Principal's Message 1.10.2020

Principal's Message 1.10.2020


KCSD96 Offers a Dual Language Opportunity

Parents are invited to consider the Dual Language Program for their incoming Willow Grove kindergartner. The program’s purpose is to give children the opportunity to develop a deep academic proficiency in two languages. Fifty percent of the academic day instruction is delivered in Spanish and 50 percent in English. Following their kindergarten year at Willow Grove, Dual Language participants continue at Country Meadows for Grades 2–5 and transition to Woodlawn for Grades 6–8.

To be included in the public lottery that will be used to select the 2020–21 Dual Language kindergarten class, an Interest Form (ENGLISH  or  SPANISH) is due to the Willow Grove Early Learning Center office by 3 p.m. on Mar. 18.

LEARN MORE about the KCSD96 Dual Language program and attend a Parent Education Evening on Feb. 12 or Mar. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Willow Grove Early Learning Center to hear a presentation from District faculty/administrators and ask questions.


Parents of ALL currently enrolled 5th graders whose students will attend in School District 96 in the 2020–2021 school year must prove their residency again by Feb. 14, 2020.

Prairie Administrative Assistant Linda Johnson will accept proof of residency and provide a required form for your signature.

Please note that the requirement to re-prove residency for a current 5th grader applies - even for families who have other students currently attending KCSD96 schools.

MORE INFO about the requirement and process to re-prove residency.

PTO News

Pizza bingo/silent auction will be held on 2/27 (6:30-8 PM) and we need your help. We are looking for people to volunteer for sub-committees (i.e. securing donations, prizes for bingo, helping the night of and being an emcee). If you are interested in helping out please head to MTK to sign up. We can't make this event happen without your help. If you are unable to volunteer but would like to donate an item to the auction please email the Prairie PTO at [email protected] Any additional questions should be sent to Eran Kessel at [email protected] Thank you!

Human Growth and 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.

News from Art class 

  • The first-grade students are using pinch and pull techniques to create bird sculptures out of clay. 

  • The second-grade students are repurposing objects to create portraits of a family member.

  • The third-grade students are creating collagraph prints of animals.

  • The fourth-grade students have been researching an artist and creating a historical fiction story and illustration about that artist.

  • The fifth-grade students are creating depth in their drawings of cityscapes.


Clay Club

Clay Club is an after-school club for students in Grades 1–5.

This club is for children who love art. Club members will create and glaze ceramics during this 3-week session.

All classes are from 3:00-4:30 in the art room.

5th grade Session: Thursdays Jan 23rd, Jan 30th, Feb 6th

4th grade Session:  Thursdays Feb 13th, Feb 20th, Feb 27th

3rd grade Session: Thursdays March 5th, 19th, April 2nd

2nd grade Session: Thursdays April 9th, April 16th, April 23rd

1st grade Session:  Thursdays April 30th, May 7th, May 14th

Sign up here for Clay Club

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]

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.

PTO Membership Toolkit

If you are new to the school and are not aware of PTO Membership Toolkit, please sign up for an account if your child is at all interested in Special Lunch or Dessert Day. Sign-ups  start in January 2020.  To create an account


Lunch Money (Repeat)

Please use the online system to add money to your child’s lunch account or send a check to the school office made out to Kildeer School District 96.  Please do not send cash as we do not have the ability to accept it.