Big Hollow

Primary and Elementary Schools - February 22, 2018

Big Hollow School District #38 Vision and Mission Statements

Vision: Big Hollow School District #38 will be a model of student achievement for elementary school districts in the State of Illinois.

Mission: Inspiring a diverse school community to be passionate and empathetic learners.

Big Hollow's strategic plan goals and objectives.

Parking lot safety

The entrance to the parking lot at Big Hollow Primary and Elementary School is near the bus lot. The exit near the nature center is an exit ONLY. Please follow the arrows in the parking lot and drive slowly. Thank you for helping us ensure the safety of all.

February is Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month with us at This is a new section of their website and will be updated through the month of February.

Ideas to warm up your February

It’s February: the month of love and valentines and very chilly temperatures. Here's another activity to promote warmth and connection!


Here are some conversation starters to help get you going.

Age 2-7

Name five people you love most in the world, and why (animals are OK too).

There’s a song that goes: “when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore…’ What other foods does the moon look like?

What makes you feel loved?

Age 8-13

Do you find it easy to say I love you, or hard? Are there times when it’s harder than others?

Who or what exemplifies the meaning of “love” to you?

Do you have a favorite love story? Is it from a book, movie or real life? Talk about it.

Shop with a teacher

Big Hollow will be hosting our first annual "Shop with a teacher" event. The purpose of the event is to give back to the community. The food pantry is often depleted after the holidays and we want to help the members of our community by replenishing the supplies. Our goal is to fill a bus! The event will take place on February 26th at the Jewel in Fox Lake from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. The Big Hollow Teachers look forward to joining you as you purchase some items for the food pantry.

Hope to see you there!

Math Night at Big Hollow - Box Cars & One-Eyed Jacks

Have you ever struggled to help your child understand their math?
You're not alone!
Come join us for Box Cars & One-Eyed Jacks
Presented by Jane and John Felling
Monday, March 11, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Big Hollow Elementary

Date to RSVP is extended!!
RSVP required by February 25th
Please return form to your child's teacher

For kids: A fun way to review and strengthen basic math skills!

For Parents: Motivating, simple, and economical math support
Children who feel secure in their math skills have greater self-esteem and greater success with math!
You will learn strategies, tips, and tricks to help our child with math!
Games reinforce: Counting - Problem Solving - Basic Facts - Place Value

2018-19 Yearbook

Only 29 more days to order your Big Hollow Primary/Elementary Yearbook now!

You won't want to miss this!

5 Essentials Survey - Survey extended through March 15


We need your assistance! :) Every year we ask parents to complete a climate survey for their child(rens) respective school(s).

The window closes March 15! We value your feedback and utilize it to improve our schools. Thank you for taking the time to help us in our school improvement efforts.

Thank you!

Winter Weather

Although we will continue to have inside recess during the extreme cold, please be sure your child has 5 STARS - snowpants, coat, hat, mittens, and boots for the walk to buses and home from the bus stop.

We will have outside recess when the "windchill temperature" is 16 degrees or warmer.

Pick Up and Drop Off procedures

Our school hours this year are 8:45 am -3:30 pm. The earliest time for drop off is 8:30 am. When using the drop off lane, please be sure that students exit the vehicle on the curb side. Parents may not exit the vehicle. Be sure students only exit when your car is parked between the two crosswalks. We can best ensure the safety of all students, parents, and staff when our drop off procedures are followed.

If you are picking up your child from school, you must notify the school office by 2:15 pm. You can call earlier in the day, or even, days ahead of time. It is also very helpful to send your child's teacher a note in the agenda or an email.

If you have an emergency situation occur after 2:15 pm, please notify the office and an exception will be made.

Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

We are now on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!!!

Follow Big Hollow Primary on Facebook

Instagram @BigHollowPri

Twitter @BigHollowPri

Follow Big Hollow Elementary School on Facebook


Instagram @bighollowelementary

Twitter @bighollowelem

Important Dates

February 22- Box Tops Due!

February 25 - Date to RSVP for family math night

February 26 - Shop with a teacher - Fill the bus event - Jewel/Osco Fox Lake - 4:30-7pm

March 1 - Early Release Day 1:30 pm dismissal

March 1 - PTO March Madness calendar raffle begins!

March 4 - School IS IN session (snow day make up)

March 8 - Report Cards available in Skyward

March 11 - Box Cars & One-Eyed Jacks - math night - 5 pm @ Big Hollow Elementary School

March 14 - 2nd grade showcase 6:30 pm - doors open at 6:25 pm

March 15 - Early Release Day 1:30 pm dismissal

March 19 - Kindergarten class of 2019-2020 parent information night 6 pm - primary cafeteria - doors open at 5:45 pm

March 22 - Last date to order a yearbook!

April 4- Noetic Math Contest @ Elementary

2019 Grade Level Showcase dates

March 14, 2019: 2nd Grade Storybook Spectacular @ 6:30pm

Doors open at 6:25 pm

April 9, 2019: 1st Grade Showcase @ 6:30pm

Doors open at 6:25 pm

May 14, 2019: Kindergarten Showcase @ 6:30pm

Doors open at 6:25 pm

PTO news


If you haven't already, we hope you will sign up at our website By signing up you will receive newsletters, volunteer signups, etc! It's the easiest way to get information!

Save the date for FREE FAMILY FUN at the BIKES AND BOOKS FESTIVAL! Wednesday, May 8th - 5pm-8pm!

Golf Outing Committee

Our 2nd Annual BIG Golf outing is June 1st in Antioch! Join the Golf Committee and help plan the BIG FUN! email


We will be working with community members on planning our first BIKE TO SCHOOL day on May 8, National Bike to School Day! This will be a GREAT event and we'll need plenty of help planning and carrying it out! We'd love your input in planning the event! If you'd like to join the committee, please email


Thank you to those who ran for the open board positions. We are lucky to have so many families interested in working together for Big Hollow. Please welcome your new Board members, Jean Hayes and Chris Ledger. Here is your PTO Board for the 2018-19 School year-

District Liason-Linda Merrill

Volunteer Coordinator-Lisa Swiderski

Secretary-Jean Hayes

Treasurer-Julia Johnsonbaugh

Vice President of Fundraising-Chris Ledger

Vice President of Events-Angie Vasey

President-Cindy Haran

We are looking forward to another amazing year!

Please reach out to us at at any time!