Big Hollow

Primary and Elementary Schools - April 26, 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.

Dental Forms

According to Illinois State law, all children in Kindergarten, 2nd grade, and 6th grade must have a dental examination dated and signed by a dentist. The exam must be dated between November 15, 2017 and May 15, 2019.

The dental examination report is due to the State of Illinois in June. Please provide the school with your dental examination form by May 15, 2019. If your child is unable to have a dental examination, please fill out a dental waiver form which can be obtained from the Big Hollow website.

If you have any questions or need another copy of the form please call your child's health office.

Primary - Brooke Lee 847-740-5320 ext 3005

Elementary - Wanda Lumpkins 847-740-5321 ext 4005

Middle - Kelly Murphy 847-740-5322 ext 5005

Stuff the Duffel

Did you know that kids entering foster care often arrive without any of their belongings or basic necessities? Let It Be Us is an organization whose goal is to provide every child entering foster care with a new duffel bag filled with the necessities they may need to transition to their foster homes. We will have a donation box located in the primary and elementary school offices to collect the following new items:

reusable water bottles, writing utensils, composition notebooks (not spiral bound), school supplies, crayons, blankets, stuffed animals, books, pajamas, duffel bags, backpacks. We will be collecting these items thru May 17.

Primary School ABC Review

ABC Review of a Great Year

It is hard to believe that we are reaching the homestretch of the school year! On Monday, April 29 the primary school will begin our letter review to the last day of school. Please follow the schedule for what we will be doing in class for each letter of the alphabet. These activities will make the last few weeks of school even more fun and exciting! Some of the activities will require something from home (stuffed animal day, clothing, etc.) Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions!

April 29 A Animal Day- bring your favorite small stuffed animal to school

April 30 B Big Hollow Day- show your BH spirit or wear blue and white

May 1 C Comfy Cozy Day -wear anything comfy to school

May 2 D Denim Day -wear something denim

May 3 E Exercise Day- we will exercise wear your tennis shoes.

May 6 F Favorite Book Day- bring your favorite book to school

May 7 G Green Day- wear something green

May 8 H Hawaiian Day – wear Hawaiian clothes

May 9 I Inside out day- wear your clothes inside out to school

May 10 J Jammie day- wear your jammies to school

May 13 K Kindness Day- do some acts of kindness today

May 14 L Laptop Day- give “free choice” time on laptops

May 15 M Mismatch Day- wear mismatch clothing

May 16 N Number day- we will play number games in class

May 17 O Outside Day- enjoy an activity outside

May 20 P Purple Day- wear something purple

May 21 Q Quiet Reading Day- we will have quiet reading time

May 22 R Red Day- wear red

May 23 S Sports Apparel Day – wear your favorite team or sport

May 24 T T-Shirt Day -wear your favorite t-shirt

May 27 Memorial Day- No School

May 28 U USA Day -wear red, white, and blue

May 29 V Visit Day- Kindergarten will visit First Grade

May 30 W Walking Day- we will walk around the school

May 31 X Xtra recess Day

June 3 Y Yellow & Year End Day- wear yellow and help clean up the class

June 4 Z Zip Up & Zoom out day- zip up your backpack and zoom out!

Blood Drive

What: A Blood Drive

When: Wednesday, May 4 from 4-8 pm

Where: Big Hollow Elementary School Gym

To schedule your blood drive appointment:

1. Visit and use Sponsor Code 412D

2. Call vitalant at 877-258-4825 and cuse Code 412D.

*participating donors will receive a coupon for a pint of Culver's custard!

Scholastic Book Fair - Coming Soon!

Our DINO-MITE Spring Scholastic Book Fair at the Primary School is approaching fast! It is going to be held in our Primary Gym Monday, May 6th through Friday, May 10 The book fair will be open daily from 8:30 am-4:00 pm. Additionally the book fair will be open for the Bikes and Books Festival, Wednesday, May 8th from 5:00pm-8:00 pm.

In order to make our book fair as successful as possible, we are always in need of volunteers. If you are able to volunteer for the book fair, please select the time slots that work best for you. Your support of this book fair helps provide our school with much needed resources for our teachers and libraries.

As always, book fair volunteers will receive $10 in Scholastic Bucks for helping out!!

Thank you in advance for your help!

If you have any questions, please email Jean Hayes at

Elementary PBIS Fundraiser

Who: Big Hollow Elementary Families

What: Please come join us for our PBIS breakfast fundraiser and an opportunity to eat breakfast with your child! Cost is $3/person. Please bring cash with you on the day of your breakfast. This will also be an opportunity to meet the new Big Hollow Elementary School Principal, Vinni Biancalana.

Where: Please park in the back of the elementary building where picnic tables will be set up.

When: 8:10am-8:40am

The dates are as follows:

2nd Grade: May 15th

3rd Grade: May 16th

4th Grade: May 17th

Rain Dates:

(2nd Grade: May 22nd, 3rd Grade: May 23rd, 4th Grade: May 24th)

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

On the evening of May 15th from 5-6:30 pm, 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 15th. This will be fun for the whole family!

Summer School 2019


Summer School 2019

Registration is open. Registration deadline is May 17, 2019. There will be no

registrations accepted on the first day of summer school. Registration and payment can

be completed online at

A registration confirmation letter will be emailed when your registration has been

received and processed. A final schedule, including busing, will be sent out the week

before summer school starts.

Transportation will be available for any Big Hollow Summer School student that has

completed registration by Friday, May 17th. We will need a minimum of 10 students

utilizing busing to provide transportation. All bus stops must be within the Big Hollow

district boundaries.

Class limits/cancellations: Early enrollment is important as classes are cancelled before

the opening of summer school if there is insufficient registration. Should a class not

reach the minimum number of students, a cancellation notice will be sent to parents. No refunds will be given after Friday, June 7, 2019.

Summer School Enrichment Courses

Summer School course grade levels are intended for the current year in school (2018-19)

Enrichment Course Catalog

1. Reading and Math with P.E. Games

Kindergarten-1st Grade

Do playing P.E. games and math activities go together? They do this summer in Reading and

Math with P.E. Games! We will be the group having fun outside on the playground and in the

gym while practicing our reading and math skills. We will reinforce math and literacy skills with

games, activities, crafts, books, and centers. All students who are entering 1st or 2nd grade

in the fall will enjoy this active and engaging class!

2. For the Love of Picture Books


Explore picture books with reading, writing, STEM & craft activities

3. Our World Around Us


Students will explore nature with hands on experiences in and out of the classroom. We will

be investigating plants, insects, and much more to see just how our habitats thrives down to

the microscopic views of life. Students will intertwine a wide range of skills and take home a

wealth of knowledge. Sign up to join us on our adventure! This is one you won’t want to


4. Second Helping Reading


Students will continue to develop and improve their basic reading, comprehension and writing skills.

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.

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

Follow Big Hollow Elementary School on Facebook


Instagram @bighollowelementary

Twitter @bighollowelem

Important Dates

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 - PTO Bikes and Books Festival

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

May 14- Kindergarten Showcase

May 17 - Early Release at 1:30 pm

May 28 - PreK Showcase

June 4 - Last Day of School

2019 Grade Level Showcase dates

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

Doors open at 6:25 pm

May 28, 2019: PreK Showcase

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!