Stonegate Elementary Newsletter

September 3, 2021

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2021 Jog-a-Thon is Coming!

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We kicked off our 2021 Jog-A-Thon fundraiser with Stonegate students on Wednesday this week! Lots of “Olympic athletes" were on hand to get the kids excited and to share details of our fundraiser. Pledge packets also went home this week with more information for parents.

Jog-A-Thon is Wednesday, September 22nd (rain date Friday, September 24th). Our goal is to raise $20,000 to support math and literacy materials, technology, enrichment grants, field trips, and special projects for each grade.

To do that, we are challenging each student to raise $50 in donations. 100% of the donations collected by Stonegate students will directly impact our school. Money and pledge forms should be returned by Friday, October 8th. Every student who brings in $50 in donations ($25 for preschoolers) will be awarded a running shoe keychain they can decorate!! Prizes will be awarded every week during our Jog-A-Thon donation window.

Jog-A-Thon is a success because of our volunteers! We need your help with fruit and water donations as well as cheering on the kids during the event and keeping them safe. ALL EVENT VOLUNTEERS MUST HAVE A FULL BACKGROUND CHECK. For safety, non-volunteers will not be allowed on the course. To volunteer, please visit: If your volunteer slot is full and you’d like to be put on the waitlist, please email with your name, grade and teacher’s name that you’d like to waitlist for.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Jog-A-Thon schedule will be different this year to allow for fewer kids on the course at one time and fewer volunteers. Normally two grades participate together, but this year, each grade will walk/jog individually. We block off the streets around The Commons, and students walk or jog around a 1/4 loop in front of the school. Students will have 40 minutes to walk or jog as many laps as they can. Just like prior years, Kindergarten and preschool will have a shortened time of 30 minutes. To enable social distancing, volunteers will NOT be tallying laps this year. Donations will be made on a flat-fee basis, not per lap. Thank you for your support of Stonegate Elementary!

Jog-a-Thon Schedule: (time includes warm-up and jog/walk time)

  • 8:15-9:05am: 2nd grade
  • 9:20-10am: Preschool + Kindergarten
  • 10:10-11am: 3rd grade
  • 11:10am-12pm: 4th grade
  • 12:20-1:10pm: 1st grade

CoVID Quarantine Update

Governor Eric Holcomb’s executive order changes the quarantine requirements for those masked individuals considered close contacts to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. ZCS will continue to follow our district mask mandate, but effective immediately, anyone identified as a close contact in a masked setting is no longer required to quarantine (as long as the close contact is symptom-free).


In settings, such as classrooms or on the school bus, where all students are wearing masks, close contacts who are within three feet of positive case will be notified to monitor for symptoms for 14 days. Those students will continue in school as long as no symptoms develop. If symptoms develop, students must isolate and obtain testing whether or not fully vaccinated.


Close contacts within six feet of a positive case and in an unmasked setting (i.e. lunchroom, band) must quarantine with one of the below options.
1. Quarantine for 14 days (no test required).
2. Quarantine for seven days with negative test (PCR or rapid test done in lab) on days five, six or seven. Return on day eight if no symptoms develop.
*Unless fully vaccinated or previously ill with CoVID-19 within the previous three months and recovered, and without any symptoms.


ZCS will continue to follow established CoVID-19 protocols and mitigation strategies including:

  • Masks are mandatory in all district buildings and on school buses.
  • Families of students considered to be close contacts will still be notified.
  • Close contacts in unmasked situations must quarantine.
  • Close contacts in any setting must quarantine if showing COVID-19 symptoms.


Please keep your child(ren) home if:
1. Child (ren) are sick or showing symptoms of CoVID-19.
2. Anyone in the household is awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, exhibiting CoVID-19 symptoms, or has tested positive.

Please continue to carefully monitor your child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms and do not send any child(ren) to school who show signs of sickness.

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Important Dates and Events!


6th - Labor Day (no school)

7th - PTO Meeting at 2:45pm

9th - Picture Day!

16th - PTO Dine for Dollars - Hotbox Pizza

17th - 3rd grade to the Indianapolis Zoo

22nd - PTO's Jog-A-Thon Event

24th - PTO Spirit Day - Favorite Team Jersey

30th - 4th grade to Camp Tecumseh (extended day trip)


5th - End of Quarter 1

5th - PTO Meeting at 2:45pm

6th - Dine for Dollars - City Bareque

11th -15th - Fall Break

21st - PTO Dine for Dollars - Hotbox Pizza

22nd - 1st grade to Connor Prairie

26th - Regular school day w/ Family/student conferences (PM)

27th - E-Day + Family/Student Conferences

29th - PTO Spirit Day - Favorite Book Character


2nd - PTO Meeting at 2:45pm

11th - Veterans Day

18th - Dine for Dollars - Hotbox Pizza

19th - PTO Spirit Day - Flannel Day

24th -26th - Thanksgiving Break (no school)


7th - PTO Meeting at 2:45pm

16th - PTO Dine for Dollars - Hotbox Pizza

17th - End of Quarter 2/Semester 1

17th - PTO Spirit Day - Holiday Wear

20th -31st - Winter Break (no school)


