Stonegate Elementary Weekly News

May 4, 2018

"Everyone makes mistakes, but only a person with integrity owns up to them." - Nicole Guillaume

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Calendar of Events

May Lifeline - Integrity

  • May 11- 3rd grade field trip Zionsville Walking Tour
  • May 16 - 3rd grade shark dissection
  • May 17 - 2nd grade field tip to Eagle Creek Park
  • May 18 - Field Day
  • May 21 - 4th grade field trip to the Indiana State Museum
  • May 22 - 3rd grade field trip to the Indianapolis Children's Museum
  • May 22 - 2nd grade Insect Expo 1:00-2:00
  • May 25 - 4th grade Graduation
  • May 25 - Last day of school

Look Who Got Sent to The Principal's Office!

These students were sent to the principal's office by their teacher for doing wonderful things in their classroom:

Henry Briscoe

Emerson Ruszkowski

Ainsley Sauder

Ethan Young

Ainsley Sauder

Leif Streib

SGE Spotlight: 1st and 2nd Grades

First Grade:

First grade students are eagerly working on backyard animal research projects. As part of our study we traveled to Holliday Park to observe Indiana animals in their native habitats. We were able to see: squirrels, bugs, children, and many types of birds. Fortunately, it was too cold for the cottonmouth snakes to be out! Our next step is to compile our research and present what we have learned.

Did you know:

The American Bullfrog has been on the earth longer than the dinosaurs?

The barn owl has a heart shape face to help it hear where prey are located?

Coyotes hunt bunnies for prey?

Little brown bats have bones in their wings that allow them to fly?

Second Grade:

Research, observation, and documentation are in full swing in second grade! We are preparing for our annual Insect Expo on Tuesday, May 22nd. Students are divided into small groups and are researching insects habitats, life cycles, food chains, and many other miscellaneous details. They will prepare a presentation board and speech. Mark your calendars to join us on the 22nd from 1:00-2:00 in our classrooms and learn more about insects!

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Important Registration Information for 2018-2019

The week of May 7 you should receive an email from with information and instructions on registering your child(ren) in Zionsville Community Schools for the 2018-19 school year. We request that you complete this registration by Friday, May 25. If your child is returning to Zionsville Community Schools next year and you do not receive this email, please check your spam or junk folder. If you can’t find this email, please let us know. If your child will not be returning to Zionsville schools next year, please notify your school(s) building secretary at your earliest convenience. For all other residency changes, please contact the Central Office at 317-873-2858.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming soon - May 7-11! We know how much you appreciate their hard work and how much love they show their students. If you are wanting to show your child's teacher some appreciation there are two links to help you get "the perfect idea" for him/her.

  • PTO has a suggested way to show your appreciation throughout the entire week of Teacher Appreciation week. Click on the following link for additional information: ta appreciation
  • If you are having trouble coming up with an original idea, click on this link: Staff Favorites List
  • If you'd like to sign up for a special treat day for teachers, please sign-up using this link:

High Ability Information

High Ability Spring Identification Deadlines

The Indiana Department of Education requires school districts to identify high ability (gifted) students and provide them with appropriately differentiated curriculum and instruction. In ZCS, we reconsider ability and achievement data of all students each spring to identify any who may need further consideration for high ability differentiation. While the High Ability designation is a state-required label for students, our school district is committed to continuous progress for all students, regardless of designation. Accelerated content is common in our classrooms as are heightened expectations and instructional levels and high-achieving peers. Instructional methods regularly group and regroup students with differentiated materials and goals. Whether or not a child is identified as High Ability, our teachers are committed to regular assessment of skills and knowledge and matching experiences to challenge each child and help him or her make maximum academic growth. We are proud to be a high-performing school district with high expectations for all students.

For students currently in grades 1-3: All students are considered for high ability each year. Our identification team looks at both achievement (NWEA) and ability (OLSAT). Since these vary from year to year with young students, we re-look at every student each spring. Parents will be notified by June 10 if their child has been recommended for differentiation based on the need for accelerated instruction or curriculum. If your child was not identified through our extensive process, parents may appeal the decision. Parents can complete the appeal process by June 15. Forms are located on the High Ability website:

For students currently in grades 4-7: All students are considered for high ability each year. Our identification team considers either achievement (NWEA) or ability (OLSAT) when making decisions. Parents will be notified by June 10 if their child has been recommended for differentiation based on the need for accelerated instruction or curriculum. If your child was not identified through our extensive process, parents may appeal the decision. Parents can complete the appeal process by June 15. Forms are located on the High Ability website:

Zionsville Education Foundation Announcement

The Zionsville Education Foundation (ZEF) awarded over $25,000 in Spring Classroom Grants this week to ZCS educators! Congratulations to all the recipients including Stonegate’s Allison Spillman. Her grant, Promoting Cultural Understandings Through Literature, will help students deepen their cultural knowledge by providing quality diverse books for classroom libraries at Stonegate Elementary. For a complete list of ZEF’s 2018 Spring Classroom Grants, visit our website at

Please Take Our Optional End-Of-Year Family Survey!

As we begin the process to plan for next year, we would like your feedback on how this school year went for your family and input for next year. The first five fields are required but the last seven fields are optional. We thank you in advance for giving us your honest, yet professional feedback. The survey will be open until the end of business day on Friday, June 1st, 2018. For those of you with multiple children at SGE, it is set up to all for multiple responses. Please click here to access the survey. Thank you!

Get Moving for Heart!

Stonegate families! Just a reminder that your Jump Rope for Heart envelopes are due. Please turn them in NO LATER than Tuesday, May 8th to ensure that your student gets credit for all of their hard work to help save lives like Finn's! You can still donate online and take a heart healthy challenge here.

YM MWA JRFH-HFH 2017-2018 WO-26281: Stonegate Elementary School - American Heart Association

The American Heart Association offers programs for the classroom and for the gym to get help kids healthy and performing better in school.

School Supply On-line Orders

Parents - Don't worry about the crowds at the store, or lugging in all the supplies that first week of school. Order your school supplies on-line and have them delivered to your home before school starts. Click on the link starting today and running through the end of this school year to order your child(ren)'s supplies for next school year.

Check those Coca-Cola Codes

Dear Parents,

We’re excited to share that our school is part of the Coca-Cola Give program. This opens up Stonegate Elementary to new funding opportunities to help improve learning environments for students. The best part? Donations don’t come out of your own pocket.

When you make Coca-Cola purchases, you simply enter the product codes (found on bottle caps or paper packaging) here: and our school receives a donation.Enter the code yourself or drop off your product codes at the front office and we will enter for you. Codes are found on all Coke products which includes Dasani bottled water. Find the codes on the case packaging or bottle caps.

Sincerely, Stonegate PTO

Textbook Fees Reminder

As the school year comes to an end, please make sure that your textbook rental fees are paid. Textbook rental fees that are not paid in full by the end of the school year will be sent to a licensed collection agency. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

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Zionsville Beautification Day!

When: May 20th from 2pm-5pm

Who: Zionsville Cadette Girl Scout Troop, but everyone is welcome!

Why: Come help the Girl Scouts clean up our town on Zionsville Beautification Day!

Where: Downtown Zionsville

Questions? Interested? Contact

ZCS Openings

ZCS Food Service positions now available at several of the ZCS cafeterias. Click here to apply directly and call 317-733-4804 with any questions!


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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