Wildcat Weekly

Laura B. Sprague School Newsletter - April 23, 2021

Earth Day Celebrations

Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Sprague students have been taking part by doing activities like picking up trash outdoors, making crafts out of recycled material, expressing ways to protect the environment, and recycling. Please visit the school's Facebook page for more pictures of Earth Day activities.

Return Library Books by May 28

Please return all Sprague library books to school no later than Friday, May 28.

How to Return Library Books

Library books can be dropped off at Sprague School or may be returned when picking up lunches from the Transportation Department, 1370 Riverwoods Rd., Lincolnshire, located to the south of Daniel Wright Junior High School.

Ordering a Library Book

Feel free to browse our catalog by visiting the Follett Destiny website and clicking on "Laura B. Sprague School" (do not click on the little ribbon flag shape). From there, you can search by topic, title, or author. We encourage you to check the availability listed on the right-hand side. For more information and specific directions for searching, you can watch an instructional video. If you do not see a book you are searching for we encourage you to check Vernon Area Public Library, Aspen Public Library (Cook Memorial), Ela Public Library, or Deerfield Public Library.

Fill out the Google form to receive books.

For questions, please reach out to Lauren Lenzini, Sprague Library Media Specialist, at llenzini@d103.org.

Sick Day Guidelines for Non-COVID Illness

To help prevent the spread of illness, we would like to provide you with some sick day guidelines to help with your decision on whether or not to send your child to school. Please contact the school in the following manner if your child presents with any of the following symptoms described in this Sick Day Guidelines sheet. To report an absence please call 847-945-6686 or email Ls_attendance@d103.org.

Save the Date

  • The deadline for the Sprague Virtual Art Show is Friday, May 7. For information on types of project to submit and how to submit projects, please review these directions.
  • From April 30 through May 2 all Sprague School students are invited to participate in the “Health Moves Minds Virtual Run/Walk”, a fundraiser benefiting health and physical education programs focusing on wellness and mental health.
  • Friday, May 21 there is No School for Early Childhood through Eighth-Grade (Teacher Remote Planning Day - originally a full day of school)

  • Wednesday, May 26 will be a Full Day of School for Early Childhood through Grade 8 (originally a half day of school and nonattendance day for early childhood students)

  • Thursday, June 3, Last Day of School for Early Childhood (Full Day)

  • Friday, June 4, Last Day of School for kindergarten through seventh-grade students (Watch for change in learning schedule on this day)

  • Incoming kindergarten orientation is scheduled for Tuesday, June 8. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 10, Principal Ann Hofmeier will host a remote Zoom meeting to explain the Sprague Kindergarten Program.
  • Half Day is planning for a summer orientation for its incoming third-graders.

District News

Volunteer Appreciation Week

The D103 Board of Education honored its three volunteer partnerships - the Parent Teacher Organization, Learning Fund Foundation, and the D103 Music Boosters. PTO President Rebecca Young, LFF President Jing Ma and Music Boosters President Hazel Weaver represented volunteers from those organizations at the Board meeting. They were honored with flowers from BOE President Anne van Gerven.

Of their commitment to D103 schools, Superintendent Scott Warren, said, “This week is Volunteer Appreciation Week in our Illinois School Districts. Tonight, we recognize our District 103 parent organizations, The PTO, Learning Fund Foundation, and Music Boosters, who work countless hours supporting our staff, student and parent community. Our three organizations combined provide a multitude of educational events for students and staff, which occur during the school day, evenings, and weekends. Additionally, they sponsor field trips, sponsor musical performances, provide supplies and equipment, provide scholarships, volunteer in and out of classrooms, and raise needed funds that support our teachers, district and families. We cherish our partnerships and want to recognize the leadership of our three volunteer organizations that help make District 103 Leaders in Learning!”

Please visit the district's Facebook page to view pictures of the school board recognition ceremony.

Board of Education Meeting

The next regular Board meeting will occur on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page.

Partnership News

Leave Your Legacy in D103

The D103 Learning Fund Foundation financially supports many programs in D103, including the library at Laura B. Sprague School. Their news fundraiser, the Legacy Brick Fundraiser, allows families to make a donation to support D103 schools and have their name engraved on a brick laid in a walkway at Daniel Wright. Watch Stripes and Principal Ann Hofmeier show how this fundraiser benefits Sprague students.

Volunteer of the Year Award

The D103 PTO Executive Board appreciates all of our volunteers! We also like to acknowledge that one special person who has gone above and beyond the call of duty. If you know of a deserving person you would like to nominate for the 2020-2021 D103 PTO Scott S. Guziec Volunteer of the Year Award, please fill out the Google nomination form. Nominations are due by May 1.

Dawn Anderson Angel Award

Each year, the PTO recognizes a volunteer who exemplifies the commitment of Dawn Anderson to District 103. Dawn generously volunteered for District 103, the D103 PTO and in our community. We now award a volunteer that demonstrates that commitment.

Requirements for Nomination: The nominee must be someone whose youngest child is an eighth-grade student so that this volunteer will be "graduating" from District 103. The volunteer should be someone who has committed his or her time over several years to our District, including volunteering for the PTO.

Maybe this is a visible volunteer who has led many PTO events or a quiet contributor who we could always count on to fill in when needed. Like Dawn, this volunteer should have an infectious volunteer spirit. The deadline for submission is April 30. Please fill out the Google nomination form to recognize a volunteer.

Community News

SHS World's Fair

Stevenson’s Diversity Council is hosting its annual World’s Fair. Booths and performances will be held virtually on Friday, April 23 from 5-6:30 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. to ensure the safest experience for our attendees. This year there will be 18 booths from around the world including countries across Asia, the Americas, and Europe, along with eight performances from India, South Korea, China, and Mongolia! Please fill out the Google Form to receive the Zoom link.

Girl Scouts Launches Becoming Me program

Girl Scouts is launching the “Becoming Me” program in collaboration with Former First Lady Michelle Obama and Penguin Random House! Inspired by themes from Mrs. Obama’s Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers, Girl Scouts’ new Becoming Me program aims to help girls become their best selves. Check out our story on Parents.com or visit girlscouts.org/becoming me to learn more.

Indian Guides & Princesses

Learn more about Indian Guides & Princesses in our area.

Wine, Dine, & Win

The Village of Lincolnshire is holding a Wine, Dine, & Win campaign during the month of April to do our part to help Lincolnshire restaurants. Check out the restaurants and how to win a $50 gift car on the Village of Lincolnshire website.

Enrichment Summer School

The Center for Gifted offers in-person spring and summer classes in Long Grove and Elmhurst. Please visit the Center for Gifted website. Masks are required, social distancing is enforced, and hand sanitizer must be non-scented. All classes are a maximum of 10-12 children. Students need NOT be tested or identified as gifted, just eager to learn!

Soccer and Baseball/Softball Registration

The Lincolnshire Sports Association registration is now open for spring soccer, baseball and softball.


Chicago Rush Soccer Club tryouts start in May. Please visit the club's website for tryout information.

Year-Long Events