Big Hollow Schools

Big Hollow Primary and Elementary September 28, 2018

Big Hollow School District Mission and Vision

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

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

PTO Read a Thon!!

Please help your child to raise money for our schools by encouraging them to participate in the read- a-thon! Our PTO's goal is $25,000!!! We are on our way there but need more help!

Click here for more information:

Erin's Law Presentations

During the months of October and November, the Primary and Elementary schools will be providing a lesson to our students on personal safety. This lesson is required by the Illinois State Board of Education to inform students on how to recognize behaviors of abuse, including sexual abuse. Illinois State law (Erin’s Law) requires that all public schools in each state implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program. Students will learn techniques to keep themselves safe and to speak up. This lesson will be discussed in individual classrooms and will be presented by the school social workers and school psychologists. Lessons will be reviewed throughout the school year during other state mandated classroom groups (Bullying and Child Abduction/Stranger Safety).

If you have any questions, or if you do not want your child to participate, please contact your building social worker or psychologist (Primary-Jennel Jones or Elizabeth Cintron or Elementary-Donna Kretsch or Sarah Nettis) by October 9, 2018. We will provide a waiver for you to sign to exempt your child from the lesson. Groups will begin the week of October 15, 2018. Our goal is to provide students with an opportunity to discuss how to make positive choices and to use these skills throughout their lives.


Jennel Jones

Primary Social Worker


Elizabeth Cintron

Primary Psychologist


Donna deVenecia-Kretsch

Elementary Social Worker


Sarah Nettis

Elementary Psychologist


National School Breakfast Week

National School Breakfast week is October 15-19 and the Warrior Cafe is having another contest . . . this time it is not a GRADE participation competition but a CLASS participation competition.

The CLASS with the most participation during this week will win a

Pizza (w/Juice) party - delivered and served in their class room.

After School Enrichment Opportunities

This year, our teachers will be offering various enrichment opportunities after school!

The first session of Spanish Club is now full, however, registration is now open to 1st-4th graders for our 2nd session! See our virtual backpack for more information and a registration form.

Chess Club and PE Fun Club also starts soon! Check out the virtual backpack for the flyers!

Bernie's Book Bank Book Drive

We are excited to announce we will be collecting books during Reading Week!!! Bernie's Book Drive will be taking place September 21 and ending October 5. Bernie's Book Bank collects quality children’s books from birth through 6th grade!!

OUR GOAL IS 1,500 books!!!!! Please help us by sending in gently used books you and your children no longer read!

Keep in mind, they do not collect the following:

  • Text books
  • Activity books
  • Coloring books
  • Video game guides
  • Young Adult
  • Adult
  • Reference


Important Notice from Big Hollow's Warrior Café

Are Mornings hectic at your house - getting homework gathered,

back packs loaded and getting out the door in time to catch the bus or beat traffic?

Is there just not enough time for breakfast?

Well, let the Warrior Cafe help start your students day with a tasty healthy breakfast available everyday, and we offer hot breakfast 2-3 times each week. Check out our menu's located on Big Hollow's website under "What's for Breakfast and Lunch".

Big Hollow Primary & Elementary Hours & Pick Up/Drop Off Information

Our school hours this year have been changed to 8:45-3:30 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.



Here is your PTO Board for the 2018-19 School year:

District Liason-Linda Merrill

Volunteer Coordinator-Lisa Swiderski

Secretary-Jean Hayes

Treasurer-Sarah 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! Check out the PTO Website:



Please help us! :)

Our PBIS program is stronger than ever but we need your help!!!

We recently opened a PBIS student store and could use donations of small prizes (see picture) for students to be able to "purchase" with their STARbucks! If you have any small prizes hanging around your home that you would like to donate, we would need the items in quantities of 30 or more so that students can plan out their purchases. You can send in the items to either the Primary or Elementary office. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR HELP!!!

All Big Hollow students are STAR students! Big Hollow students will be expected to demonstrate Safety, Take Responsibility, keep a positive Attitude, and always be Respectful. Many students have earned rewards and positive behavior referrals for being positive role models. If you would like to contribute and help to our PBIS program, please contact us. :)

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Do you work for a local business? Do you possess talents or skills that could benefit our students and teachers? Would you be willing to be our partner to benefit our schools and improve the relationship between Big Hollow and the community?? We would love to enable our students to benefit from your expertise, unique talents or resources!!

Please feel free to reach out to Ms. Michelle Dzik at the Elementary School 8477405321, or Mrs. Lenayn Janusz at the Primary School 8477405320 if you are interested.

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

We are now on Facebook and Instagram!!!

Follow Big Hollow Primary on Facebook

Instagram @BigHollowPri

Twitter @BigHollowPri

Follow Big Hollow Elementary School on Facebook @ Instagram @bighollowelementary

Twitter @bighollowelem

Donations from Office Max

Parents- if you are interested in helping us get donations from Office Max, we would love your assistance! Office Max/Office Depot donates 5% back to Big Hollow School District when you make purchases at their stores! You just have to provide the school ID when you shop online, in-store, or by phone:

BHSD Primary: ID #70115039

BHSD Elementary: ID #70032818

BHSD Middle: ID #70032817

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Important Dates


September 27-October 6- Read-a-thon

October 5- Early Release 1:30 pm

October 8- No School- Columbus Day

October 12 & 13- PTO Fall Resale

October 15- PTO Meeting

October 17- Box Tops due

October 23-31- Red Ribbon Week

Click here for the Big Hollow School District Calendar at a Glance