August 26, 2018

Volume 2
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In This Issue
  • Note from Principal
  • Note from PE Teachers
  • Note from New Teachers
  • Crossing Guards
  • PTO Committee Chair Kick-Off Meeting
  • School Supplies
  • 4th Annual Dash n' Bash
  • Before and After School Care
  • Hot Lunch
  • Parents Night Out
  • Yearbook
  • Bike Rodeo
  • Prospect Prides
  • Events of the Week
Note from Principal
Welcome back! We are incredibly excited to begin our 2018-2019 school year at Prospect.  Our school is a place alive with much energy, enthusiasm, and a staff  that is extremely excited to greet the students on Monday.  We look forward to a very positive and productive year together!  We extend a special, yearlong invitation to our families to join us at school activities and events whenever possible.  We want and value your involvement and support in your child’s education. Your active participation is key to the success of your young Panther during his/her school year.  Here’s to an AWESOME new school year as we work together to make our school a great place to work and learn each day!!

Thank you for your patience
We'd like to express our gratitude for your patience on August 20th as we experienced technical difficulties with our homeroom assignment software. As soon as the issue was identified, our staff worked fervently to correct the issue as quickly as possible. The coding issue that was present in the software had to be manually changed due to an unexpected update to the system. Now that this issue has been identified, we can ensure that our settings are intact. For next year’s assignments, we will be ready to provide information to all families in the most expedient and timely manner possible.

I hope the following reminders will help you transition into the new school year.

Curriculum Night
Prospect’s Curriculum Night is on Wednesday, September 5th from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm.  This evening is scheduled for parents only to attend to hear about the grade level expectations.  We look forward to seeing you all.

Below is a schedule for Wednesday, September 5th:  

6:30 pm - Grade Level presentations:
  • Kindergarten ~ Presentation in MPR 
  • First Grade  ~ Presentation in MRC (Library)
  • Second Grade ~ Presentation in Gym

7:05 pm- Principal Presentation in MPR

7:30 pm - Grade Level presentations:
  • Third Grade ~ Presentation in MPR
  • Fourth Grade ~ Presentation in Gym
  • Fifth Grade ~ Presentation in MRC
  • Art/Music/MRC/PE ~ Presentation in Room 116

Student Absences
Punctual and regular attendance is important and expected.  Regular attendance in school is the joint responsibility of the student and his/her parent(s). A parent/guardian must call the Prospect attendance line at (630) 861-4400 – dial 1 each day the student is absent.  Please keep this number handy for calling in any absence.  Parents may leave a voice message any time of day or night.  It is helpful to leave the following information on the voice message: date of absence, your child’s name and teacher, and the reason for the absence. Be specific in identifying if your child has flu like symptoms. Remember that notes or a call to the classroom teacher does not preclude a call to the attendance line.

Student Dress
Student clothing should follow the Student Dress Policy.  Students will be asked to change any clothing deemed inappropriate for school.  Students in grades 1-5 have physical education everyday so gym shoes are required.  Please send your child with an extra pair of gym shoes to have on hand at school.  Some students may get cold in the lunch room, please send your child with a sweatshirt that they can keep in their locker. 

Student Dismissal
All students will exit the building at 3:05 PM and will be monitored until all students are safely off school property.  Please remind your child how they will be going home.  If a deviation is necessary from the child’s normal exit routine, a note from the parents should be sent to the teacher or please call the office.  Car riders are asked to enter the circle drive off of Chicago Avenue.  Students should always enter your vehicle through the passenger side only.  We ask parents not to leave their vehicles unattended in the drop off lane.  Please do not park in the parking lot during pick up times unless absolutely necessary. Students should not be walking in between moving cars. 

Student Personal Property
To avoid instances where personal items can be broken, lost or stolen, personal items are not allowed at schools.  Students should also not bring their own outdoor sport’s equipment for recess.  Playground equipment is provided for the students during recess. 

Thank you in advance for making the 2018-2019 school year begin smoothly.
Note from PE Teachers
Welcome back to another exciting school year! We are looking forward to welcoming many new students into our school as well as seeing our returning families! Just a reminder that students in grades 1-5 have PE everyday for 25 minutes. Kindergarten has PE twice a week for 25 minutes. Students must have clean gym shoes for PE! Kindergarten students must come to school in their gym shoes. 

