Staff Weekly Update

Week of January 14th, 2019

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Dear Friends,

I don't know about you, but it was nice to have some forewarning about the snow and extra nice that it arrived on a Saturday morning. There's something magical about going to bed with the "world as we know it" and then waking up to see it all covered in snow. I hope you all had the chance to enjoy this snowfall one way or another!

I hope you're all able to attend our SGE Winter Gathering this Friday at Melissa Rent's home. It will be so since to spend time together in a more casual setting and to know that a three-day weekend is also on our horizon.

With much respect,


Calendar Items

Mon. Jan. 14th

  • AIMSweb - 1/7 to 1/31
  • NWEA - 1/8 - 1/25
  • WIDA - 1/14 to 3/1
  • Janelle Drisko at SGE all day
  • 8:05 - Morning announcements
  • 8:30 - 10:30 - Melanie Bowlin at SGE all day
  • 8:45 - Counseling lesson - Wetzel/Benefiel
  • 9:15 - Terri Brown's room - Largent/Farley
  • 11:40 - HS Peers
  • 1:45 - Counseling lesson - Wetzel/Brown
  • 2:30 - Bi-Weekly grade level meetings
  • 2:45 - Parent mtg. re: KDGr - Largent, Wagner, Fure - Robin's room
  • 6:00 - School Board Meeting -

Tues. Jan. 15th

  • AIMSweb - 1/7 to 1/31
  • NWEA - 1/8 - 1/25
  • WIDA - 1/14 to 3/1
  • Tech Integration w/ Kyle Beimfohr
  • 8:05 - Morning announcements
  • 9:15 - Counseling lesson - Wetzel/Luchenbill
  • 9:30 - LT Mtg. - Largent/Farley - ESC
  • 11:35 - Zeek Squad w/ Kyle
  • 1:00 USS Team Mtg w/ Dr. Slonaker - conf. room
  • 2:40 - Tech Integration mtg. w/ Kyle & KDG +1st grade
  • 5:30 - Westin's Open Mic Night

Wed. Jan. 16th

  • AIMSweb - 1/7 to 1/31
  • NWEA - 1/8 - 1/25
  • WIDA - 1/14 to 3/1
  • 8:00 - Conf. Room reserved for CC w/ Melanie Bowling
  • 8:05 - Morning announcements
  • 8:30 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel/Bourff
  • 8:15 - 12:30 - Randee Kleeman at SGE
  • 10:00 - Treasurer's Meeting - Jen Evans - ESC
  • 10:30 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel/McDaniel
  • 12:45 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel/Nahrstadt
  • 2:30 - ICC for 3rd grader - Farley, Watson, Lauer-Jones, Slonaker, Spillman - conf. room
  • 2:45 - Family STEM Night Planning mtg. - Skura's room
  • 3:30 - Connie leaving for haircut/color - Broad Ripple

Thurs. Jan. 17th

  • AIMSweb - 1/7 to 1/31
  • NWEA - 1/8 - 1/25
  • WIDA - 1/14 to 3/1
  • Martha out for personal days - 1/17 to 1/21
  • 8:05 - Morning announcements
  • 9:30 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel/Smith
  • 10:15 - 2:00 - Randee Kleeman at SGE
  • 11:40 - Lunch w/3rd-grade boys - Largent & Wetzel
  • 2:40 - STAFF MEETING - ILEARN presentation w/ Kris Devereaux & Chris Squier - Media Center

Fri. Jan. 18th

  • Martha out for personal days - 1/17 to 1/21
  • Payday & Jeans
  • AIMSweb - 1/7 to 1/31
  • NWEA - 1/8 - 1/25
  • WIDA - 1/14 to 3/1
  • K-4 PLC Meetings - all day w/ Largent - conf. room
  • 8:05 - Morning announcements
  • 11:15 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel/Shaw
  • 5:00 - SGE Staff Social - Winter Gathering - Hosted by Joy Club at Melissa Rent's home (6734 Jons Station)

Sat. Jan. 19th


Upcoming Events . . .


