Stonegate Elementary Weekly News

January 26, 2019

Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.

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Calendar of Events

  • January 7-25- NWEA Assessments (classroom schedules vary)
  • February 4-8 - School Counselor Week
  • February 8 - 3rd Grade Specialty Fair
  • February 11-15 - PTO Food Drive
  • February 14 - Classroom Valentine Parties
  • February 18 - President's Day - No School
  • February 19 - Staff Professional Development - No School
  • February 22 - 3rd Grade field trip to the Indianapolis Children's Museum
  • February 28 - Family STEM Night - 6:00-7:30 pm
  • March 14- 4th grade visits ZWest
  • March 15- Irish Dancers Convocation
  • March 15- PTO Princess and Me Dance (Parent/Daughter Dance)
  • March 18-28- 3rd Grade IREAD Assessment (classroom schedules vary-see teacher's newsletter for exact days/times)
  • March 29-April 5- Spring Break-No School
  • April 8- Welcome Back!

Look Who Was Sent to the Principal's Office!

  • Stella Witter
  • Charlie Rowan
  • Eliza Kelley
  • Emerson Fagen
  • Rhya Lyon
  • Nola Milam,
  • Leif Streib

Wow! We love our students and are thrilled when they are recognized for all the positive acts of kindness they contribute in their classrooms!

Miss Wetzel's Counselor Corner

You may have heard your child talk about golden tickets! We wanted to begin recognizing students who are seen practicing their Steps to Strong in Every Way skills! Students can earn golden tickets when they are seen showing compassion, empathy, managing strong emotions, being assertive, or problem solving! When they receive a ticket, they are responsible for writing their name on it and putting it in the raffle container at the front office! On Friday morning announcements, one golden ticket will be drawn for a special reward! At the end of the month, students will get their tickets back and their names will be listed in the newsletter. It is heartwarming to hear them share how they earned their tickets!

SGE Spotlight: Kindergarten

Kindergarten is enjoying learning about hibernation, migration and animal adaptations during the winter with a focus on arctic animals. We are also exploring multiple strategies to solve subtraction equations and exploring three dimensional shapes. We celebrated the 100th day of school on Wednesday, January 23rd and engaged with several 100 based activities with our peers.

REUSE Heart and Sole- Shoe Recycling Collection!

The 4th grade house of Tapatahi is sponsoring a shoe collection drive, REUSE Heart and Sole, sponsored by the Boone County Waste Management System. We are collecting shoes to reuse and recycle. You can donate single shoes, pairs of shoes, ones that can still be worn and ones that are too old to be worn. We want them all! You can bring your shoes to the collection bins in the office lobby or outside the library. You can donate shoes February 1st through the 19th. Please Donate ! Thank you!

Valentine Parties-Spread Love and Kindness not Candy

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 have 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.

Valentine Parties- Volunteers

Class parties to celebrate Valentine's Day will be held on Thursday, February 14th. Please look for upcoming emails and newsletters from your child's teacher for additional information. If you plan on volunteering for the party, you must have a FULL background check on file. If you don't yet have a FULL background check, you will need to apply for that as soon as possible as it takes 7-10 business days to be completed. You can apply for the background check by going to Zionsville Community Schools website, click the Parents tab; and find the Volunteer/Bravo tab in the drop down.

Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT)

The OLSAT is administered to all students in grades 1 and new 2nd grade students this month. This test is given orally the week of January 22-25 depending on the teacher’s schedule. This assessment is used specifically to measure abilities related to success in school, testing critical thinking and reasoning skills. The OLSAT is intended to test memory, speed of thought and ability to see relationships and patterns. Scores are normed based upon a child’s age in months rather than grade level in school and will be posted on each child’s Power School account after scoring has been completed. For more information please contact Jessica Wetzel, SGE counselor.

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Running Club - Spring Session

THIRD and FOURTH GRADE: Are your ready to GO FAR (Go out for a run) and be STRONG in EVERY WAY? REGISTER NOW at

ZCS Programs 2019 Running Club. SGE Go Far Running Club: Grades 3rd-4th Go Far is a 10-week comprehensive fitness program designed to teach children of all abilities about healthy eating, goal setting and how to train to walk/run a 5k.

Email Mrs. Torrance or Mrs. Frobig with questions. Lace up your shoes and join us beginning MARCH 6, at 2:30!

***SGE PTO News and Upcoming Events***

Staff Luncheon - Superbowl Snacks

The PTO is providing the Stonegate Staff a Superbowl Snack Lunch on February 1st. If you are able to volunteer to bring a Superbowl snack, please click on the link listed below. Thank you!

Plastic Lids are Needed

PTO is looking for donations of large, clean plastic containers with lids. Think animal crackers, cheese balls, etc. Please send to school with your child and they can drop off at the front office. Thank you for your help!
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SGE collects Box Tops ALL YEAR LONG! Feel free to bring them in anytime. However, each semester we select one week for all-school collection as a way to remind our parents to cut, save, and collect. Our Box Top collection week is Jan. 28th - Feb. 1st. Thank you!

***ZCS District News***

FREE EVENT . . . REJECT: A Documentary Film

Who: Parents, Students*, Community Members

(*recommended for students 5th grade and above but younger students are welcome to attend)

When: February, 26th, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Where: Zionsville Performing Arts Center

Click here to secure your FREE seats.

FREE childcare provided, register here.

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