For those of you that might not have heard, our PE program was awarded the Blue Ribbon award by the state of Illinois last spring. This is the second time we have be awarded this honor. We pride our PE program at Prospect with being innovative and ground breaking. We integrated literacy and math into the curriculum and led workshops for other schools on how we accomplished this. We have always prided ourselves on doing things in PE way before other schools! With that in mind, last spring Krissy and I started working with an amazing group of scientists and movement experts and started looking at how students move. Current research and our own experience teaching at Prospect find an increasing rate of sports related injuries amongst our students. We are going to be participating in a pilot program in human movement skills. We will be using an evaluation model for each grade level looking at motor skill that underlies our current understanding of fundamental movement skills (run, jump, skip, etc.). The results will provide us an understanding of age/grade level appropriateness. What we learn from this will help us plan for future instruction on skill based curriculum. Our goal is to determine the best means to provide the students with the development of their motor skills to support their fitness activities or sports outside of Prospect. The future goals of this study are to prevent injury and enhance performance as they grow into middle and high school students.  We are very excited to be collaborating on something so important to our students!

~Ms. Duffy and Mrs. Conway
Note from New Teachers
Aletha Fuhrman ~ AM Kindergarten
I am a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education.  I have three minors in science, language arts, and early childhood. I have lived in Michigan most of my life, and my husband and I moved to Illinois this winter. This will be my first year teaching at Prospect and I absolutely love teaching!  In my career I have taught kindergarten, 1st, 2nd/ 3rd grade split, 4th and 5th.  
It is my mission to instill a love for learning in my students.  I hope to instill a desire to be lifelong learners. I look forward to a great year together!

Barbara Matt ~ Fifth Grade
I am so excited to have the opportunity to join the Prospect family. I have been teaching in District 181 for 20 years and have taught second, third and fourth grade. I can truly say my passion is to work with children to ensure that they are successful.
I graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in English and later earned my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University. I continue to enjoy bringing new ideas into the classroom from the many classes, district committees and workshops I attend.
My husband, Andrew, and I raise our three boys, Alexander, Ethan, and George in Westmont. We enjoy playing an active role in their lives inside and outside of school. Outside of school I am an active member of my own children’s PTOs, band, boy scouts, and being a founding member of a non-for-profit The Apraxia Connection as well as one of the coordinators for the Chicago Apraxia Walk. I feel so fortunate to join outstanding educators at Prospect School and look forward to a rewarding year.
Crossing Guards
Due to changes in the district bus policy Prospect will now have 2 new crossing guards.  One will be located on the corner of Chicago Ave. and Woodstock while the other will be at Chicago Ave. and Middaugh.  Both guards will work the following hours:  7:45-8:30 am, 11:20-11:40 am, 12:00 - 12:20 pm, and 3-3:40 pm.
PTO Committee Chair Kick-Off Meeting
Calling all Committee Chairs!  Please come join us for our annual kick-off meeting.  At this meeting you will learn the ins and outs of your role as a committee chair and review the committee chair guide.  Meeting will be held in the Lab at Prospect on Friday, August 31st from 9-10 am.  Please look for an evite in your email.
School Supplies
Forget to order school supplies?  If so, your child’s school supply list can be found on the PTO website.  Just click on this link and scroll to your child’s grade.
4th Annual Dash n' Bash
Friday, September 28th, 4-6:30 pm
Save the Date! Mark your calendars! The Dash n’ Bash is Prospect's one and only family social event of the school year and our premier fundraising event! The Dash around Prospect Park starts at 4:00 pm followed by the Bash from 4:30-6:30 pm. Registration opens September 5th so be on the lookout for more information soon!

Dash n' Bash - Sponsors Needed
We are still looking for family and business sponsorships. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Dash n' Bash sponsor, there is still time. Sponsor donations are due August 31. Please have anyone interested contact Krysten Thomas at

Dash n’ Bash – Volunteers Needed
We still need a few volunteers for the Course Logistics and Safety team!. The description is below. This is to help head up the committee; the call for day-of volunteers will go out in September. If you are interested or know anyone who might be, please contact Kristyn Bannon at

Course Logistics and Safety (1-2 volunteers needed): responsible for all race and course logistics pre-event and day-of. This includes, but is not limited to, setting up the course, coordinating student check-in/out, pre-race warm ups led by Orange Theory, coordinating the start and finish, managing pacers and other volunteers, gathering and distributing needed materials for the race.

