Dear Sprague Community,

We often think more about giving during the holiday months. The response to the No Sew Blanket project has been wonderful! We have over 110 blankets committed and will be so proud to donate them to the Newton Wellesley Alzheimer’s Facility. We will even be able to give them a few extras for any new residents who may join them in the future. We’d like to remind families who have signed up that the blankets should be delivered to school by December 14th and they should be wrapped in a gift bag with tissue. THANK YOU to all who signed up to help! Each class is making a blanket in school as well. (Again, thank you to Ms. Lindquist for organizing.) The last day to drop off an unwrapped toy in our TOYS FOR TOTS box is this Friday, December 9th. Many thanks for your continued generosity now and throughout the year!

Hour of Code:

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works.

That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 5-11). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code.

Last Friday, we had a school gathering with a special guest, Spikey our school mascot. Spikey came and helped students see how computer programmers can ‘tell’ a computer what to do by writing ‘code.’ During the week of December 5, schools across the country are participating in an ‘Hour of Code,’ which means that we are trying to give students an opportunity to learn just a bit about computer coding.

Students in grades 1-5 will have a chance to try some coding during library class this week with our librarian Sara Jauniskis. At the school gathering, Ms. Jankins (district instructional technology specialist) and Sara Jauniskis showed all the kids at the how to write code to get Spikey to his bone. Students saw this short video…check it out!


Please be sure that all adults (babysitters, relatives, parents) who come to Sprague for drop off or pick up are aware of our procedures. Drivers must stay in their vehicles in the carline and students should be able to buckle their seat belts independently.

With the cold weather, students will need to remember warm jackets, gloves, hats, boots, and snowpants (when it is snowy) AND wear them! We go out to recess every day and students are expected to wait outside in the morning between 8:15 and 8:26 a.m. We go out as long the temperature and wind chill are above 20 degrees, so this is very important! Thanks for your help!

When you see the red, white, and blue flag with stars out front in the morning, it means students may wait inside in the cafeteria (grades K-1) or the gym (grades 2-5). They will sit with their class until 8:26 when they go upstairs. Students should not go to lockers before reporting to the cafeteria or gym.

Students who ride bikes to school must wear a helmet. We recommend bringing a lock and locking bikes as well.

Candy Drive Update:

Listen to WBZ radio 1030 this Saturday at 9:25 or 3:25 to hear Jordan Rich give a shout out to Wellesley and Sprague. You’ll also hear 5th grader, Alex, tell him why we collected the candy and what we did with the prize money!

Dates to remember:

Dec. 8: Cookie Walk (3-5PM)

Dec. 9: Walk to School Day

Dec. 19: School Council Meeting @ 3:15 PM

Dec. 21: Day of Play

Dec. 21: Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Dec. 23: Full day of school

Dec. 24: No school

Jan. 3: School re-opens

Jan. 13: Concert featuring grades 3 and 4 at 2:15 PM—parents invited

Jan. 16: No school-Martin Luther King Day

Jan. 20: Concert featuring band, orchestra, and grade 5 chorus @ 2:15 PM—parents invited

Weekly note from Ms. Snyder–December 6, 2016
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