Dear Sprague Community,

I hope you all enjoyed the April vacation week. It sure is nice to see the sun and have great weather for outdoor play. I have 3 messages to share: one from our Literacy Specialist about Poem in Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 26th, one about the PTO Auction this Friday night, and one about the new Food Recovery Initiative in the Cafeteria. Please read on…

From our Literacy Specialist, Linda Lamenza:

Dear Sprague Teachers and Friends,

As you know, April is National Poetry Month. In Library, second and fifth grade students have been working on reading and writing concrete poems; first graders have been exploring poetry and movement and fourth and fifth graders have been experimenting with “black out” poems. In their classrooms, third graders have begun discussing the content and structure of poems, beginning with poets Jack Prelutsky and Langston Hughes. Kindergartners have loved selections from Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends. These are just some reasons that we are excited to celebrate Poem-in-Your-Pocket-Day as a school community on Thursday, April 26th.

How does this work?

Students choose a pocket poem to read, memorize or interpret.  They can then read the poems to each other and/or keep them in their pockets to read to anybody they meet that day. Students choose one poem to “pocket”. Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate!

Please feel free to send a poem with your child. If you are not able to do so, teachers will have extras. Students can share their poems with anyone they meet on Thursday.


PTO GALA AND AUCTION—Friday, April 27—New start time of 6:30 PM

From Auction Chair Betsey Weintraub:
Due to the overwhelming amount of donations we’ve received, not only will we have our signature LIVE Auction, but we’ll also feature a Silent Auction this year! Trust us, you will be blown away! In addition, we’ll also have a BUY IT NOW option on all Silent Auction items. So, if you don’t want to compete or babysit your desired item, just select BUY IT NOW, and it’s yours!!

With so much to accomplish, we have decided to MOVE UP OUR START TIME to 6:30pm! We have ordered a lot more food…including a Slider Station with fry cups, in addition to a variety of appetizers, to ensure dinner is served! Starting earlier will give everyone a chance to check-in, play the Prize Wheel & Wine Toss, win one (or two) of the 30+ Silent Auction items AND join the excitement of our LIVE AUCTION!

If you can’t be there at 6:30pm, please don’t worry….there will be an opportunity for you at our LIVE Auction that will start at 8:15pm.

*The bar will be closed during the LIVE Auction, so prepare accordingly.

*Wellesley Country Club has a NO DENIM policy.


Food Recovery in our Cafeteria:

To Sprague Parents From Michelle Foster of the Sprague Green Team:

As you know, we began recycling in the Sprague cafeteria last year and since then, have prevented a great deal of our waste from reaching the landfill.  We are excited to announce that we are ready to launch the next phase of our waste reduction efforts with the introduction of food donation!  Now, students who do not finish the lunch that they have purchased from Food Services can donate it to the Wellesley Food Pantry!  This includes food like cheese sticks, yogurt, juice, milk, bags of carrots, apples and pears.  We will continue to encourage kids who have brought their lunch to bring home uneaten food so you can see what they were unable to finish.

Food donation has two big benefits; 1) it reduces the amount of waste that is sent to the landfill and 2) it helps those that are food insecure.

But we need your help!  Each week, the collected food needs to be picked up from the Sprague cafeteria and transported to the Food Pantry. The Food Pantry accepts food Mondays between 8:45 and 10am. After the food is dropped off, the cooler needs to be brought back to Sprague.  Check out the Sign Up Genius below if you think you can donate an hour of your time on Mondays.

Dates to remember:

April 26: Poem in Your Pocket Day

May 4: Kindergarten Screening Day

May 7,8: Grade 4 Math MCAS

May 10, 11: Grade 5 Math MCAS

May 10: PTO meeting at 9 AM

May 11: Walk to School Day

May 14: School Council Meeting

May 14, 15: Grade 3 Math MCAS

May 16, 18: Grade 5 Science MCAS (note one date change)

May 28: No school—Memorial Day

June 12: Field Day (raindate of June 14)

June 19: Grade 5 Farewell Assembly at 9 AM

June 20: Last Day of School


Weekly note from Ms. Snyder–April 24, 2018
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