Union Family Update

May 25, 2023

Dear Union Families,

And that's a wrap! We have concluded a wonderful year at Union Elementary! Thank you for all of your support and we are wishing you and your family a FUN, SAFE, and JOYFUL summer vacation!

We wish our fourth graders all the best as they transition to new adventures - MIDDLE SCHOOL! We are so glad they were a part of our story and as I said this morning, "It was a true honor and joy to be your principal!"

We will see our Union STARS back here in August!

23-24 ZCS School Calendar 2023-2024 ZCS Calendar and our 23-24 Back-to School Dates and Events: Open Houses and Back-to-School Plans for your planning!

With a GRATEFUL heart,

Mrs. Erin Kay, Principal of Union


Mrs. Laura Christie, Assistant Principal of Union


We will miss our 4th graders...

Important Registration Information for the 23-24 School Year

Online registration for the 2023-2024 school year will be available soon! Individual notification will be emailed next week. If you do not see the notification in your email, it may have gone to your junk/spam folder. If you cannot find the email it is no problem - login to the PowerSchool Parent Portal, select your student and complete registration.

Please complete this registration as soon as you are able, or no later than Tuesday, 5/30/23. If your child will not be returning to Zionsville Community Schools for the 23-24 school year, please fill out this link: https://dan395.typeform.com/to/Mb4rAgQH?typeform-source=bme.zcs.k12.in.us or contact Kim Gilley, Union Administrative Assistant, for assistance.

Parent Input Survey - Extended until May 25

Your input provides us the opportunity to reflect on our strengths and areas to improve. We readily admit that we, as a staff, must always strive to grow in our work and practices. Creating our classroom groups is an intricate balancing process. Our priority is to place all of our students in the optimal instructional environment based upon each individual child's strengths and needs. Due to growth, our final class lists will not be known until late summer. Please complete the form by Monday, May 25 (extended from original date of Friday, May 5) so we may have the opportunity to adequately review your input before the end of the school year. Click Here: Parent Input Survey
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School Supplies Ordering

We have partnered with 1st Day School Supplies again this year to provide supply boxes for Grades K-4. If you are interested in purchasing a supply box for your student(s) please click on the link below or use the QR code in the flyer. This will take you directly to the ordering page exclusively for Union Elementary. As always, the boxes will be delivered to the school and waiting in your child’s classroom at the start of the 23-24 school year. If you wish to purchase supplies on your own, you may find the 23-24 supply lists on our website.

Order Now --> http://1stdayschoolsupplies.com/kits.php?sid=38459

Mark Your Calendars!


  • 2 - Grades will be posted to Powerschool
  • 5-6 - Safety Town at Union Elementary for Kindergarten students

Summer Vacation - May 26 - August 13, 2023 - No school

School Resumes for the 2023-2024 Calendar on Monday, August 14, 2023

ZCS 2022-2023 School Calendar (click for the district calendar)

ZCS 2023-2024 School Calendar (click for the district calendar)

ZCS Back To School Dates for 2023-2024 (click for district document)

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A note about Advanced Curriculum Identification

Spring Identification

The Indiana Department of Education requires school districts to identify gifted students and provide them with appropriately differentiated curriculum and instruction. In ZCS, we consider ability and achievement data of all students each spring to identify any who may need advanced curriculum and/or instruction. This spring our team of teachers, licensed in gifted education, will look at all data 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. 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. While we have approximately 20% of students who are formally identified in elementary school, more than 40% of students take advanced coursework in high school. 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 (NWEA), ability (CogAT/OLSAT) and teacher observational data (KOI/SIGS). Since these vary from year to year with young students, we re-look at every student each spring. Parents will be notified by June 1 if their child has been recommended for more advanced curriculum. 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 (CogAT/OLSAT) when making decisions. Parents will be notified by June 1 if their child has been recommended for differentiation based on the need for accelerated instruction and 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

Note: If your child is currently identified as needing more advanced curriculum in grades 1-4, you will not receive an email because this placement will continue for the next school year.

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Kindergarten pre-registration for the 23-24 school year is now open and ready for our newest STARs. Click here to create an account and get started! You may find information here and the pre-registration link here: Kindergarten Pre-Registration Link for 23-24 School Year

Important Kindergarten Dates:

  • Union Safety Town at Union is June 5th and 6th, 2023.
  • Union Kindergarten Meet the Teacher Night is August 9, 2023.

Lunch Visitors

In order to ensure safety for our school community, and to ensure capacity for our visitors, we will limit the number of visitors to three adults/visitors per lunch period and lunch visitors will RSVP for specific date/time.

  • Lunch visitors will be welcome to come and eat with their child once again starting October 17, 2022 and January 9, 2023.
  • During the school day, all visitors must enter via the front door (Door 1) 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.
  • Please sit at the designated visitor tables with your child only.
  • Please do not share food with other students.
  • HAVE FUN with you child!

Sign up for a spot up to 14 days in advance using this link:

January 2023 - Second Semester - Union Families: Union Lunch Sign Up

Union PTO Updates!

Follow us on social media! Search for @unionptozionsville on Facebook and Instagram for up to date PTO activities & volunteer opportunities!

PTO Meeting Minutes: Union PTO Minutes.docx

  • The 4th grade party is quickly approaching on Tuesday, May 23rd from 2:30-4:00. Email 2-3 pictures from your child's time at Union to Union4thStars@gmail.com by May 12th for your child to be included in the slideshow. Please make sure that your child has a permission form and bounce house waiver on file. You can fill that out here:https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=YxT1X2jfNEaULqThiXcOqjLhy6VRia1NmfMzvWdD6j1UQ01UTU84MkkwUVFRMFVGME9VNUtSN1ZBMi4u

  • Box Tops: Please remember that when you purchase box tops products AND scan them into the Box Tops app, you’re sending $ right to your school! Please reach out to our Box Tops chair with any questions. Lizzie Monce (lizzie.monce@me.com).
  • Amazon Smile: Yes, we’re still doing this! And, yes, you need to sign up! Please remember to designate Union Elementary as your fundraiser via Amazon Smile. You are donating money to our school just by shopping on Amazon. Please put it on your to do list for the weekend! If you need help signing up, please contact our Communications chair, Rebecca Wollenburg @rswollenburg@gmail.com.
  • Questions: We love hearing from our parents. Please contact our PTO President, Julie Anthony, with any questions or suggestions for our Union PTO.

Union Dads Club

Dads Club Meetings are the first Tuesday of every month! Dads Club also plans FUN activities throughout the year! ALL ARE WELCOME and ENCOURAGED to attend!

The meeting will be at Union Elementary in the Teachers' Lounge. You can enter the building using door 11. This group will plan a number of fun, extra-curricular activities for Union kids throughout the year. All our welcome to attend! If you have questions, please contact Dads Club President Mike Stocksick at mstocks1@hotmail.com.

Visitor and Volunteer Procedures

During the school day, all volunteers are expected to check 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.

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. Visitors other than parents/guardians must be prearranged and organized through the main office.

Above and Beyond

Please take a moment to share with us when you have experienced something extraordinary because of the work of a ZCS teacher, counselor, bus driver, school administrative assistant, food service worker, coach, nurse, school leader or Board member. When you have an experience, please go to the ZCS website and fill out the Above and Beyond Nomination Form.
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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.

Erin Kay, Principal

Laura Christie, Assistant Principal