LP Press and More

Posted August 28th, 2015 by astochl

Good afternoon,

What a fantastic week! It was so nice to have our students back this week. The energy in the building was an indication of great things already! Our 1st-8th graders had opportunities to get to know new classmates, dive into using their Imagination and enjoy learning new routines.

As we look to next week, please know that we have a lot of great things taking place that I’d like to invite you to attend. As a reminder:

Monday, August 31st          Kindergarten FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

9:15am Boo Hoo/Yahoo Brunch!

9:30-12:00 & 6:00-8:00pm PTSA event – One Day, One Pay

Tuesday, September 1st    K/1 Curriculum Night @ 5:45pm

Middle Level Curriculum Night @ 5:45pm

Friday, September 4th          First Whole School Meeting @ 11:40am

**Note time change**

We have had an increase in congestion during dismissal this week. In an effort to help all students get home quickly and safely, we ask that parents picking up students, find a meeting location to meet up with their child. Locations can include the park, the back path, the flag pole or your car. We have staff on duty every day that can help get your child there. We ask that you DO NOT pick up your child at the front door. The majority of our students exit out that door every day and having the area clear will help students exit the building and find buses in a safer and quicker manner.   Lastly, as a reminder, parents and students should always use the crosswalks when walking through the parking lot during arrival and dismissal. Walking between buses and the lot is not safe for anyone.

We have our first issue of this year’s LP Press August 28, 2015. As always our newsletter is packed with information, celebrations and school related information organized by our PTSA. This newsletter will be sent out weekly and will house all necessary information for the upcoming week and scheduled events. It will be sent out electronically each week. If you desire a paper copy sent home with your child instead, please contact our main office.

And last, but certainly not least, please join me in congratulating, Paula Falvo, our school secretary on receiving a prestigious Award of Recognition given by the Illinois State Board of Education. There is more information on The School District 54 website. We do not have to read the details that contributed to the nomination, nor the award, to know that her daily support, conversations and smile is what adds to the LP community.

We look forward to seeing everyone next week at our first Whole School Meeting of the year. You definitely don’t want to miss it!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Amanda Stochl                    Julie Gluff

Principal                                Assistant Principal

Welcome Back

Posted August 12th, 2015 by astochl

Welcome Back! Although we still have a couple weeks until the new year begins, much is already being done in preparation for the 2015-2016 school year. Lincoln Prairie staff have been meeting to plan for the year, many have taken classes and workshops to better themselves professionally and are looking forward to our annual staff retreat later this week! PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association) committees have been meeting in an effort to create memorable events for our community this summer as well.

As you already know, we are welcoming some new faces and names to our Lincoln Prairie family this year! Most notably, Erin Mayer is our new Music Education and Performing Arts teacher. Erin student taught with us several years ago and has since worked as a Music Education teacher in Yorkville School District #115. Her successful experiences with students and families are a direct result of her outgoing personality and passions for performance and people. We are extremely fortunate to have Mrs. Mayer joining our staff. Please join me in welcoming her to Lincoln Prairie.

And other “changes” to note. Congratulations to April Hubbard, now April Rakestraw and Rebecca Penio, now Rebecca Starck on their recent weddings. And for those of you that didn’t hear at the end of the school year, we welcomed Chase Brosk to the LP family as well.

~ Please mark your calendars with the following dates ~

Thursday, August 20th                        Back to School Community Picnic

5-6pm Supply Drop Off. 6pm Picnic

Monday, August 24th                           1st-8th grade FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

Monday, August 31st                          Kindergarten FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

9:15am Boo Hoo Brunch!

