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Shabonee Newsletter 10-18-19

Thank you to our families for your support and attendance at parent-teacher conferences this past week. We appreciate your collaborative efforts to help our students achieve success. Please feel free to follow-up with any of our staff throughout the academic year. We are committed to working with you to benefit the children’s success. 

Our PBIS efforts continue to focus on the theme of “kindness” throughout October as we launched bully awareness and prevention month and reinforce acts of kindness. You probably noticed the chalk drawings that welcomed visitors upon arrival to parent-teacher conferences. This is one of many activities taking place in the coming weeks relating to our theme. In addition to our PBIS activities, students are exposed to a variety of lessons that promote social-emotional and academic success using the Second Step curriculum. Lessons throughout the school year focus on four broad categories including Skills for Learning, Empathy, Emotional Management, and Problem Solving in social situations. Two additional activities will take place this year specific to bully awareness and prevention to help children who witness bullying and help them develop skills and strategies to prevent it as a bystander. 

Next Wednesday, October 23 is Unity Day and Shabonee students may support our bully prevention efforts by wearing something orange to school. Unity Day, the signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month, has been recognized in the United States since 2011. We hope to show our support and come together as a school to prevent bullying in all aspects of life from children to adults.   

Picture Retakes on November 6

Picture retakes will take place in the morning on November 6. Please follow the instructions provided in your picture packets for additional information if your child needs to retake photos.

Grade 5 Band & Orchestra Jump Start Program (Reminder)

The fifth Grade Jump Start Band and Orchestra performance is coming up on Monday, October 21 at 7:00pm. All students should arrive at 6:45pm. Band students should go to the stage, while parents can be seated in the gym with Mrs. Valente. Fifth grade orchestra students and parents should go to the Flex Space with Mr. Lograsso. The program will include a demonstration of the rehearsal process and the pieces we have learned this fall. Mrs. Valente, Mr. Lograsso, and the fifth grade musicians look forward to sharing the music learning process with you!  \

K.A. Holt Upcoming Author Visit! (reminder)

Award-winning author K.A. Holt will be visiting Shabonee School on Monday, November 4.  Ms. Holt will be presenting her work as a professional writer. Read more about our visiting author on her website, 

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

Halloween - Thursday, October 31 (Reminder)

Children will be allowed to wear costumes to school. Group costumes should not be worn at school as they promote exclusion of other students. This is one area where we really need parental support to make this a positive experience for everyone. The success of this day is contingent upon parental cooperation and we rely on your support to keep this day focused on academics while having some fun too. Reference the letter that students brought home with more details about this special day. 

Some things to consider 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. This includes face masks that may only be worn during the parade and classroom party.
  • 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 events after school.  
  • Weapons of any kind (real or fake) are not allowed in school.
  • Costumes promoting violent themes are not allowed in school.
  • Rollerblades 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 one area where we really need parental support to make this a positive experience for everyone. Without the support of parents, the concept of dressing up for school is in jeopardy.

Guest Speaker for Parents on Raising Resilient Children (Reminder)

Parenting children in our complex world is difficult at best. New brain and social science research can help guide us through our most challenging moments. We now have a better sense than ever before what parenting strategies are effective and which ones can be counterproductive. 

Dr. Doug Bolton will use this research to explore parenting myths that undermine our best efforts to raise emotionally healthy and resilient children. He will share strategies that can help us to navigate the new parenting landscape more effectively and with less stress. 

Specific topics will include: 

  • understanding underlying factors of success and happiness,
  • helping children find resilience in the face of stress,
  • responding to setbacks and meltdowns,
  • avoiding the hidden pitfalls of incentives and punishments, and
  • promoting personal responsibility.

Please mark your calendars: 

  • Part 1: November 14, 2019 - 6:30 to 8 p.m. 
  • Part 2: January 15, 2020 - 6:30 to 8 p.m. 

Both sessions will take place at Shabonee.