Laura B. Sprague School Newsletter - December 3, 2021
Registration to Open for After School Activities
To register for an additional class, please do so during the open registration period which begins Thursday, December 16, and closes on Tuesday, January 4.
Registration takes place online using the RevTrak Web Store. The fee is $25 per student per class. Some classes have additional materials fees as well.
Note that all classes end at 3:30 p.m. and require prompt student pick up. Class size minimums must be met to hold the class. If the minimum class size is not met, we will refund your payment. There is also a maximum number of students for each activity, which differs depending on the class. Once a class fills to its maximum, you will not be able to register your child for the class.
Kindergarten Kindness Club, Kindergarteners: Do you love to throw kindness around like confetti and want to make the world a happier place? Please join Principal Hofmeier in the Sprague Kindergarten Kindness Club!
Math & Art Class, Kindergarten, first- and second-graders: Does your child love art? Join us for some unique projects combining math and art!
Learn to Draw: Kindergartners and first-graders: Students will read a new book together and learn a drawing based on the book with step-by-step instructions. These exercises will help students build their fine motor skills and gain confidence to present their creativity through art.
Around the World, Kindergarten and first-graders: Take a trip around the world in this class as we visit a new country each week! Learn about new cultures, foods and traditions through various different videos and hands-on activities.
Art Club, Kindergarten, first- and second-graders: Learn about clay, two-dimensional and three-dimensional art, painting, drawing and more!
Winter Arts & Crafts, Kindergarten and first-graders: Do you like to cut, glue and draw? Come join us for a variety of winter art activities.
Center for Gifted Enrichment Class
Lego WeDo Robotics: Select your favorite robot such as an alligator, goalie, or airplane. Follow its building plans to bring it into shape using Legos, motors, gears, and sensors. Connect to a laptop to program your robots' actions and sounds!
Library News & Overdue Materials
Kindergarten through second-grade students participated in a digital citizenship lesson this week!
Kindergarteners learned about going places safely online. This included a definition of “the internet,” the scope of things we can do using the internet, comparing how staying safe online is similar to staying safe in the real world, and explaining rules for traveling safely on the internet. The safety rules we talked about are:
1) Always ask a grown-up before using technology;
2) Only talk to people you already know when using technology; and
3) Stick to websites and apps that are just-right. We also went into more detail on these rules and will continue the discussion throughout this year and next year, as well.
First-graders are learning about how to stay safe online by distinguishing between websites that are "just right" and "not right" for them. Together, we used a tool called the Internet Traffic Light, which talks about green, yellow, and red websites and apps. Green sites or apps are just right for us, with fun things for us to do or see, and they have appropriate words. A yellow site or app is one we’re not sure is "just right" for us. The words are hard for us to read, it may ask for information such as who you are, where you live, or your phone number, or to fill out any kind of form. When we identify an app as yellow, we slow down and check in with a grown-up for next steps. A red website or app has everything that a yellow website has, but is clearly not "just right" for us. We may even have gone by accident. It has pictures, words, and videos that are for older kids or adults, and we may be allowed to chat with people you don’t know. If a website or app is red, we get a grown-up right away. We also know not to hide red apps or websites, because our grown-ups can only help us if they know.
Second-graders participated in a lesson called, “That’s Private,” during which we worked on identifying examples of private information that we would not share online. We know that when we share information, pictures, or messages online, that the information is no longer private and is saved forever. This is our digital footprint. We also know that, just like we don’t share this information with strangers in person, we don’t share it online either. Private information is often connected to a specific person. For example, no two people in the class have the same full name and phone number. We talked about the difference between private information and personal information. Personal information does not identify us specifically (ie: favorite color or food). We also examined an online form and sorted through which questions asked for private information, such as our name and phone number and which asked for things it was OK to share, like our favorite instrument.
For more information on digital citizenship and to bridge these concepts to home, I encourage all families to visit the Common Sense Media website.
Please watch your email for any overdue library notices. We have sent two over the last week and these may include books lost during the 2019-2020 school year. More specific information can be found in the email.