Union Elementary Weekly Update

February 22, 2019

A Week in Review

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Miss Whiteman's class performed their interpretation of the play "Bigfoot Cinderella."

Upcoming Union Events

February 25- March 1- Relay for Life Spirit Week

February 26- Third Grade Field Trip to Clowes Hall; REJECT Documentary Screening at PAC, 6:45 PM

February 27- Second Grade Market Day

March 1- Third Grade Biography Fair, Relay for Life Movie Night

March 5- Dads Club Meeting, 7:00 in Teachers Lounge

March 9- Dads Club 2 on 2 Basketball Tournament

March 11- Parent Discussion Event, 9:30 and 6:30 in cafeteria

March 15-16- Union Players Production of Peter Pan

March 18-21- IREAD (3rd Grade)

March 20- Kindergarten Dads Club Breakfast, 8:15 in cafeteria

March 22-23- Spotlight Night

March 26- ZCS Community Forum Event at Union, 6:30 in cafeteria

March 28- Kokomo Beach Day

March 29- April 5- No School, Spring Break

April 10- Kindergarten Round Up at Union

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Who: Parents, Students*, 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.

Superintendent to Speak about Growth and Redistricting

The important topic of redistricting is always part of enrollment growth discussions. Please join us at Union Elementary on March 26 to discuss our facilities needs as a result of continuing enrollment growth. We will meet from 6:30-8:00 PM in the cafeteria.

Please register to attend at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Union2019 (Free child care will be provided, but you must register for that, too!) I need parents to be aware of the facilities needs, redistricting implications, and funding information related to our enrollment growth in ZCS.

Thank you for your consideration of this important community forum in the life of ZCS.

You might have children in other Zionsville schools, and for that reason, I am including the dates of our feeder schools as well. Core content will be similar at each location.

  • February 25th - Zionsville Community High School
  • March 14th- Zionsville Middle School
  • March 26th - Union Elementary School

Click HERE for more information from the February School Board Update

Kindergarten Round Up 2019

It is almost time to welcome our newest class of Union Stars, the class of 2032!

Kindergarten Round Up Registration will go live next week. You will sign up at:


Kindergarten Round-Up at Union will take place on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 7:30 AM-5:00 PM.

If your child is enrolled in ZCS Universal Preschool at the school they will attend Kindergarten, you received an email with Round-Up information from your Preschool lead. You do NOT need to sign up for using the link above. If your child attends Preschool at Zionsville West Middle School, or a Preschool at a different Zionsville school than their boundary school, you will need to register and sign up for a Round-Up time.

Counselor's Corner

Second Step – Fourth grade is the only grade level with a Home Links this week. Enjoy!

Parent Discussion Event

During the last quarter of school, our students are learning about the character trait of Determination as part of our Strong in Every Way initiative. How do we promote determination and perseverance in our children? How does experiencing failure play a role in nurturing this character trait? Please join us as we explore this topic at our next parent discussion event here at Union. Our goal is to provide a casual format for discussing how experiencing failure plays a role in nurturing determination. Mrs. Karnuta (School Counselor), Mrs. Kay (Assistant Principal), and Mrs. Raycroft (Principal) will be a part of the conversation and will be reading The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go so Their Children Can Succeed by Jessica Lahey to help guide the conversation. We would love to have you read the book as well but this is not a book study so it is certainly not a requirement! This is open to ALL Union parents. Some of you may even remember this book as part of a district-wide book study a couple of years ago. We felt the book had lots of good content and decided it was worth revisiting! To accommodate busy schedules, we will have two times for parents to choose from for this discussion on Monday, March 11. One at 9:30 a.m. and another in the evening at 6:30 p.m. both in the cafeteria. Please join us! For more information, please contact Lori Karnuta at lkarnuta@zcs.k12.in.us.

PTO News


The next PTO meeting is Monday, March 4th at 7PM in the Union Café. If you've ever thought about getting involved in PTO, debated attending a meeting, or wondered if there might be a board position you'd like...THIS is the meeting to attend. Believe it or not, we are starting to think about next year and have begun to compile the list of who's in and who's out for our PTO Committee Chairs. One of those empty seats is waiting for you so please join us next Monday and we'll find just the right spot. Child care will be provided.


Spotlight Night is 30 days away! But, the Reading Challenge ends in only 14 days so keep those kiddos reading and make sure they turn in any summary sheets that are completed.

Tickets are being delivered, basements and storage units are filling with decorations and the kids are SO EXCITED! So, are the adults...Spotlight Night is one of the most fun volunteer spots available and it's only every three years so sign up quick and don't miss out.

To learn everything you need to know about Spotlight Night or to find out where you can help, follow the link below.



As you know, the PTO has the privilege of awarding Student Grants each year. Students with an idea are given an opportunity to present to the Executive Board that includes your PTO president, vice treasurer and secretary along with Jen Raycroft and Erin Kay. This year, thanks to your generous contributions to Jog-A-Thon and Soiree, we were able to award almost all of the Student Grants. Kids asked for everything from crawfish habitats to alternative seating and playground equipment. And, we were rewarded with handmade cards and letters of thanks from the kids.


One more week to be entered to win an Amazon gift card! Any student who sends a correctly stamped and addressed letter through the Union Express Mail will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 Amazon gift card. It's as easy as that! Addresses can be found on the PTO Website.

Dads Club

Calling all Dads! Join us the first Tuesday of every month for our monthly meeting. Check out our calendar on the Dad’s Club webpage and our Facebook page Union Elementary Dads Club. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 7 PM in the Teachers' Lounge.

