Dear Sprague Community,

We had a great turnout for Back to School Night. I am always impressed with our teachers and love to see parents learning about the specifics of each grade level. (You all are very good listeners!)

Next week is our first full week of school! Students have been learning the routines in their new classrooms and getting to know both teachers and classmates. As classes dig deeper into the curriculum, students become even more engaged in learning, communicating, and problem solving.

Some parents have used the Italo American Club lot as an alternative to parking in the Sprague lot or when the Sprague lot has been full. While we have never had an official agreement that this is acceptable to them, the Italo American Club has not taken action in the past.  I was recently informed that they will no longer allow any school parking in their lot. Please remember that parking is never allowed on Oak St. and that drop off and pick up are not allowed on Oak St. Students should only be dropped off and picked up in our lot off School Street. Thank you for your support.


Please take a minute, (it is literally a one-minute video), to view this video on the environmental effects of letting a car idle while waiting. There are clearly days when it is very hot or very cold and it may be necessary to keep a car running while waiting in car line. Whenever possible, please consider turning the car off, especially when in close proximity to children. The Green Team thanks you.


Speaking of short videos, here is the two and a half minute video with Mojo the Math Monster learning about a growth mindset when learning math. It is the one I attempted to show at Back to School Night.


From Mr. Marder, our school psychologist…..

Dear Sprague Families,

Starting this month, students throughout the grade levels will be invited to join weekly “lunch bunch” groups with their peers.  These groups provide an opportunity for students across classes to get together in a small group for lunch to meet new friends and discuss a variety of topics related to establishing positive friendships.  From year to year, the topics vary depending on student participation and presenting issues.  Lunch groups are designed to reinforce social thinking and social problem solving which is taught through the Open Circle/Social Thinking curriculums in the classroom.

While everyone is welcome to participate on a rotating basis, students are also invited to lunch groups based on a teacher or parent’s recommendation and sometimes by random draw.  However, this program is entirely optional and students are not required to attend.

If you have any questions about lunch bunch or do not wish for your child to participate, please contact your classroom teacher by Friday September 21, 2018.


Scott Marder

School Psychologist/Counselor

781-263-1965 Ext. 2575


Dates to remember:

Sept. 19: No school—Yom Kippur

Sept. 27: Grade 5 Leadership Retreat

Oct. 8: No school—Columbus Day

Oct. 16: Walk to School Day

Oct. 17: Fall Festival 5-7 PM (raindate is Oct. 24)

Nov. 12: No school-Veteran’s Day

Weekly note from Ms. Snyder–Sept. 20, 2018
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