Wildcat Weekly

Laura B. Sprague School Newsletter - September 24, 2021

Creative Potential

Last week, Sprague students celebrated International Dot Day! This day is celebrated to boost courage so that children's creative potential is released. It is a great day to connect and collaborate, to celebrate self-expression, and encourage students to understand that everyone is unique and creates their artwork differently, and that is OK!


Students read the book, "The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds is a story about a child who discovers her artistic talent. In class, students played games and drew pictures to express themselves.


To view pictures of the activity, please visit our Facebook page or go to our Google Doc folder.

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Dropping Off After 8:10 AM?

If you drop your student off at school after 8:10 a.m. please park your vehicle in a designated parking spot on the street, or on the east or south side of the building and walk your child to the office. There is no supervision for students after 8:10 a.m. and we rely on parents to bring their students to the office for late check in.
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No Pokémon Cards at School

No Pokemon cards are allowed at Sprague, including the 103 Club. Please keep electronics at home, too.
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Test Results

Look for fall administered MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) English/Language Arts and Math assessments to be mailed to families through the U.S. Postal Service. MAP Assessments are administered to students in grades 1 through 8.


The test is intended for school staff to understand a child’s current academic level while also measuring academic growth over time in Mathematics and English/Language Arts. Administrators and teachers review data from these assessments to gain insight into how students are performing, which allows for more accurate instructional planning aligned to student needs.

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Cultural Board Contributors

The Sprague Staff Cultural Committee would love to connect with individuals, families, or groups of caregivers, who would be interested in contributing to a monthly bulletin board display to teach others about their culture or about a culture that is relevant to their family.


  • The photo shown in this picture is an example of a bulletin board sharing about South Korean culture.
  • In the month of October we are highlighting South Korea.
  • We are flexible in how you would prefer to contribute, such as lending items, providing pictures/resources, or creating the bulletin board by yourself or with others.
  • Please let us know how you would like to cooperate by filling out this cultural interest survey by Monday, Sept. 27.


We will reach out to you as soon as possible and provide you further information!

Please call the school at 847-945-6665 and let us know if you have any questions. Thank you for your time!

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Picture Retakes

Picture retake day is Wednesday, Oct. 13. If you would prefer to send in your own photo for the yearbook, please follow these directions:


  1. Take a picture of your child with your smart phone or camera. Tips: Use natural lighting, use a clean plain background, avoid props and filters, adhere to school dress code guidelines, submit high resolution color photo, save as jpeg.

  2. Please submit your portrait using this Laura B. Sprague site.
    You may also visit the eShare website and enter in our school code: Sprague22.

  3. Enter your parent/guardian information and choose the option to "Upload Student Portrait".

  4. Step through the wizard that allows you to choose your image, crop it and submit it. You will provide your child’s name as you wish it to appear in the yearbook.

  5. If you need help, please watch this four-minute video tutorial to help you through the process.

  6. You have until Tuesday, October 5 to submit your child's portrait. We will not be able to accept any late submissions. Submit ONE photo per child.

  7. If you have difficulty uploading your photo, please reach out to Herff Jones Tech Support at 877-362-7750.

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Game Nights

The PTO is hosting Sprague Game Nights for different grade levels and their families. Meet on the playground where you can socialize with other parents and children can play with their friends. The PTO will set up stations with playground-type games that children can play. The PTO will provide snacks and bottled water.
  • Second-Grade: 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30
  • Early Childhood/Kindergarten: Held Thursday, Sept. 9
  • First-Grade: 5-6:30 p.m. Held Thursday, Sept. 23


Show your interest in attending by registering through the PTO Membership Toolkit. Questions? Please email us at cort26@hotmail.com or kate.schulze@gmail.com.

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District News

Board of Education Meeting

The next Board of Education meeting will occur on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page.
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Partnership News

Challenging Child Behaviors

Using the 3 C's: Connection, Communication, Capability to Combat Challenging Behaviors Author Katherine Reynolds Lewis will present virtually at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29. The D103 PTO Parent Education registration for the virtual presentation is now open.
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Community News

Metra Contest

Metra’s Safety Poster and Essay Contest is back! For details of the contest rules, entry forms, and galleries featuring past winners visit our Metra website. You can also submit your entries electronically through the site or simply send them to us via email at metracontest@metrarr.com.

Food Pantry

Congregation Beth Am provides non-perishable food for the community. The congregation is also looking for non-perishable donations. Please visit the Congregation Beth Am website for more information on donating or picking up food items.

Foundation Run/Walk

Lace-up and get moving in the Stevenson Foundation's hybrid 5K walk/run, Stevenson Move-A-Thon! This event, which includes both virtual and in-person ways to participate, is a fun way to stay healthy and support SHS students and families with limited resources.

YMCA Activities

See what is new at the North Suburban YMCA for your child! Visit our website for programs and schedules.
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Sprague Events