Wildcat Weekly

Laura B. Sprague School Newsletter - April 16, 2021

Outdoor Breaks

Students learning in-person at Sprague have opportunities throughout the day to take breaks and to enjoy the outdoors. These supervised breaks, sometimes with masks sometimes without masks, occur multiple times throughout the day. Students might be taking walks, engaging in curriculum outside, or doing an active staff led activity. Please visit the school's Facebook page for more on mask breaks.

Kindergarten Poets

April is poetry month and kindergartners are writing acrostic poems using the word spring. An acrostic is a poem in which the first letter of each line spells out a word. One student shared the message Shower, Plant, Rain, Insects, Nest, Green Grass. .

EC Parent Coffee

Please save 10 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 22 for an early childhood parent coffee where school officials will present on "Fostering Independence - How to Build Independence in the Early Childhood Years." There is no school for early childhood students on April 22. Please register in advance for the early childhood coffee.

Seeking Artwork for Virtual Fair

Sprague is hosting a Virtual Art Show in May and students have been hard at work creating some beautiful masterpieces for the show.

Each week on Zoom Art Teacher Allison Smith has been working with students to create artwork for Sprague's Virtual Art Show. If your child would like to have artwork on display at the Virtual Art Show, please have them submit a good quality picture on Seesaw. For information on types of project to submit and how to submit projects, please review these directions.

Fitness Challenge

From April 30 through May 2 all Sprague School students are invited to participate in the “Health Moves Minds Virtual Run/Walk”, a fundraiser benefiting health and physical education programs focusing on wellness and mental health. Your child will have the opportunity to be involved in a virtual run/walk with your family in your own neighborhood or anywhere you want to go. The walk is designed to educate our students and staff on the importance of overall wellness and mental health with further education occurring in P.E. classes at school. It is through this program that we can inspire healthy habits and teach students to thrive physically and emotionally. Please read the e-notice for more details on the Sprague Fundraising Event.

Incoming Kindergarten Orientation

Incoming kindergarten orientation is scheduled for Tuesday, June 8 where small groups of kindergartners will meet with the kindergarten team. Principal Ann Hofmeier will share times with families as we get closer to the date. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 10, Principal Hofmeier will host a remote Zoom meeting with parents to explain the Sprague Kindergarten Program.

For current students who have never been inside Sprague due to the pandemic or because they are new to District 103, Principal Hofmeier will offer building tours over the summer. Watch for a summer sign up sheet to come out later this spring.

Half Day Student Orientation

We are planning the transition for Sprague School second-grade students to Half Day third-grade (incoming third-graders, full remote current third-graders, and other students new to Half Day) in a way that is fun, meaningful and supportive for our students.

Over the summer Half Day will prepare the building for full in-person learning and the spaces will look much different than they do right now. To allow us time to prepare classroom spaces for learning, we are planning for student orientation activities (for the students new to Half Day) to be held in late July or early August. We will send you more information as we set a date for this event.

District News

Update Student iPads

Please make sure iOS is updated to version 14.2.2 on the district issued iPads. We are asking that you please assist your student to make sure their device is up to date.

To check for iPadOS updates, use the following steps:

  1. Tap on the Settings app (gray gear)

  2. Tap “General”

  3. Tap “Software Update”

  4. If there’s an update available, you will see information about the update, followed by an “Install Now” button.

    1. please make sure the iPad is plugged into a power source, has at least 20% battery, and has 5 GB of free space, and then proceed with the update.

  5. If the iPad says “Your software is up to date,” then you are all set and the update is complete.

Please complete these steps as soon as possible in order to maintain the best possible security on your child’s iPad.

If you have any questions, please request assistance through the D103 Instructional Technology Support site.

Full Day of School on April 22

Thursday, April 22, is a full day of school for D103 students in grades kindergarten through eighth. The Late Arrival Day on this day was cancelled. There is no preschool on Thursday, April 22.

Board of Education Meeting

The next regular Board meeting will occur on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page.

Partnership News

Leave Your Legacy in D103

The D103 Learning Fund Foundation financially supports many programs in D103, including the library at Laura B. Sprague School. Their news fundraiser, the Legacy Brick Fundraiser, allows families to make a donation to support D103 schools and have their name engraved on a brick laid in a walkway at Daniel Wright. Watch Stripes and Principal Ann Hofmeier show how this fundraiser benefits Sprague students.

Virtual 5K Run-Walk

D103 PTO's virtual 5K run/walk event is now open.

In order to keep our community safe and continue to raise funds for our school district, the D103 PTO will host its first ever (hopefully only) ​Run for D103 VIRTUAL 5K Run/Walk. Please visit the Run for D103 website to learn more about the event and register.

Volunteer of the Year Award

The D103 PTO Executive Board appreciates all of our volunteers! We also like to acknowledge that one special person who has gone above and beyond the call of duty. If you know of a deserving person you would like to nominate for the 2020-2021 D103 PTO Scott S. Guziec Volunteer of the Year Award, please fill out the Google nomination form. Nominations are due by May 1.

Dawn Anderson Angel Award

Each year, the PTO recognizes a volunteer who exemplifies the commitment of Dawn Anderson to District 103. Dawn generously volunteered for District 103, the D103 PTO and in our community. We now award a volunteer that demonstrates that commitment.

Requirements for Nomination: The nominee must be someone whose youngest child is an eighth-grade student so that this volunteer will be "graduating" from District 103. The volunteer should be someone who has committed his or her time over several years to our District, including volunteering for the PTO.

Maybe this is a visible volunteer who has led many PTO events or a quiet contributor who we could always count on to fill in when needed. Like Dawn, this volunteer should have an infectious volunteer spirit. The deadline for submission is April 30. Please fill out the Google nomination form to recognize a volunteer.

Community News

Indian Guides & Princesses

Learn more about Indian Guides & Princesses in our area.

Wine, Dine, & Win

The Village of Lincolnshire is holding a Wine, Dine, & Win campaign during the month of April to do our part to help Lincolnshire restaurants. Check out the restaurants and how to win a $50 gift car on the Village of Lincolnshire website.

Law Day

Chief Judge Diane Winter and the Judges of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit would like to extend an invitation to Lake County students to participate in the annual Lake County Law Day activities. This year’s theme is “Advancing the Rule of Law Now.” The Judges look forward to seeing the great talent and skills of students in Lake County. The contest deadline is April 21.

Enrichment Summer School

The Center for Gifted offers in-person spring and summer classes in Long Grove and Elmhurst. Please visit the Center for Gifted website. Masks are required, social distancing is enforced, and hand sanitizer must be non-scented. All classes are a maximum of 10-12 children. Students need NOT be tested or identified as gifted, just eager to learn!

Soccer and Baseball/Softball Registration

The Lincolnshire Sports Association registration is now open for spring soccer, baseball and softball.


Chicago Rush Soccer Club tryouts start in May. Please visit the club's website for tryout information.

Year-Long Events