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Half Day School Weekly Newsletter - November 12, 2021

Celebrating Veterans Day

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Half Day School honored veterans on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, with poems, essays, songs, and a great thank you shoutout! Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually in November for honoring military veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces. Please enjoy the virtual Veterans Day assembly.

The following students were the winners of the Veterans Day essay contest. You can read their essays in this Google Doc. Congratulations essay contest winners:


  • Shireen Wangnoo

  • Shreya Bhave


  • Mila Bonner

  • Sophie Pedersen


  • Ananth Srinivasan

  • Gemma De La Paz

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Reports Cards Available Wednesday

Families may view students' grades in Unified Classroom sometime after 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17. If you need assistance locating your child's report card, please follow these instructions.

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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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Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conference scheduling ends at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16. Please read the news bulletin that went out for more information on accessing the scheduling system.
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Book Fair is Open

The Half Day book fair is open for purchases. Students will visit the fair through Thursday, Nov. 18.
  1. To browse the catalog and shop online, visit efairs.follettbookfairs.com
  2. Log in using fair code K57RY
  3. The book fair will remain open through Friday, Nov. 19
  4. Books purchased through the online fair are expected to be delivered to your student’s class by Friday, Dec. 10

Please email the PTO at bookfair@d103pto.org with any questions.
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District 103 News

Vaccination Clinic for Ages 5 to Adult

Registration is open for the vaccination clinic occurring this Saturday, November 13, at Laura B. Sprague School. There are slots available for anyone ages 5 and above. The clinic offers the

Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

There is now a two-step process to register for your vaccination.

  1. Register for a vaccination

  2. Secure a time slot for your vaccination

If you have already registered for the vaccination, please secure a time for your appointment by clicking the link in #2 above.

Lunch Program Update

If you wish to continue to use our food provider, Quest, for your child’s lunch, you do not need to do anything. No update is required. We will continue to offer meals to your child as we have during the first trimester. Daniel Wright students select their meals each week, so there is no need to make any changes to their selection process.

If you would like to opt-in or opt-out of the program, or change the meals being offered to your Sprague or Half Day child, please complete the “Lunch Opt-In Form” in your Unified Classroom account by Thursday, Nov. 18, at 12:00 p.m. If you need help accessing the forms, please review this instructional video. We will institute any changes after Thanksgiving break on Monday, Nov. 29. For more about the lunch program this year, please read the news bulletin. Lunch menus can be found on our website.

Board of Education Meeting

The next Board of Education meeting will occur at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16. 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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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.

Blood Drive

There is a blood drive opportunity Friday, Nov, 19 from 3 to 7 p.m. St. Gregory's Church, Deerfield. To schedule an appointment please call 877-258-4825 or visit Vitalant.org.

Special Recreation Programming

The Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County provides community-based recreation to children and adults with disabilities. Check out our website to view SRACLC's year-round programs including camps, after school care, sports, arts, and community outing.
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Half Day Upcoming Events