Dear Sprague Community,

“Life is full of give and take. Give thanks and take nothing for granted.”

Indeed, we are fortunate in the Sprague community. Thank you for being part of our strong and caring community in support of the children we share! I hope you have a restful and fun Thanksgiving with family and/or friends! I am certainly thankful for the 390 + smiling faces I get to see every day AND their wonderful teachers and parents!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Candy Drive P.S.

Sprague School participated in the Wellesley Dental Group’s annual Candy Drive. We collected 426.8 pounds of candy. There was a prize for the school that collected the most candy. Sprague students weren’t aware there was a prize because we wanted the focus to be on helping others and giving. We decided we should donate the prize money and use a democratic process to determine the recipient of the donation.

Each class had a discussion and brainstormed possible charities. Then each class sent a delegate to the “Sprague Congress” to decide where the donation should go. The Sprague Congress met on Friday and after a great discussion voted to donate the $1000 to two separate charities. First they voted on categories of charities to which to donate: Hospital, Animal Charity, Military Charity, or Local Charity to benefit families in need. They voted to donate to a Hospital and Military charity and chose Dana Farber/Jimmy Fund and Wounded Warriors. We hope this experience was a lesson in giving and also in democratic decision-making process.

Sprague School Council

The Sprague School Council is a guiding committee that consists of teachers, parents, a community member, and the principal. The School Council meets once a month on a Monday from 3:15-4:15 p.m. in the Sprague Library. Currently, we have an opening for a parent representative. The School Council is responsible for creating and monitoring the School Improvement Plan, as well as providing guidance on other school-based decisions. If you are interested in serving as a parent representative, please send a short paragraph outlining your interest to me at snyders. Should we have multiple candidates, we will hold an election. Parent representatives serve on School Council for 2-year terms.

Blanket Project

Please join the Sprague School Blanket Project to support the Newton-Wellesley Alzheimer’s Center! The Newton Wellesley Alzheimer’s Center currently has 110 residents. Please help us bring a little warmth and comfort to them this holiday season. Students will be making blankets in class to gift to the center. You can join us in our efforts by making a blanket as a family at home and donating it by Wednesday, December 14.

Here is how you can help:

1. Sign-up to make a no-sew blanket with your family.

2. Go to JoAnn’s Fabric on Rt. 9 to purchase a no-sew blanket kit. You will receive 70% off by mentioning that you are making the blanket to benefit the Newton-Wellesley Alzheimer’s Center through the Sprague School Project.

3. Remember, these blankets will be given to adults. Please keep that in mind when selecting a kit.

4. Make the blanket at home. Place it in a holiday gift bag deliver it to Sprague by Wednesday, December 14.

Thank you to Ms. Lindquist for organizing this effort!

Dates to remember:

Nov. 24, 25: Thanksgiving Break—No School

Nov. 28: No School-Teacher Professional Day

Dec. 8: Cookie Walk

Dec. 21: Day of Play

Dec. 21: Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Weekly note from Ms. Snyder–November 23, 2016
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