Big Hollow Schools

Big Hollow Primary and Elementary September 14, 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."

Good news for Big Hollow Primary & Elementary!!

We would love for you to help us in congratulating Mrs. Sunny Morley as our new assistant principal!!! We are very pleased to have her join the administrative team. Mrs. Katie Pfisterer has replaced Sunny as fourth grade teacher. Please help us welcome her to our staff as well!!!

After School Enrichment Opportunities

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

Spanish Club registration is now open to 1st-4th graders! See our virtual backpack for more information and a registration form.

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

Safety Drills

We recently conducted our Bus Evacuation and Fire Drills! The students did a fantastic job following protocol and both drills were very successful!


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".

Picture Day is September 20th!

Good Afternoon,

Your child's picture day is right around the corner! You are now able to pre-order your child's photo by clicking on the link below.

Class pictures will not be taken in Fall. They will, however, be taken in the Spring.

As a special BONUS to you.. if you pre-order online BEFORE picture day, you will receive

FREE personalization.

(Just make sure that you select it when ordering.)

El día de la toma fotográfica de su niño se aproxima rápidamente. Ahora usted puede ordenar su foto con anticipación.

OFERTA: Si ordena su foto PREVIO al día programado de la toma fotográfica usted recibirá una oferta especial:

Personalización GRATIS! (Asegúrese en seleccionar esta opción al hacer su orden)

Attendance Week

Thank you so much for encouraging good attendance with your children this week!!!


Students in grades K-8 participate in MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) testing at three different times throughout the year. Next week, students will begin the Fall MAP testing. Students in K-1 take the Map for Primary Grades (MPG) and students in 2-8 take Measures of Academic Progress or (MAP). Once all testing is completed, students will be bringing home a progress report from NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association). For more information on resources for parents, please read the Parent's Guide to MAP from NWEA.

Students in grades K-4 will also participate in Aims+ testing. Results of Benchmark testing allows teachers to better plan instruction for their students. Information gathered after analyzing data helps us to plan instructional intervention for our students.


More BIG things in store for our students.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Monday, September 24, 2018

More information to come, soon!

Reading Festival

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

When: 5:00PM-8:00PM

More information to come, soon!

Read A Thon

September 27-October 6

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 19- ELL Curriculum Night 6-7 pm

September 20 - Picture Day!

September 21- Early Release 1:30 pm

September 21- Reading Week begins!

September 24- Grandparents' Day!

September 24-28 PTO Book Fair!

September 26- Book Fair Family Night/Reading Night Festival 5-8 pm

September 27-October 6- Read-a-thon

October 5- Early Release 1:30 pm

October 8- No School- Columbus Day

October 12- Fall Festival

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