Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103
Monthly Calendar and News
For School District 103 Families
August & September/2011
Superintendent Welcome 103
Superintendent Welcome........... 1, 3-4
We are excited to welcome you to our 2011/2012 school year!
As the highest performing school district in the state, based upon a Benchmark
District 103 Overview ........................ 2
Study of students’ raw ISAT scores, our continuous improvement model focuses
upon our Vision, Mission and Core Values to create outstanding learning opportu-
New School Year Reminders ............ 4
nities for our students.
Fall Curriculum Nights....................... 4 Vision
To be “Leaders in Learning” – the premier educational organization.
2011/2012 Academic Calendar ......... 5 Mission
To provide innovative learning experiences which empower each student to excel
Monthly Calendars ......................... 6-7 and make a difference in a diverse and interconnected world.
District 103 News .............................. 8 Core Values
Laura B. Sprague School.................. 9 Meeting Individual Student Needs
Half Day School .............................. 10 Global Preparedness
Daniel Wright Junior High School ....11 Safe and Healthy Environment
Long Term Perspective
Learning Fund Foundation.............. 12 Partnership Among All Stakeholders
P.T.O. ......................................... 13-15 It is imperative for us to employ a thoughtful, deliberate and transparent decision-
making framework, especially during the current unstable economic climate. The
OMMPa ........................................... 16
Board of Education and administration have developed a fiscally conservative bud-
get for 2011/2012, which maintains our programs at current levels, while maintain-
Community Organizations &
ing a minimum 20% fund balance reserve.
Educational Programs....... 16-17
Vision 2015 Strategic Plan
We tackled several key goals last year from our comprehensive, community-driven,
long-range strategic plan.
I. Curriculum and Instruction
GOAL: Implement the best model of foreign language instruction for District 103
This document is being shared with District
103 e-mail subscribers. This publication is
• We conducted research on models of foreign language instruction, includ-
also available on the Internet at the District
ing which languages should be taught, when instruction should begin, and
web site: www.district103.k12.il.us. To best instructional practices. This goal will continue into 2011/2012 with a
subscribe to our e-mail listing, contact comprehensive review of our K-8 ENCORE program, which includes foreign
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District 103 Overview
Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 is a nationally recognized, award-winning elementary district located in Lake County,
Illinois. The school district serves approximately 1,600 students from the communities of Lincolnshire and Prairie View and
portions of Buffalo Grove, Vernon Hills, Mettawa, Riverwoods and Lake Forest. The district serves students through three
schools: Laura B. Sprague School for students in Early Childhood-grade 2, Half Day School for students in grades 3-4,
and Daniel Wright Junior High School for students in grades 5-8.
Administrative Team 103 Board of Education 103
Administrative Center and Business Office The District 103 Board of Education represents and serves the resi-
Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 dents of the community in an effort to provide the best educational
1370 Riverwoods Road program possible for our young people. The Board determines
Lincolnshire, Illinois 60069 policies and long-range district performance goals, employs and
phone: (847) 295-4030 supervises the superintendent, responds to recommendations
fax: (847) 295-9196 regarding curriculum, major projects, personnel and facilities, and
http://www.district103.k12.il.us adopts a yearly budget. Our mission is to provide innovative learn-
e-mail: Ask103@district103.k12.il.us ing experiences which empower each student to excel and make
For 2009 District and School Report Cards, visit a difference in a diverse and interconnected world. The Board of
http://www.district103.k12.il.us/general.htm. Education meets on the second Monday of each month at 7:00
Larry K. Fleming, Ed.D......................................... Superintendent p.m. in the library of Daniel Wright Junior High School, 1370 River-
Scott Warren, Ed.D. .......... Superintendent-Elect (effective 1/03/12) woods Road, Lincolnshire, Illinois. The Board also conducts a Com-
Darryl Handcock ............. Assistant Superintendent for Business mittee of the Whole (COW) meeting on the first Tuesday of most
Marilee McCracken ................ Interim Assistant Superintendent months to discuss major District issues and upcoming action items.
for Business Meeting dates, agendas, minutes and participation guidelines are
Katrina Bruley ............... Assistant Superintendent for Instruction available on the District 103 web site at www.district103.k12.il.us.
Julie Postma.................................... Director of Student Services David Panitch, President ............................... 2013
Gina Finaldi-Schmidt, Ph.D. ...... Asst. Director of Student Services Gary Gordon, Vice President......................... 2015
Mark Westhoff.........................................Director of Technology Chris Curtis .................................................... 2015
Scott Gaunky ........................ Supervisor, Buildings and Grounds Larry Rivkin ................................................... 2013
Kim Sylvan ....................... District Communications Coordinator Sherri Thomas ............................................... 2013
Gary Walrath ................................................. 2013
SP Laura B. Sprague School Ben Yomtoob................................................. 2015
2425 Riverwoods Road (The year following each board member’s name indicates
Lincolnshire, Illinois 60069 the end of the term of service.)
phone: (847) 945-6665
fax: (847) 945-6718 Transportation Center 103
absences: (847) 945-6686
http://www.sprague.district103.k12.il.us District 103 Transportation Center
Christine Adler ............................................................... Principal 1370 Riverwoods Road
Lincolnshire, Illinois 60069
HD Half Day School phone: (847) 295-8258
239 Olde Half Day Road http://www.district103.k12.il.us/trans.htm
Lincolnshire, Illinois 60069 e-mail: email@example.com
phone: (847) 634-6463 Vicki Mattson....................................................................Director
fax: (847) 634-1968
absence: (847) 634-1484 District 103 Publication Notes
Jill Mau .......................................................................... Principal The 103 Monthly is shared with School District 103 families and is
accessible on the District and school web sites. The 103 Monthly,
DW Daniel Wright Junior High School 103 Weekly, and weekly school bulletins are provided in electronic
1370 Riverwoods Road format, posted on the web sites and distributed via e-mail to our
Lincolnshire, Illinois 60069 subscribers. To subscribe to receive District 103 publications via e-
phone: (847) 295-1560 mail, send a request with “Subscribe to D103 List” in the subject
fax: (847) 295-7136 line to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact us at (847)
absence: (847) 604-5280 295-4030 with any questions.
Howard Holbrook .......................................................... Principal The next issue of the 103 Monthly will be distributed by October 1,
Margaret St. Claire..........................................Assistant Principal 2010. Input for this issue will be due by September 16th.
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Superintendent Welcome 2011/2012
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Superintendent Welcome 103
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I. Curriculum and Instruction (continued) 3. Ten classrooms at Half Day were renovated this summer,
GOAL: Define success criteria for District 103 students and and air-conditioning was added as well. Science labs and
determine measurable as well as intangible qualities that restrooms at Daniel Wright were added and/or remod-
quantify success. eled.
