Staff Weekly Update

October 1st - 5th, 2018

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Dear SGE Family,

Last week was difficult for our entire district, but going back to the "look for the helpers" quote from Mr. Rogers, I heard from Dr. Robison how ZCS had so many helpers. I was so touched and I thought it would be nice to share . . .

  • So many beautiful flowers were sent to TPCC, including from Brownsburg, WEBO, and Indianapolis Colts' owner, Jim Irsay.
  • Carmel-Clay Schools sent donuts to ZCHS & ZMS after the funeral.
  • Lebanon Tennis Team sent beautiful wind chimes to Harrison and Shelby's mother, Stephanie.
  • ZCS PTOs - they stepped up by offering to cover the many classrooms at the HS and MS, as well as the other buildings around the district so friends could attend services on Thursday.
  • SO many of our folks from ESC spent a few days (and some the entire week) at the HS and MS and helped with administrative duties.

I realize this list goes on and on and on, but I wanted to highlight the tremendous ways so many helped. I certainly can't forget all of YOU. Last Monday was so difficult but I thank you all for the AM meeting in Angela's room. Just to be there all together was comforting and to leave knowing how you planned to support the students first was simply professionalism at its best.

And to end our week with the most beautiful day and also Jog-A-Thon was certainly the icing on the cake! I know it was a long week, but you all ended STRONG! Jog-A-Thon day was just about perfect and we had a great group of volunteers supporting this event. We're now down to the 10-day countdown until Fall Break! WE CAN DO THIS!!!

With much respect,


Calendar Items

Mon. Oct. 1st

  • AimsWeb: 9/3 - 10/12
  • PTO's Box Top Collection Week: 10/1 - 10/5
  • Janelle Drisko at SGE all day
  • 8:00 - 12:00 - Dyslexia Work Session w/ Chris Squier - Largent - ESC
  • 8:30 - 10:30 - Melanie Bowlin at SGE
  • 8:45 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel/Westin
  • 11:40 - 12:20 - HS Peer Mentors at SGE
  • 2:30 - Family Book Club Training - Largent - Butler University

Tues. Oct. 2nd

  • AimsWeb: 9/3 - 10/12
  • PTO's Box Top Collection Week: 10/1 - 10/5
  • Zionsville Fire Dept - Fire Safety w/ 1st Grade
  • 11:00 - Staffing for 1st grader - Andries, Benefiel, Largent - conf. room
  • 11:45 - 3:30 - Cultural Understandings District Team Mtg - Largent - ESC
  • 1:00 - USS Team mtg w/ Dr. Slonaker - conf. room

Wed. Oct. 3rd

  • AimsWeb: 9/3 - 10/12
  • PTO's Box Top Collection Week: 10/1 - 10/5
  • Janelle Drisko at SGE all day
  • Zionsville Fire Dept - Fire Safety w/ KDG
  • 7:00 - 1:00 - Judge David's Community In-Service Event - Largent, Farley, Wetzel - Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds
  • 8:00 - 10:30 - Vision Testing for 1st Grade
  • 8:15 - 12:30 - Randee Kleeman at SGE
  • 2:30 - 3:30 - Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • 3:30 - 5:00 - Connie/Martha in Weekly Mtg.

Thurs. Oct. 4th

  • E-DAY
  • 11:10 - 7:00 - Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • 11:30 - PTO Staff Luncheon - Grab & Go Sandwiches - staff lounge

Fri. Oct. 5th

  • AimsWeb: 9/3 - 10/12
  • PTO's Box Top Collection Week: 10/1 - 10/5
  • Zionsville Fire Dept - Fire Safety w/ 2nd Grade
  • RtI Planning Meeting - all day - Largent, Farley, Wetzel, Spillman, Westin - conf. room

This week KDG-2nd Grade will have Fire Safety Lessons with ZFD. Please see schedules below.

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Upcoming Events . . .

Wed. Oct. 3rd - Parent-Teacher Conferences from 2:30 - 3:30

Thurs. Oct. 4th

  • E-DAY for all elementary students
  • 11:10 - 7:00 - Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • PTO provides lunch for staff

Tues. Oct. 9th - End of Quarter 1

Oct. 15th - 19th - Fall Break

Oct. 24th - 2nd Annual International Fair (*new date* - changed from 10/25 to now 10/24)

Oct. 31st - Nov. 2nd - Scholastic Book Fair

Nov. 2nd - Dads & Donuts

Nov. 5th - 9th - PTO Food Drive

Nov. 9th - Veterans Day Program

Nov. 9th - PTO Mother/Son Event

Nov. 16th - KDG's Thanksgiving Sing

Nov. 21st - 23rd - Thanksgiving Break


Friends, please join me in welcoming our newest Media Assistant, Mrs. Barb Daniels! Her first day at SGE will be on Monday, Oct. 1st. Should you see her in the building, please greet her with a warm smile and welcome.

