Wildcat Weekly

Laura B. Sprague School Newsletter - September 3, 2021

Sleeping Patterns of Animals

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Kindergartners recently studied the sleeping habits of animals and put them into categories of whether they were active during the day or active at night. They learned that animals like raccoons and bats are nocturnal and polar bears and horses are diurnal. This assignment is part of the kindergarten science curriculum where students study animal life. For more about the kindergarten standards, please visit the curriculum guides.


The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn was our literacy focus during our first full week of school. Studying nocturnal animals was a fun way to integrate science into our literacy instruction.


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

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No School Monday

There is no school Monday, Sept. 6, due to the Labor Day holiday. Enjoy your weekend and we will see the students back in school on Tuesday, Sept. 7.


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

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Appropriate Masks

One of the most important mitigation strategies is a good mask that fits properly. This CDC graphic provides information on the proper type and way to wear a mask. Please be sure that the mask covers the nose and mouth, is 2-3 layers, and does not have valves. Gaiters are not approved face coverings. If your child does not have a proper mask, they will be provided one for the day.
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Picture Day

Sprague’s Picture Day is on Friday, Sept. 10. The picture order form will not be sent home with students.

  • All students will be photographed.

  • You will receive a proof order form or an email with a link to your online gallery two- to three weeks after picture day.

  • At that time you will log in to the Stuart-Rodgers Photography website and choose your picture package.

  • Pictures will be mailed to your home free of shipping charges.

  • Please review the e-notice for detailed information.

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Principal Coffees

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!

  • Kindergarten Coffee: 9 to 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, school library

  • Grades 1-2 Coffee: 9 to 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, school library


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.
  • Early Childhood/Kindergarten: 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9
  • First-Grade: 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23
  • Second-Grade: 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30


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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Volunteers Sought for Fair

The Family Traditions Fair organizers are seeking volunteers to participate in the fair set for Friday, Oct. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. What better resource we have than our very own families to volunteer to set up a booth at the fair to share a part of your culture! Please use this Google Form to volunteer. Please review this news bulletin for detailed information about the fair.
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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:

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Steps to Become an Associate

Please join us on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, from 12:00-1:00 pm as D103 administrators explain the typical roles and responsibilities of an associate and how to apply for the position in D103! The district currently has openings for associates in all three buildings. Many community members are qualified for the role and with the support of our assistant principals and human resources coordinator you could be employed by D103!


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Parent-Student Handbook

The Parent-Student Handbook is available for student and parent review. Please find it under the parent and student tabs on the website.

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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

Village Project Creates Traffic Congestion

As you may be aware, the Village of Lincolnshire is embarking on a $4 million Crosstown Water Main project along Riverwoods Road to maintain and improve the Village’s water supply system. The project is expected to last through spring 2022. A project this size will impact vehicle and pedestrian traffic – especially near Laura B. Sprague School, Daniel Wright Junior High School, and the intersection of Half Day Road and Riverwoods Road.


Unfortunately, it will be inconvenient and parents may need to alter the way in which they get their child to/from school. Due to the majority of Lincolnshire residents living near Riverwoods Road, this project will likely affect traffic to/from Half Day School as well.

The Village published, and will regularly publicize, a very detailed information page about the project, but we created an FAQ sheet to answer questions that parents may have.

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