Dear Sprague Community, As we observed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this week, teachers led discussions in classrooms about Dr. King’s impact and his vision for a peaceful an inclusive world.  This is work we believe in on a daily basis and not just on the third Monday in January. Our school and district values are at the forefront of our work: Commitment to Community, Respect for Human Differences, Cooperative and Caring Relationships, and Academic Excellence…not to mention our H.E.A.R.T. values.   School Closures Dr. Lussier will use School Messenger to broadcast any school closures or delays due to inclement weather. School Messenger will send both an email and a phone call. If your contact information has changed since the beginning of the school year, please let Mrs. Becker know so she can update it for you. Kindergarten Registration If you have an incoming kindergartner or know someone who does, please mark the dates for the Kindergarten Roundup on your calendar! Parents should bring all forms and documentation to the Roundup. Forms and information may be downloaded from Other News The Grade 5 vs. Faculty basketball game has been scheduled for Thursday, April 9, 2015. I have been told that this has become a tradition that many children and families enjoy. Please remember that there is no supervision for students arriving at school before 8:15 a.m. Ideally, students should arrive between 8:15 and 8:25 a.m. so they are unpacked and settled in their classrooms by 8:30 a.m. School safety officer Evan Rosenberg has been helping to train our 5th grade Morning Greeters for the past 2 weeks. He also observed our car line at dismissal 2 days last week to see if he had suggestions to offer. His first priority is student safety, as is ours. The feedback he gave was that he felt car line worked well (it helps when drivers pull as far forward in the lane as possible) and teachers did a nice job of helping students get to their cars. From a parent perspective, I imagine it can seem like it takes some time on some days, particularly when the weather is bad and more folks use the car line. He noted that he observed some students crossing over to the parking lot to meet parents who were waiting in parked cars. This is a safety concern. We recommend that parents who wish to pick up their children meet them at the playground door area and cross with them back to the parking lot. If students are in the upper grades and need to cross to the parking lot alone, they should cross with the teacher at the crosswalk by the field and should NOT cross through car line traffic. Valentine Community Service Opportunity Sprague parent Jen Friedman volunteers with Family Services Coalition – a group here in Wellesley that is providing support for the homeless families housed at the Travelodge in Natick.  Currently there are close to 70 families with 108 children living at the Travelodge. Jen has organized a community service opportunity in which some Sprague students will put their HEART values into action by making a Valentine supply bag for children in these families. There is space for 25 Sprague students (grades 3-5) to participate in this activity on Tuesday, February 3rd from 3:05-4:00 pm. Students will decorate and put together Valentine bags or kits that will include: -a homemade valentine to a Travelodge child/family -boxed valentines for the Travelodge child/family to give out at their school -plain chocolates or other treats Please send an email to Ms. Snyder to sign your child up. The email should include your child’s name, teacher’s name, phone number, and parent’s email address. Space is limited to 25, so registration is on a first come, first served basis. You will receive a confirmation email next week. If your child cannot come on Feb. 3rd, but you would like to donate a box of valentines for the project, you may do so. We will set up a donation box in the office. Thank you. Dates to remember: January 27: Grade 3 Field Trip to Boston January 30: Progress Reports sent home February 4: Walk to School Day February 4: PTO meeting at 9:00 a.m. February 16-20: School vacation week  

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Weekly note from Ms. Snyder–January 21, 2015
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