Staff Weekly Update

Week of February 25th, 2019

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Here's to another great week ahead . . . the last week of February and the start of March. Let's keep chasing better. We deserve it. Our kids deserve it.

With much respect,


Calendar Items

Mon. Feb. 25th

  • Janelle Drisko at SGE - all day
  • 7:00 - Elem. Principals Mtg. - PVE
  • 8:05 - Morning Announcements + Morning Movement Minute
  • 8:30 - 10:30 - Melanie Bowlin at ESC
  • 10:00 - IN VR Google Expeditions w/ 4th Gr. & Kyle
  • 11:05 - SIEW Group Lunch - Wetzel
  • 11:40 - HS Peer Mentors
  • 1:30 - Parent Meeting - Largent
  • 2:00 - Largent leaving early (taking my mom to a doctor appt)
  • 2:40 - Bi-Weekly Gr. Level Mtgs.
  • 4:00 - CRP Re-Certification - Farley - ESC

Tues. Feb. 26th

  • Tech Integration Day w/ Kyle - all day
  • 8:05 - Morning Announcements + Morning Movement Minute
  • 9:30 - 11:00 - K-12 Counselor Mtg. - SGE is host site
  • 11:35 - ZeekSquad w/ Kyle Beimfohr
  • 1:00 - USS Team Mtg. w/ Dr. Slonaker - conf. room
  • 2:30 - ICC for 3rd grader - Watson, Largent, Lewis - Conf. room
  • 2:40 - Gr. Level Collaboration w/ Kyle - KDG & 1st - Media Center
  • 2:45 - ILEARN Test Security Training w/ Martha Farley - Terri Brown's room
  • 4:00 - District Discussions Mtg. - ESC
  • 6:45 PM - FREE ZCS Screening of REJECT + free childcare - PAC

Wed. Feb. 27th

  • Janelle Drisko at SGE - all day
  • 7:50 - Cover for Brown - Largent
  • 8:05 - Morning Announcements + Morning Movement Minute
  • 8:15 - 12:30 - Randee Kleeman at SGE
  • 2:30 - DSST Mtg. re: 4th grader - Largent, Watson, Frothingham, Brown
  • 3:30 - 5:00 - Largent/Farley in weekly mtg.

Thurs. Feb. 28th

  • 8:05 - Morning Announcements + Morning Movement Minute
  • 8:15 - ZW Coffee Talk for Incoming 5th-grade parents - Matt Doublestein will be talking to parents & SGE will host this talk in our CAFE
  • 10:15 - 2:00 - Randee Kleeman at SGE
  • 6:00 - 7:30 - Family STEM Night

Fri. March 1st

  • Payday & Jeans!
  • 8:05 - Morning Announcements + Morning Movement Minute
  • K-4 PLC Meetings all day w/ Largent & Farley - conf. room
  • 11:30 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel & Strawmyer
  • 1:30 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel & Clare

Upcoming Events . . .

MARCH 2019:

  • 4th - 1:30 - 2:15 PM, Steps to SIEW ALL-SCHOOL convocation! More details to come . . .
  • 5th - Elem. LT Meeting
  • 5th - Dr. Robison talks to SGE parents re: Growth & Redistricting (6:30 PM)
  • 8th - Largent out for 1/2 day PM
  • 11th - JIM w/ CLASS at SGE - all day
  • 12th - LT Meeting
  • 13th - PTO Meeting
  • 13th - District School Safety Meeting
  • 14th - 4th Gr. visits ZWEST + evening parent meetings
  • 15th - Irish Dancers Convocation
  • 18th - 22nd - Severe Weather Preparedness Week
  • 18th - Elem. Principals Meeting
  • 19th - K-12 Counselor Meeting
  • 19th - Westin's Open Mic Night
  • 20th - K-4 SBRC done by 8:00 am
  • 21st - Staff Meeting
  • 23rd - PTO Spring Fling
  • 25th - Welcome back, Abby Andries!
  • 26th - District Discussions Mtg.
  • 28th - Drama Club's Spring Play
  • 28th - Last day before Spring Break
  • 29th - April 5th - Spring Break


Dear Stonegate Teachers and Staff,

The Stonegate Spring Fling is in full planning mode! This will be our spring fundraiser this year and will be Saturday, March 23 from 3-7pm. We are hoping that you and your families plan to attend this fun event!

