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Laura B. Sprague School Newsletter - Friday, Jan. 17, 2020

More Than a 180 Years Ago

First–graders visited the Raupp Museum in Buffalo Grove recently to discover what life was like for pioneers in this area over 180 years ago, especially how people earned and spent their money. In small groups, students read the history about a local family then made a shopping list of what they might need to survive more than a century ago. Students had to determine what things a family needed and what items were 'wants' for a family. To view more pictures of the museum trip, please visit the school's Facebook page.

"Students get engaged in their learning with hands-on lessons and experiences like the one at the Raupp Museum. It brings history alive and makes the concept of needs and wants relevant to everyday life," explained Eleanor Kahn, first-grade teacher.

National Board Recertification

First-grade teacher Jenny Larsen was recognized by the D103 Board of Education this month for renewing her National Board Certification.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is recognized as the "gold standard" in teacher certification. The certification believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students. By attaining National Board Certification, teachers demonstrate that they are highly accomplished educators who meet high and rigorous standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review.

“Congratulations and thank you, Mrs. Larsen, for renewing your National Board certification and raising the bar for teaching and learning. You are helping to create a climate of professionalism and excellence for our student population by providing the skills needed to succeed” said Dr. Scott Warren, D103 superintendent. In total, the district has 12 National Board Certified teachers.

STEAM Conference A Great Success

District 103 children were excited and engaged during the Learning Fund Foundation STEAM Conference that took place on Wednesday. The foundation’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math (STEAM) event provided 180 students the opportunity to participate in activities such as exploring the invisible world of electricity and magnetism, learning about the physics of catapults, building video games, and creating obstacle courses for Sphero robots.

"We at the Learning Fund Foundation are committed to offering authentic and engaging hands-on learning experiences to our students," said Michele Schaapveld, President of the Learning Fund Foundation. "Our goal is for the students to leave feeling inspired to pursue a career in a STEAM field," she said. Please visit the D103 Facebook page for pictures of the event.

The Foundation thanks its conference sponsors. Please visit the Foundation website for a list of sponsors. The PTO Camp and Adventure Fair was well attended by parents and offered them information about local summer camps and programs. Please visit the PTO's website for more on the camp representatives.

Kindergarten and Preschool Registration

Please let your friends and neighbors know that the 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 visit the school's website for details about tuition and other requirements.

Carnival Fun-Raiser

Enjoy games, cookie decorating, crafts, and more during this Nash Bash fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 30 Riverwoods Rd., Lincolnshire. There is no school this day so it's a great opportunity for children to meet up with their friends in the carnival-like atmosphere. A suggested donation of $10 per child will benefit smashSMARD to help Nash and other children who are receiving gene therapy treatment. Please visit www.smashsmard.org for more information.

Family Book Club

Parker Looks Up: A visit to Washington, DC’s National Portrait Gallery forever alters Parker Curry’s young life when she views First Lady Michelle Obama’s portrait.

Two Slices of Pizza? Two Lunches?

Does your Sprague child want two slices of pizza or double lunches on a certain day? To set up two lunches for the same day, please reach out to Julie Crane at jcrane@d103.org or call her at 847-945-6665 with your child's name, teacher, and the calendar day in which your child would like a second lunch.

To avoid weekly lunch changes, your child's second lunch choice will remain in effect until the end of the school year. If you choose to cancel your second lunch order, please reach out to Mrs. Crane. The cost for two lunches on a single day is $6.50, which will be charged to your child's MySchoolBucks account.

No School Monday, Jan. 20

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, District 103 schools will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20. The 103 Club is in session on Jan. 20. The American federal holiday is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around Dr. King's Jan. 15 birthday. You can get to know Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by viewing a biography from The King Center. We will see the students back in school on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Spirit Wear Available

The second Spirit Wear sale of the school year is underway. There are lots of trendy shirts, hoodies and lounge pants on the spirit wear website.

Make Your Voice Count

Only 9 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

Mark Your Calendar

  • Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 is offering a Pre-School Screening for district residents on Monday, Feb.10 for three and four-year-old children for whom there may be concerns in the areas of gross or fine motor skills, speech/language, or conceptual development. Read the complete article for details on the screening.
  • Register your child for the Six Flags Read to Succeed program and receive a free ticket to the theme park.

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 session 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.


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