Principal's Message 10.25.19

Principal's Message 10.25.19

Monster Bash TONIGHT from 6:00pm - 7:30pm.  See you then!

What’s new in PE?

One thing that is new right now in P.E. here at Prairie is me! I am Mr. Nickle and this is my first year here at Prairie and could not be more excited.  The start of the year has been a blast getting to know all of your students at Prairie and learning more about them. Before we talk more about what is going on in P.E. I wanted to let you all know a little bit more about me.  I graduated from Marquette University and then went back to school to get my teaching license at Northern Illinois University. I have previously worked as a personal trainer and currently coach volleyball at Rolling Meadows High School. I feel so lucky to be at Prairie which is such a fantastic school with wonderful students and staff. Now let me tell you about what our students have been working on in PE!

  • LU: We have been using our brand new LU system with great success! This is an interactive system that shows projections on the wall and it allows the students to have high levels of engagement during their activities.  We have used it for a variety of throwing and fitness activities and the students love using it! Ask them about their favorite game!

  • We have also been stressing with our students the importance of personal responsibility and encouraging the use of social skills so that they are improving their ability to work well with others while being active.

  • If you are interested in seeing what we are doing day to day and want to see more of our activities follow us on Twitter @PrairiePE96 or search the hashtag #inspire96 to see more of what’s going on in the district.  Mrs. Lehtman and myself truly appreciate you taking an interest in what your students are doing in P.E.!

Author visit

Yangsook Choi grew up in Korea. She started drawing at age 4 and loved telling her grandma scary stories. After moving to New York to pursue her art, she has written and illustrated many books for young readers including, The Name Jar and New Cat. 

We are fortunate to have her visit our school in November. She will be seeing all first and second grade students. (Later in the year our older students will also have an opportunity to visit with an author)  If you are interested in an autographed copy of her books, please fill out this form and send to school by October 28th. 

4th and 5th Grade Orchestra Demonstration Concert

The 4th Grade Orchestra Demonstration Concert will take place on Thursday, November 7th at 7pm at WOODLAWN/COUNTRY MEADOWS. The concert will take place in the large gym at Woodlawn.  

4th Grade Orchestra students need to arrive in the Country Meadows Gym in their concert attire by no later than 6:00 pm for tuning and warm-up. 

5th Grade Orchestra students need to arrive in the Orchestra Room at Woodlawn/Country Meadows in their concert attire by no later than 6:00pm for tuning and warm-up.

Students must stay for the entire concert. The length will be approximately 30 minutes.

It is going to be a fantastic concert! We look forward to seeing you there!


Moonshots Club

Are you interested in trying new things? Challenging yourself to shoot for the moon? Moonshots is open to interested 3rd-5th graders. Each week, we will take on a new challenge and push ourselves to attempt things we might never have considered before! Challenges might include giving a speech in front of our club, working on tricky brain puzzles, bringing brainstorms to real-life, creating unique plans to solve difficult problems, and more! The sky really is the limit! Please see Prairie's Clubs page for more information and to sign up!


Halloween Festivities (REPEAT)


  • Start time is approximately 1:15pm on Thursday, October 31st
  • Parents are welcome to watch outside
  • If the weather is inclement, the parade will be inside for students and staff only
  • Students exit the doors on Kingsbridge, walk toward Brandywyn, up around the circle drive, and re-enter the building through the gym doors


  • The assembly is for students and staff only due to space constraints


  • Classroom parties begin at approximately 2:00pm and end at 2:45pm
  • Only parent party volunteers may attend classroom parties
  • If you are a volunteer, it is highly recommended that you have your driver's license scanned into our security system prior to party day so that your badge will be ready for you when you arrive at school

Going Home for Lunch:


  • Students will change into their costumes after the lunch period
  • Must be appropriate for school
  • No masks, blood, super scary stuff, general iciness, or weapons
  • No cigars or cigarettes
  • No bare tummies
  • Please keep hair coloring and make-up simple

Thank you for your help and support in making our Prairie Halloween festivities fun and safe.