Boone Meadow Community Update
Week of May 10th, 2020
Boone Meadow Families
Thank you, families, for your outpouring of love and generosity during teacher/staff appreciation week. We are gratefully humbled by your thoughtfulness and care. The notes, treats, and displays of appreciation were especially touching during these spring days. We are blessed to serve with you.
School-Wide Dance Party - Mr. Doublestein is coordinating a fun-filled experience by "hosting" a virtual dance party. Video submissions are due Friday, May 15th. See the details in the section below.
Materials PIck Up & Other End of Year Information/Events - In the coming week, keep your eyes open for ZCS information regarding a variety of end of year procedures and events. Final details are being refined so families can return school materials and pick up personal belongings. More details to come soon.
Family Field Day begins May 15th - The ZCS Wellness team has pulled together an opportunity for families to engage in our annual field day events. Check out the information in this update.
Last Week for Family Input Survey: Our Family Input Survey is available until next Monday, May 18th. The survey affords families the opportunity to provide feedback to our Boone Meadow Team. Please see additional information below.
Dine For Dollars - If you don't feel like cooking on Tuesday, you can help support BME PTO and order take out from Hot Box Pizza in Whitestown on Tues, May 12th! 20% off your check will be donated back to the BME PTO!
Only 8 days of school remain for the 19-20 school year, and we remain steady to support you and your family so we may all finish the year as strong as possible.
We miss you, and we are grateful for your partnership,
School-Wide Online Dance Party
“In times like these we could all use a little more fun,
and what could possibly be more fun than a school wide online dance party?!?!"
Next week Mr Doublestein will be putting together an end of the year celebratory video of our students dancing their way into summer. It’s a video you won’t want to miss, and he needs your help!
- If you’d like to participate please upload a 10-20 second video clip (one per family) of all your best dance moves to the following link https://dan395.typeform.com/to/npzsvS.
- Make sure you’re doing more than one dance move (we can’t all floss all the time after all...), and have fun with it!
- All submissions must be uploaded by the end of the day on Friday, May 15th. For music to dance along to, follow this link: https://youtu.be/q1ULJ92aldE.
Thanks for dancing!!!
This Week in Related Arts
- Art - This week in the art room we are introduced to the artist Jasper Johns. Johns is a painter, sculpture & performance artist. Students have two projects to choose from based on the materials you have available at home. Don’t forget to check out the enrichment page too!!! Stay Creative BME
- Music – For this week’s music lesson Mr. Doublestein wrote a song on his guitar and harmonica for you to enjoy. Come hear how he did it, and what kind of musical equipment he used. For this week’s Challenge Of The Week you are invited to upload a 10-20 second video showing off your greatest dance moves to be included in an upcoming school-wide online dance party video!
- STEM – Sun and Shade, Soil, Water Cycle, Rocks, Erosion & Weathering . . . Oh My! This is Earth Science Week in STEM! If we had been together in school, you would have been learning about Earth Science in your classrooms this quarter. Instead, I have Earth Science modules for each grade level that you can access in your STEM course or from your teacher’s enrichment area. The Coding Camp, Choice Boards, and previous weekly modules are still available if you want to hit those as well.
- Wellness – You can try out all 5 of Mr. Stephens’ “Strong in Every Way” challenges that focus on social, physical, intellectual, nutritional, and emotional wellness! If you have already done any of these challenges in past weeks, head to the “Enrichments” page to find a few more new activities to stay active and healthy! Also, be on the look-out for some exciting FIELD DAY information! All Boone Meadow students and families will have the chance to participate in a “Virtual Field Day”! There will be tons of at-home “Field Day-style” games and challenges on the Wellness Canvas page for families to try out! The Field Day Module will be posted on Friday May 15th, and available until the last day of school (May 22nd)!
Counselor's Corner w/ Mrs. Sloan
The SEL Learning Day on 5/13 will be all about Big Feelings. The end of the school year always brings about many different emotions for students. This year is not different, and may even be more complex than other years.
The SEL family Big Feeling activity, linked below, has some conversation starters for you to use to guide conversation with your children about how they are feeling right now. We have also included an visual emotions chart for additional support, that shows different fish displaying different feelings or emotions. If your child doesn’t know the words to use, or feels more comfortable coloring or pointing to the feeling fish, this may be a great way for children to share some of their big emotions as well. Your student will have a very simple form of this activity as an option during their SEL lesson on 5/13.
Dine For Dollars - All Day on Tuesday, May 12th
Coming Soon! Family Field Day - May 18th-22nd
Field day is an important tradition in our district. It is a significant day for our students and staff to celebrate another successful school year. In these challenging times, this is a unique way that we can stay connected as a community and support each other in a fun and meaningful way.