ACTIVITIES: The total cost of these renovations is approximately $3 million,
• We implemented a metric dashboard to report district which is coming from fund balance reserves. Our PTO has ear-
performance on goals, student academic achievement, marked $280,000 to complete the DW Athletic Fields project.
programs, staff development, and budget on the District NEXT STEPS:
web site. • Develop a timeline to air-condition Sprague School and
II. Communication and Collaboration refurbish classrooms.
GOAL: Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of communica- • Conduct an evaluation of the roof condition at Sprague
tion processes used in District 103. School to determine a three-to-five year maintenance and
ACTIVITIES: replacement plan.
• Our District participated in two major communications • Monitor and revise the five-year maintenance cycle.
surveys: Speak Up 2010, a national research project con- Our annual Quality Learning Action Plan will include detailed
cerning education, technology, 21st century skills, science steps to accomplish district and building level initiatives.
and math instruction; and the National School Public Rela-
tions Communications Accountability Project, which will Leaders in Learning
allow us to compare our local results to national results in Student achievement is our top priority in District 103, and we
order to further enhance our communications processes. continually seek best instructional strategies, staff development,
• A resource list of key district personnel has been posted technology, assessment, and programs to challenge and support
on our District web site to assist parents and community our students.
members when questions arise.
• The District web site and teacher web sites are regularly School Search Bright A+ Award recognized District 103 as #8
updated. Google Analytics allows us to track visitation in the state with a state ranking of 99.00%. These accomplish-
information on our District web site. ments are based upon our students’ exemplary ISAT perfor-
mance: 97.4% met or exceeded standards in reading and math
III. Facilities on the 2010 ISATs, compared to the 870+ districts in Illinois.
GOAL: Implement an exemplary facility use model in District
103. We are also very proud to recognize that Half Day School and
Daniel Wright Junior High School received the prestigious Blue
ACTIVITIES: Ribbon Award for Academic Excellence from the United States
• Capital projects have been prioritized, and the follow- Department of Education. Less than 1% of the schools in the
ing facility improvements will be completed prior to the United States earn this award, and it is very rare to have two
beginning of the 2011/2012 school year. schools from one district honored within the same year. Con-
1. Projects completed over the last three months include gratulations to our students, staff, parents and community on
carpeting the Daniel Wright library; phase one of this wonderful accomplishment!
the unit-vent replacement at Daniel Wright; lighting
replacement in all three gym facilities; asbestos/ lead
abatement at Daniel Wright; business office construc- Expanded Learning Opportunities
tion; water heater replacement at Daniel Wright. Through the leadership, involvement and cooperation of our
2. Summer projects included the Daniel Wright athletic Learning Fund Foundation, PTO, and district, we completed our
field renovation; carpet replacement in the libraries at ambitious plan to digitally equip 76 instructional areas and class-
Half Day and Sprague; asbestos abatement at Half Day; rooms. Our students and staff now have access to interactive
19 classroom furniture and equipment moves at Dan- white boards, projection systems, document cameras, and audio
iel Wright and 10 at Half Day; compressor replacement systems. Teachers participate in two days of training to learn
at Daniel Wright; and water main upgrade at Daniel how to integrate technology into lessons. Additional workshops
Wright. (article continues above, right) are provided throughout the year.
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Superintendent Fall Curriculum EC-8
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Superintendent Welcome (continued) 103
We invite parents/guardians to join us for Fall Curriculum Nights
at the schools to gain insight to the learning environment,
2011/2012: A Year of Transitions student expectations, grade level curriculum, teaching teams
Our school district will experience an unprecedented turnover in and more. Please contact your child's school with any questions.
staff members who will retire by the end of the 2011/2012 year. Each of the following sessions typically lasts one hour unless
This includes three administrators, twelve teachers, and four otherwise indicated.
secretary/support staff. Our Board of Education has been plan-
ning for this change for the past two years and has already hired Laura B. Sprague School
Dr. Scott Warren as Superintendent-Elect, to begin on January 3, 2425 Riverwoods Road
2012, which allows a six-month transition period with me prior Lincolnshire, Illinois 60069
to my retirement on June 30, 2012. Dr. Warren will be respon- (847) 945-6665
sible for personnel decisions, and I will continue to run daily
operations. Our succession plan is designed to have Dr. Warren
assume the majority of superintendent spokesperson responsi- Aug. 25 ............ 7:00 pm..........Early Childhood (AM class)
bilities, after a several-month period to become acclimated with ......................... 7:40 pm..........Early Childhood (PM class)
our district. Aug. 30 ............ 7:00 pm..........Grade K
Aug. 29 ............ 7:00 pm .........Grade 1
We enjoy working with your children and look forward to an out- Aug. 31 ............ 7:00 pm..........Grade 2
standing year. Thank you for your continued high expectations,
involvement and support!
Half Day School
Larry Fleming, Ed.D. 239 Olde Half Day Road
Superintendent Lincolnshire, IL 60069
(847) 295-4030 (847) 634-6463
Sept. 6...............6:00 pm ........ Grade 3
Sept. 6...............7:15 pm ........ Grade 4
New School Year Daniel Wright Junior High School
1370 Riverwoods Road
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
• The District 103 Academic Calendar is posted on the district Sept. 1................. 7:00 pm .............. Grades 5 & 6
and school web sites and is on page 5 of this publication. Sept. 8................. 7:00 pm .............. Grades 7 & 8
• Student registration forms and fees for 2011/2012 are due
to the school offices. Contact the school office to obtain the
The District 103
• School starts on August 24th for students in Full Day Kinder-
is located adjacent to
garten and Grades 1-8. Students in Half Day Kindergarten
Daniel Wright Junior
begin class on August 25th. Early Childhood classes begin on
High School at 1370
• Informal classroom visits for students in Grades 1-5 will
in Lincolnshire, IL
take place on August 23rd from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Early Child-
60069. For informa-
hood students are invited to visit their classrooms with their
tion, call (847)
parents on August 25th from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
• PTO membership and volunteer signup information is
accessible at www.district103.k12.il.us/ptovc.htm.
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School District 103 Academic Calendar for 2011/2012 103
Approved April 11, 2011 by the Board of Education
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MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
1 2 3 4 5
DW Board of Education
8 9 10 11 12
SP Grade K
15 16 17 18 19
DW/HD/SP Classes Begin: FDK-Gr 8 First Full Day: Gr K-8 SP Classes Begin for EC
Institute Day SP/HD 9:05-11:05 am SP/HD 9:05 am-3:20 pm AM Program, 9:15 am
DW 7:50-9:50 am DW 7:50 am-2:35 pm PM Program, 12:30 pm
Informal Classroom SP EC Curriculum Night
Visits for Gr 1-5, 2:00 pm AM Program, 7:00 pm
PM Program, 7:40 pm
22 23 24 25 26
DW Soccer Tryouts* DW Soccer Tryouts*
2:45 pm 2:45 pm DISTRICT 103 CONTACT INFO.
