Union Elementary Weekly Update

Back to School Edition

Dear New and Returning Union Families,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! For those of you that we have not yet had the privilege to meet, our names are Jen Raycroft and Erin Kay. We are honored to serve this community as the principal and assistant principal of Union Elementary. We hope this message finds you savoring what remains of summer and making memories that will warm your heart and mind long after the heat has ended. At school, we are eagerly anticipating the arrival of our students! The halls have been quiet for too long, and we look forward to another amazing school year full of learning and fun!

This newsletter contains valuable information for all families. We hope you will find it helpful as you prepare for your child(ren) to return to school on Tuesday, August 3rd.

Warmest Regards,

Mrs. Jen Raycroft and Mrs. Erin Kay

Upcoming Events

July 16- Transportation Survey due (linked here)

July 19- Union Office officially reopens with regular hours, 7:30-3:30

July 23- Classroom Placement emails sent by end of day

July 26- New Family Welcome, 5:00-6:00 PM

July 29- Kindergarten Meet the Teacher Night, 5:00-6:30 PM

July 30- Pre School and Grades 1-4 Meet the Teacher Night, 5:00-7:00 PM

Recommended Times:

Last Name A-D, 5:00-5:30 PM

Last Name E-K, 5:30-6:00 PM

Last Name L-R, 6:00-6:30 PM

Last Name S-Z, 6:30-7:00 PM

August 2- No School

August 3- First Day of School

August 10- Dads Club Meeting, 7 PM

August 19- Curriculum Night, 5:30-8:00 PM

5:30-6:00 Kindergarten

6:00-6:30 1st Grade

6:30-7:00 2nd Grade

7:00-7:30 3rd Grade

7:30-8:00 4th Grade

August 25- Welcome Back Parent Coffee, 9:30-11:00 AM

Beginning of the Year Event Details

July 26: New Family Welcome Event, 5:000 – 6:00 PM

This event is for new Preschool and First-Fourth Grade Union Families. It is a great opportunity to learn more about Union. New families should have received a separate email invitation. For more details and to RSVP, click here

July 29: Meet the Teacher Night for Kindergarten, 5:00-6:30 PM

As we continue our Strong Start programming for the Class of 2034, we look forward to welcoming our kindergarten students and their families on their own special night. Kindergarteners will have the opportunity to drop off supplies, meet their teacher, and tour the building during this event. Please plan on arriving at the beginning of the time slot. We recognize that times may not work for every family's schedule, but are recommending the slots below based on last name:

5:00-5:45 – Families with last names beginning A-K

5:45-6:30- Families with last names beginning M-Z

July 30: Meet the Teacher Night for Preschool and Grades 1-4, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Please join us in order to reconnect with classmates and visit your classroom. During this time, your family can drop off supplies, meet teachers, and get your last few questions answered.

While we recognize that this may not work for every family's schedule, we are recommending the following times:

Last Name A-D, 5:00-5:30 PM

Last Name E-K, 5:30-6:00 PM

Last Name L-R, 6:00-6:30 PM

Last Name S-Z, 6:30-7:00 PM

This is to help with parking and traffic flow. We also recommend carpooling or walking if possible. Meet the Teacher Night is a well attended event and we want everyone to kick off the school year in a positive way! Please note that wearing a mask indoors is strongly recommended for individuals not fully vaccinated until further notice, as per CDC recommendation.

August 3: First Day of School!

August 10: Dads Club Meeting, 7 PM

The first meeting for the 2021-2022 school year will be held in the Teachers Lounge at Union Elementary on August 10th at 7PM. You can enter the building using door 11. The Union Elementary Dads Club has been around since the 1990s, and is represented by the “greatest group of guys” in Zionsville. They plan a number of fun, extra-curricular activities for Union’s kids throughout the year, as well as work with the teachers and PTO to improve educational resources. Basically, the Dads are all about kids and having fun. The motto: is “Be Glad You’re A Dad!” Dads meet in the Teachers’ Lounge the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM. All our welcome to attend! If you have questions, please contact Dads Club President Jake Webster at jwebster1220@yahoo.com.

