Wildcat Weekly

Laura B. Sprague School Newsletter - October 8, 2021

Sprague Families Enjoy Game Night

Sprague School offers many social opportunities for families to meet one another throughout the year and Game Nights are just such an occasion.

The weather was beautiful and students and families met on the school playground by grade level recently to play games and socialize.

“Having it by grade level was nice because it allowed us to host everyone at once outside. And, it helped create a sense of community after a year isolated because of the pandemic,” said one of the parent planners, Maggie Roler.

Sprague offers many social activities for families throughout the year. During the school day parents volunteer at the Family Traditions Fair and Winter Carnival. After hours families are invited to the Valentine’s Day dance, Game Nights, and other classroom specific activities.

“These are great events for parents to meet other parents in their children's classroom where they can spark conversations about learning and such,” said Principal Ann Hofmeier.

To view pictures of the activity, please visit our Facebook page or go to our Google Doc folder for first-grade pictures, second-grade pictures, and EC/kindergarten pictures.

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No School Monday or Tuesday

We would like to inform you of some upcoming changes to the school day. Please review the school calendar for other updates.

  • No School Monday, Oct. 11, due to the holiday, Indigenous Peoples’/ Columbus Day.

  • No School Tuesday, Oct. 12, due to a Teacher Institute Day.

  • Late Arrival Day Thursday, Oct. 21. Students in grades K-8 will start school 90 minutes later than their normal start time.

  • Thursday, Oct. 21, is a nonattendance day for students in early childhood classes.

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Sprague Welcomes a New Team Member

Please welcome the newest member of the Sprague front office team Reema Jhangiani! Reema is replacing Amy Hull who retired this month.
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Overdue Books

Please work with your child to return books to the library. Many children have overdue library books.

We have a large number of students who are still getting into the routine of returning their books and we want to make sure all students can check out a new book. If you child has too many outstanding books we will pause the weekly checkout for them until the books are returned. It is our way of making it manageable for students and families to keep track of checked out books. It also helps us to keep books circulating. A good tip is to select a specific spot where your child’s school library books will stay, such as their backpack, in order to keep track of them. You can also add an alarm or calendar item to help your child remember to return books each week on their checkout day. You are always welcome to email Ms. Lenzini at llenzini@d103.org to check the status of your child’s library account. Thank you for your support!

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Book Fair Approaching

Save the Date! The Sprague Book Fair, sponsored by D103 PTO, is launching soon and is sure to be out of this world! Sprague students will view this year's book fair selections and building photo wish lists during their library period Friday, Oct. 22, through Thursday, Oct. 28. Please be on the look out for further details on how to view your child’s wish list and place your book fair order in the upcoming weeks.
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Picture Retake Day

For students who were absent on picture day or students who wish to have their picture retaken, picture retake day will be Wednesday, Oct. 13. For more about ordering pictures, please review the e-notice that went out about picture day.
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Art Challenge

Sprague Art Teacher Allison Smith is challenging students to spend time at home creating a personalized piece of artwork to display outside the art room on a wall she now calls the “Art Challenge Board.”

Students must create an original piece of art at home and bring it to school. Each month a student from each class will be named Art Challenge winner of the month. Mrs. Smith will showcase students' artwork on the Art Challenge Board.

Please refer questions to Mrs. Smith at asmith@d103.org.
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District News

Strategic Plan Feedback Requested

D103 would like your feedback on a new strategic plan that will guide the District for the next five years. Using the Portrait of a Graduate competencies as a guide, the Strategic Planning Committee created four main goal areas with a strategic goal for each area.Please take a few minutes to review the goals and submit your feedback to the District by Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.

The Board will review the feedback at a future Board meeting, revise the goals as necessary, and then adopt the final plan. The plan will outline the work for the district for the next five years.

Board of Education Meeting

The next Board of Education meeting will occur at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page.
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Partnership News

Parent Education Event

Join award-winning author and curriculum creator Carrie Goldman at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, for a virtual presentation on how to help kids navigate sensitive social situations and resolve conflict using healthy relationship skills. When students exhibit unkind behaviors, it is because they haven’t developed core social competencies, such as empathy, compassion, and conflict resolution skills. As parents and educators, we can strive to teach those missing skills instead of shaming kids when they make mistakes. The D103 PTO Parent Education registration for the virtual online presentation is now open.
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Community News

Vaccination Clinic

The Lake County Regional Office of Education is hosting a COVID-19 Pfizer vaccination clinic for individuals 12 and older getting their first dose or third dose (if you qualify) at the Central Permit Facility, 500 W. Winchester Rd., Libertyville. People getting their first dose should sign up for Saturday, Oct. 9. People getting their third dose may sign up for Oct. 9 or Saturday, Oct. 30. The clinic is open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please book an appointment today.

Metra Contest

Here's your chance to win a $500 gift card with Metra’s Safety Poster and Essay Contest. For details about 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.

5K Run/Walk

Join the Community Christian Church as members participate in the Third Annual Community 5K Run/Walk with Virtual Option Saturday, Oct. 9. Please preregister for the 5K Run/Walk.

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.

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Sprague Events

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