Principal's Newsletter

  • Dear Families,

    Here we are at the end of another school year and what an ending it has been!   Never in a million years did I envision ending a school year virtually.  While there certainly is a sadness in sitting in an empty building and not being able to personally say goodbye to students, families and staff, I also feel a strong sense of pride as I think about what we, as a community, have accomplished during these unprecedented times.  And I remain confident that whatever challenges the next few months brings our way, the Prairie community will meet them head on with a sense of optimism and a focus on doing what is best for our students. 

    While there is uncertainty surrounding what school will look like in the fall, one thing is certain.  Our LC is being renovated this summer.  Many months of work went into the planning of this renovation led by Prairie staff, specifically Mrs. Clarke, district level administration, and architects.  Once complete this is going to be a wonderful space for students, staff and families.  Along with the LC renovation, we are adding a new classroom space and two new office spaces.  Follow us on twitter (@prairied203) over the summer for updates and sneak peeks. 

    As we close out this school year, we are saying good-bye to some Prairie staff members.  Mrs. Bartman, school psychologist, Mrs. Roussos, classroom nurse, and Mrs. Gonzalez, social worker, will all be sharing their talents and expertise at new buildings in district 203.  While Mrs. Dixon, primary multi-needs, is moving into a leadership role in another district.  I know they will all continue to impact students and families in a positive manner.    Mrs. McKenna, kindergarten, is expecting her first child in the fall and will be putting all her focus and energy into this new role while Mrs. Kelly, 2nd grade, has decided to take time off to be home with her children.  Both have made strong contributions to the Prairie community and will be missed. Finally, this week, Mrs. Harle, a long time special education assistant made the decision to retire at the conclusion of this school year as has Mrs. Long, our hearing itinerant.  We thank both for their service to the Prairie community.    It is never easy to lose talented staff but I know, like me, you wish each of them all the best on their new adventures.

    I would like to share some words from a message I sent to our 5th graders as part of their clap out video. 

    Here we are at the end of 5th grade and your elementary school journey.  While I know this is not the way you hoped to end your time at Prairie, know that you have always been an historic class.  You may not even realize it but you made history the first day you entered Prairie as kindergartners.  How you ask?  Well, you were the first group of kindergarten students to attend all-day kindergarten.  And now here you are as 5th graders making history again during these unprecedented times.  Know that as a class you have always had a reputation for being kind, empathetic, hard-working, and leaders.  I am confident you will continue to show those qualities as your move onto the next phase of your schooling.  While your time at Prairie is ending, know that you will always be a Prairie Dog and welcome here.  The staff and I wish you the very best.  Have a wonderful summer break and best of luck in junior high school.

    In closing, as I mentioned previously, while we are uncertain about what school will look like in August, for now I hope the next few months bring each of you rest, relaxation, and a break from technology -- you all certainly have earned it!    I will keep you updated throughout the summer as information as made available to me.  Thank you for your partnership and support this school year. 

    Stay healthy and I hope to see you soon!

    Mr. Zallis






  • Mr. Zallis

    Mr. Zallis
    Principal, Prairie Elementary