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!
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
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
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
Friday, May 10th–Math
Monday, May 13th—Math
Thursday, May 16th–Math
Friday, May 17th—Math
Tuesday, May 14th–Science, Technology, & Engineering
Monday, May 20th— Science, Technology, & Engineering