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Half Day School Weekly Newsletter - November 5, 2021

Celebrating Diwali

Students learned about Diwali at Half Day. Diwali, celebrated Thursday, Nov. 4, is a very important holiday and marks the start of an auspicious new year. Lights outside homes symbolize the inner light that protects individuals from spiritual darkness. Diwali is celebrated by lighting Diyas (clay lamps), creating beautiful rangoli sand art, enjoying fireworks, wearing new clothes, and eating special foods. Students replicated the rangoli with chalk art.

To see the rangoli chalk art please visit the school's Facebook page or review the pictures in Google Docs.

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Yearbook Editors Sought

Students who are interested in helping to create the Half Day yearbook should fill out this Google Interest Form by Friday, Nov. 12. Students will help to edit, design and create the student yearbook. If you have questions, please reach out to yearbook sponsors Jami Reed at jamireed@d103.org or Amy Grayes at agrayes@d103.org.

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Parent-Teacher Conferences

Make sure you can access the PTC Wizard system to schedule a parent-teacher conference when the platform opens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10. Please read the news bulletin that went out for more on accessing the scheduling system.
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School Schedule Reminders

As we move into November, please be aware of the parent-teacher conference and holiday schedules:

  • Friday, Nov. 12: Early Dismissal for students in Grades K-8 (afternoon Teacher Institute Day)

  • Monday, Nov. 22: Early Dismissal for students in Grades K-8 (Parent-Teacher Conferences in Afternoon & Evening)

  • Tuesday, Nov. 23 through Friday, Nov. 26: No School (Thanksgiving break)

  • 103 Club will offer child care at the time schools dismiss for the day

  • Quest Food Services does not serve lunches on Early Dismissal Days

Early Dismissal times for schools:

Sprague School

  • K-2 students are dismissed at 11:15 a.m.

  • Extended day students are dismissed at 11 a.m.

  • Early Childhood will not be in session on Early Dismissal Days

Half Day School

  • All students will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m.

Daniel Wright Junior High School

  • All students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m.

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Book Fair Launching Soon

The PTO sponsored Half Day Book Fair, is launching soon and is sure to be out of this world! Half Day students will view the book fair selections through Thursday, Nov. 18. The PTO will send out further details on how to view your child’s wish list and place your book fair order in the upcoming weeks.
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Cultural Diversity Board

If you are interested in highlighting your culture during a month this school year, please complete the following Google interest form. Questions? Email Meg Duggan at mduggan@d103.org.

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District 103 News

Lunch Program Update

If you wish to continue to use our food provider, Quest, for your child’s lunch, you do not need to do anything. No update is required. We will continue to offer meals to your child as we have during the first trimester. Daniel Wright students select their meals each week, so there is no need to make any changes to their selection process.

If you would like to opt-in or opt-out of the program, or change the meals being offered to your Sprague or Half Day child, please complete the “Lunch Opt-In Form” in your Unified Classroom account by Thursday, Nov. 18, at 12:00 p.m. If you need help accessing the forms, please review this instructional video. We will institute any changes after Thanksgiving break on Monday, Nov. 29. For more about the lunch program this year, please read the news bulletin. Lunch menus can be found on our website.

Vaccination Clinic for Ages 5 to Adult

The District is hosting a clinic for D103 children ages 5 to adult, including parents, staff and families. Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccine booster shots for adults who are eligible will also be available.

We will have enough vaccines for everyone. If appointment slots fill, we will add more appointments so everyone who wants a vaccine can get one.

Vaccine Clinic Dates:

  • Saturday, November 13, 2021 (shot 1)

  • Saturday, December 4, 2021 (shot 2)

Location: Laura B. Sprague School

Times: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Registration information for the vaccine will be available soon for November 13. Walk-ins are welcome.

Board of Education Meeting

The next Board of Education meeting will occur at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page. D103 board meetings will be held in-person and live-streamed each month on our YouTube Channel. Members of the community should attend the meeting at 111 Barclay Boulevard, Lincolnshire if they would like to make a public comment. The public can contact the Board at board@d103.org.
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Let’s Talk LGBTQ+

The virtual webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. will teach parents the common language used to describe sexual and gender identities (including pronouns) and provide strategies for caregivers to engage their children in these important topics. The goals of this presentation are to help all parents understand the benefits of allyship, whether their child identifies as LGBTQ+ or not. Registration is open for the presentation.
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Community News

Live Theater is Back

Deerfield Family Theater presents School House Rock Live beginning Friday, Nov. 12.

Special Recreation Programming

The Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County provides community-based recreation to children and adults with disabilities. Check out our website to view SRACLC's year-round programs including camps, after school care, sports, arts, and community outing.
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Half Day Upcoming Events