Wildcat Weekly

Laura B. Sprague School Newsletter - Friday, Nov. 13, 2020

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Enjoy a story together as a family by accessing the “Ms. Lenzini Reads” app on your Sprague student's school iPad! Ms. Lenzini adds new stories weekly. You can also bookmark this on a different device by using the YouTube link to follow Ms. Lenzini's stories.


We are so excited to announce that Sprague's Book Bus will be starting in the next few weeks! Please keep an eye out for a link to create a wish list of 10 books that your Sprague student would enjoy. You will receive four books at a time, checked out to your child for a two-week period. Books will be delivered to your door by the transportation department and your family will be responsible for returning these books to the school within two weeks of receiving them. You are welcome to wish list 10 more books upon returning the previous checkout. More details will come soon!


Additionally please keep in mind the amazing community resources available to all families! If you do not yet have a public library card, this is the perfect time to get one! You can search your local library’s website for steps to obtaining a library card and your family will have access to many awesome options, including books, STEM kits, and more!

  • Vernon Area Public Library 847-634-3650
  • Cook Memorial Public Library (including Aspen) 847-362-2330
  • Ela Public Library 847-438-3433
  • Deerfield Public Library 847-945-3311


For those of you who have a library card to access books from Vernon Area, Cook Memorial, Ela, or Deerfield Public Libraries, you may sign into your account using your library card number, search the catalog, click the place hold or request It button and wait for the library to email or call you to notify you that your materials are ready for pick up.


A Message from Vernon Area Public Library:

Even though the library building is closed, many of our items and services are still available for students, teachers, and staff through curbside and online resources. Learn about all that Vernon Area Public Library has to offer and how we are working to keep you safe! The video below can walk you through all of this information!

Student iPads Require Updates


Please work with your Sprague student to update IOS on their iPads. Please follow these easy directions for updating iPads. Please complete this update by Wednesday, Nov. 18. For other technology questions, please visit the D103 Technology Support web page.

Wildcats Get Fit on Fitness Friday

Watch how Sprague Wildcats stay fit on Fitness Friday.

Veterans Day Celebration

Sprague students celebrated Veterans Day with an all school virtual assembly, discussions about what it means to be a veteran, educating students about the different branches of the military, and singing songs to celebrate Americans.To watch the Veterans Day video, please visit the school's YouTube channel.

Duck Wins Presidential Election

Students at Sprague participated in a mock election this year. Classroom teachers read "President Squid and Duck for President" and discussed pros and cons of each candidate. Students then cast their votes by checking their ballots off on a Seesaw activity using the information they had. It was important for students to understand that each vote counted. Duck won with 202 votes compared to Squid who received 120 votes.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences are fast approaching at Sprague. Parents might want to think about the questions they have for their child's teacher. Don't hesitate to ask questions about students' academics and social-emotional abilities.

Remote Lunch Program

The national Summer Food Service Program, offered by the USDA, funds D103’s free lunch program. D103 is reimbursed for all meals taken by students. D103 is serving about 4,500 meals weekly to about 900 families through the remote and in-person lunch program. Please sign up to participate in the free remote lunch program.

Bernie's Book Bank Receives 500 Books

Thank you to those who brought books to donate to Bernie's Book Bank! Between Half Day, Sprague, and Daniel Wright, we collected over 500 books that will help underserved students change their stories.

Community News

SHS Musical

Stevenson High School invites you to enjoy Disney's Newsies, a musical performance featuring the talents and hard work of over 120 students as cast, pit orchestra, and production crew in a 2.5 hour+ performance. The performance is available after Nov. 19.

ELC Food Pantry Open to D103 Families

D103 families are invited to participate in the Exceptional Learners Collaborative breakfast and lunch program open daily from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pick up meals at the ELC site, 990 Corporate Woods Parkway, Vernon Hills. The collaborative is also seeking the following food pantry items:


  • paper bags
  • hamburger helper
  • canned chicken/tuna
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • canned pasta (chef boyardee)
  • cereal
  • canned veggies
  • rice
  • soup
  • oatmeal
  • dried beans
  • canned fruit


For questions, please reach out to the ELC Director Kristen Bordonaro at kbordonaro@elced.org.


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