Principal's Message 12.20.19

Principal's Message 12.20.19


Happy Winter Break!

Parents Asked to Complete 5Essentials Survey

School District 96 parents are asked to complete online the parent/guardian portion of the 8th-annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey by Jan. 10, 2020.

Access the survey at

As a parent, this is your opportunity to share your thoughts on important elements of your child’s school’s effectiveness. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains.

The survey includes 21 questions and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Your identity and survey responses are completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. Please complete a survey for each school you have a student attending.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 866-440-1874 or [email protected] or Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Jeanne Spiller [email protected] 

Access Your Child's MAP Student Progress Report January 8th

The District will send a School Messenger email Jan. 8, 2020, between 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm with instructions for accessing your child's MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) student progress report online. The message will include links to more information about understanding student growth, RIT scores, and general information about the MAP assessment.

Please contact Jeanne Spiller, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, if you would like more information about your child's report.  (847) 459-4260 ext. 8010 [email protected]

Preventing missed MAP and other emails from School District 96...

Delivery by several specific email service providers has been an issue on some occasions. If you use MSN, Outlook, Hotmail, or Live as your email provider, please consider taking the following steps to prevent missed emails from School District 96:

• Log into MSN, Outlook, Hotmail, or Live from a computer workstation

• Click the PEOPLE icon in the extreme lower left-hand corner of the page (next to the Mail and Calendar icons). A new window will open.

• On the new window, click NEW CONTACT.

• Type in Jeanne Spiller in the First Name/Last Name fields.

• Type in [email protected] into the email address field.

• Click CREATE.

Repeat this process multiple times as you wish, creating contacts for your building principal (names/email addresses below) and E-NEWS 96: Betsy Fresen, [email protected]


Principal Names/Email Addresses

Willow Grove: Jennifer Smith [email protected]

Country Meadows: Meghan Bird  [email protected]

Ivy Hall: Robert Hanrahan: [email protected]

Kildeer: Vail Kieser  [email protected]

Prairie: Christine Pfaff  [email protected]

Twin Groves: Jessica Barnes  [email protected]

Woodlawn: Greg Grana  [email protected]


If you use another service provider for your email than those listed above, consider following your service provider's instructions for adding the contacts listed above to your address book.


3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade Parents - Human Growth & Development Unit

The Human Growth and Development Unit will be taught during the week of January 13th to all third, fourth and fifth-grade students.  The unit will deal primarily with the informational aspects of human growth and development.  Instruction will be provided by Mrs. Lehtman and Mr. Nickle. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Lehtman.

 Specials News:  What’s happening in P.E.?

We are very pleased with the progress the students have demonstrated during the first trimester!  As our program enters the second trimester, children at all levels will continue to develop and refine skills that involve gross motor coordination and body control.  In addition, third, fourth and fifth-grade students will concentrate on specific sport fundamentals.  

The Prairie lanes opened in December!  The lifetime sport of bowling is one of the students’ favorite units. Be sure and ask them about it! A more detailed description of our upcoming activities for the second trimester in Physical Education is as follows:

1st & 2nd Emphasis

Rolling Step with the opposite foot, arm swing and release

 Bowling Opposition, rolling, scoring & teamwork

 Ball Handling Ball control, hand /eye coordination 

 Jump Rope Jumping, twirling, rhythm, coordination

3rd - 5th Emphasis

Bowling Scoring, accuracy, terminology & teamwork,

Basketball/Volleyball Strategy, rules, skills, gameplay

Cooperative Games Cooperation & Good Sportsmanship,

Human Growth & Development Informational aspects of human Growth & development   

Now that winter has arrived and students will be wearing boots, please remind your children they will need to pack their gym shoes for Physical Education. We wish you a very happy winter break and a very Happy New Year!! Mrs. Lehtman & Mr. Nickle

Author Visit for grades 3-5

Prairie School is proud to announce a visit from award-winning author, speaker, actor, and educator, Pablo Cartaya.  Pablo has acted on stage and television (notably co-starring on NBC’s "Will & Grace") and frequently gives talks around the country on writing, reading, and multilingualism. We are so excited for our students in grades 3-5 to participate in this presentation. If you would like an autographed copy of one of his books, please download this form and send to school by January 15th.

 Girls on the Run 2020

Dear Parents of 3rd, 4th and 5th-grade girls!

We are excited to start recruiting for our 9th year of Girls on the Run- Prairie! Girls on the Run is an international social-emotional learning program for 3rd-5th grade girls. The during the practices we play games, do activities, all while training for a 5K run! More information about this incredible program is available at or

At Prairie this program is about 12 weeks long and runs from roughly the end of February (tentative start date is Thursday, February 27th) through May. The program concludes with a huge running event in Lake County.  The program is done on Wednesdays AND Thursdays from 3:00-4:30pm and the girls must be present for BOTH sessions. There is a program fee of approximately $210 (there is financial assistance available from GOTR-Chicago) this fee is paid to GOTR-Chicago not D96. The fee covers the curriculum, healthy snacks at each practice, entry into the big GOTR 5K, a t-shirt, a race medal, a water bottle, bus transportation and our end of season celebration.  We also request an extra $15 for fun Prairie specific extras. 

If your girl is chosen there will be a mandatory parent night to discuss the program in mid-February. If you have questions now, please contact our head coach,  Erin Sauer at [email protected] or 847-634-3144 x3720. Additionally, parents will be encouraged to attend a practice 5K run, a celebration pasta party night, and attend the final 5K run with their girl. 

Girls on the Run is a very popular club at Prairie, and we want as many girls as possible to get to experience the program in one of the three years they'll be here at Prairie. Girls on the Run, as an organization, limits the number of students based on how many coaches we have. For this reason, we do a modified lottery system to choose the girls to participate.  We want an even number of 3rd 4th and 5th-grade girls to be able to participate. Preference is given to girls who have never participated in the program. Then we look at balanced grade levels. We give a slight preference to 5th grade as this is the last year they can participate. With all things being equal, students are "picked from a hat" randomly. If there are any questions about the selection process, please contact Miss Sauer at [email protected]  

This year we will be having any girls who are interested to fill out a short application in addition to parents filling out information.  

Please complete this form CLICK HERE to show us that you are interested in having your girl participate in GOTR at Prairie. This is INTEREST only. This is NOT enrollment. We will be sending out who was selected after winter vacation with a link to registration. Unfortunately, we will not be able to make exceptions to this timeline. 

Thank you and Sparkle Fingers!

Coach (Erin) Sauer, Coach (Robin) Lehtman, Coach (Melanie) Pawlow and Coach (Stephanie) Just