Wildcat Weekly

Laura B. Sprague School Newsletter - January 8, 2021

Spreading Kindness

Sprague will kick off Kindness Month with a YouTube virtual assembly at 9:30 a.m. today, Jan. 8. Each day in January students are invited to complete an act of kindness and build their own chain of kind deeds. As students complete their acts of kindness, they can cut, color, and attach their links together to complete a kindness chain to hang in their homes.

There are different ways that students can show their kindness from little deeds of helping their family to bigger acts of kindness like writing cards to veterans, nursing homes, and more. There are links that provide ideas and blank links for students to think of their own ideas to spead kindness. Check out one Sprague student's project below.

Throughout the month of January students will have opportunities to connect by grade levels after school and share the ways they are helping others. This is not mandatory, but a good way for our students to be connected as a student community.

At the end of January we will ask students to share pictures of their kindness chains to visualize how our students can spread kindness in the world.

Use the QR code to the left to watch a video on how to assemble the chain.

ASA Registration for Remote Classes

Registration for Online Winter After School Activities (ASAs) begins Monday, Jan. 11 at 6:00 p.m. Laura B. Sprague is offering a variety of online After School Activity (ASA) classes for Sprague students to fill their winter afternoons from January 26 through March 10. Please see the Extracurricular Flyer of Sprague ASAs with details and class descriptions.

Child-Sized Masks Required

Please take the time before your children return to school to purchase properly fitted masks. When a student wears a poorly fitted mask, it increases the risk of COVID-19 spreading while also creating a false sense of security. The most effective cloth masks will have two to three layers of tightly woven fabrics (such as cotton or a cotton blend) while allowing students to breathe comfortably. A properly fitting mask will cover the nose and extend down and under the chin, in order to catch all droplets (respiratory, cough, sneeze, etc...). Please note, neck gaiter masks, masks with openings or exhalation valves, and face shields are not considered an acceptable form of protection. Please read the CDC guidelines on proper mask wearing. It is further important that parents send their students to school with a minimum of four masks so that if one mask gets soiled there is a readily available new one to replace it. It is important to make sure that the masks fit the student prior to sending the student to school to help ensure the health and safety for all in the school setting.

Child sized fabric masks can be bought at most general retailers including Walgreens, Target, Walmart, and Amazon. When shopping for masks please look for the "child size" label for sizing for your children.

Riley's Winter Break Project

Many Sprague children spent their winter break sledding, playing games, and watching movies. Sprague seven-year-old Riley Ozan did all of these activities, but also learned about countries in need of school supplies and equipment on a globe she received for Hanukkah.

The outcome of that gift got her thinking about how fortunate students in Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 were compared to students in places like The Gambia, West Africa. During her break the first-grader, with the help of her family, established a GoFundMe page, a crowdfunding page, to help raise money for the Malala Fund, an organization that helps girls around the globe secure an education. Enjoy Riley’s video story of her project.

“In researching the Malala Fund, Riley learned how girls worldwide did not always have the same access to a good education as she has,” said Riley’s mom, Jennie Ozan. “She looked at pictures of schools in The Gambia and saw it didn’t look like her classroom. She saw they didn’t have technology, the desks looked old, etc. Riley asked us how she could help so we looked for a good cause and found the Malala Fund.”

Out of that research grew Riley’s GoFundMe page to help raise money for the Malala Fund. Riley’s goal is to raise $2,500 for the organization.

Of this winter project, Sprague Principal Ann Hofmeier said, “I love to see this kind of initiative! Way to go Riley! What a big heart you have for helping our world. The future is brighter with people like you helping to change the lives of others.”

Does your child have a story to tell? Send it to D103 Communications Coordinator Margaret Van Duch, mvanduch@d103.org

Former D103 Student Creates Gaga Pit

Nikhith Rao, Eagle Scout at SHS and former District 103 student, completed his Eagle Scout project at Sprague. He created a very professional GAGA pit for the school. Gaga is a variant of dodgeball that is played in a gaga "pit". Nikhith belongs to Eagle Scout Troup # 78.

"The students love GAGA and will be so excited to use it," said Principal Ann Hofmeier.

How to Return Library Books

Library books can be dropped off at Sprague School or may be returned when picking up lunches from the Transportation Department, 1370 Riverwoods Rd., Lincolnshire, located to the south of Daniel Wright Junior High School.

Feel free to browse our catalog by visiting the Follett Destiny website and clicking on "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.

Fill out the Google form to receive books once school resumes in January.

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

District News

Board of Education Meeting

The next regular Board meeting will occur on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting web page.

Partnership News

How to Raise a Socially Conscious Child

What does it mean to be anti-racist? How do you raise a socially conscious kid? D103 PTO Parent Education experts will share a virtual presentation on how parents can better prepare children to tackle issues of racism, equity, and social justice; how parents can go on their own anti-racism journey; and what steps families can take to build stronger communities through anti-racist work. RSVP for the virtual Webinar on How to Raise Socially Conscious, Anti Racist Kids at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.

Community News

Girl Scouts

Learn more about girl scouts. Try it for free.

COVID-19 Vaccine Coming to Lake County

The Lake County Health Department has an important news bulletin about the COVID-19 vaccine coming to Lake County.

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