Boone Meadow Friday Flyer
Welcome, December - 12/2/22
Dear Boone Meadow Families
Welcome to December...
Time is flying, and busy are the December days as we transitioned back to school from our Thanksgiving Break. Teachers and students jumped right in with a variety of wonderful learning opportunities as we have only a couple of weeks remaining before Winter Break, which is also our halfway mark to the school year.
A few items:
Flower Sale Pick Up - Today - The poinsettias and seasonal plants were delivered this morning! If you ordered flowers from PTO, they are available at door 1 (main entrance) from 3:30-5:30 this afternoon (Friday, 12/2).
NWEA Testing - The testing window opens next week (December 5th) and is open through December 16th. You should receiving information from your child's teacher regarding the dates and times specific for your child's class.
STEM Science & Engineering Fair - Our Science and Engineering Fair is coming up in January, and those that desire to participate can begin planning. On Monday afternoon (5:30-6:30), Mrs. Benson will host an informational session in the Media Center (upstairs) for those interested in learning more. You can find more information in the STEM Newsletter, which is located here: https://www.smore.com/p1r9g
Crosswalk Clarification - Earlier in the week, I communicated that our crosswalk assistance will be on pause until late winter/early spring. Clarification: Due to winter weather and dark mornings, our cross walk will not be staffed in the mornings beginning the week of December 5th. We will resume morning crosswalk support in late winter/early spring (Date TBD).
- Last day for AM crosswalk support before school will be Friday, December 2nd. Families may choose to escort their own children to the school building in the morning should they decide to have their child walk to school.
- Staff will continue to escort walkers/students in the afternoon throughout the year, unless inclement weather is of significant concern
Lost and Found - As of today, we are beginning afresh with lost and found items. (We retained all coats). We encourage families to label any items that students might removed during the day (sweatshirts, jackets, coats, ...) We will continue to do our best to find owners when items are labeled.
Body Safety Presentations are scheduled for December 12th & 13th. Please see information below for more details and opt-out information.
Parents Day Out - Tomorrow, Saturday, December 3rd. Zionsville High School Student Council "elves" will entertain area children with a day of seasonal crafts, games, movies and activities while parents enjoy a their own day out! Scroll on down the newsletter to learn more about the Rummage Sale and the Parents Day Out.
We have so much to be grateful for...
Tom Hundley, Principal
Body Safety Presentations on December 12th & 13th
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 to all students at Boone Meadow on December 12th and 13th, 2022. 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.
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 in December.
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
Amanda Pitzele, Assistant Principal
Kristi Sloan, School Counselor
Adopt Team Meadow
It's Adopt Team Meadow time! This activity is a way for all of us to donate *small* amounts to multiple BME team members - like your students’ teachers (including their special classes), their bus drivers, Nurse Amy, and even Principal Hundley! At this time, all of the wonderful BME staff have been "adopted" by BME families.
Now is the time to contribute to their gifts! See this list to donate to the gift coordinators for all of your favorite BME folks: https://bit.ly/ATMContribute.
If you have any questions at all, please contact email@example.com.
ZCHS Student Council Rummage Sale & Parents Day Out! (12/3)
The ZCHS Student Council is hosting a community rummage sale Saturday, December 3 in the ZCHS main cafeteria 8 am - 4 pm. Proceeds benefit "The Book Project" and "The Diaper Bank," which provide books and diapers to underprivileged children in our area. We will also be sharing proceeds with "To Write Love on Her Arms," which supports individuals needing mental health care for depression, anxiety, and addiction.
Donations for the sale have come from many generous community members and include everything from designer clothing new with tags to baseball bats, Coach bags to assorted housewares, and much, much more. Items will go quickly!
Follow yard signs to the ZCHS parking lot off of Hal Sharpe Rd, and join us for many great deals. Kroger, Lowe's, and Meijer are even loaning us shopping carts for your shopping convenience. We hope you will join us to benefit these worthy charities!
Cash and credit cards will be accepted.
Parents Day Out - Offered by ZCHS Student Council
Need a kid free day Saturday? Do we have a deal for you!
Date: Saturday, December 3
Time: Drop off 9:00-9:30 am; Pick up 2:30-3:00 pm
Place: ZCHS Commons area (Enter through the same back entrance to the cafeteria)
Event: ZCHS Student Council "elves" will entertain area children with a day of seasonal crafts, games, movies and activities while parents enjoy a their own day out!
Please pack a lunch and provide a bottled water for your child. Children must be independently potty trained through 10 years old.
Registration: Eagle Recreation. $53 for the whole day. All proceeds benefit our holiday charities listed above.
Holiday Assistance Information
As we approach the holiday season, we are aware that members of our school community may be seeking assistance to provide for their families. We have been working with a number of agencies to assist in connecting families with ongoing and/or holiday support for food, clothing, and financial assistance. Please contact our school counselor, Kristi Sloan, if we can offer any assistance in connecting your family with a support agency.
Please note the following agencies provide a variety of assistance for families. Please contact the agencies directly for a full list of services:
Love, Inc.: Hours 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Mon/Wed/Fri (765) 482-6144 https://www.loveincbc.org/
Love, Inc. provides short term assistance and education services supported by numerous Boone County Churches
Zionsville Food Pantry – Serving all of Boone County
Located at Zionsville Presbyterian Church, (317) 873-6503.