9:30-12:00 & 6:00-8:00pm PTSA event – One Day, One Pay

Tuesday, September 1st                    K/1 Curriculum Night @ 5:45pm

Middle Level Curriculum Night @ 5:45pm

Middle Level Sports Meeting, immediately following

Friday, September 4th                     First Whole School Meeting @ 11:40am **Note time change**

Monday, September 7th                    NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 8th                      7pm PTSA Meeting **Childcare provided**

Tuesday, September 15th                    4/5 Curriculum Night @ 5:45pm

Wednesday, September 16th               12:15pm Early Dismissal

2/3 Curriculum Night @ 5:45pm

Sunday, September 27th                      Run to Read

We hope to see parents and families at the events listed above. The information presented and available at these events are sure to provide you with all the tools you need to help your child(ren) be successful this year. As parents, you will also have opportunities to sign up for conferences, volunteer and/or get to know other parents, staff members and families better!

Here’s to a fabulous year!


Amanda Stochl                         Julie Gluff

Principal                                   Assistant Principal

One School, One Book!

Posted June 25th, 2015 by Ms. Olivia Jones

Mr LemoncelloDear Families,


Lincoln Prairie staff is pleased to continue our community building project called “One School, One Book”! We have purchased a copy of Mr. Lemoncello’s Library for every family at Lincoln Prairie. The story is set in a futuristic library with hover ladders that float library patrons to the books they have chosen! The fabulous new library even has an IMAX theater. Kyle, the main character, is one of 12 contest winners who will spend the night in the library before it’s open to the public. In the morning they find the doors still locked and must solve book-related puzzles in order to find their way out and win a fabulous prize!

The goal is that every family reads the book this summer before arriving at the picnic. We hope that families reading together will spark rich conversations and maybe even debates. Let the adventure begin.

What is “One School, One Book” you ask?

  • It is a spring board to a summer of reading!
  • It is an opportunity for students, parents, and staff to have a common experience over the summer.
  • When we return to school it will be a unique opportunity for students, parents, and staff to discuss a book.

You will notice that we have included a few activities for you to complete and bring with you to the picnic:

  • A picture of your family that is somehow related to the ideas in the book. You might be reading, at a library, or playing a game together. Read the book and see if you come up with your own unique idea!
  • A t-shirt you can wear to the picnic that represents Mr. Lemoncello’s Library .

Enjoy your summer and the book! We can’t wait to see you in August!

Mrs. Stochl


Lincoln Prairie School


Family Discussion Topics

Family Reading Frame

T-shirt design

Thank You for a Wonderful Year!

Posted June 25th, 2015 by Ms. Olivia Jones

Dear Families,


It has been another exciting year. A community of dedicated staff, collaborative parents and enthusiastic children definitely play into the amazing things that took place this year.

For those of us at the WSM on the last day of school, it was certainly a nice acknowledgment of a year’s worth of exciting experiences and wonderful EXPLORATIONS!


On behalf of the entire community, we’d like to wish you a safe and relaxing summer! See you on August 20, 2015 for our Annual Supply Drop Off and Community Picnic.


Have a wonderful summer!


Amanda Stochl & Julie Gluff

LP Press June 5, 2015

Posted June 5th, 2015 by astochl

This was an incredible week! Our adventure into WITWILP’s Immigration Exploration had our students, staff and parent community participating in authentic simulations that reinforced key elements of American History. Our Neighborhood groups worked collaboratively all week and really helped to make this experience a huge success. We were glad to see so many families at the WITWILP Expo event last night as well. The student’s PDTs were showcased and really gave all of us an opportunity to see what our children have been working on the past few months.  Our Multicultural Fair was well attended and offered all of us a nice sampling of the cultures represented by our families. THANK YOU!

If you are free this morning, to culminate our exploration through Immigration, the Cultural Arts/Cultural Enhancement is hosting a storyteller for all students. The K-3 grade assembly will take place at 9:30am. The 4th-8th grade assembly will take place at 10:30am.

This is the last edition of the LP Press June 5 2015 we will send out for the 2014 – 2015 School Year. Please take some time to look through it has end of year and summer dates for your reference.

