LP Press November 17, 2017

Good morning, 

 We’ve had a wonderful week here at LP! Wednesday’s neighborhood activity was so much fun! We will be wearing our neighborhood shirts on neighborhood and Whole School Meeting days . . .and of course, any day in between!

Please take a few minutes to read through this week’s LP Press November 17, 2017.pdf for upcoming information. There are quite a few time sensitive pieces included. The Parent Teacher Student Association Philanthropic committee is hosting a Pie Making event Monday night. All pies will be donated to the Willow Creek Community Care Center. Check out this PIE DAY LINK for donation and volunteer opportunities. 

SAVE THE DATE- Lincoln Prairie will be hosting a Barnes & Noble night on Friday, December 8th from 4:30-8:00pm. This open house event will provide an opportunity for families to shop for holiday gifts and engage in some fun filled LP activities. A percent of the proceeds will be given back to LP to help fun parent and student book clubs this year. Fuddruckers has also partnered with us that night as well, so feel free to plan a dinner out as well! More detailed information about activities will be included in the December 1st LP Press.

Lastly, just a reminder as we head into our winter months. . . In order to help parents better prepare for the severe cold weather and snow we often get during winters in our community, I wanted to share with you the District 54 Severe Cold Weather Response Plan. Though District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open and operational, circumstances beyond our control oftentimes dictate school closings.

 We hope to see you tomorrow at our Annual Pancake Breakfast and Book Fair!


Amanda Stochl & Carol Novak

LP Press November 10, 2017

Good afternoon,

We had an absolutely amazing day today! Thank you to the over 250 grandparents that joined us for our annual Grandparent’s Day visitation. Watching our students engage and “show off” their grandparents was such a special time. Additionally, the Middle Level students were treated to a Veteran’s Day experience, honoring some very special veterans.

Next Wednesday, our Neighborhood groups will be tie dying their Neighborhood t-shirts. If your child DID NOT order a neighborhood t-shirt, do not worry. They are welcome to bring in a white t-shirt to tie dye. Please keep in mind your child will be tie dying so please have them dress accordingly. We are looking for parent volunteers to help with this activity. If you are free Wednesday, November 15th from 10:45-12:30, please email We cannot guarantee that you will be paired with your child’s group, but will do our best to arrange it.

Lastly, please check out this week’s LP Press November 10, 2017.pdf. We have upcoming information and dates to help you plan the next few weeks, including our annual Pancake Breakfast and our winter Book Fair.

Enjoy the weekend,

Amanda Stochl & Carol Novak

Previous LP Press Issues

Thank you for your patience as we have worked through some technical issues in getting these posted.

LP Press September 22, 2017.pdf

LP Press September 29, 2017.pdf

LP Press October 6, 2017

LP Press October 13, 2017

LP Press October 20, 2017.pdf

LP Press October 27, 2017.pdf

LP Press November 3, 2017

Good afternoon Lincoln Prairie families,

Happy Friday! We enjoyed a fantastic Whole School Meeting this morning. We had a number of recognitions on the agenda, including Cross Country and Girls Basketball, Patrol of the Month, Over & Aboves, Keys of Excellence and our Spark Award. Our Middle Level student Project Development Time projects were showcased, another Kindergarten/First Grade performance and a gift of gratitude from the Lincoln Prairie 8th Grade Class.  For so many reasons this meeting is already one of the highlights of our month!

Please check out this week’s LP Press November 3, 2017.pdf . As always upcoming events, dates and information is included.

Neighborhood Shirts are in! However, we will be surprising our students with an activity upon distribution of the shirts later this month. We will let you know when they will be expected home.

Multicultural Parent Advisory Council

Would you like to volunteer or become more involved in your child’s school?   Join us as we hear about the benefits of being part of a multicultural community from Multicultural Parent Advisory Council parents who have successfully gotten involved in Parent Teacher Association and their school community.  They will also share strategies for helping yourself and others feel more comfortable volunteering in the schools.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, November 14th at 9:00 a.m. at the District 54 Rafferty Administration Center, 524 E. Schaumburg Road.  Childcare is available for children ages 3-5.  Click the link for more information in English, Japanese, Spanish and Polish: Multicultural Parent Advisory Council Informational Flyers.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Amanda Stochl & Carol Novak

LP Press September 15, 2017

Good afternoon,

What a beautiful day! We had our first Evacuation Drill of the year this morning. Not only was the weather perfect, but the students and staff did an excellent job. They moved smoothly out of the building and demonstrated awareness of exactly what needed to take place procedurally in case we of emergency.

