Principal's Newsletter


    Dear Prairie Families,

    Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! I hope you and your family had a wonderful summer. We look forward to a new school year of learning! Below is some key information to prepare you and your student for the school year. In addition, the 2021-2022 Summer Update information can be found on our website by hovering your cursor over the “Our School” tab in the upper left hand corner and then clicking on the “2021-22 Summer Update” tab in the drop down menu. You can also click on the website’s Summer Update banner.

    Thank you for providing all required registration information. This information is critical in order for us to maintain accurate records of important information. If you have had any changes over the summer months such as telephone numbers or contact information, please be sure to update that information on the Campus Parent Portal If you have a change in address, you will need to go to the Centralized Enrollment Office located at district office (203 W. Hillside Road).

    Classroom teacher assignments for Kindergarten through fifth grade will be posted through Infinite Campus on Tuesday, August 12th at 3:00 p.m. Parents will access their child’s classroom assignment via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Visit the District website ( ) and click on the Campus Portal link on the left side.  If you have not already signed up for an Infinite Campus account, you can complete this step now. Follow the prompts to create your parent account. If you have difficulty with your account, contact the helpdesk by email at . While it will be new for some of you, we believe you will find the Parent Portal easy to navigate. As a reminder, much thought and planning went into the creation of class lists. Changes to class assignments potentially create a domino effect and may impact other students and support staff assignments.

    Kindergarten Sneak Peek: We will host small group “sneak peer” sessions for our kindergarten students and parents on Thursday, August 12th from 9:00-11:00. Your child’s kindergarten teacher will send you an invitation with your assigned time. This will give kindergarten teachers an opportunity to meet students in small groups, help students become acquainted with the classroom, and you will begin to form a partnership with your child’s teacher.

    School Supply Kits: If you purchased a supply kit, information related to pick up will be communicated in the coming weeks.

    Physical examinations are still required for students who are entering kindergarten as well as proof of a complete vision exam by a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist prior to school entrance. Children in kindergarten and grade two must also show proof of a dental examination. Students new to Illinois need to present evidence of a physical exam within the past year.

    Regarding Transportation Information for 2021-22: All bus riders will be met by staff members at the start of the school year to guide children to their grade level classrooms. While transportation information can be accessed in the Campus Portal (  starting on August 9 at 3:00 p.m., please check back frequently, including the day before school starts, as changes can occur in routes and pick-up times. If you need assistance regarding transportation information, call the Transportation Department at 630-420-6464.

    Curriculum Night: On Thursday, September 2nd there will be evening presentations by teachers. More information related to this event will be forthcoming.

    The summer mailing documents that follow this introduction letter provide additional information regarding the beginning of the school year. Please review them and contact our office at 630-420-6348 with any questions you may have.

    Enjoy the remainder of the summer with your child(ren). The staff and I look forward to welcoming them back in a few weeks.


    Brian W. Zallis



  • Mr. Zallis

    Mr. Zallis
    Principal, Prairie Elementary

    Ms. Brandes

    Ms. Brandes
    Assistant Principal, Prairie Elementary