Wildcat Weekly

Laura B. Sprague School Newsletter - October 22, 2021

Principal Appreciation Day

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Friday, Oct. 22, is Principal Appreciation Day. Please, #ThankAPrincipal for how well they run your child’s school.

  • Ann Hofmeier, Principal
  • Jennifer Arroyo, Assistant Principal


District 103 principals are second to none! Each day, our committed group of principals work with our staff to provide a safe, caring, and intellectually challenging experience for our students. From the early morning to late evenings, our principals dedicate themselves to ensuring each student is cared for and given a high-quality education in a nurturing environment.


“I am very proud of our principals and assistant principals. They work tirelessly every day, take on challenges never seen before, and have excelled. District 103 is fortunate to have leaders of such caliber managing our schools,” said Superintendent Scott Warren.


Please join District 103 in recognizing the dedication and commitment of our school administrators as they lead our teaching and learning communities To provide innovative learning experiences which empower each student to lead with empathy and make a difference in a diverse and interconnected world.

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Oct 29 Parties

Parents are invited to join us for our outdoor Halloween Parade on Friday, Oct. 29 (weather permitting). Please review parking and costumes for this event. Sprague is hosting two parties - Halloween and Alternate. Please fill out this Google Form for the alternate party if you do not want your child to participate in the Halloween-themed activities.
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Candy Collection

Sprague School is conducting its annual candy drive following Halloween. Please bring in unopened candy to the front office between Monday, Nov. 1 through Friday, Nov. 5. Candy will benefit those in need.
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Art Contest

Does your child love creating art? Enter that beautiful masterpiece in an online Fall Art Contest. Each student in grades K-12 may submit one piece of art. Please visit CelebratingArt.com for contest details. Your child can have a chance to win a prize! It is easy to enter through the website and the deadline is Thursday, Dec. 2.
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Masks & Water Bottles Requested

Masks: Please send your student to school with extra child-sized masks. One of the most important mitigation strategies is a good mask that fits properly. This CDC graphic provides information on the proper type and way to wear a mask. Please be sure that the mask covers the nose and mouth, is 2-3 layers, and does not have valves. Gaiters are not approved face coverings.


Water Bottles: Please send your student to school with a water bottle labeled with their name for use during the day.

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Teacher of the Month Nominees

Students are invited to nominate a teacher who they feel makes a difference at their school or in their community. Parents may assist their children in Chicago's Very Own WGN9 nomination process.

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District News

Standardized Testing Update

After reviewing recent state and national standardized test results, District 103 students made progress over the course of the pandemic but did not grow at a rate consistent with pre-pandemic levels, according to a report to the School Board. The academic growth of D103 students was much higher than compared to students in many other districts.


The test results from the recent Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments, showed that Illinois students were a little over four months behind in their math and reading learning compared to what they might have been had the pandemic not occurred. In general, District 103 has seen less of an impact on their overall MAP scores than many other districts.


“As teachers work to meet the academic, social-emotional, and executive functioning needs of students, report cards and assessment results may look different than they have in the past. This is expected and recovery is going to take some time,” said Katie Reynolds, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.


To help our students rebound academically, data teams at each school are reviewing test results on an individual and classroom basis to determine who needs academic intervention and support. The goal is for teachers to teach current grade-level standards and fill in the learning gaps where needed to help bring students up to their grade level.


Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) results from Spring of 2021 will be mailed to families the first week in November.

Bus Driver Appreciation

Thank you to our extraordinary bus drivers, and the rest of our transportation team, who ensure our D103 students make it to school and home safely! Thank you to our drivers; you are appreciated for your dedication and for always going the extra mile for our students! The district operates and maintains a fleet of 30 buses that travel the district's nearly 12-mile radius. School Bus Drivers' Appreciation Day, which is Oct. 22, falls during National School Bus Safety Week, which has been set aside to remind people about school bus safety.

Board of Education Meeting

The next Board of Education meeting will occur at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page. D103 board meetings will be held in-person and live-streamed each month starting Nov. 2. Members of the community should attend the meeting at 111 Barclay Boulevard, Lincolnshire if they would like to make a public comment. The public can contact the Board at board@d103.org.
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Partnership News

Book Fair Approaching

The Sprague Book Fair, sponsored by D103 PTO, is launching soon and is sure to be out of this world! Sprague students are viewing book fair selections and building photo wish lists during their library period through Thursday, Oct. 28. Please be on the lookout for further details on how to view your child’s wish list and place your book fair order. In order to see your student's book fair wishlist, please make sure you are connected through Seesaw. If you need assistance, please reach out to your child's teacher.
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Community News

Job Fair

There will be 76 employers showcasing their open positions and over 1,500 jobs available at the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort Lake County Job Fair from 12 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27. Manufacturing, IT, Professional Services, Healthcare, Hospitality, and many more industries.


For more information and to register for the event click on the link: Job Seeker Registration Link. Bring your resume and be prepared to talk to employers about their open positions!

Library Book Talk Videos

The Vernon Area Public Library offers book talk recommendations. Please visit their Book Talks Help Guide. For graphic novel suggestions, please visit the library's J Graphic Novel Help Guide or the library's Junior High Graphic Novel Help Guide.

Live Theater is Back

Deerfield Family Theater presents School House Rock Live beginning Friday, Nov. 12.

Boo Bash Halloween Festival

The Village of Lincolnshire will host its annual Boo Bash Halloween festival at

North Park from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct 29. The spook-tacular celebration will bring back family-friendly favorite events from years past, as well as include new activities for ghosts and goblins of all ages to enjoy, including: goodie bags for the first 200 kids, pumpkin decorating, haunted trail, hay rides, fire juggler, magic shows, balloon sculptor, music, food and beverages, inflatables, carnival games, touch-a-truck, and more. Attendees are encouraged to wear

Halloween costumes.

Trunk or Treat

Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit is hosting their annual Trunk or Treat from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26. Visit the church's Facebook page for more information or call 847-945-1550.

Basketball Registration

Lincolnshire Sports Association offers recreational basketball leagues for boys and girls. For more information, please visit the LSA House Basketball Registration website.
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Sprague Events

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