
Now through November 21st

Book Fair
Wednesday, November 14th
Thursday, November 15th
News and Notes
The Hubbard Woods Book Fair is Fast Approaching!

It's time for one of our favorite fall traditions at HWS - purchasing books and gifts to raise money for the school! Our Book Fair committee of parents is hard at work preparing for the big two-day sale.

Did YOU know...25 percent of book fair sales benefit the Resource Center? Last year we raised $2,000 in just two days!
Did YOU know...books bought at the book fair do NOT have sales tax? Save yourself 9 percent to buy more books!   
Did YOU know...books make the best gifts? Give the gift of reading this year to everyone on your list!

Wednesday, 11/14
3pm-8pm and 
Thursday, 11/15
Location: the HW Resource Center

Credit card, cash and checks accepted. Parents can bring kids of all ages.

The Grand
Grand Receipts Challenge Has Begun!
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? Grand Receipts Challenge is 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. Please have your child bring in their receipts TO THEIR CLASSROOM TEACHER, now through November 21st. After the 21st, 2018 receipts will be collected the usual way, in  the  box in  the  school lobby, next to Rosa's desk.
It's such a simple way for us to raise funds for our beloved school! Thanks for your support!
Volunteers Needed
Please Volunteer to Help With Lunch  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.
Thank you to Jenny Tucker and Courtney Kafkis for planning and hosting a super fun HW Social (parent-staff party). We had more than 200 attendees! Thank you to your helpers, Elizabeth Gillette, Kate Kopkash and Katie Mikitka, for helping during the party. It was a great night -- everybody seemed to like "hanging loose" in their flip flops and casual Hawaiian-wear!

Thank you to the teachers, room parents and parent volunteers who made Halloween so special for the children.  A special shout out to Mr. Wendt and the Fourth Grade Class for the fantastic rendition of Thriller! You didn't miss a beat. 

Thank you to Nurca Yener-Bozkurt, Tine Tschackert, the Harvey Family and the World Travelers Team for teaching us about some of New Zealand's wonderful traditions and for the delicious lunch! We had more than 90 kids attend the travelogue and more than 110 ordered the lunch!

Also, a final thanks to Nurca, Tine, Anna Anderson and Lisa Farrell for putting World Travelers sign-ups/payments online for the first time!
Some additional THANK YOU'S to parents who have been helping out behind the scenes:
  • A belated thank you to Sarah Boulos, Michelle Cullen and Jessica Brosche, for arranging our first Faculty Fun Lunch in early October. The teachers and staff always look forward to this catered lunch, hosted by the PTO.
  • Thank you to Sarah Donaldson and her helpers (including Charlotte Gosselin), for clearing out Aunt Ruth's Garden and getting it ready for winter.
  • Thanks to Abby Burtelow for getting our Grand Receipts Challenge up and running!
Looking Ahead
No School
Wednesday, November 21st-
Friday, November 23rd 
Thanksgiving Break 
D36 Board Meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 27th
7:15 p.m.
Hubbard Woods Auditorium
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, November 16th.
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.
D36 Winnetka
Parents Institute Events

RSVP to the below by clicking HERE:

From Washburne to New Trier:
A D36 Parent's Guide to the New Trier Transition
Thursday, November 15th
Carleton Washburne School

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.

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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