Wildcat Weekly

Laura B. Sprague School Newsletter - March 19, 2021

Student Authors

During writers workshop Sprague students learned how to write a narrative story. Students were challenged to write a story about something that happened to them. First-graders learned that good stories have time words, feelings, beginning, middle, end, lots of details, and wow pictures!

Publishing students' writing is important because it gives students the opportunity to be recognized and also provides students opportunities to compliment each other. When students support each other it adds to our classroom community!

"I am so proud of our authors and all the work they did this year," said Heather Korah, first-grade teacher. For pictures of students presenting, please visit the school's Facebook page.

A Taste of Irish

Sprague students had fun creating leprechaun traps and dressing up like them in celebration of St. Patrick's Day.

"Through read alouds, students learned that if you catch a leprechaun they have to give you their gold! However, they are small, quick, and tricky! We have to be clever to trap them," explained Jacqueline Niziolek Bever, Sprague teacher who headed the activity. She went on to explain, "Leprechauns tend to look for gold, especially around rainbows and the love candy, so creating a bait to lure them to the trap helps." Please visit the school's Facebook page for more festive pictures.

Parent Input for Placement

At Sprague, we believe that home-school collaboration creates the best possible placement for students.

The creation of classes is an important process for our students where staff collectively looks at the needs of individuals, groups, the balance of academics, and social-emotional needs, to create healthy learning groups and environments.

If you wish to share information on your child, please fill out the Parent Input for Placement form. This is your opportunity to do so. The input you provide will be reviewed and considered as we begin planning for your child's upcoming school year. While specific teacher requests cannot be accommodated, your insight is valued. We look forward to providing your child with continued learning excellence. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with your child's team.

Please note, the input you share on the Google Form is not private between the Principal and parent and will be shared with our team during the placement process. Please do not request specific teachers. Any response form that lists a specific teacher will not be included in the placement process. Please complete a form for each of your children, if desired. This form needs to be completed by April 16, 2021

Global Book Club

During the month of March, Sprague is hosting a Global Book Club! This year's theme is celebrating a nation of diverse readers! To participate please do the following:

  1. Print out the World Traveler Passport record keeping sheet.
  2. Each school day in March a Seesaw activity will be pushed out on your child's iPad. The Seesaw activity will include resources to learn about a specific country that may include a read aloud, virtual fields trips, crafts, songs, and dances.
  3. After your child explores a country, the child can color in that country's flag on their passport! There are even extra spots to explore a different country of your child's choice! This is an optional activity for your child to enjoy and explore on their own.

No matter how many countries your child has visited by the end of March, please take a picture of your child and their passport to send to mvanduch@d103.org or text it to her at 847-791-3749.

School Pictures

Remote learning student school pictures that were taken by Stuart-Rodgers Photography at Sprague School are available inside the front door foyer during school hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.. If you have any concerns about your student's pictures please contact Stuart-Rodgers Photography directly. Contact information is provided inside the picture envelope. In-person student pictures are being distributed this week.

District News

No School Next Week

We would like to remind you that next week is Spring Break from Monday, March 22 through Friday, March 26, and students will not be attending classes. Students resume remote and in-person learning on Monday, March 29.

Please follow these guidelines during Spring Break travel.

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

Vision & Hearing Screening

The state of Illinois mandates vision and hearing screenings for various grades. Please respond to this brief survey if your remote learning child is in one of these grades.

Students in early childhood, kindergarten, and second-grade are mandated by the State of Illinois to have vision and hearing screenings. Please use this Google form to indicate whether you want your child to be screened or if you would like to defer the screening at this time.

Students in the first-grade are mandated by the State of Illinois to have a hearing screening. Please use this Google form to indicate whether you want your child to be screened or if you would like to defer the screening at this time.

Board of Education Meeting

The next regular Board meeting will occur on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page.

Partnership News

Virtual 5K Run-Walk

D103 PTO's virtual 5K run/walk event is now open.

In order to keep our community safe and continue to raise funds for our school district, the D103 PTO will host its first ever (hopefully only) ​Run for D103 VIRTUAL 5K Run/Walk. Please visit the Run for D103 website to learn more about the event and register.

Community News

Enrichment Summer School

The Center for Gifted offers in-person spring and summer classes in Long Grove and Elmhurst. Please visit the Center for Gifted website. Masks are required, social distancing is enforced, and hand sanitizer must be non-scented. All classes are a maximum of 10-12 children. Students need NOT be tested or identified as gifted, just eager to learn!


Chicago Rush Soccer offers a spring after school program. Look for details on their website.

Community Dialogue on Race

Women United (United Way) is offering a virtual event, "Community Dialogue on Race: Moving from Ideas to Action" from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 7. Please register for this event.

Year-Long Events