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April 21, 2023

Hudson Elementary Weekly Update


Upcoming Dates

Upcoming Dates



3: Dress like a teacher Spirit Day

6: Go Dog Go field trip for K-2

10: Late start Monday

12: PTO Walkathon in PE

12: Grade 1 field trip to Botanical Gardens

12: PTO Meeting via Zoom @ 6:30

18: Cardinal's Spirit Day

24: Late start Monday


Third Grade Spirit Wear Sales-The Hawk Shop Story

Please see below for a note from our third graders. Order forms were sent home with each student on Wednesday. I am also including a link for the form. Please note that T-shirts are 100% cotton and hoodies are 50/50.

The Hawk Shop Story


Hi! We are The Hawk Shop (third graders). This is the story of how we began our business. It all started with a math unit that had to do with a t-shirt business. Then a few third graders said, “Let's start a t-shirt business!” So, we wrote persuasive speeches, presented them to Mrs. Hilpert, and she gave us approval to start a business. You might think that then it just happened. But it didn’t. We have met with our business partners from Embroider the Occasion in Webster Groves multiple times, and they have helped us learn how to start a business. We decided on our company name, created designs, gave each other feedback, revised our designs, then had a school-wide vote. After that we figured out what needs to happen to sell our products, and we’re finally ready. Yeah, this was not the snap of a finger! We decided that all money we make will go to charity and educational field trips.


We appreciate your support of The Hawk Shop! Selling our shirts is really important to us, and we are excited to see our business happening. Some of us will start our own business someday when we grow up, and this experience has taught us a lot. Thanks for being a part of it!

Hudson Spring Picnic

Hudson Spring Picnic

We hope you can join us for the Hudson Spring Picnic on May 12th!

Cinco de Mayo Parking Fundraiser Signup!

This year Cinco de Mayo falls on a Hudson early dismissal day — and a Friday (May 5th).

Sign up multiple members of your household to help — kids are strongly encouraged to participate! When kids are present, we tend to generate more — and larger — donations.


This event is always festive and fun — especially when it falls on a Friday. Hacienda hosts one of the most popular Cinco de Mayo parties in the area, and their parking lot fills up quickly. The closest overflow parking lot available to Hacienda revelers is the lot across Manchester (where SSM Health and Olympia are). We manage that lot and the Hudson parking lot throughout the day/evening — collecting donations from each Hacienda patron that uses those lots.

Questions? Email Dave Powers at

Sign up here:

Retirement Celebration

Retirement Celebration

Please see the flyer for details regarding a celebration for our Hudson retirees!

Upcoming Art Shows

May 4th District 5th Grade Show: WGSD Art Department presents the annual District 5th Grade Art show on Thursday, May 4th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Hixson Middle School. The art show will be on display in the hallway by the auditorium. (Art from this event will be on display during the Hudson Art Show on May 12.



May 12th Hudson Art Show:It's time to celebrate the amazing art of our Hudson artists! Hudson families are invited to join us on Friday, May 12, during the PTO Spring Picnic, to view the Hudson Student Art Show from 5:00-7:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!


Please email Shannon Marks at if you have any questions!



Teacher Additions to Hudson

Please join me in welcoming Lily Dunigan to Hudson. Currently Lily is an intern in first grade and has done a wonderful job! She will join Denise Foley in second grade. JaNekka Hutchinson will now replace Carla Yokley as a new teammate to Grant Bearden in fourth grade!


From Mr. Reichold:


Our annual talent show will be held Friday, May 19th at 12:30 p.m. I am asking each student that signs up to show me their prepared talent so I can help them have the strongest performance possible. If they would like to sign up, please sign up HERE


Because there are so many strong acts, Hudson Faculty and Staff put a twist on the yearly talent show. Our talent show is a talent festival, “Hudstock." At Hudson we are advocates of democratic learning which supports students having a voice in their learning. At “Hudstock” the students will choose one of three acts they would like to go see every 5 minutes or so. There will be multiple stages throughout the Hudson campus being used. Our K-2 students will be paired with their 3-5 buddies throughout the fest learning how to read a schedule, spend their “ticket money” wisely on popcorn, snow cones, or drinks as well as creating a family bonding atmosphere. This will be a great learning opportunity for the students and will help them develop as an independent learner. Please talk to your child about Talent Fest sign ups if they haven’t talked to you already. Students will soon be making posters promoting their act in the talent show. I’m allowing students until Monday, May 2nd to sign up. This will allow me to see each act and help them succeed in front of their peers.


