Staff Weekly Update

Week of December 10th, 2018

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Dear Friends,

Two more Mondays to go! As we start a new week, please join me in welcoming CINDY DOWERS to SGE! She will be Abby Andries' maternity leave until late March. Please read below to find out more about Cindy! Have a wonderful week!

With much respect,



A Georgia native, Cindy Dowers earned her first degree, a Bachelors in Public Relations/Communications, at Berry College. She married her husband Brian, whom she met while working in the Teen Challenge ministry in Chattanooga, TN. Their 23 years of marriage now boasts two grown daughters, Katie (age 20) and Kiley (19) and one son, Jonathan Caleb (16). Mrs. Dowers loves working with—and advocating for—children of all ages. She has spent time working in Avon and Brownsburg school systems, and since earning her Masters degree in Teaching, finished 4.5 years of Special Education teaching in IPS as well as 1.5 years (teaching English) in Perry Township. She is excited to be working her second maternity leave in the Zionsville school district this year for Stonegate Elementary as the temporary replacement for Mrs. Abby Andries!

Calendar Items

Mon. Dec. 10th

  • Jen Evans' FMLA (11/28 - 1/6/19)
  • Janelle Drisko at SGE - all day
  • 7:45 - Wetzel does AM drop-off duty
  • 8:05 - AM Announcements
  • 8:30 - Dyslexia Mtg - Largent - ESC
  • 8:30 - 10:30 - Melanie Bowling at SGE
  • 8:45 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel/Benefiel
  • 12:15 - ALEKS Math - Largent/Mastin
  • 1:45 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel/Brown
  • 2:30 - ALEKS Math mtg w/ 3rd/4th gr. teams - Largent & Farley - Brown's room
  • 2:35 - Speech ACR - Fure, Wetzel, Luchenbill
  • 6:00 - School Board mtg. - ESC
  • 7:00 - Mtg. w/ School Board - Largent/Farley


  • Jen Evans' FMLA (11/28 - 1/6/19)
  • 8:05 - AM Announcements
  • 8:30 - Elementary Leadership Team mtg. - Largent/Farley - SGE
  • 9:15 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel/Luchenbill
  • 12:15 - ALEKS Math - Largent/Mastin
  • 1:00 - USS Team mtg. w/ Dr. Slonaker - conf. room
  • 3:00 - Family STEM Night planning mtg. w/ Largent, Farley, Wetzel - Skura's room

Wed. Dec. 12th

  • Jen Evans' FMLA (11/28 - 1/6/19)
  • Janelle Drisko at SGE - all day
  • 8:05 - AM Announcements
  • 8:15 - 12:30 - Randee Kleeman at SGE
  • 8:30 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel/Bourff
  • 10:30 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel/McDaniel
  • 12:10 - 3rd gr. recess group w/ Wetzel - Jessica's office
  • 12:15 - ALEKS Math - Largent/Mastin
  • 2:00 - Largent covers for Lauer-Jones' class + does dismissal
  • 2:30 - RtI Team Mtg. - Tammy's room
  • 4:00 - District School Safety Mtg. - Largent, Farley, Spillman - ESC

Thurs. Dec. 13th

  • Jen Evans' FMLA (11/28 - 1/6/19)
  • 8:05 - AM Announcements
  • 9:30 - Literacy Coach mtg. - Largent/Spillman - PVE
  • 10:15 - 2:00 - Randee Kleeman at SGE
  • 12:15 - ALEKS Math - Largent/Mastin

Fri. Dec. 14th

  • Jen Evans' FMLA (11/28 - 1/6/19)
  • K-4 PLC mtgs w/ Largent/Farley - all day - conf. room
  • 8:05 - AM Announcements
  • 11:15 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel/Shaw
  • 1:30 - ACR for 4th grader - Watson, Farley, Brown - Location TBD
  • 2:45 - Office Team mtg. - conf. room
  • 2:45 - 504 for 3rd grader - Wetzel & Barth - Jessica's office
  • 7:30 - Stonegate Singers Winter Concert - ZWEST

Upcoming Events . . .


  • 21st - End of Quarter 2
  • 21st - PTO Winter Parties
  • 24th - Jan. 4th - WINTER BREAK


  • 7th - 25th - NWEA
  • 7th - 31st - AIMSweb
  • 9th - Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
  • 9th - PTO Mtg - Evening time TBD - Parenting in the Digital Age Series w/ Dan Layton
  • 11th - SBRC done by 8:00 AM
  • 14th - March 1st - WIDA
  • 17th - Martha out - personal day
  • 18th - Martha out - personal day
  • 21st - No school in honor of MLK
  • 22nd - Martha out - personal day
  • 25th - PTO Spirit Day - Crazy Socks
  • 28th - Feb. 1st - Box Top Collection Week

Winter Party Schedules

Please fill out this form to let the office know about the details of your Winter Party on Friday, 12/21. Don't forget that PTO will once again provide every student with water and popcorn (Skinny Pop or Pirate's Booty). PLEASE be sure to let your parents know that due to food sensitivities and allergies, they cannot bring in snacks/treats and to underscore the games/activities vs. the food.

Finally, please be sure that ALL of your volunteers have their FULL background checks done! We cannot allow for any exceptions if their full BG-check has not been done. Thank you!



  • A scheduled long observation (40 mins) happens this semester.
  • An unannounced long observation occurs in 2nd semester.
  • You will also see a secondary evaluator in your rooms for a short observation (20 mins)this year.
  • Christine Squier is the district lead for ZTEP questions and would be happy to stop by and help anyone who has questions about SFS or anything else that you need. Please feel free to reach out via email or call/text her at 317-209-6187.
  • You're also welcome to contact Connie/Martha, too.

  • PLUS teachers will want to refer to the PLUS Checklist for details and due dates.
  • Peer Observations and reflections need to occur by the end of December.
  • Document your reflection on what was learned during peer observations as artifacts uploaded to SFS by the end of December.
  • In SFS, the artifacts need to be named: Peer Observation #1 and Peer Observation #2.
  • Please feel free to reach out to your primary evaluator with any questions. You can reach out to Kris Devereaux, the district lead for ZTEP PLUS, via email or call/text at 317-690-1438.

Please look this list over and let us know if we're missing your birthday. Email Connie, Martha, or Angie to get you added. We want to make sure that we have EVERYONE. Thank you!

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Important Announcements & Reminders

Color Printer Reminder

  • Our Color printer is going through ink VERY quickly. (1/2 of the toner is gone and it was put in two weeks ago. Yikes!) One reason is that there are black and white pages being sent to the color printer and not the Follow-Me Printer. It is imperative that you check to see which printer you are sending things to before you hit the print button.
  • REMEMBER . . . PC1-Front Office = Color Printer
  • Please be mindful as to how many color copies you are printing as this is a shared printer for everyone in the building.

Professional Development Requests

  • If you would like to attend any type of professional development, please click here. Next week, this message will be moved to the "Links to Work Orders and *NEW* Google Form Links" section below and it will remain there for the rest of this year for easy access.

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.

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.

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, Hailey


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.

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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