Wildcat Weekly

Laura B. Sprague School Newsletter Friday, Oct. 25, 2019

Students Fill Shoeboxes to Brighten Holidays

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Thanks to staff and parent donations of toothbrushes, T-shirts, socks, and toys Sprague students filled 400 shoeboxes that will be delivered to children in third world countries.

Second-graders take part in this outreach project as part of their study on communities. They learn about the different parts of the community - urban/suburban, police/fire, helpers/mayor. Students also wrote letters to the children they were sending the boxes to.

This program is called Operation Shoebox and is organized through Samaritan's Purse International Relief project. The purpose of this activity is to pack shoeboxes full of school supplies, toiletries, toys and treats to send to children in third world countries for the winter holidays.

This project was organized by Teacher Sue Vani and the second-grade team. “It is important to teach children to give back at this early age. We want them to understand that there are many children less fortunate than they are worldwide,” Ms. Vani said. Please visit the school's Facebook page for more photos of the outreach activity.

Principal Appreciation

Lifetouch and the Illinois Principals Association invite you to celebrate National Principals Month. Please, #ThankAPrincipal for how well they run your child’s school.

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.

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 excel and make a difference in a diverse and interconnected world.

Laura B. Sprague School:

  • Ann Hofmeier, Principal
  • Jennifer Arroyo, Assistant Principal

Join Our Vision 2025 Committee

For the past 5 years, our strategic plan, Vision 2020, has guided the work of our district. With our goals accomplished, we will create a new plan, Vision 2025. Below is a short video summarizing our work these past 5 years.

District 103 Vision

I am seeking a new visioning committee of staff, parents, students and community members to help set the new vision for the district. The first part of the work will be to define what we want our students to look like when they graduate from D103. This “Portrait of a Graduate” will help define the second part of creating how we reach that vision through the new strategic plan. The committee will meet six times this year on the following dates and times:

  • Sunday, November 3 (12-3 p.m.)
  • Thursday, December 12 (6-9 p.m.)
  • Thursday, January 9 (6-9 p.m.)
  • Thursday, January 30 (6-9 p.m.)
  • Sunday, March 8 (12-5 p.m.)
  • Thursday, March 12 (6-9 p.m.)

If you are interested in being a part of this important committee, please complete this short form by Monday, Oct. 28 at 5:00 p.m. You will be notified by Wednesday, Oct. 30 if you will be part of the committee.

Candy Collection

Sprague School is conducting its annual candy drive following Halloween. Please bring in unopened candy to the front office between Friday, Nov. 1 and Tuesday, Nov. 5. Candy will benefit GiveNkind.

Sprague to Recognize Veterans

We are seeking local veterans to attend Sprague's Annual Veterans Day assembly. The Assembly will be on Monday, Nov. 11 at 9:00 a.m. Please email Principal Hofmeier at ahofmeier@d103.org if you are interested in participating.

Family Book Club

About "Grace for President". Priya lives in the United States and her family is from India. She feels the magic of the place her family comes from through her Babi Ba's colorful descriptions of India--from the warm smell of spices to the swish-swish sound of a rustling sari. Together, Priya and Babi Ba make their heritage live on through the traditions that they infuse into their everyday lives.


  • Parents, please remember to dress your children for the weather as it gets colder outside.

  • Sprague will celebrate Halloween on Thursday, Oct. 31 with a parade and classroom party. Please review the school news bulletin for parade and parking information. In lieu of Halloween activities, students can opt to participate in a Harvest Celebration. Parents should fill out an interest form if they would like their child to participate in the Harvest Celebration.

  • This is just a reminder that there is no school on Monday, Oct. 28 for early childhood students. Instead, there will be a Parent Involvement Day that early childhood parents are invited to attend starting with a Parent Coffee at 10:00 a.m.

  • Please join us for first-grade Game Night at Sprague from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8. Show your interest in attending by registering for the event.

  • Picture retake day is Nov. 6. For forms, please visit the school's news bulletin.


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