Dear Sprague Community,

Happy 2017! It is so nice to see all the students back at school today! We hope you enjoyed a fun break filled with time for family and friends.

Please remember to look for the flag at the entrance to the school to see if we will wait indoors or outdoors before school each day. In general, our guideline is have students wait/play outdoors both in the morning and at recess if the weather is clear (no precipitation) and above 20 degrees (or a wind chill of 20 degrees). That said, it is important for students to have their winter gear with them at school each day. We also would like to encourage students to be responsible for their belongings and keep good track of them. We have many items in our Lost and Found. It is currently set up on tables in the front lobby. Please have your child check it out if he or she has lost any items. After 2 weeks, we will likely donate items that have not been claimed.

Reading Challenge:

We are collecting reading logs for the Sprague School December Break Reading Challenge. Our goal was for Sprague students and staff to read 80,000 minutes total over the 10-day break. We will collect logs until Thursday so it is not too late to fill out a log and send it in! If we hit our goal we will have an all-school pajama day.


There will be recognition for:

• The top three classes with highest total minutes

• The class with the highest percentage participation

• The top 10 individual student readers.

Reading logs will be collected after vacation and turned into the library.

What counts as reading?

• Being read to
• Listening to an audio book

• Reading to yourself

• Reading to someone else

• Using Raz-kids

All of these ways to read count toward minutes read. Write them on your recording sheet.

Winter After School Enrichment:

Winter offerings can be found in the attachment. The classes will begin the week of Jan. 23 and signups will begin next week.

Sprague Afterschool Winter.pdf


The testing schedule for MCAS is posted below. Please note that grade 4 students will be taking the MCAS test online this year. It is important for all students to arrive at school on time, especially on testing days. There are fewer opportunities for make up testing for the grade 4 test due to our need for technical support for the online administration.


Grade 3 ELA: May 1, 2, 4

Grade 4 ELA: April 24, 25, 27

Grade 5 ELA: April 10, 11, 13

Make up for Gr. 4 CBT and Gr. 3, 5: April 28

Grade 3 Math: May 11, 12

Grade 4 Math: May 22, 23

Grade 5 Math: May 8, 9

Grade 5 Science: May 15, 16

Make ups for Math/Science: May 18, 19

Dates to remember:

Jan. 12: Walk to School Day

Jan. 12: PTO meeting @ 9:00

Jan. 13: Concert featuring Grades 3 and 4 at 2:15 PM—parents welcome

Jan. 16: No school—Martin Luther King Day

Jan. 20: Concert featuring Grade 5 Chorus, Band, and Orchestra

Jan. 23: Geography Bee Finals—Grade 4 and 5 finalists at 10:00 am in the library

Jan. 23: School Council meeting at 3:15

Feb. 3: Written Progress Reports sent home

Weekly note from Ms. Snyder–January 3, 2016
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