DW Cross Country Begins* DW GBB Tryouts* DW GBB Tryouts* Administrative Center/Business Office
2:45 pm 2:45 pm 2:45 pm 1370 Riverwoods Road
Lincolnshire, Illinois 60069
SP Gr 1 Curriculum Night SP Gr K Curriculum Night SP Gr 2 Curriculum Night (847) 295-4030 phone
7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm (847) 295-9196 fax
29 30 31 http://www.district103.k12.il.us
Daniel Wright Junior High
* Please see page 11 for information
and requirements concerning these
EC Early Childhood athletic programs.
FDK Full Day Kindergarten
GBB Girls’ Basketball
HD Half Day School
SP Laura B. Sprague School
School District 103 / Monthly Calendar
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MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
DISTRICT 103 CONTACT INFO.
Administrative Center/Business Office DW GBB Tryouts*
1370 Riverwoods Road 2:35 pm
Lincolnshire, Illinois 60069 DW Soccer Tryouts*
(847) 295-4030 phone 2:35 pm
(847) 295-9196 fax DW CC Parent Meeting
Ask103@district103.k12.il.us 4:00 pm
http://www.district103.k12.il.us DW Gr 5+6 Curriculum
Night 7:00 pm 1 2
NO SCHOOL DW Show Choir Auditions
(Labor Day) HD Gr 3 Curriculum Night 2:45 pm
6:00 pm DW Soccer Parent Meeting
HD Gr 4 Curriculum Night 4:00 pm
7:15 pm DW GBB Parent Meeting
DW Board of Ed COW 5:00 pm DW Gr 7+8 Curriculum
5 7:00 pm 6 7 Night 7:00 pm 8 9
Gr 2-8 MAP Testing Gr 2-8 MAP Testing Gr 2-8 MAP Testing Gr 2-8 MAP Testing Gr 2-8 MAP Testing
CLC-Southlake PTO Coffee
and Open House
9:30 am DW Show Choir
Rehearsals Begin SP PTO Back to School
DW Board of Education 6:00 pm Picnic 6:00 pm
7:00 pm 12 13 14 15 16
Gr 2-8 MAP Testing Gr 2-8 MAP Testing Gr 2-8 MAP Testing Gr 2-8 MAP Testing Gr 2-8 MAP Testing
AC OMMPa Board Mtg DW Q1 Midterm
DW PTO Board Meeting DW Sports Pics DW Beginning Band
1:15 pm 2:35 pm Open House
DW LFF Board Meeting 5:00 pm
6:00 pm 19 20 21 22 23
DW Q1 Progress Reports Early Release for
Posted to Family Access Professional Development NO SCHOOL
DW 10:50 am (Rosh Hashanah)
HD/SP 12:05 pm
No Class for EC
SP PTO Welcome Night
and New Family
26 Orientation 7:00 pm 27 28 29 30
OMMPa Organization of Music
Makers Parent Advisors
CLC College of Lake County PTO Parent Teacher Organization
COW Committee of the Whole SP Laura B. Sprague School
DW Daniel Wright Junior High SATURDAY EVENTS
EC Early Childhood Oct 1 IMEA Band Auditions
GBB Girls’ Basketball @ Aptakisic Junior High
School District 103 / Monthly Calendar HD Half Day School Time TBA
LFF Learning Fund Foundation
MAP Measures of Academic
* Please see page 11 for information
and requirements concerning these
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District 103 News
Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 schools have received the following honors and recognitions: U.S. Department of
Education’s Blue Ribbon Schools; SchoolSearch™ 2011 Bright Red Apple Award for Educational Excellence; SchoolSearch™ 103
2010 Bright A+ Award for Academic Excellence; 2010 Academic Excellence Awards as Illinois Honor Roll Schools; National Board
for Professional Teaching Standards’ National Board Certification® for twenty-three staff members; two teachers recognized as
Golden Apple Award winners; Financial Recognition Award from the State of Illinois for seven consecutive years.
Instant Alert Notifications 103 MAP Tests in September SP HD DW
In order stay advised of school closings and other matters of Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests are administered in
high importance, District 103 notifies parents/guardians via the the fall and spring of each school year. Students are tested in
Honeywell Instant Alert SystemTM. Please take a moment to log reading and mathematics, and the assessments help us to chart
into the system and verify your contact information, such as each child's educational progress. Results help us to make any
home or cell phone numbers. You can find the login informa- mid-course instructional adjustments. MAP tests for students in
tion on each school web site on the Parent Information tab or grades 2-8 take place September 12th-23rd. Any questions about
visit http://www.district103.k12.il.us/information.htm. Please student assessments should be directed to Katrina Bruley,
contact Bonnie McNeill with questions at (847) 945-6665 or Assistant Superintendent for Instruction at (847) 295-4030 or
District 103 Communications 103
Budget Update for 2011/2012 103
We encourage all District 103 families to subscribe to receive The 2011/2012 Tentative Budget has been on display as of
our publications and regular communications via e-mail. E-mail Wednesday, August 10th. A public hearing on the 2011/2012
address updates should be made directly through the Skyward Budget will be held on September 12th. It is anticipated that the
Family Access portal. The link to Family Access is available Board of Education will then approve the 2011/2012 Budget,
through the Parent Information tab on the school home pages which will be posted on the district’s web site at
and on the District 103 web page. Please be sure to also book- www.district103.k12.il.us/business.htm.
mark the virtual backpack web page, where important notices
about school programs are continually posted and updated:
Health & Wellness Notice 103
It is extremely helpful to access our web sites for current In line with the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois De-
information. E-mail notifications and our web sites are two of partment of Public Health’s guidelines, and Public Act 96-0349,
the most important ways to stay up-to-date about your child’s District 103 has developed new procedures for supporting
school. Please contact our communications coordinator with children with life-threatening allergies. Because of the nature
any questions or concerns: Kim Sylvan at (847) 295-4030 or of these allergies and their increasing prevalence, District 103
email@example.com. Questions of a general nature must be prepared to provide treatment to allergic children, re-
can also be sent to Ask103@district103.k12.il.us. Your inquiry duce the risk of an allergic reaction and accommodate students
will be directed to the most knowledgeable source for a timely with allergies, whether food allergy, latex allergy, or insect sting.
In November 2010, District 103 adopted Policy 7:285 Food
Family Access Portal SP HD DW Allergy Management Program. New procedures were also de-
veloped outlining guidelines and best practices for District 103
District 103 offers families access to student information
schools to follow primarily in the area of food allergies. With ac-
through the Skyward Family Access portal. This secure, internet-
knowledgement that there are similarities in treatment of other
based module provides report card (grades 1-8) and gradebook
life threatening allergies (i.e., latex, insect stings), schools must
information for students in grades 6-8. Parents/Guardians were
also prevent and/or provide treatment in response to these po-
provided with their login and password combinations in the
tentially life threatening reactions. A summary of District 103’s
principal letters mailed on August 12th. The Student ID num-
Life Threatening Allergy Procedure and a Quick Reference for
ber (also called Other ID) was also identified on the principal
Food in Our Schools are posted on the district’s parent informa-
letter. Please safeguard this information for reference during
tion web page at www.district103.k12.il.us/information.htm.
