Life on the Prairie

February 21, 2023

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Important Dates

March 22nd and 23rd . . . Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 24th - April 2nd . . . Spring Break . . . No School

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

News You Can Use

Raising Middle School Kids in the Digital Age

Barrington 220 is hosting a Parent University on raising middle school kids in the digital age. The focus will be on the unique opportunities and challenges of technology in the early teenage years.

This event will be held Monday, March 6, 2023, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The format will be a Zoom meeting.

Click here for more information and to register for the event.

Morning Arrival Time

We have been seeing an uptick in students arriving late to first hour in recent weeks. In order to begin our school day effectively, we ask all students to be in their first period classes by 8:52 AM.

Bus Riders: Students arriving late to school on the bus will be provided a tardy pass to class without penalty.

Parent Drop Off: Students arriving late to school via parent drop off will be provided a pass to class. However, students will be marked tardy.

Any student accruing 3 tardies or more will be assigned a lunch detention. Each additional tardy will result in subsequent consequences. We reviewed this procedure with our students during lunches last week and ask for your partnership in ensuring students arrive to school each day with an appropriate amount of time to make it to class by 8:52 AM.

What's going on in PE?!?

We are excited to share that students will be using the Heart Zone heart rate monitors every week to learn more about their personal fitness during PE activities. Our goal is for students to reflect and adjust effort level based on their current heart rate zones, learn how their bodies feel in different heart rate zones, and set their own fitness goals. Students are assigned a numbered monitor to track their heart rate in real time and adjust their current activity intensity level to stay at their target heart rate. At the end of class, students can use their monitor number to see what percent of class time they spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA). We will continue to have conversations with students about how they can use what they know about their heart rate to promote living a healthy and active lifestyle.

Some questions you can ask your child about the Heart Zone monitors:

  • Did you reach your fitness goals for the day?

  • What have you noticed about your heart rate during class?

  • How can you apply this to your life outside of school and during sports?

Please feel free to reach out to your child’s PE teacher with any questions!

Prairie Writes On!

Click this link for some amazing, creative writing by Prairie students. Submissions are open now through March for the Spring (April/May) issue.

Please see the submission requirements in the issue or email Mrs. Carolyn Turcotte at with any questions.

Headphone Reminder

We ask all students to have headphones (Charged, if they are wireless.) available for use each day, as many classes utilize them for instructional purposes.

Looking for an 8th Grade Dance Committee

Are you interested in helping to plan the 8th Grade Dance? This involves picking a theme, setting up the decor, and creating a really fun night for our students. If interested, email Lisa Witek at

School Board Candidate Forum on Wednesday, March 1st

This forum is sponsored by the PTO. All candidates have been invited and that no district funds or facilities will be used.

Spread the Word to Incoming 6th Grade Families

On March 9th, 9:30-11:30 AM , current middle school parents are hosting an info session for new middle school parents. It will be held at the Barrington Area Library. Let our new families know that they can learn from others who have gone before them about what it is like to be the caregiver of a middle school student!

PTO Volunteer Opportunities for the 2023-24 School Year

Interested in helping with PTO programming next year? Please use this link to let us know. We appreciate all of our volunteers!

Welcome Detective Recinos!

Please join us in welcoming Detective Isaiah Recinos to Prairie Campus. As a School Resource Officer, Detective Recinos' goals are: to provide valuable support to our school community, to foster positive relationships with students, parents and staff and to help ensure a safe school learning environment.

New BHS Parent Info Session

Is your student heading to the high school next year? Check out this event on February 23rd at 9:30 AM. Veteran BHS parents will answer all of your questions about high school life.

Notes From Our Counselors

Please click here to read about upcoming state-required, age-appropriate lessons relating to sexual abuse prevention. These lessons are aimed at providing students the tools they need to improve personal safety, confidence and advocacy skills.

If you are in need of support, help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, call 988:


Call: 844-4-SAFEIL (723345)

Text: SAFE2 (72332)

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

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. In the case of an emergency, call 911. Please be aware that when a Safe2Help report is made which references Suicide, Self-Harm or School Safety building staff and/or local authorities will be contacted.
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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