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Shabonee Newsletter 2-15-19

Remember that there is No School on Monday, February 18 in honor of Presidents’ Day.

Congratulations to our fifth graders on their final grade level music performance! There was a lot of excitement for the annual Shabonee black light show Tuesday. It’s not only fun, but it’s truly about the children and for the children. Thank you to music teacher, Ms. Simonsen, for all of her work and coordination to make it possible. Also, thank you to Mr. Ted, Mr. Keith, Mr. Schaefer, Mrs. Keene, Ms. Hoffman and the fifth grade teachers too! This activity truly takes a team to pull off.

I also want to say “THANK YOU” to the PTA and all the room parents that gave their time to prepare activities that helped the children enjoy the classroom celebrations this year. It’s always exciting to step away from the regular routine and just have a little fun once and a while with your classmates. We appreciate our parent volunteers! The Valentine activities this year included a special activity that benefited a variety of organizations. Third graders made cards for children at Lutheran General Hospital, fourth graders made fleece pet blankets for Orphans of the Storm, and fifth graders made rice heating pads for Kellogg Cancer center in Evanston. These ways to give back go hand in hand with our SWIM efforts. Finally, the Shabonee staff would like to thank the PTA for the tasty soup luncheon they provided on Monday following parent-teacher conferences. Our collaboration with the PTA is incredible. Thank you!


Picnic Style Lunch on Tuesday

We will have a special picnic style lunch on Tuesday, February 19. Students may bring beach towels, blankets, etc. to enjoy their lunch with friends as they sit in the gym and enjoy lunch together. As a reminder, this is NOT a hot lunch day. Children should bring their lunches. We will continue to have nut-safe areas designated for children with nut-safe lunches.


Morning Arrival

If students arrive after the 8:40 bell in the morning, please bring them to Door A. Students are not able to enter the other morning entrances after this time as the staff supervisors have already secured those doors and started the school day. Students sign in at the office upon arrival after 8:40.


Erin’s Law Assembly   (Final reminder)

In compliance with State law, a program on child sexual abuse awareness and prevention will be presented to students on February 19, 2019. The presentations will be made by Victor Pacini, author, song writer, singer and motivational speaker. He will be assisting our schools in implementing this mandate. His program is developmentally appropriate, interactive, and aligned with learning standards. He is native to the area and has presented in front of over a million students and parents in numerous districts in Illinois and nationwide. We are excited to have him join us on February 19.

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

These 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, Mr. Panozzo, informing him of your request to have your child excluded. A confirmation acknowledgment of your request will be sent.


5th grade Dine & Discuss book club - For fifth graders and their parents

The 5th grade Dine & Discuss book club deadline has been extended! Please consider joining us on March 14th from 6:30-7:45 pm at Shabonee to discuss the book Ghost by Jason Reynolds. A light dinner will be served! For more information, click here for Dine & Discuss Information and sign up form.

Contact Ms. Parker ( or Mrs. Singer ( with questions.


Band Performance on 2/28 at Glenbrook South High School

The upcoming band performance on February 28 will take place at Glenbrook South High School at 7:00 PM. Shabonee band teacher, Ms. Valente, will be emailing information home about this special location and details for student arrival, parking, etc.


ShAB’s Spirit days (Reminder)

The Shabonee Student Advisory Board (ShAB) has come up with some fun ways to help make the cold winter months more fun.

  • February 22: Culture Day - Wear something that shares your family's background.


PTA Hot Lunch Make-up Days (Reminder)

With the cancelation of school over the last few weeks, the PTA sponsored hot lunch program will “make up” those hot lunch days as follows. Details will be shared in the PTA news too.

  • JOSH'S HOT DOGS- (From 1/28) Serving Tuesday, April 2nd
  • CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN- (From 1/31) Serving Tuesday, April 9th
  • BUFFALO WILD WINGS- (From 1/30) Serving Tuesday, April 16th