Big Hollow

Primary and Elementary Schools - April 5, 2019

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.

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Big Hollow 2nd Annual Cultural Fair - Calling All Families!

On the evening of May 16th, we’ll be having a fun family event, showcasing the many cultures represented in our school community. We hope to encourage our students to learn about other cultures, to celebrate what makes us all unique and to recognize cultural traits that we share. We cannot do this without your support, and are looking for parents who would like to share artifacts and traditions from around the country and globe with our students and families. Parents who are interested can share about holidays, traditions, clothing, games/toys, geographical location and landmarks, music, art, food, etc. Things families choose to showcase are not limited to places outside of our own country. Families can share about areas right here in the USA and what makes their family unique to help us all learn about one another. We are so excited for this event! We hope that you’ll consider sharing with our school community. We would all love to learn from you! If you would be interested in participating, please click here to complete this brief survey. THANK YOU!

Note: You can partner up with others! You don’t have to do your booth alone. We will organize groups based on our volunteers and topics and individuals can feel free to work together, if you choose!

More on this exciting event to come. Mark your calendars for the evening of May 16th. This will be fun for the whole family!

Parking lot safety

The entrance to the parking lot at Big Hollow Primary and Elementary School is near the bus lot. The exit near the nature center is an exit ONLY. Please follow the arrows in the parking lot and drive slowly. Thank you for helping us ensure the safety of all.

April is National Autism Awareness Month

The Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with ASD is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life. appreciation.

What can you do at home? Discuss with your children how each one of us is different in our own ways and have your children explore the ways in which they are special and unique. Depending on the grade level of your children, a number of activities can accomplish this:

  • For younger students, post a large chart with different attributes listed, attributes such as different hair/eye colors, favorite foods, pets owned, family members, etc. and have them place their initials on those attributes that are true for them.
  • For elementary grades, work with your children to complete a Venn diagram, focusing on both their similarities and their differences.

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.

Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

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

Follow Big Hollow Primary on Facebook

Instagram @BigHollowPri

Twitter @BigHollowPri

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Important Dates

April 9- First Grade Showcase

April 9 - PTO No Cook Night - Panera - Round Lake

April 11- Spring Pictures

April 18 - PTO Skate Night

April 19 - No School

April 22 - PTO Meeting - meet the candidates!- 6 pm- Middle School

May 3- Early Release at 1:30 pm

May 6 - PTO Book Fair

May 6-10 National Teacher Appreciation Week

May 8- National Bike/Walk to School Day

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

May 14- Kindergarten Showcase

May 16 - Cultural Fair

May 17 - Early Release at 1:30 pm

May 28 - PreK Showcase

2019 Grade Level Showcase dates

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

Doors open at 6:25 pm

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

Doors open at 6:25 pm

May 28, 2019: PreK Showcase @ 6:30 pm

Doors open at 6:25 pm

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 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!