Barb comes to us with an incredible amount of experience! She has been a successful elementary classroom teacher for 17 years. In 2014, she received her master's degree in Library Media from the University of West Georgia. She has also taught as a media resource teacher in which she presented media skills to K-5th grade students. Additionally, she was an iPad support specialist at a middle school and oversaw the use and application of over 900 iPads!


Important Announcements & Reminders

Principal's Office Has Started!

  • For those of you new to SGE, "Principal's Office" is a way to dispell the stigma that going to see the principal (Mrs. Largent or Mrs. Farley) is bad. Instead, we *want* students to come to the principal's office for great behaviors and/or any great success (no matter how small or big) that your students have achieved.
  • Principal's Office Forms can be found in our Stonegate Staff Drive. It's on the main page of our Stonegate Staff files and it's titled: PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE FORM
  • Send these forms down anytime and as soon as Martha or I am available, we will call your students to come to see one or both of us. Thanks!

Professional Development Requests

  • If you would like to attend any type of professional development, please click here. Next week, this message will be moved to the "Links to Work Orders and *NEW* Google Form Links" section below and it will remain there for the rest of this year for easy access.

Please Join Our REMIND Group

  • SGE (staff only) has an all-staff Remind text messaging group called: 18-19 SGE (all staff).
  • To simply *receive-only* the text messages, please text the number 81010 and in your "message line" type in the code: @k29hfe.
  • If you'd like to be able to text back and forth w/ me via REMIND, please download the app or create an online account.
  • As a friendly reminder, please do not share this code with non-SGE staff members.

Above & Beyond Nomination Form

  • On our ZCS website, any ZCS staff and/or community member can nominate the work of any ZCS employee that has done extraordinary work. If you've experienced professional support that is above & beyond, feel free to recognize them through this nomination! Please click here to nominate.

Leaving EARLY afterschool and you've gotten permission from Connie/Martha . . .

  • If this is the case for you, please help us by always emailing the entire office team to let them know you've gotten permission and also leave your cell # in the email message, in case we need to contact you.
  • Who is the "office team?" Connie, Martha, Angie, Jen, Jessica, Hailey


Technology Work Orders - Reminder from Dan Layton:

  • Click here to access this link.
  • It is always extremely helpful if you can submit actual technology work orders for any help you need. Please refrain from picking up the phone or emailing a question.

Marquis Work Orders:

  • Did your trash not get picked up? Does it seem the carpet didn't get vacuumed? Please help Angie & Jen out by filling out the Marquis work order on your own. Thanks!

  • 1. Go to the Zionsville web site

    2. Click on Teachers/Staff tab

    3. Scroll down about halfway

    4. Look for: Custodial Work Orders by Building

    5. Click on Stonegate

  • Click here to access the Teachers/Staff tab


Personal Business Leave Request - NEW GOOGLE FORM LINK!

  • Please click the NEW LINK HERE to access this form and then don't forget to SAVE this page under your "favorites."
  • Finally, as a friendly reminder of our ZCS Personal Business Leave + good information to know for our newest staff, I have copied/pasted the email about personal days sent by Becky Coffman on 5/8/16. This is per our CBA - Collective Bargaining Agreement
Section 9.03 Personal Business Leave
  • A. Amount – Each employee shall be entitled to be absent from work three (3) days each school year for the transaction of personal business or the conduct of personal or civic affairs. Such leaves may be used in whole or half day increments. Requests for personal business leave should be made 48 hours in advance in writing to the building principal. In cases of emergency or other similar unforeseen circumstance, requests may be made orally to both the substitute coordinator and the building principal.
  • B. Employees are discouraged from using personal business leave on staff development days or to extend a school vacation. If used on a staff development day then the employee remains totally responsible for securing the learning lost from their being absent during that activity.
  • C. Accumulation – If an employee does not use all of the personal business leave in a given school year, the remaining personal business leave shall be accumulated for use in later school year, except that no more than a total of two (2) days may be accumulated from earlier school years for use as personal business leave, so that the maximum total personal business leave available in any one school year is three (3) days earned during the school year and up to two (2) days accumulated from earlier school years or a total of five (5) days.
  • D. Conversion to Sick Leave – Any unused personal business leave not accumulated for use in later years as personal business leave shall be added to the employee’s accumulated sick leave.


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