About Us

Shabonee School serves students in third through fifth grades. We have approximately 420 students and 60 staff members. Our school offers a variety of before and after school activities and clubs. 

Shabonee School has been listed as the top elementary school in Cook County. The rankings were published in the September 2018 issue of Chicago Magazine under "Best Public Schools: The Top 155 in the City and Suburbs."

Chicago Magazine: Best Public Schools 2018


Asst. Principal

Meggan Buchanan, Assistant Principal

Meggan Buchanan

(847) 498-4970, ext. 4490

School Mascot

Finn, the Dolphin

Mr. Panozzo with Finn the Dolphin, Shabonee's mascot

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do if my child is sick, or will be absent for the day?

Parents of students who will not be in attendance during the school day are asked to call the school office at 847-498-4970 before 8:15 a.m. to notify the school office of their children's absences as well as the reason for the absence. Absence information may be left on voice mail.

Parents who do not call the school when their children are absent will receive a call from the school. This telephone message policy has been implemented in order to assure safety and security of the children.

Regular attendance is an important part of being a responsible student. Therefore, our Board of Education policy requires all students to be in full attendance for the entire school day. State attendance reporting regulations require a student must be in attendance 2.5 hours in both the a.m. and p.m. or be reported absent for the respective half of the day. Students arriving late, but within the 2.5-hour limit shall be considered tardy.

What if I forgot to pack a lunch for my child?

We realize that there are days where parents forget to send their child to school with a lunch. Should this happen in your family, please bring a lunch to school, and place the lunch on the black lunch cart located just inside the front door. The lunch cart is brought in at 11:30 each day. Children without a lunch should check the lunch cart to pick up their lunch.

Lunch is from 11:35 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Can I visit the school?

All visitors who visit the school must sign in at the main office. They must leave their drivers license in the office the entire time they are in the building. A badge and lanyard will be issued to all visitors who visit any area of the school. The lanyard should be worn so that it is visible to all staff members.

In order to maintain a productive learning environment, cell phone use is not permitted in the building. Anyone needing to use a cell phone is asked to do so outside.

Shabonee School

1000 Pfingsten Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
Main Office Number:
(847) 498-4970
Fax Number:
(847) 480-4836
School hours:
8:40 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Office hours:
7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday

Office Staff

Maureen Burke
Asst. Secretary
(847) 498-4970, ext. 4486
Debbie Coppess
Principal's Secretary
(847) 498-4970, ext. 4507
Anne Hoffman
Asst. Secretary
(847) 498-4970, ext. 4506
Donna Van Aman
School Nurse
(847) 498-4970, ext. 4489