The Friday Flyer
November 15, 2019
These third grade students are experiencing the impact of "sound" and making learning more meaningful with a student and teacher from the Indiana School for the Blind.
These students prepare for their student-led conferences which were held on Wednesday and Thursday. Students shared goals and celebrations with their teachers and their families.
These students (Kindy & 3rd grade) work together to create some Chinese lanterns. Collaboration with a mentor is an effective mode for learning.
As a reminder the E-Learning assignments need to be completed by end of school day, Thursday, November 21st.
Should you have any questions/problems please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher.
ZCS Plans to be Open On Tuesday
Parents have likely heard about the “Red for Ed” rally on Tuesday, November 19, during which teachers from across the state will gather at the Statehouse on the General Assembly’s annual “Organization Day” to show solidarity for the cause of teacher pay in Indiana which lags in comparison to other states. Many Indiana school districts have closed for this event for various reasons. Our plan is to be open on Tuesday.
A delegation of about two dozen ZCS teachers are slated to attend the event at the Statehouse. ZCS has a duty to students, families, taxpayers, and the State of Indiana to do many things well all at once. Foremost, we must operate school for our community’s youth. We must simultaneously provide input to lawmakers about the work they do that so profoundly impacts our ability to sustain outstanding local public schools. On Tuesday, our plan is to do both!
Dear Boone Meadow Families -
We could use your help. Please take a few minutes to give us feedback on our STEM programming at Boone Meadow.
A few STEM Updates:
Boone Meadow students kicked off the year with a life science focus from kindergarten through fourth grade. Our classroom teachers facilitated many hands-on, engaging lessons both indoors and outdoors. Our vegetable garden (tended all summer by our family garden team) was a great place for seeing the life science first-hand and learning more about where our food comes from. Thank you to those families who volunteered this summer under the direction of Candice Culligan. This fall, in R.A.C.E. Day STEM, students harvested carrots, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers and got to taste the vegetables right off the vines!
In September and October, all first through fourth grade students had their first two coding lessons of the year. Each grade level is enrolled in a coding course through the Code.org website and is learning block based coding through that platform and classroom lessons with me. First quarter was 4th grade’s turn for STEM Related Arts rotation. Students learned about energy transfer and transformation as they designed their own solar cars to simulate solving a real-world problem. This quarter 3rd grade students are doing coding autonomous Lego NXT robots with Mrs. Benson during their STEM Related Arts Rotation.
From the ART Room
Our young 1st -4th artists have begun a new unit of study, color. To kick off the unit we are working in teams this week to complete the challenge of creating a ‘walking color wheel’. All groups were given the same materials and provided with clues along the way. Great teamwork is happening!!
Our young Kindergarten artists began by reading the book, “Mouse Paint.” We followed that up with discussing the proper layout of a basic color wheel, learned about complimentary colors and are ready to begin painting our ‘mouse paint’ color wheels next week.
Interested in Boone Meadow and Z'ville Gear?
- The store will be open today until this coming Friday, November 22nd!
- Items will be delivered to the school the week of December 16th.
Click here for more info: Boone Meadow/Zionsville Gear
From the MUSIC Room
Veterans Day Program:
- Thank you to all of our families and veterans for attending this year’s Veterans Day Program! If you were unable to make it, or if you have out of town family members who weren’t able to be there, a video of the program can be found and shared by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrjJvmR5Qb4. Congratulation to all our students on a job very well done!
1st & 2nd Grade:
This year’s first and second grade music programs will give the opportunity for parents, grandparents and guardians to participate in the learning by partnering up with their kids for our first ever Family Folk Dance Night! That’s right, Mr. Doublestein and his students will teach you how to dance several fun but easy folk dances and make a memory you won’t soon forget.
Second grade will perform on Tuesday evening December 3rd, and first grade will perform on Wednesday evening December 4th. Due to the number of students, each grade will be split into two groups.
- On December 3rd, Lamaster/Kiel and Megli/Kiel will perform from 5:30-6:30pm, and Proctor/Kiel and Graham/Kiel will perform from 6:45-7:45pm.
- On December 4th, Welch/Neal and Mattingly/Neal will perform from 5:30-6:30pm, and Foley/Neal and Bender/Neal will perform from 6:45-7:45pm.
