Principal's Message 8.14.20

Principal's Message 8.14.20

Dear Parents,

Our 2nd week back at Prairie was a success! We welcomed staff into the building to start organizing materials for the year ahead.  he office staff was excited to see our staff coming in and it was clear they are excited to get back to instruction and are very eager to meet your child.

By now you’ve received your child’s classroom teacher placement for the year. As a district, we’ve been working very hard to plan a Greet the Teacher/Materials Pick-Up day to welcome our students and families. Be sure to check out the details below.

As you may know, Mrs. Linda Johnson retired on June 30th ending a wonderful 40-year career with District 96.  We have been in touch with her often and she is enjoying kicking back and doing the things that she loves.  I am happy to share that Mrs. Michele Demas has stepped into the Administrative Assistant position.  She is very excited about being Prairie's Administrative Assistant. 

We also welcome Mrs. Ann Glassgow as our new Clerical Aide.  Mrs. Glassgow looks forward to meeting our Prairie families and building strong relationships with you.

Please enjoy the weekend ahead and we look forward to seeing you at Greet the Teacher/Materials Pick-Up this Thursday.


Christine Pfaff

NEW *Prairie Teams 20-21*

First Grade: Mrs. Angel, Ms. Furlett, Mrs. Giannos

Second Grade: Mrs. Desai, Ms. Elfering, Ms. Heuer, Mrs. Stewart

Third Grade:  Ms. McHugh, Mrs. Souza, Ms. Ramont, Ms. Weil

Fourth Grade: Mrs. Cotter, Ms. Schmidt, Ms. Smith, Mrs. Wood

Fifth Grade: Mrs. Davis, Mrs. Hafft, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Weede

Specials: Mr. Morris (Art), Mrs. Lehtman (P.E.), Mr. Nickle (P.E.), Ms. McShane (Music), Mrs. Spivack (EXL),  Mrs. Anderson (Orchestra), Mr. Nagle (Band), and Mrs. Ok (Orchestra)

Student Services Team: Miss Sauer (Social Worker), Miss Szafranski (Special Education), Mrs. Vecchie (Special Education), Mr. Taylor (Occupational Therapist), Mrs. Murray (Psychologist), Mrs. Reichert (Speech and Language Pathologist), and Mrs. Heintz (Reading Specialist)

Instructional Coaches: Dr. Yutakis (Math Coach/Specialist), Mrs. Cho (Language Development Coach), Mrs. Himes (Language Development Coach), Mrs. Just (Language Development Coach), Mrs. Shilkaitis (Language Development Coach), Mrs. Heinrich (iCoach), Mrs. Mandell (iCoach), Mrs. Woods (iCoach), Mrs. Gord (Literacy Coach), and Ms. Klein (Literacy Coach)

NEW *Greet The Teacher & Student Materials Pick-Up*

In District 96, we deeply value the importance of building connections with students and families.  In an effort to bring some normalcy to the beginning of the school year, please join us on Thursday, August 20th for Materials Pick Up and a chance to Greet your Teacher.  Materials include art kits, music kits, curricular workbooks, and other items depending on grade level.  If school supplies were ordered they were delivered to your house.  We hope to see you between the hours of 12:00-2:00pm.

This event will take place outdoors - WEATHER PERMITTING.  A school messenger will be sent by 10:00am on Thursday to notify you if the event format changes due to weather.  

ALL participants (children, parents, staff) MUST wear a mask and remain 6 ft from others at all times.

Find your child’s homeroom teacher table, greet your teacher, and take your materials.  Thanks for helping us to keep the process safe, smooth, and efficient to allow all students the opportunity to greet his or her teacher.

Please note that we do have classroom teachers who are unable to attend in person.  We will ensure there is someone to hand out your child’s materials.  If your child’s teacher is unable to attend in person, we will have a QR code for you to scan and Zoom with your child’s teacher from the hours of 12:00-2:00.

Please view the map below to see where different grade level tables will be set up. Available parking is indicated on the map as well. Please be aware that the best way to access the school by car is by coming from the north on Aptakisic Road due to construction and ONE-WAY traffic on Brandywyn Lane.

