Big Hollow

Primary and Elementary Schools - February 1, 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.

Kids Heart Challenge UPDATE

Hello Parents and Families,

The Big Hollow Physical Education department is excited to announce that we are nearly to our goal of $15,000 raised for the American Heart Association as a part of our 2019 Kids Heart Challenge. This program kicked off last Tuesday with an assembly and since then our students have participated in a variety of activities that teach them important messages about heart health. We also hosted a successful Family Jump Night with over 200 kids and their families and over 190 students have chosen to collect money to donate to help those with sick hearts.

Our original closing date for this program was today, Friday the 1st. However, due to the many Snow/Cold days this past week we have decided to extend our closing date to next Tuesday, February 5th, which means we will accept donations up through this Monday, February 4th.

Thank you for all of your support during this program. We hope that your child has learned about the importance of citizenship and charity and come away with some skills that they can use to make heart healthy decisions in the future.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your child's PE teacher.

Have a great weekend!


Mrs. Merrill < >

Mr. Jackowiak < >

Mrs. Miller <

Mrs. Provo < >

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.

Middle School Leadership Team - Item Collection

The Big Hollow Middle School student leadership board is putting together care packages for a future trip to Chicago. They are looking for donations of the following items:

coats, gloves, socks, blankets, hand sanitizer, and protein bars. Item donations can be dropped off in any school office.

Coats, Snow Pants, and Boots - oh my!

Do you have a coat, snow pants or boots that your child has outgrown but are still in great shape? Maybe your son or daughter recently got a new coat or snow pants. We sometimes have students who forget to bring these items to school. We always have loaner items available, but we are missing some sizes. If you have items to donate, please send them in to the primary or elementary office and we will put them to good use! Please be sure to send your child's teacher an email so that we know the item is meant to be donated to our loaner collection!

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!

ALICE drill

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Big Hollow School District has adopted and begun implementation of a new procedure that we, as well as experts across the country, believe will increase the chance of survival during an active shooter incident. This new procedure will teach our staff and students the ALICE system. What does it mean?

A - Alert: Get the word out! Armed Intruder in the building rather than the use of any codes. Use clear, concise language to convey the type and specific location of the event.

L - Lockdown: Good starting point. We will continue to lockdown students in secure areas when that is the best option.

I - Inform: Continuation of the use of clear, concise language to convey the type and specific location of the event. Communication keeps the intruder off balance and allows for good decision-making by our staff.

C - Counter: Apply skills to distract, confuse, and gain control.

E - Evacuate: Reduce the number of potential targets for the intruder, and reduces the chance of victims resulting from friendly fire when help arrives.

The philosophy of ALICE is to use technology and information in a way so that staff and students can make informed decisions in a crisis, remove as many people as possible from the danger zone, and provide realistic training so that those involved have a better chance of surviving.

In short, using the ALICE method we will teach our students and staff:

1. Listen carefully to the location and type of event.

2. Get to and/or remain in a secure area until it is safe to evacuate.

3. Should an armed intruder invade their area, apply skills to distract, confuse, and gain control.

4. As soon as it is safe to do so, evacuate.

Training will emphasize that the best way to survive an armed intruder is to evacuate. When that is not possible, being mentally prepared and having been given the authority and ability to act will save lives.

More information can be found at

Soon, we will be practicing our ALICE drill in cooperation with the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

Warrior Cafe News

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!!!

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Important Dates

February 1 - Early Release at 1:30 pm

February 7- 4th grade Showcase 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

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 22- Box Tops Due!

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 7, 2019: 4th Grade Showcase @ 6:30pm

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

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

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

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

4th Grade Showcase Information

We have an event coming up! On January 31st from 6:30-7:30 we invite you to join us for the 4th grade showcase and gallery walk! Please see below for an overview of the evening…

6:30pm Finn, Woods, Pfisterer, Coolidge, Roller performance (in the elementary gym)

7:00pm Coletto-Scott, Summers, Prostka, Stricker performance (in the elementary gym)

**Parking in the front and back of the school will be available.

**Please take your child’s project home at the end of the evening. Please wait until 7:30 to take it home so everyone has a chance to see it!

*The gyms/cafeterias will be open from 6:30-7:30 for friends and family to view student work. There you will find artwork, a technology presentation and classroom projects. When the students are not performing, feel free to walk around and view the displays.

*If you did not purchase a 4th grade t-shirt, please wear a blue shirt, a Big Hollow shirt or simply dress nicely.

--We look forward to seeing you as we celebrate our fabulous 4th graders!--

Mrs. Schiller, Mrs. Silverblatt, Mrs. Weiskopf, Mrs. Prostka, Mrs. Coletto-Scott, Mrs. Pfisterer, Mr. Summers, Mrs. Coolidge, Mrs. Woods, Mrs. Finn, Mrs. Strickler, Mrs. Roller

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!