Dear Sprague Community, Sometimes, the best gifts are the unexpected ones. Last week I received and email from a Specialist in the U.S. Army who had received a care package that contained some letters from Sprague students. He was so appreciative and must have looked up our school after reading the letters. We sent candy and some letters with no expectation of hearing from anyone who received them and yet here was a note. It just made my day to know that we, as a school community, had contributed to brightening a soldier’s day. Here is part of what he wrote: “My name is SPC Christopher Bollin of the US Army. I am writing today because I received a care package with letters from some of your amazing students and I wanted to return the favor. I received this care package today, just in time for the holidays and I wanted the children to know how much it meant to me to read their letters. I sincerely look forward to hearing from you! Have a great day!” I read the note to students at our gathering on Friday. Geography Bee: Sprague School will host its 15th Annual National Geography Society School level GeoBee on Monday, January 4, 2016. Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to inspire students to be curious about the world. Students in grades 4 and 5 at Sprague School will participate at the classroom level. Then, winners from individual classes are eligible to participate on 1/4/16 at the school level bee. From there, a state level GeoBee is hosted. Sprague School is highlighted for having two of its 14 school level winners over the years participate at the state level bee. One of our winners made it to the Top 10 finishers and ended up in 3rd place overall… as a 4th grader – which shows, you’re never to young to learn geography. So, get excited for the GeoBee, and remember: “Without Geography, You’re Nowhere”. Day of Play Our Day of Play will be December 16th. Please consider sending in recycled materials for our students. We talked about this at our school gathering on Friday. Some of our 5th graders led the gathering and told students that they could consider making:

  • Something wearable
  • An invention that solves a problem, that you could play with, or that does something
  • A sculpture
  • A house or a vehicle

We also read the book, “The Most Magnificent Thing” in which a girl tried to build something magnificent, but was not happy with how it was coming out. It was a great example of perseverance and using that growth mindset while also being creative and using things one can find. In the end, her creation still wasn’t perfect, but it was magnificent. We expect to see many magnificent creations on December 16th  too. Spanish Spanish classes started this week in grades K-2.  Mrs. Peare is sending a note to parents in those grades to explain expectations in Spanish class. We are very excited! Cookie Walk The Sprague Cookie Walk is this Thursday (Dec. 10th) after school! Students will be able to visit the Cookie Walk with a parent after school. Doors will open at 3:00 P.M. If you are new to Sprague, you are in for a treat….quite literally! There will be so many cookies to choose from, you won’t believe it. Check out the raffle items, the photo booth, and the magic show. Many thanks to the organizing committee and chair, Elizabeth Young. Reminders: As the weather gets colder, please be sure children have hats, gloves, and whatever they need to stay warm outdoors. We go out to play anytime the temperature is above 20 degrees. As we begin Spanish classes in grades K-2, it is especially important that students arrive at school on time. Teachers will begin instruction by 8:40 each day. Students arriving late will miss instruction and risk interrupting class. Thank you for your help. Dates to remember: Dec. 10: Cookie Walk 3:00-5:00 PM Dec. 14: School Council Dec. 16: Day of Play Dec. 23: noon dismissal Dec. 24-Jan. 3: Winter Break Jan. 4: Classes resume  

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Weekly note from Ms. Snyder–December 8, 2015
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