Wildcat Weekly

Laura B. Sprague School Newsletter - December 8, 2020

Share What Your Children are Doing in Science Education

Teachers are encouraging families to engage in at home hands on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) activities. Please share a picture of what your child is creating by emailing it to mvanduch@d103.org or texting it to 847-791-3749. Suggestions for taking good photos


Sprague Enrichment Specialist Christie Wylie has great suggestions on her website for hands-on STEM activities. Below are more hands on activities.

  1. Hour of Code Unplugged: https://hourofcode.com/us/learn?platform=no-computers
  2. YouCubed/Jo Boaler: https://www.youcubed.org/resource/youcubed-at-home/
  3. STEAM Activities to do in your Kitchen: https://igamemom.com/stem-activities-for-kids-in-your-kitchen/
  4. Maker Station At Home: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1T4CZCt8hJqYLVT5ZVYpR7SgHLWDWaaUO/view
  5. Kitchen Science: https://modernparentsmessykids.com/stem-20-kitchen-science-experiments-kids-will-love/
  6. Figure This! Math Challenges for Families: https://figurethis.nctm.org/download.htm
  7. Kids Discover Nature/Top Reasons to Play Outside: http://www.kidsdiscovernature.com/ (Organization is currently working on its website - it is down right now)

Board Games and Other Family Fun

School Psychologist Susan Elbaum shares innovative non-screen time activities students can do alone or with families in her December newsletter. Check out other great at-home learning ideas in past newsletters.

Mark Your Calendar for the Sing-A-Long

Don't miss the Sprague Sing Along with a special surprise at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18 on the D103 YouTube channel.

Book Bus Available to Sprague Learners

We are excited to begin our Sprague Book Bus to connect your child with great books from our school library!


After filling out the form linked at the bottom of this email, our goal is for your family to receive four books of their 10 books wish listed, which will be checked out to your child for a two-week period. The books you receive will depend on availability.


To search our catalog, please visit the Follett Destiny website and click "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.


Availability is constantly changing, which is why we ask that you provide us with 10 requests in hopes of being able to check out four books from your list.

Within one to two weeks, four books will be delivered to your door by the transportation department and your family will be responsible for returning these books within two weeks of receipt. A cart will be placed in the Sprague vestibule, which is open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or you can return books when picking up lunches from the D103 Transportation Department located to the south of Daniel Wright Junior High School Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m.

You are welcome to fill out this form again to wish list ten more books upon returning the previous checkout.


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

District News

Winter Break

Winter break is from Saturday, Dec. 19 through Monday, Jan. 4. School will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021! For other days when students are not in attendance, please visit the school calendar.

Board of Education Meeting

The next regular Board meeting will occur on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting web page.

Partnership News

Spirit Wear in Time for the Holidays

Our PTO sponsored spirit wear stores are stocked with new items perfect for the holidays, and free shipping through Wednesday, Dec. 30. Check out new apparel, plus masks, as well as two brand new stores! We now offer District 103 gear and Leaders in Learning apparel for staff!

Leave Your Legacy in D103

The D103 Learning Fund Foundation invites your family to leave a legacy at D103 with the launch of the Legacy Brick Fundraiser. With the completion of the Daniel Wright construction project, the Foundation invites families to donate $100 to inscript their name on a brick pathway outside the remodeled school.


This LFF Legacy Brick Fundraiser video, narrated by Daniel Wright Principal Michelle Blackley and featuring the new school mascot, outlines the project. This is a great opportunity to bring our community together, so please consider a donation. The Learning Fund and all of our schools appreciate your generous support.

Community News

COVID-19 Vaccine Coming to Lake County

The Lake County Health Department has an important news bulletin about the COVID-19 vaccine coming to Lake County.

Year-Long Events