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Shabonee Newsletter 1-23-20

Please remember that there is no school on Friday, January 24 while staff are engaged in professional learning. 

Raising Resilient Children - Presentation Request

Dr. Bolton presented the second workshop in our Raising Resilient Children series. If you would like access to the presentations from the November and/or January sessions, please complete this form

Student Online Accounts

Children have many accounts to maintain, and it can be challenging as a parent to keep up with managing usernames and passwords. As a reminder from curriculum night in the fall, you have access to your child’s online school accounts. Go to the Shabonee website and click “Parents” and select “Technology Resources” or click the link below. There is a PDF download that 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. Please contact your student’s teachers if you have any questions.

     Shabonee Parent Account Online Information

Homework and Homework Requests during Student Absences

Requesting homework for an absence due to illness: Parents/Students have the option of requesting homework during an absence due to illness if the parent perceives this to be in the best interest of their child, and if the request is made to the classroom teacher(s) before the start of the school day. It’s important to request homework as early in the day as possible so that the teachers can plan accordingly. Please understand that it may not be possible to get homework when requests come later in the day or due to other circumstances that require the teacher’s attention during the day. Teachers will certainly make every effort to gather work when they can.

I include this information during the year to help guide parents. Homework is often intended to reinforce concepts taught at school. Every child is different and there's no single approach to tackling homework that works for everyone. Some children benefit from taking a break after school before starting homework, while others find it helpful to start immediately. Children at the third through fifth grade level are only developing and learning good study habits for the first time and often need adult guidance and support to be successful. This is more prevalent at fifth grade where studying is introduced in preparation for tests and quizzes, and where content moves beyond memorization of information and facts. Study skills are new for the children, especially as the process moves from memorization to application, and we anticipate the students will need both support and encouragement as they learn and develop habits that will remain with them throughout their education.

We don't want children to be frequently frustrated or melt down over homework. If you find that your child is becoming frustrated often, or taking too long to complete homework, please discuss this with your child’s teachers at any time during the year. If your child is struggling on a specific part of an assignment, simply write a note or send an email to the teacher and let her know that the assignment was especially challenging. Working collaboratively with teachers will help ensure that our students are developing the knowledge and skills to achieve success with homework. Checking Canvas or your child’s assignment notebook to monitor homework are resources to help keep families informed about these assignments.

Several suggestions and strategies for developing healthy homework habits are included below:

  • Children can get overwhelmed easily, so help them break up the work into manageable segments on days where there may be more homework than usual. Long-term assignments are more common in fifth grade. Teachers at this level help their students understand how to manage these assignments. Parental help at home is valuable in the process as the children develop these skills for the first time.
  • Establish a routine that works for your family and your child for completing homework.
  • Use a timer with homework completion to help your child with time management skills.
  • Take a short break between school and homework or between subjects.
  • Work in a quiet location free of distractions.
  • Start with the easiest homework first to help your child feel successful and then tackle difficult subjects. However, avoid leaving the difficult subjects to complete too late in the evening.
  • Be a cheerleader for your child. Positive reinforcement and encouragement go a long way.
  • Communicate with your teachers if homework becomes frustrating.

ShAB’s Spirit Days

  • January 31: Super Bowl Attire or Colors
  • February 7: Crazy Hair Day to Celebrate that January is over
  • February 14: Valentine Colors
  • February 21: Sport Jersey Day - What’s your sport?
  • February 28: Leap for the Leap Year - Wear Green

Valentine Cards (Reminder)

Classroom Valentine celebrations will take place on Friday, 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, distribution of those cards should take place outside of school since they won’t be able to visit other classrooms during the day. To maintain our safety practices and encouragement of healthy eating, please do not include candy, even as part of the card. The teachers will also be talking with the students to keep this a pleasant experience for everyone. Thank you for your cooperation!

Parent-Teacher Conferences (Reminder)

Parent-teacher conferences will take place on February 5, 6, and 7. The PT Conference Maker sign-up system remains open until January 31 at 4:00 PM. Information was emailed with details about how to sign-up for a conference with your child’s teachers. As always, please contact your child’s teachers or the school office if you have any questions or concerns. 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 truly through our collaborative efforts that our students achieve success.