In addition to the weekly PTO newsletter, which will be sent out every Sunday morning throughout the school year, another great way to stay informed is to sign up for Prospect Text Remind alerts. Simply text @prospto to 81010 to receive reminder texts about school-wide events such as Hot Lunch, non-attendance days, registration deadlines, etc.

Recycle Your Holiday Lights

Don’t know what to do with those old, worn out strands of holiday lights?

Prospect’s Eco Panthers would like you to RECYCLE them! Eco Panthers are sponsoring a holiday lights recycling drive. Please consider recycling your old worn out lights beginning now through Friday, January 25th, by dropping them off in the box located inside the main doors. Or simply send them to school with your child and we will take care of the rest. Thank you for supporting Prospect’s Eco Panthers.

Prospect Spelling Bee

Did you know that SPELLING enhances a student’s reading, writing, vocabulary and comprehension? Encourage your 3rd, 4th or 5th graders to participate in Prospect’s upcoming Spelling Bees!


  • CLASSROOM Spelling Bees will be held after Holiday Break, the week of January 14th.
  • The top finalist from each classroom will then receive a NEW spelling list and will compete the Prospect SCHOOL Spelling Bee on Wednesday, January 23 at 5:30pm at Prospect.
  • The top 2 winners of the Prospect SCHOOL Spelling Bee will advance to the District 181 Spelling Bee to be held on February 13th and 4:00pm at Elm School.

Below are the word lists that will be used during the CLASSROOM Spelling Bees: 

3rd Grade Classroom Spelling Bee Word List 
4th Grade Classroom Spelling Bee Word List
5th Grade Classroom Spelling Bee Word List
6th Grade Classroom Spelling Bee Word List (if needed to determine 5th grade winners)

D86 Budget Cuts and Referendum Information

The following information was shared with District 86 parents from District 86 Superintendent Dr. Bruce Law. More referendum information from District 86 is available at https://d86.hinsdale86.org.

Visitor Management System

As of January 7, 2019, our new visitor management system will be fully implemented in all D181 schools. The visitor management system is a safety measure that requires all adults to check in with a state-issued photo ID and receive a visitor badge prior to entering the school.

Please be prepared to provide your ID to the front office staff any time you are visiting. Thank you for partnering with us in this important process to make sure our schools and students are as safe as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to John Munch, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, at jmunch@d181.org.

Community Speaker Series

Dr. Lisa Damour-Untangled: Guiding Girls Through Seven Transitions into Adulthood

Dr. Damour draws on decades of experience and the latest research to reveal the seven distrinct and absolutely normal developmental transitions that turn girls into grown-ups. Providing realistic scenarios and welcome advice on how to engage daughters in smart, constructive ways, “Untangled” gives parents a broad framework for understanding their daughters while addressing their most common questions.

The program is free and open to all but space is limited. If you are interested in attending, please register in advance through the links above.

Events of the Week

Monday, January 14th:

Language Labs, Mandarin, 11:25-12:15, Room 102
Language Labs, French, 11:25-12:15, Innovation Lab
PTO General Meeting, 2- 3pm, Innovation Lab
Board of Education Meeting, 7-10 pm, District Office

Tuesday, January 15th:

Band Practice, 7:45 – 8:30 am, MPR
Battle of the Books, 3:10-4:00 pm, MRC
EcoPanthers, 3:05 – 4:05, Room 201

Wednesday, January 16th:

Choir Practice, 7:45-8:30a.m. (5th grade only!)
Hot Lunch
William Penn School Visit
Student Leadership Meeting, 3:05-4:15 pm, MPR

Thursday, January 17th:

Orchestra Rehearsal, 7:45-8:20 am, MPR
Fourth Grade Makers Club, 11:25-12:15, MRC
GeoBee Club, 11:25-12:15, Room 121
Fifth Grade Big Band Rehearsal, 2:30-3:45 pm, CHMS Band Room
Chess Club, 4:30-5:30 pm, MRC
HMS Ribbon Cutting Celebration, 6:30 -8:30 pm, HMS

Friday, January 18th:

Language Labs, Spanish (Grades K-1), 11:25 – 12:15, Rm 102
Language Labs, Spanish (Grades 2-4), 11:25 – 12:15, Innovation Lab
Fifth Grade Musical Performance, 2-3 pm, MPR
Spirit Day! Wear your red and white to show school spirit.

Looking Ahead:

January 21st, NO SCHOOL, Martin Luther King Day
January 23rd, Prospect SCHOOL Spelling Bee, 5:30 pm
January 23rd, Junior Great Books Begins (2nd & 3rd grade -lunchtime)January 27th, 5th Grade Winter Party, Oak Brook Park District, 6-8 p.m.
February 13th, DISTRICT 181 Spelling Bee, 4:00 pm, Elm School
February 19th, Robert Crown, 5th grade boys, 6:30-8:30pm, Prospect MPR
February 22nd, Sweat n’ Share, Energie Pilates
February 26th, Robert Crown, 4th/5th girls, 6:30-8:30pm, Prospect MPR
February 27th, DuPage COUNTY Spelling Bee, Wheaton North