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Shabonee Newsletter 9-18-20

Working Remotely 

Children learning from home while teachers instruct from school is a new concept for everyone, and it’s essential to a child’s success that parents and teachers work collaboratively to help them during these brand new times. It’s also important to remember that children have not yet developed all of the executive functioning skills needed to manage the tasks that teachers would typically assist with at school. We will all be working on these skills throughout the school year to help children with organizational strategies, work habits, and managing school during these unprecedented times. We continue to learn and grow together, and I wanted to share a few tips that parents might find helpful. 

  • Dedicate a space for your child to work when they are home. Open spaces in view of adults is ideal, when possible, so that a quick glance or reminder can be provided if and when necessary.  
  • Set out supplies like notebooks, pencils, computer, etc. in the sequence of the child’s day so that he/she knows what’s needed as the day progresses. For example, if math is the first subject of the day, put the math materials first. 
  • We would prefer that cameras remain on during instruction, unless the teacher directs the child to turn it off or if the child asks permission. This allows the teacher to monitor from school and engage with the child as needed. Students should be using their District 27 provided Chromebook. 
  • When a child needs help at home, we encourage using the “participant hand raise” in Zoom, rather than raising a physical hand. 
  • If you are home with multiple children/adults working remotely, it’s OK for the child to use headphones to login to the classroom. 
  • And, remember, anything new takes time. Be patient while giving encouragement.

Understandably, every household is different with some parents working remotely, children having varying degrees of support, multiple children working remotely at home at the same time, etc. We will continue to work through ways that assist children during what is becoming our new normal. 

Daily Health Questionnaire  

It’s essential that parents remember to complete the health questionnaire for your child each day they attend school. As children arrive, they move through a temperature check and scan their ID, which verifies that parents have certified they are symptom-free. When the survey is not completed, it slows the line of children that can enter the building. Additional information about this process is available on our district and school websites. It’s also important that children remember to bring their ID on days of in-person learning. 

Parent/Teacher Conferences are right around the corner on October 14-16. 

  • Wednesday, October 14 from 5:00 - 8:15
  • Thursday, October 15 from 1:00 - 4:00 and 5:00 - 8:15 (No school for students 10/15)
  • Friday, October 16 from 8:15 to 11:30 and 12:30 - 3:30 (No school for students 10/16)

We know that both parents and the teachers are eager to connect to share how the students are learning in this new environment. The Parent/Teacher Conferences will be conducted via live Zoom sessions with both teachers present. This will be an opportunity to ask more specific questions and discuss your child’s progress. A letter will be sent home electronically with information about using the PT-Conference Maker system. You will be able to register anytime between 9:00 AM on September 30, 2020 and 4:00 PM on October 9, 2020. Conferences with special area teachers such as PE, Art, and Music, as well as support staff such as social workers, reading specialist, or resource teachers will continue to be scheduled through each staff member on an individual basis. Please contact these staff members directly should you wish to have a conference with them. 

Picture days  

Picture days are Wednesday, September 23 for Group A, and Thursday, September 24, for Group B. We are planning to use the tent outside so that students will be able to remove their mask safely. Mrs. Spak shared additional information with families of children that are fully remote. Picture ordering information was emailed home on Thursday, September 10. If your child is absent from school on picture day, he/she will be able to take pictures on the make-up dates on November 4 and 5.

Fully Remote Student Item Pick up 

The next pick up of materials for fully remote students is Thursday, September 24, from 4:00 - 5:30 at Door A. Please park your car, wear your mask, and enter through the Shabonee Main Entrance, Door A. Bring one bag per child, preferably a reusable bag with handles for ease in carrying, to collect all of the Items.