Wildcat Weekly

Laura B. Sprague School Newsletter - September 17, 2021

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage

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The idea for Hispanic Heritage Month began as a way to promote the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic-Americans — specifically, those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Communities mark the achievements of Hispanic and Latino Americans with festivals and educational activities.


The 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month theme invites us to celebrate Hispanic Heritage and to reflect on how great our tomorrow can be if we hold onto our resilience and hope. It also encourages us to reflect on all the contributions Hispanics have made in the past and will continue to make in the future.


Hispanic Heritage Month is observed annually from Sept.15 to Oct. 15. It is a time to appreciate and celebrate the colorful cultures, rich histories, and diversity of the American Latino community. Sprague invites families to read some of the literature about Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Contributors Sought for Cultural Board

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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COVID Aside, Keep Sick Children Home

To help prevent the spread of illness, we would like to provide you with some sick day guidelines to help with your decision on whether or not to send your child to school. Please contact the school office in the following manner if your child presents with any of the following symptoms described in this Sick Day Guidelines sheet. To report an absence please call 847-945-6686 or email Ls_attendance@d103.org. Provide your child’s first and last name, child’s teacher, and symptoms.


Some of the Guidelines Include:

  • Students must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.

  • If your child exhibits COVID symptoms, the child needs a negative PCR test before returning to school.

  • This includes if the student is sent home sick the previous day with COVID symptoms.

  • Children should stay home if they are a close contact of someone with COVID and contact the school principal and/or school nurse.

  • Please review other sick day guidelines like vomiting, sore throat, and experiencing a rash.

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Principal Coffee - New Date

Families are welcome to attend Sprague Principal Ann Hofmeier’s coffees that are held in person this year. Principal Hofmeier will provide you with a better understanding of what happens during a child’s typical day at Sprague as well as how students are adjusting. This meeting will also give you an opportunity to get to know the other parents in your child’s school. We will allow parents time to ask questions to help them become more familiar with Sprague School. We look forward to seeing you there!


Grades 1-2 Coffee: 9 to 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21 (NEW DATE)

  • 9:00 School Tour

  • 9:15 Introductions and Meet and Greet other Families

  • 9:30 Questions and answer opportunity!

  • 10:00 Adjournment


Please RSVP to Amy Hull at ahull@d103.org or call her at 847-945-6665.

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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.
  • First-Grade: 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23
  • Second-Grade: 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30
  • Early Childhood/Kindergarten: Held Thursday, Sept. 9


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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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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District News

Test to Stay - Update


If your child is identified as a close contact at school, they may be eligible for the Test to Stay option instead of quarantining for 10 days at home. Please complete the permission form in Unified Classroom indicating that you give the district permission to administer the BinaxNOW test. You do not need to sign up for weekly PCR testing to be included in the Test to Stay option, but we highly recommend it.


To sign your child up for free weekly testing, please review the COVID news updates for more information. If it is your first time signing up, families need to sign up by Sunday at 6 p.m. if you want your child to begin testing that week. You only need to sign your child up once to be included in weekly testing for the school year.


For information about COVID prevention and COVID cases across D103 schools, please see the following web pages:

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

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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