2011/2012. With Family Access, you can stay informed about
Questions? Contact Julie Postma at (847) 295-4030.
your child’s learning throughout the school year.
Influenza Season Preparedness
SP HD DW
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved vaccines for the 2011/2012 influenza season. For the news release, visit
http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm263319.htm. Updates are posted by the Illinois Depart-
ment of Public Health at http://www.idph.state.il.us. Back to School Health Guidelines from the Lake County Health Department are
available at http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs015/1102992250985/archive/1106836507220.html.
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Laura B. Sprague School
Sprague School is dedicated to the development of lifelong learners. We encourage creativity through SP
experimentation, problem solving and reflection, while acknowledging and welcoming individual
differences. We foster collaboration among staff, parents and children to create an
environment that is best for children.
A Special Welcome to the Class of 2020! SP
Summer Synopsis at
On Thursday, August 18th, the incoming kindergartners joined Sprague School SP
their moms and dads for a special Welcome-To-School From summer school to summer workshops,
orientation. The morning kicked off with a bus ride to Sprague School saw little rest during June, July
Sprague, where all were greeted by the principal, office staff, and August! Incoming kindergartners, as well as
and kindergarten teachers. The boys and girls enjoyed a nursery school-aged students, enjoyed attend-
light snack and officially began their role as kindergartners! ing summer school with Mrs. Hecht, Mrs. Bu-
Students joined their new teachers in the classrooms and met chweitz, Mrs. Metzler, and Miss Niziolek. From
their new classmates, while parents heard from a number of structured play to hands-on projects, and even
staff members regarding details pertinent to the start of the Friday swimming, the boys and girls had a great
school year. Parents joined their children in classrooms prior time learning with friends as well as becoming
to boarding buses for the ride home. The morning was filled with big smiles and excite- familiar with the layout of the school building.
ment for the start of a new school year!
At the same time, the custodial staff was hard at
work addressing some larger maintenance proj-
Tips for a Smooth Start to Sprague School SP ects, such as replacing the library and computer
lab carpeting, painting classrooms and offices,
• The school day begins at 8:55 a.m. Supervisors will be outside from 8:45 - 9:05 a.m. daily. emptying each room to provide deep cleaning,
Children should not be dropped off any earlier than 8:45 a.m., as adequate supervision is as well as creating outdoor gardens for each
not available. During the first week of school, all staff will be stationed along the front drive classroom. The building looks beautiful for the
and in the courtyard/parking lot to ensure that students successfully find their teachers and start of the school year!
Teachers have also been busy preparing for the
• If your child has a change to his/her after-school routine, please be sure to send a written arrival of their new students. From workshops
note with your child to school. For example: If your child typically rides the bus each day, but related to curricular planning to taking a deeper
you are picking him/her up, be sure to notify the teacher in writing. All notes regarding after look at the purpose and role of homework
school plans are photocopied in the office each day. It is critical that this communication be at the elementary level, teachers not only at-
clear and in writing. Please refrain from calling the office after 2:00 p.m. to make changes to tended but also provided professional growth
your child's plans unless it is an emergency. opportunities for their colleagues during the
• If you are picking up your child after school, please come to the front entrance of Sprague. summer. Some exciting staffing changes were
Students will be seated in the chairs lining the front hallway beginning at 3:20 p.m. Supervi- also made! Kindergarten welcomed LeeAnn
sors will be present and are happy to assist you. If you would prefer to wait in your car, enter Delli back to teach half-day, while Heather
the front drive as the buses exit and supervisors will escort children to cars. This service Unruh joined the 1st grade team. Sue Vani and
begins between 3:25 - 3:30 p.m. or as soon as the buses depart. Please be prompt during Christina Muller were both welcomed to the 2nd
pick-up, as supervision is not available after dismissal. grade team. Julie Hupp has joined the staff as
the occupational therapist for Sprague and Half
• The early days of the school year can be warm in Sprague School, so please dress your Day, and Christine Andersen will be a part-time
child for the weather. Feel free to send a frozen water bottle that can provide relief through- speech and language pathologist. A school
out the day. Because all students have physical education during the week, it is important psychologist/interventionist will be joining the
that rubber soled gym shoes be available. A pair can be left in the locker if your child opts to Early Childhood team, and Ann Voermans will
wear sandals during the warm weather. be expanding her lunchroom role at Sprague to
• Parents of students in full-day kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades are welcome to join their include clerical support in the office. Other excit-
children in the lunchroom and/or at recess. Extra hands during these times of day are ing news...school psychologist Susan Elbaum,
particularly helpful! There is no need to call ahead for volunteering--just stop in the office, and her husband Dave, became proud parents
pick up a volunteer badge, make sure you have a signed Volunteer Agreement on file in the to Madelyn Cara earlier this month. Mrs.
office, and make your way to the cafeteria or playground. Please note, you cannot accom- Elbaum will return to Sprague and Half Day fol-
pany your child back to the classroom unless you have made arrangements for volunteering lowing Thanksgiving. On behalf of the Sprague
with the teacher. staff, welcome to the 2011/2012 school year!
Full-Day Kindergarten Lunch: 11:25-11:50 Recess: 11:50-12:15 We're looking forward to a terrific school year filled
1st Grade Lunch: 12:35-1:00 Recess: 1:00-1:25 with amazing learning and social opportunities for
2nd Grade Lunch: 12:00-12:25 Recess: 12:25-12:50 your child!
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Half Day School
The mission of the Half Day School community is to share an educational experience, which is academically HD
challenging, developmentally appropriate and responsive to each individual in a safe, nurturing environment:
where children, parents and teachers collaborate and embrace lifelong learning.
A Kid’s Life
Half Day School performed its annual musical on May 17th,
18th and 19th (see photo below). The production, entitled “A
Kid’s Life,” was a comedic musical, which displayed our third
and fourth grade talent with a variety of acting, dancing and
singing roles and showed how youngsters could have FUN
these days WITHOUT the use of electronics! Led by music
teacher Mrs. Lighthall, Mrs. Lathrop, and Mr. Turini, this year’s
performance was a gigabyte of success! Colorful scenery was
painted by students during an after school set design class
with the help of Mrs. Buschardt. The musical showcased an
interactive chorus to boot! Approximately 200 students from
the school were involved in the musical, which entertained 4th Graders Embark Upon Camp MacLean
the likes of many friends, families and our entire student HD
body! One hundred eighty-three fourth graders, thirty-six parents and
twenty-five teachers from Half Day School ascended upon Camp
MacLean in Burlington, Wisconsin for a two-day outdoor educational
trip on May 26th and 27th. Teachers used the outdoor education
experience to provide students with a unique opportunity for both
physical and emotional growth. The two-day trip included a variety
of study classes focusing on many aspects of nature. Classes included
pond study, solar ovens, nature-art project, canoeing, archery, the
Skyway Challenge and team building. The teaching and learning
that took place at Camp MacLean emphasized the appreciation we
must all have for nature while inspiring students to have fun and
get involved in the team building exercises. The wooded setting of
Camp MacLean provided the perfect environment for an outstanding
learning experience for the children. After dodging some inclement
weather, we crossed the state line and had a fabulous time in this
alternative “classroom” of nature! (See related photos above and
Fall Curriculum Night at Half Day School below this article.)
