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Laura B. Sprague School Newsletter - Friday, Dec. 20, 2019

Students Package Food for FMSC

As part of its outreach projects for the school year, Sprague second-graders, and their parents, spent a morning measuring out rice, ground potato and other ingredients that create nutritious meal formulas to meet the needs of starving people. Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization that coordinates the packaging and distribution of food to people in developing nations. Please visit the school's Facebook page to see more pictures of the evening activities.


As a culmination of a study on communities, Sprague second-graders created a town of their own called, SpragueVille, complete with all the necessary businesses for it to flourish.

Some students created nail salons, other sports centers, while some students opened an art studio. As part of the project, students had to design a storefront, create a marketing strategy, and develop a product for students to sample. Please visit the school's Facebook page for photos of the students' imaginary town.

Winter Break

As a reminder, winter break is from Saturday, Dec. 21 through Monday, Jan. 6. We will see you in 2020 when students return to school on Tuesday, Jan. 7!

Sprague has joined the Wonder Squad

Sprague has joined the Wonder Squad thanks to the great work of Technology Coach Simon Vasey. Mr. Vasey was one of 50 ambassadors selected across the world to support the Wonder Workshop company.

“Your dedication to impacting children in your daily life, and your love for our robots, Dash, Dot and Cue, made you stand out,” said Bryan Miller, director of Strategic Education Outreach at Wonder Workshop, of Mr. Vasey.

Mr. Vasey works with teachers and students at Sprague helping them turn their virtual coding into tangible learning experiences in real-time as Dash robots, with their performance and multiple sensors, interact and respond to their surroundings.

Winter Sing-A-Long

Staff and students enjoyed a winter concert before break. They entertained one another with a variety of great music.

Winter Carnival

Children enjoyed a winter carnival, designed by the PTO, in which they played a variety of themed games, created crafts, tested their fine motor skills in building a snowman or shuffling a penguin...all without the arctic chill of winter.

Read for Free Six Flag Tickets

Do you want to motivate your child to read at home during winter break? Then register your child for the Six Flags Read to Succeed program! This is a free and fun reading program that can be completed at home. Your child can earn a free ticket to Six Flags Great America for the 2020 season by completing just 6 hours of reading!

This year, parents will need to register their child at the website below and record reading minutes using eReading logs.

  1. Visit: sixflags.com/books
  2. Register your child using his/her class code, which will be provided by your classroom teacher.
  3. Record your child’s reading (minimum six hours) through April 10, 2020.
  4. Get a free Six Flags Great America ticket in May!

Sign Up Now for School Lunches

We are happy to announce that on Jan. 7, 2020 (first day back from winter break) Half Day and Laura B. Sprague schools will switch back to the MySchoolBucks platform where families can purchase meals the same day of consumption using money on their student’s account(s). Families may begin setting up MySchoolBucks accounts now. Please review the news bulletin that provides details on MySchoolBucks. January lunch menus are available on the Quest Food Services site.

Registration is Now Open for ASAs

Registration for Winter After School Activities (ASAs) is underway. Sprague is offering a variety of After School Activity (ASA) classes for students to fill their winter afternoons from Wednesday, Jan. 15 through Thursday, Feb. 20. See the winter after school activities flyer with details and class descriptions. Registration takes place online using the RevTrak Web Store. Please only sign your student up for one class due to the limited number of classes being offer this session. For class details, please read the e-notice that was sent out earlier this week.

STEAM Conference Returns to D103

The Learning Fund Foundation is offering a variety of STEAM workshop sessions to students on Wednesday, Jan 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Registration takes place online using the RevTrak Web Store beginning Wednesday, Jan 8.

While students enjoy the STEAM conference, parents are invited to showcase local summer camps, day programs and other opportunities! This is a chance to learn about a variety of programs to keep your kids from ages 4-14 active, engaged and learning – whether it is in the arts, music, sports, educational or day camps. During the conference, there will be a variety of programs showcasing what they can offer you throughout the year and during those summer weeks.

CEO of the Brain

Presented by Dr. Mandi Croft Petosky & Dr. Amanda Moons, Neuropsychologists of Neuro Educational Specialists, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, Vernon Area Library, Main Conference Room. Save a seat for yourself by registering for the program today.

➢ What is Executive Functioning?

➢ What is the development of Executive Functioning Skills at different ages?

➢ How do different disabilities (ADHD, Autism, Learning Disabilities, Anxiety) impact executive functioning?

➢ What are strategies to help build executive functioning skills at home.


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