Students Hold Pennies for Patients Fundraiser

Two elementary students hold up a large cardboard Pennies for Patients check as part of their fundraiser. Nearby are Principal Schmidt covered in silly string and teacher advisor Ms. Hagen

North Hudson Elementary School students held a Pennies for Patients fundraiser and collected $3,585.84 during the month of March! Students not only collected money for a great cause, but also learned about blood cancers and being good citizens by helping others. As a reward for meeting the school’s goal, students were selected to cover Principal Schmidt in silly string.

A group of elementary students stand in front of the class assembly with cards that spell out thank you.

A group of elementary students spray cans of silly string at Principal Schmidt.

Community Ed Hosts Daddy Daughter Dance

Three small girls do a conga line dance.

Hudson Community Education welcomed over 650 dads and their daughters to the 3rd Annual Daddy Daughter Dance held at Hudson Middle School. It was a fun filled evening of dancing, crafts, and quality time between the girls and their dads or other significant adults. The dance is open to pre-K through 5th grade girls. Participants were also asked to bring in a non-perishable food donation for the Hudson Area Food Shelf.

This successful event was created by parent Katie Elwood. Much thanks to Katie for putting together this fabulous community event.

Below are some of our dance participants.

A dad poses with his three daughter. A dad poses with his daughter at the selfie station.

A dad poses with his daughter. A dad poses with his daughter.

A dad poses with his daughter. A dad poses with his daughter.

A dad poses with his daughter. A dad poses with his daughter.

There was time for decorating a picture frame, taking a break for refreshments, and of course lots of dancing.

Dads and daughters seated at tables for punch and cookies. Dads and daughters dancing in the gym. A dad and daughter work together on gluing gems on her picture frame. Two elementary girls sit at a table gluing gems on their picture frames.

Hello Cupcakes

Six students stand in a row posing with a cupcake they decorated.

Hudson Community Education recently offered a cupcake decorating class for students in Grade 1-6. Instructor Renee Reinardy, introduced students to a variety of spring inspired decorating techniques. Each child left the class with six delicious cupcakes.

Students posing with their decorated cupcakes. Students posing with their decorated cupcakes. Boy with cap on his head smiling with his decorated cupcakes. Students posing with their decorated cupcakes. Students posing with their decorated cupcakes. Students posing with their decorated cupcakes.


Community Education offers a variety of classes for young learners this spring and summer. Check out the full list of classes by clicking on the FeePay shopping cart in the top left corner of the website and click on Community Education. You can select the Explore All Programs search bar to open both Community Education and Summer School Programs.

Community Education blue box of class categories: adult & family classes, youth classes, summer school, and school age care


Screenagers event poster shows a group of teenagers seated on the steps all viewing their cell phones.

Screenagers promo poster with two students standing back to back on their cell phones.

Orange and black Screen Agers logo

The producers of Screenagers provide the following Parent Guide for setting rules and discussing screen time with kids.

“Having weekly, short, calm conversations with your family about tech is so important. Tech Talk Tuesday (TTT), our weekly blog, offers you tools and tips for discussions. Families tell us it’s making a huge difference. Visit our website: to try one. It’s never too late to start a conversation about technology but often doing it in baby steps is more effective.” ~ Delaney Ruston, MD, filmmaker of Screenagers

4 Basic Rules to Consider

  • No screens in bedrooms when kids and teens go to sleep (for younger kids keep screens out completely). Fact: 75% of teens get inadequate sleep. The presence of devices disrupts sleep cycles.
  • Set time goals for studying without multitasking and then, also, take tech breaks. Fact: Multitasking is linked to less retention and poorer academic outcomes.
  • Eat family meals without devices. Fact: Face-to-face conversations improve mood and empathy.
  • Put phones and devices away in the car. Fact: More than half of kids report seeing their parents text while driving.
  • Go to to find ways to enforce rules.

3 Tips to Help Your Child Build Self-control

  • Science shows that positive rewards work better than punishment. For example, if you observe your child focused while doing his/her homework without a device, praise him/her.
  • Build times when tech is out of sight. Self-control is hard, so decrease temptations.
  • Use Tech Talk Tuesday to let your kids share with you about the reasons they like tech in their lives – the  more they feel understood, the more they’ll work with you on tech limits.


STEM+ Maker Night

STEM+ Maker Night promotion poster including a head in profile with multi-colored gears floating above it.

Hey students in grades 3-5! Do you enjoy science and building things? Come join Hudson High School STEM+ Academy students as they host a night of science and engineering fun.

Activities for the evening include:

  • Creating an office grabber
  • Conductive dough and circuits
  • Designing a spacecraft for a mission to planet Oobleck

Register online by click here or send in your registration by clicking here to complete the registration form.

Questions? Contact Hudson Community Education at 715.377.3722


Elementary Orchestra Sign Up

River Crest Elementary orchestra students.

Orchestra Sign Up Night is Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the Hudson Middle School Multi-purpose Room

All 3rd grade students are invited to attend.

We have two meeting times to help make the registration process more convenient. Please attend the meeting scheduled for your student’s school.

The Orchestra Sign Up Night will start with a brief informational meeting and a questions and answer session. Please bring your child with you to the meeting!

The Hudson Orchestra program is a great way for students to participate in a music ensemble!

What instruments can my child play?

Student can play violin, viola, cello, or bass. Elementary orchestra teachers will be visiting your child’s classroom to demonstrate the differences between these awesome string instruments!

When are lessons?

Lessons will begin in September of next school year. Students will need to bring their instrument to school one day per week. They have large group lesson before school at 8:00 AM and a small group during the school day.

How much does it cost?

The rental costs vary by instrument. We work with area music store representatives who will be at the meeting to explain how the rental program works. The initial rental cost for the four-month trial period is $45 for violin and viola, $65 for cello, and $95 for bass.

Following the Orchestra Sign Up Night, we will help you pick the right size instrument for your child and you will have the opportunity to set up an instrument rental.

Questions may be directed to: Britt Peterson at or 715.377.3890; ext. 2759.