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Shabonee Newsletter 1-21-22


Our dolphins participated in a variety of PBIS activities today that emphasized emotional regulation to help them be successful at school. 

Substitute Teachers Needed

Substitutes play a critical role in keeping our schools open for in-person attendance. Have you considered working as a sub? 

  • Do you enjoy being with school age children and possess patience? 
  • Do you have an eye for safety and have good organizational skills?
  • Do you hold a Bachelor's Degree in any discipline? If so, you are eligible to apply for a sub license. The process is quick and easy! 
  • Do you want to earn $130 per day?

District 27 will provide training and support. Please contact Maria Potratz in the District Personnel Office to get the process started: or 847/498-4610. 

Student Online Accounts

Children have many accounts for school, and it can be challenging for parents to keep up too. There’s a helpful resource available to download on our website that can be used to document your child’s accounts. Go to the Shabonee website and click “Parents” and select “Technology Resources” and then select “Online Accounts” or click the link below. A PDF download lists all of the resources and the associated web addresses. Specific account details with your child’s username and passwords can typically be found in your child’s assignment notebook.  

Shabonee Parent Account Online Information

Cold Weather Reminder

Children are encouraged to wear layers for the variety of activities that take place throughout the day. As a reminder, we go outside for recess unless:

  1. Temperature is below 15 degrees
  2. The temperature, when combined with the wind speed, produces a wind chill of 10 degrees or below

Parent-Teacher Conferences in February (Reminder)

Parent-teacher conferences at Shabonee will take place on February 9, 10, & 11 via Zoom. The teachers will share a Zoom link with parents as the date gets closer. Information to sign up for a conference was emailed to parents today, January 21.   

The “Meet the Teacher” system will open on January 24 at 9:00 AM and close on February 4 at 4:00 PM. 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. Parent-teacher conferences are just one of the opportunities to talk about mid-year 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 genuinely through our collaborative efforts that our students achieve success.

Conferences with special area teachers (art, music, PE, library) to discuss your child’s progress with these educators are OPTIONAL. Parents may schedule with these teachers using the “Meet the Teacher” system.

Valentine Celebrations (Reminder)

Classroom Valentine celebrations will take place on Monday, February 14 at the end of the afternoon. Children may bring Valentine cards as long as they include everyone in their class. If they have friends in other classes, those cards should be distributed outside of school. To maintain our safety practices and encourage healthy eating, please do not include candy, even as part of the card. The teachers are talking with the children about this to encourage a fun and happy experience for the whole class. Thank you for being so cooperative in making the parties a happy and safe occasion for everyone.  

District 27 Parent and Student Surveys (Reminder)

District 27 cares deeply about our students. We are always looking for ways to improve their educational experience and form a stronger relationship with you, our parents. To help us accomplish this goal we are conducting a parent survey to help us understand what we are doing well and where we need to improve.

We have hired School Perceptions, an independent educational research firm, to conduct the survey and ensure that all responses are kept confidential. We are asking all parents to respond to a 5-15 minute survey that will be sent via email the week of January 17. The survey will be open through February 1. 

Students in grades 4-8 will be participating in a 10-minute Student Life Survey in their classrooms. The survey is designed to measure student engagement in both their schoolwork and school community. The district will be able to view the student results by name and in groups, such as grade level and gender. However, this information will be kept confidential. This survey is not a test, and students’ grades will not be affected by their responses or participation.

Contact us at if you have any questions or require assistance. Thank you in advance for your participation!

Upcoming Spirit Days

  • 1/28 - Grade Level Color Day
    • 3rd: Green
    • 4th: Red
    • 5th: Blue