Principal's Newsletter

Shabonee Newsletter - Earth Week, Band/Orchestra for Grade 3, 5th Grade Orientation, Playground...
Students read to other grade levels and a presentation to the Board of Education


Earth Week (Reminder)

Shabonee will acknowledge Earth week from April 22 to 26 with a variety of activities. Some of these highlights include planting a native tree in honor of each grade level. Students will be chosen from dolphin dollar drawings to help with digging and planting. All students will be invited to watch the tree actually get planted. A time capsule representing each grade level will be planted next to each tree. Opportunities to develop personal eco-friendly goals and join optional pop-up activities will take place during recess. We hope to encourage and inspire our students about helping the environment through these experiences. 

Band and Orchestra Instrument Selection for 3rd Graders (Reminder)

Third grade students have the opportunity to select a band or orchestra instrument to play in fourth grade, and we are excited to begin the selection process. We look forward to welcoming your child to band or orchestra!

On Tuesday, April 30, Mrs. Valente (Band teacher) and Mr. Rhodes (Orchestra teacher) will have an information night for parents about the band and orchestra program and instrument selection process. The meeting will last about 30 minutes and will take place in person in the Shabonee gym beginning at 6:00 PM. Information about instrument selection appointment scheduling will be shared at the meeting.  

The selection appointments will take place at Shabonee on:

Tuesday, May 7 - 9:30 am - 7:45 PM

Thursday, May 9 - 9:30 am - 7:45 PM

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

Parents who cannot attend the information night will receive information by email on Wednesday morning, May 1. Please contact Mrs. Valente with any questions.

Orientation to Wood Oaks (5th Grade Parents)

Wood Oaks Principal, Mrs. Beake,  and Assistant Principal, Mr. Suminski, shared a presentation on Thursday evening with parents of incoming sixth graders to help with the transition to the junior high school. If you were unable to attend, they shared their presentation with parents via email. They also met with our current fifth graders to preview what’s to come and answer any questions from the students. We hope these activities help to ensure a smooth transition from Shabonee to Wood Oaks. 

Parent Input Needed - D27 Playground Survey Closing Soon!

District 27 is working with an engineering consulting service, WT Group, to conduct an audit of our current playground environment and structures. We are committed to ensuring an inclusive playground and recess experience for all students. Please consider completing this quick, 5-minute survey to provide feedback. The survey will close on Sunday, April 21. Your input is appreciated! 

Shabonee Spirit Days


  • 26 - Pajama day


  • 3 - Kindness Day  
  • 10 - Shabonee Spirit Wear Day
  • 17 - Music Day (favorite performer, song, band, or type of music)
  • 24 - Classroom’s choice