LP Press 4-17-14

Posted April 17th, 2014 by astochl

Good evening,

It is definitely a busy time of year! Between Music Man excitement and MAP preparations for next week, we have been busy, busy, busy!  I’d like to reach out to all of our current families and appeal for your help. We are still in need of over 50 mentor families! Supporting our new families is an extremely important factor in ensuring we develop relationships that contribute to the LP culture. This cannot be done without you!! Please consider volunteering to support our newest families. We are taking more students at all grade levels than we have in many years. THEY NEED YOU! It is very low pressure. Please let know if you are able to help. Please direct any questions to me.

Next week begins our week of MAP testing. You should be receiving an email( if you haven’t already) from your classroom teacher sharing your child(ren)’s testing days. As always, we place a great deal of importance on ensuring our children are well rested, and fed so that they are able to do their very best. Teachers will provide students the opportunity to reflect on the successes they’ve seen since setting their personal academic goals earlier in the year as well.

Superintendent DuRoss’ most recent article written for the Daily Herald was published in print today. The article is accessible on the District 54 website at Mr. DuRoss also appears in a video related to the article content. The link to the video, which is cited in the article, is

As always, check out this week’s LP Press April 18 2014 for upcoming information, dates and PTSA events.

Enjoy your long weekend and Happy Easter!


LP Press 4-11-14

Posted April 11th, 2014 by astochl

Good afternoon,

I hope this finds everyone looking forward to the warm weather this weekend. The kids really enjoyed being outside this week and not having the heavy boots and coats to mess with!

We hope you are planning on coming to our Multicultural Night TONIGHT! This is such a nice opportunity to share in the food, culture and customs of our families. Everyone is welcome, we hope to see you tonight at 6:30pm.

Last week I appealed to all of you to consider being New Family Mentors. This is an important way to connect with our new families and help them acclimate to our community. It takes very little commitment. Please consider signing on to help our newest families. If you are interested please email

Please check out this week’s LP Press April 11 2014 for all the information you need for the upcoming week(s).

Enjoy the weekend!

LP Press 4-4-14

Posted April 4th, 2014 by astochl

Good afternoon!

Great things are happening here at LP! Today’s WSM helped us get in the mood for the NCAA final games, as well as showcasing some great things taking place here at school. It was definitely an opportunity to see all that is going on right now, from student led events and PDT’s to student accomplishments.

Please come out and support our students tomorrow for an LP day of fun!

9:00-12:00 LP Kids Helping Others Fair @ LP GYM

Please come with your donations in support of our students and the charities they have selected. Please see the flyer in the attached LP Press for more information.

1:15-6:00pm Girls & Boys Volleyball Tournament @ Mead Jr High.

Please come cheer on our co-ed teams,. This is the first ever LP tournament. It would be a great family friendly event to attend! J

The Lincoln Prairie 8th grade graduation date has been set! The class of 2014 will receive their diplomas at the Commencement Ceremony on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 6:00pm in the Hoffman Estates High School Auditorium.

Please check out this week’s LP Press April 4 2014 for more!

Hope to see you tomorrow!

LP Press 3-21-14

Posted March 21st, 2014 by astochl

Good evening,

What a beautiful start to the spring vacation! I hope you find the extra time with family to be relaxing, fun-filled and productive! We all benefit from the less scheduled times once and awhile! Enjoy and be safe!

LP Press

Please check out this week’s edition of the LP Press March 21 2014 so you get all of the information you need, put dates on your calendar and to make sure you do not miss a thing this spring. The Music Man ticket forms are included in this week’s newsletter, so do not miss out!

LP Kids Helping Others Fair

The 2nd Annual LP Kids helping Others event will take place on Saturday, April 5th from 9am-12:00pm. Please come out in support of LP kids and their causes. This LP Kids Helping Others Flyer 2014 outlines the organizations and their needs. This is an excellent opportunity to instill a sense of philanthropy in our children. Talk to your children about these organizations and see if they show any interest in donating items or their piggy bank money to these causes. They will also see through the displays the research the student organizers put into researching their causes.

