Big Hollow

Primary and Elementary Schools - February 15, 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.

February is Black History Month

February gives us a reason to focus on black history, but it's crucial to teach kids that the subject is worth revisiting throughout the entire year. Whether it's watching documentaries, visiting museums or reading literature by black authors, you can participate while encouraging understanding and tolerance. Make black history (the shared history of all Americans) appealing and fun so that your child continues a cycle of awareness and positive future changes.

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!


Who doesn’t love a blanket fort? (And anything with blanket in the title is sure to promote warmth). You can wing it on your own with a few chairs, blankets and pillows, or you can read here for more detailed instructions. For optimal warmth and connection, be sure to grab flashlights, a few great books, and get in the fort and read with your kids.

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!

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Students will not attend school on Tuesday, February 19 however, they may be asked to attend the parent/teacher conference with you. Parent/Teacher conferences will be scheduled between 11 am and 7 pm. Please contact your child's teacher for more information.

Invention Convention - 3rd Grade Showcase

Hello 3rd Grade Families!

We have an event coming up! On February 20th from 6:30-7:30. Doors open at 6:25 pm.

We invite you to join us for the “3rd grade Invention Convention!”

Please see below for an overview of the evening…

6:30pm Connolly, Detweiller, Hoadley, Nack, Denovo, Roller performance (in the elementary gym) (arrive at 6:30)

7:00pm Lucas, Keenon, Jacobs, Glover performance (in the elementary gym) (arrive at 6:45)

**Parking in the front and back of the elementary school will be available. The primary front entrance will be open at 6:25 pm as well.

**Please take your child’s invention and/or inventor 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, technology slideshows and inventor projects. When the students are not performing, feel free to walk around and view the displays.

*All students will be given an “Invention Convention” t-shirt. Please wear that along with something school appropriate and presentable on bottom.

Box Tops Collection

Be sure to save your box tops and turn them in to your child's teacher by February 22. Winning classrooms will receive some great prizes from Big Hollow PTO!!

The Monopoly game has started again at Jewel. There may be box top coupons! Please feel free to send those in to school and we can enter them for you!

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!

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
RSVP required by February 22nd
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

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.

2018-19 Yearbook

Order your Big Hollow Primary/Elementary Yearbook now! You won't want to miss this!

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 15 - Early Release Day 1:30 pm dismissal

February 18 - No School - President's Day

February 19 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 11 am - 7 pm

February 20 - 3rd grade Showcase - doors open at 6:25 pm -

February 22- Box Tops Due!

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

April 4- Noetic Math Contest @ Elementary

2019 Grade Level Showcase dates

February 20, 2019: 3rd Grade Invention Convention @ 6:30pm

Doors open at 6:25 pm

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!