We look forward to seeing parents at the start of the school
year for 3rd and 4th Grade Curriculum Night. Please join us for
an opportunity to learn about your child’s school year and
Tuesday, Sept. 6th 6:00 pm .............. Grade 3
Tuesday, Sept. 6th 7:15 pm .............. Grade 4
It promises to be yet another extraordinary school year for
the children and we look forward to sharing all that Half Day
School has to offer!
Summer School Wrap-Up
The District 103 Summer School program was up and running on Monday, June 13 giving students in pre-school through eighth grade very
little time to be bored this summer! Laura B. Sprague School hosted the nursery and pre-kindergarten classes, and Daniel Wright Junior
High School was the site for the kindergarten through eighth grade program. Students and their parents selected from a variety of academ-
ic, creative arts and athletic classes. Additionally, an assortment of remedial and enrichment classes in math and language arts were offered
to students. This year’s District 103 Summer School program provided learning and enriching opportunities for over 450 students!
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Daniel Wright Junior High
The mission of the Daniel Wright School is to create a developmentally responsive DW
community which will foster confident, enthusiastic, responsible, lifelong
learners prepared to make a positive impact on their world.
Welcome, Mrs. St. Claire! Music Notes
Margaret St. Claire joins Daniel Wright Junior Chorus programs begin the first full week
High School as Assistant Principal. Mrs. St. Claire of the year. Chorus for 5th graders begins on
replaces Mr. Bob Bolin, who accepted a position August 29th. Chorus for 6th, 7th and 8th graders
this summer as Associate Principal at Cherokee begins on August 30th. To learn more about
and Sheridan Elementary Schools with Lake the chorus programs and how to be part of
Forest District 67. We certainly wish Mr. Bolin them, visit Mrs. Alban's web page at http://
success in his new administrative role. On web.me.com/nalban103/Nancy_Alban/Cho-
August 8th, the Board of Education approved the rus_Show_Choir.html.
employment of Margaret St. Claire as our new assistant principal. Please join us in welcoming Show Choir auditions are on September 7th
Mrs. St. Claire to the District 103 learning community. from 2:45-4:00 p.m. Show Choir is open to
Margaret has over 16 years of experience in the field of education. After receiving her Bach- any 6th, 7th or 8th grader, who must sign up for
elor’s degree in education from Purdue University, she started her teaching career at Lake a 15-minute audition time in advance. For
Forest District 67. Margaret taught 1st, 3rd and 4th grades for a total of 8 years. She also audition requirements, a rehearsal schedule,
taught at Oak Grove School District 68, as a long term substitute for the gifted program and and more, visit Mrs. Alban’s web page listed
the technology department. above.
Margaret received her Master’s Degree in Administration from National Louis University, Orchestra programs for 5th-8th graders are led
where she worked as an adjunct faculty member supervising student teachers. For the past 3 by Tess Van Wagner. Opportunities for stu-
years, Margaret was the Director of Instruction/Assistant Principal at Academy of Our Lady, a dents will be posted on Mrs. Van Wagner’s
Kindergarten through 8th grade school in Waukegan, IL. She was responsible for the imple- web page at http://web.me.com/tvanwag-
mentation of curriculum, evaluation of teaching staff and overall building responsibilities. ner103/Mrs._Van_Wagner/Home.html.
Mrs. St. Claire lives in Libertyville with her family and enjoys traveling, biking, exercising and Band programs for 5th-8th graders are led
reading. She is thrilled to be part of the tradition of academic excellence in District 103 and by Mr. Owens & Mrs. Fencl. All 5th grade
looks forward to a fabulous year! students and families who are interested
Fall Curriculum Nights at Daniel Wright in band should attend the Beginning Band
We invite parents/guardians to join us for Fall Curriculum Nights. Open House at the school on Thursday, Sep-
tember 22nd at 5:00 p.m. Please contact Mr.
Sept. 1st ............... 7:00 pm .............. Grades 5 & 6 Owens with any questions, or visit http://
Sept. 8th............... 7:00 pm .............. Grades 7 & 8 web.me.com/dwmusic103/Rodney_Owens/
Fall Sports Programs for Daniel Wright Students
Daniel Wright Junior High School participates PLEASE REMEMBER, A SPORTS PHYSICAL Co-Ed Soccer
in the Patriots Middle School Athletic Confer- MUST BE ON FILE IN THE DANIEL WRIGHT Tryouts for 7th and 8th grade co-ed soccer will
ence, which includes the sender schools to OFFICE PRIOR TO PARTICIPATING IN OR TRY- take place after school on August 30th ,
Adlai E. Stevenson High School: Aptakisic ING OUT FOR ANY SPORT. Physical forms are August 31st and September 1st. Soccer
Tripp District 102, Kildeer-Countryside available at the school office and on Daniel tryouts will last until 4:00 p.m. A parent
District 96, Diamond Lake District 76, Fre- Wright’s web site at www.daniel-wright. meeting for soccer team members will be
mont School District 79 and Lincolnshire- district103.k12.il.us/athletics.htm. held on Wednesday, September 7th at 4:00
Prairie View School District 103. Fall sports p.m. in the school cafeteria.
programs will begin the first full week of the
Practices will begin after school on Monday, Girls’ Basketball
new school year.
August 29th and will run until 4:00 p.m. Cross The 7th and 8th grade girls’ basketball tryouts
Team schedules will be posted to the Daniel Country is open to all 6th-8th grade students. will be held on August 30th, August 31st and
Wright athletics web page at http://www. A parent meeting for Cross Country partici- September 1st. Practices will end at 5:00
daniel-wright.district103.k12.il.us/athletics. pants will take place on Thursday, September p.m. The informational parent meeting for
htm. 1st at 4:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria. girls’ basketball team members will be held
on Wednesday, September 7th at 5:00 p.m. in
the green gym.
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Learning Fund Foundation
The Learning Fund Foundation, a not-for-profit education foundation for School District 103, is committed to enhancing the learning experiences of
each and every child in the District. The foundation serves as a catalyst for innovation, enrichment and educational excellence for the entire
community. The foundation’s parent volunteers form the governing board, which seeks new and different funding resources.
