Principal's Message 5.21.21

Principal's Message 5.21.21

Dear Families, 

It’s surreal to think that in just eight short days, it will be a wrap on the 2020-21 school year. A couple of weeks ago we were able to hear all about your celebrations for teachers. Taking the time to send your appreciation made a positive impact and truly made a difference.

Now, we want to hear about your children! This has been an incredibly difficult year to navigate. It has been full of constant change and our partnership together has been instrumental in helping support each and every child. Regardless of the difficult circumstances, our students and your children have persevered through a year that will be a part of history. They’ve conquered big obstacles and have grown in many ways. Please consider submitting a shout-out for your child(ren). What do you want to celebrate about them and this school year? We would LOVE to hear!


Christine Pfaff


NEW *Buffalo Grove Public Works Parade

A big thank you to the Buffalo Grove Public Works Department for parading their public works vehicles down Brandywyn Lane on Thursday.  Students and staff really enjoyed seeing these BIG trucks.  We saw sparkling bright and clean bulldozers, street sweepers, dump trucks, an excavator, and a cement truck all lead out by the BG Police Department.   

NEW *Art Project Pickup*

I have art projects that were left behind from last school year.  If your child would like their art portfolio they can stop by the school next week May 24th -26th between 8:00-3:15 to pick it up. On Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday the portfolios will be in front of the school and will be organized by their classroom teacher from last year.  If you have any questions please let me know.  You can email me at [email protected].


Mr. Morris

NEW *Six Days to Summer Countdown*

The Positively Prairie Leadership Council will celebrate the six days of summer beginnings on May 26, 2021. These are themed days to welcome summer break. See below for days and descriptions.

May 26th ~ School colors day ~ blue and gold  

May 27th ~ Unusual day ~ wear something or do something unusual the share with your class 

May 28th ~ Matching day ~ wear the color of your grade level

  • 1st grade is red
  • 2nd grade is orange
  • 3rd grade is yellow
  • 4th grade is green
  • 5th grade is blue

May 30th ~ Memorial day! (Students choice: Memorial day! Work together with your class and teacher to make something that will stay in your life forever OR Establish your memories! Write a list of all the fun things you did this year!)

June 2nd ~ digital escape room!!! (escape this digital escape room with your class!)        

June 3rd ~  Relaxation day since it's the last day of school!!! (do meditation and stretches with your class).

Written by Rewa, Nitin and Nathen ~ 4th-grade PPLC students.

New *Beginning Band Information*

Attention 4th Grade Students and Parents Beginning Band Begins in 5th Grade. This week students have been introduced to the band instruments. We will not be able to have students try the instruments out themselves, but I have included a link HERE that will lead you to a page where you can find directions on how to find the instrument your student should play, how it can be rented, and how your student can be ready for our first lesson in August. Please contact me if you have any questions. Daniel Nagle - [email protected]

NEW *2021–22 School Supply Lists and Kits*

SEE INFO to download grade-level school supply lists or order school supply kits to be delivered directly to your home. (Order kits by July 9 for home delivery by Aug. 13.)

NEW *Student Report Card Access June 3 After 3 PM*

Your student’s report card will be available for you to access online Thursday, June 3, AFTER 3 PM. If you need assistance, please SEE INSTRUCTIONS TO VIEW YOUR CHILDREN’S REPORT CARDS, to switch between your children’s report cards, and more. Report cards will be available for online access after 3 PM on June 3rd. 

NEW *Lost Glasses*

If you recognize these glasses please call the office.  We will donate them if not claimed by the end of the school year.  

NEW *Community Day - Schedule Added*

We will be holding our Community Day virtually on Friday, May 28th at 10:45am - 11:30am.  Our Positively Prairie Leadership Council has crafted out fun activities for Zoomies, Roomies, and virtual parents to do together.  Parents will log in using your child's homeroom teacher's classroom link.  Please log into your child's classroom Zoom at the time noted below.


8:45 - 9:30 ~ Grades 1 & 3

9:30 - 10:15 ~ Grade 2

10:15 - 11:00 ~ Grade 5

11:00 - 11:45 ~ Grade 4

REPEAT *Protocol Update*

On May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks or practice social distancing in any setting–whether indoors or outside.

Consistent with our practice throughout this pandemic, we are in conversation with local health officials at the Lake County Department of Public Health to understand how this announcement from the CDC will affect our learning environments. 

Be advised that our current mitigation strategies remain in place as we await local guidance. 

