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Shabonee Newsletter 4-18-19

Thank you to all of our families for getting the children to school on time this week as we concluded taking the Illinois Assessment of Readiness tests. Make up testing will take place through Tuesday for students that were absent. As a friendly reminder, all District 27 Schools will be closed on Friday, April 19 and will reopen on Monday, April 22.


The Class Development Process (Second Posting)

The class development process is incredibly elaborate and carefully planned each year in an effort to promote a nurturing culture for learning and a positive rapport between the children and the teacher. We have three primary goals when developing class sections:

1.  Ensure that each child’s academic needs are met.

2.  Pair each child with another student or groups of children for social-emotional success.

3.  Consider partner teacher styles.

The class sectioning process involves multiple school personnel who consider numerous factors while maintaining an efficient schedule that meets the needs of all our students. This process takes countless hours and goes through multiple iterations over the course of many months. Some factors in the process include:

  • Maintain the district class size of 17-23 with comparable class size across the grade level
  • Balance the number of boys and girls in a class and across the grade level
  • Ensure the needs of students who receive support are aligned with the schedule of the grade level and support personnel working with them. This includes the following teachers:
    • Special Education teacher
    • Speech and Language teacher
    • English Language Learner (ELL) teacher
    • Reading Support teacher
    • Math Support and Extensions teachers
    • Extended Learning teacher (ELP)
  • Consider partnership teacher styles
  • Review peer dynamics (students who work well together)
  • Create groupings of children in both math and reading so that there are comparable abilities in the classroom for collaboration
  • Monitor class size after children leave for replacement curriculum (For example, ELP or Honor’s Math for fifth grade only)

School principals often receive many parental requests for children to be placed with specific friends. As you can imagine, this becomes an impossible task while trying to place children in an environment that best meets the needs of all children we serve. Given the complexity of scheduling, we cannot accept specific friendship requests. Should your child have specific needs that we are not already aware of, or if there is a known reason to separate children, it is a good idea to send a reminder email message to the principal. While parents sometimes want their child to be with a close friend, it’s not always in either child’s best interest in the classroom environment. Ultimately, we share a common goal to place children in a classroom where each child thrives both academically and socially. We are committed to developing class sections with each child in mind while balancing the complex variables listed above. The lists are developed and reviewed over time and by many staff members. Through our elaborate and multi-step class development process, it is our intention to place our students in an environment where each child has a happy and successful school year.


Band & Orchestra Information for Current 3rd Graders (Reminder)

It's an exciting time for the 3rd graders who are interested in learning more about band and orchestra for next school year. The following are important dates regarding instrument selection:

On Tuesday, April 30, we will have an information night for parents about the band and orchestra instrument selection process. The meeting will last less than an hour and take place in the Shabonee gym beginning at 7:00 PM. Information about instrument selection appointment scheduling will be shared at the meeting.

The selection appointments will take place on:

  • Tuesday, May 7th between 9:30 am - 7:45 pm
  • Thursday, May 9th between 9:30 am - 7:45 pm

At the instrument selection appointment, students will try out three instruments of their choice and learn to produce their first sounds. The appointment will finish with the student selecting the instrument they would like to play in 4th grade. In addition, parents will be assisted in arranging for their child's instrument.

Learning a band or orchestra instrument can bring lifelong enjoyment with many benefits for your child and District 27 has a strong commitment to music education. On Tuesday, April 30, we will meet with all 3rd graders during the day to talk about and demonstrate the instruments. Students will complete a questionnaire designed to have them think about the instruments they like and why.  We encourage you to discuss instrument choices with your child and contact us if you have any questions.  

Parents who are unable to attend the information night will receive information by email on Wednesday morning, 5/1.  

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, and we look forward to welcoming your child to the band or orchestra!


Carey Valente (

Peter Lograsso (

Wayne Gordon (


Composting at Shabonee (Reminder)

The PTA and Eco Empowered Kids are teaming up to bring composting to Shabonee, from April 10th - May 1st, in celebration of Earth Day. Mrs. Singer will be in each classroom to teach about composting and explain the process both for backyard and commercial composting.

Students will collect their food waste from both snacks and lunches and put it into large composting bins in the lunchroom. Please note that your child does not need to bring anything different from what they usually bring for lunch or snack. If your child gets hot lunch, we will compost any post-lunch food waste.

Composting is intended for uneaten bits and crumbs. Please help us achieve composting success by reminding your kids to eat their lunches and not throw full sandwiches or other whole lunch items into the compost bins! While students are eager to participate, we certainly want them to eat what they bring to school! You may find this an opportune time to check in with your students, to see if they are bringing appropriately sized school lunches for their specific appetites.

A commercial composting company will collect the food waste and bring it to a large compost facility. Students will learn the benefits of adding compost to gardens everywhere. Hopefully, some students and their families will feel inspired to begin composting in their own backyard! If you would like to learn more, check out the following websites and videos. Questions? Contact Laura Singer at