Staff Weekly Update

August 13th - 17th, 2018

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I could NOT have asked for a smoother first week and that is thanks to all of YOU! Below is just a sample of what I saw and heard these first three days and make me so proud and honored to be your colleague:

  • Vicki Watson: I love him so much, in fact, I emailed his mom to tell her just how great I think he is!
  • Martha Farley: Reading a parent's lunch box note to a Kindy student, "We love you so much. Have a great day!" Kindy Student: *GASP!* (eyes wide open!) "Who that from?!"
  • 3rd Grade Team: All five of them staying in the cafe the first day of school to ensure lunch goes smoothly and the way they had all practiced earlier that day.
  • Deputy Todd: On the first day of school, holding the hand of a Kindy boy while they walk the hallways to find his teacher.
  • Tammy Westin: She texted me two notes that she got from her students on the second day of school letting her know how much they love school! "I love skoll."
  • Kelly Shaw: Telling me that Will (her son) told her after his first day of 1st grade, "Mom, I feel like I belong here, I feel like I finally found my place."
  • Me: Walking a Kindy girl to her car at PM dismissal after our first day of school and as soon as the door opened, she literally bounced into her car seat and screamed, "BEST DAY EVER!!!!!!!"

This is just a small sample of what I saw and heard you all do to ensure our students knew they were loved and that this year is going to be a GREAT YEAR! Thank you.

With much respect,


Calendar Items

Mon. Aug. 13th

  • NWEA: 8/14 - 8/31
  • 2:30 - 3:30 - Bi-Weekly Grade Level Mtgs.
  • 2:45 - Health Plan mtg for KDG'r - Largent, Andries, Shaw, Gorham - conf. room
  • 2:45 - (tentative) - 504 mtg for 2nd grdr - Wetzel, Smith, Gorham - Wetzel's office
  • 6:00 - School Board mtg - ESC

Tues. Aug. 14th

  • NWEA: 8/14 - 8/31
  • Speech & Hearing Screenings - K, 1st, 4th
  • Kyle at SGE - ALL DAY
  • 10:30 - 1:20 - Cub Scout presentations during K-4th lunches - cafe
  • 2:30 - SPED referral mtg for 3rd grader - Largent, Farley, Watson, Slonaker, Lauer-Jones - conf. room
  • 2:40 - KDG - Tech Integration Mtg. w/ Kyle

Wed. Aug. 15th

  • NWEA: 8/14 - 8/31
  • 9:30 - Wetzel in K-12 Counselors Mtg. - ESC
  • 2:45 - Mtg. re: SPED 3rd grader - Largent, Farley, Wetzel, Watson, Brizzolara - conf. room

Thurs. Aug. 16th

  • NWEA: 8/14 - 8/31
  • 9:30 - 11:30 - Literacy Coach's mtg - Largent/Spillman - PVE
  • 2:45 - Move-in CC for 1st grader - Largent, Andries, McDaniel - conf. room

Fri. Aug. 17th

  • NWEA: 8/14 - 8/31
  • PTO Spirit Day - Zionsville Eagles gear!
  • Payday & Jeans
  • 8:15 - 2:05 - RtI PLC mtgs - Largent/Farley - conf. room
  • 2:40 - Office Team mtg - conf. room

Important Announcements & Reminders

NWEA Begins Tues. 8/14!

  • Please see the schedule created by Martha. THANK YOU, Martha, for getting this schedule created!
  • Staff not connected to a classroom during NWEA will be helping out our KDG classes and the classes of our NEW teachers.


  • PTO gave us a wonderful staff lunch this past Thursday, catered by Panera! If you haven't done so already, please give them a "thank you for lunch" email or card. Every bit of gratitude continues to motivate them to support us!
  • Emails can be sent to Trisha Benner at:

Leaving EARLY afterschool and you've gotten permission from Connie/Martha . . .

  • If this is the case for you, please help us by always emailing the entire office team to let them know you've gotten permission and also leave your cell # in the email message, in case we need to contact you.
  • Who is the "office team?" Connie, Martha, Angie, Jen, Jessica, Hailey


  • Just in case you haven't heard, Marquis is our new custodial partner.
  • Thankfully, we have retained James as our lead custodian and in the evenings we will continue to have Lee (HOORAY!) and now you'll see a second gentleman - Will. He is incredibly kind and hard working! Please welcome him to SGE should you see him after school.
  • Please read the next section below to find out about Marquis' work order process.


18-19 PTO Wish List:

  • Click here to access this Office 365 Form

Technology Work Orders - Reminder from Dan Layton:

  • Click here to access this link.
  • It is always extremely helpful if you can submit actual technology work orders for any help you need. Please refrain from picking up the phone or emailing a question.

Marquis Work Orders:

  • Did your trash not get picked up? Does it seem the carpet didn't get vacuumed? Please help Angie & Jen out by filling out the Marquis work order on your own. Thanks!

  • 1. Go to the Zionsville web site

    2. Click on Teachers/Staff tab

    3. Scroll down about halfway

    4. Look for: Custodial Work Orders by Building

    5. Click on Stonegate

  • Click here to access the Teachers/Staff tab

Personal Business Leave Office 365 Form:

  • Please click here to access this form and then don't forget to SAVE this page under your "favorites."
  • Finally, as a friendly reminder of our ZCS Personal Business Leave + good information to know for our newest staff, I have copied/pasted the email about personal days sent by Becky Coffman on 5/8/16. This is per our CBA - Collective Bargaining Agreement
Section 9.03 Personal Business Leave
  • A. Amount – Each employee shall be entitled to be absent from work three (3) days each school year for the transaction of personal business or the conduct of personal or civic affairs. Such leaves may be used in whole or half day increments. Requests for personal business leave should be made 48 hours in advance in writing to the building principal. In cases of emergency or other similar unforeseen circumstance, requests may be made orally to both the substitute coordinator and the building principal.
  • B. Employees are discouraged from using personal business leave on staff development days or to extend a school vacation. If used on a staff development day then the employee remains totally responsible for securing the learning lost from their being absent during that activity.
  • C. Accumulation – If an employee does not use all of the personal business leave in a given school year, the remaining personal business leave shall be accumulated for use in later school year, except that no more than a total of two (2) days may be accumulated from earlier school years for use as personal business leave, so that the maximum total personal business leave available in any one school year is three (3) days earned during the school year and up to two (2) days accumulated from earlier school years or a total of five (5) days.
  • D. Conversion to Sick Leave – Any unused personal business leave not accumulated for use in later years as personal business leave shall be added to the employee’s accumulated sick leave.


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