Wildcat Weekly

Laura B. Sprague School Newsletter - Friday, Nov. 20, 2020

Literacy Support for Early Learners

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.

Celebrating Thanksgiving

On Friday, Nov. 20, Sprague school learned about Thanksgiving through an assembly led by Mrs. Hofmeier, Mrs. Arroyo, Mrs. Orals, and Mr. Kahn. Everyone was encouraged to sing songs about Thanksgiving and give thanks for all the wonderful things in our lives. Watch the Sprague YouTube video about Thanksgiving.

No School Next Week

We would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. We would like to remind you that there is no school on the following days:

  • No School Monday, Nov. 23. This day was formerly an early release day but has been changed to a full nonattendance day for students for remote planning for teachers and parent teacher conferences.
  • No School Nov. 24-27. These days are nonattendance days for the Thanksgiving break.
  • Students return to remote learning on Monday, Nov. 30.


Please visit the District 103 school calendar, for updates on other holidays and teacher institute days when school is not in session.

Return your library books when picking up lunches

Library books from Sprague, Half Day or Daniel Wright 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. Meal pick up takes place on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 4:30 to 6 p.m. When picking up meals you may drop off school library books and they will be distributed to the appropriate school library.


The national Summer Food Service Program, offered by the USDA, funds D103’s free lunch and now breakfast program. D103 is reimbursed for all meals taken by students. D103 is serving about 4,500 meals weekly to about 900 families through the remote and in-person lunch program. Please sign up to participate in the free remote meal program.

Sprague Library News


Enjoy a story together as a family by accessing the “Ms. Lenzini Reads” app on your Sprague student's school iPad! Ms. Lenzini adds new stories weekly. You can also bookmark this on a different device by using the YouTube link to follow Ms. Lenzini's stories.


We are so excited to announce that Sprague's Book Bus will be starting in the next few weeks! Please keep an eye out for a link to create a wish list of 10 books that your Sprague student would enjoy. You will receive four books at a time, checked out to your child for a two-week period. Books will be delivered to your door by the transportation department and your family will be responsible for returning these books to the school within two weeks of receiving them. You are welcome to wish list 10 more books upon returning the previous checkout. More details will come soon!


Additionally please keep in mind the amazing community resources available to all families! If you do not yet have a public library card, this is the perfect time to get one! You can search your local library’s website for steps to obtaining a library card and your family will have access to many awesome options, including books, STEM kits, and more!


  • Vernon Area Public Library 847-634-3650
  • Cook Memorial Public Library (including Aspen) 847-362-2330
  • Ela Public Library 847-438-3433
  • Deerfield Public Library 847-945-3311


For those of you who have a library card to access books from Vernon Area, Cook Memorial, Ela, or Deerfield Public Libraries, you may sign into your account using your library card number, search the catalog, click the place hold or request It button and wait for the library to email or call you to notify you that your materials are ready for pick up.


A Message from Vernon Area Public Library:

Even though the library building is closed, many of our items and services are still available for students, teachers, and staff through curbside and online resources. Learn about all that Vernon Area Public Library has to offer and how we are working to keep you safe! The video below can walk you through all of this information!

PTO News

Teacher Recommended Book Fair

Check out the teacher recommended books on the PTO hosted Follett Book efair that ends Monday, Nov. 30. 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.


Books by School:

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.

Community News

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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