Dear Sprague Community, I survived the Grade 5 vs. Faculty basketball game last Thursday. I saw teachers with skills and moves on the court. I saw kids who also had skills and moves. I even scored a basket!  But what I saw the most of, was Sprague H.E.A.R.T!!! It was wonderful to see so many students and families in attendance. The 5th graders won in a ‘nailbiter’ and displayed good sportsmanship, grace, and teamwork! It was one of those events that makes us all feel fortunate to be part of such a warm and cohesive school community. I am truly grateful to be here at Sprague with all of you. The welcome warm weather brings thoughts of the end of the school year. The year is flying by fast! After the April vacation, there are only 8 weeks left of school. You may even be having thoughts about your child’s placement for next year. We will continue to welcome your thoughts and value your input when making decisions about class assignments. Please remember that our staff is charged with a very complicated balancing act in developing class lists that both attempt to match student learning styles with teaching styles and also create heterogeneous groupings that foster academic, social, and emotional growth. We do our best to place students in groupings where each one has friends and classmates with whom they can work on the development of those skills and attributes. I will send a Sprague parent input form in a separate email for parents who wish to share their written insights with our placement teams about how their children learn best. Please remember that we will not consider requests for individual teachers by name. If you choose to fill out a form, please be sure to return it NO LATER THAN MAY 1st . (I will send the form later in the week.) Fifth Grade Information Thursday, April 16th: Parent 1:1 Information evening and Student Showcase from 6:30-7:30pm in the Wellesley Middle School Cafeteria. At this event, there will be a brief presentation regarding the 1:1 program and how to sign up for next year. Teachers, technology specialists, and administrators will be available to answer questions you have regarding the1:1 program as well as see student projects and exhibits from this year’s grade 6 students. It will be a great opportunity for you to see what the program will offer your student next year. Drama Club This is the last week for Drama Club. Parents are invited to a show during the last 20 minutes of the session. There will be a show for the Wednesday Club at 12:40 and one for the Thursday Club at 3:40. Lego Robotics Club The Lego Robotics Club will meet the week after the vacation on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 3:05-4:00. The 1st grade Club is full. There are still a few spaces left in the 4th grade Club. The 1st grade group will meet in Mrs. Bartelloni’s room and the 4th grade group will meet in Mr. McManus’ room. Pickup will be in the lobby at 4:00. Spring BOKS program to begin April 28th-June 18th Tues/Thurs mornings from 7:30am-8:15am It’s a before-school physical activity program for elementary schools that sparks a child’s mind and body for better learning during the day. If you would like to sign up your child or have questions, please send an email to Elaine Marten at spragueboks@gmail.comDates to remember: April 20-24: School vacation week April 29: Walk to School Day April 29: Grade 5 to visit WMS April 30: Kindergarten screening for incoming students (library will be closed) April 30: Parent info night for Hale Reservation June 11: Field Day June 18: Grade 5 Farewell Assembly @ 9:00 a.m. June 19: Last day of school (12:00 dismissal–Wed. June 17 will be a full day.)  

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