  • 21st - No school in honor of MLK
  • 22nd - Martha out - personal day
  • 25th - PTO Spirit Day - Crazy Socks
  • 28th - Feb. 1st - Box Top Collection Week

February 2019:

  • 1st - PTO Staff Luncheon - Superbowl Snacks Theme!
  • 4th - 8th - School Counselor Week
  • 8th - 3rd Grade Specialty Fair
  • 11th - 15th - PTO Food Drive
  • 14th - Valentine's Day Parties
  • 18th - No School - President's Day
  • 19th - Staff PD Day at PVE (no school for students)
  • 22nd - 3rd Gr. Field Trip to Children's Museum
  • 22nd - PTO Spirit Day - ZCS spirit wear

New School Board Members

In case you were not aware, Zionsville Community Schools now has two new school board members. Michael Coussens (Union Township) and Michael Berg (Eagle Township), both elected in November, replaced Shari Richey and Jim Longest.

The rest of our school board members are:

Jane Burgess - President

Joe Stein - Vice-President

Debbie Ungar - Secretary

NWEA Continues This Week!

Please click here to view the entire schedule.


Hi, my name is Ginger Lenig and I am an IA in the 3/4 preschool class with Peggy Keener. I have lived in Zionsville for the last 14 years and I have two daughters, Madison and Megan. Madison is a senior at ZCHS and Megan is a freshman. In my free time, I like to spend time with my family, read, paint and draw. I absolutely love working in the preschool and I am looking forward to being part of Stonegate Elementary.

Valentine's Day Party Details

Please click here to fill out this quick Google Form to share out the details of your Valentine's Day Party! It's the exact same format as the Winter Party Google Form.

Be sure to remind your parents to please purchase cards that DO NOT have candy attached to them. You're welcome to use this statement I've written below:

We look forward to celebrating Valentine's Day with our students at their classroom parties on Thursday, February 14th. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to emphasize the life skills of friendship and kindness with all of our students. As you are out shopping for Valentine cards to share with classmates, please select cards void of candy. Regretfully, we will be unable to pass out the candy. We have many students with food sensitivities and allergies and as always, our main goal is to keep everyone safe. If you elect to purchase cards that contain something extra attached to them, please ensure they are inedible. This could include pencils, erasers, stickers, etc. Thank you for ensuring that all students can have a safe and fun celebration.

Additional Announcements & Reminders

ZTEP Middle of Year (MOY) Conferences

  • Be on the lookout soon for an email from your ZTEP primary evaluator about our MOYs in mid to late January!

Color Printer Reminder

  • REMEMBER . . . PC1-Front Office = Color Printer

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.

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

Virtual Snow Day - E-Day Tips

Now that we've used our first Snow Day of the year, the next canceled day of school will be an E-Day Virtual Snow Day. Below are very helpful reminders and tips from Kyle for creating your E-Day Modules.

Things we have learned from our eDay experiences:

1. Physically go through your entire eDay module as a student (Student View) paying close attention to the following:

  • Does your eDay button work correctly?
  • Are there any modules/pages/links/documents that are not published?
  • Do my students know how to access the portal to get to all external tools (i.e. BrainPop, Raz-kids, Newsela,, etc.)
  • Do all of my students have accounts and have they logged in successfully?

2. Make sure you keep your Canvas content published until ALL students have submitted their work.

3. Content will look different on the Canvas app vs. website. Encourage them to use a web browser instead of the app.

4. Add a “YOU ARE DONE!” page to the end of the Canvas module so that students (and parents) know they have completed all of the work.

5. Include a reminder for your students to complete their Related Arts class work for that day.

6. Be sure to remind students to go to the Dashboard on Canvas to access the Related Arts course.

7. Your eDay should NOT include modules filled with worksheets that need to be filled out and turned in to the teacher (Ask Kyle how you can do these activities online). We continue to hear from parents about this topic.

Important Note:

Please remember that our eDays should be utilizing our online resources so that all students can access the content during an eDay. We have many online tools available that allow students to write, read, reflect, create, compute, etc. online. We don’t want to assume that students have materials at home, other than a device, to complete this eDay work. Below is a list of just some of the tools that you can use for a successful eDay.


  • Movie and Quiz (make sure to create an assignment for students)
  • Make a Movie
  • Make a Drawing


  • Discussions (can be written or video/audio recordings)
  • Quizzes.Next (great option for math)
  • Embed videos directly into Canvas

Raz-Kids (K-2nd):

  • Reading practice
  • Quizzes

Newsela (3rd & 4th):

  • Reading with attached Quiz
  • Writing

EveryDay Math (1st-4th):

  • Online activities
  • Online lessons (2nd-4th)

Please let Kyle know if you have any questions or would like him to help as you develop your next eDay. It may be here sooner than we think! Kyle Beimfohr -

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Professional Development Requests

  • If you would like to attend any type of professional development, please click here.

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.

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.

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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