Union Elementary Weekly Update

May 7, 2016

Upcoming Events

May 9-13- Relay for Life Spirit Week; First Grade Young Authors Events at Barnes and Noble in Carmel

May 10- Third Grade Learning Celebration- Inflatable Obstacle Course

May 12- Fourth Grade BYOD Mini Camp

May 13- Bus Evacuation drills-AM; Fourth Grade to ZMS; PTO General Meeting and Volunteer Celebration, 9:15 AM; Fourth Grade Underground Railroad Speaker; Relay for Life Movie Night, 3:45 PM

May 15- Dads Club Golf Outing (rain date: May 22nd)

May 16-20- Book Fair

May 17 -18- Third Grade Zionsville Walking Tours

May 18- Fourth Grade Talent Show Dress Rehearsal

May 19- Hot Box Pizza Night; Fourth Grade Famous Hoosiers Wax Museum, 2:00 PM

May 20- Second Grade Field Trip to Eagle Creek; Third Grade Animal Specialties Fair, 2:00 PM; Fourth Grade Talent Show, 6:30 PM

May 23- Fourth Grade Year Book Signing

May 24- Field Day (rain date: May 25)

May 25- Fourth Grade to Indiana State House; Fourth Grade Movie and Game Night, 3:30

May 26- Last Day of the 2015-2016 School Year


THANK YOU and Congratulations

- Thank you for spoiling us at Union this week for Staff Appreciation Week. We were well-loved and well-fed! Thank you to all who contributed items, and especially to coordinators Holly Horton and Jaci Cleveland. Thank you also to Jill Phipps for assisting in the beautiful decorations!

-Thank you to Kathy Murray and Laurie Wanser for coordinating our Jump Rope for Heart event. It was a great day for kids to learn about their bodies and get some exercise too! Thank you also to all the volunteers who came out to support students during event day.

-Thank you to our amazing Dads Club for granting $2,200 in teacher wishes this week. Because of the dads, our students will have new weather tools, Snap Circuits, a rain barrel, ScootPad access, and WeDo Robotics. We want to especially thank officers Mike Coussens, Steve Flaherty, Ken Kitts, and Billy Wells for their support throughout the year. We appreciate all that you do!

-Thank you to ZEF and all ZEF donors. Last week, our school graciously accepted two grants. Mrs. Brimmer and Mrs. Williams received a grant for Tower Gardens and Mrs. Hamelmann received a grant for Junior Great Books. We are so excited for the new opportunities these materials will provide our students.

-And....congratulations to Mrs. Brimmer, who was selected to attend the Mickelson Exxon Mobil Teachers Academy! Mrs. Brimmer was selected as one of 154 teachers from across the nation to participate in a week-long, all-expense paid, professional development opportunity this summer. She was chosen from over 1200 applicants. We are so proud!

Information from the Clinic

We are asking for your assistance in picking up any medication that your child currently may have in the health care clinic by May 26, 2016.

We will not be sending any medication home with students, even over the counter medication. Parents must pick up ALL medication.

Any medicine that is not picked up by the end of the day will be destroyed by St. Vincent health professionals.

If you have any questions, please contact the clinic.


State law stipulates that the medical records of children on file at school show the required immunizations have been completed by the 20th day of the school year. That day is Sept. 6, 2016. Information regarding immunizations requirements for 2016-2017 can be found here.

Parents of children whose immunizations are not up-to-date should contact their health care provider or the Boone County Health Department to schedule an appointment for the necessary immunizations. Some pharmacies also carry the necessary vaccines.

If parents object to immunizations, a written objection must be on file in the school office by September 6, 2016. Children who do not have up to date vaccination records by that date will not be allowed to return to school until the proper immunization information is on file. Students who have appointments with their health care provider after September 6th may present proof of that appointment in order to stay in school

If you have any questions, please contact the Mrs. Hooks in the Union Elementary Clinic. Thank you!

Infosnap 2016-2017

Early next week, you should receive an email from registration@zcs.k12.in.us with information and instructions on how to register your child(ren) in Zionsville Community Schools for the 2016-2017 school year. We request that you complete the registration by May 26th. If your child will not be returning next school year, we request that you notify us at your earliest convenience. For all other residency changes, please contact the Central Office at 873-2858.

