Union Family Update

March 10, 2023

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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 Kindergarten Strong Start (Round Up) Event is March 21, 2023.
  • Union Safety Town at Union is June 5th and 6th, 2023.
  • Union Kindergarten Meet the Teacher Night is August 9, 2023.

Dear Union Families,

Whew! We've had a great week at Union with lots of great opportunities for kids! Dads Club 2x2 Basketball Tourney was a HUGE success! Thank you to all the parents to helped with the event! A HUGE shoutout to our second grade team and students for selling concessions during the event!

Our Kindy students participated in Favorite Book Character Day! Hat Day for Disability Week was today and we closed out our clothing drive for HVAF (Helping Veterans and Families)! Students also had opportunities to participate in Do Day community service activities. Second grade cleaned up Union's grounds and third grade students created thank you cards for the Humane Society.

IREAD testing occurred this week and we are confident our kids did a great job! NWEA testing will occur in the next couple of weeks (please see your teacher's communication about their classroom's testing schedule).

Look for Relay for Life packets in students' folders!

Last Call for Yearbooks: It's time to order your child's 2022-23 Yearbook! Follow the link below to place your order online. If you need to pay by cash or check, please contact the office for an order form to be sent home with your student. Yearbook: $15 Union Yearbooks - ORDER HERE ORDER DEADLINE: March 17 (late orders cannot be guaranteed a yearbook).

March 14-17 - Relay for Life and Mrs. Lynne Munley will be leading the charge. We will have spirit days each week:

  • Tuesday, March 14th is “Relay for Life Day” - Wear Purple
  • Wednesday, March 15th is “Nutrition Day - Wear mismatched clothes to show you eat a variety of healthy foods!
  • Thursday, March 16th is “Tobacco Free- Hat Day
  • Friday, April 15th “Physical Activity Day” - Wear a Sports Jersey to show that you chose daily physical activity and Movie Night (after school).

Third Grade Special People Breakfast (sponsored by Union's Dads Club) is Wednesday, March 15 (7AM in the cafe). See your ParentSquare message for more information! Additionally, flyers went home with students in their folders.

Elementary Science Materials Adoption - All elementary schools are in their last year of our science materials from Purdue University (PU will not be supporting these in future years) and are reviewing new materials. At the same time, the Indiana Department of Education is revising standards over the coming months. During the month of March, we will have materials for parents to review at the Educational Services Center located at 900 Mulberry Street from 8:00 am-3:30 pm each day by appointment or online using the links below. We ask that parents provide us with feedback by the end of March so that when the standards are finalized, we can decide about materials and order in time for the start of school.

To set up a time to review materials, please contact Kelsey Thompson, Administrative Assistant, at kthompson@zcs.k12.in.us. For any questions about elementary science or the standards, please contact Christine Squier, Director of Academic Services, at csquier@zcs.k12.in.us. . Click here for digital access to resources.

With a GRATEFUL heart,

Mrs. Erin Kay, Principal of Union


Mrs. Laura Christie, Assistant Principal of Union


Dads Club 2x2 Basketball Tourney

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Union Testing Calendars

IREAD - Third Grade

  • March 2 - IREAD mandatory practice test - morning sessions (8:20-11:00 AM)
  • March 7 and 8 - IREAD test - morning sessions (8:20-11:00 AM)
  • See Teacher Newsletters for detailed information about the schedule - coming soon!

ILEARN Testing Window - Third and Fourth Grade

  • Testing window is April 17-May 12.
  • See Teacher Newsletters for detailed information about the schedule - coming soon!

NWEA - all grades (K-4)

  • Testing window March 3-30, 2023.
  • See Teacher Newsletters for detailed information about the schedule - coming soon!
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Recess Reminders

The weather is certainly changing and we want students to be prepared to play outdoors. As the weather FLUCTUATES this spring, students will need to come to school with appropriate gear to be outside (coats, hats, and gloves may be necessary for a few more days). Please reach out to our counselor, Mrs. Karnuta (lkarnuta@zcs.k12.in.us) if you are in need of assistance to obtain cold weather gear. All children play outside except on rainy, icy, or very cold days (wind chill below the 10-20 degree range). Inside recess will be held on those exceptional days.

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

Mark Your Calendars!

