Wildcat Weekly

Laura B. Sprague School Newsletter - October 15, 2021

Digital Citizenship

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  • Earlier this month, in library, students completed their second digital citizenship lesson:

    • Kindergarteners learned about balancing online and offline activities.

    • First-graders got to meet all of our digital citizens! These characters each teach us something different about making safe, responsible, and respectful choices with technology!

      • Arms teaches us to balance our online and offline activities.

      • Heart teaches us to be kind online.

      • Head teaches us to think about the things we see online.

      • Legs teaches us to stand up for ourselves and others (and to tell a grown-up) if our buckets are dipped online.

      • Guts teaches us to trust our gut - if we see something online that makes us feel unsafe or uncomfortable - we share our screen with a grown-up and ask for help.

      • Feet teaches us about our digital footprint, which means we need to be careful when we share, search, and message, because our information leaves tracks behind.

    • Second-graders learned about device-free moments. This addresses times when it is best to be device-free, including when we need to be safe, to focus, to show respect/kindness, and when it’s time to rest.

To learn more about how to support your child’s digital citizenship at home, please check out the the Common Sense Media website.

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Late Arrival Day & Nonattendance for Early Childhood

  • Late Arrival Day is Thursday, Oct. 21. Students in grades K-8 will start school 90 minutes later than their normal start time. The purpose of late arrival days is to provide teachers with time to collaborate with colleagues.

    • Sprague starts at 9:45 a.m. (drop off begins at 9:30 a.m.)

    • Half Day starts at 10:30 a.m. (drop off begins at 10:10 a.m.

    • Daniel Wright starts at 10 a.m. (drop off begins at 9:45 a.m.)

  • Thursday, Oct. 21, is a nonattendance day for students in early childhood classes. Early Childhood parents are invited to a 10 a.m. In-Person Parent Coffee on this day where the teachers will present on the “Pathways to Success in Early Childhood.” Please register for the program. We are unable to provide babysitting for children due to COVID restrictions.

103 Club

The 103 Club is in session on nonattendance days. The Club will operate its normal hours on Late Arrival Days. 103 Club is available to students who regularly attend the program and have preregistered to attend the 103 Club on those nonattendance days.

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

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Emergency Response Drills

On Tuesday, Oct. 19, we will work with the local police department to practice ALICE in a way that is grade level appropriate. ALICE is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. For more about the drills, please read the e-notice that was sent out recently. Students are permitted to ask questions during the drill so they can be better prepared in the event of an emergency. Drills will take place at the following times:

  • Sprague - 9 a.m.

  • Daniel Wright - 9:45 a.m.

  • Half Day - 10:30 a.m.

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Overdue Books

Please work with your child to return books to the library. Many children have overdue library books.

We have a large number of students who are still getting into the routine of returning their books and we want to make sure all students can check out a new book. If you child has too many outstanding books we will pause the weekly checkout for them until the books are returned. It is our way of making it manageable for students and families to keep track of checked out books. It also helps us to keep books circulating. A good tip is to select a specific spot where your child’s school library books will stay, such as their backpack, in order to keep track of them. You can also add an alarm or calendar item to help your child remember to return books each week on their checkout day. You are always welcome to email Ms. Lenzini at llenzini@d103.org to check the status of your child’s library account. Thank you for your support!

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Book Fair Approaching

Save the Date! The Sprague Book Fair, sponsored by the D103 PTO, is launching soon and is sure to be out of this world! Sprague students will view this year's book fair selections and building photo wish lists during their library period Friday, Oct. 22, through Thursday, Oct. 28. Please be on the look out for 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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District News

Bus Driver Appreciation Note

For Bus Driver Appreciation Day on Friday, Oct. 22, the D103 PTO is sending cards home in students' backpacks (or use the note posted on the website) asking that they fill one out for their driver and return it to their teacher or to the school office. The PTO will post students' notes in the transportation office for the bus drivers to enjoy reading.

Board of Education Meeting

The next Board of Education meeting will occur at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page.
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Partnership News

Parent Education Event

Join award-winning author and curriculum creator Carrie Goldman at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, for a virtual presentation on how to help kids navigate sensitive social situations and resolve conflict using healthy relationship skills. When students exhibit unkind behaviors, it is because they haven’t developed core social competencies, such as empathy, compassion, and conflict resolution skills. As parents and educators, we can strive to teach those missing skills instead of shaming kids when they make mistakes. The D103 PTO Parent Education registration for the virtual online presentation is now open.
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Community News

Library Book Talk Videos

The Vernon Area Public Library offers book talk recommendations. Please visit their Book Talks Help Guide. For graphic novel suggestions, please visit the library's J Graphic Novel Help Guide or the library's Junior High Graphic Novel Help Guide.

Live Theater is Back

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

Boo Bash Halloween Festival

The Village of Lincolnshire will host its annual Boo Bash Halloween festival at

North Park from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct 29. The spook-tacular celebration will bring back family-friendly favorite events from years past, as well as include new activities for ghosts and goblins of all ages to enjoy, including: goodie bags for the first 200 kids, pumpkin decorating, haunted trail, hay rides, fire juggler, magic shows, balloon sculptor, music, food and beverages, inflatables, carnival games, touch-a-truck, and more. Attendees are encouraged to wear

Halloween costumes.

Trunk or Treat

Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit is hosting their annual Trunk or Treat from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26. Visit the church's Facebook page for more information or call 847-945-1550.

Basketball Registration

Lincolnshire Sports Association offers recreational basketball leagues for boys and girls. For more information, please visit the LSA House Basketball Registration website.
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Sprague Events

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