Save the Date

We will be celebrating the life of Mrs. Sue Johnson on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 10:00am here at Lincoln Prairie School. The ceremony and dedication will provide us the opportunity to celebrate her life and what she gave to Lincoln Prairie School.

5Essentials Survey

Attached you will find a letter from Superintendent DuRoss regarding the Illinois State Board of Education’s 5Essentials Survey. The survey runs March 17 through April 25. There are three surveys – one for students in grades 6 through 12; one for specific staff members and one for parents. Please take the time to complete this survey. It provides valuable information to the state, but also feedback to our district as well. Our 6th-8th grade students will be taking the survey the week of April 14th.Please take a few minutes to take this survey. It will provide the opportunity for your to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help guide school improvement. To take the survey, please visit,

Lastly, thank you to all of the family, friends and community members that came out to read to and with our students this week. The students and teachers enjoyed having you in and hearing your stories. This week would not have been the same without you!

Enjoy the week ahead!

LP Press 3-14-14

Posted March 14th, 2014 by astochl

Good evening,

We ended our week with a wonderful Pi Day celebration during neighborhoods today. To celebrate Pi Day (3.14), Lincoln Prairie students painted the first 180 digits of Pi using their thumb prints. The students learned in K-8 Neighborhood groups about concentric circles from the thumbprint art. Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi was read to all students as well. The book served as a witty way to teach students the vocabulary related to circles. Our 6th-8th graders discovered Pi through an activity using various circular objects, as well as took part in a webquest about the history of Pi.

Next week we kick off our Read Across America Week. We will enjoy reading an author visit Monday as well as a variety of Guest Readers throughout the week.

Please check out this week’s LP Press March 14 2014. I know I say this every week, but there is truly  A LOT of new information about upcoming events this spring.

Have a great weekend!

LP Press 3-7-14

Posted March 7th, 2014 by astochl

Thank you to everyone for creating a pleasant testing environment for our students this week. They were well rested, fed and positive! This helped our students to give their best effort and that is what we had hoped for! Our 4th & 7th graders, along with those students making up tests will finish up early next week.


This afternoon we enjoyed a fun filled WSM. From recognitions of behavior and participation in events to a performance by our chorus, it was one we all enjoyed!


Please look through this week’sLP Press March 7 2014 for upcoming PTSA news, dates and information.


Enjoy the beautiful weekend!


LP Press 2-28-14

Posted February 28th, 2014 by astochl

Good afternoon!

I can’t believe we are already at the end of February. Although March begins, it certainly does not feel like we are anywhere close to spring! Maybe if we all make an enormous wish for warmer temperatures to coincide with the sunshine, we may see better weather by May!

In the meantime, we are ready to begin our ISAT tests next week in 3rd-8th grades. Please make every effort to ensure your child is emotionally and physically ready for the week. 1. Make sure they get plenty of rest. 2. Have a healthy breakfast each morning and pack protein and carbs for lunch as well. 3. Encourage them to show what they know and do their personal best. 4. Think positive!!!  Lastly, please do not schedule appointments during testing periods as it is important for the students to be present during the testing periods.There will be one testing session in the morning and one in the afternoon. We will follow this schedule:

Tuesday, March 4th:  Reading 1 (3-8th) Math 1 (3-8th)

Wednesday, March 5th:  Reading 2 (3-8th) Math 2 (3-8th)

Thursday, March 6th:  Reading 3 (3-8th) Science 1 (4th & 7th)

Friday, March 7th:  Math 3 (3-8th) morning

Monday, March 10th:  Science 2 (4th & 7th) morning


Please check out this week’s LP Press February 28 2014

Have a wonderful weekend!

