Dear Sprague Community, Pumpkins, apples, cider, donuts…’s that time of year. The leaves are starting to change. I hope you will consider attending the Sprague Fall Festival on Thursday from 5-7 PM. Sign up to make a scarecrow, bring chili, or just come enjoy the band and cider and donuts! We are really looking for a few more chili cooks, so if  that’s your thing, please sign up! You don’t have to make a truckload of chili, just a crockpot full if you sign up. If you decide to make a scarecrow, don’t forget to bring some clothes for him/her! We will provide the rest of the materials you will need, but you do need to sign up ahead of time. Check the Sprague Pulse for the sign up sheets. Since it is Bullying Prevention Month, I’d like to share a few more thoughts from Trudy Ludwig and other experts in the field.  We often hear the phrase, “the power of one,” meaning it only takes one person to stand up for another, report the behavior, or comfort the student who has been wronged.  During the assembly, Trudy told our kids to remember those three things a bystander can do: comfort the child, include him or her in another activity, and report the behavior to a trusted adult. She reminded both children and parents that we are all more than our labels and that we shouldn’t refer to any child as a “bully,” but rather name the behavior.  She went on to remind us that we are all capable of being kind or cruel and that it is always a choice. When she asked students to raise their hands if they felt like being mean to someone who had been mean to them, almost all raised their hands. She used this opportunity to reinforce the notion of choice and remind students that no kids are born mean. It is a learned behavior and it can be unlearned.  Feel free to remind your child of Trudy Ludwig’s advice. When students let each other know that mean behavior is not OK with them, it sends a powerful message! Please see two flyers from our art teacher, Jen Stabnick at the end of this email. Dates to remember: October 15: Fall Festival from 5-7 PM October 21: Parent Conferences October 27-29: Scholastic Book Fair (Dads and Donuts on 10/29 from 7:15-8:15 AM) October 28: Parent Conferences November 3: Parent Conferences (TUESDAY early dismissal) November 4: Parent Conferences November 18: Screening of documentary “Most Likely to Succeed” for Sprague and Bates parents from 6-8 PM at WMS auditorium. (Film 6:00-7:30; discussion 7:30-8:00) Peer Mentoring: The Peer Mentoring program pairs selected Wellesley High School students with interested Sprague students in grades 3-5.  Once a week, high school mentors come to Sprague to help students with homework.  This is a great opportunity for your child to receive additional help with homework after school on a regular basis! For Whom: Sprague students in grades 3-5 Where and When: At Sprague every Monday from 3:05pm to 4:00pm.  This program will run from Nov. 2 – Dec. 14.  These are the scheduled dates for the program: Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23; Dec. 7, 14. Note: The program will take place in Ms. Blumenthal’s room (Room 113).  She will be supervising the students each Monday. Your child may bring a snack if they would like. If you are interested in having your child participate, please email Ms. Blumenthal ( Once she knows the exact number of high school students that will be volunteering, she will begin accepting Sprague students. It will be on a first come, first serve basis. Pick up will occur at 4:00 p.m. sharp in car line.    jen 10-13-15.pdf  2015 The Sprague Halloween Challenge Info-2.doc       

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Weekly note from Ms. Snyder–October 13, 2015
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