Stonegate Elementary Newsletter

March 3, 2023

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Dear SGE Families,

It was great to see everyone rested and refreshed after the February break! We hope that last week treated your family well. We are preparing for another busy week at Stonegate. There is a lot of information coming your way this week; we appreciate you reading.


  • Kindergarten registration is live for the 23-24 school year. Keep your eyes open as registration will go live for the graduating class of 2036! SGE will host our first of a series "Kindy Strong Start" event (formerly known as Kindy Round Up) in the afternoon/evening of March 29th, for those those registered families. More information and details can be found below.
  • SGE Spring Raffle is Tuesday and Wednesday during lunch - Please see the PTO section in the newsletter to see the offerings up from raffle by Stonegate Staff! We are excited for these experiences with our students!
  • Family STEM and Wellness Night - This Thursday evening, please join us from 5:30 to 7p as a family. There are more details below from Mrs. Torrance and Mrs. Knueven.
  • 5th Annual ZCS Do Days - This year Stonegate Elementary is competing in Penny Wars to donate the money collected to the Zionsville Unified Champions. Please see further details below or from your child's teacher.
  • Youth Art Month - As you visit various businesses in the area, please keep your eyes open for art work featuring Stonegate students.
  • Hat Day for Special Olympics - Bring in a dollar to wear your favorite hat on Friday, 3/10.

Enjoy your weekend!

Mrs. Connie Largent, Principal

Mrs. Kathy Drake, Asst. Principal

Important Dates & Events


7th - PTO Meeting in the Media Center at 2:45pm

9th - Family Wellness Night 5:30-7:00pm

15th - End of Quarter 3

16th - Fourth Grade to NCAA Hall of Champions

22nd - 24th PTO Book Fair

23rd - PTO Dining for Dollars at Panda Express (10:30am-9:00pm)

28th - Third Grade Specialty Fair

29th - Second Graders to Pacers Athletic Center

30th - PTO Spirit Day: Favorite Vacation Shirt

31st - First Day of Spring Break - No School


10th - Return from Spring Break

11th - PTO Meeting in the Media Center at 2:45pm (all are welcome to attend)

14th - PTO VIP and Me Event (girls)

28th - PTO Spirit Day: Crazy Sock Day

Family STEM and WELLness Night

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Next Week!

Join us next Thursday, March 9th from 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. for Family Wellness/STEM Night! It will be an evening of active family engagement highlighting our 5 components of Wellness as well as Math and Science. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to participate in the games and activities too! Who doesn't like an opportunity to be a kid again? We hope to see you next Thursday for a fun-filled evening of STRONG in EVERY WAY.

Zionsville Do Days

Stonegate is sponsoring a Penny War in honor of Zionsville Do Days next week. We will be having a penny war to raise money for the Unified Flag Football and Unified Track and Field Teams at ZCHS. Unified Sports are a branch of the Special Olympics and give students with a disability the opportunity to play sports with students without disabilities. We will have plastic buckets in the front office all next week for the donations. See the flyer for additional information. Thank you!

Penny Wars Video (3-3-23)
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Kindergarten News

Learning is Fun


Kindergarten students continue to build their reading skills by exploring different types of texts and authors. This past week, Kindergarten celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday by doing an author study and reading several of his wonderful books. We compared stories and characters while also identifying other story elements such as: setting, problem, and solution. Some books we read were:

Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks, The Cat in the Hat, Oh The Places You’ll Go, Wacky Wednesday, The Lorax, Green Eggs and Ham, There’s a Wocket in My Pocket, and Hooray For Diffendoofer Day.


-identifying word families

-blending sounds together to make words

-magic “e” (long vowels)


We just finished Procedural Writings (“How to” writings) and will soon begin sequence writing. We continue to focus on “becoming authors” and are learning to add more detail in our writings


-adding and subtracting numbers 1-10 using a variety of strategies

-Compose and decompose numbers using number bonds (adding to 10 in different ways)

-identifying the ones and tens place in a given number

Science/Social Studies

-seasons, weather, holidays

-famous people in history (Dr. Seuss)


Incoming Kindergarten Families

Pre-registration for 23-24 kindergarten is now open!

If you have a student (or know someone who does) that is ready to join kindergarten in August, now is the time to get signed-up. Click here to create an account and get started! Once you pre-register you will be sent a link to sign up for a time at our Strong Start/Round-up event on March 29th!

You can also visit our website for more information about kindergarten in ZCS

Disability Awareness Week

March is Disability Awareness Month. Throughout the week of March 6th – 10th, we will share announcements and activities that help our students better understand what it means to be unified. On Friday, March 10th, students can participate in Hat Day by making a $1 donation that will go directly to Special Olympics and honor our ZCS student athletes and partners who participate in Unified Champions. Please be on the lookout for information in your child’s folder.

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March is Youth Art Month

March is youth art month in Indiana and the Zionsville Community School Fine Arts Department is putting on an art show in downtown Zionsville. Artwork will be on display during the month of March. There will be opening celebrations on Friday March 3rd, 2023, from 5-7 PM at the Sullivan Munce Cultural Center, 530 Home store, and Robert Goodman Jewelers. You and your family are welcome to visit any or all of the opening celebrations to see the artwork on display. Parents will be notified via ParentSquare if their child has artwork displayed in the art show. Also, you will be able to visit Our Place Zionsville to see all artwork online at Artsonia. A booklet with a QR code will take you to your child’s classroom artwork.

Yearbook Sales

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. The cost per yearbook is $15.00. Be sure to place your order by March 17th. Late orders cannot be guaranteed a yearbook. Thank you!