The Caring Center: 1230 Ransdell Ct., Lebanon, IN 46052 (765) 482-2020. Visit www.thecaringcenter.net for additional information. Assistance with holiday food baskets, Christmas gifts for teenagers ages 13 - 18, and Thanksgiving meals.
Help 4 Hoosiers: Offers a variety of resources. https://www.help4hoosiers.org/
Indiana 211: Families can access resources by calling 211 directly or visiting https://in211.communityos.org/
Food Assistance Availability Map https://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/food-assistance-availability-map/?fbclid=IwAR0qdNVKD-Dsxkn0_tAd2Bk5_PJo_newqBp1-qCcSiKFkGflBLtxXeTGqOQ
Feeding Indiana’s Hungry https://feedingindianashungry.org/find-your-food-bank/
Boone County Shop with a Cop - Applications are available at Zionsville Police Department, Whitestown Police Department, and the Boone County Sheriff's Office. Applications must be submitted by 11/23.
Indiana weather is known for its rapid changes and we have certainly already seen that this year! As the weather turns colder, students will need to come to school with their winter coats, hats, and gloves. Snow pants, waterproof boots, warm gloves/mittens are required to be able to play in the snow. Please reach out to our counselor, Mrs. Sloan, if you are in need of assistance to obtain cold weather gear. All children play outside except on rainy, icy, or very cold days (wind chill below the 10-20 degree range). Inside recess will be held on those exceptional days.
Upcoming Events & Important Info
December 2 - PTO Flower Pick Up (Door 1) 3:30-5:30
December 5 - Science/Engineering Fair Info Night (Media Center) 5:30-6:30
December 12 - Science/Engineering Fair Research Help Session (4:00-5:00 PM in Media Center)
December 14 - PTO Meeting
December 15 - Boone Meadow Voices concert (@ ZWest)
December 16 - Science/Engineering Fair Project Proposals Due to front office
December 20 - End of quarter 2/Semester 1 & Winter parties
December 21 - January 2 - Winter Break
January 3 - Students and Staff return to school
January 9 - Science/Engineering Fair Research/Help Session in Media Center, 4:00-5:00
January 11 - PTO Meeting (6:30 cafe)
January 12 - Student Progress Reports posted on PowerSchool; Wellness Night 6:00-7:30 PM
January 16 - MLK Jr. Day - no school
January 17 - Teacher professional development day (no school for students)
January 25 - Science Fair set up in Gymnasium (2:30-4:00)
January 26 - Science Fair Judging (school day); Open House for Science Fair 4:00-5:30
January 27 - Science Fair Concludes
February 8 - PTO Meeting
February 14 - Valentine's Day
February 20 - 24 - February break
March 20-24 - Scholastic Book Fair
March 31 - April 7 - Spring Break
April 12 - PTO Meeting
April 28 - Boone Meadow Bash!
May 1-5 - Teacher Appreciation Week
May 10 - PTO meeting
May 12 - Field Day
May 22 - Kindy Sing
May 24 - Fourth Grade Celebration
May 25 - Last Day of School
Winter Reading Program @ Hussey-Mayfield Public Libarary
Click HERE or the image to register.
Lunch Guest Sign Ups
We are ready to welcome lunch guests! Students and their guests will have lunch at designated locations in the front lobby area. Please no more than 2 guests per student due to limited space. So that others may have the opportunity, we ask that you not sign up more than 1 time per month. As we implement this new system/procedure, we will limit availability one more week to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday visits.
Here's how it works:
- Sign up for a reservation in advance using this link: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/BMELunchSchedule@zcsk12in.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/ When you sign up, please be certain to complete all fields requested.
- Be sure to notify your child's teacher so they are informed to send your child to the front lobby to meet you/guest during their scheduled lunch time.
- Bring a photo ID and arrive 5 minutes early (lunch times are listed on the signup form link above).
- Your child will meet you in the front office area when they are ready.
The School Directory App is Updated for the 2022-23 school year families!
Our Student directory is now complete! Many thanks to the PTO for organizing this helpful resource! To access the directory follow these steps:
- Go to www.directoryspot.net or download the “Directory Spot” app on a smart phone. Click “Login”.
- Enter your email address as your Username, and click on “Reset Password”. An email will be sent to you with a link to set your password.
- Click on the link in the email to set your password and to log in.
If you have trouble logging in, please contact PTO Secretary, Carolee Sanguedolce at firstname.lastname@example.org
School Safety: Visitors & Volunteers Background Checks
When volunteers are needed and approved, appropriate staff members will reach out to you in effort to welcome your support and assistance.
If you plan to volunteer or visit in the future, please note the following information.
Click here for information regarding required Background Checks for volunteers: ZCS Volunteer Background Check
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR VOLUNTEERS
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. If you plan to assist as chaperones or engage with children in a volunteer capacity, we strongly recommend getting a criminal background check completed well in advance to have on file.
- Field Trip Chaperones
- Out of Town/Overnight Chaperones
- 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. Volunteers must also view the state mandated confidentiality/bullying video, provided on the Volunteer/BRAVO website.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR VISITORS
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.
- Lunch Guests
- Classroom Guest Speakers
- Classroom Special Events (Grandparent Day/Famous Hoosiers/etc.)
- Parent/Teacher Conferences
*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.