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Shabonee Newsletter 11-22-19

The Shabonee staff and I are thankful for your partnership to prepare our children for their futures, and we want to wish you a very heartfelt Happy Thanksgiving! All District 27 schools and offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving break between November 27 and 29. School will resume on Monday, December 2.

Terra Nova testing begins December 3. Testing only takes a part of the morning Tuesday through Friday. We’ll run a special schedule so that children have comparable time with both of their teachers and content areas on those days. To establish an optimal testing environment, please make every effort to ensure that your child arrives to school on time each of these four days. We certainly understand that illness happens, and we don’t want children at school when they are sick. If at all possible, it is helpful to refrain from scheduling appointments during the morning. Students who arrive late will enter the classroom between tests. Some tests are very short, taking only 15 minutes, while others are about 45 minutes. Thank you for your support and cooperation. The results of these assessments will be mailed home in January.

Report Cards Go Home December 6

Report cards will come home with the children on Friday, December 6, so check those backpacks and home folders that day. As always, please contact your child’s teachers if you have any questions.

Band & Orchestra Performances

Our winter Band and Orchestra concerts are coming up in a few weeks. The band concert will take place on Wednesday, December 11. The orchestra concert will take place on Thursday, December 12. The students are excited to perform, and we look forward to a terrific evening together. All performers should arrive no earlier than 6:30 PM and go to their designated warm-up space. Please do not arrive earlier as you will not be able to enter the building until that time. Doors A, N, and E will be open at 6:30. Parents, family, and friends can go directly to the gym to be seated. The concerts begin at 7:00 PM in the gym. Consider carpooling with friends and neighbors, and please use extra caution when entering and leaving school grounds at night. Parking is available in the main lot located off Pfingsten Road, the alternate lot located off Moon Hill Drive, and overflow parking is available behind the gym. Please only park in designated parking stalls and do not park in areas that are identified by parking cones. These areas must remain open to abide by fire code. Violators are subject to ticketing from the Northbrook Police Department. Please drive safely and ensure the safety of others. We want this to be a great evening for everyone and need your cooperation. 

Erin’s Law Presentations – December 13

In compliance with State law, a program on child sexual abuse awareness and prevention will be presented to students on December 13, 2019. The presentations will be made by members of the Shabonee Social Work / Counseling Department.

The program is being scheduled in response to Erin’s Law, a State law requiring that all public schools implement a sexual abuse awareness and prevention curriculum for grades K-12. For additional information about Erin’s Law, please visit

The presentations will cover the following topics:

  • Safe touch, unsafe touch, confusing touches
  • Private body parts (parts of the body covered by a bathing suit)
  • Good and bad secrets
  • Saying “no” to unwanted touches
  • Safety steps and reporting

The presentations are designed to empower and educate children in a developmentally appropriate, child-friendly manner. If you do not wish for your child to participate in this program, please email Shabonee Principal, Dr. Panozzo, informing him of your request to have your child excluded. A confirmation acknowledgment of your request will be sent.