Wildcat Weekly

Laura B. Sprague School Newsletter Friday, Oct. 4, 2019

Tinker Time

After finishing a Monarch-nominated read-aloud during library class, students will often engage in 'tinker time' in the library as a way to pursue their personal interests. This fits in nicely with the state standard of "Appreciating literature and other creative expressions of thoughts and ideas and pursuing knowledge related to personal interests and aesthetic growth." For more pictures of 'tinker time' please visit the school's Facebook page.

Reading Connections

Enjoy the October Reading Connections , a newsletter intended to get children excited about reading. Highlights include:


  • Read aloud favorites
  • "Writing is Practical"
  • "A Record of my Reading"
  • "I can Learn from Nonfiction!"
  • "Autumn Fine-Motor Play"
  • "Working with the Reading Specialist"

Help Fill a Shoebox

The second-grade would like to pack 400 shoeboxes full of items to share with children in third world countries during the holidays.


Show your commitment to this project by signing up to donate some of the following items?

  • Sending in adult size shoeboxes

  • Send in unused toiletries

  • Send in children’s toys, stuffed animals, T-shirts - new or gently used


This program, sponsored by the second-grade team, is called Operation Shoebox and is organized through Samaritan's Purse International Relief project. The purpose of this activity is to pack shoeboxes full of school supplies, toiletries, toys and treats to send to children. Please drop supplies off at Sprague between Oct. 21-23.

First-Grade Game Night

Please join us for first-grade Game Night at Sprague from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8.


  • Children (and adults) will be invited to play games with their Sprague friends.
  • Family members of all ages are welcome, so please feel free to bring siblings, grandparents, or anyone else in your family.
  • This is an opportunity to meet other parents from your student’s class and grade!
  • To keep the event safe and fun for everyone, please do not bring snacks. Bottled water will be provided.
  • Show your interest in attending by registering for the event.

Reminders

  • If you would like to take part in Sprague Family Cultural Day on Friday, Oct. 11, please sign up through the Family Cultural Day Google Form.
  • If you are interested in putting together a bulletin board display to teach others about your family culture or about a culture that is relevant to your family, please visit the Sign Up Genius.

  • If you would like notifications if your child’s bus is running behind schedule, if there is a substitute driver, or other matters affecting your child’s bus route, please sign up for D103 Bus Bulletin messaging system.
  • Our school Picture Day for Early Childhood through second grade was Sept. 24. For information on the make up day, please visit the school's news bulletin.

Impact of Marijuana Legalization on Children

Attend this powerful seminar on Marijuana 2020 at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 to learn how the legalization of marijuana will impact our families.


Dr. Susan Sirota, pediatrician and assistant professor at Northwestern Univiserty will answer questions like:

  • How does marijuana impact the developing brain of children and teenagers?
  • How is today’s marijuana different than the marijuana of prior generations?
  • What topics should we consider as we discuss the legalization of marijuana with our children?
  • What impact will legalization have in our community?

Show your interest in attending this event at Daniel Wright by registering on eventbrite.

Cultivating Empathy in Your Child

Learn from a national presenter on the skill of empathy and how it is the key to raising compassionate, courageous, resilient and successful children. Author Michele Borba will speak about her new book, "UnSelfie: Why Empathic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World". The presentation is scheduled for the Vernon Area Library from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. Show your interest in attending this event by registering.

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