Mrs. McDaniel's Memo

January 29th


Our class is having a really difficult time of worrying about themselves, being respectful, and using kind words. We are also finding it very difficult to follow directions the first time given. Many students want to be on their "own plan" instead of the classroom "group plan". There is a lot of information still to be taught in this spring semester, so please have a discussion with your child about doing the right thing when being asked.

Thank you in advance.

Valentine's Day

Your child will be bringing home a paper today about our class valentine boxes. Students need to create their valentine boxes/bags based on their specialty animal. Please let me know if you have any questions after you have read the directions.

* In order to save paper, please ignore the part in the letter about displaying the boxes at the specialty fair. I failed to erase that portion off of a letter used in the past. *

Country Kindness Concert

Your child should have an order form for the “It’s Cool to Be Kind” Stonegate t-shirt in his/her backpack on Friday 1/22. Please return the completed form with payment in an envelope to your teacher by January 29th. Your t-shirts will be delivered February 17th.

A Little Bit of Country Concert : Celebrating the Power of KINDNESS!

We all have a story. We all Belong. We are exactly the way we are supposed to be...

6:30 - 7:00 pm MEET/GREET/Autographs with Hobbs sisters

7:00 - 9:00 pm CONCERT

Video messages ~Our Stonegate students express what they have learned about kindness

Special Performance ~A Zionsville Community School leader will surprise you with their hidden talents!

CONCERT ~The Hobbs Sisters

The Hobbs Sisters bring a killer combination of big voices, twin sister harmonies and high energy performance to the stage. From their harmony-driven original songs to their unique interpretations of popular country covers, The Hobbs Sisters have created a sound that is all their own. Please visit:

STONEGATE students, staff & their families are invited to attend this FREE concert!

Please WEAR your "Cool to be KIND" t shirts to the event! T shirt order forms ($10) will be sent home with students before event.

REGISTRATION is REQUIRED for this FREE CONCERT: Copy and paste this LINK into your browser.

Questions: Lisa Cox, Guidance Counselor, Stonegate Elementary 317.873.8050 X19992

Wish List

Our classroom is in need of glue sticks, pencils and hand sanitizer. If you could donate some I would much appreciate it.



This week we worked on sensory details.

Over the next few weeks we will be doing some activities to review for the upcoming spring testing.

Writing- We have started our rough drafts on our animal stories that we will get published in a hardback book. We are writing a narrative nonfiction story, which means a made up story with facts sprinkled throughout. Ask your child what the plot for their story is.


We began chapter 7, which covers more multiplication and division.

Students also need to continue working on their multiplication facts. Don't forget that we will be doing our multiplication fluency quizzes every Tuesday/Thursday. Once everyone completes the 12's we will have an ice cream party.

Dates to Remember


Friday the 5th - Scholastic Book orders due

Friday the 12th - Valentine's Day party @ 2:00

Friday the 12t- Spirit day - Wear your clothes backwards

Monday the 15th- No school for President's Day

Tuesday the 16th- No school for students- Staff Development Day

Saturday the 20th- Hobbs Sisters Kindness Concert at ZWMS @ 6:30

Thursday the 25th- Zionsville History

Spring State Wide Testing Dates

Below are date windows for our spring state wide testing. Please know that we will not be testing on all of these days, but these are the ranges for when testing may be occurring. I will let you know more specific dates/times when I get them. I ask that you do your best to refrain from scheduling appointments for you children during these times. If you absolutely must, please schedule an afternoon appointment as testing usually (but not always) occurs in the morning.

Indiana Statewide Testing of Educational Progress Plus (ISTEP+ ) Grades 3

ISTEP+ Part 1 – Paper/pencil* and Online

(Applied Skills)

Window Begins -Window Ends

February 29 - March 11

ISTEP+ Part 2 – Online

(Multiple-Choice & Technology-Enhanced Items)

Window Begins- Window Ends

April 18- May 6

Indiana Reading And Evaluation Determination-3 (IREAD-3)

Window Begins -Window Ends

March 14- March 18

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