Lions Park Paw Prints

Letter from the PTO

Dear Lions Park Families,

It is hard to believe that we are in the final month of the 2021-22 school year. It has been so

wonderful to be able to bring back so many events this year and to see our children engaged and having fun!

The PTO has some exciting things happening in these final weeks of the school year. This week, the PTO put on our annual Pawlooza and so many Lions Park students were able to showcase their talents on stage for their families and peers. A huge thank you to Deborah Giesler and Tia Wente for all their hard work to make this happen!

Staff Appreciation Week is next week, May 2-6. The PTO is very excited for all that is planned for our teachers and school staff. Thank you to all the parents who made donations to help show our appreciation to everyone at Lions Park. Shout out to Tia Wente and Mayte Costales for organizing!

Special lunch is back at Lions Park. This week, students enjoyed lunch from Buona Beef. Our last special lunch for the year will be on Wednesday May 18th. Make sure to get your orders in as soon as possible. Shout out to Alice Frystak for organizing in a short amount of time.

We are thrilled to be hosting a Spring Fling this year! Join us on Friday May 13 from 4-7 pm. This

event will take the place of the Fun Fair and winter dance, and will include inflatables, outdoor games, prizes, raffles, and DJ for dancing. We can’t wait to see you there! Cost is $5 per ticket.

Join us on Monday 5/2 from 3-9pm to celebrate “Capannari’s Coolest School”. Stop by for a scoop (or two) with your families, and 10% of all sales will go back to the Lions Park PTO.

The PTO is looking for volunteers for the 2022-23 school year. Our board has openings for a

co-president, treasurer, and secretary next year. We are always looking for new faces to come join us. If you are interested in a board position or chairing a committee next year, please reach out to Patty at We need to fill these board positions as soon as possible, and would like to vote at our next meeting on Monday 5/2. We look forward to working together with you!

The next PTO meeting will be held in person at Lions Park in the staff lounge. Please feel free to join us for the meeting to find out about some future volunteer opportunities.

Next PTO Meeting: Monday May 2, 2022 at 7pm

If you have any questions, please email us at


Mallory Reyes and Monica Janiczek

Lions Park PTO Presidents

PTO board members:

● Co-Presidents: Mallory Reyes and Monica Janiczek

● Co-Vice Presidents: Patty Susmarski and Sarah Deitch

● Treasurer: Jackie Foley

● Secretary: Emme Higgason


The railroad crossing at Central Road and NW Highway will be closed for one week starting Saturday, April 30th. We anticipate Bus 9 running up to 10 minutes late inbound and outbound, due to a detour. More details are included in the link below.


Friday, April 29 - 5th Grade Open Gym, 6:30 p.m. @ LMS

Monday, May 2 - LP PTO Capannari's Coolest School, 3-9 p.m. (see flyer below)

PTO Meeting, 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 5 - Board of Ed Meeting (Tentative), 7 p.m. @ FV

Wednesday, May 11 - Fine Arts Night, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 12 - Final Band Concert, 5 p.m. @ Bandshell

Friday, May 13 - Early Dismissal at 11:50 a.m. (NO PM KIDS CORNER)

Parent Input for 2022-2023 Class Placement

As our staff continues the important work of this school year, we are also preparing for the 2022-2023 school year. One important upcoming task will be sectioning students into classes for the new year.

Sections are created according the the following criteria:

  • Strengths and areas of need are considered for each child.

  • Some students are clustered by these strengths and/or areas of need to enable push in or pull out support.

  • Social and emotional needs are noted and an attempt is made to balance the number of students needing support in these areas among the classrooms.

  • We try to balance the number of boys and girls in each class.

We welcome your input into this process by inviting you fill out this form. Please do not feel obligated to share input. The teachers have wonderful insight into the needs of their students, and are a critical part of this process. If you choose to share your thoughts, please include information about your child's learning style and the type of learning environment you feel will be the best match for your child's style. You may also include students you feel are or are not an asset to your child's learning environment. If there is a particular child you do not want your child to be sectioned with next year, it is important to write a letter stating this. We do not automatically separate students who have had conflicts. We do not guarantee that we can honor every request, but we seriously consider all input that is provided. Because of the complexity of the process, we do not accept requests for particular teachers and requests for a particular teacher will not be honored.

While classroom teachers and specialists are involved in this process, it is important that you submit any input you have via this form, so that I am aware in case changes need to be made over the summer when the teachers are not working. Furthermore, pertinent information will be shared with teachers, but the specific form responses will be read only by me and Mrs. Dean, our assistant principal.

Please complete and submit this form no later than May 1st, if you wish to provide input. I assure you that our staff takes this task very seriously and puts a great deal of time and thought into creating the most balanced sections for the following year. We appreciate your support as we make our plans.


Planning for the 2022-23 school year is underway. If your child will not be returning to Lions Park for the 2022-23 school year, pleas call the school office at (847) 394-7330 or email Mrs. Rizzo at

Also, if you have moved during the present (2021-22) school year, please contact the office with the new address information.


Lincoln locks are available for purchase through Friday, May 13 at the Lions Park office, see flyer.

Free Lunch and Special Lunch

The PTO will be having special lunch on April 27th and May 18th from Buona Beef. We will still have free lunch on these days. Students are welcome to have both lunches if you wish to purchase a hot lunch and have your child bring home the cold lunch or eat both lunches. If you ordered a free lunch and no longer want it, you can email Mrs. Baghdassarian at


Attention 2nd Grade Parents: Dental Exam Reports are due by May 15th.

Thank you to the parents/guardians who have already sent in your Dental Exam Forms. Dental Exam Forms for all 2nd Graders are due by May 15th, 2022. Dental exams after 11/15/20 are acceptable. If needed, please schedule an appointment soon. Please have your dentist complete, date, and sign the district’s Dental Exam Form (see below).

The completed form may be emailed to or faxed to: (847) 394-7338.

Thank you!

Cathy Bauer BSN, RN, PEL-CSN

Lions Park School Nurse

Mount Prospect School District 57

Ph: 847-394-7330 x3102 Fax: 847-394-7338