Life on the Prairie

December 9, 2022

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Important Dates

12/12 . . . Orchestra Holiday Concert . . . 7 PM . . . BHS

12/13 . . . PTO Meeting . . . 9:15 AM . . . (link)

12/23 - 1/8 . . . Winter Break . . . NO SCHOOL

Click here to see all of the activities going on at Prairie.

News You Can Use


A HUGE thank you to everyone who brought in items for our dessert raffle. You are amazing and we appreciate each and every one of you.

Parking Lot Safety

To improve student safety, students will need to be picked up and dropped off on the curbside closest to the main entrance. Students should not be walking in the parking lot at any time due to the number of vehicles that are entering and departing Prairie Campus. In order to make this a safer experience for our entire Prairie family, we want to partner with our parents to patiently wait in line to pick up and drop off your children at the designated location.

We appreciate your patience and understanding. Please see the attached map for the specific pick up/drop off location.

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8th Grade High School Transition Dates

1/10 . . . Stephanie Spiewak, Coordinator of Secondary Counseling, to speak at PTO meeting

1/26 . . . 8th grade field trip to the high school during the school day

It's Tournament Time!

It’s tournament time! The Speech Tournament will take place after school on Wednesday, March 8th, at Prairie. Students who are interested in participating this year should attend our after-school meeting on Tuesday, December 13th at 5:00 PM with Mrs. Ortiz, via this Zoom link. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please email Mrs. Ortiz at

PTO No-Stress Fundraiser

The shell to the outdoor classroom is up! Some classes have already been out using the space. We are still fundraising to furnish the area. If you are interested in contributing, please use this link. Thank you!

Volunteers Needed for 6th Grade Social

The 6th Grade Combined Social (dance) with Station is Friday, January 27th from 7 PM to 9 PM. We are looking for volunteers to work with fellow Station parents to help plan this event. If you're interested, please email Lisa Witek at with questions or to sign up.

Notes From Our Counselors

All students at BMS-Prairie receive social/emotional learning (SEL) lessons multiple times a year and during COLT time. In addition, all students have access to a counseling team member. If you ever have questions about our general curriculum or supports specific to your student, please feel free to contact a member of the Prairie Counseling Department.

BMS Prairie Campus SEL Programming

Sarah Lloyd- 6th grade counselor: 847-756-2523

Jenny Godinez- 7th grade counselor 847-756-2522

Melissa Kehoe- 8th grade counselor 847-756-2526

Monica Santiago- Bilingual counselor 847-756-2630

BStrong's Tuesday Tips provide wonderful resources for parents and caregivers. You can view or sign up for their weekly newsletter here.

See Something, Say Something Reporting Method

Barrington 220 is now partnering with an Illinois school safety helpline aimed at providing students a place to report information that might prevent bullying, suicide, and campus violence. Safe2Help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It allows students to confidentially share school safety issues via a mobile app, text, email, or phone call. You will notice that the "See Something, Say Something" button on our district and school website now links directly to the Safe2Help contact page. We are asking that all students, parents, staff, and community members now use this platform to report safety concerns.
During an emergency situation at one of our schools, it is important for our community to work together. Barrington 220 has developed this tip sheet for parents/guardians, which shares specific actions parents/guardians should take in the event of an emergency.
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