Stonegate Elementary Weekly News

August 17, 2018

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

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Calendar of Events

  • August 23 - Curriculum Night - in your child's classroom
  • 5:30-6:00 Kindergarten
  • 6:00-6:30 1st Grade
  • 6:30-7:00 2nd Grade
  • 7:00-7:30 3rd Grade
  • 7:30-8:00 4th Grade
  • August 24 - EagleFest at Jennings Field (across from ZCHS football field)
  • September 7 - School Picture Day

Miss Wetzel's Counselor Corner

I am thrilled to begin another school year at Stonegate! As many of you may know, Zionsville Community Schools was a proud recipient of the Lilly Endowment Counselor grant to apply to part of our SIEW (Strong In Every Way) human capital campaign! One of the many wonderful things we will be doing this year is a district wide Social Emotional K-8 Curriculum, Second Step. Second Step is a researched based program rooted in social-emotional learning (SEL) that helps transform schools into supportive, successful learning environments uniquely equipped to encourage children to thrive. The social-emotional program increases kids’ school success and decreases problem behaviors by teaching them skills for learning—such as paying attention, listening, and sitting still—as well as how to manage their emotions, solve problems, and make friends. All of these skills help kids do better in school and in life! At Stonegate, every K-4 student will be exposed to lessons focusing around these skills. This time will be our Steps to Strong In Every Way. There are multiple ways you can be involved and help reinforce these skills at home! Throughout the year, I will be sharing home links and worksheets so you can have an active part in your child’s social emotional development!

SGE Culture/Holiday Display

We are so excited to support the ZCS Strong In Every Way initiative by nurturing our children with global exposure, and we welcome our families to be an integral part of this initiative. We have cleared a display case next to the library and we'd love to have families showcase a holiday, culture or country which they celebrate, have experienced or would like to research. Please sign up below if you would like to "adopt" our display case for a month. Responsibilities would include a start of the month set up and end of month break down of the display. Need help with ideas? We are here to assist! Thank you for your support.

Please use the this Sign Up Genius link to sign up for a month:

Picture Day is coming soon!

School Picture Day will be on Friday, September 7th! Order forms and informational flyers will be sent home next week. If you want to order online, you may do that at anytime by clicking on the following website:

Family Wellness Night

The 3rd annual Stonegate Elementary Family Wellness Night is just around the corner. Mark your calendars for THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th 6:00-7:30 p.m. We are looking for community members with a wellness related business or service who would like to share information and/or provide donations for our Wellness event. If you or someone you know may be interested, please complete the form found at

and submit to Mrs. Torrance by August 31st, 2018. We are looking forward to hosting another successful event highlighting WELLNESS 360 and being STRONG IN EVERY WAY!

PTO Information

2018 Jog-A-Thon Fundraiser

SAVE THE DATE! Our 2018 Jog-A-Thon fundraiser will take place on Wednesday, September 26th at each of Zionsville's five elementary schools. Jog-A-Thon is a huge success every year because of our volunteers, so please mark September 26th on your calendar and join us if you can to help cheer on our kids! Last year we raised more than $20,000 for Stonegate! These donations fund teacher grants and technology as well as playground and gym improvements.

We will kickoff Jog-A-Thon with Stonegate students on Wednesday, September 5th during their lunch break. So stay tuned for more information!

If your company is interested in being a sponsor with your name/logo on the back of 3,000 Jog-A-Thon t-shirts, please email for more information. DEADLINE TO SPONSOR is August 22nd.

3rd and 4th Grade Running Club-Are YOU Ready?


Are you ready to GO FAR (Go out for a run) and be STRONG in EVERY WAY?


Email Mrs. or Mrs. Frobig with questions. Lace up your shoes and join us beginning September 10th at 2:30 p.m. SGE Gym.

Girl Scout Registration

If you are a girl in grades K-12, and you are interested in Girl Scouts, then this is the event for you! If you cannot attend and need more information, please contact Amanda Smith at or 317.924.6894. Girls may also be registered online at

When: Thursday August 30 6:00-8:00pm

Where: Zionsville Town Hall Community Room


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 generous support of our youth and schools. Thank you, too, for supporting 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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