To accommodate all families as safely as possible, please attend during the time slot listed below. We appreciate your help with this matter. 

Kildeer/Prairie/Ivy Hall/Country Meadows Schedule:

12:00-12:30 - Last Names A-F

12:30-1:00 - Last Names G-L

1:00-1:30 - Last Names - M-R

1:30-2:00 - Last Names S-Z

Willow Grove Schedule:

12:00-12:30 - Last Names M-R

12:30-1:00 - Last Names - S-Z

1:00-1:30 - Last Names A-F

1:30-2:00 - Last Names G-L


*If you are unable to attend the Materials Pick-Up and Greet the Teacher on Thursday, August 20th, we will have an additional opportunity for a drive-thru Materials Pick-Up on Friday, August 21st from 8-11 a.m. If you will come on Friday, please have a sign with your child’s last name, first name, grade, and homeroom teacher boldly written and displayed in your window. A staff member will bring out the supplies and place them in your trunk. 

We look forward to welcoming our families!

NEW *Remember to Meet Health Form Requirements*

Health form requirements vary by grade level and for new/returning students. New to District 96 (all grade levels)? See MORE INFO regarding grade-level specific health form requirements.

All students entering Kindergarten must have their CERTIFICATE OF CHILD HEALTH EXAMINATION/IMMUNIZATION FORM (signed by the physician) on file in the school office by October 15, 2020. 

All students entering Kindergarten must have their Vision Examination Form by October 15, 2020. 

All students entering Kindergarten must have a DENTAL EXAMINATION FORM on file at their school office by May 15, 2021. 

All students entering Grade 2 must have a DENTAL EXAMINATION FORM on file at their school office by May 15, 2021. 

All students entering Grade 6 must have their CERTIFICATE OF CHILD HEALTH EXAMINATION/IMMUNIZATION FORM (signed by the physician) on file in the school office by October 15, 2020. 

Additional Grade 6 health form requirements include the DENTAL EXAMINATION FORM by May 15, 2021.  

NEW *Family Tech Class Info August 20th*

NEW Parents of Returning KCSD96 Students: Check Their Tech Today!
FAQ: How do I get my returning KCSD96 student's broken or missing iPad or Logitech Crayon fixed or replaced?

Answer: Please complete and submit THIS FORM as soon as possible, so we can help before the school year begins.

NEW See the Revised Quicklist 20–21 Calendar
Please see the Revised Quicklist 2020–21 CALENDAR, including school hours information and dates for Early Release Days, Half Days, holidays, and winter/spring breaks.

REPEAT *First Day of School*

Our first half-day of remote learning will be Monday, August 24th.

Willow Grove Hours

AM - 8:30-11:00 AM

PM - 12:30-3:00 PM

Elementary Schools (Country Meadows, Ivy Hall, Kildeer, Prairie)


REPEAT *Technology News*

On August 12th, our technology department will begin syncing student data across our systems in preparation for the start of the 20-21 school year. When this sync begins, your student(s) may lose access to some services or applications that are currently on their iPads. This is by design as we prepare to make all of the 20-21 resources available to students for the start of the school year. 

Please know that if you request a replacement iPad, Crayon, or accessory while picking up your resources, we will need a broken iPad, Crayon, or accessory from you in order to begin processing replacements. Any requests will also need to be fully documented before a replacement can be processed.

REPEAT *Supporting Our D96 Community Families*

The pandemic is creating challenging situations for many families in our community.

Community members who are able to are invited to donate these items: macaroni & cheese (cups or boxes), canned foods (veggies/fruits/tuna/chicken/beans), granola bars, tortillas, cheese (shredded/sliced), eggs, deli meats, frozen ground beef/chicken.

Please deliver to collection boxes outside the Exceptional Learners Collaborative (ELC) front entrance, 990 Corporate Woods Parkway, Vernon Hills, from 8 AM–3 PM. Please observe social distancing when delivering donations and ring the doorbell when delivering perishable foods and/or gift cards.

If you'd like to deliver your donation to your student's school on the designated Materials Pick-Up Day, please place it in the donation box (non-perishable/non-refrigerated items only, please) in front of the school entrance.

Questions? Contact [email protected]