Dear Sprague Community, Parent teacher conferences have already begun and will continue for the next two weeks.  Teachers value their relationship with you and always learn more about your child through conferences.  We hope you will learn about your child’s progress in school and how to best support learning at home.  The Book Fair is here! This is a great opportunity to purchase books and support the Sprague School. There will be a “Donuts and Dads” event before school on Thursday morning. Before School Care will be moved to room 1LM for that morning only so that the “Donuts” can be in the cafeteria. Sprague School’s Walk to School Days have been a huge success so far. Last month’s event coincided with International Walk to School Day. We had 328 students participate and hope to maintain a high level of participation even as the weather gets colder. The next Walk to School Day will be November 4th. This is also Election Day, so it will be helpful to voters to have fewer cars in our parking lot. There will also be a PTO meeting on November 4th at 9:00 a.m. I will give a presentation on Sprague’s MCAS scores from last year. School Committee President KC Kato will also be there to meet parents and answer questions. This will take place during the meeting in the cafeteria.  All are welcome. The annual Sprague Halloween Parade will be on Friday, at 8:45am. Please remember that costumes should be K-5 appropriate. Toy/fake weapons of any kind are not allowed. I know that Ms. Stabnick can’t wait to see how all of the creative costumes. I saw many fabulous ones in past Sprague yearbooks and was very impressed! If your family does not celebrate Halloween or your child is anxious about the parade, there will be an alternative activity in the library hosted by Mr. Marder. The activity will not be Halloween related. UNICEF:  Each year, millions of kids across this country go trick-or-treating.  Some of those students also take along a UNICEF box to collect coins for those children who live in communities where basic needs (i.e., clean water, comfort from disease carrying mosquitoes, immunizations, ample food/sustenance) are sometimes in short supply.  Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF began in 1950 as a way to help kids who need more than candy. Since then, children all over America have gone door-to-door on Halloween with UNICEF collection boxes, calling out, “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!” They have raised more than $170 million for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF since 1950.   Sprague supports these efforts, and this week your child will receive a UNICEF box that they could bring along when they trick-or-treat.  The UNICEF boxes will come home with your child(ren) on Tuesday, October 28th.  **If you participate, all UNICEF boxes should be returned to the Sprague Main Office by Friday, November 7th.**  If you would like to write a check, it should be made out to “U.S. Fund for UNICEF“.  Thank you!   For more information about Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, please go to   Internet safety expert Katie Greer will be presenting to the parent community on Nov. 4th, 7:00-8:30 in the Wellesley Middle School auditorium. This is a tremendous opportunity to have a district-wide discussion and common experience regarding safe Internet and technology practices.   Gentle Reminder: Cars should be parked in marked spaces in our parking lot. When cars are left by islands in our lot, they create an impediment to traffic flow. If spaces in our lot are full, we ask that parents use car line for drop off or park by the fields.   Mark your calendars: October 28, 29, 30: Book Fair October 29: Parent conferences October 31: Halloween Parade (line up at 8:45, parade to begin at 9:00) Nov. 3: Internet safety program for grades 4 and 5 @ 8:45 in the cafeteria Nov. 4: Election Day Nov. 4: Walk to School Day Nov. 4: PTO meeting—There will be presentation about Sprague’s MCAS scores.  Nov. 4: Early release: Parent conferences Nov. 5: Parent conferences Nov. 6: WEF Spelling Bee Nov. 7: Green assembly Nov. 14: Give Back Day

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Weekly note from Ms. Snyder–October 28, 2014
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