Principal's Newsletter

  • Winter 2019 Edition


    It is hard to believe that we are done with Trimester One and that we are nearing the end of November, though the weather has felt more like January than November.   I continue to be amazed at what a truly special learning community we have at Prairie. From our families, to our staff, and, of course, our amazing students, this is an incredibly special place.    Our students continue to enter the building day after day full of enthusiasm, joy, and an eagerness to learn and to accomplish new things.  They demonstrate their Prairie PRIDE on a daily basis.    The staff and I are so proud of their growth both academically and social-emotionally and we know this is just the beginning! 

    In addition to learning, there has been a lot of activity at Prairie during the first trimester.    Clubs, field trips, evening events, assemblies, and author visits have made for a busy 1st trimester.  New at Prairie this trimester, we were able to offer a Fall Run Club as well as a Lego Robotics Club.  Some other highlights of the first trimester include:

    • Home and School Prairie Fest
    • Fall Parade and Parties
    • SFCP Self-Driven Child Parent Book Study
    • SFCP Prairie Kids Connect
    • Author Visits
    • 5th Grade Outdoor Education
    • Prairie students led the pledge at the October BOE meeting
    • National Walk to School Day
    • Roll out of new MAP assessment
    • Prairie BIG Dogs
    • Veterans Day Assembly
    • Field trips to Naper Settlement, the pumpkin farm, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

    Prairie is excited to congratulate Mrs. Rogers on her Golden Apple Nomination.  This is a very prestigious honor and certainly well-deserved.  She is now in the process of submitting all the required paperwork and documentation that all nominees must submit for review before winners are selected.  We also want to celebrate Mrs. LaPerna on her featured write-up in the Chicago Tribune’s Teacher Feature.

    In other exciting trimester one news, our school mascot finally has a name.   Our students and staff held a vote and one name came out as the clear winner.  I am pleased to announce Paws the Prairie Dog as the official mascot of the school.  Be on the lookout for an appearance from Paws sometime in 2020!

    In closing, I am currently reading Big Potential by Shawn Achor.  In it, he states that, “The pursuit of potential must not be a lonely road.  It’s not faster alone; it’s better together.”  The staff and I look forward to our continued partnership this year to support our students’ growth and development and help them reach their greatest potential. 

    Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a very happy 2020.

    Brian Zallis -- Principal

  • Mr. Zallis

    Mr. Zallis
    Principal, Prairie Elementary