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Laura B. Sprague School Newsletter - Friday, Jan. 10, 2020

Scientific Minds

During a recent team building science activity, Sprague second-graders and kindergartners became engineers for the day as they designed and built a catapult that would sail a ping pong ball across the room.


Second-graders educated their kindergarten buddies about how force affects the motion of a ball, why accuracy and precision are critical to engineers and what might be the optimum angle for launching a ping pong ball.


After creating a catapult out of popsicle sticks and rubber bands, students launched a catapult to see which team’s ball would fly the farthest. For more pictures of the catapult activity, please visit the school's Facebook page.

Make Your Voice Count

Only 8 percent of Sprague parents have responded to the Illinois 5Essentials Survey that the district has sent out. We need a 20 percent response rate in order to read the results. Please consider participating in the school climate and learning conditions survey. This 10-minute survey is a great way for D103 parents to provide input into the five indicators from the survey that affect and predict school success:

  • Effective Leaders

  • Collaborative Teachers

  • Involved Families

  • Supportive Environments

  • Ambitious Instruction

Reading Connection

Please enjoy the January Reading Connection newsletter.


Highlights include:

  • Conversation Tips
  • Book Picks
  • Writing + Board Games

STEAM Conference Next Week

The Learning Fund Foundation is offering a variety of STEAM workshop sessions to students on Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Registration takes place online using the RevTrak Web Store. Price per student is $2.50/workshop session.


While students enjoy the STEAM conference, the PTO invites parents to a Camp Fair that showcases local summer camps, day programs and other summer opportunities! This is a chance to learn about a variety of programs to keep your kids from ages 4-14 active, engaged and learning – whether it is in the arts, music, sports, educational or day camps. During the conference, there will be a variety of programs showcasing what they can offer you throughout the year and during those summer weeks.

First-Grade: Don't Miss LAMPS Night

Sprague’s Library, Art, Music, Physical Education and Spanish teachers have planned an exciting evening for you and your first-grade student. You and your child will spend 20 minutes in each of these classrooms experiencing a lesson or sampling of activities from that subject. There are two evenings divided up by homeroom class. You and your child will travel to each classroom together with the other students in your child's homeroom class on your child's assigned night.

  • Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 from 6:00 to 7:40 p.m.: Friedli, Korah, Larsen, Lindell

  • Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 from 600 to 7:40 p.m.: Kahn, Schlan, Schreurs, Vander Pas

Tell Your Friends and Neighbors

Please share with your friends and neighbors that Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 kindergarten and preschool registration is set for 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Kindergarten registration is for children who will turn 5-years-old on or before Sept. 1, 2020. The preschool program is for children ages 3, 4, and 5-years-old. Please send them to our website for details.

Artists Sought

District 103 is seeking artists to provide Sprague students with three 40–minute interactive sessions during its Explore the Arts Day on Thursday, Feb. 27. Artists are asked to provide a hands-on sessions to the students in visual, performing arts, music, etc. – Please fill out this Google Form if you are interested in sharing your artistic talent. Sessions will take place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. On Thursday, Feb. 27. Questions on Explore the Arts Day can be emailed to explore.the.arts.day@gmail.com.

Read for Free Six Flag Tickets

Do you want to motivate your child to read at home during winter break? Then register your child for the Six Flags Read to Succeed program! This is a free and fun reading program that can be completed at home. Your child can earn a free ticket to Six Flags Great America for the 2020 season by completing just 6 hours of reading!


This year, parents will need to register their child at the website below and record reading minutes using eReading logs.

  1. Visit: sixflags.com/books
  2. Register your child using his/her class code, which will be provided by your classroom teacher.
  3. Record your child’s reading (minimum six hours) through April 10, 2020.
  4. Get a free Six Flags Great America ticket in May!

Sign Up Now for School Lunches

As you know, we switched back to the MySchoolBucks platform where families may purchase meals the same day of consumption using money on their student’s account(s). Please read this news bulletin about the changes. Please find the January menus on the Quest Food Services website.


As always, please feel free to reach out to Rebecca Cohen at Rebecca.cohen@questfms.com if you have any questions.

CEO of the Brain

Presented by Dr. Mandi Croft Petosky & Amanda Moons, Neuropsychologists of Neuro Educational Specialists, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, Vernon Area Library, Main Conference Room. Save a seat for yourself by registering for the program today.

➢ What is Executive Functioning?

➢ What is the development of Executive Functioning Skills at different ages?

➢ How do different disabilities (ADHD, Autism, Learning Disabilities, Anxiety) impact executive functioning?

➢ What are strategies to help build executive functioning skills at home.

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