Dear Sprague Community, It is a busy time of year and there is a lot happening at Sprague too! We will host a community screening of the documentary, “Most Likely to Succeed” in the Sprague Gym on Thursday, December 3rd from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Dr. Lussier has made the film available to the community as a way to generate a discussion about the kinds of skills our children will need in order to be successful in the 21st century. We are raising our children and educating them for an every changing world. Given the monumental changes that have taken place just in the last 10-20 years, it is almost impossible to predict some of the jobs that our children will have in the not too distant future. The film is thought provoking to say the least. Please join us if you can. There will be an opportunity to stay for a bit after to join a discussion if you so desire. Day of Play We will begin collecting recycled materials on December 4th for the December 16th Day of Play. Please send items to your child’s teacher. If we have extra items, we will store them in the gym. We will also accept donations of tape, Velcro, and other items that could be useful in attaching parts. Some suggestions for recycled items include: boxes, paper tubes, bubble wrap, egg cartons, Styrofoam trays or packing. Be creative with what you send in! Read,  Read, then read some more… As we approach the Winter Break, please remember to encourage your child to read! I came across these quotes in this week’s Marshall Memo. “It is important that we recognize we have two equally important reading goals: to teach our students to read and to teach our students to want to read.”             Linda Gambrell in “Getting Students Hooked on the Reading Habit” in The Reading Teacher, November/December 2015 (Vol. 69, #3, p. 259-263), “If we know nothing else about reading, we know that the way to become good at reading is to read. A lot.” -Deborah Hollimon I hope your children LOVE to read and that they read often! Our older students are encouraged to read as many of the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award (MCBA) books as they can each year. There are 25! Our youngest students are encouraged to read or be read to for at least 30 minutes each day. It is wonderful opportunity for parents and children to be close and talk about story lines, especially right before bedtime. PIN #s in the Cafeteria Today was the first day for using PIN numbers in our cafeteria. Many students came in prepared to use their number! Thanks for helping your child learn the 4-digit number. If your child does not know his/her number, an adult will help. Students buying lunch will enter their PIN on the keypad and then hit ‘enter’. Once they hit the enter button, their name will appear to confirm they have the correct number. Students buying only milk need not enter the PIN, but they must pre-order the milk in the morning with their teacher. Spanish Classes Spanish classes for grades K-2 will begin next Monday, December 7th. Originally, we were scheduled to begin today. Unfortunately, our new Elementary World Language Director and Hardy Spanish teacher, Barbara Barnett, lost her mother to cancer over the holiday weekend. Since the Sprague and Hardy Spanish teachers will work closely on curriculum development and lesson implementation, the decision was made to postpone the start of Spanish classes so both pilot schools would be on the same page. Thank you for understanding. We are excited to begin next week! Sprague Spanish teacher, Vixen Peare can hardly wait! Dates to remember: December 3: Most Likely to Succeed in the SPRAGUE gym from 6-8 PM  December 4: Walk to School Day December 8: PTO meeting at 9 AM December 10: Cookie Walk from 3-5 PM December 16: Day of Play December 23: Last day before Winter Break (12:00 dismissal)

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