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Shabonee Newsletter 6-1-20

Dear Parents,

Thank you all for your patience, collaboration, and support this school year, especially as we partnered together this spring during remote learning. We miss the children and wished that we could have been together to celebrate the school year in our typical manner, but hope the virtual field day and classroom activities helped bring closure for the kids. I want to provide you with information regarding the following as we move into the summer months:

  • Best Wishes, 5th Graders!
  • Report Cards 
  • June 2 GHM for students and attendance
  • Summer communication
  • Summer access to curriculum content
  • Placement decisions
  • June 2 - Final student materials pick up 

Best Wishes to our Fifth Graders!

Since we were not together in person, we want to wish our fifth graders well as they move on to Wood Oaks! I am confident that they will continue to thrive as they navigate life at the junior high. The journey from Hickory Point Bulldogs, to Shabonee Dolphins, and now Wood Oaks Wildcats has provided them with the foundation to make even greater strides. We will miss them and know that they will forever be Shabonee Dolphins! 

K-5 Report Cards Available Online Starting June 2, at 3:00 PM

The school offices remain closed at this time. Therefore, printed copies of report cards are not available. Parents can access the 2019-20 third trimester report cards electronically on June 2 after 3:00 PM via Parent Portal. You will need the same login and password that you used for registration.  

To access your child’s report, log into Parent Portal. Then on the left click “More.” On the new main window, you can now click Online report cards. Once you click on that, you will need to choose your child’s name from the drop-down menu, then the report card you wish to view.

Should you have any difficulty accessing your child’s report card, please use the District 27 technology support page to request assistance, and a member of the technology staff will reach out to assist you. 

Report cards have been updated to reflect guidance provided by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) due to the remote learning that took place this spring during the stay home order. Comments from the teachers reflect the overall 2019-20 school year to capture student learning beyond the last 10 weeks of E-learning. In place of the typical numeric values of 1, 2, or 3, students will receive the code INI for insufficient information so as to do “no harm” to any child per the ISBE directive. Letter grades begin in fifth grade. In alignment with directives from ISBE, fifth graders will receive either a grade of “pass” or “incomplete” based on their work during the third trimester. 

Although guidance for the fall has not been provided by ISBE, there is an expectation that assessing student growth and learning will apply, resulting in a report card grade and/or numeral metric for the report card descriptors for next year. 

June 2 GHM for students and attendance

The last day of school is tomorrow, June 2. There will be no instructional content on this date. Teachers will schedule class meetings via GHM sessions so children can gather virtually to say goodbye to their teachers and classmates before starting the summer hiatus. Again, students should complete the attendance form on the slide deck shared with them and reference the GHM login to be present on this date. This is the same process we have used throughout E-learning. 

Summer Communication

Understandably, information about the 2020-21 school year may change over the coming months. The school administration will be providing updates for parents throughout the summer to keep parents abreast of new developments for the fall. As Dr. Kroeze shared in his message on Friday, he plans to send an update about every two weeks. I will also provide updates via this newsletter from time to time during the summer. Thank you in advance for your understanding and support. We are truly grateful for the strong partnership we have with our families. 

Access to curriculum content

The slide decks used this spring during remote learning will be available to our students in their Google Drive accounts should children want to review any content that has been shared by the teachers this past spring. As mentioned on Friday, Reflex Math will also be open to our students through at least July 31, 2020. 

Placement Decisions

Due to the extenuating circumstances of remote learning this spring, placement decisions for Honors Math, ELP, and Math Extensions will not follow our typical timeline for communicating with families. Please know that each child is screened and reviewed, and we will reach out to parents later in the summer. Our goal is always to ensure student placements are thoroughly and carefully considered, even during these unusual circumstances. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times. 

Final Student Materials Pick Up Date: Tuesday, June 2 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM at Door N - ALL GRADES (3, 4, & 5) (Reminder)

If you missed the previous dates, the final opportunity to retrieve items will be on June 2 between 8:30 AM and 3:00 PM. Families will use Shabonee Trail to pull up to the sidewalk area to Door N and remain in the vehicle. The school facilities staff will read a sign you prepare in advance that includes the child’s full name and morning teacher. Place this in the window of the vehicle. If you have more than one child at Shabonee, please indicate all children and their morning teachers on the sign. The facilities staff will then bring out the materials and put them in the trunk of the vehicle, or place them in the back seat. Please do not exit your vehicle.  

In Summary: 

  1. Arrive any time between 8:30 AM and 3:00 PM on June 2
  2. Place a clearly visible sign in your car window with your child’s full name and morning teacher’s name. (or all children and all morning teachers if you have multiple children)
  3. Pull up one at a time on Shabonee Trail (via Moon Hill Drive), waiting behind any vehicle already in line.
  4. Wait in the line until you reach the designated pick up area. 
  5. Staff will need time to radio inside for someone to bring out the items. 
  6. Pop your trunk or hatch so they can place the items in your vehicle. Alternately, you may roll down your window, and staff will place the items inside. The first option is preferred.