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January 18, 2019

Good morning Hudson!  Here are highlights for next week:


Upcoming Dates:


  • 1/20:  MLK Community Celebration @ Steger
    • 4:30 March begins at Webster Groves City Hall
    • 5:00 March concludes and Dinner Reception at Steger
    • 5:45 Celebration and Community Service at Steger


  • 1/21:  No School
  • 1/21:  Grade 5 Field Trip to Recycling Center
  • 1/23:  Playground Committee Meeting @ 6:30 in the Hudson Loft


Wednesday Envelope Highlights

  • Camp Wyman
  • Hudson Trivia
  • Hudson Dine Out
  • Girls on the Run



Dine Out

Happy New Year! What better way to celebrate than by attending the first PTO dine-out event of the year at J.Greene's Pub, a huge Hudson supporter! Mark your calendar for Tuesday, January 29th. Our event starts at 5 p.m. and goes through dinner hours. J.Greene's is located at 10017 Manchester Rd. in Warson Woods. Hope to see you there!   


2019 Hudson PTO Awards-Themed TRIVIA NIGHT!


Presented by Olympia Rock Hill Gymnastics

February 8th, 2019 at Shrewsbury Community Center - Sunset Ballroom

Doors open at 6:00 PM, Trivia from 6:30-9:45 PM


Hurry! Early Bird Special - First 50 tickets each receive 1 free Fun Friday ticket at Olympia Rock Hill (ages 4-13) the night of the event from 5:45-10:00pm!

  • This is a sitting service. Only valid for ticket purchaser's child, and is not transferable to another family.


Your $25 Trivia Ticket Includes:


Please feel free to bring additional food and beverages to supplement.

8 to a table. For group table requests, please email


Get into the awards show spirit by dressing up and decorating your table. Think Oscars, Emmys, Espys, Grammys. Prizes awarded for most creative table and dress.


To register Trivia Tickets with credit and debit cards via Eventbrite go to:


To register Trivia Tickets with cash or check payment email Becky Yust at and mail checks to:

1125 Warson Woods Dr., St. Louis, MO 63122

Make check payable to Hudson PTO


Silent Auction Solicitation Committee

The 2019 Trivia Night and Silent Auction Committee is looking for a few more members to help visit 5 local businesses to help us get items for the silent auction at the 2019 Trivia Night. We have an info packet and a list of place we still need visited to make it as easy as possible. If you are willing to volunteer, please e-mail for more information. 


Silent Auction Donations Needed: The 2019 Trivia Night and Silent Auction is looking for Hudson parents who may be able to donate items or services for the silent auction items! We are open to any item you may be able to are some ideas:

  • sports tickets
  • access to a weekend stay at a vacation sport
  • Products or services of some kind

Think about family members or close friends who may have items or services they would be willing to offer as part of a silent auction basket!


We are also looking for people to host a sign-up party that others might be interested in coming to at a predetermined date of your choosing. Partner up with another family or two and think up something fun! If you are willing to donate something, please e-mail for more information. 


Summer Thoughts

Need help staying warm?  Think summer! WGSD summer programming will run from May 30 through July 3, 2019.  More information about elementary, Adventure Club, middle school and high school offerings will be available late January/early February. 


Monthly Video Update

Each month we will have a student created video of highlights for the month.  Please click on the link below:


Playground Committee Update

Greetings from the Playground Committee and wishing everyone a very Happy Holiday Season. The Playground Committee has been hard at work this past taking the first steps in our process.


We have partnered with renown inclusivity innovators Unlimited Play on our playground project. If you aren't familiar with Unlimited Play a link to their website is at the bottom of the message. You may be surprised that you have been to their past projects and not even realize it. We are excited that they are part of this project and look forward to their knowledge and resources as we move towards the design process. This coming January Unlimited Play will meet with the children and discuss what an all inclusive playground is and have them complete a survey to finalize their feedback portion of the design process. Parental feedback will come a short time later thru design displays and PTO meetings.


Also this fall, we approached the city of Rock Hill about partnering with the school district. Overwhelmingly they believed in our project and agreed to join us on this journey. In the next coming weeks we will be discussing mutual concerns between the city and district, and budgets. Partnering with the city creates a wonderful  sense of community pride, as well as being very advantageous for the committee as it aids in qualification for the state funded municipal park grant and other funding sources.


As far as events go, we are working towards a fun spring time fundraiser so be on the look out for a save the date! Also moving into the new year please check Lisa's Friday weekly update for the playground committee notes section. The PTO web page also has a playground tab that has meeting notes and meeting minutes. Once our design process is complete we will have a tab on the Unlimited Play web page as well. So be sure to check back often for new info!  Our next meeting is January 23rd at 6:30 in the loft at the school.


The Committee is always looking for feedback and volunteers to come along on the this great journey towards a new play space that allows the values that are taught in the classroom can translate to an outdoor space where play for all can be unlimited. If you would like to join our committee, or any suggestions or questions please do not hesitate  to reach out. 


Many thanks to all of those who have worked on the committee this fall, and to all of you for supporting this project. We could not have been successful and made strides this year without your participation.


Take care,

Jen Gruenenfelder

Hudson Elementary PTO Playground Committee Chair



Check out Hudson ROCKS Guidance for monthly updates from Ms. Diemler.


Her page on the school website also provides information about the school counseling program at Hudson.  (Look for updated links mid-September as the district transitions to a new format from last year.)


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Enjoy the weekend!