Union Elementary Weekly Update

September 6, 2019

A Week in Review

Upcoming Events

September 10-Vision Screenings for Grades 1 and 3

September 11-12- Fourth Grade Field Trip to Camp Tecumseh

September 13- First Grade Grandparents Day

September 14- Dads Club Campout (rain date September 21st)

September 17- PTO Meeting, 7PM in Cafeteria

September 24- Picture Day

September 25- Jog A Thon (Rain Date September 27th)

Week of September 30- Body Safety Lessons grades K-4

October 1- Dads Club Meeting, 7PM in Teachers' Lounge

October 4- PTO Movie Night, 6:15 in Cafeteria

Week of October 7- Fire Safety Lessons grades PK-2

October 9- End of First Quarter

October 10- Second Grade Field Trip to Conner Prairie

October 11- Fall Classroom Parties

October 14-18- Fall Break

Planning Ahead:

November 14- Elementary Conferences (E-day for students)



Mark your calendar! The very first PTO Meeting is Wednesday, September 17 at 7pm in the Union Café. Childcare will be provided and really, do you need another reason to attend?


Jog A Thon will be here before you know it, but don't worry...you still have over two weeks to help your Union Star secure pledges. Kids an ask grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors and friends to donate to our school. And, its easier than ever with an online payment option.


Over two weeks is plenty of time to raise money, but you'll want to jump on these volunteer spots while there are still some left!


Big picture

Dads Club

Calling all Dads! Join us the first Tuesday of every month for our monthly meeting. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 7 PM in the Teachers' Lounge.

Our first big event of the 2019-2020 school year is the Dads Club campout. The event will be held on September 14, 2019 (rain date September 21, 2019). Volunteers are needed to make the event a success. Please consider donating some time to grill hot dogs, roast marshmallows, etc. You can sign up to volunteer at https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2915374/false#/invitation

Big picture

Think First and Stay Safe Body Safety Lessons for K-4 Students

The Body Safety Programs will be presented to all kindergarten, first, second, third and fourth grade students during the week of September 30, 2019. Information about the program can be found at www.indianaprevention.org . If you would prefer for your child/children to not participate in the Think First and Stay Safe program, please complete the official Parent Opt-Out Form. It is linked below or can be requested from the office. The Parent Opt-Out forms are due by Friday, September 27, 2019.

Textbook Rental Fees

Elementary school textbook rental and book fees for 2019-2020 school year are due Sept 15th. Make checks payable to ZCS and place in an envelope marked Front Office. Please contact Mrs. Grissom with any questions concerning your balance owed 733-4007.

Kindy Fees $92.18

First Grade $124.46

Second Grade $129.27

Third Grade $162.83

Fourth Grade $143.60

Additionally, you have the option to pay by credit card or electronic check by accessing SchoolPay https://zcs.schoolpay.com additional fee applies.

Big picture
Big picture

Community Events

See the link to learn more about local events:


Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers

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.

Third and Fourth Grade Career Exploration

We would like to ask you to join us for our Career Day Program which will be held on Thursday, September 26 from 12:45-2:00pm. The objective of the program is to inform and expose an array of occupations. We would ask that you stress the importance of education in entering your field and what a typical workday is like. Your wisdom and knowledge and expertise will assist the students in building a suitable foundation for their future!

WHY Career Day?

  • Career exploration and planning begins early!
  • Career Day exposes students to new and interesting careers.
  • Career Day helps students become aware of their interests and abilities.
  • Career Day helps students understand the connection between their academic achievement and future career success.
  • Career Day helps students begin planning NOW for a successful future!

How Do I Volunteer for Career Day?

1. Be available from 12:45-2:00pm on Thursday, September 26.

2. Prepare to lead 4 identical Career Day sessions with 3rd-4th grade students about your career! A different group of students will attend each session. (A staff member will be in the room with you at all times.)

3. Each session lasts 15 minutes. (Total of 4 sessions.) Bring props, visuals, pictures, or other interesting items that relate to your career. Be sure to allow a few minutes for questions.

4. A Background Check is not required; however, speakers must present valid ID.

5. To sign up use the link below by Friday, September 13th to indicate your interest in volunteering for Career Day! https://forms.gle/rczHwFrLw4S5K6Qf6

Do You Have Questions about Career Day? If you have any additional questions, please contact Sara Martini at smartini@zcs.k12.in.us