Principal's Message 8.9.19

Principal's Message 8.9.19


Tuesday, August 13th ~ Half-Day of School

Just A Few More Days

We are looking forward to seeing students and families next week for Meet-the-Teacher on Tuesday, August 13th and for the kick-off to the school year on Thursday, August 15th.  Please see the repeat information below for specific details.   

New 3rd Grade Teacher

Please join me in welcoming Miss Arienne Weil as a new teacher to our 3rd-grade team.  Miss Weil is a graduate of Illinois State University where she completed a year-long student teaching internship.

Curriculum Night Schedule 


Approved Snacks:  What Parents Need to Know

The District has revised the APPROVED SNACK LIST, adding more items to this list to give families more choices. The items the list includes are free of the Top 8 allergens: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat. 

This list includes the foods that are approved for students' Daily Snacks. It also includes (for children in Grades 1–5) foods approved for Special Events such as birthday treats for a class or for PTO Halloween, Winter, or Valentine's Day parties.

IMPORTANT: All items for Daily Snacks–with the exception of fruits and vegetables–MUST be prepackaged to allow staff to easily check that snacks meet the approved requirements.

Director of Educational Services Amy Gluck also has provided responses to FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs) about foods approved for daily snacks/special events.

For your convenience, find links to the District 96 Approved Snack List and Approved Snack List FAQs on the homepage of the District 96 website and the homepage of each school.

Back-to-School Dates and Information (Repeat Information)


Tuesday, August 13th - School Supply Kit Pick-Up

Please pick up your school supply kits from 7:30 - 9:00 am in the gym on Meet the Teacher Day. Please leave yourself plenty of time to pick up your kit and meet your child’s teacher.

The PTO is looking for volunteers to arrive at 7:00am and to help distribute the kits. Please sign up on Membership Toolkit if you’re able to help. If you have any questions, please email Ronna Belinky at [email protected]

Tuesday, August 13th - New Family Meeting & Meet the Teacher

New Family Meeting - 8:00am-8:30am

If your family is new to Prairie, parents and their child(ren) can meet Dr. Pfaff in the Library to learn about Prairie and ask questions. After the brief meeting, you will move onto your child(ren)’s classroom and specials area (Art, Exploration Lab, Music, & PE) classrooms as well.

Meet the Teacher - 8:30am-9:30am

Parents and students are welcome to visit classrooms, meet teachers, and drop-off school supplies from 8:30 am – 9:30am on Tuesday, August 13th. If you ordered school supplies from the PTO, you will pick them up in the Gym. Our Specials teachers: Miss McShane/Music, Mr. Morris/Art, Mrs. Spivack/Exploration Lab, and Mr. Nickle and Mrs. Lehtman/Physical Education are excited to meet with you as well and will be in their classrooms also. Please keep in mind that this hour is not a conference time. If a conference is needed, please schedule an appointment with the teacher via email.

Thursday, August 15th - 1st Day of School - Half Day Dismissal at 11:45am

Line up outside on blacktop on this day only. Teachers will meet students at their line. Each line will have the teacher’s name posted alphabetically by grade level at the front of the line with 1st-grade classrooms starting at the entrance door with 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades lined up moving toward the wooded area.  

Friday, August 16th - 2nd Day of School

Students will line up inside of school today and for the remainder of the school year. There will be line markers inside and staff will be on hand to help students get into the correct line. Parents do not enter the building.