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November 20th, 2020

Hello Shorewood Families and Friends,

I hope this newsletter finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. Every year at this time, I appreciate being extra cognizant of how present gratitude is in my day-to-day. That seems especially important this year. Here are some things I have been thankful for this past week:

  • Seeing the artwork our students are making.
  • The beautiful weather and being able to be outside without a coat in November.
  • The public library's new online curbside pick-up reservation system. No more needing to call and book a time!
  • The wonderful feedback I heard from staff and families about parent-teacher conferences.
  • Zoom as lifted 40-minute time limit for free accounts during Thanksgiving.

With all that there is to be thankful for, I am also mindful that we are embarking on what might be a particularly challenging holiday season. I found this article from Child Mind Institute to be helpful in knowing how best I can navigate this time with children. For example, "When children are upset about cancelled trips or not seeing cousins, it’s tempting to tell them that it’ll be fine, and that they’ll have just as much fun at home. But it’s important to validate their feelings by hearing them out. “You want to really pause and acknowledge that you’re disappointed, too, and let them know that it’s okay for them to feel disappointed,” says Berman."

No matter how you are spending our days off next week, I hope everyone has time to relax, rejuvenate and find connection with something that is important to you.

In partnership,

Anne Gillespie

Interim Principal

News from the PTO


Parent coordinator for each grade level is needed.

This year our yearbook is going to use students’ virtual learning photos.

We appreciate SHES parent, Briana Burton, taking the lead to organize the yearbook publication. This project could use more help from parents, possibly to help with layout and editing of content on those grade level pages. If interested, please contact Li-Fang,


ThankScriping Day, November 19 – 20.

Use your Scrip to shop on Nov.19-20, you will get the opportunity to earn up to 20% with 120+ bonuses on eGift cards and reloaded gift cards. Mark your calendar and help support our organization with your holiday shopping list—from the comfort of your home. See our PTO Facebook page or website for more information.


The PTO is collecting yards signs for an event this spring. There will be a bin outside the front doors of the school to upcycle your yard signs.


Coming soon! Check your inbox next week for more details!

Support During the Holidays

We’re Here For You!

Please know that your school community is here for you, in many ways. If you are in need of groceries, warm clothing, help with bills, or referrals to community agencies, our school social worker has many resources available.

Also, if interested in receiving a Thanksgiving basket, you may contact: The River Food Pantry, Badger Prairie Needs Network or the Boys and Girls Club. For gifts through the Empty Stocking program, please register here by this Friday, Nov. 20th.

Virtual Coffee with the Principal!

Upcoming dates:
  • Tuesday, November 24th 8:00-9:00 AM (All Families)
  • Watch for more virtual coffee dates soon!

The Zoom link for ALL meetings:

Resources and Upcoming Dates

Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday, November 25th-27th: No School
  • Tuesday, December 8th 6:30PM: PTO Meeting
  • Monday, December 21st-Friday, January 1st: No School

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