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Shabonee Newsletter 2-1-19

Parent-Teacher Conferences

We look forward to seeing all of our parents at parent-teacher conferences next week on February 6, 7 or 8. If you missed the opportunity to sign up, please contact your child’s teachers directly to reserve a time on one of the conference days. The spring conference is beneficial in helping to check mid-year progress and establishing goals for the second half of the school year. As a reminder, there is no school for students on Thursday, February 7 while conferences take place. To be most efficient with your time, please let your child’s teachers know in advance if you have specific questions or topics that you’d like to discuss during the conference. Our collaboration with you is important for your child’s success.


Lost and Found

Is your child missing something?  Consider checking the lost and found when you come in for parent-teacher conferences. We encourage parents to write their child’s name on the tags of coats and any item that may easily get left behind. We try our best to get labeled items back to the rightful owner. You’d be surprised at how many nice garments go unclaimed.


Erin’s Law Assembly   

In compliance with State law, a program on child sexual abuse awareness and prevention will be presented to students on February 19, 2019. The presentations will be made by Victor Pacini, author, song writer, singer and motivational speaker. He will be assisting our schools in implementing this mandate. His program is developmentally appropriate, interactive, and aligned with learning standards. He is native to the area and has presented in front of over a million students and parents in numerous districts in Illinois and nationwide. We are excited to have him join us on February 19.

The program is being scheduled in response to Erin’s Law, a State law requiring that all public schools implement a sexual abuse awareness and prevention curriculum for grades K-12. For additional information about Erin’s Law, please visit

The presentations will cover the following topics:

  • Safe touch, unsafe touch, confusing touches
  • Private body parts (parts of the body covered by a bathing suit)
  • Good and bad secrets
  • Saying “no” to unwanted touches
  • Safety steps and reporting

These presentations are designed to empower and educate children in a developmentally appropriate, child-friendly manner. If you do not wish for your child to participate in this program, please email Shabonee Principal, Mr. Panozzo, informing him of your request to have your child excluded. A confirmation acknowledgment of your request will be sent.


Reflex Math Goals

As we move into the second half of the school year, students who have not yet met their goal for Reflex Math should continue to login and practice two or three times per week. Increasing math fluency means that students will be able to retrieve math facts quickly and accurately. Research shows that students who have automaticity with math facts have the capacity to:

  • Be better problem solvers
  • Learn new math skills more quickly
  • Have a higher likelihood of success in higher math courses


Black light Show on February 12, 2019 (Reminder for parents of fifth graders)

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.


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.

  • 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.