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Shabonee Newsletter 10-8-21
Bully Awareness Month

Monday is a District 27 holiday and school is not in session.

Bully Prevention and Awareness Month 

As part of our bully prevention month, students participated in the first of three lessons that help them develop the skills for dealing with this often sensitive topic. The first lesson is about recognizing, reporting, and refusing bullying. Children learn how to recognize bullying and how it is different from conflict. The primary idea is that someone intentionally continues to be mean or hurtful, and the person affected has difficulty making it stop. It's unfair and one-sided. Students are taught to refuse bullying by assertively telling the person to stop, stay near an adult or close friends, walk away, and report the concern to a trusted adult. 

The next two lessons will focus on bystander power and bystander responsibility. Children are taught that bystanders are people who see or know about bullying happening to others. Witnessing bullying can trigger uncomfortable feelings. Most bystanders experience different feelings. They might feel shame and guilt. They might be thinking about how the person being bullied feels. They might have relief. When students feel empathy, it can give them the courage to do something to stop bullying.

There are many ways bystanders can stop bullying like refusing, supporting the person being bullied, helping report the bullying to a trusted adult, and being respectful, kind, and inclusive to all. Using bystander power takes courage.

Parent-Teacher Conferences Oct. 20, 21, & 22 (Reminder)

The “Meet the Teacher” system is open. Conferences will take place on the following days and times via Zoom with both teachers present. Links to the meetings will be posted on the teachers’ Canvas page and in their Canvas announcements. There is no school for students on Thursday, October 21 while teachers conduct these meetings. School is in session on Wednesday and Friday while some teachers have conferences during the school day. These partnerships are listed below. 

  • Wednesday, October 20 (School is in session for all students)
    • 8:15 - 11:15 (Streets/Cohen, Feldmiller/Boron, Stebbins/Braverman) 
    • 12:15 - 3:15 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 (Williams/Pena, Siau/Geoffrion, Morrison/Schaumberger/Beckmann)

Parent Communications Focus Group

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 - Friday, October 29 (Reminder) 

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. 

 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. 

Home testing kits no longer accepted for symptomatic individuals

The Illinois Department of Public Health issued updated guidance this week. Please note that home testing kits will no longer be accepted for individuals who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19. Thank you for your partnership in keeping our school safe.

COVID-19 Dashboard (Reminder)

District 27 has launched a COVID-19 Dashboard which can be found under the 2021-2022 School Year tab of the District website and also in the “More” section of the Northbrook 27 mobile app. This dashboard is updated by 9 a.m. each school day with a count of any positive COVID-19 cases that have been identified in our school buildings. The totals account for both students and staff. This dashboard contains the same information that was sent via email last school year, with some additional features such as a weekly history and total counts for the school year. Please note that contact tracing has remained in full effect. Close contacts to any positive COVID-19 case will continue to receive notification from our nursing staff, regardless of their vaccination status.