District 103 PTO is involved in close to 30 different programs and initiatives, focused on making our children's learning experience and fun and educational one simultaneously. We work with teachers and principals of all three schools to coordinate our efforts with current curriculum and schools' objectives. Some of our events focus on fundraising as well.
District-wide PTO Programs:
Back to School Bash
Sprague and Half Day Families are welcome to join our annual Back to School Bash in early September for a fun evening with the ever popular DJ, complimentary light dinner and playtime with friends at Sprague's playground. Please bring your blankets and get ready for some fun! For pictures from the past Back to School Bash events, please visit our Gallery.
A portion of all sales from the Annual PTO BOOK FAIR benefits School District 103.
Annually in May, the Lincolnshire-Prairie View School-District 103 PTO hosts "Run for D103" (formerly Run For The Fields) 5k Run/Walk. The goal of this family-fun event is to promote healthy living and a sense of community, and to illustrate our community's commitment to creating healthy minds and healthy bodies! All proceeds fund multiple PTO programs with a portion of the proceeds committed to a child welfare non profit that will be chosen by the National Junior Honor Society.
One family's trash is a teacher's treasure! This is a teacher wish list of items they are seeking for District 103. Donations of gently used and new items are acceptable and appreciated.
We are pleased to introduce the creation of the Parent Education Committee, dedicated to providing learning opportunities for parents K-12, collaborating with CPN, a Stevenson Foundation committee that serves Stevenson H.S. as well as its sender school districts (96, 102, 103, 73, 76, 79). Parent Ed sponsors quality speakers who will share effective parenting strategies. Parents are invited to attend programs across the districts.
A minimum of $10,000 in Links to Learning Teacher Grants are awarded by the PTO annually to teachers, administrators and other educators within District 103. The purpose of the grants is to encourage and support creative and innovative learning methods to enhance curriculum. A grant can be requested for any amount; however, most grants range in size from $500-$1500.
Teacher Appreciation Week
PTO coordinates families' efforts to show our appreciation for all the work that our teachers do throughout the year. Our volunteers plan this special week in May and/or volunteer during that week to help our kids express gratitude for their teachers by helping execute fun and meaningful activities each day. Please visit our gallery to see how we celebrated this week in the past.
The 8th Grade Graduation Dance website is the place for parents and future Daniel Wright graduates to keep up to date on all of the dance plans and activities.
- Camp Fair
- Lincolnshire Community Association BOO BASH Smore's Table
- Explore the Arts Day
- Chili Lunch for Staff
- Custodian Day and Admin Appreciation Day
- Welcome Back Staff Breakfast
- Library Aides: PTO coordinates parent volunteers to assist our school librarians in shelving books, finding appropriate materials for the students and special projects.
- Gym Aides
- Lunch Aides: PTO coordinates parent volunteers to assist children during lunch time.
- Room Parents: PTO coordinates volunteers who assist teachers with classroom parties and field trips, recruit parent volunteers for field trips (including Rivershire) and facilitate the Halloween Party, December Holiday Party, and the End of the Year Celebration.
- End of the Year Celebrations: PTO coordinates volunteers to assist in running this annual event that focuses on games, activities and fun during one of the last days of school throughout the grades, including Spring Fling for 6th Grade and End of the Year Picnic for 8th grade.
Grade Specific PTO Programs:
- Kindergarten Round Up
- Diabetes Walk: PTO coordinates volunteers to help with Sprague's annual Walk for Diabetes, held in April, which helps benefit American Diabetes Association. Read about the event in Lincolnshire Review.
- Pilgrim Simulation: This event for 2nd graders helps students, through various activities and games, experience the conditions and challenges of surviving as pilgrims coming to North America.
- Native American Feast: Parent volunteers, supported by PTO, prepare a meal for 2nd grades that resembles early settlers' experience.
- World Fair
- Red Ribbon Week
- Jump Rope for Heart
- State Fair
- Colonial Days - 5th grade students will have the opportunity to learn about the Early American colonies, their people, and contributions through a one-day, hands-on extravaganza known as Colonial Day! Students will be able to make their own candles, craft paper quilling designs, use a quill and ink, make a design by punching tin, make butter, decoupage boxes, play games of the time period, and learn about spinning wool in different crafting stations manned by parent volunteers.
- Fraction Café - 5th grade students learn about fractions through hands-on activities involving food items.
- Art Cart
- Health Events (5th & 8th grade Boys/Girls Nights Out) - For 5th grade, these are nights out for Dads and their sons as well as Moms and their daughters. PTO brings in speakers to facilitate appropriate developmental discussion on the health and welfare of 5th grade children.
- Lighted SchoolHouse - PTO coordinates volunteers for this fun, social event for 5th and 6th graders. This after school program takes place at Daniel Wright and includes a professional D. J., dancing, games, prizes, pizza and more.
- Social Dance Lessons - 6th grade students learn how to dance Cha Cha, Electric Slide, Fox Trot and others on Friday evenings in January and February at Daniel Wright.
- Bingo Night
Other D103 Volunteer Organizations
Learning Fund Foundation
The Learning Fund Foundation (LFF) enables District 103 (D103) to expand and enhance educational opportunities and programs for students at all levels in each of our three schools. These programs are designed to extend beyond the everyday curriculum and district operating budgets to enrich the educational experience of every child in D103. The current initiative is Science in connection with the new science labs. Contact: LFF President, Michael Cope, LFF@d103.org.