Principal's Newsletter

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Congratulations to our fourth and fifth grade students in band and orchestra for their terrific performance Thursday night. It’s hard to believe that our fourth graders have only been performing together as a group for a few weeks. A special thank you to band teacher, Ms. Valente, and orchestra teacher, Mr. Lograsso, for their work with the kids.

Winter break is almost here. Next Friday, December 21 is our last day of school before the start of the two-week hiatus. Classrooms will have holiday celebrations, sponsored by our PTA, on Friday from 2:40 to 3:10. Thank you to our PTA room parents for coordinating these exciting events for our students!  All District 27 schools will be closed during the break and school will resume on Monday, January 7.


5Essentials Survey for Students in Grades 4 & 5

Students in grades four and five will take the 5Essentials’ survey during the school day on Thursday, December 20. This survey is based on many years of research at the University of Chicago. Students’ identities will be completely confidential and teachers and administrators will never see individual responses to survey questions, only summary level responses.

Please be aware that under the Protection of Pupil Rights Act. 20 U.S.C. Section 1232(c) (1) (A), you have the right to review a copy of the questions asked of your student(s). Survey questions are available on the 5Essentials website. If you DO NOT want your daughter or son to participate, please fill out the opt out form and return it to the Shabonee office before December 20.


Lost and Found

We have many clothing items waiting to be reunited with their owner! All items are on display for children or parents to retrieve by the office for the next week. Anything remaining over the winter break will be donated. As a reminder, consider writing your child’s name on the tag of their jacket. We can return items when they are labeled.


2019-2020 Calendar Approved

The Board of Education also approved the 2019-2020 calendar.

The first day of school for students will be August 21, 2019 and the last day (with no emergency days) will be June 4, 2020.

Winter break will begin December 21, 2019. School resumes on January 6, 2020. Spring break will begin on March 21, 2020. Students return to class on March 30, 2020.

Dear Shabonee Families,

It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is just a few days away. We are truly thankful for your partnership and support of your child's education. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving. 

Terra Nova Testing - November 27-30

Our students will be taking the Terra Nova Test from Tuesday, November 27 through Friday, November 30 during a portion of each morning. Practice tests to help students gain familiarity with the format and types of questions on the test will take place on Monday, November 26. You will receive information about your child’s performance on these assessments in late January. A letter will go home with the kids next week with additional information.

District 27 Emergency Test Message  

Superintendent, Dr. Kroeze, sent out a test message on Wednesday, November 7 at 6:00 PM. This system is used to notify district parents and staff regarding school closings, weather delays, and other emergency situations.  Notifications are automatically sent via voicemail and email to phone numbers and email addresses currently on file with the District.

If parents or staff members do not receive a call or email, they should contact the main office of the school where their children attend.


Second Trimester begins Wednesday, November 14

As we move to the second trimester, the lunch/recess rotations will change so that the fifth graders will be back together again and the fourth grade classes will be split for the lunch period. We’ve found this shared experience of splitting the lunch by trimester works well to balance the need to run an efficient school schedule with maintaining and extending friendships. Also, no grade level is divided for more than a trimester. If your child expresses concern that a friend may have a different recess, please let his/her teacher know so that we can work to make the short 20-minute recess period enjoyable during the time of transition. We are also promoting the use of the Buddy Bench as a way to help promote friendships and play.


Terra Nova Testing - November 27-30

Our students will be taking the Terra Nova Test from Tuesday, November 27 through Friday, November 30 during a portion of each morning. Practice tests to help students gain familiarity with the format and types of questions on the test will take place on Monday, November 26. You will receive information about your child’s performance on these assessments in late January. A letter will go home with the kids next week with additional information.


Join ShAB in “Chores for Cheers”  Due November 12                   

The Shabonee Student Advisory Board (ShAB) will be supporting the American Red Cross relief efforts to bring a bit of cheer to struggling families whose lives have been drastically changed by natural disasters across the United States. So many needs of fellow Americans have arisen over the past several months due to the impact of these natural disasters. Perhaps your child has expressed an interest in lending support and helping families in need. This can be accomplished by supporting ShAB’s “Chores for Cheers” activity. Participation is completely optional.

Here’s how your children can make a difference in someone’s life…and support the relief effort. Your family decides on a chore that your child will complete. For example, make the bed for a week or load the dishwasher for several nights. Families decide the chore and the amount the child will earn. Upon completion of their chore, the child receives their allowance which will be their donation, paid by check, and made out to the American Red Cross. ShAB will send the donations to the American Red Cross in Washington, DC.

Chores can be performed through November 11 and their donation returned in the “Chores for Cheers” envelope to their AM teacher by November 12.

ShAB and the American Red Cross thank you in advance for your support, your involvement, and your compassion.   


Upcoming Parent Workshop: Cyber Safety November 13

District 27 will host a presentation for our community on November 13 with a focus on protecting children online. The session, called "Protecting Your Children in a Hyper Digital Age," will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Shabonee School. RSVPs are requested. Liz Repking, a cyber safety presenter, will speak about a variety of topics, including teens and sexting, and preparing children for proper cell phone use.

RSVPs to this event are appreciated so that we can have adequate seating. However, walk-ins are welcome! Please RSVP at

Please see this Parent Workshop flyer for more information.

Workshop Information


Reading Takes You Everywhere

November 15th is an Illinois Family Reading Night sponsored by Jesse White, State Librarian. The District 27 librarians encourage District 27 families to read together sometime during that week. Photos of families reading together will be displayed in the school libraries. If you would like to share a photo of your family reading, email it to your school librarian(s). Here are some ideas of where, how, and what you could read. Shabonee Librarian, Ms. Parker's email address is:


Listen to an audio book.


Read everything you come across that evening (signs, recipes, posters, magazines, maps, and comics.)


Go to the Public library and find books that interest you.


Read aloud from a book, ebook, magazine, or graphic novel.


Take along reading wherever you go.


Talk about the books you are enjoying reading.


Read to your pet or stuffed animal.


Read something that you have written.


Try reading something new. This could be a new author, genre, series, or format.


National Recycling Day

In celebration of National Recycling Day, the PTA and Eco Empowered Kids have asked students to be a part of making a reminder for  your family to use reusable bags. This reminder card can be put anywhere near your reusable bags, on the door in your home or in your car so that you see it and remember to get your bags!!

Your child is bringing home a small square of an index card. He/she has either already decorated it or he/she will be decorating it at home. If your child is decorating it at home, he/she can be as creative as they like – as long as the message is one to remind you about using reusable bags.
NOTE: if you are putting this in your car or on your doorway, please be sure that whatever you use to adhere it, will not ruin the surface of your car or door. You can also punch two holes in the top corners of the card, attach yarn or string, and hang it from your rearview mirror or anywhere that you see fit.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Laura Singer or 847-498-4970.

Happy Shopping, and together, let’s make Black Friday (and every other day), GREEN!



Students can participate in our Chip Snack Bag Recycling Collection Program in the lunchroom from November 15 through December 14. It’s easy!

What: Students can recycle chip snack bags (including snack-sized, foil-lined chip bags and clear pretzel bags from their lunches.

How: Special bins will be available in the lunchroom to collect emptied chip bags. *Note: Please do not send in extra bags from home. This is a lunchroom-based collection only.

What’s Next: Collected bags will be sent to TerraCycle, where they are cleaned and melted into hard plastic to be re-molded into new recycled products. What an easy way our kids can help the environment!