LP Press 2-21-2014

Posted February 21st, 2014 by astochl

Good afternoon,

We are looking forward to our annual Dad N Me Night  event tonight. The fun starts at 6:00pm. We hope to see you there!

LP Press

Please check out this week’s newsletter for information, dates and events.  LP Press February 21 2014

Reminder from the Patrols

Hello Parents!   We do our best to keep your children safe on the way to and from school, but we also want to keep YOU safe!  If you are picking your child up after school, please make sure that you are going up to the doors or crosswalk to get them if you are parked in the parking lot.  We don’t want to have kids walking around the parking lot while other buses and cars are around.  Also, please do not walk in between busses to get your child or to take them back to your cars!  That can be very dangerous, so please use the crosswalks! WE also want to make sure that you see the patrols by the crosswalk to know when to cross or stay back.  Thank you very much, we are proud to keep you and everyone else safe!    Sincerely,   The Patrols of LP

Superintendent’s Monthly Message

Superintendent DuRoss’ most recent article written for the Daily Herald was published in print this week. The article is accessible on the District 54 website at Mr. DuRoss also appears in a video related to the article content. The link to the video, which is cited in the article, is

District 54 Monthly Flyer

This month’s PBIS flyer can be found here District 54 PBIS Flyer

Have a great weekend!

LP Press 2-14-14

Posted February 14th, 2014 by astochl

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We hope you are looking forward to the wonderful three day weekend ahead! We look forward to seeing the children back ready for another great week on Tuesday! Please see this week’s LP Press February 14 2014 with important information, upcoming events and dates.

LP Press 2-7-14

Posted February 7th, 2014 by astochl

Good morning LP community,

Today is going to be an exciting day here at LP. We have our monthly WSM this afternoon and are hosting our first Parent Visitation Day of the year! Both should bring tons of positive energy into our community, making this cold day a bright one!

LP Press February 7 2014

It’s a big one this week. Information, permission slips and dates enclosed.

PTSA Meeting Monday

Bring the ‘S’ into PTSA. Calling students who want to provide input to your PTSA. While students are ALWAYS welcome to come to our monthly PTSA meetings, after all, they ARE members too, this meeting will be geared to them. We’ll meet from 7:00pm-8:00pm in the LP gym. We look forward to having student voices at the meeting.

PASTA Dinner & Movie Night

Save The Date, March 7th.  Back by popular demand, our 8th graders will be running the wonderful Italian restaurant that was formally our school gym. Look in next week’s LP Press for a flyer with event details.

PBIS Expect Respect Newsletter

Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) is a proactive, three-tiered approach to create a positive and supporting environment for students to achieve social, emotional and academic success. As part of this process, our PBIS coaches provide helpful tips for families through the Expect Respect Newsletter. Click here to read the February issue of the PBIS Expect Respect Newsletter, which includes tips from Hoffman Estates Police Officer, Rich Turman regarding how to respond to cyberbullying.

State Assessment

We are beginning to prepare for the Illinois Standard Achievement Test.  The assessment window is from March 3rd – 14th.  It is essential that students are present at school during this time.  Please keep these dates in mind when scheduling appointments or vacations.

Last Day of School

As you know, District 54 canceled school four times in January due to the winter weather. Whenever we cancel school, we add a day to the end of our school calendar. Therefore, the last day of school is currently Thursday, June 5th. When districts submit their school calendars to the State Board of Education, they must include a provision for five possible emergency days. No one can predict what the weather will be in February and March. If we cancel school one more time, our last day will be June 6th. If we exhaust our five emergency days, we will ask the Illinois State Superintendent of Education to approve “Act of God Days.” These days can only be used for situations that pose a hazardous threat to students and are beyond the control of the district. If approved, school districts do not need to make up these days of missed school. If we do ask for an “Act of God Day” approval, we will not be able to announce the last day of school until we get approval from the state superintendent. We are hopeful that we won’t need to cancel school for the remainder of this school year and that June 5th will be our last day.

Have a great weekend and stay safe!