- Miss Kiel and Mrs. Neal’s classes will split according to their regular specials rotation, joining whichever class they daily join for related arts.
- Families with multiple siblings in the same grade level only are welcome to combine into a single group and attend whichever time slot works best for their family. All other students should attend with their class.
- Please email Mr. Doublestein at email@example.com if a scheduling conflict requires that you join the other group, approvals will be granted as space allows.
Donors Choose - Xylophones
Mr. Doublestein is raising money through Donors Choose to update the final eight old and out of tune xylophones in his classroom. If you’d like to make a tax deductible donation and help him reach his goal before the project expires on December 7th please follow this link: https://donorschoo.se/e/VN9hjRwMA1.
For more information, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnOtyxFF6Cg&t=77s.
Mark your calendar for the Dine to Donate on November 20th!
ZCS Food Service offering NEW STARTING PAY
Texts from SchoolMessenger
From time to time Boone Meadow uses SchoolMessenger to send a text to all of the families. If you haven't been receiving texts from us, you may need to opt-in by sending YES to the SchoolMessenger short code of 68453. Contact Beth Kiel in the front office if you have any questions firstname.lastname@example.org
November 18th - PTO Meeting @ 7:00 (Cafe)
November 20th - Panera Bread Dine to Donate 4-8pm
November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Break
December 12th - Boone Meadow Voices Concert
December 23-January 3 - Winter Break
January 20 - MLK Jr. Day (no school)
January 30 - STEM Night
February 5 - Global School Play Day
February 6 - PTO Meeting @ 7:00 (Cafe)
February 17 - Presidents Day (no school)
February 18 - Staff Professional Development Day (no school for students)
March 4 - PTO Meeting @ 7:00 (Cafe)
March 18 - Wellness Night
March 20 - Boone Meadow Mixer (evening social for adults @ Golf Club of Indiana)
March 25 - Kindergarten Round-Up
March 27-April 3 - Spring Break
April 13 - PTO Meeting @ 7:00 (Cafe)
May 6 - PTO Meeting @ 7:00 (Cafe)
May 22 - Last Day of School
ERE Offerings at Boone Meadow Elementary
- Math Pentathlon https://programs.zionsvilleeaglerec.com/math-pentathlon.cfm
- Witsken Tennis https://programs.zionsvilleeaglerec.com/team-witsken-tennis.cfm
- All Out Training Basketball https://programs.zionsvilleeaglerec.com/all-out-training-basketballbrwith-eddie-gill_-winter.cfm
Arts & Crafts
- Winter & Holiday Canvas https://programs.zionsvilleeaglerec.com/paint-it-kids-fall-sessions.cfm
- My Art Paint & Pottery Class https://programs.zionsvilleeaglerec.com/myart-by-art.cfm
- Winter Break Chess Camp https://programs.zionsvilleeaglerec.com/winter-break-chess-camp.cfm
- Thanksgiving Minecraft Camp @ZCHS https://programs.zionsvilleeaglerec.com/minecraft.cfm
- Winter Break Minecraft Adventure Camp @ZCHS https://programs.zionsvilleeaglerec.com/minecraft.cfm
For Food Services monthly newsletter and information, click on link below
Nutrition Nuggets publication is focused on elementary aged students, while the Teen Food & Fitness edition is geared towards secondary students.
Community Events See the link to learn more about local events:
Volunteers and Visitor Background Checks
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 offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.
- 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. Necessary background check paperwork is available on the ZCS website at the Volunteers/BRAVO link and should be submitted at least 10 days prior to the intended volunteer date. Volunteers must also view the state mandated confidentiality/bullying video, provided on the Volunteer/BRAVO website. The volunteer will pay the fee* for the full background check which will expire after 5 years. The link to apply for the full background check can be accessed on the Volunteers/BRAVO link on the ZCS main webpage. For more information, contact the Volunteer/BRAVO Coordinator.
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
We ask that all visitors schedule an appointment to meet with teachers, counselors, administrators and all other staff members so that we may best serve everyone. Visitors other than parents/guardians must be prearranged and organized through the main office.
*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.