Stonegate Elementary Weekly News

December 8, 2018

"Kindness is like snow - It beautifies everything it covers." - Kahlil Gibran

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Calendar of Events

  • December 10 - School Board Meeting - ESC at 6:00pm
  • December 14 - PTO Dessert Dive for teachers and staff
  • December 14 - Stonegate Singers Concert at ZWest 7:30pm
  • December 21 - PTO Winter Parties and Holiday Wear
  • December 21 - End of 2nd quarter
  • December 24-January 4 - Winter Break- No School
  • January 7- Second Semester Begins
  • January 7-25- NWEA Assessments (classroom schedules vary)
  • January 21-MLK Day- No School

Look Who Was Sent to the Principal's Office!

Sophie Fenech

Kendall Vance

David Pryzbylski

Anabelle Peterson

Evan Watson

Jack Glover

We love our students and are thrilled when they are recognized for all the positive acts of kindness they contribute in their classrooms!

Miss Wetzel's Counseling Corner

So far, our students have learned about skills for learning and empathy. Skills for learning help students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, use self-talk to stay on task and be assertive when asking for help. When discussing empathy, students learned to identify and understand their own and others’ feelings. Students also learn how to take another’s perspective and how to show compassion. Students will now begin to discuss emotional management during their Steps to Strong in Every Way time! Students will learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety or anger. When we are able to recognize and label feelings in oneself and others, we can facilitate problem solving, self-management and social competence much better!

Holiday Assistance

Please click the link below for more information on Holiday Assistance!

Holiday Assistance

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SGE Spotlight: Media Center with Mrs. Daniels

We have rolled out the red carpet in the media center…for gingerbread characters, that is! The students have done a wonderful job decorating their favorite storybook characters to share with others. Meanwhile, Larry the Library Dog is cooking up a storm as we take a closer look at “The Gingerbread Man”, and other folk and fairy tales. Many students are enjoying using our “Fairy Tale Theater” to retell familiar tales. It has been amazing to see how many versions of the most popular stories are available, and we love seeing how creative authors have taken familiar tales, and changed them into humorous new versions such as, “Snoring Beauty”, and “The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig”. “So many books, so little time!” is certainly true at Stonegate Elementary!

Robotics Club goes to State Competition

Our 4th grade First Lego League Robotics Team has been hard at work over the last few months! In November, they competed in the Pike Qualifying Tournament against other students from the area in grades 4-8. At this tournament, they were second place in the robot game, and they earned a first place trophy for their project. They also placed in the top four overall, earning them a trip to the state finals! On Saturday, December 1st, the team traveled to the University of Southern Indiana to compete in the Southern Indiana First Lego League State Tournament. The team performed extremely well, scoring 20 points more on the robot game than they had scored in the qualifying tournament! It was a great season, and we couldn’t be more proud of our team members: Hunter Bauer, Conlan Brabson, Matthew Haduch, Kate Unroe, Derick Williams, and Sam Wilson.

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***PTO Information***

PTO Dessert Dive

Stonegate PTO is hosting a holiday dessert dive for the teachers and staff on Friday, December 14th. Teachers will get to take home a dozen treats to share with their families. Desserts need to be individual portions and dropped off in disposable containers (your containers will not be returned). Please label all desserts with description. All desserts need to be brought to school on Friday, December 14th by 9:00am. (If needed, they can be dropped off end of the school day on Thursday, December 13th.) Thank you so much for your help!

Please click on the following link to sign up:

Staff Appreciation

Looking for a way to show your appreciation to your child's teachers? Not sure what they like? By clicking on the link at the very bottom of the newsletter, you can find the Stonegate Staff Favorites List. There are a variety of items listed, but always remember, these are just suggestions. The Stonegate staff is grateful that you allow them to be such a big part of your family.


Textbook Rental Fees

Elementary fee statements were emailed several months ago. Payment for the 2018-19 school year were due in September. Didn’t receive your statement? Textbook rental fee statements can now be viewed in PowerSchool! Simply log in to your PowerSchool parent account or your student’s PowerSchool account, and click on the BALANCE tab on the left side of the screen. You will see your student’s itemized statement, payments made, and current account balance.

NEW – for a flat fee of $3.80 per transaction, save time and the hassle of writing/mailing a check and make your payment online via SchoolPay.

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding Textbook Rental, please visit

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We value partnerships with our families and welcome parents and guardians to serve as volunteers in our schools. Each ZCS building offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.

Examples include:

  • Field Trip Chaperones
  • Out of Town/Overnight Chaperones
  • Tutors
  • Volunteer Coaches
  • Classroom Helpers (PTO parties/room parents)
  • Library Helpers
  • After Prom Workers
  • Field Day/Jog-A-Thon Volunteers
  • Book Fair Sales/Athletic Ticket Sales

During the school day, all volunteers are expected to sign in at the front office. Prior to the volunteer opportunity, all volunteers must sign a Non-disclosure Acknowledgement Form and have successfully completed a Full Criminal History Background Check. Necessary background check paperwork is available on the ZCS website at the Volunteers/BRAVO link and should be submitted at least 10 days prior to the intended volunteer date. Volunteers must also view the state mandated confidentiality/bullying video, provided on the Volunteer/BRAVO website. The volunteer will pay the fee* for the full background check which will expire after 5 years. The link to apply for the full background check can be accessed on the Volunteers/BRAVO link on the ZCS main webpage. For more information, contact the Volunteer/BRAVO Coordinator.


During the school day, all visitors must enter via the front door and sign-in at the front office. Visitors need to be prepared to present a government-issued photo ID which will be scanned against the National Sex Offender Registry. All visitors will be issued a visitor badge/tag to be worn inside the building at all times.

Examples Include:

  • Lunch Guests
  • Classroom Guest Speakers
  • Classroom Special Events (Grandparent Day/Famous Hoosiers/etc.)
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences

We ask that all visitors schedule an appointment to meet with teachers, counselors, administrators and all other staff members so that we may best serve everyone. Visitors other than parents/guardians must be prearranged and organized through the main office.

*ZCS thanks all volunteers for the generous support of our youth and schools. Thank you, too, for supporting the assurance of student and staff safety by completing and paying for a volunteer background check.

Did You Know?

ZCS, like other public schools, has a no-idling policy for vehicles on campus. The purpose of the policy is to limit vehicle emissions that might be brought into the schools and adversely impact the health of our students and staff. If you are stopped on campus for more than 5 minutes, please remember to turn off your engine. We thank you for abiding by this policy to help reduce the exposure to these emissions.

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