We are looking forward to next week’s festivities. From Graduation and Spring Forward/Sneak Peek to our last WSM on Friday (6/12 @ 1:15pm), we are sure to  enjoy the celebrations. We hope to see you next week!

Amanda Stochl & Julie Gluff

LP Press 5-29-15

Posted May 29th, 2015 by astochl

We are down to the last weeks of school and tons of dates and information coming your way. Please take a deep breathe, read carefully and highlight anything that applies to your child.  All classroom teachers should be sending home an email today (or yesterday) regarding details for next week’s WITWILP and Whole School Field Trip. Please read through that information carefully so that your child is prepared and can enjoy the days!

Don’t forget to check out this week’s LP Press May 29 2015. We have outlined important dates throughout the remainder of the year, as well as important PTSA and school information.

Have a great weekend!

LP Press May 22, 2015

Posted May 22nd, 2015 by astochl

Thank you to everyone for attending Portfolio Night on Monday. It was so nice to see families huddled around portfolios, noting improvements, reminiscing about activities and lessons and enjoying the artifacts.  The Art Exhibit and Sale, as well as the Book Fair were successful as well. Both the Art Department and Library will benefit greatly from your generosity. We know the students sure enjoyed browsing and purchasing too.

Please read through this week’s LP Press May 22 2015 to ensure you do not miss out on anything we have going on.

We hope everyone is looking forward to the long weekend. The extra day will hopefully get everyone relaxed to head into the last few weeks of school with a positive mindset and ready for all the fun that awaits!

LP Press 5-8-15

Posted May 8th, 2015 by astochl

Words cannot express how truly loved the LP staff felt this week. Teacher Appreciation was amazing. From The Taco Bar Monday, through breakfasts, appetizers and treats we enjoyed all that was brought in this week. Early on in the week a parent asked if they could do something “more” for the staff than bring in something to eat. I replied how meaningful our staff feels these gestures are. To not have to pack lunches and  breakfasts and to always have a sweet treat waiting in the lounge means more than we could ever express!  Even more, the children’s kind letters of appreciation made the week absolutely perfect! On behalf of the entire LP staff, thank you so very much for thinking enough of us to make, buy and donate so much to us this week. It really made this a very special week!

Thank you to those families that already volunteered to be a New Family Mentor! We held another lottery draw this week and are in desperate need for 6 more mentor families. If you have not yet sent your name to the office, please consider doing so. We need YOU!

Lastly, please check out this week’s LP Press May 8 2015. We have more requests for volunteers for events taking place throughout the last weeks of school. Please check it out and let us know if you can help. Speaking of volunteers . . . for those of you who haven’t experienced a WITWILP (Where Ijn The World Is Lincoln Prairie) event yet, you do not want to miss it. It only comes around every three years and last time it involved over 150 volunteers, days of fun with students and staff and an enormous feeling of what LP is all about. Our Immigration Exploration is surely one you do not want to miss!

Have a wonderful weekend!


LP Press May 1, 2015

Posted May 1st, 2015 by astochl

What a beautiful way to start the month of May – the sun is shining and we have a WSM this afternoon!

We are looking forward to this afternoon’s WSM. As you know, we will be honoring our volunteers during the meeting. In addition, we have recognitions, performances and some of our usual favorites! We hope to see you there.

Please read through this week’s LP Press May 1 2015 Information on different ways to get involved is included. Check it out and see how YOU can help!

Have a wonderful weekend!

LP Press April 24, 2015

Posted April 24th, 2015 by astochl

Good morning,

We are well into the day and the sun is shining . . .hopefully that means we will have a wonderful afternoon and weekend!

Please take time to read through this week’s LP Press April 24 2015.  You’ll want to pay special attention to our Volunteer Appreciation event taking place during next Friday’s May Whole School Meeting. Whether you volunteer through PTSA, help in the classroom, chaperone a field trip or are helping your child at home, you have partnered with school and should be honored! We hope you can make it next Friday at 1:15pm.

Have a wonderful weekend!