4th - PTO Budget Meeting at 2:45pm

13th - PTO Dine for Dollars - Papa John's

17th - MLK Jr. Day (no school)

18th - Staff Professional Development Day + NO school for students

21st - PTO Spirit Day - Your favorite Color


1st - PTO Meeting at 2:45pm

10th - Dine for Dollars - Papa John's

14th - Valentine's Day

18th - PTO Spirit Day - Choose your favorite decade

21st -25th - Presidents' Day + February Break (no school)


1st - PTO Meeting at 2:45pm

10th - PTO Dine for Dollars - Papa John's

15th - End of Quarter 3

25th - PTO Spirit Day - Favorite Vacation Shirt


1st -8th - Spring Break (no school)

12th - PTO Meeting at 2:45pm

14th - PTO Dine for Dollars - Papa John's

22nd - PTO Spirit Day - Hat Day


2nd-6th - Staff Appreciation Week

3rd - PTO Meeting at 2:45pm

12th - PTO Dine for Dollars - Papa John's

20th - PTO Spirit Day - Indy 500

25th - Last day of school

26th - June 3rd- Make up days (if needed)

30th - Memorial Day

Picture Day is Coming Soon!

September 9th - Picture Day!

PRE-ORDER FOR SCHOOL PHOTOS IS NOW OPEN! To order with a debit or credit card, please follow the link below. All pre-ordering will close after Thursday, September 9, 2021. You do not need to turn in any receipt or form for an online order. Your student will be bringing home a paper form to pay by check or cash. Proof ordering will be available 4-6 weeks after the photo day.

COVID Policy for the 2021-22 school year:
Cripe Photography has instituted a "No Contact" policy for school photos. Our photographers will not be in contact with the students, therefore will not be fixing hair, collars or other clothing. Photographers will try their best to have the student fix what is needed.

If you have any questions or concerns please fill out our Customer Service Contact Form

In Need of Child-Size Mask Donations, Please!

Our students are doing an amazing job about staying masked-up while at school. While we have many that often have a back-up mask in case theirs gets messy, we also have some that need to take a disposable one from the front desk. We are always willing to give out masks to those who forgot or need a replacement. However, we are going through our extras fairly quickly. If you are able to donate a box of child disposable masks to your child's classroom, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for helping us keep our students safe and heathy. Please click here for more ZCS information about recent COVID-19 protocols.

Additional PTO Information

Dining for Dollars

The next PTO Dining for Dollars for the 2021-2022 school year is Thursday, September 16th, at Hotbox Pizza in Whitestown. Mention SGE PTO when you call or use the online code below and 20% of the cost of the order will be donated back to SGE PTO. Please check out the flyer below for additional information. Thank you!

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Mrs. Torrance's Monthly Fitness Challenge

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Important ZCS District Information


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ZCS Cafes

Reminder that all enrolled students at Zionsville Community Schools are eligible to receive a healthy lunch at no charge. In addition, students enrolled at the ZCS secondary schools (ZCHS, ZMS and Z'West Middle) are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast at no charge. While no action is required in order to receive the benefit, lunch payment is needed for “extra” purchases such as additional menu items, including milk, or snack items. For other educational benefits, such as textbook assistance, households may complete an application at in order to determine eligibility.

Please note that there have been some food shortages this year which are impacting ZCS Cafeteria menu offerings. As always, menus are subject to change, yet even more so this year! As a result, there are somewhat limited choices at the present time, so your understanding and patience is greatly appreciated. The cafeterias remain committed to offering quality meals served in a friendly manner, this while retaining great flexibility in their approach!

If you or someone you know would like to join the ZCS Food Service Team, please call Eva at 317-873-1232, ext. 11630! Various job opportunities exist to fit your schedule and you are invited to come, MAKE A DIFFERNCE in the lives of kids!

Instructional Assistants Needed at ZCS!

ZCS is now hiring Instructional Assistant at multiple locations. Join the ZCS team and make an impact on the lives of our students. IAs work in the classroom with individual and small groups of students. Positions are 29 hours per week with a pay of $13 per hour. Your weekends and evenings are free and you work on the school calendar. Please apply online at or contact Robyn Nelson at with any questions.

SOARS Mum Sale Going on Now

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Volunteers and Visitor Background Checks

Due to COVID-19, the acceptance of outside volunteers entering the school and classrooms will be a FLUID MATTER. When volunteers are needed and approved, appropriate staff members will reach out to you in effort to welcome your support and assistance.

Reminder: All instruction-based visitors (i.e. tutors, private music lessons, guest speakers, etc.) will be required to complete a C-19 Waiver.

If you plan to volunteer or visit in the future, please note the following information or click here to begin the background check process.


We value partnerships with our families and welcome parents and guardians to serve as volunteers in our schools. Each ZCS building typically 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.

Community Events & Enrichment Opportunities

Click here to view all of the events and enrichment opportunities in and around the Zionsville area

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