Stonegate Yearbooks - ORDER HERE

Miss Wetzel's Counselor Corner

2nd Step-Emotion Management

So far, our students have learned about skills for learning and empathy. Skills for learning help students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, use self-talk to stay on task and be assertive when asking for help. When discussing empathy, students learned to identify and understand their own and others’ feelings, how to take another’s perspective and how to show compassion. Students will now begin to discuss emotion management during their Steps to Strong in Every Way time. Students will learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as worry or anger. When we are able to recognize and label feelings in oneself and others, we can facilitate problem solving, self-management and social competence much better! Below are the Emotion Management unit home links for each grade level so you can learn more about what your child is learning, why it is important, and activities you can do at home with your child!


1st grade

2nd grade

3rd grade

4th grade

Family Assistance Form

When basic needs are met, students are better able to focus on education and learning. Therefore, there is assistance available for our students and their families to help with various needs that may arise throughout the school year. If you are currently in need of assistance, please fill out this Family Assistance form. This information will be kept in strictest confidence.


Jessica Wetzel

School Counselor

PTO Information


Are you ready to get in the game? SGE Raffle Madness is a raffle featuring TEACHER, STAFF, AND COMMUNITY EXPERIENCES! ALL STUDENTS CAN PARTICIPATE!

See entire listing here: Raffle Madness Experiences Listing

WHEN: March 7-8th during student lunch periods. WINNERS to be announced March 9th with experiences to take place before the end of the school year!

What will this event look like?

· A description of each experience will be attached to a bucket on the cafeteria stage color

coordinated by category/grade.

· Students will be called up by table and be provided with 5 free tickets with their name and teacher printed on them.

· A team of volunteers will be available to assist them as needed for choosing experiences.

As a thank you to our wonderful teachers and staff, please consider donating $10 per child for this opportunity! All funds raised will directly benefit our school! You can donate using the link below or send in cash or check(payable to Stonegate PTO).

Click here for raffle donation


In addition to the 5 tickets given to each student, parents of choir students and/or 4th graders can purchase raffle tickets to win FRONT row seats (up to 8) to the Spring Choir Concert and/or 4th Grade Graduation!

TICKETS: $3 each with a max of 10 tickets ($30) PER EVENT!

PURCHASE: To purchase tickets, use the link below (PLEASE use drop down menu on PayPal to designate either choir concert or graduation) or send in cash or check (payable to Stonegate PTO). Winners will be drawn on MARCH 17.

Click here to purchase tickets for choir/graduation seats

We need your help to make this a success! There is no previous PTO participation required to sign up - just the background check to be in the building! Please check this SignUp Genius - Raffle Madness Volunteers and see when you can help out! Thank you!

VIP & ME: Dance

Mark your calendars for the Girls VIP & Me Event on Friday, April 14th from 6:30-8pm. This event will be a dance for girls & their dads, or another special VIP in their lives! There will be more information and a signup genius to RSVP in the newsletter next week.

***Additional SGE and ZCS Information***

Elementary Science Materials Adoption

Elementary Science Materials Adoption: All elementary schools are in their last year of our science materials from Purdue University (they 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 For any questions about elementary science or the standards, please contact Christine Squier, Director of Academic Services, at

Click here for digital access to resources.

Z’Camp Summer of 2023

Registration for Z'Camp 2023 will open on February 1st, 2023. Due to high demand, we will not be offering occasional care for Z'Camp 2023. Please check our Z’Camp website for more information:

Lunch Guests Sign Up!

SGE is now ready to welcome our K-4 Lunch Guests! Here's how it works:

  • Due to limited space, we are happy to welcome one special visitor with each student for a total of four different guests per grade level.
  • Sign-up to reserve your spot by clicking here.
  • We have "Visitor Tables" in the front foyer that you will sit at with your child during their lunch time.

Lunch Times:

KDG - 12:50

1st - 11:40

2nd - 10:30

3rd - 11:05

4th - 12:15

2-Hour Delay Information

Inclement weather or outlier events can cause us to have a delayed start. In the event of a 2-hour delay, please be aware of the important information and time changes:

  • 6:45 AM - BAC Opens (no time change)
  • 9:50 - 1st-4th student arrival + KDG Bridge & Early Start Spanish
  • 10:15 - Universal Preschool arrival
  • 10:50 - KDG student arrival

Click here to access the ZCS School Delay & Closing Information page.

Mrs. Torrance's Monthly Wellness Challenge

This year, our monthly Wellness Challenges will help students and families build HEALTHY HABITS. Each week will have activities that focus on 4 themes: Fitness, Family, Food, and FUN! Get the whole family involved and build those healthy habits together! Students can not only earn getting STRONG IN EVERY WAY but can also earn a "Toe Token" when they turn in the signed challenge to Mrs. Torrance at the end of each month.

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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.


Unbelievably, there are SEVERAL opportunities for employment within the ZCS Food Service Department! ACT FAST as this may not be the case for long!

Can you answer YES to any of the following questions?

· Do you like kids?

· Are you eager to be a positive role model?

· Would you like to work with like-minded team players?

· Do you envision yourself OUT OF THE HOUSE, yet home for the kids?

· Does the idea of FAST action and quantifiable results sound appealing?

· Might you value the achievement of walking 10,000 steps in a 5-hour timeframe?

IF SO, please call Jan at 317-733-4804 OR apply online via the ZCS website; simply click here !

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

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ZCS Community Events

Please click the link below for information about many community actitivities going on in our area.

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