PTA Family Movie Night, 1/27/23
We hope to see you at the PTA Family Night tonight, Friday, 1/27/23, from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Shabonee Gym. Door A (main entrance) will be open starting at 5:00 PM. Children must attend with a parent or adult chaperone. Reference the PTA section of the newsletter for more details.
STAR & Terra Nova Reports
STAR Math, STAR Reading, and Terra Nova student assessment reports will be shared with parents/guardians next week via School Messenger. We are using a new method for distributing the reports electronically and will not mail reports home. Please be on the lookout for three separate messages, one for each assessment per child.
Shabonee Students Continue to SWIM
Shabonee Dolphins participated in a series of interactive lessons on Friday that focused on self-control (grades 3 & 4), kindness (grade 5), technology (all grades), and following directions (all grades). These topics were identified based on our work throughout the fall to help children be respectful, responsible, and kind individuals at school. As a reminder, SWIM stands for Show Respect, We’re Responsible, and I’M kind.
The self-control activity integrated the Zones of Regulation to help children utilize strategies to remain calm during times of strong emotions. The kindness lesson focused on identifying facial expressions, body language, and perspectives of others by walking in someone else’s shoes. The technology topics targeted care for the Chromebook and strategies to keep the devices in good condition and charged every day to support learning at school. Additionally, students learned the importance of using technology appropriately to enhance their education.The last topic addressed following directions to support how to be a good listener, collaborator, and peer. The goal of each of these lessons was to continue to see positive SWIM behavior from our Dolphins and maintain a happy and productive school environment. Way to go, dolphins!
Important Dismissal Notice
We are asking parents for their full partnership and cooperation in following the established Shabonee dismissal practices by utilizing our carpool lanes when picking up students after school. The entire dismissal process is typically completed in less than 10 minutes. The carpool lanes allow students to depart safely. It also ensures that we are respectful of our surrounding neighbors. Many cars have been lining the adjacent neighborhood streets, which can hinder local traffic and disrupt the neighborhood. Thank you for modeling safety and respect for everyone.
Parent-Teacher Conferences in February (Reminder)
Parent-teacher conferences will take place on February 8, 9, & 10. 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. We are using Meet the Teacher to sign up for conferences giving the parent more control over their schedule.
The conference sign-up system opened on January 19 at 9:00 AM and closes on February 3. Information about how to sign-up for a conference with your child’s teachers was emailed to you on January 18. As always, please contact your child’s teachers or the school office if you have any questions or concerns. Parent-teacher conferences are just one of the opportunities to talk about 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.
Valentine Celebrations (Reminder)
Classroom Valentine celebrations will take place on Tuesday, 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, those cards should be distributed outside of school since they won’t be able to visit other classrooms during the day. To maintain our safety practices and encourage healthy eating, please do not include candy, even as part of the card. The teachers are talking with the children about this to encourage a fun and happy experience for the whole class. Thank you for being so cooperative in making the parties a happy and safe occasion for everyone.
Shabonee Spirit Days
- 3 - Kindness day
- 10 - Sports day Super Bowl day - Wear your favorite team or colors
- 14 - Valentine’s Day - Wear Valentine's colors
- 17 - Shabonee Color Day - Black and Gold
- 24- Mixed-Match Day