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October 20, 2023

Hudson Elementary Weekly Update


Upcoming Dates

Upcoming Dates


23: Late Start Monday

25: Picture Day Retakes

27: PTO Fall Festival

31: Mix It Up Day


Here is a link to a “paper” copy of our calendar:

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Let's Help Stock the Teacher/Staff Lounge!

Our fantastic Hudson Teachers are special to us and they are working hard to create a great environment for our kids! Please help the PTO Teacher Appreciation Committee stock the teacher/staff lounge so our teachers can have an easy spot to grab a drink or treat throughout the day, like coffee, tea, flavored waters, and snacks. We created an Amazon wishlist to make it easy to have things shipped directly to school.



Here is a link to the Amazon Wishlist:


If you'd rather purchase items & deliver them yourself, you can drop them by the front office (during school hours) and let Ms. Croft at the front office know it is for the teachers/staff lounge.



Staff Favorite Things

Teacher and Staff Favorites List: Each year, PTO sends the teachers and staff at Hudson a survey so we can collect some ideas of their favorite things. This can be helpful for parents who want to treat our teachers at any time of the year, so we wanted to share the list with you all.

We encourage you to check out some of your teacher's favorites or look at when their birthday is to help us build a culture of small moments of teacher and staff appreciation throughout the building.



Raptor Instructions

Raptor Instructions

When completing the raptor application for this school year we are requiring you to complete the level 2 application. There are two key factors to ensure you have level 2 clearance, you have checked the level 2 boxes on the functions page (step 4) and you input your social security number on the disclaimer page of the application (step 6). If these two steps are not completed you will not have level 2 clearance and will not be able to participate in Hudson activities/field trips.

Hudson PTO

Hudson PTO

Hudson Trunk or Treat

6:00 event starts raffle open for ticket sales
6:30-7:30 trunk or treat
Concession stand this year will have pretzel boys, snacks, and drinks.
8:00 announce raffle winners!
We hope you and family can join us!















Teacher Raffle Items

The Teacher Raffle will be held at the Hudson PTO Fall Festival Trunk or Treat on Friday, October 27th at Royal Oak Park 6-8:30. Ticket pre-sale is open through this link: , or you can send cash or check to the office. Checks to be made to Hudson PTO. If you buy through the presale we will have an envelope with your name for ticket pick-up the night of the event. Tickets will also be available for purchase the night of the event.

If you are unable to attend the event the buckets will be available for students to drop tickets next week in the office. Email Caitlin Kirby and let us know you need to drop your tickets in the buckets before the event.


We will draw the raffle winners at 8pm on the 27th under the pavilion.



5 Tickets for $5
12 Tickets for $10
35 Tickets for $25


Thank you to our teachers and staff for the wonderful experiences they have provided below!

Raffle Items:

  • Pumpkins and Pizza at the Park (donated by Claire Diemler and Lisa Hilpert - 4 winners chosen)
  • Lego Party - Grades K-2 only (donated by Karen Airaghi and Maryam Saffaff - 6 winners chosen)
  • The Lorax Movie After School (donated by Sam Snyder, Madison Woemmel, and Kimberly Robinson - 4 winners will be chosen and each can bring a friend)
  • Cookie Decorating and a Movie (donated by Jodi Bergmann, Cathy Eckerle, and Kristin Fagin - 4 winners chosen and each can bring a friend)
  • Legos and Lattes Event (donated by Grant Bearden, JaNekka Hutchinson, and Sophia Olszowka - 8 winners chosen)
  • Hot Chocolate Bar and Snowball Fight (donated by Rebecca Green and Carla Pingel - 6 winners chosen)
  • Mat Ball Event - Grades 2-5 Only (donated by Dave Curcuru, Sam Pitlyk, and Des Reichold - 20 winners chosen)
  • Pizza and Extra Recess for the Winner’s Whole Class (donated by Becky Beck, Katie Miller, Melissa Murphy, and Jill Wilson)
  • Marble Painting Event (donated by Shannon Marks - 4 winners chosen)
  • Gingerbread Houses and Hot Cocoa Event (donated by Denise Foley and Lily Dunigan - 2 winners chosen and each can bring a friend)





Sign Up to Be a Trunk in the Trunk or Treat or Volunteer at the Event Here.















Raptor Levels

Fall festival classroom celebrations are quickly approaching. If you want to take part in your child’s classroom celebration you must fill out the Raptor level 1 application at a minimum, however we encourage you to do level 2 (explanation below).

For field trips, we also need several parents to get level 2 certification so that we can put parents in charge of small groups of kids on the field trip. To attend a field trip, you only need level 1, but our teachers would like several level 2 volunteers for each field trip, so please do level 2 if you are willing to chaperone and assist the teacher with responsibility for a small group at the field trip.

Please use the link below to do Raptor level 2 background check today!

