Laura B. Sprague School Newsletter - December 3, 2021
Learning about Communities
Sprague second-grade students visit the Lincolnshire Riverwoods Fire Protection District as part of their study on communities. They learn about the community around them including government agencies such as fire, police, and village departments. Students learn that a community is a place where people live, work, play and solve problems together. Studying communities is part of the Illinois State Standards.
Dress Warmly for Outdoor Recess
It is important during snow and cold weather months to have children dressed appropriately for outdoor recess with gloves, hat, boots, coat, and snow pants, if needed. Students cannot play in the snow if they are not dressed properly. Remember to label items so they can be returned if they are misplaced.
If the combination of temperature and/or wind chill is 6 degrees Fahrenheit or above, students will go outside for recess. This guideline falls within the "safe" category for being outside for 30 minutes and allows students to go outside more frequently in the winter months. Please see the wind chill chart from the National Weather Service for details.
- Email the child’s teacher AND the school office, email@example.com. You may also leave a message at 847-945-6686.
- Please report all absences to the office by 9:30 a.m.
- If you send a note to school with your child about a change in attendance, please include the information below.
- Include your child's first and last name, teacher's name, grade, and the reason for the absence. If your child is sick, please leave the symptoms as well.
- Automated attendance calls are programmed to go out after 9:30 a.m. for students who have not been reported absent to the office. Should you report your absence after 9:00 a.m., you may still receive an automated call if we have not processed your attendance in PowerSchool.
Sprague's Winter Carnival is set for Friday, Dec. 17. The PTO is having a day of fun and games for the students to start off their winter vacation. The games have been revised to be COVID friendly and all classes will take turns and rotate through the carnival for the games.
The PTO would love it if you would join in on the fun! The PTO is seeking volunteers to help run various winter-themed carnival games and crafts for all the students of Sprague. Please fill out the volunteer form to help out. Can't make it the day of the carnival but would still like to volunteer? Help the PTO turn Sprague into a winter wonderland starting at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16. Fill out the volunteer form to help out. Please contact Nicole Leannais (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Paula Lanni (Paulamlanni@gmail.com) with any questions.
Crossing Guard Reminder
The season has ended for full crossing guard assistance in District 103. Students who walk or bike to school should take extra precautions between now and spring break 2022. There will be no crossing guards assisting students to and from school at the intersection of Riverwoods Road and Yorkshire Drive.
Crossing guards will remain in place at the following intersections:
- Riverwoods and Half Day Roads (AM & PM)
- Riverwoods Road at Daniel Wright Junior High School (AM only)
Bus Drivers Take Extra Precautions
D103 bus drivers take extra precautions on the streets of Lincolnshire and area communities ensuring our children get safely to and from school as shown in this Channel 2 CBS news exclusive.
Updates to the Parent-Student Handbook
The Illinois Principals Association recently released recommended updates to the Illinois schools' parent-student handbooks. At the organization's direction updates were made in the attendance and truancy section and safety and discipline sections of the D103 Parent-Student Handbook.
PCR Testing Reminder
In Need of Financial Assistance?
Vaccine Clinic Set for Saturday
Our next clinic is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Sprague School. First and second doses for Pfizer (ages 5 and above), Moderna (ages 18 and above) and a single dose for Johnson and Johnson (ages 18 and above) along with vaccine booster shots for adults will be available. To register for a vaccine, please click the link below:
Please note that the 8:00 a.m. time listed on the registration is the start time for the clinic, not your scheduled time to receive the vaccine. There are no assigned times. Drop-in anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
The clinics are being organized by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). The clinic is not exclusive to D103 schools and families, and we will have walk-ins from our community. Because we do not run the clinic, we cannot guarantee a time slot. Therefore, we will not have scheduled times for this clinic. Please note that the busiest times at the last clinic were between 8:00-10:00 a.m., with a 2 hour wait time. People who arrived after 11:00 a.m. had no more than a 25-minute wait. Individuals who arrived after 1:00 p.m. had almost no wait at all. Please be prepared to wait in line if you arrive in the morning.
Board of Education Meeting
1. Go to mabelslabels.com
2. Click ‘Support Fundraiser’
3. Enter ‘District 103 Parent Teacher Organization (Lincolnshire)
Gifts from Student Artwork
During art class this fall, your Sprague student created a design that can be transformed into gifts to preserve this special time in a fun way! You can shop at Square 1 Art online or return a paper order form to the school front desk to purchase these custom items.
The online store, featuring your child's art, is open through Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. To shop online, visit the Square 1 Art website.
- Enter the state (Illinois)
- Enter the school's name (type "Laura B" and the school should pop up)
- Enter your student's name. If your student's artwork does not appear, try to search on the last name only. The D103 PTO is excited to partner with Square1Art this holiday season to celebrate student creativity and raise funds for educational activities and grant programs that enhance our children's daily experiences.
Members of the DW band and show choir will perform at 5:30 p.m. tonight, Dec. 3, during the Lincolnshire Tree Lighting event. The event takes place at Village Green (northeast corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Olde Half Day Road). Please visit the village's website for details about the event.
State Art Contest
The contest includes four entry levels: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12. A panel of judges will select a winner and two runners-up in each entry level. All winners and runners-up will have their work displayed by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum from Feb. 12 through March 18, 2022. The student whose work is chosen as "Best in Show" will be featured on a poster to celebrate Illinois Arts Education week. They will also be recognized at an ISBE board meeting and their framed work will be displayed in the Board office.
All entries must be received by mail, postmarked no later than Dec. 17. Mail entries to:
100 North First Street, E-222
Springfield, IL 62777