Life on the Prairie

January 24, 2023

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Important Dates

2/17 . . . Institute Day . . . NO SCHOOL

2/20 . . . Presidents' Day . . . NO SCHOOL

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

News You Can Use

What if my Student Does Not Feel Well During the School Day?

With the cold and flu season upon us, we would like to remind everyone about our procedures regarding students who do not feel well while at school. Your student should ask a teacher to go to the nurse. Mrs. Vittetoe will then evaluate the student to determine next steps.

If Nurse Vittetoe determines the student should go home, she will contact a parent or guardian. We cannot release ill students until they are seen by our nurse.

Thank you for helping us navigate the school year safely.

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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.

Robotics Club Announcement

Please welcome Ms. Schmidts as the new Robotics Club sponsor! This club is open to all students in middle school who are interested in learning about the exciting field of robotics. We will explore the basics of robotics and programming, and work on building and programming robots using a variety of tools and technologies. Whether you are a beginner or have experience in robotics, you are welcome to join and learn something new. Get ready to have fun and be challenged as we delve into the world of robotics together!

Any student interested in joining should reach out to Ms. Schmidts at

Snowflake Parent Video

For all parents, even if your student did not attend Snowflake!

Welcome to the second semester. Our Snowflake speakers, M&P, prepared a video with some tips on "Stepping Up and Building Confidence in your Kid". The video also includes some details of what our students who attended Snowflake in November learned.

Planning has already begun for the Fall 2023 Snowflake.

English Drop-In and Math Drop-In

Our English and math teachers are offering drop-in work time on M, T, Th and F mornings beginning at 8:15. All students are encouraged to stop by to get additional help on their English or math assignments.

Math schedule

English schedule

The 6th Grade Combined Social at Station is January 27th

The 6th grade combined dance (Glow Up) between Prairie and Station is Friday, January 27th, 7pm – 9pm at Station. The cost is $10 per student and will be a fun night of dance, treats and more.

Details on how to register your student, donate food and drinks and volunteer to chaperone the night of the event can be found below.

Click here to register your student for the dance.

Click here to donate food or drinks for the dance via Amazon. Your purchase will be

made via Amazon and sent directly to Station, avoiding your need to drop off donations.

Click here to sign up to volunteer the night of the dance.

Questions? Please contact Lisa Witek at

Late Winter Sports Information

Is your child interested in a late winter sport? Click here for more information.

8th Grade High School Transition Information

You should have received an email from Stephanie Spiewak, BHS Assistant Principal and Coordinator of Secondary Counseling, on Friday, January 20th. This email contains a lot of information regarding the transition process. Please read carefully and review it with your student prior to the field trip on the 26th.

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

Frequently Asked Questions about the transition process.

Recording of presentation on 1/10.

Notes From Our Counselors

We recognize this time of year may be challenging for some people for a variety of reasons. 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 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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