Staff Weekly Update

Week of March 18th, 2019

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It's almost here . . . our first official day of Spring, which will be this Wednesday. We are also now less than ten days away from a very well-deserved spring break! Until then my friends, hang tough! Stay strong! We got this.

With much respect,


Calendar Items

Mon. March 18th

  • Janelle Drisko at SGE - all day
  • 8:05 - Morning Announcements + Morning Movement Minute
  • 8:30 - 10:30 - Melanie Bowlin at ESC
  • 8:30 - 10:00 - Angie Duncan out of the building
  • 9:15 - 504 for 3rd grader - Wetzel & Barth - Jessica's office
  • 11:40 - HS Peer Mentors
  • 1:30 - 4:00 - Interviews for Media Assistant - Largent & Farley - Connie's office

Tues. March 19th

  • Kyle Beimfohr at SGE - all day
  • 7:00 - Cultural Understandings Mtg. - Largent - ESC
  • 8:05 - Morning Announcements + Morning Movement Minute
  • ***8:30 - 9:15 - IREAD-3***
  • ***10:15 - 11:03 - IREAD-3***
  • 11:35 - ZeekSquad w/ Kyle Beimfohr
  • 1:00 - USS Team mtg. w/ Dr. Sloanker - conf. room
  • 1:30 - ICC for 3rd grader - Largent, Slonaker, Lauer-Jones, Watson - conf. room
  • 4:00 - 8:00 - PTO's Dine for Dollars w/ SGE Celebrity Scoopers at Fundaes!
  • 5:30 - Open Mic Night - Tammy Westin's Classroom

Wed. March 20th

  • SBRC's Due Today by 8:00 AM
  • Janelle Drisko at SGE - all day
  • 8:05 - Morning Announcements + Morning Movement Minute
  • ***8:20 - 9:10 - IREAD-3***
  • 2:00 - ACR for 4th grader - Farley, Watson, Brown - conf. room

Thurs. March 21st

  • ***IREAD-3 Make-ups - ALL DAY***
  • 8:05 - Morning Announcements + Morning Movement Minute
  • 10:15 - 2:00 - Randee Kleeman at SGE
  • 2:40 - Staff Meeting - Media Center

Fri. March 22nd

  • ***IREAD-3 Make-ups - ALL DAY***
  • Quench Water Unit Installation - conf. room
  • K-4th PLC Meetings w/ Largent & Farley - all day - conf. room
  • 8:00 - 9:30 - District Autism Team Mtg - Weztel - ESC
  • 2:40 - Parent mtg. re: 1st grader - Largent, Wetzel, McDaniel - Kyla's room

Sat. March 23rd

  • 3:00 - 7:00 - PTO's Spring Fling

Weekly Absence At-A-Glance

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Upcoming Events . . .

MARCH 2019:

  • 18th - 22nd - Severe Weather Preparedness Week! Please be prepared this week for a Fire Drill and a Tornado Drill.
  • 25th - Welcome back, Abby Andries!
  • 26th - District Discussions Mtg.
  • 28th - Drama Club's Spring Play
  • 28th - Last day before Spring Break
  • 29th - April 5th - Spring Break

April 2019

  • 11th - KDG Round UP
  • 12th - Office Team Meeting
  • 18th - Staff Meeting
  • 19th - 4th Grade Hoosier Exhibition
  • 24th - Administrative Professionals' Day

Teacher of the Year and Someone Special Awards

UPDATE . . . this year, we have so many folks nominated for both awards. Not surprising at all that we have so many hard-working colleagues that support our students as well as others! WE NEED YOUR HELP IN MAKING THE FINAL SELECTIONS!

Please take a look at this list below and then click here. Please vote by end of the school day on Wednesday 3/20/19. Thank you!

TOY Nominees:

  • Angela Bourff
  • Jessica Luchenbill
  • Katie Delp
  • Jen Skura
  • Deb Torrance
  • Vicki Watson
  • Emily Clare
  • Liz Lauer-Jones
  • Amy Brizzolara
  • Kelly Shaw

SOS Nominees:

  • Suzanne Mastin
  • Robin Wagner
  • Angie Duncan
  • Jen Evans
  • Custodian, Mr. Lee
  • Diane Detwiler
  • Cliff Morlan
  • Deb Hall
  • Liz Lauer-Jones
  • Amy Brizzolara
  • Deputy Todd

Update! Global School Play Day


Please mark your calendars for Thursday, March 28th, 2019! After some great conversations with our K-4th grade teams during our Friday 3/8 PLC time, we all agreed on this date.

  • It will be a 1/2 day ONLY of Global School Play Day
  • The other 1/2 of the day will be to view the Drama Club play
  • Messaging will go out to parents by the end of this week
  • Connie & Martha will need to talk with our USS, RA, and Office Staff this week
  • We will also use a few minutes of our staff meeting to go over the details



Started in 2015, Global School Play Day is one day set aside for students to do nothing but play all day. NO SCREENS - NO STRUCTURE - ALL DAY LONG

Allow students to spread their toys out around the room or take the kids outside and just PLAY!

  • Don't organize anything for your students.

  • Don't tell them how to play with the toys/games.

  • Don't interfere with your students unless you see something that could physically/emotionally hurt a child (this does not include something that may be physically uncomfortable for a child.)

  • Don't Leave Them Unsupervised as the day is unstructured by adults, but not unsupervised.

The Importance of UNSTRUCTURED Play

In this Ted Talk below, Dr. Peter Gray compellingly brings attention to the reality that over the past 60 years in the United States there has been a gradual but, overall dramatic decline in children's freedom to play with other children, without adult direction. Over this same period, there has been a gradual but overall dramatic increase in anxiety, depression, feelings of helplessness, suicide, and narcissism in children and adolescents. Based on his own and others' research, Dr. Gray documents why free play is essential for children's healthy social and emotional development and outlines steps through which we can bring free play back to children's lives.

Additional Announcements & Reminders

PTO Spring Fling

  • Please remind parents of this event!
  • Date of the event is Saturday, March 23rd from 3-7 pm

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, Jae, Deputy Todd

Fundae's Celebrity Scoopers

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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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