Principal's Message 11.8.19

Principal's Message 11.8.19


Friday, 11/15 is a half-day of school - 11:45am Dismissal

Prairie After-School Roller Skating Fun

Plan ahead for after-school fun when we return to Prairie after Winter Break! Students will have after-school roller skating opportunities in the Prairie gym from 3–4 p.m.The session for students in Grades 3–5 will be in Jan. 2020. The session for students in Grades 1& 2 will be in February 2020.

Two forms are required for each student to participate: 

Parent Consent Form for Student Activity/Athletic Participation AND

Registration Form (Grades 3–5) OR Registration Form (Grades 1 and 2)

Find specific session dates on each Registration Form linked above or see the Prairie After-School Sports/Clubs Webpage.

Questions? Please contact Prairie PE Teacher Mrs. Lehtman

Family Reading Night


Family Reading Night is Thursday, November 21st from 6:30-7:45. The theme for this year is SHOWTIME! Families will enjoy quality time reading with their children! We will also have teachers reading aloud with fun activities to go along with each book! We are asking families to arrive on time or even early if you want to purchase books from the book fair.

Please keep in mind that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  There will be two sessions. Your family will decide which stations to attend. Once a choice is made, we ask that you remain with your child inside the classroom for the entire session. We look forward to seeing you there for this community event to celebrate READING!   ~Mrs. Spivack

Exploration Lab


**Empty paper towel rolls needed. This is a one day only event. Please send to school on Monday, November 11th.** 

1st and 2nd grade- Students continue to practice their keyboarding skills with a program called Typing Agent. 

3rd graders in Ms. Ramont’s class and Mrs. Souza’s class are continuing to practice their coding skills using Blockly to help our Dash/Dot robots perform various tasks. 

3rd graders in Ms. Weil’s class are continuing to use a hands-on learning system of electronic building blocks that allows students to create with technology. So far, they have created a flashlight, night light and a book light. Next week they will choose from building an art machine or a self-driving car. 

4th grade- Students are practicing their coding skills to help our robots,  Dash and Dot, perform various Halloween tasks. 

5th grade- Students finished a coding class in Swift Playground. This week we started a unit on 3D printing. Students will be taking lessons on how to design objects for  3D printing. Students will have these printers at their disposal for all sorts of ideas throughout the year. 

Creative Holiday Card Design Opportunity for Grades 4 and 5

Fourth and fifth graders are invited to submit original artwork for a holiday greeting card competition sponsored by Congressman Brad Schneider, Illinois 10th District.

The theme is Family Traditions–celebrating families, friends, and communities coming together for holidays. No artwork entry size is specified (the winning artwork will be scaled to fit).


Submissions are due by Mon., Dec. 2, and should be dropped off at Congressman Schneider’s Lincolnshire office, 111 Barclay Blvd., Suite 200, Lincolnshire, IL  60069.

Questions? Call 847.383.4870 or send email to [email protected]


Eco Club Presents LUNCHROOM WARS! 

Dear Parents,

We would like to inform you about "Lunchroom Wars"! This event was created by the Eco Club and will be happening on November 18th-20th. This project involves encouraging your child to reduce his/her plastic consumption. This will hopefully make our school more eco-friendly.

The event will take place at the end of each lunch period. After the lunch period, we will weigh the amount of garbage that each grade level uses. The following week on the announcements, an Eco Club member will report how many pounds of garbage each grade produced. The grade level with the least amount of garbage will win!  We hope that this will decrease the amount of garbage each grade level produces. Here are some suggestions on ways to reduce garbage in your child’s lunch: Instead of Ziploc bags, you could use reusable plastic containers. Use reusable silverware instead of plastic spoons and forks.

This will help us make our world better because, back then, in the olden days, our earth was not polluted and it was Eco-friendly. But now, we are polluting it a lot and using too much electricity, we are trying to make the Earth a better place and it is our turn to help Earth get better again, so please help us! The Eco club has been collecting many plastic items. We have been inspired to make something called an Eco brick, an Eco brick is where you stuff items into clean bottles, the things you can put in the plastic bottle include styrofoam, plastic bags and plastic wrappings. Thank you for taking the time to read this message and please keep in mind, to try to reduce your plastic consumption. 

Let's get in the habit of using less garbage next week to get ready for "Lunchroom Wars" on November 18-20th. 


The Eco Club


Social-Emotional Learning

Social-Emotional Learning, or SEL, has been intentionally embedded into District 96 instruction. Below you will find a short video clip to provide further information on the purpose, benefits, instruction, and reporting throughout the school year. If you are interested in more information regarding social-emotional skills at your child's grade level, parent guides are available under the curriculum and instruction quick links on the District 96 webpage.  

Social Emotional Learning Video