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Shabonee Newsletter 10-15-21

Parent-Teacher Conferences Oct. 20, 21, & 22 (Conferences will take place via Zoom)

There is no school on Thursday for students. School is in session the other days of the week. The teachers are preparing diligently for conferences and look forward to collaborating with parents next week. Conference time is all about your child. Here are some suggestions for discussion with the teachers:

  • Areas of strength 
  • Goals for improvement
  • Areas of focus in the coming months
  • Social-emotional well being 
  • How teachers and parents can work together to support the child

I hope that this experience proves to be valuable for both you and your child. This is the perfect opportunity for you to gain a different perspective on a day in the life of your student.  

Conferences will take place on the following days and times via Zoom with both teachers present. Zoom Links to the meetings will be posted on the teachers’ Canvas page and sent via their Canvas announcements.  

  • Wednesday, October 20 (School is in session for all students)
    • 8:15 - 11:15 (Conferences: Streets/Cohen, Feldmiller/Boron, Stebbins/Braverman) 
    • 12:15 - 3:15 (Conferences: Schwartz/Metzinger, Wierman/Geisler, Wiemann/Chorzempa)
    • 5:00 PM to 8:15 PM (All teachers)
  • Thursday, October 21 (No school for students 10/21)
    • 1:00 - 4:00 (All teachers)
    • 5:00 - 8:15 (All teachers)  
  • Friday, October 16 (School is in session for all students)
    • 8:15 to 11:30 (Conferences: Williams/Pena, Siau/Geoffrion, Morrison/Schaumberger/Beckmann)

Books Lists 

The majority of children at Shabonee are transitioning from “learning to read” to “reading to learn,” and we expect that they are reading a variety of literature outside of the instructional content used in class. To promote a love of reading, and in conjunction with the PTA Book Fair next week, I’ve included several book lists to help parents assist their children in selecting books. 

In addition to the books that children can check out from the Shabonee library, the Northbrook Public Library is an incredible resource with an extensive collection of books for children. Reading 20 to 30 minutes per day for pleasure helps to build comprehension and increase reading skills that contribute to “reading to learn.” 

Shabonee 3rd Grade Book Match List

Shabonee 4th & 5th Grade Book Match List

Award Winner Book Lists

Association For Library Services to Children (ALSC) recommendations for 3-5 students

Bluestem Award Books 2022

Bluestem Award Books 2021

Bluestem Award Books 2020

Rebecca Caudill Award Books 2022

Rebecca Caudill Award Books 2021

Rebecca Caudill Award Books 2020

Library Resources

Shabonee School Library 

Shabonee Library Catalog and How To Use The Catalog, Destiny

Northbrook Public Library 

Arrival/Dismissal Traffic

I want to thank all of our parents for your support and cooperation during arrival and dismissal, especially with Moon Hill Drive temporarily under construction. Please do NOT park in the neighborhoods as this poses concern with our neighbors. The Shabonee car lines move very efficiently, taking only about 12 minutes from start to finish. As always, it’s expected that all vehicles obey the speed limit and safety protocols at all times. 

Parent Communications Focus Group (Final Reminder) 

The District 27 Communications Department is seeking volunteers to be part of a 60-minute Parent Communications Focus Group that will be held via Zoom at 7 p.m. Monday, November 8. We will discuss the District’s various communications channels (emails, newsletters, website, mobile app, etc.), as well as the strengths and barriers of parent communications. 

If you are available and interested in participating, please complete this registration form by Monday, October 18. We will be taking a limited number of participants so that everyone has a chance to speak. The information gathered in this focus group will be used in conjunction with a district-wide survey to update the District's Communications Plan. Thank you for your consideration!

Halloween Activities on Friday, October 29 (Reminder & Update) 

Children will be allowed to wear their costumes to school all day, so please help us have fun while keeping a focus on learning by following the guidelines below. For our school celebration, the costumes and themes need to be appropriate for children in a school setting. Please keep it simple. While we want to have fun on this special day, our priority is learning. The success of this day is contingent upon parental cooperation and we rely on your support. It’s expected that children will wear masks and maintain the same practices we follow on other days of school. Update: We will hold our annual Halloween parade inside the school starting at 10:30 AM and stream the activity for parents to view. Information about the parade will be shared the week prior to Halloween. 

 Consider the following when planning your child's costume for school:

  • Yes, masks meeting the requirements for school during the pandemic are still required! 
  • Costumes must abide by our school dress code. 
  • Costumes should not limit vision or interfere with instruction and learning.  
  • Choose a costume that your child can take on and off (for bathroom purposes, lunch, Physical Education, etc.) on their own without help.
  • Limit the amount of make-up, hair spray, etc. that the children will have to wear all day. Children will NOT be allowed to "touch-up" during the school day so please save these extras for home. 
  • Weapons of any kind (real or fake) are not allowed in school.
  • Costumes promoting violent themes are not allowed in school.
  • Roller blades or skates are not permitted.
  • Food should not be part of the costume or classroom celebration. 
  • Group costumes should not be worn at school as they promote exclusion of other students. This is a request that we truly need parental cooperation and support to maintain this fun day for our children.