Dash n’ Bash - Raffle Prizes
We will be hosting a raffle in conjunction with the Dash 'n Bash again in 2018 and we need your help! We are looking sets of 2 or 4 tickets for a specific game or a mutually agreed upon date after October 2018.  All proceeds from the raffle will go directly to the Prospect PTO.  If you are interested in donating game tickets for the White Sox, Cubs, Bears, or Fire, please contact Gretchen Kotleba at

Before and After School Care
Now Available for Prospect Students
Hello Prospect Parents!  The Community House is so excited to be bringing our Before and After the Bell Program to your school!  As a trusted source in the community for over 75 years we are confident we will be able to bring our well established program to your families. Every day your child will received homework help, active play, enrichment activities, and a snack!  For more information, please contact Beth Hahn at or 630-323-7500 ext. 247.  There will also be Community House representatives present during the bike rodeo and new family orientation if you are interested in speaking to someone about the new program.
Hot Lunch
This year we will be serving Home Run Inn each month.  The hot lunch will be cheese pizza, apples, and 2 oreo cookies.  The hot lunch schedule and ingredients for all lunches can be found on the PTO website .  Sign up here for hot lunch by September 10th.
Parents Night Out
Reserve your tickets today for the Prospect PTO Parents Night Out! Please join us Wednesday September 5th from 8:00 to 10:30 pm at Aguamiel. Tickets are $36 per person and include heavy appetizers, 2 drink tickets (choice of wine, beer or spirits and, yes, margaritas!), tax and tip.  For attending the PNO you will automatically be entered into a drawing for your reserved seats to your child’s grade level performance at Prospect. Purchase tickets by Friday, August 31st.
Parents this year may have noticed you did not pay for your child’s yearbook with your school fees. This year you will be able to purchase your child’s yearbook on the TreeRing website (our yearbook partner) at

If you order by September 30th you receive a 15% discount!  All the details are on the flyer.  Please use the school code in order to log into Prospect’s yearbook page.

Also, once teacher assignments are provided a sign-up genius will be going out for yearbook volunteers. Get your camera ready!

Bike Rodeo
If you are unable to attend the upcoming Bike Rodeo you just need to visit the Clarendon Hills Police Department to get your bike registered with the village.
Prospect Prides
A BIG thank you for all you do!
  • Thank you to Jocelyn Mokhtarian and Rikka Erway for all of their hard work on the PTO website and getting our e-newsletter published.
  • Thank you to Daniel Prieto for preparing the Spanish Translations for EOW.
  • Thank you to Tara Kottke and Traci Miller for organizing the hot lunch schedule for the upcoming school year.
  • Thank you to Michelle Darin and Karyn Szurgot for their efforts welcoming new families to Prospect this year as well as the newcomers committee members: Puja Patel, Emily Podboy, Tami Croff, Josefine Jiang, Julie Kauffman, Helena Joergenrud and Christy McCormick.
  • Thank you to Christen Schmeltz for organizing the teacher breakfast as well as those who volunteered to set up and bring in food: Nadine Bolger, Megan Caplis, Julie Kauffman, Tina Laterreur, Jill Livingston, Sharon Marinaccio, Karen Schaller, Lipi Sekhadia, Krysten Thomas, Jennifer Voight, Heidi Wendland and Shannon Westberg.
  • Thank you to Christy Rothkopf for handling school supply kits and arranging delivery to the classrooms.  Thank you also to the following volunteers:  Bridget DeMartino, Michelle Darin, Josee Martens, Traci Miller, Jessica Barrett, Theresa LeBaron and the custodial staff.
  • Thank you to Ann Tonjes for getting Spiritwear up and running this year.
  • Thank you to Michelle Herrick and Jenny Voight as well as committee members: Kelly Kirchheimer, Cara Dipasquale, Deanne Kozlowski, Emily Podboy, Gina Heaton, Julie Kauffman, Lisa Meakins, Lori Ward, Melanie Barnes, Sinead Duffy and Theresa LeBaron for organizing the Bike Rodeo.
  • Thank you to Beth Nordby and the Student Leadership team for helping out with the new family orientation.
  •  And, of course, many thanks to Kristyn Bannon, Gretchen Kotleba, and Krysten Thomas for spearheading Dash n’ Bash 2018!  And, thank you to their entire committee who has been working hard to secure sponsors, awards, volunteers, and more to ensure that Dash n’ Bash 2018 is a fun and memorable event!
Events of the Week
Monday, August 27th:
  • First Day of School - FULL DAY for all students
  • 8:35 am to 3:05 Grades 1-5
  • 8:35 am to 11:25 am for K - AM
  • 12:15 pm to 3:05 pm for K - PM

Friday, August 31st:
  • PTO Committee Chair Kick-Off Meeting, 9-10 am, in the Lab
  • Last day to register for Parents Night Out

Monday, September 3rd:
  • Labor Day - No School

Wednesday, September 5th:
  • Curriculum Night 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Prospect School
  • Parents Night Out, 8:00 - 10:30 pm, Augamiel - Downtown Clarendon Hills
  • Registration opens for the Dash n’ Bash

Friday, September 28th:
  • 4th Annual Dash n’ Bash: 1K run and Party, 4:00 - 6:30 pm, Prospect Park and School
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