Principal's Message 5.1.20

Principal's Message 5.1.20


Another successful week of remote learning is behind us as we enter the month of May.  Our staff continues to work to meet the needs of students, remain connected and uphold the culture of the classroom, and plan meaningful and thoughtful lessons to ensure learning prevails.  

Please know that teachers have included audio and video clips to support student learning in slideshows.  This was included to provide a level of independence we hope supports families juggling so much at home.  This is just a friendly “ask” to remind your students to listen/watch the audio and video clips, as they do provide a significant amount of content.  We appreciate your continued support! 

As always, we will continue to update you through the weekly Principal’s Message and Julie Schmidt’s Superintendent’s Message as new information and plans are confirmed.


Christine Pfaff

NEW: Prairie School Art Teacher Mr. Morris Wins National Recognition

We're so proud of Mr. Morris, who has been recognized as a national leader in art education–one of fifteen in the country! Read details HERE.  To see the article published in the Daily Herald, please click HERE.

NEW: A Message From Our Staff

The Prairie Staff misses our students very much and has put together this video to share their thoughts.  The video has also been placed in the Community playlist on your child's iPad.  

NEW: Staff Appreciation

Next week is Staff Appreciation Week!  Our PTO is committed to making sure this week still happens for staff, and we are so appreciative of their willingness to go the extra mile.  With that being said, we also know that there is nothing more special than receiving a note of appreciation.  Given how hard our staff is working during these times, please feel free to send a “thank you” to those that work with your child.  If you need help with an email address, check the staff directory

NEW: Making and Keeping Stay-At-Home Memories

School Resource Officers Ashley Krozel and Mike Martin from the Village of Buffalo Grove Police Department have provided a COVID-19 TIME CAPSULE–a fun activity to help students and their parents capture and preserve the details of staying safe at home together during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.

NEW: Don't Wait! Register for the 2020–21 School Year

If you haven't already registered your new or returning District 96 student for the 2020–21 school year, please do so right away. Having an accurate enrollment count is important for anticipating staffing needs appropriately. Please tell new neighbors and friends to contact the public info coordinator [email protected] with registration questions and for info on options to delay/waive registration fees.


Please see the PTO's blog or Facebook page for important information on school supply kits, staff appreciation week and open board and committee positions. If you have any questions please reach out to [email protected]

New:  Medication Pick-Up

Dear Parent/Guardian(s):

It has been the nursing team's pleasure to care for your child’s health needs this school year. In keeping with our School Board Policy, any unused medication remaining at the end of the school year ​must be picked up by parents. ​This ensures the safety and well being of all children.

The medications from each building have been picked up and brought to the ELC located at the following address:

990 Corporate Woods Parkway

Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061


You may pick up medication(s) on the following days: 

Wednesday, May 6 (8-3:30)

Thursday, May 7 (8-3:30)

Friday, May 8 (8-3:30)

If your child will require medication to be kept at school ​next year​, please download the forms from the school website and take the forms to your physician over the summer for completion. 

Please note that there is a section on the form for the parent and physician to complete and sign.

Returning this information, ​on or before the first day of school, ​will help ensure the safety of your child at school. The medication must be labeled and in its original container and ​will not ​be accepted without the completed physician’s order. 

Please place the medication in a gallon size zip-lock baggie, labeled with your student’s name, grade, and homeroom teacher. Medication must ​be transported to the school by the parents.

Thank you for your assistance,

Beth Finato, BSN, RN, PEL-CSN, District Nurse 

[email protected]


REPEATING: Dual Language Update & Info

Dual Language Interest Forms are due from interested parents of 2020-21 incoming kindergartners by 3 PM on May 15.

The Dual Language Program Public Lottery will be at 6 PM on May 27.

This Dual Language Parent Screencast VIDEO (17 minutes) presented by KCSD96 Director of Language and Early Literacy Kathryn Sheridan gives detailed info about the program.

More info:

Dual Language in KCSD96  

Dual Language Lottery  

Dual Language FAQs 

REPEATING: Do Your Kids Need Some Good Books to Read?

Students with iPads have no reason not to be reading. It's important to read every day. CHECK OUT ways to find great books to read (online) and more.

REPEATING: Tech Support (Kindergarten-5th Grade)

I’m having technical issues while accessing slideshows in the  Google Slides app. What can I do to get around these issues?

DELETE the Google Slides app from your student’s device. (It can always be re-downloaded from Self-Service at a later time.)

Open the Google Drive app on your student’s iPad and locate the shared slideshow that you are trying to view. 

Play the slideshow from within the Google Drive application, or OPEN IN SAFARI if given the option.

As students are home with their iPad devices to access remote learning plans, we do anticipate there may be some tech needs that arise.  If you run into any difficulty with your child’s school iPad, just send us an email explaining your problem and we can support you and your device.  Please email [email protected] with any tech related support needed.