Union Elementary Weekly Update

February 8, 2019

A Week in Review

Wellness Night

Wellness Night was a blast! Thank you to Mrs. Fritz and all of our volunteers for a great night being active and learning about the brain. We hope all the families that attended enjoyed themselves. Thank you for braving the wind and rain to be with us!

Chinese New Year

The first graders in Mrs. Boggs' class learned about Chinese New Year!

Upcoming Union Events

February 5- 4th Grade ZMS Visit; Dads Club Meeting, 7 PM in Teachers Lounge; ZMS 4th Grade Parent Meeting at ZMS, 6:30 PM

February 7- Family Wellness Night, 6-7:30 PM

February 8- Union Soiree

February 11- PTO Meeting, 9:15 AM; Cripe Candid Photos

February 11-14- Student Council Kindness Week and Shoe Collection

February 13- Dads Club First Grade Breakfast, 7AM in Cafeteria; 4th Grade Field Trip to Connor Prairie

February 14- Valentine's Day Parties

February 18-19- No School

February 22- Yearbook Orders Due

February 25- March 1- Relay for Life Week

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

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

March 9- Dads Club 2 on 2 Basketball Tournament

March 15-16- Union Play

March 18-21- IREAD (3rd Grade)

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

March 22-23- Spotlight Night

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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.

Student Council Announcement

Next week Union Elementary will be collecting shoes during our Kindness Week. We will be promoting the character trait of compassion as we donate shoes to help others and control our waste! To support Boone County Waste Management, we will be donating to their collection called Reuse Heart and Sole. Please donate any shoes you no longer use! We will take ALL shoes… new, old, scuffed, or shiny! Drop off containers will be located at the front of the school. Thank you for supporting Union Elementary and our local community!

- Your UE Student Council members

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Counselor's Corner

These are the Second Step Home Links for this week. Enjoy!


First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

From Mrs. Karnuta:

Thank you Union Students and Staff for making this a WONDERFUL School Counselor Appreciation Week! My bucket is full!These are the Second Step Home Links for this week.

National School Counseling Week

This week was National School Counseling Week! We LOVE Mrs. Karnuta and spent the week showing her our appreciation. Every day, a grade level showered her with raindrops of kindness, since she fills all of our buckets each day!

Yearbook Orders

Yearbook order forms should have come home this week. The cost is $15.00 per yearbook and checks are made payable to Union Elementary. All order forms are DUE Friday, February 22nd. If you should need another order form, please stop by the front office. Late orders cannot be guaranteed and a late fee may apply.

Valentines Day Parties

We look forward to celebrating Valentine's Day with our students at their classroom parties on Thursday, February 14th. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to emphasize the lifeskill of friendship with all of our students. As you are out shopping for Valentines to share with classmates, please select cards and/or trinkets that are inedible. This could include pencils, erasers, stickers, etc. Candy will not be distributed. Thank you for ensuring that all students can have a safe and fun celebration.

PTO News


Tonight is the night! Don't forget, even if you aren't attending the Soiree you are welcome and encouraged to bid on auction items at www.qtego.net/qlink/unionelementary. The auction is open now and closes at 9pm.


Couldn't attend the Soiree, that's OK, come to the PTO meeting on Monday the 11th at 9am and get filled in on all of the gossip...and also the budget, Spotlight Night update, Book Fair dates and so on and so forth.


Sending mail through the Union Express Mail has never been easier...or more rewarding. Each student who sends a correctly stamped and addresses note though the Union Express Mail will be entered into a drawing to win an Amazon Gift card every month until the end of the school. Parents are welcome to send letters and notes to their children using the mailbox by the front office, but out of town grandparents, aunts, uncles and everyone else can get in on the fun to by writing a letter, addressing it with the child's classroom address and then sending it in a separate envelope to the school at Union Elementary c/o Union Express Mail 11750 E 300 S Zionsville IN 46077. The second graders will take it from there.


We hope you're still saving Box Tops. Get them in soon as the contest is almost over. Also, if you have some free time and want to help sort and count Box Tops, please volunteer below. Thanks! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0448a4aa2aa0fc1-boxtops


The first round of Spotlight Night attendance tickets were passed out today. Did your child get one? Keep reading and filling out those summary sheets—their ticket is waiting for them.

Find the book challenges and summary form here.

This exciting event happens every 3 years and no one (parents and students) is going to want to miss out on all the fun. Now is your time to sign up to volunteer or donate items. Spots will fill up quickly, so please click the link to secure your spot. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e4ba8aa22ab9-spotlight

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.

Our next event is the First Grade Breakfast which is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 7 AM. To sign up to volunteer to cook/serve or to donate an item, please click on here

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.

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.