A New Year . . . A New Initiative! 103
Welcome Back! Our CheckAwards Program is under way! CheckAwards are
We hope that everyone had a relaxing, restful, and enjoyable gift-checkbooks with over $500 in gift checks from local area
summer break. The Learning Fund Foundation Board is excited to merchants—all for just $30/checkbook! This marks the 3rd year
share several items for the new school year. that the Learning Fund Foundation has partnered with the
Lincolnshire Rotary to fund two scholarships through this highly
Welcome to our new board members: Kim Bernard, Laurie Gens, successful program. Any graduating high school senior who
Kate Harper, Beth Konieczny, Alice Lee-Osborne, Grace Park, and graduated from Daniel Wright Junior High School is eligible to
Jayanthi Swaminathan. They bring a wealth of expertise to the apply for these scholarships. For details and to place an order,
board, including experiences with fund raising, technology, ac- log onto www.rotarysavings.org or contact one of our Co-Chairs,
counting, marketing/publicity, events planning, and much more! Grace Park at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kate Harper at
We are fortunate to have enhanced the LFF Board with such tal- email@example.com.
ent! They join our existing board members: Daphne Dickens-King
(President), Roberta Hancock (Vice-President), Ron Caprariello
(Treasurer), Lara Kirts (Secretary), Christy Greeley, Rachel Nowa-
kowski, Stephanie Pither, Cindy Powell, Tanya Schwartz, and Scott
Treiber. Ex-Officio/Advisory members include Dr. Larry Fleming
(D103 Superintendent), Dr. Scott Warren (D103 Superintendent-
Elect), Gary Walrath (D103 Board of Education), Larry Rivkin (D103
Board of Education), Anne van Gerven (PTO President), and Sandy
Simon (PTO Vice-President). Be a Corporate Matcher! Does your employer offer a Corporate
Match program? What an easy way to increase your donation to
The New Science Initiative promises to be an exciting one! We the Learning Fund without an additional cash outlay from you!
need YOUR HELP to outfit the D103 classrooms, including the Simply log onto your company’s intranet to complete the online
new science labs at DW, with the latest science equipment and forms. For more information, contact Cindy Powell, Corporate
resources for ALL of our students to enhance their interest and Match Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
studies in science beyond D103. We are currently working with the
administration to prioritize items. We are also looking for district Enthusiastic volunteers are always welcome to assist with
families who work with science companies that may have items various foundation events as well as to serve on our advisory
to donate. Since a new initiative calls for a new fundraiser, the LFF board. The LFF Advisory Board is a group of individuals with
fundraising committee is hard at work creating a family bowling expertise in a particular area (legal, grants, accounting, finance,
event to occur toward the end of October 2011. An adult evening strategic planning, marketing/publicity, etc.) who answer ques-
event will follow in Spring 2012. Details to follow soon… tions by e-mail and/or phone, as needed. It’s an easy way to
volunteer and have a positive impact in the district! Contact any
Our new Learning Fund website will go live soon! It will provide Learning Fund Board member to volunteer.
“one-stop shopping” to include history, current and past initia-
tives, scholarship news, and various ways to donate and vol- We hope to see you at the Science Bowling Event in October!
unteer with the Learning Fund. Be on the look-out for the big On behalf of the Learning Fund Foundation Board of Directors,
announcement! thank you for your continued support. Best wishes for a wonder-
fully productive school year!
Innisbrook is back! You can support the Learning Fund Founda-
tion’s Science Initiative by purchasing wrapping paper, candy, Daphne Dickens-King
magazines and all kinds of gifts! Please also encourage your President
friends, neighbors, and out-of-town family to purchase an item D103 Learning Fund Foundation
(or more!). Brochures will be available at the end of August, and email@example.com
displays will be set up during the various back-to-school events
at all D103 schools. For questions, contact Co-Chairs Tanya
Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org or Laurie Gens at
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Opportunities for parent participation and involvement are great within the District through an active Parent Teacher
Organization. The PTO organizes and sponsors many activities and coordinates volunteer programs in the
schools. Through membership dues and fund-raising, the PTO provides funding for cultural arts programs,
specific programs that extend learning at each school, and grants for innovative instructional programs.
More information about the District 103 PTO can be found at www.district103.k12.il.us/ptovc.htm.
A Note from the PTO President
District 103 Community, students would focus on performing arts and not include
traditional art. In response to parent and teacher feedback,
I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer, survived the heat PTO has decided to work with the 5th grade teachers to
and the power outages and is looking forward to the start of a define an art program for the students that will provide
new school year! The entire PTO board and I are excited about some art exposure to them on a periodic basis. We are in
the year ahead. We have started to define our goals and objec- the early stages but are excited to be able to work with our
tives for the year and are looking forward to continuing the past teachers on this new program.
year’s tradition of making sure our work and programs enhance • 100% PTO Membership participation. One of the major
the school experience for our children. I want to take a moment sources of income for PTO is through membership fees.
to highlight a couple of those goals we will be working towards: These fees are used to benefit every child in the district. Not
only does membership entitle you to a PTO Directory, the
• DW Athletic Field Renovation. Over the past few years, PTO money you pay is also used to support programs at all three
saw a need to improve the DW fields so that students at schools, for all children. Our goal is to work toward having
DW can have full use of this space for the athletic programs, every family become a PTO member, since every family and
physical education programs, recess, and other activities. child benefits from these dollars. If you have not already
Since then, PTO has been focused on raising the necessary joined PTO, please consider becoming a member – the fee
funds for this large scale project while also working with is only $35 per family, and it really does help us make your
district administration, DW physical education teachers, and child’s education better. To become a member, click here
other outside planning and design firms to outline a clear https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fo
and obtainable plan for the fields. Thanks to the overwhelm- rmkey=dE5uZWNsOHVIS3R4OGZIUjl5Rzc2SGc6MQ.
ing financial support from the parents, staff and community,
we were able to raise enough funds to begin the project As always, we would not be able to achieve these goals without
and in July we officially broke ground. The retention pond the strong parent volunteers who are on our PTO board this year.
is being relocated, drainage improvements made, and field Last year, we decided to combine the PTO and Volunteer Council
layouts adjusted, so that next spring the students at DW will boards into a single board. The new board structure reflects this
have a renovated field to use. It will also be the site of our change and will allow us to work more efficiently and effectively
2nd annual Run for the Fields 5K on May 19 to continue to towards our goals. I am excited to work with all these individuals.
raise the additional $100,000 that is needed to complete the As always, if you ever have any program questions or comments,
funding for this phase of the project. It is never too soon to please feel free to contact me or one of the board members. A
start to train! complete PTO board listing can be found on page 15.
