Big Hollow

Primary and Elementary Schools - February 8, 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.

February is Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. The achievements and contributions of African-Americans to U.S. history have been celebrated in this country since 1926. February became the month for recognition because it marks the birthdays of two men who positively influenced African Americans in the U.S.: Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

Elementary Office is OPEN

Thank you for your patience and understanding while the elementary office was closed for cleaning/repairs. The office is now open!!

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Students will not attend school on Tuesday, February 19 however, they may be asked to attend the parent/teacher conference with you. Parent/Teacher conferences will be scheduled between 11 am and 7 pm. Please contact your child's teacher for more information.

Shop with a teacher

Big Hollow will be hosting our first annual "Shop with a teacher" event. The purpose of the event is to give back to the community. The food pantry is often depleted after the holidays and we want to help the members of our community by replenishing the supplies. Our goal is to fill a bus! The event will take place on February 26th at the Jewel in Fox Lake from 4:30 to 7:00 for this event. The Big Hollow Teachers look forward to joining you as you purchase some items for the food pantry.

Hope to see you there!

Ideas to warm up your February

It’s February: the month of love and valentines and very chilly temperatures. Each week this month we will share some ideas and activities to promote warmth and connection!


The more the merrier when it comes to baking. Even very young children can help out by measuring, pouring and stirring ingredients. Teach your children to make a family favorite! To spread the warmth even further, invite friends and/or other family members to join in for a Bake-Off. Choose one food item that everyone makes and then throw a party where you share the finished products. Everyone gets to taste and vote on the best recipe, and maybe the winner gets a prize?

ALICE drill

Dear Parent/Guardian,

On Tuesday, February 5 we practiced our ALICE drill with support from the Lake County Sheriff's office. Our students and staff did an excellent job, and we are very proud of them!

More information can be found at

5 Essentials Survey


We need your assistance! :) Every year we ask parents to complete a climate survey for their child(rens) respective school(s).

The window closes February 15. We value your feedback and utilize it to improve our schools. Thank you for taking the time to help us in our school improvement efforts.

Thank you!

Winter Weather

Although we will continue to have inside recess during the extreme cold, please be sure your child has 5 STARS - snowpants, coat, hat, mittens, and boots for the walk to buses and home from the bus stop.

We will have outside recess when the "windchill temperature" is 16 degrees or warmer.

Pick Up and Drop Off procedures

Our school hours this year are 8:45 am -3:30 pm. The earliest time for drop off is 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.

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.

2018-19 Yearbook

Order your Big Hollow Primary/Elementary Yearbook now! You won't want to miss this!

Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

We are now on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!!!

Follow Big Hollow Primary on Facebook

Instagram @BigHollowPri

Twitter @BigHollowPri

Follow Big Hollow Elementary School on Facebook


Instagram @bighollowelementary

Twitter @bighollowelem

Important Dates

February 8- Friday Night Out 3:30-5:15 pm (For Elementary building only)

February 11 - PTO meeting 6:30 pm Middle School

February 11 - Board of Education Meeting 7 pm Middle School

February 13- PTO Spaghetti Dinner and Trivia Night 5:30 pm

February 15 - Early Release Day

February 18 - No School - President's Day

February 19 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 11 am - 7 pm

February 20 - 3rd grade Showcase - doors open at 6:25 pm -

February 22- Box Tops Due!

February 26 - Shop with a teacher - Fill the bus event - Jewel/Osco Fox Lake - 4:30-7pm

March 1 - Early Release Day

March 4 - School IS in session (snow day make up)

March 8 - Report Cards available in Skyward

March 19 - Kindergarten class of 2019-2020 parent information night

April 4- Noetic Math Contest @ Elementary

2019 Grade Level Showcase dates

February 20, 2019: 3rd Grade Invention Convention @ 6:30pm

Doors open at 6:25 pm

March 14, 2019: 2nd Grade Storybook Spectacular @ 6:30pm

April 9, 2019: 1st Grade Showcase @ 6:30pm

May 14, 2019: Kindergarten Showcase @ 6:30pm

PTO news


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!

SAVE THE DATE-Wednesday, February 13

Spaghetti Dinner and FLASH TRIVIA! Look for details and ticket orders next week!

Save the date for FREE FAMILY FUN at the BIKES AND BOOKS FESTIVAL! Wednesday, May 8th - 5pm-8pm!

Golf Outing Committee

Our 2nd Annual BIG Golf outing is June 1st in Antioch! Join the Golf Committee and help plan the BIG FUN! email


We will be working with community members on planning our first BIKE TO SCHOOL day on May 8, National Bike to School Day! This will be a GREAT event and we'll need plenty of help planning and carrying it out! We'd love your input in planning the event! If you'd like to join the committee, please email


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-Julia Johnsonbaugh

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!