August 19: Union Curriculum Night, 5:30 – 8:00 PM

During this event, each classroom teacher will present a half hour session highlighting the curriculum, events, and expectations for the year ahead. Each grade level has a designated time, indicated in the calendar above. You will also be able to visit informational booths from various district and community organizations.

August 25: New Parent Coffee, 9:30-11:00 AM

The Union Parent's "Welcome Back Coffee" will be on Wednesday, August 25 from 9:30-11:00 AM- location TBD. This is an opportunity to socialize and learn more about Union's PTO. An invite will go out closer to the event date.

COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies and Protocols

Copied from Dr. Robison's email sent on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

A recommendation about masks and other return to school CoVID-19 protocols was passed by the Board of Trustees on Monday evening. In brief, it states:

  1. All CoVID-19 decisions are subject to change.
  2. In school mitigations of hand washing, disinfecting, and enhanced HVAC circulation will continue until further notice.
  3. All forms of school transportation require mask wearing until further notice. (This is a federal regulation.)
  4. Wearing a mask indoors is strongly recommended for individuals not fully vaccinated until further notice, as per CDC recommendation.
  5. ZCS will not require vaccination for staff or students unless otherwise noticed.
  6. ZCS may require proof of vaccination status for school visitors.
  7. ZCS will continue to report on C-19 positives and close contacts until further notice.
  8. School events/sports can proceed without limitations unless otherwise noticed.
  9. The Superintendent may alter protocols if conditions change. Processes will be reviewed at the next Board meeting.
  10. If school is mandated to close for any reason, the Board reserves the right to revisit all re-start protocols.
  11. ZCS will not seek to know vaccination status for students or staff unless they are involved in contact tracing of a CoVID-19 positive case.
  12. Parents should keep ill children at home and report CoVID-19 symptoms and positive test results to the child’s school.

School Supply Lists

Bus Transportation

RESERVE A BUS SEAT NOW! School transportation is available for the 2021-2022 school year and routes will be at maximum capacity. We will likely have 2-3 students per seat. Students utilizing bus transportation for school, field trips, and athletic events will be required to wear a mask in accordance with current federal requirements for public transportation.

Please click here to briefly indicate your transportation plan and reserve your spot by this Friday, July 16.

ZCS continues to experience high student enrollment growth, and is currently seeking interested candidates to serve our community as a professional driver for ZCS. Paid training and excellent benefits are available. Please click here to learn more about becoming a bus driver, or contact Amy Eaton, Transportation Manager at 317-873-1237.

GROW/ Child Care Options

GROW/Child Care Services

Eagle Rec

Bridge and Early Start Spanish are optional, fee based programs that “bridge” the time between the 7:50-8:00 arrival time for 1st-4th grade students, and the start of the instructional day for Kindergarten students, which is 8:50-9:00.

Before and After-School Care (BAC) is available for all Union students. Before school care begins at 6:45am and After school extends childcare from 2:30 to 6:00pm.

Eagle Rec offers fee based programs in a variety of interest areas, which typically start after school has already begun.

Now Hiring

Looking for a job that works with your child's school schedule? Union is hiring instructional assistants and cafeteria staff. Learn more and apply at:


The ZCS HR Department is currently hiring for the following positions: Food Service Associates, Instructional Assistants, Paraprofessionals, Bus Drivers, & Bus Aides. Information about these positions as well as in-person interviews will be offered at the following locations and times during Back-to-School Days:

· Monday, July 26

o 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Zionsville West Middle School

o 12:30 pm-4:00 pm at Zionsville Middle School

· Tuesday, July 27

o 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at Zionsville Community High School

o 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at Zionsville West Middle School

o 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm at Zionsville Middle School

Union Elementary School

Union Elementary strives to create a nurturing and kid-focused learning environment where teachers, students, and parents work together in supportive and collaborative partnerships so all students can meet their potential.