Raptor link



Hudson Hikes

October 21: Buder North Park (tentative)

November 11: Grant's Trail

Contacts: Meagan Wade and Melissa Jackson



Hudson PTO Committee Volunteer Signup

Hudson PTO committees are jumping in and getting started planning for this year, and we would love to have your help on the committees. Please indicate here which committee you are interested in helping with and we will pass these names along to the chair so that they can contact you when that committee work begins.

Committee link




November 14th via Zoom from 7:00-8:00pm PTO meeting


Hudson Buzz Book

The 2023-2024 Hudson Buzz Book is hot off the press! We are only sharing it via this newsletter to protect your information as much as possible. Please bookmark this link or save it as an icon on your phone to make it easy to access.


Link to Buzz Book


Special thanks to Colin Aardsma for his work formatting the document.


If you see any errors/additions, email us at and we can update it quickly.

Haunted House of Hoops

Haunted House of Hoops

If you are interested int his clinic please use the following link for signing up:


Check out the counseling update here.

Hudson Spirit Wear

Hudson Spirit Wear

If you would like to order Hudson spirit wear, please use the following link. We have some new designs and items! Hudson Spiritwear | Prime Sports MidWest | powered by OrderMyGear (

Costume Drive

Lauren Knapp, a student member of the St Louis Aids Refugees Today club at Webster Groves High School, shared that they are holding a Halloween Costume drive. If you would like to donate any gently-used, cleaned costumes, you can bring them to the office by October 20th.

WG Parents' Advisory Group

Does your child have a 504 or an IEP? Then let’s meet!

No matter what level of support your child needs to achieve, we are stronger together! The purpose of the Parents Advisory Council is to support one another for our children to have an inclusive school experience.

For the 2023-24 school year, the Parents Advisory Council is scheduled to meet four times. Each meeting will consist of a topic and/or guest speaker and time to get to know one another. Feel free to bring in your own meal or snack.

Meetings will be on the following dates at Global Brew in Rock Hill on Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

September 12

November 14

February 13

April 9

For questions please contact JJ Gossrau at We look forward to seeing you there!

Lunch and Breakfast Information

Lunch and Breakfast Information

Lunch and Breakfast Information



Breakfast and lunch menus are coming soon and can be found here.


If you think your family qualifies for free and reduced meals, it’s important to apply for assistance. You can apply for Free and Reduced meals here.


You can deposit money in your child's meals account via credit/debit card here or by check or cash at your child's school.




Late Start Mondays

Beginning last school year, the Webster Groves School District added late start days to the school calendar.

Late start days will allow additional time for our teachers to use data and collaboratively plan to continue to address the needs of all of our students.

The schedule for late starts is below:

Late Start Supervision Program - 7:40am-8:50am

School Day Arrival Begins - 8:50am

School Begins - 9:05am

Families who need help with student supervision on late start days can participate in a program available at each building.

Beginning next week, the district will send out information for families to sign up for the late start supervision program.


Members of the Hudson staff will manage the Late Start Supervision Program. Families who participate in the morning Adventure Club Program will automatically be enrolled in the Late Start Supervision Program.



Late Start Dates for the 23-24 School Year


  • September 11th
  • September 25th
  • October 9th
  • October 23rd
  • November 13th
  • November 27th
  • December 11th
  • January 8th
  • January 22nd
  • February 12th
  • February 26th
  • March 11th
  • March 25th
  • April 8th
  • April 22nd
  • May 13th


For additional information on the late start program, please check out our district website:


If you have any questions please contact Kyla Croft at 314.963.6466 or


Subscribing to the Hudson Calendar

We have created a live Hudson Calendar to share events with you throughout the year. If you would like to subscribe to our calendar here is the link along with instructions on how to subscribe the calendar to your device. Please note, the calendar has had changes since it was sent out at the end of last year.

iOS Devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad)
To subscribe using your iPhone or iPad:

Click your iPhone Settings icon.
Select Calendar
Select Accounts.
Select Add Account
Select Other
Select Add Subscribed Calendar at the bottom of the list.
Enter the subscription link (shown above) in the server field.
Click Next in the top right hand corner of the screen.
The URL will be verified, and your subscription information will display.
Click Save.

To view this calendar on your iPhone:

Click the Calendar icon on your iPhone’s home screen.
Click the Calendars button on the bottom of your default calendar screen.
Select the name of the calendar you have just added. A check mark will appear next to it.
Click Done.
Events from this calendar will now display on your iPhone calendar.

Android Devices and Google Calendar
To subscribe using your Google Calendar:

Open your Google Calendar.
Locate Other Calendars on the left hand side of the screen toward the bottom.
Click the arrow to the right of Other Calendars.
Select Add by URL from the list.
Enter the subscription link (shown above) in the field. If you would like these events to be public, check the box next to Make the calendar publicly accessible.
Click Add Calendar.
Microsoft Outlook
To subscribe manually using Outlook 2010, 2016, or Outlook 365:

Click Calendar in Outlook.
Click Open Calendar.
Select From Internet.
Enter the subscription link (shown above) in the field.
Click Add.