Wildcat Weekly

Laura B. Sprague School Newsletter Friday, Sept. 27, 2019

Buddy Reading Time

Sprague's Read-to-Someone activity is another way for students to practice their reading skills in a fun and engaging way. Students sit side by side and take turns reading aloud on each page. Students work on applying reading strategies together and help each other figure out tricky words. This reading routine gives students the experience of reading for pleasure and enjoyment while sharing a good book with a friend. Please visit the school's Facebook page to see pictures of students reading to one another.

Family Book Club

Our Sprague family book club shares diverse books weekly! We can learn from one another and open our minds to new ideas and perspectives. This, in turn, allows us to build a community that celebrates one another with respect, understanding, and compassion.

Pick of the Week: "The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family"

Summary of the book: A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school--and two sisters on one's first day of hijab--by Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad.

With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It's the start of a brand new year and, best of all, it's her older sister Asiya's first day of hijab--a hijab of beautiful blue fabric, like the ocean waving to the sky. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong.

Paired with Hatem Aly's beautiful, whimsical art, Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad and Morris award finalist, S.K. Ali brings readers an uplifting, universal story of new experiences, the unbreakable bond between siblings, and of being proud of who you are.

The book is appropriate for ages 4-8 years old.

Thank a Custodian

National Custodian Day is Wednesday, Oct. 2. The PTO and staff thank the quiet heroes of our schools! For all the hard work you do on a daily basis to keep the facilities in tip-top shape, we thank you! For the behind the scenes effort you constantly provide to the PTO and schools in support of our events, we appreciate you!

  • Christopher Buck, Head Custodian
  • Richard Booker
  • Silvio Guzman
  • Hung Quan

Second-Grade Game Night

Please join us for second-grade Game Night at Sprague from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4.

  • 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.
  • Please email maria.peterson74@gmail.com with any questions.
  • Show your interest in attending by registering for the event.


  • 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.
  • Please join us for our first-grade Family Game Night at Sprague from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. For more information and to register, please visit the school's news bulletin.

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 Michelle 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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