Dear Spague Community,   The school year is coming to a close and I’d like to share a very short poem. Last Day of School by Amy LV Pencils-tiny Erasers-flat Glue-empty Folders-fat Crayons-broken Desk-neat Memories-forever Year-complete  I’d like to thank you all for a wonderful first year at Sprague. I appreciate the faith you place in all of us at Sprague as you share your most precious children with us each day. They are truly a joy! I know you will spend time with them over the summer doing many interesting things. They love to share their experiences with the adults at school. We are indeed lucky at Sprague with wonderful teachers and staff members at every turn. I will be working during the summer on a limited schedule. Please feel free to stay in touch, but call before stopping by if you can. Mrs. Becker will also be here on a limited schedule.  It has indeed been a year full of wonderful memories that I hope each child takes with him or her as the summer begins. Remember to be sure your child keeps reading over the summer in addition to all the swimming, playing, and relaxing! The summer slide in reading is real and avoidable! We will have our traditional Summer Reading Assembly on the last day of school to motivate and entertain our young readers. Here is a very short list of tips: Every day every child… Reads something they choose. Reads something accurately. Reads something they understand. Writes about something that is meaningful to them. Talks to peers about their reading and writing. Listens to a fluent adult read aloud. -Richard Allington   Thanks to all room parents and volunteers this year. You have many choices about how you wish to spend your time. We are grateful for your commitment to Sprague and our students! Our own first grade teacher, Lisa Mortarelli has accepted the position of literacy specialist at Hunnewell for next year. Lisa’s warm style and incredible ability to deliver highly effective instruction at Sprague will be missed for sure. Her high level of literacy expertise will be an asset in this new role. She wanted to share the following with you: “While I am very excited about this new opportunity, I will miss everyone at Sprague so much! I have loved working here, and have built such amazing relationships over the past thirteen years. Thank you for sharing your children with me!” Parents will receive letters with classroom assignments for the 2015-2016 school year in August. I will keep you posted about any other staffing changes at Sprague. A warm weather reminder: Please be sure to lock bicycles at Sprague. Unfortunately, we had a very nice bike disappear last week. Our 5th graders were treated to a game show program called, “The Brain Game” this week. Teams of students participated and answered content-based questions in a lively and engaging format. Many thanks to the Grade 5 Parent Committee for planning this fun program. My warmest wishes for a fabulous summer! Susan   Dates to remember: June 17: Chorus, Band, Orchestra Concert @ 9:00 June 18: Farewell Assembly for grade 5; grade 4 invited @ 9:00 a.m. June 19: LAST DAY! (For students and TA’s)  Clap Out at 11:50 a.m.—DISMISSAL @ 12! June 22: Teachers Last Day; PTO provides lunch

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Weekly note from Ms. Snyder–June 16, 2015
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