Country Meadows Principal's Message - August 6th

Country Meadows Principal's Message - August 6th

Country Meadows Families,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!  We are so excited to see all of our Country Meadows Cubs in just a few short weeks, and we are looking forward to a successful school year full of learning, fun, and success for all! 

If you are new to our Country Meadows family, welcome!  We are so glad you're here! As I begin my 4th year as principal at Country Meadows, I am so very proud of our positive and vibrant school community.  Country Meadows students, families, and dedicated staff make our school the very best place for each and every one of our students to succeed.  It is a true honor and privilege to serve our community by fulfilling, what I like to call, the very best job in the world.

Upon returning from maternity leave at the end of June, it was evident that our staff and students had not skipped a beat. ​ I am so appreciative of all of the warm wishes and welcomes our sweet baby boy, Waylon, received from our Country Meadows family these past four months.  We made sure that July was a month of relaxation and fun for the Bird family, as I hope it was for all of you.  Conrad and I spent time adjusting to our life as a family of four with our daughter (Maisie) and son (Waylon).

As we begin another school year, I think it is safe to say that whether you are a family new to our school community, beginning your last year at Country Meadows, or somewhere on the journey in between, the pandemic has challenged us all in ways we could not have imagined.  With that being said, we are beyond ready and excited to welcome all of our students back to school while we uphold a safe and comfortable learning environment for all.

The Country Meadows staff and I are looking forward to seeing you and your children in the very near future.  We deeply value our partnership and, as always, are so appreciative of your continued support as we begin this school year.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any your questions! 


Meghan Bird - Principal

NEW *Reminder to Complete the Consent Forms* 

This is a friendly reminder to complete your acknowledgement forms by August 9th.  It is required that each family acknoweldge they will send their child to school, symtom free, every day. 

Each family has received the following Consents and Acknowledgements:

1) Consent to participate in weekly screening using the RT-PCR nasal swab at home

2) Consent to test on campus when symptomatic or when identified as a close contact 

3) Acknowledgements that include that by sending a student to school parents are certifying that they are symptom free (REQUIRED).  

NEW *Class Placement & Bus Information*

This year your child’s class placement and bus information, if applicable, will be sent electronically on Thursday, August 12th.  Our Country Meadows staff worked collaboratively and diligently to make sure that each child was placed appropriately for continued success. Please know that with such careful thought and consideration put into these decisions, including your input, no changes will be made at this time.

If you do not receive a notification by the end of the day on August 12th, please email our administrative assistant, Mrs. Cheryl Kelly, at [email protected], or call the front office at 847-353-8600.

NEW *New Family School Tours*

Each D96 elementary school will be hosting a short presentation and tour for new families on Friday, August 13th at both 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  If you are interested in learning more about a day in the life at Country Meadows, including how to access building and district information, please attend one of the tour/presentation times!  We look forward to welcoming you to our Country Meadows family!


NEW *Meet the Teacher*

We are so excited to see all of our students at Country Meadows on August 17th.  Students are invited to drop off supplies in their new classroom, briefly meet the classroom teacher, and meet/greet other Country Meadows staff and administration. 

Tuesday, August 17th. 

8:30-9:15: Student Last Names A-L

9:15-10:00: Student Last Names M-Z

  • Masks are required for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status
  • Please be aware of social distancing while attending the event
  • All children must be supervised by their parent/guardian for the duration of the event.

NEW *First Half Day of School - Thursday, August 19th*

Elementary Schools (Country Meadows, Ivy Hall, Kildeer, Prairie): 8:25 AM - 11:45 AM

Please see the District 96 calendar link for more information

NEW *Updated Birthday Treat Policy*

Our birthday treat policy has changed.  Please know that moving forward, only school appropriate, non-food items such as pencils, stickers, crazy straws, etc. will be allowed.  If you are unsure whether the item is school appropriate, please contact your child's classroom teacher for guidance.

NEW *Health Form Deadline*

The district website lists today as the deadline for immunization forms. All immunizations should be completed to avoid school exclusion.  Please refer to the D96 Student Health website for more information.

NEW *Curriculum Night*

Please save the date!  Specific details regarding the event will be forthcoming.

Wednesday, August 25th 

  • Grades 1 & 2:  6:30pm - 7:30pm  
  • Grades 3 - 5:  7:15pm - 8:15pm

NEW *Student Picture Day*

Although it may be hard to believe, our picture day at Country Meadows is just around the corner!  Country Meadows will host picture day on Thursday, August 26th.  Click here for more information!