Big Hollow Schools

Big Hollow Primary and Elementary May 17, 2019

Big Hollow School District Mission and Vision

Our Vision: "Big Hollow School District #38 will be a model of student achievement for elementary school districts in the State of Illinois."

Our Mission: "Inspiring a diverse school community to be passionate and empathetic learners."


Parents and Guardians,

Due to concerns about the traffic congestion on Nippersink Rd during morning drop off, we will be implementing a change for the weeks of May 28 - June 4. It is our hope that this change will remedy that traffic congestion and continue to provide for a safe drop off for our students.

Beginning on Tuesday, May 28th, ONLY Big Hollow school buses will use the drop off/fire lane in front (west side) of Big Hollow Primary and Elementary Schools.

Parents who wish to park and walk their child in should continue to park in FRONT (west side) of the school and must walk their child all the way to the front doors. Parents will need to exercise caution when walking between school buses and must only walk in the cross walks.

Parents who would like to drop their child off will enter the parking lot at the entrance to Big Hollow Middle School ONLY. Please proceed to the drop off lane behind (east side) Big Hollow Primary and Elementary Schools which will be clearly marked with large yellow drop off signs and cones.

  • Please ONLY drop your child off in between the large yellow drop off signs.

  • Do not drop your child off before the large yellow signs.

  • Do not drop your child off after the large yellow signs.

  • Children must exit vehicles on the curb side only.

  • Parents must not exit the vehicle.

  • Once your child has exited the vehicle, please pull forward as soon as it is safe to do so. Please do not stop and wait for your child to enter the building.

  • There will be two ways to exit. Option 1: continue past the elementary playground and exit towards the bus lot. Option 2: continue past the soccer field and exit at the entrance to Big Hollow Middle School.

Thank you for following these procedures so that we can continue to ensure a safe arrival for all of our students and staff.

Afternoon pick up procedures will remain the same.

Diaper Drive




MAY 27 – 30, 2019

Big Hollow Bus Drivers will be collecting Disposable Diapers and will be donating them to Grant Township. The week of May 27 – 30, 2019, we are asking that if you have donations of diapers to give them to your child’s bus driver when they pick-up/drop-off your students.

Summer School

Registration is open. Registration deadline is May 17, 2019. There will be no

registrations accepted on the first day of summer school. Registration and payment can

be completed online at You can also click here to register.

A registration confirmation letter will be emailed when your registration has been

received and processed. A final schedule, including busing, will be sent out the week

before summer school starts.

Transportation will be available for any Big Hollow Summer School student that has

completed registration by Friday, May 17th. We will need a minimum of 10 students

utilizing busing to provide transportation. All bus stops must be within the Big Hollow

district boundaries.

Class limits/cancellations: Early enrollment is important as classes are cancelled before

the opening of summer school if there is insufficient registration. Should a class not

reach the minimum number of students, a cancellation notice will be sent to parents. No refunds will be given after Friday, June 7, 2019.

Summer School course grade levels are intended for the current year in school (2018-19)

Enrichment Course Catalog

1. Reading and Math with P.E. Games

Kindergarten-1st Grade

Do playing P.E. games and math activities go together? They do this summer in Reading and

Math with P.E. Games! We will be the group having fun outside on the playground and in the

gym while practicing our reading and math skills. We will reinforce math and literacy skills with

games, activities, crafts, books, and centers. All students who are entering 1st or 2nd grade

in the fall will enjoy this active and engaging class!

2. For the Love of Picture Books


Explore picture books with reading, writing, STEM & craft activities

3. Our World Around Us


Students will explore nature with hands on experiences in and out of the classroom. We will

be investigating plants, insects, and much more to see just how our habitats thrives down to

the microscopic views of life. Students will intertwine a wide range of skills and take home a

wealth of knowledge. Sign up to join us on our adventure! This is one you won’t want to


4. Second Helping Reading


Students will continue to develop and improve their basic reading, comprehension and writing skills.

5. Second Helping Math

3 rd -5th

Students will continue to develop and improve their basic math concepts. Such as addition,

subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions,

School Supply Ordering for 2019-2020 School Year

Yes, we are already planning for school supplies for the 19-20 school year! Please see this link to order school supplies. The kits available wil be delivered to the Primary and Elementary classrooms before the start of school. Middle School kits will need to be picked up.

Elementary Countdown to Summer

The elementary building will be celebrating a countdown to summer! Here is the line up if your child would like to participate:

Outside Day -Tuesday, May 28 - Do something with your class outside

(weather permitting) Reading, walk the nature park, extra recess,

sidewalk chalk math. The possibilities are endless.

