Lions Park Paw Prints

Letter from the Principal

Dear Lions Park Families,

Even though it was a short week, we packed it full of learning activities, special events and testing. A highlight was having a visit from Senator Ann Gillespie and Representative Mark Walker. They led the whole school in the morning Pledge of Allegiance and visited all fourth grade classrooms to share information about what they do. Students also had the opportunity to ask them questions. Thanks to Vicky Chung, a member of the Board of Education and PTO who arranged the visit as part of the PTO Civic Engagement committee.

The students are participating in engaging units at every grade level. Our second grade students are enjoying their History of Mount Prospect Unit. Third graders are learning about classic fairy tales in preparation to write their very own fairy tales. Fourth graders are continuing their tour of the United States and currently focusing on the states in the Midwest. Fifth grade is doing many different science investigations as they learn about Mixtures and Solutions.

Students took the Math and English Language Arts MAP tests this week. These take about an hour each and are part of our spring benchmarking. We use this data to monitor our instructional practices, plan lessons for students and determine eligibility for interventions and enrichment/accelerated programming. We are proud of how hard our staff and students worked this year, and we welcome this as one opportunity for students to show what they have learned.

We also reviewed some of our emergency drills and practiced shelter in place, which we would use in cases of severe weather. The Mount Prospect Fire Department joined us for an evacuation drill. We put some new protocols in place to allow us to more quickly account for all students and staff, and it all worked well.

I hope your families enjoy the long weekend. I look forward to extra time with my family on Friday and a day of professional learning and collaboration with all D57 certified staff at Lincoln on Monday.


Katie Kelly


Thursday, April 14 - Knots of Love, 4 p.m. @ PHS (See flyer below)

Friday, April 15 - Non-Attendance Day, NO SCHOOL

Monday, April 18 - Staff Institute Day , NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Thursday, April 21 - Board of Ed Meeting, 7 p.m. @ FV

Tuesday, April 26 - Ed Foundation Meeting, 7 p.m. @ FV

Wednesday, April 27 - PTO Pawlooza, 6 p.m.

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.

Drop Off

The small lot on School Street is used for bus pick up and drop off. Please do not use that lot for drop off and pick up between 8:30 and 8:50 and 3:15 and 3:35. We want our buses to be able to safely load students. Thanks for your cooperation!

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