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Half Day School Weekly Newsletter - November 19, 2021

Where the Wind Blows

Third-graders recently made wind vanes as a part of Half Day’s weather and climate unit for science. Wind vanes help students determine wind direction.

As part of their weather and climate unit students record and analyze data to make predictions, grasp a better understanding of weather and climate, look at what causes natural hazards, and study how natural hazards can be reduced.

To see pictures of the activity, please visit the school's Facebook page or Google Doc folder.

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School Schedule Reminder

Please take note of the parent-teacher conference and holiday schedules:

  • Monday, Nov. 22: Early Dismissal for students in Grades K-8 (Parent-Teacher Conferences in the afternoon and evening)

  • Tuesday, Nov. 23 through Friday, Nov. 26: No School (Thanksgiving break)

  • 103 Club will offer child care at the time schools dismiss for the day on Early Dismissal Days

  • Lunch is not served on Early Dismissal Days

Early Dismissal times for schools:

Sprague School

  • K-2 students are dismissed at 11:15 a.m.

  • Extended day students are dismissed at 11 a.m.

  • Early Childhood will not be in session on Early Dismissal Days

Half Day School

  • All students will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m.

Daniel Wright Junior High School

  • All students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m.

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Yearbook Cover Contest

The Half Day Yearbook Committee is seeking artists to design a cover for the 2021-2022 school yearbook. The yearbook cover designs should be related to our school and may include our mascot, school colors (blue, yellow, and white), students, the school building, class subjects, etc. Please review the Yearbook Cover Design Contest flyer for detailed information.
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Spelling Bee Aficionados

Students in grades 4-8 who are interested in the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition should register to participate by Wednesday, Dec. 1. Once registered, a spelling bee coordinator will assign the appropriate test to your child. Please read the Spelling Bee letter for detailed information about the competition.

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Lunch Menus

December lunch menus are now available.
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District 103 News

PCR Testing Reminder

If your child participates in the take home PCR testing program through school please note that If your child did not complete the test at home, we will not be able to have them test at school. Please be sure to administer the test either Monday or Tuesday before they go to school. We will not send a test kit home next week due to the Thanksgiving Break. Testing will resume on Monday, Nov. 29.

Board Member Appreciation Day

Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 joined communities throughout the state for Board Appreciation Day to say "thank you" to local school board members on Nov. 15, 2021.

District 103 publicly recognized the efforts of its Board members and showed appreciation for their dedicated service to its students and community at their regular board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 16. Please join District 103 in thanking the Board of Education members:

  • Anne van Gerven, President, resides in Lincolnshire, serving since 2013
  • Kate Harper, Vice President, resides in Lincolnshire, serving since 2013
  • Marissa Grossenbach, Board Member, resides in Lincolnshire, serving since 2017
  • Michael Odongo, Board Member, resides in Buffalo Grove, serving since 2017
  • Rana Hashemi-Haeri, Board Member, resides in Lincolnshire, serving since 2018
  • Maria Peterson, Board Member, resides in Lincolnshire, serving since 2021
  • Michael Weaver, Board Member, resides in Lincolnshire, serving since 2021

For boards of education, the recent challenges and difficult choices during the pandemic go beyond routine educational decisions. While continuing to ensure students have quality learning opportunities, board members must also consider their decisions in terms of the health and safety of students, teachers, and community members.

"Board of Education members are volunteers who give up their personal and family time to take the lead on tough decisions that affect not only our schools, but the entire community. Their choices impact many aspects of our daily lives, and the service allows the District 103 community to grow and thrive," said Dr. Scott Warren, District 103 Superintendent.

The Lincolnshire-Prairie View District 103 Board of Education has provided strong leadership to help create a positive learning environment for our students to learn and grow. We appreciate their hard work and dedication to our students, staff, families and community.

In Need of Financial Assistance?

Our D103 PTO provides assistance through a program called, D103 PTO GIVES, to families who are experiencing financial difficulty. If your family is in need of support, please complete this Google form and a member of the district will be in contact with you.

Second Vaccine Clinic for Ages 5 to Adult

Our next clinic is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Sprague School. First and second doses for Pfizer (ages 5 and above), Moderna (ages 18 and above) and a single dose for Johnson and Johnson (ages 18 and above) along with vaccine booster shots for adults who are eligible will be available. To register for a vaccine, please click the link below:

Vaccine Registration

Please note that the 8:00 a.m. time listed on the registration is the start time for the clinic, not your scheduled time to receive the vaccine. There are no assigned times. Drop-in anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

The clinics are being organized by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). The clinic is not exclusive to D103 schools and families, and we will have walk-ins from our community. Because we do not run the clinic, we cannot guarantee a time slot. Therefore, we will not have scheduled times for this clinic. Please note that the busiest times at the last clinic were between 8:00-10:00 a.m., with a 2 hour wait time. People who arrived after 11:00 a.m. had no more than a 25-minute wait. Individuals who arrived after 1:00 p.m. had almost no wait at all. Please be prepared to wait in line if you arrive in the morning.

Board of Education Meeting

The next regular Board of Education meeting will occur at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page. D103 board meetings will be held in-person and live-streamed each month on our YouTube Channel. Members of the community should attend the meeting at 111 Barclay Boulevard, Lincolnshire if they would like to make a public comment. The public can contact the Board at board@d103.org.
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Culver's Dining Fundraiser

Support the District 103 PTO when you dine-in, drive-through or carry out from Culver's of Lincolnshire on Monday, Nov. 22. Culver’s will donate 25% of group sales to the PTO.

Mabel’s Labels

Do you often have to search the school's “lost and found” bins for missing items? Save the hassle and label your child’s things. D103 PTO teams up with Mabel’s Labels.

1. Go to mabelslabels.com
2. Click ‘Support Fundraiser’
3. Enter ‘District 103 Parent Teacher Organization (Lincolnshire)

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Community News

State Art Contest

The 40th Illinois Arts Education Week is March 14-18, 2022. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and ISBE have collaborated to create more visibility for young Illinois artists and showcase their talent, as well as reinforcing the importance of the arts in the growth and development of our students.

The contest includes four entry levels: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12. A panel of judges will select a winner and two runners-up in each entry level. All winners and runners-up will have their work displayed by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum from Feb. 12 through March 18, 2022. The student whose work is chosen as "Best in Show" will be featured on a poster to celebrate Illinois Arts Education week. They will also be recognized at an ISBE board meeting and their framed work will be displayed in the Board office.

All entries must be received by mail, postmarked no later than Friday, Dec. 17. Mail entries to:
Arts Contest
Student Care
100 North First Street, E-222
Springfield, IL 62777

Football & Cheer Registration

Buffalo Bills football and cheer registration is underway.

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Half Day Upcoming Events