Big Hollow

Primary and Elementary Schools - February 17, 2017

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.

Make Every Day Count

Boost school Attendance

To stay on track in school, students need to be present every day. Missing 18 or more days of school in a year puts a child’s high school graduation at risk, according to, a national chronic absenteeism prevention campaign. Being absent for just two days every month of the school year can put a child behind academically. Students with regular attendance are more likely to read well by third grade and score higher on tests. They also tend to be more engaged in school and feel better about themselves. Put your child on the path to success with these attendance strategies. Make school a priority. Every absence (excused or not), can impact a child’s academic achievement. Talk to your child about how important their education is. Make daily routines for homework and waking up on time for school. Maintain communication with teachers and keep an eye on your child’s academic progress.

Big Hollow Students are learning Self-Control

During the month of January and February, the Primary and Elementary students are learning about self-control. During the week of January 16th, students celebrated National No Name Calling Week by celebrating a different theme every day. Students at elementary had an opportunity to participate in a no name calling/anti-bullying poem writing or poster designing contest. Students at primary had an opportunity to participate in a kindness coloring contest. In addition, each classroom received a grade appropriate lesson on No Name Calling and Bullying. These lessons were presented by the school social worker and students learned the definition of bullying (1. Someone is being mean with their actions and/or their words, 2. It is on purpose, 3. There is an imbalance of power, 4. It happens again and again/repeatedly) and what to do if they see bullying-be an upstander! If they are the victim, options presented were: 1. Ignore, 2. Say how you feel or say stop, 3. Walk away, 4. Report to the closest adult-(taught most important in stopping bullying) and to be an upstander, options: 1. Speak up, 2. Reach out, 3. Be a Friend.

The winner for the Primary coloring contest will be announced at our next assembly.

The winner for the Elementary No Name Calling/Bullying poem contest is:

Congratulations to Emily from Mrs. Prostka’s fourth grade class!

Runner up winners are:

Kellyn –Mrs. Prostka/4th grade

Gainele –Ms. Nack/3rd grade

Bella G –Ms. Nack/3rd grade

The winner for poster designing contest is:

Congratulations to Emma from Mrs. Finn’s third grade class!

Runner up winners are:

Hayden -Mrs. Hoadley/3rd grade

Gainele -Ms. Nack/3rd grade

Micah – Mrs. Hoadley/3rd grade

Ryelle –Mrs. Connolly/3rd grade

Kostya – Ms. Nack/3rd grade

2017-18 Kindergarten

If you were unable to attend the Kindergarten Parent Info Night, please check out the presentation available on the Big Hollow Website. Please call to set up an appointment for kindergarten screening - 847-740-5320. Help us spread the word to neighbors and friends in the Big Hollow School District.

PBIS Family Dance

Starry Night

Family Dance

Take your family out for a night of dancing!

When: Friday, February 24th

Time: 6:30-8pm

Where: Big Hollow Elementary Gym

Pre-Paid Admission $2 per person (children under 3 are free)

Admission at the door $3 per person (children under 3 are free)

*Checks should be made out to Big Hollow School*

**Children must be accompanied by their parent**

Snacks and glow sticks will be available to purchase.

We will also be having a canned food drive the night of this event.

If you would like to donate, please bring in any non-expired canned food or non-perishable items.

All proceeds will go toward PBIS at Big Hollow

**There will be a check-in table at the dance for pre-paid families, tickets will NOT be sent home**

Please visit the website for registration forms.


Did you order your yearbook, yet? Yearbook sales end on March 24th! Please click here for more information on yearbook ordering.

Important Dates

February 20 - No School - Presidents' Day

February 21 - P/T conferences - 11-7 pm

February 22 - Last day for the BoxTops contest

February 23 - Warrior Workshops

February 24 - PBIS Family Dance

Mark Your Calendars!!!

March 14, 15, 16- Fourth Grade Show- Destination America!

April 25, 26, 27- Third Grade Show- Invention Convention

PTO news

Box Tops due Feb 22 - Count from home!

PTO Election Nomination Form

PTO Silent Auction March 23 - Crafty Donations needed