Please read through this week’s LP Press  for upcoming dates and information.

We are having fun documenting the #LPExperience on Twitter. If you haven’t started following us yet, feel free to check us out  @LPPraireDogs.

Enjoy the weekend,

Amanda Stochl & Carol Novak

LP Press September 8, 2017

Good afternoon LP family!

These weeks are going so fast, I can hardly believe we are ending another week of school! Thank you to ML and K/1 parents for coming out to this week’s Curriculum Nights. There was a great deal of information shared during both presentations. We hope that as you digest all that was explained you reach out to your child’s teacher with questions or feedback.

We held our first Neighborhood activity on Wednesday. Our students and staff were introduced to the POWER of neighborhood time, focusing on what is most important – the relationships we have with one another. Each neighborhood group created a group name and chant. If you haven’t heard about it, ask! We can’t wait until our next Whole School Meeting to hear more!

Please read through this week’s LP Press September 8, 2017. Upcoming PTSA information and important dates are included in this week’s issue.

Welcome Twitter! We are excited to announce the official Lincoln Prairie School Twitter account. Our Twitter handle is @LPPrairieDogs.

Thank you for your patience as we are working to update grade level and staff webpages. All pages will be updated in the upcoming weeks. We will let you know when pages are updated.

Multicultural Parent Advisory Council
Please join us for our meeting on September 12th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Professional Learning Center at 524 East Schaumburg Road. Our topic for this month’s meeting is “ACCESS, MAP, and PARCC: What do they tell me about my child’s learning?” Childcare is available for children ages 3-5. To RSVP, fill out the form at the bottom of the event flyer and send it back to your child’s school by Sept. 6. If you did not receive a copy of the flyer, click this link to visit our website for more information and to view the flyer in English, Spanish, Japanese and Polish. You can also contact your child’s school for a paper copy of the flyer.

District 54 Education Foundation – Upcoming support opportunities
Thank you to everyone who supported the District 54 Education Foundation at Septemberfest over Labor Day weekend by parking at Collins Elementary or purchasing slices of pizza from our not-for-profit day partner, Jet’s Pizza! There are two additional opportunities to support the Foundation in September. To learn more about the Foundation, visit

Lou Malnati’s – September 20
The Foundation is partnering with Lou Malnati’s in Schaumburg to raise funds for students. Eat at or order from Lou Malnati’s Schaumburg or Lou Malnati’s Barrington Road on September 20, and 20 percent of total sales will be donated to the District 54 Education Foundation. You must bring in or mention the flyer at the time of your order; click here for the flyer.

Trivia for a Cause – September 30
The Schaumburg-Hoffman Lions Club and Schaumburg A.M. Rotary Club Foundation are partnering to host Trivia for a Cause on September 30 to raise funds for the District 54 Education Foundation’s Food 4 Thought program. The event will take place at Poplar Creek Bowl at 2354 W. Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates. Doors open at 5 p.m., and questions start at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person or $160 per table of eight. Click here to view the event flyer. To purchase tickets visit

Have a wonderful weekend,

Amanda Stochl, Principal & Carol Novak, Assistant Principal

LP Press September 1, 2017

Good afternoon LP family,

Another fantastic week here at LP! We enjoyed meeting our kindergarten friends this week and ending the week with our first Whole School Meeting of the year!

During our WSM we reviewed our Happiness Habits by playing a fun “Know the Habit” game and challenged each other to use our THIS IS IT Key of Excellence to jump start a new 21 Day Challenge. We will be checking in throughout the next few weeks to see what great things are happening during the next 21 days!

Please take some time to read through this week’s LP Press September 1, 2017. It has important information and dates outlined for you.

Enjoy the long weekend as a family! We look forward to seeing you at upcoming Curriculum Nights in the next couple weeks!

Take care,
Amanda Stochl, Principal & Carol Novak, Assistant Principal

LP Press August 25, 2017

Good afternoon,

What a wonderful week! After five days back in a routine, it seems like most of us are settling in to the excitement of a new school year. We are looking forward to having our kindergarteners at school with us on Monday!

As in years past, every Friday, we will be sending home our PTSA newsletter, The LP Press. This newsletter houses information on upcoming events, event recognitions and celebrations and dates you’ll want to remember. Additionally, the front page of the newsletter will host an article that summarizes concepts and philosophies we value here at LP. Articles are written by Jen Alton, PTSA President, Amanda Stochl and the occasional guest author!