The ZCS Elementary Wellness Team has put together an opportunity for your family to participate in our Virtual Family Field Day during the week of May 18th - May 22nd. Games can be completed outdoors or indoors with minimal to no equipment. You can choose what day works best for your family and you can choose any number of activities to complete.
FAMILY FIELD DAY Module will be posted on your WELLNESS CANVAS COURSE on MAY 15th! Let the planning, playing, and celebrating begin!
Here are some ideas:
- Choose what works for your family: Choose your level of competition. Your family can all be on the same team working together toward a common goal, or you can split up and make teams.
- Make your own team logo or family crests! Whether dividing up by teams or working as one group, design a team logo. Pick a color, animal, flower, or tree. Coordinate team outfits and choose a healthy team snack, or even a picnic lunch.
- Designate roles: Decide on the “jobs” each family member will have. For example, the team chef makes the healthy team snacks, the team stylist picks “uniforms,” and the team manager keeps track of time and checks off activities as you complete them.
- Be sure to take a lot of pictures and share your FUN! Click on the link below to add your family pictures and view other schools to find friends across the district.
This Week in The Meadow
Monday, May 11th
- Remote eLearning classroom modules continue; focused primarily on literacy and math w/ enrichment options available from our Related Arts teachers and classroom teachers.
Tuesday, May 12th
- Literacy and math modules continue w/ enrichment options available from our Related Arts teachers and classroom teachers.
- Dine for Dollars @ HotBox Pizza (all day) - You might need to "dance off" those breadsticks. Record your dance and send to Mr. D!
Wednesday, May 13th
- Social Emotional Learning (SEL) module, w/ enrichment options available from our Related Arts teachers and classroom teachers.
- Have you submitted your "Dance Party" video yet? It might be a great day to do so.
Thursday, May 14th
- Remote eLearning classroom modules continue; focused primarily on literacy and math w/ enrichment options available from our Related Arts teachers and classroom teachers.
Friday, May 15th
- School-wide Dance Party videos due to Mr. Doublestein
- ZCS Family Field Day module posted to Canvas!
- Student day off; no new module for students - Teacher work day to design instruction for the next week.
Family Input Survey
Dear Boone Meadow Families,
Thank you for taking time to provide feedback regarding your child's learning experience. Your input provides us the opportunity to reflect on our strengths and areas to strengthen. We readily admit that we, as a staff, must always strive to grow in our work and practices.
- Our staff is committed to continuity in relationship with students and families whenever possible. In doing so, we believe we can serve students and families better. Therefore, it is our goal for students to remain with their classroom teacher for more than one year when possible.
- For the upcoming 2020-21 school year, we plan to continue a looping model with 1st grade to 2nd grade. Likewise, we desire to do the same with 3rd grade to 4th grade. Please note: As enrollment changes or other placement needs must be considered, continued placements are not guaranteed.
- Please, do not include requests for specific teachers.
Should you desire to share input and feedback, please complete the survey by Monday, May 18th. This will allow us the opportunity to adequately review your input before the end of the school year.
To access, click here: Family Input Survey
Spring Identification for Advanced Curriculum
The Indiana Department of Education requires school districts to identify gifted students and provide them with appropriately differentiated curriculum and instruction. In ZCS, we reconsider ability and achievement data of all students each spring to identify any who may need further consideration for advanced differentiation in curriculum and instruction the following school year. This spring we will do the same with the data we have collected over the course of the school year. Our team of teachers, licensed in gifted education (representing each elementary building and central office), will look at all data remotely to make sure that we understand the needs of each student.
Our school district is committed to continuous progress for all students, regardless of designation. Accelerated content is common in our classrooms as are heightened expectations, instructional levels and high-achieving peers. Instructional methods regularly group and regroup students with differentiated materials and goals. Whether or not a child is identified as needing advanced curriculum, our teachers are committed to regular assessment of skills and knowledge and matching experiences to challenge each child and help him or her make maximum academic growth. We are proud to be a high-performing school district with high expectations for all students.
