Shoebox Project Brings Joy
Second-graders worked hard this week to pack 500 shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, T-shirts, and toiletries for Operation Shoebox, a philanthropic project that sends filled shoeboxes to children around the world for the holidays.
Thank you to Teacher Sue Vani, the second-grade team, and families who contributed resulting in more than $600 along with supplies collected for the fundraiser. Please visit the school's Google Doc folder for pictures of the activity.
Veterans Day Assembly
Sprague will host its annual Veterans Day assembly on Friday, Nov. 11, where students will learn more about the U.S. military branches and how they help people. The school will also honor our veterans through song. This assembly will be live-streamed on the D103 YouTube channel for parents to view.
Report Cards Viewable Wednesday
First-trimester grades for D103 students are viewable after 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, through the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
Please follow these directions to access your child's report card.
Log in to your PowerSchool Parent Portal account.
Select the Student Reports on the left.
Select the Archived Report you wish to view.
Report cards will also be emailed to families.
No à la Carte Veggie/Fruit Bar
Sprague is only offering its veggie/fruit bar to students who purchase a Quest meal during lunch. Students no longer have the option of purchasing the veggie/fruit bar as a stand alone meal.
Donate Unopened Candy
Sprague is collecting unopened candy that it will donate to homeless shelters. Bring the candy to the front office please.
Join the Carnival Fun
Come One, Come All! Step Wright Up to the Greatest School on Earth! Please fill in this Google admission form to participate in our Can Carnival event at Daniel Wright following the school’s early dismissal on Friday, Nov. 11.
Daniel Wright’s Leaders in Learning invite District 103 students in grades K-5 to enjoy our Can Carnival filled with games and activities all made from cans! The Can Carnival will be held in the Daniel Wright Cafeteria from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Your donation of 3 canned food items per person at the entrance table will support the Wright Way Club's Gobble Up Hunger Food Drive. Parents are required to attend and monitor their children. Small prizes and candy will be given as prizes. Parents may decide if their children can have the prize.
Any questions? Contact Leaders in Learning Advisor Erinn Vincent at email@example.com.
Digital Citizenship Lesson
K-2 students participated in a digital citizenship lesson over the last 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 sites 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. We may need a profile or special settings. The words may be hard for us to read, it may ask for information, 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 site 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 site 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.
School Schedule Changes
As we move into November please be aware of the following changes to the school calendar:
Friday, Nov. 11: Early Dismissal for students in Grades K-8 (afternoon Teacher Institute Day) No School for early childhood students.
Monday, Nov. 21: Early Dismissal for students in Grades K-8 (Teacher Conferences in Afternoon & Evening) No School for early childhood students.
Tuesday, Nov. 22, through Friday, Nov. 25: No School (Thanksgiving break).
103 Club will offer child care at the time schools dismiss for the day.
Quest Food Services does not serve lunches on Early Dismissal Days.
Please visit the calendar changes e-notice for more information.
Book Fair Approaching
The PTO is looking forward to hosting our annual book fair for students and families as we know
that empowering children to choose their own books in turn makes them more likely to read.
Students will create their book fair “wish lists” in school during library time. Be on the lookout as their wish lists will be sent home.
Save The Date! - We will have open hours for families to visit the book fairs:
- Half Day Library: 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14
- Sprague Library: 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16
We need MANY volunteers to make this event a success! Please volunteer to sign up on the Membership Toolkit website. Anyone who volunteers four hours of their time to the book fair, will receive a 20% discount on all purchases.
Managing the Overuse of Digital Tech in Our Kids
In partnership with the Vernon Area Library, the D103 Parent Education team is excited to bring to our community Dr. Cliff Sussman, a child and adolescent psychiatrist from the Washington D.C. area.
Dr. Sussman is a pioneer in recognizing and treating Internet & video game addiction. He has regularly given presentations to parent and professional communities on this topic. As a leading expert in this field, Dr. Sussman will help parents define what excessive screen use looks like and understand how it can impact the developing brains of their children. Furthermore, he will provide us with definitions of healthy screen time for children and how to balance screen activities with off screen activities. He will discuss strategies on how to use motivational interviewing to talk to our children about topics surrounding screen time and help parents recognize the factors that may be contributing to screen overuse and addiction in their homes.
- 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 6
- Learn more and register your spot on eventbrite.com
Kick off the holiday season at Lincolnshire Lights! From lighting the 40-foot holiday tree and caroling performances to DIY crafts and pictures with Santa, Lincolnshire Lights is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season with your family. Join us at Village Green from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Enjoy performances by musical artists from Daniel Wright and Half Day.
Poster Design Contest
Stevenson High School’s Fine Arts Department needs your artwork! Submit a poster design for our Consortium Orchestra, Choir, Band, and Jazz Concerts Submissions are due: Thursday, Dec. 1. Please see the Poster Design Contest for details.
Center for the Gifted
The Center for Gifted Fall Wonders Program in Long Grove is open for registration for grades 1-5. There are weekend classes through December. There are class details, information, and application forms on The Center for Gifted website.
- Principal Ann Hofmeier
- Assistant Principal Jennifer Arroyo