Big Hollow Schools

Big Hollow Primary and Elementary March 1, 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."

Time is running out to order your Big Hollow Primary/Elementary Yearbook now!

You won't want to miss this!

Math Night at Big Hollow - 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

Date to RSVP is extended!!
RSVP required by February 25th
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

Parking Lot Safety

The entrance to the parking lot at Big Hollow Primary and Elementary School is near the bus lot. The exit near the nature center is an exit ONLY. Please follow the arrows in the parking lot and drive slowly. Thank you for helping us ensure the safety of all.

Primary School Showcase Information

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

Second Grade Showcase Information

2nd Grade Showcase
​​We have an event coming up! On March 14th from 6:30-7:30 we invite you to join us for the
“Story Spectacular!” Please see below for an overview of the evening…

6:30pm Stump, Russell, Axelsson, & Boeger performance (in the elementary gym)

7:00pm Dovichi, Lancaster, Smith, Castetter performance (in the elementary gym)

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

**Please take your child’s storybook 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.

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.


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".



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!



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. :)

Big picture


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

Big picture

Important Dates


March 14- Second grade Showcase!!

March 15- Early Release 1:30 pm

March 25-March 29- Spring Break

April 4- Noetic Math Contest @ Elementary

April 9- First Grade Showcase

May 14- Kindergarten Showcase

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