That is–regardless of whether they have been vaccinated–our faculty, as well as our students, will be expected to continue to wear masks and practice social distancing at school and at a school-sponsored event such as 8th-grade Graduation. As you know, at this time students in our elementary district have not yet been vaccinated.

As local guidance is updated, be assured that we will share it and its implications with you promptly, as we’ve done consistently throughout the year.  

REPEAT *41st Consortium 125 Virtual Artfest*

We are pleased to invite you to the 41st Consortium 125 Virtual ArtFest. Please view the exposition of 1-8 student artwork from district 76, 79, 96, 102, 103, 125 CLICK HERE

REPEAT *Transition to Middle School Program*

We had our annual program (virtual) for parents of current fifth graders on May 10. It offered information and insights about what to expect in the middle school years ahead. Middle School Principals Jessica Barnes (Twin Groves) and Greg Grana (Woodlawn) discussed academics, extracurricular opportunities, and changes that the middle school years bring. Our current sixth-grade student panelists shared their perspectives. It was a fun and informative evening!

If you were unable to attend, HERE is the recording. Please note that the recording will be available for two weeks only.  Passcode: 3&JcDia. (Include the period at the end of the passcode.)

REPEAT * iPad Exchange Info for ALL KCSD96 Students*

Action needed! This summer District 96 will exchange your student's old iPad, charging cable, charging brick, and iPad case for new equipment. You'll need to schedule an appointment to make the exchange and the exchange must occur before Aug. 1. READ DETAILS about this process and how it affects ALL District 96 students.

REPEAT *Math, Literacy, and Technology Materials Return*

There are only a few materials the district is looking to collect back from those that were distributed throughout the year. We are asking for all of the materials listed below to be returned to schools during the week of May 24th. For those students who are remote, a bin will be available inside the vestibule. Please be sure to bag your materials when possible, and please label materials with name, grade, and homeroom.  Thank you so much for your help with this!

Literacy Books: After Friday, May 21st, we will no longer need any of the ”ReadyGen”Literacy materials as part of our lessons. Please return all books beginning Monday, May 24th. It is important to return these as soon as possible so that we can inventory them accordingly and make purchasing decisions for next year. Some students have already begun to return these materials. for a convenient drop off. The grade level links below show a complete list of books that need to be returned to school.

Grade 1 

Grade 2 

Grade 3 

Grade 4 

Grade 5 

Omni-fix cubes: These were distributed to 5th grade students in August in a plastic bag. Each 5th grade student received 30 cubes in a plastic Ziplock bag. The Omni-fix cubes are no longer needed for 5th grade math.  Please return these to schools at your earliest convenience. For a picture of the cubes click HERE

Logitech Keyboards: Each student in grades 1-5 received one of these keyboards in September. Middle school students received a keyboard upon request. For a picture of the keyboards click HERE

If your child is planning on taking IAR (Grades 3-8), please bring the keyboard to school on May 23-25 for use during the assessment. It will be collected after IAR is completed on Wednesday the 25th.

If your child is not using the keyboard, please return the keyboard at your earliest convenience. Early returns will help us ensure each student that wants one for IAR has one to use.


Monday 5/24: Grades 3-8

Tuesday 5/25: Grades 3-8

Wednesday 5/26: Grades 3-8

K-2 Students:

Students in grades K-2 do not take IAR. Kindergarten students will follow a typical schedule. 

Students in Grades 1 and 2 will have typical arrival and dismissal times but may have a special schedule during the day.

In-person students in Grades 3-5

These students will have the same arrival and dismissal times as they normally would and complete the assessment as a part of the typical school day. 

Remote students coming to test in-person

These students will arrive at the designated time below. Teachers will communicate the appropriate class to log on to after students return home. 

Grades 3-5 Monday Arrival: 8:45

Grades 3-5 Monday Dismissal: 11:55


Grades 3-5 Tuesday Arrival: 8:45

Grades 3-5 Tuesday Dismissal: 11:55


Grades 3-5 Wednesday Arrival: 8:45

Grades 3-5 Wednesday Dismissal: 11:00


Click HERE for a description of arrival procedures, safety considerations, and needed materials.


Click HERE for a copy of the self-certification form that all remote students must turn in before entering the building to test.

Remote Students 

These students will be provided with asynchronous experiences while their grade-level peers are testing. They will log onto the teacher Zooms and resume instruction at the times listed below.

Elementary students in Grades 3-5 log back into teacher Zooms at the times below on Monday and Tuesday.

Grade 3: 11:20

Grade 4: 11:35

Grade 5: 11:30

Elementary students in Grades 3-5 log back into teacher Zooms at 10:35 on Wednesday.