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  • Welcome Back Letter from Mr. Zallis

    Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year. I hope your summer was restful, rejuvenating and full of many wonderful memories. I am honored to have been appointed your principal and am looking forward to a fantastic school year. Prairie is an outstanding learning community; we have the best staff, best students, and a supportive parent group. To say we are lucky is an understatement....(continued)

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  • Let's All Stay Safe: Arrival and Dismissal At Prairie

    In this link you will find some important reminders about arrival and dismissal procedures.

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  • Abbreviations & Acronyms

    Have you been reading the flyers that are sent home with your child and are not sure what some of the abbreviations/acronyms stand for? Here are some of the most common abbreviations used at Prairie:

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Principal's Newsletter

  • Welcome Back!

    Posted by Brian Zallis on 8/7/2018

    Prairie Families,

    Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year.  I hope your summer was restful, rejuvenating and full of many wonderful memories.  I am honored to have been appointed your principal and am looking forward to a fantastic school year.  Prairie is an outstanding learning community; we have the best staff, best students, and a supportive parent group.  To say we are lucky is an understatement.

    Please join us in welcoming the following new staff members to the Prairie community:

    • Donavan Billings will serve as our head custodian.
    • Michael Fries will join the 2nd grade team.
    • Karl Jessen will join our special education team.
    • Hye Won Kwon will join the 4th grade team.
    • Allissa McKenna will join the Kindergarten team.
    • Amy Mitchell will join the 5th grade team.
    • Morgan Olsen will join the 4th grade team.
    • Domenica Ottolino will join us part time as an additional social worker.
    • Jill Ryan will join the 5th grade team.
    • Joan Smith will join the 1st grade team.
    • New AP – Coming Soon J

    Below is some basic information to ensure that everyone has a positive start to the school year.


    Class Placement:

    Finalized classroom placement will be available on Thursday, August 9th at 3:00 PM through Infinite Campus.  Our staff worked diligently last spring to ensure that all classrooms are well balanced and will meet student needs.  I respectfully ask that you trust this process and not request changes in class assignments.


    New Family Tours:

    All new families to Prairie are invited to tour the school on Friday, August 10th.  We look forward to showing our new families around Prairie.  Please join us in the lobby where members of our Home and School will lead the tours.  The schedule is as follows:

    • 9:00 AM – Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd
    • 10:00 AM – 3rd, 4th, and 5th

    Supply Drop Off/Popsicle Party:

    On August 14th from 12:45-1:30 students will have an opportunity to drop off supplies in their classroom.  At 1:30 students are invited to head to the blacktop for a Popsicle Party.


    First Days of School (August 16th and 17th):

    The first full day of school for students in grades 1-5 is Thursday, August 16th.  Kindergarten students have Sneak Peek on this day.  Students in grades 1-5 should plan on meeting their teacher on the south blacktop, near the gym.  Prairie staff will be wearing gray staff shirts and have signs to assist you in getting your student to the correct line.

    On August 17th, students in grades 1-5 can enter the building through doors 1 or 14 beginning at 8:00 AM.   Kindergarten students will always enter through door 1.

    Students will also exit out of doors 1 and 14.  Kindergarten, 4th and 5th will exit door 1 at 2:30 each day.  Grades 1-3 will exit from door 14 each day at 2:30.  

    Kindergarten Sneak Peek:

    As mentioned at Kindergarten Preview, sneak peek sessions will be scheduled for kindergarten students and parents on Thursday, August 16th.  This will give kindergarten teachers an opportunity to meet students and parents in a small group setting, allowing students to become acquainted with the classroom and for you to begin to develop a partnership with your child’s teacher.  The schedule for Kindergarten Sneak Peek is as follows:

    Last Names A-G

    Thursday, August 16th, 8:30-9:15

    Last Names H-N

    Thursday, August 16th, 9:20-10:05

    Last Names O-Z

    Thursday, August 16th, 10:10-10:55


    Please mark your calendars accordingly for this special event.  The first full day of school for all kindergarten students will be Friday, August 17th.  Students will meet their teachers outside door 1.  Kindergarten students will always enter and exit through door 1. 

    Curriculum Night:

    Curriculum Night will be held on Thursday, August 30th.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and hear about all the exciting things they will be learning this year.  This evening is designed for adults and we ask that students not attend.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.  The schedule for curriculum night is as follows:

    Grade Level/Class


    Project IDEA


    Honors Math


    Multi Needs


    Grades 4-5


    Grades 2-3


    Grades K-1



    If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the main office at 630-420-6348.  Mrs. Butusov and Mrs. Witmer will be happy to assist you.

    Again, welcome to the start of the 2018-2019 school year.  The staff and I are looking forward to a wonderful year.


    Brian W. Zallis

    Principal – Prairie Elementary School


    “Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.”  -- Walt Disney







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Strategic Blueprint

  • District 203’s FOCUS 2020 Strategic Blueprint

    Posted by Superintendent Dan Bridges on 6/27/2014
    FOCUS 2020 is the strategic plan for comprehensive improvement between 2014 and 2020, designed in response to community feedback, best practice, and a vision for the future. Ultimately, this blueprint will advance the fulfillment of the district’s mission.
    FOCUS 2020’s foundation is the Future Focus Community Engagement process that occurred over the course of a year where hundreds of members from across the community provided feedback to the district leadership regarding areas such as facilities, finances, measuring student success, and programs of study. Learn more about Future Focus by clicking on the specific “Quick Link” to the left of this text.
    The Blueprint includes four “Strategic Focus” areas, namely to:
    1. Design and implement effective practices that promote learning experiences for all.
    2. Foster a high-performance culture focused on student learning.
    3. Steward resources effectively to promote student learning.
    4. Effective communication and community relations.
    Each Strategic Focus then establishes “Commitments.” These commitments are what the district leadership pledges to accomplish within a distinct timeframe. Each commitment then includes a detailed “Action Plan” which will be accessible by the public upon final draft.
    District administrators provided an update on Blueprint Commitments to the Board of Education at the July 27, 2015 meeting.  To watch that presentation, please click here
    Click here for a summary version of the 4 areas of focus of the Strategic Blueprint.
    Click here for a Spanish summary version of the 4 areas of focus of the Strategic Blueprint.
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