Wildcat Weekly

Laura B. Sprague School Newsletter - December 1, 2020

Book Bus Available to Sprague Learners

We are excited to begin our Sprague Book Bus to connect your child with great books from our school library!


After filling out the form linked at the bottom of this email, our goal is for your family to receive four books of their 10 books wish listed, which will be checked out to your child for a two-week period. The books you receive will depend on availability.


To search our catalog, please visit the Follett Destiny website and click "Laura B. Sprague School" (do not click on the little ribbon flag shape). From there, you can search by topic, title, or author. We encourage you to check the availability listed on the right-hand side. For more information and specific directions for searching, you can watch an instructional video. If you do not see a book you are searching for we encourage you to check Vernon Area Public Library, Aspen Public Library (Cook Memorial), Ela Public Library, or Deerfield Public Library.


Availability is constantly changing, which is why we ask that you provide us with 10 requests in hopes of being able to check out four books from your list.

Within one to two weeks, four books will be delivered to your door by the transportation department and your family will be responsible for returning these books within two weeks of receipt. A cart will be placed in the Sprague vestibule, which is open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or you can return books when picking up lunches from the D103 Transportation Department located to the south of Daniel Wright Junior High School Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m.

You are welcome to fill out this form again to wish list ten more books upon returning the previous checkout.


For questions, please reach out to Lauren Lenzini, Sprague Library Media Specialist, at llenzini@d103.org.

Virtual Literacy Support Program Set for Wednesday, Dec. 2

This virtual literacy support presentation from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 will give parents an overview of reading and writing so you can support your child with their literacy. It will go over the developmental stages of literacy and provide ways to prompt and support your beginner reader and writer at home.


The Literacy Support for Early Learners is presented by Jackie Bever, a teacher at Sprague School for 14 years with experience in early literacy and language development. She also has attained the following degrees:

  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with an endorsement in Literacy Instruction
  • M.Ed. in English as a Second Language
  • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership


The program is co-hosted by Ann Hofmeier, principal of Sprague School. Please register for the event to receive access to the webinar.

Teaching Children Gratitude

Learn about talking to your children about gratitude from Sprague Psychologist Susan Elbaum and activities you can do with them to express thankfulness.

iPad Updates

Our D103 Instructional Technology Department has enabled some new filtering features for district issued student iPads. This change is intended to strengthen the protections against inappropriate content, while maintaining access to all necessary learning applications and websites. If you do happen to notice any issues, please contact the technology team at your child's school.

PTO News

Spirit Wear in Time for the Holidays

Our PTO sponsored spirit wear stores are stocked with new items perfect for the holidays, and free shipping through Wednesday, Dec. 30. Check out new apparel, plus masks, as well as two brand new stores! We now offer District 103 gear and Leaders in Learning apparel for staff!

PTO Noodles Fundraiser

Support PTO programming by ordering Noodles & Company meals from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 pick up or delivery. Please use the Noodles app or order online through the Noodles website using Code: GIVING50 or mentioning D103 PTO if ordering in person. The PTO will receive 50 percent of proceeds of all orders.

PTO Book Fair Extended to Tonight, Dec. 1

Check out the teacher recommended books on the PTO hosted Follett Book efair that ends by midnight today, Dec. 1. All revenue from the book fair funds school library purchases. Stock up on winter reading materials and holiday gifting. Books will be delivered to school for pick up


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Community News

Holiday Village Parade

Register to attend the Village of Lincolnshire's Holly Jolly Holiday Drive-Thru from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 at village hall, 1 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire.

STEM Academy Offered by SHS Students

Welcome to STEM Academy! We are a highly accomplished online education center, dedicated to helping youth thrive. We offer five to seven week classes in STEM subjects for elementary and middle school students, taught by highly educated and gifted high school/university students. Our classes are free and offered online, as we believe all education should be accessible to everyone and anywhere. To register your student for a class, please visit the STEM Academy website. We update classes on a regular basis so check back regularly. Each of our classes begin on Friday, Jan 11. Space is limited, so reservations are encouraged.

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