Camo day -Wednesday, May 29 - Maybe we won’t see them and they

won’t see us.

Exercise Day -Thursday, May 30 - Dress for exercising and take

movement/exercise breaks throughout the day.

All Star Day - Friday, May 31 - Dress for your favorite sport or sports team,

read a story about an athlete, or play a game of kickball.

Neon Day - Monday, June 3 - Dress in Neon Colors and brighten your day

Primary School Countdown

The primary building will be celebrating a countdown to summer! Here is the line up if your child would like to participate:

May 20 P Purple Day- wear something purple

May 21 Q Quiet Reading Day- we will have quiet reading time

May 22 R Red Day- wear red

May 23 S Sports Apparel Day – wear your favorite team or sport

May 24 T T-Shirt Day -wear your favorite t-shirt

May 27 Memorial Day- No School

May 28 U USA Day -wear red, white, and blue

May 29 V Visit Day- Kindergarten will visit First Grade

May 30 W Walking Day- we will walk around the school

May 31 X Xtra recess Day

June 3 Y Yellow & Year End Day- wear yellow and help clean up the class

June 4 Z Zip Up & Zoom out day- zip up your backpack and zoom out!


Happy Spring!! Unfortunately with the warmer weather, tick season is upon us. We do our best to ensure students do not become exposed to ticks while at recess. However, it is always a good idea to be aware and check your children for ticks after they arrive home from school. Thank you for your help!

Big Hollow Primary & Elementary Hours & Pick Up/Drop Off Information

Our school hours this year have been changed to 8:45-3:30 pm. The earliest time for drop off is 8:30 am. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THROUGH OUR EXIT WHICH IS LOCATED IN FRONT OF PRIMARY. Please only enter the parking lot closest to the bus parking lot.

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.

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.


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".



If you haven't already, we hope you will sign up at our website By signing up you will receive newsletters, volunteer signups, etc! It's the easiest way to get information!

Cindy Haran - President & VP Of Events -

Communicates openly with the parents, administration, teachers, and community to create a strong, supportive PTO for Big Hollow. Oversees spirit wear sales, sponsorship requests and assists with event planning and execution. Executes and plans the Back-to-School Bash, etc.

Oversees the planning and execution of all events hosted by the Big Hollow PTO.These events include the Back to School Blast, the Children’s Resale, GLOW BINGO, FREE FAMILY FUN NIGHTS, Pizza Throwdown and Holiday Festival and so much more!

VP of Fundraising-Katie Hart

Volunteer Coordinator- Jerilyn Leonard

Jean Hayes - Secretary -

Creates agendas and takes minutes for all PTO meetings. Organizes all files, PTO calendars, and drives and maintains the website for the Big Hollow PTO. Oversees Big Hollow Book Fairs.

Sarah Johnsonbaugh - Treasurer -

Updates expenditures and income of the Big Hollow PTO. Maintains the PTO’s status as a 501c3 charity. Handles all banking responsibilities of the Big Hollow PTO.

Katie Pfisterer- District Liaison -

Communicates between the teachers and the PTO to make sure the logistics of events coordinate with the plans of District 38.



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Do you work for a local business? Do you possess talents or skills that could benefit our students and teachers? Would you be willing to be our partner to benefit our schools and improve the relationship between Big Hollow and the community?? We would love to enable our students to benefit from your expertise, unique talents or resources!!

Please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Michelle Hetrovicz at the Elementary School 8477405321, or Mrs. Lenayn Janusz at the Primary School 8477405320 if you are interested.

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

We are now on Facebook and Instagram!!!

Follow Big Hollow Primary on Facebook

Instagram @BigHollowPri

Twitter @BigHollowPri

Follow Big Hollow Elementary School on Facebook @ Instagram @bighollowelementary

Twitter @bighollowelem

Donations from Office Max

Parents- if you are interested in helping us get donations from Office Max, we would love your assistance! Office Max/Office Depot donates 5% back to Big Hollow School District when you make purchases at their stores! You just have to provide the school ID when you shop online, in-store, or by phone:

BHSD Primary: ID #70115039

BHSD Elementary: ID #70032818

BHSD Middle: ID #70032817

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Important Dates


May 12-18 National Transportation Safety Week & Bus Driver Appreciation Week

May 14- Kindergarten Showcase

June 4- Last Day of School

Click here for the Big Hollow School District Calendar at a Glance