School Information

Vision:  Engineering Our Future!

Mission: The mission of Tatanka Elementary School is to support each student's educational journey through collaboration, communication, critical and creative thinking, to become lifelong learners and productive citizens in our ever-changing society.

Tatanka Elementary School opened in the fall of 1980, and at that time was called Buffalo Primary School.  It was a first, second and third grade building.  Dean Skallerud was the principal until 2000.  In the fall of 1997 Buffalo Primary School went to a kindergarten through grade five building and was renamed Tatanka Elementary.  Gail Feneis was principal from 2000-2005, and Don Metzler has been Tatanka's principal from 2005 to the present.  

In 2011, Tatanka received a grant from the Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) to develop a STEM magnet school.  In the fall of 2012, Tatanka officially became a STEM magnet school.

Tatanka Elementary's average enrollment is 520 students. 

Attendance Information

Checking Students In and Out of School, Student Absences, Health Services & Family Vacations.

Daily Schedule For Specials (Art, Music, Gym, Writing)

School Daily Schedule: Students should not arrive before 7:25 a.m. There is no supervision until that time. The school day begins at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 2:25 p.m. Shuttle bus students are dismissed at 2:10 p.m.

Food Service

Application for Education Benefits, Lunch Menus, online meal payments

KidKare Program Information

KidKare information to register your child and cost for the program.

Registration and Forms

Information and Forms to Register Your Child/BHM Registration Form/Transportation Alternate Destination Form/BHM Student Data-Opt-Out Form/BHM Health Emergency Form/BHM Open Enrollment Form

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Student Handbook (PDF - 591.42 KB)

The handbook contains basic information about our school.

Student Recess and Lunch Schedule

Please note that students have RECESS FIRST then they go to LUNCH.