Boone Meadow Friday Flyer
September 11, 2020
“When Americans lend a hand to one another, nothing is impossible. We’re not about what happened on 9/11. We’re about what happened on 9/12.” — Jeff Parness
"If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short, and there is no time for hate." - Sandy Dahl
“Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.”
Dear Boone Meadow Families-
This week's message is from our PTO Board regarding our "Spirit of Giving" Donation Drive. Please see below...
Hello BME Families!
Boone Meadow PTO is currently hosting a “Spirit of Giving” Donation Drive. Since 2012, Jog-A-Thon has not only been the primary, but also the favorite student fundraiser for Boone Meadow Elementary. On average, BME families have raised between $16,000-$20,000 each year to help fund classroom grants, technology and enrichment at our school. Due to current volunteer and social distancing guidelines related to COVID, we are unable to hold this annual event. The BME students and staff are continuing to adjust and rise to the challenges the 2020-21 school year brings, and the BME PTO continues to support them amidst this unprecedented year. We are committed to our mission to provide assistance and enrichment opportunities for the entire BME community.
We are reaching out today to ask for your financial support of the BME PTO. Without the BME Mixer & Silent Auction in Spring 2020 or Jog-A-Thon this fall, the BME PTO is currently unable to support our students and staff as we normally would during the academic school year. Because most traditional means of fundraising are suspended due to Covid-19, the BME PTO is hosting a “Spirit of Giving” Donation Drive this year to help raise funds. With your support, the PTO will be better positioned to serve our school community.
In years past, the BME PTO has proudly purchased a number of items for our students and staff. Recent examples include:
- the new rock climbing wall in the gymnasium was funded by PTO,
- STEM garden projects,
- the outdoor shade structure,
- Chromebooks and iPads for classrooms,
- various classroom projects & learning opportunities,
- and xylophone stands for our music programming!
- On top of these great contributions, the PTO has funded a variety of teacher grants and numerous appreciation events for the BME Staff.
We need and appreciate your support in our effort to make the 2020-2021 school year the best experience it can be. Every donation, large or small, will make a difference. Although the PTO will accept donations throughout the year, the “Spirit of Giving” Donation Drive is through the month of September.
To participate in our donation drive, a tax deductible donation can be made via check to Boone Meadow PTO or via PayPal to email@example.com. We can accept those donations at the school and deliver to the PTO Board.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to BME PTO President, Torrye Kampen or to PTO Treasurer, Audra Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your consideration is greatly appreciated.
With many thanks,
Your BME PTO
Why Cook Wednesdays - (aka Dine for Dollars)
Upcoming "Dine for Dollars" opportunities include:
- Wednesday, Sept. 23rd - Panera Bread** (4:00-8:00) (more info below)
- Wednesday, October 7th - McDonalds (APP ordering only) (All Day)
**Panera - When ordering online, enter code PRFUND at checkout to ensure BME gets a portion of the proceeds.
Thank you for considering these future opportunities to support Boone Meadow PTO.
Upcoming Events & Important Info
September 11 - Materials Pick up for remote learners (11:30-12:30 & 2:45-3:30)
September 15-October 15 - Hispanic Heritage Month
September 18 - Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown
September 22 & 23 - Body Safety Presentations
September 23 - Dine for Dollars - Panera Bread (4-8PM)
September 27 - Yom Kippur
October 6 - End of 1st Qtr
October 12-16 - Fall Break
October 20 - Staff Mtg
October 23 - Picture Retake Day
November 2 - Student Conferences (Eday for students)
November 11 - Veterans Day
November 25-27- Thanksgiving Break
December 10 - Hannakah begins
December 18 - End of Qtr 2
December 21 - January 1 - Winter Break
January 18 - MLK Jr. Day (no school)
January 19 - No School
February 12 - Chinese New Year
February 14 - Valentine's Day
February 15 - Presidents Day - No School
February 17 - Ash Wednesday
March 12 - End of Quarter 3
March 14 - Daylight Savings Time
March 17 - St. Patrick's Day
March 28 - Palm Sunday/Passover
April 2 - April 9 - Spring Break
April 2 - Good Friday
April 4 - Easter
April 13 - Ramadan Starts
April 15 - ZWest Music visit to BME
May 5 - Cinco de Mayo
May 13 - Eid
May 26 - Last day of school
May 27 - Teacher work day
May 31 - Memorial Day
A.L.I.C.E. Safety protocol
This week and next, our school safety team is speaking to students on the topic of school safety. As you can imagine, school safety encompasses a wide variety of topics. After a general review with students on how we can remain safe daily, your child’s class will also receive instruction on the A.L.I.C.E. protocol.
For our state-required lockdown procedures and drills, we take a very sensitive and developmentally appropriate approach with our students. We begin by considering our various safety drills and prioritize two main points: 1) We move away from danger (i.e. we go outside if there is a fire in the building; we come inside if there is dangerous weather; if there is an aggressive animal, we do not approach it, etc.), and 2) We always have choices we can make to keep away from harm.
A lockdown procedure is a combination of those same key points. We blend what students already know from other safety drills and focus on the procedure of what to do rather than possible circumstances. During the lesson, we focus our top priority of stopping what we are doing, looking and listening to the adult responsible for their care (teacher) and to follow their instruction as well as the choices students can make to keep safe.
Below are additional specifics about the ALICE protocol and how students can use this information to make choices to keep themselves safe.
What is ALICE?