• PTO Coffee and Open House. In an effort to continue to
educate our parents on the various opportunities to get We also rely on parents for donations of time and talent to help
involved with PTO, as well as all the different programs that execute the programs we offer. If you have already registered
PTO supports (both financially and with volunteer time), we to volunteer, a program coordinator will be contacting you once
will be holding a PTO Coffee and Open House on September school starts. If you have not registered, please take a moment
13th from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the College of Lake County- to review all the volunteer opportunities that exist and register
Southlake Campus. ALL parents are welcome to attend. for those that interest you. You can do this online at https://
The Open House will consist of a short 10 minute presenta- spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dHNiUFlFSHRRN0
tion on PTO. Most of the PTO board members and district xtVzg5SkpnMG1rQVE6MQ.
administration will be there to talk to you and answer any
questions you may have. Hopefully, this will help you learn Lastly, we appreciate the incredible financial support we receive
more about PTO in an informal manner. More information from parents, local businesses and other community groups. We
on this event will be available in the school newsletters and would not be able to offer the programs we do or complete proj-
at the curriculum nights in the fall. We hope to see you ects like the DW Athletic Field Renovation without your ongoing
there. support. We have provided a detailed document which outlines,
• Work closely with teachers on new or revised program- in more detail, exactly what your financial contributions help us
ming. PTO is always looking for ways to improve our achieve. Visit the virtual backpack web page, where this docu-
programs and looking for areas where we can help out ment will be posted: www.district103.k12.il.us/vbackpack.htm.
more. One of those new areas this year will be an “Art Lady” Thank you so much for your ongoing support!
program at Daniel Wright for the 5th grade students. In the (article continues on next page)
spring, it was announced that the art curriculum for 5th grade
(article continues above, right)
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PTO (continued from prior page )
For more information about PTO, visit
PTO President’s Note (continued from page 13) 103 PTO Communications 103
Looking ahead, we would like to highlight a couple of key PTO Welcome back to school! As the new school year begins and
dates for the upcoming month: new routines are established, get more involved in your child’s
school by volunteering for PTO. Within the PTO, the Communi-
• September 15th – LCA and Rotary Golf Outing (19th Annual cations group needs volunteers to help the district and PTO with
Herb Didier Memorial Golf Outing) various clerical, publicity and technology related tasks. Special
• September 16th – PTO Back to School Bash projects include mailing out PTO Directories, organizing the year-
• September 20th – PTO Board Meeting books for distribution, or decorating a bulletin board. If you have
• September 27th – Welcome Night at Sprague web site skills, we’d love to hear from you! Time commitments
are flexible, and no special training or knowledge is needed.
For additional PTO and district events, dates and times for this
year, please see the PTO Calendar of Events located on our PTO When events require such help, volunteers are contacted by
web site at http://www.district103.k12.il.us/ptovc.htm. e-mail. You can help for one hour or more, or pass until the next
time help is needed and you have the time. For each job, we
As always, please feel free to contact me or any board member gather at one of the schools to alphabetize, label, sort, and it’s
with questions, concerns, ideas or feedback. amazing the interesting and useful information you can learn.
Find out more at http://www.district103.k12.il.us/ptovc.htm or
Enjoy the rest of the summer! sign up online at https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?for
Anne van Gerven, PTO President
(847) 955-9156 email@example.com
PTO Welcome Committee 103
Mark your calendars!
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th It is hard to believe that summer vacation is almost over and the
start of the school year is just around the corner. The Welcom-
19th Annual Herb Didier Memorial Golf Outing ing Committee is gearing up for a great start to the 2011-2012
Presented by: school year. Our primary function is to welcome new families
The Lincolnshire Morning Star Rotary Club to District 103 and provide them with helpful information about
in partnership with the Lincolnshire Community Association the district and the surrounding communities. To do this, the
at Welcoming Committee invites all new families to Welcome Night
The Arboretum Club at Sprague, which will be held on Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Buffalo Grove, Illinois at 7:00 p.m. Invitations to our new families will go out the 1st
week of September, but all District 103 families are welcome to
Lincolnshire Community Association (LCA) proceeds from this attend. During this event, families who are looking to become
event will benefit the PTO's Daniel Wright Athletic Field more involved in the district will learn about the great programs
Renovation Initiative. our district and community have to offer. Representatives from
For more information or to register, please click various organizations within District 103 will be able to provide
www.lincolnshirerotary.org. an overview of their group and how you can get involved.
In addition to sponsoring this special evening at the beginning
of the year, the Welcome Committee continuously reaches out
SHOW YOUR SCHOOL SPIRIT! to new families throughout the school year. Each new family
SP HD DW
receives a welcome packet with important information ranging
Spirit Wear samples will be on display at all from how to receive the district directory to District 103 com-
Fall Curriculum Nights. munication web sites. The packet also includes a list of local
phone numbers and web sites for the surrounding area. We are
Watch for order forms coming home soon and available to answer questions or if you are interested in joining
posting on the District’s virtual backpack. the Welcome Committee, please contact me, Stacy Szwejbka, at
Questions? Contact Jane Ernst at firstname.lastname@example.org. Swebs@sbcglobal.net.
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More From PTO For more information about PTO, visit
PTO Board for 2011/2012 103
President ............... Anne van Gerven Health and Safety .... Jan Lamberti/Heather O'Brien
Vice President........ Sandy Simon HEPCO ..................... Kristine Keevins/Cory Ingersol/OPEN
Treasurer ............... Mary Claire O'Donnell Membership/
Secretary ............... Stacy Walsh Sponsorship: ...... Eliisa Capstick
Communications.... Stephanie Hooper Membership/
Community Directory: ........... Beth Konieczny/Debbie Fisch
Relations ................ Jackie Curtis/Diane Laudati/Veronica Pantelis Membership/
Cultural Arts .......... Jennifer Quallley/Gina Stec Welcome Cmte .. Stacy Szwejbka
DW Coordinators ... Amy Klein/Christy Greeley Room Parents .......... Tania Surane
5th Grade/ Special Projects ....... Beth Konieczny/Liz Treiber/Chris Udoni
Colonial Days.... Veronica Pantelis SP Coordinator: ....... Laura Polen/Tanya Schwartz
Dance Lessons.. Diane Gillis Ways and Means
Lighted Coordinator:....... Julianne Spilotro
Schoolhouse..... Leah Kieffer Book Fair ............ Vicki Morelli/Beth Ann Fell
Fine Arts Day ......... Linda Pinsel/Erika Tully School Supplies .. Robin Babbo/Beth Poteet
HD Coordinator ..... Anne Rainis/OPEN Spirit Wear ......... Jane Ernst
3rd Grade Run for the
World Fair ........ Tiffany Etzel/Anne Rainis Fields/5K ............ Sandy Simon/Jen Sturgeon/Chris Udoni
State Fair .......... OPEN
YOU ARE INVITED…
The school year has started in District 103.
Welcome back, students and all our families!