We are asking families to donate boxes of Capri Suns, Unfrozen Popsicles or Big Bags of Movie Popcorn (found at Dierbergs.) If you have any questions or concerns please call or email me.


Des Reichold


Clothing Drive

Clothing Drive

See the image for details on our student-led clothing drive!
Last Day of School Fun

Last Day of School Fun

Last Day of School - Kona Ice Truck Hudson Fun!
Join other Hudson Families on Friday, May 26th for a gathering with the Kona Ice Truck at Warson Woods Royal Oak Park when school lets out at 11:45am on the last day of school! The Kona Truck is reserved just for us so we'll be able to quickly get through the line to purchase a treat and the kids can start playing! We will gather there starting at 11:45am until whenever.

Bonfire on the Last Day of School!
We have also reserved Royal Oak Park that evening for a bonfire so Hudson families can casually gather with a picnic dinner or after dinner for a bonfire, smores, and a chance to hangout. Very casual. We'd love to have you join us anytime from 6:30-9:30pm! Bring lawn chairs and BYOB.
WG Tennis Camp

WG Tennis Camp

Please see the image for details regarding this camp.
Junior Statesmen Softball Camp

Junior Statesmen Softball Camp

Join the Statesmen coaches and guest instructors this summer for a four day camp covering all of the basics of fundamental fastpitch softball. Campers will learn drills and play the same games the Statesmen use in practice while receiving plenty of small group and age appropriate instruction.



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Adventure Club Registration for the 2023-2024 School Year

The enrollment window for Adventure Club for next school year is currently open. If you wish to enroll your child(ren) in before or after school care, please navigate to the Adventure Club website, click on the link titled “2023-24 Adventure Club Waitlist”, and follow the prompts to be placed on the waitlist. The waitlist form will still be accessible after April 14. Families will be notified after April 24 on the status of their enrollment.

Webster Groves PAC Meetings

Webster Groves PAC Meetings


From the Hudson PTO

From the Hudson PTO


This is your chance to get involved and meet other Hudson Parents!

The interest and nomination form for next year's Hudson PTO Board is now open! We welcome self-nominations or we encourage you to nominate someone who you think would be great. Most of our executive board members have already served for two years, so we have many open roles and we welcome new parents to get involved!

Nominations will close on April 22nd.


New Facebook Group for Parents of Next Year's Hudson Kindergarten Class: We have a new parents Facebook group created for students entering kindergarten at Hudson this August.



If you have a student entering next year, please join the group here or send the link to neighbors/friends who you know should be in the group:



Staff Appreciation

Please help us treat our Hudson staff throughout the year by keeping the teacher's lounge stocked with snacks at the end of each month. In an effort to streamline this process, we have created a Target Registry in which items can be delivered directly to school. Items are updated monthly. If you like, you can also choose to purchase a gift card through the registry. Your gift card donation will go towards Hudson Staff Appreciation. Please email or so we can keep track of gift card purchases. Thank you so much for supporting Hudson staff.



Hudson Buzz Book

The Hudson Buzz Book is now live in our new Membership Toolkit app!


Register at this link and then download the "Membership Toolkit" app to your phone and login to have the searchable directory on your phone.


This is a new app this year for us, so let us now what you think! Hixson uses this for their buzz book, so we thought we'd give it a try for Hudson this year and see how parents like it.


Late Start Mondays

This year the District will be implementing Late Start Mondays. On these days students who are enrolled in late start supervision need to arrive between 7:40 and 7:50. For all other students, arrival will begin at 8:50 with the final bell/class beginning at 9:05. For those arriving between 7:40 and 7:50, students will need to enter through the main door only.


If you need late start supervision but have not yet signed up, please use the following link for sign-up:


Dates for late start Mondays are as follows:

  • April 24th
  • May 8th


If you have any questions please reach out to Kyla Croft at 314.963.6466 or