First Day of Summer School

While there has only been one day off since school ended, students and teachers were excited to return this morning for the start of summer school at Thompson Elementary.  Students from all schools across the district arrived this morning surprised to learn that the one thing they all had in common was their fluffy friend Jeep.  Of course, Jeep was very happy to see all of them!


Last Day of School

Jeep made certain to visit all her friends at Martin, Thompson and Hooper Schools to wish them a terrifc summer vacation.  She is looking forward to seeing all of them in August for the start of the 2019/20 school year.


Field Day Frenzy

IMG_0943Jeep was all smiles watching all the kids at Martin, Thompson, and Hooper Schools participate in the annual outdoor Field Day games.  Students joined multi-grade teams, chose colors, and created team names.  Sixth-grade students served as team leaders, coaches, helpers, and organizers for the younger students.

Many students wanted to know what team Jeep would be on and what color Jeep would wear.  As you can see, Jeep chose to be all-inclusive by wearing a rainbow tutu and scarf. Even her leash was rainbow colored.   Jeep embraces all people, all of the time.

Good girl, Jeep! We all had fun!IMG_0972IMG_0997IMG_0992IMG_0944IMG_0952IMG_0975IMG_0920IMG_0914IMG_0939IMG_0924IMG_0929

Little Baby Jeep Jeep

Mrs. Grieg’s kindergarten students at Hooper always welcome Jeep with a chant just for her!

Feel free to join in.  (Warning! it might just get stuck in your head, too!)

  • Little Baby Jeep Jeep walking thru the forest,
  • Little Baby Jeep Jeep always goes before us,
  • Little Baby Jeep Jeep time to sing the chorus
  • Lolly lolly lu lu
  • Lolly lolly lee lee

Memorial Day Weekend is Almost Here

Memorial-Day-PicsOriginally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is the time to remember and honor all the men and women who have died in service to our country.  Memorial Day is always observed on the last Monday in May.  In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday.


On Monday, May 27th at noon you can attend the annual Memorial Day Parade in Lake Villa which starts at Palombi Middle School.  The parade is sponsored by the Lake Villa VFW Post 4308 and Boy Scout Troop 323, this parade begins at Palombi Middle School and heads toward Lehman Park in downtown Lake Villa. Services will be held in the park following the parade and there will be a hot dog lunch after the service held at the VFW post located at 130 E. Grand Avenue.


Kindness Day at Hooper School

Never underestimate the power of a wet nose and a furry paw on a bad day.  The kids and staff at Hooper clearly know that happiness starts with a wet nose and ends with a tail.   They went out of their way this morning to show Jeep what kindness looks like and sounds like on Kindness Day.   Jeep was definitely feeling the love!

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Jeep and the Winter Blast

Jeep enjoyed the unexpected mid-April snow yesterday.  She stayed outside for over nine hours.  When I finally coaxed her inside, we had to remove large snowballs that clung to her feet and tummy.  She didn’t seem to mind a bit. I don’t think she is looking forward to summer.

Poor Jeep – we will just have to fill up her kiddie swimming pool soon so we can deal with the spring mud season.  I am NOT looking forward to the Return of Mud Monster, are you?

A magnificent way to catch a few tasty flakes


Enjoy Spring Break

Free LOW RES Digital Download_DKB-00086.pngWe hope your Spring Break is off to a marvelous start!

If you miss the big white fluff this week, you can a dose of Jeep right here – and you can practice your math skills by counting how many hands are actually petting Jeep.

For those smart friends up for an even bigger challenge, figure out just how many fingers are on her at one time.

Enjoy Spring Break!