Big Hollow Schools

Big Hollow Primary and Elementary January 25, 2019

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."

5Essentials Survey


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

The window closes February 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.

Don't Forget to Order A Yearbook

If you haven't done so already, please don't forget to order a yearbook!


We are in the process of conducting NWEA/MAP testing. The testing window is open until the end of the month. We will also be conducting AIMSweb reading and math testing. ACCESS testing for ELLs begins next week and the window ends February 19th.

Fourth Grade Showcase Information

We have an event coming up! On January 31st from 6:30-7:30 we invite you to join us for the 4th grade showcase and gallery walk! Please see below for an overview of the evening…

6:30pm Finn, Woods, Pfisterer, Coolidge, Roller performance (in the elementary gym)

7:00pm Coletto-Scott, Summers, Prostka, Stricker performance (in the elementary gym)

**Parking in the front and back of the school will be available.

**Please take your child’s project home at the end of the evening. Please wait until 7:30 to take it home so everyone has a chance to see it!

*The gyms/cafeterias will be open from 6:30-7:30 for friends and family to view student work. There you will find artwork, a technology presentation and classroom projects. When the students are not performing, feel free to walk around and view the displays.

*If you did not purchase a 4th grade t-shirt, please wear a blue shirt, a Big Hollow shirt or simply dress nicely.

--We look forward to seeing you as we celebrate our fabulous 4th graders!--

Mrs. Schiller, Mrs. Silverblatt, Mrs. Weiskopf, Mrs. Prostka, Mrs. Coletto-Scott, Mrs. Pfisterer, Mr. Summers, Mrs. Coolidge, Mrs. Woods, Mrs. Finn, Mrs. Strickler, Mrs. Roller

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. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THROUGH OUR EXIT WHICH IS LOCATED IN FRONT OF PRIMARY. Please only enter the parking lot closest to the bus parking lot.

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.


The importance of consistent attendance at school cannot be stated enough. Please help your child get to school each day.

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A 2008 study conducted by the Rodel Community Scholars at Arizona State University that tracked students from kindergarten through high school found that dropout patterns were linked with poor attendance, beginning in kindergarten. Gregory Hickman, director of the Rodel Community Scholars program and former director of the Arizona Dropout Initiative, notes they discovered that as early as kindergarten, behavioral differences are apparent between those who go on to graduate and those who drop out, with dropouts missing an average of 124 days by eighth grade.


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".



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:

Fun Events that are coming up :

January PTO Meeting

Join us this coming Monday, January 28 at 6:30mp in the MS Teachers' Lounge! We've got LOTS of important info, fun info, prizes and more! The meeting will last 45 minutes to 1 hour (not a minute more!) and babysitting will be available!

SAVE THE DATE-Wednesday, February 13

Spaghetti Dinner and FLASH TRIVIA! Look for details and ticket orders next week!

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



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 Mrs. Michelle Hetrovicz 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


January 31- 4th grade Showcase 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

February 8- Friday Night Out 3:30-5:15 pm (For Elementary building only)

February 13- PTO Spaghetti Dinner and Trivia Night

February 22- Box Tops Due!

April 4- Noetic Math Contest @ Elementary

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