Stonegate Elementary Weekly News

February 1, 2019

One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.

Calendar of Events

  • January 7-25- NWEA Assessments (classroom schedules vary)
  • February 4-8 - School Counselor Week
  • February 8 - 3rd Grade Specialty Fair
  • February 11-15 - PTO Food Drive
  • February 14 - Classroom Valentine Parties
  • February 18 - President's Day - No School
  • February 19 - Staff Professional Development - No School
  • February 22 - 3rd Grade field trip to the Indianapolis Children's Museum
  • February 28 - Family STEM Night - 6:00-7:30 pm
  • March 14- 4th grade visits ZWest
  • March 15- Irish Dancers Convocation
  • March 15- PTO Princess and Me Dance (Parent/Daughter Dance)
  • March 18-28- 3rd Grade IREAD Assessment (classroom schedules vary-see teacher's newsletter for exact days/times)
  • March 29-April 5- Spring Break-No School
  • April 8- Welcome Back!

Look Who Was Sent to the Principal's Office!

  • Ethan Young
  • Jack Skura
  • Carter Evanoff
  • Madelyn Helvie
  • Gavin Wickler
  • Bryn Showalter
  • Kate Kessler
  • Louis Martin
  • Alex Johnson
  • Carwen Jones

Wow! We love our students and are thrilled when they are recognized for all the positive acts of kindness they contribute in their classrooms!

Miss Wetzel's Counselor Corner

During the Steps to Strong in Every Way lessons, students continue to learn about emotion management! The lessons specifically teach about calming down strong emotions such as anger, disappointment, frustration, and anxiety. Kindergarten focused on how to handle waiting. First grade talked about self-talk for calming down. Second and third grade focused on managing anger. Fourth grade students discussed how to handle put downs. When children learn to notice their own feelings by paying attention to clues in their bodies, they can learn to manage those strong emotions when faced with learning or social challenges. Students learned the three steps to calm down.

1. Stop—Use your signal

2. Name your feeling

3. Calm down: Breathe, count, use positive self-talk

The grade levels’ link below will take you to a page called Home Links. Some Steps to SIEW lessons have fun activities for you and your child to complete together! They are a great way for you to understand what your child is learning and for your child to show you what he or she knows!


First grade

Second grade

Third grade

Fourth grade

SGE Spotlight: First Grade

First grade celebrated our 100th day of school last week. Using this milestone is a great way to cover various academic concepts. Throughout the day, students visited stations to cover topics such as number sense and graphing for math, stacking 100 cups for STEM, creating a picture using the number 100 for art, and writing about 100 for language arts. To top it all off, students and teachers came to school dressed up like we were 100 years old. It was a great day to be 100!

REUSE Heart and Sole- Shoe Recycling Collection!

The 4th grade house of Tapatahi is sponsoring a shoe collection drive, REUSE Heart and Sole, sponsored by the Boone County Waste Management System. We are collecting shoes to reuse and recycle. You can donate single shoes, pairs of shoes, ones that can still be worn and ones that are too old to be worn. We want them all! You can bring your shoes to the collection bins in the office lobby or outside the library. You can donate shoes February 1st through the 19th. Please Donate ! Thank you!

Valentine Parties-Spread Love and Kindness not Candy

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 life skills of friendship and kindness with all of our students. As you are out shopping for Valentine cards to share with classmates, please select cards void of candy. Regretfully, we will be unable to pass out the candy. We have many students with food sensitivities and allergies and as always, our main goal is to keep everyone safe. If you elect to purchase cards that have contain something extra attached to them, please ensure they are inedible. This could include pencils, erasers, stickers, etc. Thank you for ensuring that all students can have a safe and fun celebration.

Valentine Parties- Volunteers

Class parties to celebrate Valentine's Day will be held on Thursday, February 14th. Please look for upcoming emails and newsletters from your child's teacher for additional information. If you plan on volunteering for the party, you must have a FULL background check on file. If you don't yet have a FULL background check, you will need to apply for that as soon as possible as it takes 7-10 business days to be completed. You can apply for the background check by going to Zionsville Community Schools website, click the Parents tab; and find the Volunteer/Bravo tab in the drop down.

Fairy Tale STEM Night

Join us on Thursday, February 28 from 6-7:30 for a Fairy Tale STEM Night! Will you come help some familiar characters with the problems they face? Build the strongest house to help the three little pigs, construct a bridge for Sleeping Beauty’s prince to cross, create the gingerbread cowboy’s lasso, and so much more! No RSVP is required, and the whole family is invited. Contact Mrs. Skura ( with any questions.

We are in need of empty toilet paper rolls, empty paper towel rolls, masking tape, and bags of pretzels. Any donations are greatly appreciated and can be taken to Mrs. Skura’s room. Thank you!

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Running Club - Spring Session

THIRD and FOURTH GRADE: Are your ready to GO FAR (Go out for a run) and be STRONG in EVERY WAY? REGISTER NOW at

ZCS Programs 2019 Running Club. SGE Go Far Running Club: Grades 3rd-4th Go Far is a 10-week comprehensive fitness program designed to teach children of all abilities about healthy eating, goal setting and how to train to walk/run a 5k.

Email Mrs. Torrance or Mrs. Frobig with questions. Lace up your shoes and join us beginning MARCH 6, at 2:30!

***SGE PTO News and Upcoming Events***

PTO Food Drive

The PTO is organizing a small food drive the week of Feb 11th. This food drive will focus on building up the stock of individual portioned foods. Specific needs include dinner type items like soup, mac and cheese, canned pasta, or single serve dinners. Also needed are individual portions of fruit like fruit cups, canned fruits or applesauce.

Plastic Lids are Needed

PTO is looking for donations of large, clean plastic containers with lids. Think animal crackers, cheese balls, etc. Please send to school with your child and they can drop off at the front office. Thank you for your help!

Save the Date - PTO Spring Fling

SGE PTO: Save the Date: Stonegate Spring Fling from 3-7pm on Mar 23rd at SGE. This will be a fun family event! We hope you will plan to join us! More details to come.

***ZCS District News***

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Little League Baseball and Softball Registration Now Open!

Register online at

The Early Bird Special registration rate ends at midnight Thursday February 7. Act now to save $50 on registration fees. Little League baseball is open to children born August 31, 2013 or earlier. Little League softball is open to children born December 31, 2012 or earlier.

Opening Day is Saturday April 13 and the recreation season ends June 15. Players involved in All-Stars will play into July. For more information about Zionsville Little League: Email

Like ZLL on Facebook at

Follow ZLL on Twitter at or @zionsvillell

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FREE EVENT . . . REJECT: A Documentary Film

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.

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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 the generous support of our youth and schools. Thank you, too, for supporting the assurance of student and staff safety by completing and paying for a volunteer background check.

Did You Know?

ZCS, like other public schools, has a no-idling policy for vehicles on campus. The purpose of the policy is to limit vehicle emissions that might be brought into the schools and adversely impact the health of our students and staff. If you are stopped on campus for more than 5 minutes, please remember to turn off your engine. We thank you for abiding by this policy to help reduce the exposure to these emissions.

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