Wildcat Weekly

Laura B. Sprague School Newsletter - February 12, 2021

Black History Month

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February is Black History Month and students at Sprague have been participating in many curriculum-aligned activities to learn about the history and accomplishments of black Americans.


Throughout the school year, Sprague students focus on celebrating our diversity, kindness, and making sure all students feel heard and seen. Specifically, during Black History Month, there are a variety of whole-school lessons for all students through music, art, library, extension activities planned through the enrichment specialist and English language teachers. Individual classrooms have availed different read alouds to continue the message of Black History Month. Our lessons focus on social justice, important black scientists, musicians, athletes, and change agents who have made our world a better place. We will have a culminating assembly between Half Day and Sprague to wrap up the month and discuss our learnings and why this is such an important topic to cover.

No School Monday, Feb. 15

There is no school Monday, Feb. 15, due to President's Day. For other changes in the February school day, please review the following calendar updates.


Please visit the District 103 school calendar for updates on other holidays and teacher institute days when school is not in session. The D103 school calendar for the 2021-2022 school year is now available for your review.

Happy Valentine's Day

The students did a wonderful job showing kindness in their Valentine's Day art project. Please enjoy the video montage of valentine greetings art teacher Allison Smith created to showcase all of the valentines.

Chinese New Year Celebration

Maria Chan, a Sprague parent, presented to children this week during a virtual Zoom assembly about the Chinese New Year touching on heritage, celebrations, and artifacts. Jason Yu, with the Lion Dance Sports Association, shared the art of lion dancing with students. After the assembly classrooms followed up with creating Chinese New Year crafts, drumming, and reading books about the celebration. Please follow these directions to make the craft.

Celebrating 100 Days of School

The 100th Day of school signifies the 100th day of our learning in the school year! From the very first day of school, our classes begin tracking the number of days they've been in school in anticipation of the 100th day. It marks a special opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate major milestones in our students' academic achievement. It is also a great way for elementary school students to celebrate the various mathematical concepts that can be taught using the number 100. Many of our classrooms also incorporate reading, writing, science, and social studies in their celebration of the 100th day of school. Pictures of the creative 100s day projects can be found on the school's Facebook page.

President's Day

First-grader Harun shares his thoughts about President's Day in this video he created.

Returning to School After Traveling

Traveling for work, pleasure, or family events may create an opportunity to contract COVID-19 and transmit it to others when you return. In order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are asking families who have recently traveled to follow these procedures prior to your child attending school:

  1. Have your child tested for COVID-19 with an RT-PCR test. Tests are widely available through CVS, Walgreens, your personal physician, or a Lake County testing site

  2. Do not send your child to school until you receive a negative result

  3. Share the results with school and your physician

  4. If you or your child exhibit any COVID-19 symptom, please contact your personal physician for further instructions

Reporting Student Absences

Please be aware that because we are in a pandemic, if you call your student in for an absence, we need specific details as to why your child is not attending school. Unfortunately at this time, we can not accept messages that just state that the student will not be in school. If the information is medically sensitive in nature, please contact the school nurse directly. We understand that there are alternative, non-illness related reasons for absences that occur, but because of the current pandemic situation, we need to know that is the case for the absence in order to ensure the continuing health and safety of the students and school staff. Please report absence to 847-945-6686 or Ls_attendance@d103.org.

Students, Track Your Steps

Students are encouraged to track the number of steps they take each day for 30 days in this fun Sprague challenge.

  1. Starting on Monday, Feb. 8, help your child track their steps daily following these simple directions.
  2. Record the daily steps on the 30 Day Step Tracker sheet.
  3. After 30 days, celebrate your child's accomplishment.
  4. Take a picture of your child walking, running, jumping rope, climbing a snow hill, tracking steps to mvanduch@d103.org or text it to 847-791-3749.

Early Childhood Parent Coffee

Early Childhood Virtual Parent Coffee is scheduled for 10-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19. There are no early childhood classes on this day. The topic is on Emotional Regulation in the Early Years. Please register for the Parent Coffee so we can share the Zoom link with you.

District News

Board of Education Meeting

The next regular Board meeting will occur on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page.

Community News

Free Meals Delivered to Your Home

If your family would benefit from a monthly lasagna delivery, please take a look at how Lasagna Love can help and how to sign up. If you have any questions or problems with registration, please reach out to your child's school social worker.

Girl Scouts

Now is the perfect time to jump into the world of Girl Scouts.

Citizenship Preparation Class Series

Vernon Area Public Library is working with HIAS Immigration & Citizenship to provide a Citizenship Preparation class series that begins Monday, February 8. HIAS is a Jewish-American nonprofit that works to aid refugees.


Classes will meet online 1-2:30 PM on most Mondays from February 8–May 3. The 11-week series is meant to prepare residents for the citizenship test in a small, online group. Content includes American history, civics, speaking, and reading and writing in English.


The classes are free and open to all. A Vernon Area Public Library card is not required. Spaces are limited and signup is required. Sign up at https://calendar.vapld.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=25522 or by telephone at 224-543-1485.


A recording of an overview session on the topic is available on YouTube through February 25.


Please direct questions to Jessica Flatley at the library: jflatley@VAPLD.info or Elana Boiskin at JCFS: 847-745-5405 or ElanaBoiskin@jcfs.org.

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