Wildcat Weekly

Laura B. Sprague School Newsletter - January 14, 2022

Discovering the Source of Light

Teachers are very creative in coming up with ways to help students grasp science concepts and other schoolwork.

In one first-grade classroom students conducted a science experiment with ‘dark boxes.’ After learning about different sources of light, the students experienced what it's like to try to see in the dark by sending each other secret messages with their dark boxes, said ELL Teacher Anna Ahne.

“Through this experiment, students learned that they could only read the secret messages by letting light into their dark boxes. The different sources of light we discovered in our classroom were the sun, flashlights, and light bulbs,” Mrs. Ahne said.

The dark box activity that students conducted relates to the Next Generation Science Standard, "Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that objects in darkness can be seen only when illuminated."

Please visit the school's Facebook page or Google Doc folder for pictures of the activity.

No School Monday

There is no school Monday, Jan. 17, due to the holiday, Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday.

Kindergarten Registration Now Open

Kindergarten registration for students turning 5-years-old on or before Sept. 1, 2022, is now open. Please visit the D103 Kindergarten website for detailed information about what documents are required for registration.

District News

D103 Offers Vaccine Clinic

District 103 is hosting two additional vaccine clinics for our community. Booster shots for ages 12 and above as well as 1st and 2nd dose shots will be available. Eligibility for booster shots can be found on the CDC website.

When: January 22 and February 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Laura B. Sprague School, 2425 Riverwoods Rd., Lincolnshire


  • Pfizer first and second doses (ages 5 and above),
  • Moderna (ages 18 and above)
  • Johnson and Johnson (ages 18 and above)
  • Vaccine booster shots for ages 12 and above

Who: All Students, staff and all family members in the D103 Community

To register for a vaccine, please click the link below:

Please note: specific time slots are available for this clinic. Please arrive no more than 5 minutes before your assigned time.

Board of Education Meeting

The next Board of Education meeting will occur at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25. 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 also contact the Board at board@d103.org.


Volunteers Needed for 5K Run Committee

The 2022 D103 PTO 5K is in jeopardy and we need your help!

The 5K event helps fund significant projects at our schools and is a much-loved springtime event in our community.

We are asking for your support to help us keep this event going. If you have previously attended and enjoyed the 5K, please consider volunteering for the core 5K committee (planning and organization).

5K Committee meetings are a fun way to participate in the PTO and give back to the schools.

And yes, you can volunteer to help out and still run at the event!

Please email 5k@d103pto.org if you are interested in helping out and we will reach out with more information.

Building Resilience and Coping Skills

The D103 PTO is offering an online parent education webinar on "Practical Tools to Increase Connection with Your Child and Simplify Your Parenting" by Child Development Specialist and Parenting Expert Dr. Siggie Cohen. The virtual presentation is divided into two sessions for parents of children of different grade levels.

For questions or more information about PTO Parent Education events please reach out to Michelle Kowalski at kowmichelle@gmail.com.

Sprague Information

  • Principal Ann Hofmeier
  • Assistant Principal Jennifer Arroyo