February Break - February 20-24 - No School

3-30 - NWEA Spring Testing Window (dates will vary depending on teacher schedule)

13-17 - Relay for Life Week
15 - End of Third Quarter
15 - Third Grade Special People Breakfast sponsored by Dads Club, 7 AM, Union Cafe

17 - Relay for Life Movie Night, 2:30 PM, Union Café

21 - Kindergarten Strong Start Welcome Event, Union Cafe, 3-7 PM

24 - Report Cards will be posted to Powerschool
30 - Kokomo Beach Day

Spring Break - March 31-April 7 - No School

11 - Dads Club Meeting (April), 7PM, Union Teachers Lounge
12 - Fourth Grade Special People Breakfast sponsored by Dads Club. 7 AM, Union Cafe

17-21 - Spring Scholastic Book Fair (during Media Center classes)

17-May 12 - ILEARN (3rd and 4th grade) - testing dates will vary depending on teacher schedule
21 - PTO Meeting

1-5 - Teacher Appreciation Week
2 - Dads Club Meeting (May), 7PM, Union Teachers Lounge
4-5 - Union Musical, Times are TBD

5 - 3rd grade Specialty Animal Celebrations (1:15-2:00 PM)
11 - PTO Meeting
12 - Kindy 500, Times are TBD

18 - 3rd grade Rocket Launch
19 - Famous Hoosiers - 4th grade, Times are TBD

19 - 3rd grade Multiplication Celebration

23 - 4th grade Party!
24 - Field Day (No Rain Date)
25 - Last Day of School; End of Fourth Quarter


2 - Grades will be posted to Powerschool

5-6 - Kindergarten Safety Town at Union (registered through Eagle Rec)

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)

Open Houses and Back to School Plans

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 Calendar:

  • NEXT MEETING March 9, 10 AM, Makerspace
  • April 21, 10 AM, Makerspace
  • May 11, 7 PM, Union Cafeteria

PTO Meeting Minutes: Union PTO Minutes.docx

  • Starry Night: The final count is in! While this event's intended purpose is to have fun, we also raised over $11,000 that will go directly to supporting kids and teachers in their teaching and learning at Union Elementary! We cannot express our gratitude adequately for the support we experience from our community.
  • Union Express: Union Express is in full swing! Please help our students learn how to write a letter, address an envelope AND encourages a digital detox by sending in a note to your kid! While all of our students can participate in Union Express, our 2nd graders get to run the show! They did the stamp design and we’re so proud of them! Please reach out to our Union Express co-chairs with any questions. Elizabeth Maijub (ebethg6@hotmail.com) and Lauren Masur (lauren.masur@bhhsin.com).
  • 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 Jake Webster at jwebster1220@yahoo.com.

  • 2 on 2 Basketball Tournament, March 4, TBD, Union Gym
  • Dads Club Meeting (March), March 7, 7pm, Union Teachers Lounge
  • Third Grade Special People Breakfast sponsored by Dads Club, March 15, 7-8 am, Union Cafe
  • Dads Club Meeting (April), April 11, 7pm, Union Teachers Lounge
  • Fourth Grade Special People Breakfast sponsored by Dads Club, April 13, 7-8am, Union Cafe
  • Dads Club Meeting (May), May 2, 7pm, Union Teachers Lounge

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.

Grow/Child Care Services

February Break Access Days

GROW/Child Care Services (click here)

  • Bridge and Early Start Spanish are optional, fee based programs that “bridge” the time between the 7:50-8:00 arrival time for 1st-4th grade students, and the start of the instructional day for Kindergarten students, which is 8:50-9:00.
  • Before and After-School Care (BAC) is available for all PVE students, and the before/after school starts at 6:45am and extends childcare from 2:30 to 6:00pm.
  • Access Days Care provides a childcare option for when school is not in session for parents who need care for their children during some of the school breaks during the year.
  • Eagle Rec offers fee based programs in a variety of interest areas, which typically start after school has already begun after Labor Day.
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Food Service/Cafe Information

  • Public school lunch cost returns for the 2022-2023 school year unless students qualify for meal assistance.
  • Please click here to read all of the important information regarding school lunch for this year, including costs, nutrition, menus, and how to use SchoolPay for your child's lunch money.
  • Please visit the ZCS Food Services Department section on our ZCS website for easy access to SchoolPay, how to apply for meal assistance, and more!

ZCS is now hiring Instructional Assistants at multiple locations. Join the ZCS team and make an impact on the lives of our students. IAs work in the classroom with individual and small groups of students. Please apply online at https://www.applitrack.com/centralindiana/onlineapp/jobpostings/view.asp?choosedistrict=true&district=1452 or contact Robyn Nelson at rnelson@zcs.k12.in.us with any questions.

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


Interested in working part time at Union Elementary? Reach out to Maggie Proctor (Union's Cafe Manager) at mproctor@zcs.k12.in.us and she can share more details! It's a great work environment and you get to be around kids! You can apply online via the ZCS website by simply clicking here !

NOTE: The ZCS Food Service Department has regular positions starting at $15.25/hour and SOME even include benefits (medical/dental/vision)!