Country Meadows Principal's Message - August 2nd

Country Meadows Principal's Message - August 2nd

Dear Country Meadows Families,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!  I hope everyone enjoyed the summer months and was able to find time for relaxation and fun in the sun!  The Country Meadows staff is eagerly awaiting the arrival of our students, and we can't wait for the 2019-2020 school year to begin! 

This summer, my husband, Conrad, and I finally welcomed Baby Bird to the world!  Our daughter, Maisie James Bird, was born on July 13th (her due date!) weighing 7lbs 3oz and measuring 20.5in long!  We are more in love than we ever imagined possible, and we have been spending the last three weeks adjusting to our new life as a family of three.  Maisie keeps us on our toes, but we wouldn't give up the sleepless nights or dirty diapers for anything in the world!  






While I am so sad to be missing the beginning of the school year, I feel incredibly lucky to spend some time at home adjusting to my new life as a mom!  Our administrative team collaborated to come up with a coverage plan that will be in full effect while I am on maternity leave this fall! 

Our new Assistant Principal, Mike Senatore, and Woodlawn Assistant Principal, Michelle Garlick, will be ensuring everything at Country Meadows runs smoothly in my absence.  Should you need anything at all, I am including their contact information below.  You may also reach out to our Administrative Assistant, Cheryl Kelly, and she will direct your questions/concerns to the correct District 96 administrator.  


Mike Senatore - Country Meadows Elementary School Assistant Principal 

E-mail: [email protected] , Phone: 847-353-8600


Cheryl Kelly - Country Meadows Elementary School Adiministrative Assistant

E-mail: [email protected] , Phone: 847-353-8600


Michelle Garlick - Woodlawn Middle School Assistant Principal

E-mail: [email protected] , Phone: 847-353-8500


I look forward to seeing you all when I return, and I know that the 2019-2020 school year will be the best one yet! 

NEW *An Invitation to New Families to our District 96 Community*

Has your family recently moved to District 96?

On Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m., parents of registered students in Kindergarten–Grade 8 are invited to Twin Groves Middle School, 2600 N. Buffalo Grove Rd., Buffalo Grove, for a program to welcome you to our community and introduce you to District 96. Learn about and understand our home-school connection, classroom dynamics, patterns of communication to expect from our teachers and administrators, and more. Ask questions and help us understand how we can best support you in acclimating to the culture of a new school district, neighborhood, and community. While all interested parents are welcome, please note that the focus of this evening is not specifically curricular which will be shared with all District 96 parents on their students’ designated grade-level Curriculum Nights.  Rather, this is an informational opportunity for parents who wish to learn about logistics, procedures, and the first few weeks of school.  

Questions? Need an interpreter? Please contact Director of Language and Early Literacy, Katie Sheridan at [email protected]

NEW *New Family Meeting*

If your family is new to Country Meadows, please feel free to meet us in the learning center from 8:00am-8:30am on Tuesday, August 13th (just prior to Meet The Teacher).  This is a great opportunity to learn more about Country Meadows and receive a quick tour of the building!

NEW *Meet The Teacher*

On Tuesday, August 13th, from 8:30-9:30, students are welcome to visit their classrooms, meet their teachers, and drop-off school supplies.  If you pre-ordered a school supply kit from the PTO, it will be in your child’s classroom. The PTO Fair (see below) will also be taking place during this time!

NEW *PTO Update*  

Find more information in the COUNTRY MEADOWS PTO BLOG!

NEW *First Day of School*

The first day of school is Thursday, August 15th.  This will be an Half Day schedule which means the students will be dismissed at 11:45 am. 

NEW *Class Assignment & Bus Route Communication*

Student’s classroom teacher assignment and bus route information will be emailed to you at about 4:00 PM on Thursday, August 8th.  Please know that teacher teams have shifted this year, and information regarding these changes will be included in my Principal's Message on August 9th.  I am unable to communicate this specific information at this time as continual enrollment will affect teacher teams until early next week.  If you do not receive notification, please email our administrative assistant, Cheryl Kelly, at [email protected], or give us a call in the office.

NEW *Curriculum Night*

Curriculum Night is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21st, for ALL grades. This is a “parents only” meeting, and we hope you can attend!  Please come directly to the gym for a brief presentation, and then we will send you on your way to your child’s classroom.

Grades 1, 2 begins at 6:30 p.m. - Doors will open 15 minutes prior.

Grades 3, 4 & 5 @ 7:00 p.m. - Doors will open 15 minutes prior.

NEW *School Hours*

Arrival time is between 8:10am and 8:20am.  The tardy bell rings at 8:25am. A parent/adult must accompany tardy students into the office and sign them in if you arrive after 8:25am.  Do not drop your child off at any door since all doors are locked and secured at this time. Please be aware that while we try to keep clocks on time, they can sometimes run a minute or two fast. If there are no adults outside, please walk your child into the front office.

  • Dismissal: 3:00 p.m.

  • Regular Day:  8:25 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.                                                                                

  • Half Day: 8:25 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

  • Early Release Day: 8:25 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Mrs. Meghan Bird, Principal