Shabonee Newsletter - Author Visit, Halloween...

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Shabonee Newsletter - Author Visit, Halloween...
Spirit day

Wednesday, October 5 is a District 27 holiday and school is not in session. 

Upcoming Author Visit - Hena Khan

Award-winning author Hena Khan will be visiting Shabonee School on Monday, October 24.  Students will be learning about Hena Khan and her books during library classes. For the visit, Ms. Khan will be presenting about her work and process as a professional writer. Read more about our visiting author on her website.

Ms. Khan will be signing her books on the day of the visit. Students are welcome to bring in their own copies of books by the author to be signed, or her books can be ordered through The Book Stall.  Orders are due by Friday, October 14.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Alexander, Shabonee librarian 

Halloween - Monday, October 31

I’m posting Halloween information extra early to help with planning for those children that choose to participate. 

We will hold a costume walk inside the school before lunch and recess starting at 10:50. The costume walk will be live-streamed for parents to view with a link posted on the school homepage shortly before the activity begins. The PTA-sponsored Halloween parties will take place at 2:40.

Children will be allowed to wear their costumes to school all day, so please help us have fun while keeping a focus on learning by following the guidelines below. For our school celebration, the costumes and themes need to be appropriate for children in a school setting. Please keep it simple. While we want to have fun on this special day, our priority is learning. The success of this day is contingent upon parental cooperation, and we rely on your support.  

 Consider the following when planning your child's costume for school:

  • Costumes must abide by our school dress code. 
  • Costumes should not limit vision or interfere with instruction and learning.  
  • Choose a costume that your child can take on and off (for bathroom purposes, lunch, Physical Education, etc.) on their own without help.
  • Limit the amount of make-up, hair spray, etc. that the children will have to wear all day. Children will NOT be allowed to "touch-up" during the school day, so please save these extras for activities outside of school. 
  • Weapons of any kind (real or fake) are not allowed in school.
  • Costumes promoting violent themes are not allowed in school.
  • Roller blades or skates are not permitted.
  • Food should not be part of the costume or classroom celebration. 
  • Group costumes should not be worn at school as they promote exclusion of other students. This is a request that we truly need parental cooperation and support to maintain this fun day for our children. 

5TH Grade "CHAT & CHEW" Book Club!  

On Tuesday, November 15, interested 5th graders and an optional accompanying adult guest are invited to attend a "Book Chat and Chew" to discuss the book, More to the Story, written by this year's visiting author, Hena Khan. This book discussion will take place during lunch/recess (11:35 - 12:15) in the library. Students and guests should bring their own bag lunch (no nuts, please). To prepare for the chat, students (and optional adult guest) will need to obtain and read the book before the meeting.

If your child is interested, Mrs. Alexander will provide a copy of the permission form when they come to the library. Interest forms are due by Friday, October 14.  

Questions? Please contact the Chat and Chew sponsors, Mrs. Alexander or Mrs. Singer

Parent-Teacher Conference Sign Up (Reminder) 

Parent-teacher conferences will take place on October 26, 27, and 28. Conferences are 15 minutes so that parents can meet with both teachers together. We’ve found this structure works best given our partner teaching model. We are using Meet the Teacher to sign up for conferences giving the parent more control over their schedule. The conference sign-up system opened on September 29 at 9:00 AM. Information about how to sign-up for a conference with your child’s teachers was emailed to you on September 21. As always, please contact your child’s teachers or the school office if you have any questions or concerns. Parent-teacher conferences are just one of the opportunities to talk about progress and parents are welcome and encouraged to reach out to their child’s teacher(s) at any time during the school year. It’s truly through our collaborative efforts that our students achieve success.

Cell Phones and Smartwatches (Reminder) 

We ask for your cooperation in maintaining the learning environment. Children's use of cellular phones and smartwatches during the school day disrupts the learning environment. These devices are prohibited from being used during school hours. Cell phones should remain off during the school day. If children need to reach a parent during the day, they are directed to consult with a teacher or make a phone call from the school office. If your child has a personal device, please help us to help them use it appropriately at school. Parents should not text or call a child during the school day. If you need to get a message to your child, call the office and we can deliver a message to your child at an appropriate time during the school day. Thank you for your partnership in this effort!

Shabonee Spirit Days

  • 7 - Grade level color day - Grade 3: Green, Grade 4 Red, Grade 5 Blue
  • 14 -Tie-Dye Day
  • 21- Classroom’s choice spirit day
  • 28 - Sweatshirt day