Family Traditions Fair
Many families representing cultures from District 103’s community participated in Laura B. Sprague School’s Annual Family Traditions Fair on Friday, Sept. 30.
Family volunteers hosted activities including games, dancing, traditional art, and playing musical instruments for students to experience. Cultures from countries including India, China, Israel, Japan, Serbia, Guyana, Egypt, Pakistan, Finland, Vietnam, Korea, Mexico, Ireland, and Assyria were represented at the Lincolnshire School. Children were invited to wear traditional clothing from their culture to celebrate Sprague's Family Traditions Fair.
Throughout the week, teachers instructed students on understanding diversity through activities that asked them to consider how they are similar and different from their classmates. Thanks to the fair organizers Multilingual Learner Teachers Jackie Bever and Anna Ahne.
In Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103, there are 43 native languages spoken in students’ homes. District 103 focuses on making positive steps toward creating inclusive, welcoming, and equitable learning and working environments for all students, parents, and employees.
While the event will end on Friday, learning will continue through the year in the students’ classrooms. Principal Ann Hofmeier stated that “students will continue to share and reflect on their learning from the Family Traditions Fair through writing and speaking opportunities,” and that “we are thankful to our dedicated staff and parents for providing this wonderful learning experience for all our students at Laura B. Sprague.”
For pictures of the event, please visit the school's Google Doc Folder.
Celebrating Our Traditions Everywhere
We celebrate our cultures everywhere and every day! Even with the Family Traditions Fair over, we still love learning about the foods we eat, the places to visit, the clothes we wear, how we celebrate holidays, etc.!
The Sprague's SEL/Diversity Committee would love to connect with individuals, families, or groups of caregivers who would be interested in contributing to a bulletin board display to teach others about their culture or about a culture that is relevant to their family. The photo shows an example of a bulletin board sharing South Korean culture. We are flexible in how you would prefer to contribute such as lending items, providing pictures/resources, or creating the bulletin board by yourself or with others.
Please let us know how you would like to cooperate by filling out the Cultural Bulletin Board form. We will reach out to you as soon as possible and provide you further information! Please reach out Jackie Bever, email@example.com, if you have any questions.
Fire Station Visit
Second-graders toured Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Station 53 last week as part of their social studies unit on communities. Students learned about the importance of a fire station and firefighters in our community reviewed fire safety concepts.
Volunteers Sought for Recycling Program
Global citizenship is one of the traits that defines D103's new Portrait of a Graduate. To this end, Sprague students have begun to implement a new composting program during the lunch hour but they need a little help to develop and refine the process. Please consider donating a half-hour of your time during an upcoming lunch period to help support our students. Learn more and sign up on the PTO Membership Toolkit!
Picture Retake Day
Movie Night Suggestion Form
Movie Night is Friday, Nov. 4, and we need your help in finding the best movie to show for this fun night out. Please vote using this movie night suggestion form and recommend one "G" rated movie that your student would absolutely love to watch with their friends at school. Students will also be voting during lunch for their favorite movie.
No School Monday or Tuesday
There is no school for students on Monday, Oct. 10, and Tuesday, Oct. 11. Monday is Indigenous Peoples' Day and Tuesday is a Teacher Institute Day. The district uses teacher institute days to allow certified staff members to attend workshops or participate in grade-level meetings for the purpose of furthering the district strategic plan goals.
Multilingual Student Parent Night
We would like to invite all parents who have a child receiving multilingual support services in a District 103 school to attend this virtual meeting via Zoom from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12. This program will provide an overview of the services we provide to multilingual students as well as additional services to support multilingual parents.
School Board Election - April 4, 2023
Three seats on the Board of Education for Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District #103 will be up for election on April 4, 2023. Each seat will be a four-year term until April 2027. Candidate information is available on the Lake County Elections website and at the District 103 office located at 111 Barclay Boulevard, Suite 100, Lincolnshire, IL 60069.
Petition packets may be downloaded from the Lake County Clerk’s website and are available at the District 103 office.
Nomination papers are filed with the Lake County Clerk’s office located at 18 N. County Street, Room 101, Waukegan, IL 60085.
- December 12, 2022 – First day to file nomination papers.
- December 19, 2022 – Last day to file nomination papers.
Membership Toolkit Mobile Apps
If you're looking for easy access to the D103 Online Family Directory* while on-the-go, make sure to download the Membership Toolkit Mobile app for iPhone or Android. In addition to providing one-click access to the family directory, the app also provides access to volunteer sign ups, PTO events calendar, message boards and more!
One App - Multiple Schools: If you have a student in both D103 and Stevenson High School, switching schools is easy! Just look for the school-switch icon toward the top of the app, right in between the shopping cart and settings icons.
Questions and Contact: If you have any questions, want to update any of your listed information, or need instructions on how to access Membership Toolkit for the first time, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
*Note: Access to the D103 Family Directory, including class lists, is only available to families who have purchased a 2022/2023 PTO membership. Not a member yet? No problem! Purchase your PTO membership today and begin using the family directory immediately.
Self Driven Child
Author Ned Johnson will share his expertise with parents virtually from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, October 17, on how to talk to our children and what to say to help promote their motivation, resilience, and happiness. Please register for this virtual presentation.
With the knowledge he has gained, he has co-authored two books: "What Do You Say? How to Talk with Kids to Build Motivation, Stress Tolerance, and a Happy Home" and the national best-seller, "The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives." Ned believes that now more than ever, our kids need healthy motivation and the ability to handle stress in effective ways.
During his presentation, Ned will offer parents with concrete, accessible advice on how to talk to our children and what to say to help promote their motivation, resilience, and happiness. Studies suggest that children increasingly feel a lack of control in their lives. Ned will provide a brain based understanding of how changing our parental approach can help our kids feel more empowered, while reducing battles in the home and improving connection with our kids. Ned's goal is to provide parents with practical advice on how to help kids perform their best when it matters most.
The Vernon Area Public Library and the PTO organizations of D96, D102, and D103 are excited to welcome Ned Johnson to share his expertise with the parents of our communities.
Stevenson High School offers a cheerleading clinic for grades kindergarten through eighth from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13.
- Principal Ann Hofmeier
- Assistant Principal Jennifer Arroyo