Sign up for . . .Union’s Elementary’s Annual

2-on-2 B-Ball Tournament!

All Union students are eligible to participate in the tournament. The Dads Club will pair up players based on their experience and grade level. Boys and girls may be paired together. Each player will play a minimum of two (6-minute) games. Parents must accompany their kids during the event and kids must be on time for their grade level sign-in.

About the Tourney:

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019

Where: Union Gymnasium

Who’s invited: All Union Students & Parents (K-4)

Free T-shirts: All players receive a free tourney T-shirt

Trophies: Trophies will be awarded to the winning and runner-up teams

Concessions: Support the Dad’s Club

Sign Up and Volunteer: Fill out the online registration: Dads Club 2x2 Basketball Tourney Registration (this includes volunteer sign up as well)

Donations: If you cannot volunteer, we do understand, and will be accepting donations. If you choose donation, please send in $15 with your child in an envelope. UE office will be collecting the donations. All donations go to the volunteer organizations that help make this day a success, such as the ZHS National Honor Society.

Now Hiring

Attention all parents/guardians! Have you ever thought about getting paid for the time you spend at our school? Union is looking for an instructional assistant. This is a 29 hour per week position during the instructional day working directly with our students. If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to Erin Kay at 317-733-4007 x16998 or ekay@zcs.k12.in.us.

RELAY FOR LIFE WEEK- February 25-March 1

We have exciting activities planned for the upcoming week that will help the American Cancer Society create “A World with More Birthdays”! Information went home in folders late this week.

Each day during the week we have a dress-up theme that coordinates with a coin collection.

Monday, February 25th is “Relay for Life Day”

Wear Purple to show your support and

Donate “Pennies for the Purple”

Tuesday, February 26th is “Nutrition Day”

Wear mismatched clothes to show you eat a variety of healthy foods and

Donate “Nickels for Nutrition”

Wednesday, February 27th is “Tobacco Free- Hat Day”

Pledge not to smoke and

Donate “Dimes for Don’t Smoke”

Thursday, February 28th “Physical Activity Day”

Wear a Sports Jersey to show that you chose daily physical activity and

Donate “Quarters for Quality of Life”

Friday, March 1st “Movie Night for the Cancer Fight”

Attend movie night after school from 2:30-4:30. Sign up using the form sent home on 2/15.

Youth Art Month


Youth Art Month (YAM) is an annual observation each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs.Established in 1961, Youth Art Month provides a forum for acknowledging skills that are fostered through experience in the visual arts that are not possible in other subjects offered in the curriculum.


· To direct attention to the value of art education which develops divergent & critical

thinking; multicultural awareness; as well as technical, communication, and expressive skills.

· To increase community, business, & governmental support for art education.

· To recognize art is a necessity for the full development of a better quality life for all people.

· To expand art programs in schools and stimulate new programing.

· To increase community understanding and interest in art & art education through involvement in art exhibits, workshops, and other creative ventures.

· To provide additional opportunities for individuals of all ages to participate in creative learning.

· To encourage commitment to the arts by student, community organizations and individuals everywhere.

· To recognize art education as a viable component in the total education curricula that develops citizens of a global society.

· To reflect & demonstrate the goals of the National Art Education Association that work toward the improvement of art education on all levels.

· To build the recognition and self-esteem of student artists as true artists in their own right.

There will be opening parties on Friday March 1, 2019 from 5-7pm at the Sullivan Munce Museum, 530 Home, the Hussey-Mayfield library, & Goodman Jewelers. Other artwork will be on display of store fronts at The Scoop & Black Dog Books. Please come out to visit any or all of the opening celebrations to see the artwork on display and enjoy some treats!

Congratulations to this year’s artists:

1st grade

Will McGinnis

Henry Hilliker

Esmae Shen

Ava Rittenhouse

Josie McCoy

Reese Korkos

Brynn Lehman

2nd grade

Jackson Menard

Emeline Anderson

Claire Gurley

Ruby Copner

Tyson Brauer

Ella Ventrone

Calvin Jung

Gianna Cappa

3rd grade

Ardyn Malloy

Jaqueline Robling

Sienna Kirschner

Sarah Robinson

Ryder Corbin

Lilli Allmand

Jack Quigley

Emma Wollenburg

4th grade

Samuel Fyffe

Brandt Weirich

Graci Cleveland

Adelyn Biddle

Maci Reck

Marcus Valentine

Ben Coffman

Jenna Dittmer

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Kids Heart Challenge

It's time for your child to show heart! This year, we're launching the Kids Heart Challenge. It's your child's chance to be a Heart Hero by learning about heart health, spreading the word and raising funds to save other children.

Have your child go to heart.org/kidsheartchallenge so they can take one of the three challenges and email family and friends to ask for donations.

Your child will earn a glow-in-the-dark wristband just for registering online. When they get donations, they will receive Echo, Finn and a clasp. Thank you for supporting the physical and emotional well-being of our students and the American Heart Association.

School Delay/ Closing Information

Please see the link here for information regarding school delays and cancellations.

Note that our next school cancellation would prompt an eDay. Lessons will be published on CANVAS the morning of the cancelled date. Elementary students have until the following week to complete all assignments. With this longer window for work completion, we are able to provide support if there are factors that impact accessibility (devices, internet access).

School Calendar- Updated

Please see the updated school calendar below. The last student day will now be Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

Background Check Information


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.

Examples include:

  • Field Trip Chaperones
  • Out of Town/Overnight Chaperones
  • Tutors
  • 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.


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.

Examples Include:

  • 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

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.