Please check out this week’s LP Press August 25, 2017.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the upcoming Curriculum Night events. Each presentation will begin at 5:45pm in the gym where we will outline priorities for our school this year, followed by the grade level presentations. Whether it is your first year here or your 12th, we know you will find the information helpful as you support your child(ren) this year.

K/1 Curriculum Night: 9/6 @ 5:45pm
2/3 Curriculum Night: 8/30 @ 5:45pm
4/5 Curriculum Night: 9/14 @ 5:45pm
Middle Level Curriculum Night: 9/5 @ 5:45pm
7:30pm 6th grade Parent Chromebook Presentation in Gym
7:30pm 8th grade parent meeting in Room 123

Enjoy the weekend,
Amanda Stochl, Principal
Carol Novak, Assistant Principal

Welcome Back!

August 12, 2017

Welcome Back! We have just a few short weeks until we are back together once again! Highlights to my summer included taking a road trip out east, stopping in Gettysburg and ending the trip in Niagara Falls. Some of my favorite days were at home, watching my son play with friends and being able to start and end a conversation with my husband without the interruptions of life! I hope you found the summer just as enjoyable! Although some down time is a joy to have during the summer, I have been looking forward to returning to the newness of another school year!

On the school side, much is already being done in preparation for the 2017-2018 school year. Lincoln Prairie staff members 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! Planning for the experiences that await your children and family is one of the most rewarding parts of our preparations for the upcoming school year. PTSA 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! Carol Novak has joined LP as our new Assistant Principal. Katie Lehman and Maria Narish are joining the K/1 team. Lianne Paterson is taking on our School Psychologist role and Sydnie Reynolds is our new Instrumental Music teacher. Please join me in welcoming them to Lincoln Prairie. We also welcomed Madeline Shanahan, Mrs. Shanahan’s new daughter and Everly Brosk, Mrs. Brosk’s new daughter to the LP family.

District 54 is aware that the first day of school for most of our students, Monday – August 21, is the day of the solar eclipse. During a total solar eclipse the moon lines up with the sun, blocking the sun from view. Our community is not on the path of totality (the closest area is Carbondale, Illinois), which means those in the District 54 community would only see a partial eclipse (the moon will not fully cover the sun). The partial eclipse will be viewable in our area from 11:53 a.m. to 2:41 p.m.

Looking directly at the sun is never safe and it would be impossible for staff to ensure that children are not watching the changes in the sky that occur with even a partial eclipse. Therefore, we will be keeping students inside for recess and lunch on August 21. Students will have the opportunity to view the eclipse through NASA’s website at Some parents have expressed a desire to keep their students home and travel to see the eclipse. Parents have the right to make this decision for their children and we will be happy to welcome their students on August 22.

~ Please mark your calendars with the following dates ~

Supply Day Drop Off Flyer

Supply Day Drop Off Flyer

Thursday, August 17th Back to School Community Picnic
5-6pm Supply Drop Off. 6pm Picnic

Monday, August 21st 1st-8th Grade FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Monday, August 28th Kindergarten FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
9:15am Boo Hoo/Yahoo Brunch!
Wednesday, August 30th 2/3 Curriculum Night @ 5:45pm
Friday, September 1st First Whole School Meeting @ 11:40am
Monday, September 4th NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, September 5th Middle Level Curriculum Night @ 5:45pm
Middle Level Sports Meeting, immediately following
Wednesday, September 6th K/1 Curriculum Night @ 5:45pm
Monday, September 11th 7pm PTSA Meeting **Childcare Provided**
Thursday, September 14th 4/5 Curriculum Night @ 5:45 pm
Wednesday, September 20th 12:15pm Early Dismissal
Sunday, September 24th 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!

We hope as you plan for the year, you recognize the power that exists when we work collaboratively on behalf of our children. Here’s to a fabulous year!


Amanda Stochl

Have a wonderful summer!

Have a fun and safe summer break.  We look forward to seeing everyone in August for the start of the new school year.  Some important dates to put on the calendar:

  • Thursday, August 17
    • 5:00-6:00 pm School Supply Drop-Off
    • 6:00-7:30 pm Back to School Picnic
  • Monday, August 21
    • First Day of School

We hope you are enjoying Will Allen and the Growing Table!  Don’t forget to complete your family reading photo frame.  We can’t wait to see how everyone spread the orange over the summer at the Back to School Picnic!