Dear Sprague Community,

Can you believe that school starts tomorrow? I know answers may vary to this question, but we are excited to welcome your children to Sprague tomorrow for the start of the 2017-2018 school year! (Since tomorrow is Wednesday, it is a half day for all students with a 12:00 dismissal time.)

This summer, I read “The Book of Joy” which chronicled a weeklong visit between the Dalai Lama and Bishop Desmond Tutu in 2015 around the time of the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday. They share their ideas about happiness and joy. Both have faced extreme adversity and see the beauty in life and the good in people. It reminded me how fortunate I am to work in a school where children see the joy in simple daily events. Their enthusiasm is contagious and we see the joy of learning and increased confidence that builds with each success.

Each year, the staff attend a district ‘kick off’ on the Monday before school begins. Yesterday, we were treated to the Wellesley High School chorus singing songs like, “It Takes a Village” and “I Dream A World.” It’s a wonderful reminder that students are at the center of all we do as educators. Dr. Lussier, our superintendent, also spoke about our continued commitment to our district values and goals. We are focused on students every day and seek to meet their needs socially, academically, emotionally, and physically.

Our wonderful teachers, assistants, and custodians have been super busy getting everything ready for tomorrow. We discovered a hornet’s nest and had it treated but it is still marked off with caution tape. Please keep children away from this area near the swings in front of the school.

There are many documents in the “Back to School Folder.” Please take the time to read them. I am attaching a shorter document with school basics for your convenience.

In the unlikely event that it is rainy tomorrow, you will see a flag with red, white, and blue stars hanging from the front of the school. When the flag is there, it means that students come inside to wait in the gym (grades 2-5) and the cafeteria (grades K-1). On all other days, students wait outdoors. There is supervision on our playground beginning at 8:15. Teachers will meet their students outside all week to help students learn the routine. Please do not bring your child inside to go to his/her locker. Each teacher will have a sign (ie. 1KL, 4JH, etc.) so you will be able to find them.

We can’t wait to see your children tomorrow!

First Day of School
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