Big Hollow

Primary and Elementary Schools - October 5, 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.

Health Examination and Immunization Requirements

Illinois School Code and Big Hollow School District Policy require a "student's parent(s) guardian(s) to present proof of their child's health examination and immunizations by October 15 of a year in which such proof is required. Failure to comply with the above requirements by October 15 will result in the student's exclusion from school until the required health forms are presented to the district. Each school nurse is contacting parents of students who do not have the required proof on file. Please contact the primary nurse, Ms. Lee at 847-740-5320 extension 3005 or the elementary nurse, Ms. Lumpkins at 847-740-5321 extension 4005 if you have any questions regarding required health forms.

PTO Read - a - Thon

The reading portion of our Read-a-thon ends tonight, however, 99pledges will accept donations through Monday, October 8 and Check donations should be sent in on Tuesday, October 9. Check donations should include student name, grade and teacher!

Current total $16,532 (goal of $25,000) with 15% of students participating.

Primary $6,033

Pre K $500 with 11% participation

Kindergarten $3,961 with 34% participation

1st Grade $1,572 with 19% participation

Elementary $7,427

2nd grade $2,190 with 17% participation

3rd grade $1,654 with 16% participation

4th grade $3,583 with 24% participation

Every student who participates will be able to help duct tape their principal to the wall!

And, be sure to check out the AWESOME PRIZES

Raising $20 for Big Hollow earns the student - ALL of these prizes--It's like getting your $20 back--and more!

Disney Raffle Pass for 4 ONE Day Park Hopper

Skate on Grand Pass

Free Culver's Scoop

Free game of bowling and shoes at Raymond's Bowl

Free 12" Pizza from Antioch Pizza

Check out our new Swag Tags! Every student received one for their backpack!

Reading Rocks!


Dear Parents,

Welcome to the new Big Hollow reading program! There are so many benefits of reading or being read to at home including improving language skills and strengthening reading skills. Reading also aids in understanding and empathy towards other worlds and situations than their own. This program is similar to Book It, but instead of a pizza coupon, the child will receive a “brag tag” to hang on their swag tag.

The program will run from October to April (7 months). Your child will receive a reading log with a goal set by his/her teacher.

Each student that turns in completed log by the due date will receive a “brag tag” for his/her backpack on a later date. Big Hollow will order the tags after getting the numbers from each class. Each child has received a special STAR loop Swag Tag on their backpack to put the tags on. There will be a different brag tag for each month for extra motivation to read. At the end of the school year, there will be an extra special brag tag for students that complete the logs all seven months.

Thank you for your help and participation in this new program!

Breakfast at School

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".

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.

Benchmark Testing

Today your child will bring home a report from assessments which were administered this fall, the NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association’s) Measures of Academic Progress or (MAP) assessments. This report provides information about your child’s progress in the areas of mathematics and reading. You may retain it for your records.

The NWEA/MAP report provides information about your child’s academic growth, how well your child met rigorous standards, and new skills your child should be ready to learn. These assessments allow teachers to monitor student achievement over time. The feedback can be used to identify areas of students’ strengths and weaknesses, to adjust instruction, to establish academic goals, and to identify students who may need differentiated support. These assessments provide only one piece of the equation, and many factors can influence a student’s overall performance. In order to have a complete picture of your child, we combine these assessments with your child’s classroom performance for comprehensive instructional decision making.

We believe the use of the information from the assessments will promote student learning and further our district’s mission: Inspiring a diverse school community to be passionate and empathetic learners. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s classroom teacher.

For more information on resources for parents, please read the Parent's Guide to MAP from NWEA.

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


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. :)

Important Dates

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

October 8 - No School - Columbus Day

October 9 - Board of Education meeting 7 pm - Middle School

October 11 - kindergarten field trip - Royal Oaks

October 12 & 13- PTO Fall Resale - primary gym

October 15 - PTO meeting at 6:30 pm at MS

October 17 - Box Tops are due

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 - PTO Culver's No Cook Night

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!