For students currently in grades K-3: Programming at the elementary level is based on student need for acceleration and enrichment within a cluster group in a general education classroom and not on labels. All student data is reviewed each year to look for several indicators that a child needs advanced instruction in order to grow academically. Our identification team looks at achievement, ability and teacher observational data. Since these vary from year to year with young students, we re-look at every student each spring. Parents will be notified by June 10 if their child has been recommended for differentiation. If your child was not identified through our extensive process, parents/guardians may appeal the decision. Parents/guardians can complete the appeal process by June 15. Forms are located on the Academics tab of our website under “Advanced Curriculum”: https://4.files.edl.io/039c/01/28/20/182123-3d4a9f45-de63-4549-95a9-0341f67290eb.pdf
For students currently in grade 4: All students are considered and more formally identified for high ability each year throughout middle school where they are placed in a class with high ability curriculum. Our identification team considers either achievement (NWEA) or ability (OLSAT) when making decisions. Parents will be notified by June 10 if their child has been recommended for differentiation based on the need for accelerated instruction or curriculum. If your child was not identified through our extensive process, parents may appeal the decision. Parents can complete the appeal process by June 15. Forms are located on the Academics tab of our website under “Advanced Curriculum”: https://4.files.edl.io/9ed3/07/24/19/163425-9b8daab0-04e6-4efb-acd8-f68c3aec4318.pdf
Next Year's School Supplies
Our school has once again partnered with 1st Day School Supplies in order to assist families with next year's classroom supplies. You can get the exact supplies your teachers requested without the hassle of back to school shopping!
- All kits will be delivered to your student's classroom prior to the first day of school.
- PTO and the school receive no proceeds from the service. The desire is to simply provide a convenient service at a reasonable price.
Note: Deadline to order is June 15.
Any questions can be directed to Andrea Wickard at firstname.lastname@example.org
BME Supply Link: https://www.1stdayschoolsupplies.com/kits.php?sid=1177525)
Kindergarten Pre-Registration for the 20-21 school year -
- If you already pre-registered for Kindergarten Round Up, you need to do nothing at this time.
- We are currently accepting kindergarten registrations for families/students that have not yet registered. Please click on the link below to begin the registration process.
- When we are able to return to school, our team will schedule a special time for you and your child to come to our school and learn about kindergarten. This Kindy experience will most likely occur this summer.
- If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com
ZCS Kindergarten pre-registration link: http://secure.infosnap.com/family/gosnap.aspx?action=22262&culture=en
Not returning to Boone Meadow or Zionsville Community Schools next year?
If your family plans are moving you away from BME or ZCS for the 2020-2021 school year, please email our amazing Administrative Assistant/Registrar, Beth Kiel, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your assistance as we begin preparation for the upcoming school year!
Hussey Mayfield Public Library
Hussey Mayfield Memorial Public Library (the Zionsville Public Library) is still closed, but they have set up a way for people who don't have a library card to register online and get a "card" (an email with card number and pin) within 24 hours.
This is GREAT news for our staff/students/community, because the public library has an absolute treasure trove of digital resources that can be accessed during this time of e-learning.
Here are the instructions to get signed up for a card while the library is closed:
Get a Library Card within 24-Hours
Visit our Get a Card page , fill out the application, and all eligible applicants will receive an email within 24-hours with their new, personal Library Card information.
Please fill out an application for each person in your family who wants their own card. ALL ages are welcome to receive a card.
Cards issued while we are closed will expire within 6 months from the date of issue. When the Library reopens, please bring your valid ID to the Library to extend your expiration date.
Counselor's Corner: Resources
Help your family to grow closer and increase your resilience. This link will take you to a parent resource about family resilience.
Also, don’t forget about our counselor as a resource for your family. If you would like to contact Kristi Sloan, our School Counselor, please email her at email@example.com.
Sesame Street Little Children, Big Challenges
Young children face new challenges at every age and stage. That’s why it’s so important to help them build the skills they need to become resilient. With self-confidence and the ability to express themselves, little ones will be able to handle whatever may come their way and will just keep getting stronger.
How to Talk to your Kids About Coronavirus
This is an article written by PBS Kids about how to talk to children about coronavirus. You will find tips for handwashing, covering coughs, and practicing healthy habits.
Support for Helpers during Coronavirus
Resources from the Fred Rogers Center in addition to partner organizations for those of you looking for ways to create learning opportunities and structure for children.
Confidential Food Assistance from ZCS
Please use this link to set up a pick-up time for a food package from ZCS Food Service.
Assistance from the Boys and Girls Club
The Boys and Girls Club will also be offering a take out evening meal at the Lebanon Unit, 403 West Main Street. The offering is available to Club members and any community member in need during these difficult times.
Meals will be available Monday through Friday beginning March 16 - March 27 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with a limit of eight carry-out meals per family. We are initially preparing meals for at least 100 people each day and will make adjustments as needed.
Zionsville Food Pantry
4775 W. 116th St, Zionsville
Phone 317-873-8137, ext. 1087
Hours of Operation on Thursdays from 5-6 pm and Fridays from 12-2 pm
The Caring Center
1230 Ransdell Ct.
Hours of Operation on Mondays & Wednesdays from 8 am - 2 pm
Hours of Operation on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays from 11 am - 5 pm
(Closed on 3rd Tuesday and 4th Thursday of each month.)