Dear Sprague Community,
Teachers had a wonderful day of professional learning on Nov. 28th. We were fortunate to have a keynote speaker, Catherine Steiner-Adair, who wrote the book, “The Big Disconnect” about helping educators and parents find the balance between family life and technology. She is also a psychologist who has a private practice and has done research on the topic of raising children in a digital world. Her speech was thought-provoking and generated a number of great discussions. One big take-away as an adult was to remember to be “present” in our interactions with children. Between texting and emailing, adults can be preoccupied often. She told us the average adult checks his or her phone 60-100 times per day! Wow! She also pointed out the great advantages of technology and the need to teach our students how to be responsible users of the tools technology has to offer.
WPS will have her back for a parent night during the winter months. We will let you know when it is scheduled.
Sprague School’s 11th Annual Cookie Walk
What is the Cookie Walk?
The Cookie Walk is an exciting fundraiser where you can buy a wonderful assortment of holiday cookies and other treats, enjoy entertainment by Big Joe (www.bigjoe.com), and purchase raffle tickets for your chance to win amazing prizes. This event is an important fundraiser for our school.
When is it?
Thursday, December 8th from 3:00-5:00 pm
Sprague Elementary Gymnasium & Cafeteria
Calling all Sprague Bakers!
Preheat your ovens, and show off your best cookie recipe at our yummiest fundraiser! We NEED tons of cookies and we appreciate ANY amount you can bake! This year we are hoping for 3-6 dozen per family. If you can bake more, FANTASTIC! But if you cannot, no worries! We welcome all types of holiday treats, including gluten-free and peanut/tree-nut free items. If you cannot bake, consider purchasing items at a local bakery instead! Wrap up the cookies festively in bundles of 6 and label them — OR — we will provide wrapping supplies for a $3 flat fee. (All contributions need to be labeled please.)
Drop off cookies: Wednesday, December 7th or Thursday, December 8th in the foyer – or car line from 8:10 to 8:45.
Please let us know how many cookies or other baked items you are able to make by signing up with this spreadsheet or emailing Jenn Fallon (jenn_fallon):
This is a great event and a really fun day to come together as a community! We need volunteers to help set up, be cashiers, and help clean up. Please sign up to volunteer by following this link:
And raffle items!!!
Do you have fun items to contribute to the raffle? Tickets to sporting events, services to donate? Do you know any local businesses who would be willing to contribute? Please contact Jill Fischmann (jill.fischmann) or Melissa Martin (rootmartin) if you do! THANK YOU!!!
Sprague School Blanket Project
Sprague teacher Karen Lindquist has organized this community giving project. Each class will make a blanket and families are invited to sign up to make one at home to donate.
**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.
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.
Dates to remember:
Dec. 8: Cookie Walk
Dec. 9: Walk to School Day
Dec. 19: School Council
Dec. 21: Day of Play
Dec. 21: Teacher Appreciation Luncheon