Very briefly stated, A.L.I.C.E. is a safety philosophy and action plan that seeks to give all school employees information during an intruder situation so that we, as first responders in crisis, can save lives. A.L.I.C.E. is a program used by schools, businesses, and law enforcement across the country. The philosophy of A.L.I.C.E. is to use information in a way so that staff and students can make informed decisions in a crisis, remove as many people as possible from the danger zone, and provide realistic training so that those involved in a crisis have a better chance of surviving.
A.L.I.C.E. is an acronym for, Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. A.L.I.C.E. is not designed to be sequential, but rather to be utilized dynamically in each situation. Teachers will provide direction to the students on what action needs to be taken, so it is very important that students listen and follow the directions given, as this drill is not predictable like a fire drill or tornado drill. This protocol helps us teach students safe decision making skills during a crisis. The A.L.I.C.E. program was introduced to the Zionsville community in the spring of 2014. District parent meetings were held to help inform the public while training took place throughout the 2014-2015 school year with our faculty and staff.
Our local law enforcement and ZCS school safety leaders have been trained in the A.L.I.C.E. protocol. In addition, our ZCS Board of Trustees has met with Boone County and Town of Zionsville police professionals in this regard. Our governing board is in unanimous agreement with law enforcement professionals’ recommendation that we train, communicate, and fully implement the A.L.I.C.E. protocol.
The A.L.I.C.E. program is leveled to be age appropriate and is not meant to scare or frighten children but to empower them with knowledge to make good decisions in a crisis. We will encourage your child to discuss A.L.I.C.E. with you at home. We will continue to highlight the key steps of this protocol with students through daily announcements, safety drills, and classroom conversations. For more information on A.L.I.C.E., please feel free to visit the following website: http://www.alicetraining.com/. If you or your child have continued questions, please contact your school leader.
It is our school and district goal to make our students strong, safe, and empowered.
Thank you for your assistance and support in keeping our students safe.
Stacy Smith, Principal Pleasant View Elementary
Andrew Foreman, Principal Eagle Elementary
Connie Largent, Principal Stonegate Elementary
Jennifer Raycroft, Principal Union Elementary
Tom Hundley, Principal Boone Meadow Elementary
Body Safety Presentations
Dear BME Families,
As you know, the safety of our students is our highest priority. We routinely practice safety drills and engage in ongoing safety education of our students throughout the year. We teach guidelines and principles in a way to develop student agency, allowing them to regularly make decisions that prioritize their safety across settings and situations.
One topic within the larger umbrella of Safety Education is that of Body Safety. A few examples of Body Safety topics include wearing seat belts and helmets, looking both ways to cross the street, keeping hands to self, eating healthy foods, and following school procedures such as walking in the hallways. Body Safety education also encompasses the prevention of childhood abuse.
ZCS has partnered with the Indiana Center for Prevention of Youth Abuse and Suicide (ICPYAS) to assist us in providing the instruction of strategies for abuse prevention. This instruction will be provided virtually to all students at Boone Meadow on September 22nd and 23rd. ICPYAS is a non-profit organization that employs certified instructors who deliver research-based lessons to students in developmentally appropriate ways as a means to give children strategies to keep their bodies safe. All students in grades K-12 receive the instruction on an annual basis, in accordance with state legislation SEA 355.
***A special note for families of remote learners: Your child will participate in the scheduled Body Safety lessons based on your teacher's home school. You will receive additional information regarding those details from your child's teacher. Please let us know if you have questions.***
To learn more about these presentations, be sure to visit https://www.indianaprevention.org/parentresources and click on the “Child Lures Video”, which provides information regarding the content of this program. The website also contains links to additional resources. In addition, all Kindergarten families, as well as families new to BME will receive a supplemental guide during the week of September 21st.
Parents have the opportunity to opt out of this program, if desired. The opt-out form is attached at the bottom this message. (We will have additional copies available for you should you need a hard copy - simply call the front office or notify your child's classroom teacher with a request for the paper version.) Please note, this opt-out form should only be completed and returned if you desire for your student NOT to receive this body safety education.
Questions regarding this program should be directed to Kristi Sloan.
Phone: 317-873-2226, ext. 14992
As always, we value your partnership in the education of your child, and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve your family in such meaningful ways.
Tom Hundley, Principal
Lauren Kersey & Deb Pickett, Assistant Principal
Kristi Sloan, Guidance Counselor
PRIORITY ITEM: Daily Student Screener
Before 7:50 (1st-4th gr) & 8:50 (Kindy), you must complete your child's daily screener. This will need to be completed EVERY MORNING prior to arrival on campus. The QR code and the hotlink below provides direct access. We follow up and contact families every day when not completed.
NOTE: The screener responses are cleared daily. If you completed the day before, it will most likely not be included in our data pull.
- QR codes are on backpacks/transportation tags.
- Strategically place the QR code someplace visible at your home and make it part of your morning routine. (We sent home multiple hard copies on Monday)
- You may also want to bookmark the screener on your computer or phone.
- Copy and past the screener link into your phone calendar.
ZCS and the Zionsville Diversity Coalition partnered to create a list of mentor texts that support our elementary adopted literacy curriculum. Books donated will be placed in our elementary classrooms for teachers to use and to offer our students mirrors (seeing themselves), windows (seeing others), and doors (opportunities to learn about differences) because in ZCS, EVERYONE BELONGS!
You can utilize School Pay to pay for textbook rentals and to fund lunch accounts. Information about School Pay as well as additional lunch details, such as the monthly menu, can be found on the Food Services website.