Big Hollow

Primary and Elementary Schools - October 19, 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.

The Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill

Students and staff at Big Hollow participated in the ShakeOut drill on Thursday, October 18. Students were instructed to Drop, Cover, and Hold On.

Evacuation Drill

Our staff and students practiced a fire/evacuation drill at school this morning under the watchful eye of the Fox Lake Fire Department. We are happy to announce that everyone did a great job of quickly and safely exiting the building! We are proud of all of our students for remaining calm. They did a great job of listening to the adults.

Thank you!

Big Hollow Schools collected 1300 books for Bernie's Book bank, and we are helping 109 children with our donation!!! :)

Thank you so much for your support!



Read a Thon Update - Thank you Big Hollow Families - You are amazing!!

Thank you Big Hollow! OUR AMAZING Big Hollow students raised-

$23,210 to be distributed to Big Hollow Grade Levels & Enrichments!

19% student participation is up from 13% in 2017

Funds Raised per Building

Elementary $9,850 - Mrs. Hetrovicz will be reading on the roof!

Primary $8,166

Middle School $5,129

Just like last year, none of the funds raised by the read-a-thon were used to purchase read-a-thon prizes. Stay tuned for more news about duct taping the principals to the wall!

National School Breakfast Week

We celebrated National School Breakfast Week with a contest to see which class had breakfast at school the most. At the Primary School, the winners were Mrs. Leginski's class and Ms. Robbin's class! At the Elementary School, the winner was Mr. Summer's class. They have won a pizza and juice party! Thank you to everyone who enjoyed breakfast at school this week!

School Bus Safety Week

October 22-26 is School Bus Safety Week

Please take time to let you bus driver know how much you appreciate everything they do to ensure a safe ride to and from school each day!

Remind your student to follow the bus expectations.

S - Safety

-sit down facing forward

- keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself

T - Take Responsibility

- follow directions

- report problems to the bus driver

A - Attitude

- use manners

R - Respect

- use appropriate and peaceful language

- be kind

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Warrior Workshop - October 24

Have you signed up for the Warrior Workshops, yet?


You are only able to sign up for one workshop. They are all offered from 6-7pm.

Choose from:

*PBIS Setting High Expectations in our Schools and in our Homes

*Parenting from Middle School through High School

*How Do I Help My Child Become a Better Reader?

*Roll & Flip Math Games at Home

*Brain Power

*Special Education Procedural Safeguards

*** Free Babysitting services will be provided ***

Sign up here!

2018-19 Yearbook

Order your yearbook now! The primary/elementary yearbook will be available for purchase thru March 22, 2019. Yearbooks will be delivered to students before the last day of school in 2019.

Link to order yearbook

Student Absences

It is the responsibility of the parents or guardians to notify the school every time a student is absent. Please call primary at 847-740-5320 and elementary at 847-740-5321. The line is available 24 hours a day so that you can leave a message when the office is closed. Thank you!

Child Drop Off Procedures


Drop off time for students at primary and elementary begins at 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. The drop off lane is closed at 8:45 am to allow for the preK buses to drop off students. Please DO NOT pull into the drop off lane behind a bus. If you arrive at Big Hollow after 8:45 am, please park in the lot and walk your child into the school building.

Child Pick Up Procedures

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.

Volo Sportsplex Enrichment Club

If you are interested in having your child bussed to Volo Sports Plex on early release Fridays (first and third Friday of each month) please click here to fill out the paperwork and click here to complete the waiver and release of all claims form. Both are required for students to attend the after school enrichment! Please contact:

Deliah Glasby

General Manager l Volo Sportsplex

26705 W. Commerce Drive l Volo, IL 60073

(224) 814-4265

Important Dates

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

October 19 - Early Release Day - 1:30 pm (am preK attends - no pm preK)

October 22 - Citizen's Advisory Council meeting - 6 pm

October 23-31- Red Ribbon Week

October 23 - PTO No Cook Night at Slyce Pizza

October 24 - Warrior Workshop 6-7 pm

October 26- PTO Day of the Dead Trunk or Treat 5:30 pm

October 31- Halloween Parties

November 1 - parent/teacher conferences

November 2 - No student attendance - Teacher Institute Day

November 8 - Stackapalooza

PTO news


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-Wanda Martinez

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!