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Shabonee Newsletter 1-25-19

The weather forecast for the next few weeks is anticipated to be very cold. Please make sure that children come to school prepared with warm coats, gloves, etc., especially during dismissal when children wait outdoors in the vehicle pick up line. For the most part, the vehicle lines move quickly and finish within ten minutes. If the temperature drops to dangerous levels, we will hold children inside and send them out as vehicles arrive between 3:15 and 3:30. Please be patient as this practice will slow the process a bit. We will only implement this practice if the temperature is so extreme that remaining outdoors presents a danger of frostbite in a short time.  


Blacklight Show on February 12, 2019

The annual fifth grade black light show is coming up in a few weeks. This has become a Shabonee tradition for our fifth graders who help develop the performance. Fifth grade children create their own props during art class and choreograph the routines during music class, along with the accompanying music.

For the evening performance, doors to the school will open at 6:40 PM. Please do not arrive earlier as you will not be able to enter the building. Also, consider carpooling with friends and neighbors because parking tends to fill up for this performance. Park only in dedicated parking spots and use extra caution when entering and leaving school grounds. Parking is available in the main lot located off Pfingsten Road, the alternate lot located off Moon Hill Drive and overflow parking is available behind the gym. You may enter at Doors A, N or E at 6:40.


January/February PBIS Goal “Race to Respect” (Reminder)

Students will earn special dolphin dollars titled “Race to Respect Dollars” that will be used to acknowledge whole body listening, respectful responses, and following directions. Each of these areas will be discussed and emphasized by staff throughout the goal. Increasing awareness of these skills helps to promote learning for everyone. This will be a grade level competition. The goal is to earn 125 Race to Respect Dolphin Dollars to earn a movie day in February. The grade level that earns the most “Race to Respect Dolphin Dollars” will receive a special treat to enjoy along with their movie!


Valentine Reminder…

Classroom Valentine celebrations will take place on 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. Thank you for your cooperation to make the parties a happy and safe occasion for everyone.  


Student Online Accounts

Just like us, children have many accounts to maintain and it can be challenging as a parent to keep up with them all. As a reminder from curriculum night in the fall, you have access to your child’s online school accounts. This includes full electronic versions of the Math Expressions books. 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 for your child’s user name 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


ShAB’s Spirit days

The Shabonee Student Advisory Board (ShAB) has come up with some fun ways to help make the cold winter months more fun. Check out the Shabonee Twitter page to see images of "crazy hair day" from Thursday. 

  • February 1: Super Bowl Team Color(s) Day
  • February 8: Comfy Day
  • February 14: Valentine Color and Kindness Day
  • February 15: Red, White and Blue Day
  • February 22: Culture Day - Wear something that shares your family's background.


Parent-Teacher Conferences  (Reminder)

Parent-teacher conferences will take place on February 6, 7, and 8. The PT Conference Maker sign-up system for Shabonee remains open. 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.