Fourth Grade Students- BYOD Mini Camp

On Thursday, May 12, all fourth grade students will participate in a one hour BYOD Mini Camp to assist them in their transition to the 1:1 environment at the middle school. District Tech Integration Specialists Mr. Biemfohr and Mrs. Havlik, and Chief Technology Officer Mr. Layton will take students through directed lessons on topics such as Office 365, Online Safety, and basic troubleshooting. Students are welcome to bring their own device for the day, but school devices will be provided.

PTO and Dads Club News

PTO Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

Please join us at 9:15 on Friday, May 13th for our last meeting of the 2015-2016 school year. This will be an important meeting where we discuss staff and student needs, as well as new officers and other important topics. There will also be a volunteer appreciation breakfast from Union students and staff. We hope to see you there!


Book Fair

Book fair prep is in full swing. It's will run May 16-20. We are looking for volunteers for various shifts. You can sign up at http://unionpto.ivolunteer.com/event_079

Thank you in advance for your assistance!


Field Day

Field Day will be help on Tuesday, May 24.

First Grade 9:10-10:50

Kindergarten 12:10-1:10

Third and Fourth Grade 1:30-3:10

To sign up to help, go to: http://unionpto.ivolunteer.com/event_080


PTO Recruitment

Are you looking for ways that you can support our school next year? We have a need to fill the following positions for the 2016-2017 school year. Current Holders of these positions will share binders with key information and written directions, as well as provide direct support in the transition for future volunteers.

-Vice President

-Fundraising Chair (works with event chairs of Jog-A-Thon, Soiree, Spirit Wear; coordinates DQ/Hot Box give back nights)

Nomination and Interest Forms, as well as detailed position responsibilities can be found on the PTO tab of the Union Elementary website.


Box Tops Update

There is only 1 week left to bring in your box tops! Here are the class leaders:

Pre K- Mrs. Hemming

Kindergarten-Mrs. Williams: 3,511

First Grade- Mrs. Michener: 1,521

Second Grade- Mrs. Paunwar: 994

Third Grade- Mrs. Off: 1,583

Fourth Grade- Ms. Ruthsatz: 2,283


Fourth Grade Parents

We are looking for pictures of your student from his/her time at Union for our end of year slide show. Pictures can be sent to unionpto@zcs.k12.in.us. See the flyer sent home last week for more details.


Free Online Union Student Directory is available at https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/login.a5w

Helpful tips and information can be found on Union PTO webpage at http://www.zcs.k12.in.us/uni/index.php?q=node/132

Questions, lost passwords or access help: contact Carey Roberts at Roberts_Carey@yahoo.com


PTO Meeting Schedule 2015-2016

5/13 9:15 am


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DAD’S CLUB - Calling all Dads!!! Join us the first Tuesday of every month for our monthly meeting. Check out our calendar on the Dad’s Club webpage and our FaceBook page for Union Elementary Dads Club.

The June meeting will be held off campus. Look for an invite coming soon.

17th Dads Club Golf Outing

The 17th Dads Club Golf Outing will take place at 4PM on May 15th (rain date is May 22nd) at Zionsville Golf Course

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Smart 911

Boone County has shifted from NIXLE to SMART911. This is a free service that allows you to receive emergency notifications from around the county, including weather and traffic alerts. This program will ask for optional personal information that could be used in the event of an emergency at your home. Boone County residents are encouraged to create the Safety Profile at www.smart911.com.

Relay for Life Spirit Week

Relay for Life

Union Elementary will again be hosting a Union STARS team for the Zionsville Relay for Life event. Relay for Life Spirit Week will be held from May 9-13. There will be Theme Dress Days each day, culminating with our Movie Night on Friday,

May 9- Relay for Life Day. Wear Purple to show your support and donate Pennies for Purple

May 10- Nutrition Day. Wear mismatched clothes to show you eat a variety of healthy foods and donate Nickels for Nutrition

May 11- Tobacco Free- Hat Day. Pledge not to smoke and donate Dimes for Don't Smoke

May 12- Physical Activity Day. Wear a Sports Jersey to show you choose daily physical activity and donate Quarters for Quality of Life

May 13- Movie Night for the Cancer Fight. Sign up to attend the Movie Night from 3:30-5:30. The movie will be The Peanuts Movie and the price (a donation) is $12/student. This includes a snack, a treat and a bottle of water. