Wildcat Weekly

Laura B. Sprague School Newsletter - September 10, 2021

Early Childhood Activities

Our Early Childhood program at Sprague School includes children ages 3, 4, and 5 in a preschool classroom. District 103 focus on developing the strengths and needs of the whole child. Our students spend time learning and playing together. We focus on learning through play by providing hands-on, interactive learning experiences. Our early childhood students participate in a variety of small and large group activities that focus on developing social and learning related skills through investigation, exploration, and discovery.


Early childhood students have no school on Thursday, Sept. 16 and Friday, Sept. 17.


To view pictures of the activity, please visit our Facebook page or go to our Google Doc folder.

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Library News

Digital Citizenship

Last week, K-2 students had their first digital citizenship lesson.

  • Kindergartners learned the strategy, “Pause, Breathe, Finish Up,” which taught them how to make it easier when it is time to step away from a device. Whether it's watching TV or playing on a tablet, using tech can be super fun! Often, kids find it hard to transition from an online activity to an offline one, so this simple routine teaches us one way to manage those inevitable digital interruptions that are part of everyone's lives in the digital age.
  • First-graders participated in the lesson, “Media Balance is Important,” in which we discussed the concept of balance, as well as how to balance our online and offline activities. Students began learning to consider the feelings of themselves and others when making decisions about when, where, and how much to use technology.
  • Second-graders engaged in the lesson, “We the Digital Citizens,” in which we reviewed the 6 digital citizenship characters we learned about in kindergarten and 1st grade. We also explored the amazing possibilities that come with using technology, and took a pledge to be safe, responsible, and respectful when traveling through the online world.

Book Checkout

Please note your child's/children's weekly book checkout day/s, in order to support your child in returning library books on time so that all children can enjoy the library's offerings. Thank you, in advance, for your support! Please note that your child's lesson day may be different from their day of book checkout.

  • EC and kindergarten students checkout one book each week

  • First-graders checkout two books weekly

  • Second-graders checkout three books each week


You can support your child by checking that their books are ready to be returned to school the night before their next checkout day. A great way to make sure books get back to school is to keep them in your child's backpack whenever they are not being read. Thank you for your support in keeping the books circulating and allowing children to get their hands on books they've been waiting to read!


Library checkout schedule

  • Monday: Kahn, Karras, Louras

  • Tuesday: Schultz, Lunardi, Lindell, Donenberg, Vander Pas

  • Wednesday: Clay, Terson, Delli, Larsen, Jaslikowski, Schreurs

  • Thursday: Jenkins, Miller, Yeo, Pinter, Binder, Korah, Ward

  • Friday: Ferron, Spurrier, Schlan, Chiesa, Lapin, Vani, Schencker

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Yearbook Submissions

Families who elect not to take the Stuart-Rodgers school photo may submit a picture of their student for the Sprague yearbook. This would be a substitute for a photo taken at school. Directions on how to do this are coming soon.

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Principal Coffee - New Date

Families are welcome to attend Sprague Principal Ann Hofmeier’s coffees that are held in person this year. Principal Hofmeier will provide you with a better understanding of what happens during a child’s typical day at Sprague as well as how students are adjusting. This meeting will also give you an opportunity to get to know the other parents in your child’s school. We will allow parents time to ask questions to help them become more familiar with Sprague School. We look forward to seeing you there!


Grades 1-2 Coffee: 9 to 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21 (NEW DATE)

  • 9:00 School Tour

  • 9:15 Introductions and Meet and Greet other Families

  • 9:30 Questions and answer opportunity!

  • 10:00 Adjournment


Please RSVP to Amy Hull at ahull@d103.org or call her at 847-945-6665.

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Game Nights

The PTO is hosting Sprague Game Nights for different grade levels and their families. Meet on the playground where you can socialize with other parents and children can play with their friends. The PTO will set up stations with playground-type games that children can play. The PTO will provide snacks and bottled water.
  • First-Grade: 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23
  • Second-Grade: 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30
  • Early Childhood/Kindergarten: Held Thursday, Sept. 9


Show your interest in attending by registering through the PTO Membership Toolkit. Questions? Please email us at cort26@hotmail.com or kate.schulze@gmail.com.

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Volunteers Sought for Art

Mrs. Smith, Sprague's art teacher, is looking for parent volunteers who would like to help with an upcoming art fundraiser. Mrs. Smith will need help with labeling artwork, organizing, collecting, and distributing the fundraiser. If anyone is interested, please email Mrs. Smith at asmith@d103.org.
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District News

Test to Stay - Update


If your child is identified as a close contact at school, they may be eligible for the Test to Stay option instead of quarantining for 10 days at home. Please complete the permission form in Unified Classroom indicating that you give the district permission to administer the BinaxNOW test. You do not need to sign up for weekly PCR testing to be included in the Test to Stay option, but we highly recommend it.


To sign your child up for free weekly testing, please review the COVID news updates for more information. If it is your first time signing up, families need to sign up by Sunday at 6 p.m. if you want your child to begin testing that week. You only need to sign your child up once to be included in weekly testing for the school year.


For information about COVID prevention and COVID cases across D103 schools, please see the following web pages:

Board of Education Meeting

The next Board of Education meeting will occur on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page.
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Partnership News

Challenging Child Behaviors

Using the 3 C's: Connection, Communication, Capability to Combat Challenging Behaviors Author Katherine Reynolds Lewis will present virtually at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29. The D103 PTO Parent Education registration for the virtual presentation is now open.

Brick Fundraiser

You still have a chance to leave your legacy behind in D103 with the Daniel Wright paved walkway for a $100 donation. Order your family brick (inscribed with your family name or your child's name) before Friday, Sept. 10. Bricks are being placed this fall. Please read the e-notice for detailed information.

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Community News

Lane Closures

The Village of Lincolnshire’s $4 million Crosstown Water Main project along Riverwoods Road is well underway. The intersection at Half Day and Riverwoods Roads is being severely impacted as crews need access to the existing water main located directly under the intersection. Lane closures and new traffic patterns will be implemented and will likely result in longer commute times and more congestion in the area. Please visit the village's website for detailed information about the project.

Indian Guides & Princesses

Students (k-5) and their families, are invited from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, Old School Forest Preserve on St. Mary's Road, Mettawa for a Trailblazers event. There will be a DJ, dancing, bouncy houses, games, prizes and food at this free event!

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