This year we are changing our previous parents night out and silent auction to a family event with lots of fun activities and instead of the auction we will be having a raffle. One thing that we are keeping the same is the teacher and staff experiences for students to have a chance to win. These are always a HUGE hit and generally raise a lot of money so we still wanted to provide this to our families.

THIS IS WHERE WE NEED YOUR HELP! A successful raffle means more funds will be available for teacher and school grants for Stonegate Elementary. We are hoping that all of the teachers and staff will make some type of donation to the event. In the past, the donations have ranged from lunch with the teacher, a night of free babysitting, coupon books for the classroom, being the “teacher” for the day, or even an after-school movie party. If your grade level generally does something as a group please consider adding something individually as well. Whatever you think up will mean so much to a child and their family. The more creative the better!

Last year we had every teacher donate! Please help us make this a successful event for our school! Please fill out the google form to submit your experience. Please be very specific in your explanation. In order to make it easy for you, we will print up the auction certificate for you.

Also, if you need help coming up with an idea please reach out to Jenni Phenicie ( or Trisha Benner (


Thank you so much for your efforts in helping PTO make this a successful auction!


The PTO Spring Fling Committee

Teacher of the Year (TOY) and Someone Special (SOS) Nominations

If you can believe it, it's time to start thinking of your nominations for SGE's Teacher of the Year and the Someone Special Award! We have so many folks that are well-deserved of these annual awards. You are welcome to nominate MORE than one person!

Please click here to nominate for Teacher of the Year and the Someone Special Award. The deadline to nominate for both awards is Friday, March 15th at 6:00 PM.

Our Teacher of the Year (TOY) has its own unique timeline listed below:

  • Fri. 3/15 - Deadline for SGE nominations
  • Mon. 3/18 - Announce TOY & SOS recipients
  • Mon. 3/18 - Fri. 4/12 - TOY fills out ZCS application
  • Fri. 4/12 - Submission deadline for ZCS applicant from each school (nominee application & principal letter of recommendation) to Lynn Kissel at ESC
  • Wed. 4/17 – Fri. 4/26 - Committee review of candidates & selection of district Teacher of the Year.
  • Mon. 5/13 – School Board Meeting – All 8 nominees honored. One will be named district Teacher of the Year.
  • Lynn will communicate w/nominees (photo/bio/awards)
  • TBD – ZCS winner submits information for IN Teacher of the Year (Usually early June)

19-20 Supply Lists

Just to keep you all in the loop . . .

  • Jen Skura has provided us (Connie/Martha) with a copy of your K-4th grade supply lists
  • As we look at all five lists, should we notice any supply needs that are across the majority of your lists, we MAYBE requesting that this item/these items gets taken off and SGE will make a bulk purchase for our students.
  • Also, if applicable, we will also request that you adjust the verbiage on your lists. For example, “If your last name begins A-L – please bring tissue – If your last name begins with M-Z, please bring sanitizer, instead of using boys and girls.

We will update you on any changes we'd like your grade level to make on your supply lists by mid-February.

PLEASE JOIN US! FREE EVENT . . . REJECT: A Documentary Film (Feb. 26th)

Who: Parents, Students*, Staff and Community Members

(*recommended for students 5th grade and above but younger students are welcome to attend)

When: February, 26th, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Where: Zionsville Performing Arts Center

Click here to secure your FREE seats.

FREE childcare provided, register here.

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Additional Announcements & Reminders

Color Printer Reminder

  • REMEMBER . . . PC1-Front Office = Color Printer

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.

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, Jae, Deputy Todd


Professional Development Requests

  • If you would like to attend any type of professional development, please click here.

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.

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.

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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