Dear Sprague Community—May 7, 2019


It’s Teacher Appreciation Week—May 6-10th!  Please consider sending a note of thanks to your child’s teacher or better yet, have your child write the note. Teachers LOVE to hear how their work has made a positive impact for students. They work very hard to provide a loving and supportive environment in which to learn. We are very fortunate at Sprague to have such talented and caring teachers. Tell them how much YOU care!


Food Drive!


The 5thgraders will be collecting food for the Wellesley Food Pantry all week. We thank you for your donations! Please feel free to send any item on the list. There are grade level requests listed below.


Kindergarten: Peanut butter and non-grape jelly

1st grade: Bags of dried beans and lentils

2nd grade: Toilet paper and paper towels 

3rd grade: Cereal and oatmeal

4th grade: Fruit canned in juice and cooking oil

5th grade: Laundry detergent


Special Visit

Students in grade 4 learn about the Civil Rights Movement each year. They read stories from different time 

periods and learn about prejudice, stereotypes, and bias. Our 5th graders continue to read and discuss books with 

themes of equity and fairness both in current times and historically. Our 3rd graders begin this work as well. This

year, the PTO CAS committee has booked a visit by Ruby Bridges during the month of May. She will speak with 

our 3rd, 4th, and 5th gradersabout her experiences as a young black child who was sent to an all-white school in

Louisiana in 1960 as a resultof desegregation rulings. Ruby has requested that her time be spend with children 

alone without other visitors. We are excited for this learning opportunity for our students to hear Ruby’s story.


Passing along Information about the “It’s Vital Not to Idle” Campaign:


On Earth Day, over 30 Wellesley boards, departments, and community groups kicked off the town-wide

 It’s Vital Not to Idle campaign, inspired by Girl Scout Troop 73505. The focus of the campaign is to educate 

Town residents that idling generates greenhouse gas emissions, is a health risk for children, and is against the



With this letter, the Board of Health and the Natural Resources Commission would like to underscore our special 

concerns about the health impacts of idling on children. Vehicle exhaust is linked to increases in asthma, allergies, heart and lung disease, and cancer. Children are especially at risk from exposure to vehicle exhaust because their lungs 

are still developing and they inhale more air per pound of body weight than adults. Monitoring at schools has 

shown elevated levels of benzene, formaldehyde and other air toxics during the afternoon pick-up hour.


We are writing to ask you to share information about this campaign, particularly with parents of schoolchildren 

who are at risk from vehicle exhaust fumes. Please ask them to turn off their car engines when waiting to pick

 up their children. 


More information about idling and the “It’s Vital Not to Idle” campaign can be found here. Please contact 

Brandon Schmitt, Director of the Natural Resources Commission, at if you would 

like to receive promotional materials for the campaign, such as sandwich boards, signs and flyers.


Thank you once again for supporting this important initiative. 


Regina LaRocque, MD

Chair, Wellesley Natural Resources Commission 


Shepard Cohen, MPA

Chair, Wellesley Board of Health



Dates to remember:

May 9: PTO meeting at 9:00 AM

May 10: Walk to School Day

May 17: Sprague night at the Red Sox

May 22: Concert featuring grade 5 chorus and band –11:00 AM

May 27: No school—Memorial Day

May 31: Kindergarten Screening by appt. (Library will be closed for the morning this day)

June 3: Field Day (raindate June 4)

June 12: Wednesday Full Day of School –last week

June 13: Grade 5 Farewell assembly at 9:00

June 14: Last Day of school—12:00 dismissal; 11:50 Clap out for Grade 5


MCAS Testing Schedule 2018-2019

Elementary Schools

Grade 3

Friday, May 10th–Math

Monday, May 13th—Math


Grade 4

Thursday, May 16th–Math

Friday, May 17th—Math


Grade 5

Tuesday, May 14th–Science, Technology, & Engineering 

Monday, May 20th— Science, Technology, & Engineering





















Weekly note from Ms. Snyder–May 7, 2019
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