Life on the Prairie

December 2, 2022

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Important Dates

12/12 . . . Orchestra Holiday Concert . . . 7 PM . . . BHS

12/13 . . . PTO Meeting . . . 9:15 AM . . . (link)

12/23 - 1/8 . . . Winter Break . . . NO SCHOOL

Click here to see all of the activities going on at Prairie.

News You Can Use

Thank You, Turkey Trotters!

Thank you to all the Prairie students and families that came out on Thanksgiving morning for our first 5k/1k. It truly was a wonderful way to start the holiday. A huge shout out to our sponsors who were a big part in making this a success: Allure Pelvic Wellness, Associates in Pediatrics, The Barn Landscape and Architecture, Virtue Asset Management and Wickstrom. We are thankful for you!

Write On!

Submissions for the fall/winter issue of The Prairie Pen: e-Literary Magazine are now open and will close on December 9th. See this link for more details or contact Carolyn Turcotte at
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It's Tournament Time!

It’s tournament time! The Speech Tournament will take place after school on Wednesday, March 8th, at Prairie. Students who are interested in participating this year should attend our after-school meeting on Tuesday, December 13th at 5:00 PM with Mrs. Ortiz, via this Zoom link. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please email Mrs. Ortiz at

PTO No-Stress Fundraiser

The shell to the outdoor classroom is up! Some classes have already been out using the space. We are still fundraising to furnish the area. If you are interested in contributing, please use this link. Thank you!

Volunteers Needed for 6th Grade Social

The 6th Grade Combined Social (dance) with Station is Friday, January 27th from 7 PM to 9 PM. We are looking for volunteers to work with fellow Station parents to help plan this event. If you're interested, please email Lisa Witek at with questions or to sign up.

The Barrington Giving Day Red Box Donation Drive Runs Until December 7th

Please help a child in need by donating new or gently used, clean items. Coats, snow pants, boots, hats, gloves, toys, etc. Boxes are located at the main entrance as well as the student entrance.

Thanks for your support!

Notes From Our Counselors

All students at BMS-Prairie receive social/emotional learning (SEL) lessons multiple times a year and during COLT time. In addition, all students have access to a counseling team member. If you ever have questions about our general curriculum or supports specific to your student, please feel free to contact a member of the Prairie Counseling Department.

BMS Prairie Campus SEL Programming

Sarah Lloyd- 6th grade counselor: 847-756-2523

Jenny Godinez- 7th grade counselor 847-756-2522

Melissa Kehoe- 8th grade counselor 847-756-2526

Monica Santiago- Bilingual counselor 847-756-2630

BStrong's Tuesday Tips provide wonderful resources for parents and caregivers. You can view or sign up for their weekly newsletter here.

See Something, Say Something Reporting Method

Barrington 220 is now partnering with an Illinois school safety helpline aimed at providing students a place to report information that might prevent bullying, suicide, and campus violence. Safe2Help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It allows students to confidentially share school safety issues via a mobile app, text, email, or phone call. You will notice that the "See Something, Say Something" button on our district and school website now links directly to the Safe2Help contact page. We are asking that all students, parents, staff, and community members now use this platform to report safety concerns.
During an emergency situation at one of our schools, it is important for our community to work together. Barrington 220 has developed this tip sheet for parents/guardians, which shares specific actions parents/guardians should take in the event of an emergency.
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