You are all invited to share in some fun - PTO’s BACK TO SCHOOL BASH
A picnic, games, and treats, sure hope you can come!
at SPRAGUE SCHOOL (EC – Grade 4 Families)
YES, we’ll be there!
YES, I’d be happy to volunteer!
Date: Friday, September 16th, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Phone Number:
Rain date: Saturday, September 17th, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Email Address:
Place: Sprague School Gym Playground
Return this completed form to Sprague School or
Who: ALL EARLY CHILDHOOD THROUGH 4TH GRADE STUDENTS AND Half Day School no later than 9/14/11.
The P.T.O. Community Relations will be providing submarine sandwiches, chips,
cookies and water for all families. Feel free to bring side dishes/desserts for your
family to enjoy. Gentle reminder…alcohol is not permitted on school grounds.
Don’t forget your blanket, as seating will be outdoors in the grassy area around
the playground. Live music and playground equipment will provide lots of fun!
R.S.V.P. no later than Wednesday, September 14th, by returning the slip below to
the main office at Sprague or Half Day Schools. It is critical that you respond in a
timely fashion, so that there is enough food/drink for all. Let us know if you can
volunteer to help. Questions/ideas? Please contact Jackie Curtis at
email@example.com or Veronica Pantelis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PTO’s BACK TO SCHOOL BASH at SPRAGUE SCHOOL (EC – Grade 4 Families)
YES, we’ll be there!
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The Organization of Music Makers Parent Advisors (OMMPa), provides parent support by assisting
the chorus, band, orchestra and fine arts programs at District 103 schools. Fund-raising efforts
help to subsidize instrument purchases, music-related field trips, cultural activities, music
camp scholarships and more.
A Note from the PTO President
As a new school year gets underway OMMPa is already busy
planning and preparing for exciting things for the music pro-
grams at Sprague, Half Day and Daniel Wright Junior High
Schools. OMMPa is proud to continue its support of the many The 2011/2012 OMMPa Board
wonderful music programs throughout our district.
Kathy Knezevic .............President
Providing support means raising funds, and we continue our
attempts to offer opportunities that are beneficial to you, while Mara Grujanac .............Vice President
at the same time raising money for our programs. We are of-
fering a hot dog lunch each Thursday at Daniel Wright. Profits Diane Laudati...............Treasurer
from these lunches go directly to OMMPa. Parent volunteers
will distribute Thursday lunches. (If you’re interested in serving Ellen Singer ..................Secretary
lunch on an occasional Thursday, please e-mail Kathy at
email@example.com). We also continue to collect Box Tops Shari Panitch ................Publicity
for Education. We can potentially raise up to $2000 each year
just by clipping the box tops from products you already buy. The Jen Bott & Missy Finn ..Box Tops for
Plant Sale will be back next spring. We hope you are enjoying Education
the plants you purchased last May! New this year for OMMPa
will be the sale of gift cards. We will offer gift cards several Beth Konieczny ............PTO Liaison
times throughout the year. Watch for the order form coming
soon! Dede Ginsberg .............member
As your sons/daughters start a new school year, we hope they
look forward to getting involved in one of the many music As always, please feel free to contact any
programs available. Keep an eye on the Virtual Backpack for of the OMMPa board members with
information about chorus, band and orchestra for the 2011/2012
questions about our programs!
school year. For a re-cap of last year’s programs and how
OMMPa made a difference for District 103 musicians, visit the
District 103 virtual backpack web page or click here:
The Lincolnshire Sports Association is
looking forward to another great year!
In addition to offering recreational and
travel sports programs for all District
103 children, we have been busy work-
ing with the schools to help fund capital
improvements. First, in partnership with
last year’s 5th grade boys travel basket-
ball team, we are re-surfacing the Half
Day gym to make it safer for all. Coach
Dwight Ekenberg and the 5th grade boys’
Lightning team raised over $3000 for
this endeavor, and we are delighted to
match their contribution. Second, LSA
contributed $30,000 to PTO’s initiative
to make the DW fields more usable for
all, year-round. We look forward to
working together to improve District
103 kids’ athletic experiences, in and
out of school!
For fall soccer information, be sure to visit http://www.slsl.net/soccerIndex.asp.
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Community Organizations Visit our virtual backpack for school and
& Educational Programs
School District 103 does not endorse the programs mentioned under this section.
The College of Lake County offers new programs for children The Stevenson High School Community Foundation announces
in grades 2-4 and in grades 5-8 to accelerate their reading. The its annual Spotlight on Stevenson Events as well as its Children's
programs will be held September 17th through October 22nd at Theater programs for 2011/2012. Spotlight events will feature
the Grayslake campus. Visit the virtual backpack web page for Comedy-Sportz on November 12th, Under the Streetlamp on
further information. Register at www.clcillinois.edu/youth or call January 21st, and Ralph Covert on February 19th. The Children’s
(847) 543-2022. Theater will bring performances of Darius the Dragon on Octo-
ber 23rd and the Jungle Book on March 18th to the school. For
The College of Lake County is offering a program to help ticket information, please call (847) 415-4121.
students in grades 6-12 prepare for the ACT exam. For a
registration form and more information, call (847) 543-2022,
visit www.clcillinois.edu/youth, or send an email to
Community Christian Church welcomes District 103 families
to take part in its programs throughout the school year. Bryan
Elliott, the new senior minister, will start the program year with
a celebratory event: Kickoff Sunday on September 11th at 10:00
a.m. Everyone is welcome! On Saturday, October 1st, the annual
Community Garage Sale will be held from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
at the church, 1970 Riverwoods Road in Lincolnshire. Donation
drop-off is scheduled for September 25th-29th. For details, visit
www.ccclincolnshire.org. Please contact the office with ques-
tions: (847) 945-8824 or Office@CCCLincolnshire.org.
The Lincolnshire Garden Club's first program of the 2011-2012
year is on September 15th at the Vernon Area Public Library.
Have you ever wanted to walk through the Royal Gardens of
England? Join Garden Club members Rick Sanders and Janice
Hand for a pictorial stroll through these exciting locations. Cof-
fee begins at 9:30 a.m., and a brief business meeting follows at
10:00 a.m. The program starts at 10:30 a.m. For more informa-
tion please call Jan at (847) 945-6575.
Stevenson High School welcomes the community to SPIRIT FEST
2011 on September 17th from 4:00-10:00 p.m. Stevenson High
School’s National Honor Society is inviting the community to
come celebrate the start of a new year as well as raise money for
CASA. There will be fireworks, games, and an attempt to break
another world record. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special
Advocate. This charity helps give support through a volunteer
that will remain a constant during turbulent times for abused or
neglected children thrown into the foster care system. Steven-
son’s National Honor Society has chosen to support CASA in Remember to visit our virtual backpack
order to give back to the community. Families and kids of all ages for school and community news:
are welcome! More information is available at http://www.d125. http://www.district103.k12.il.us/vbackpack.htm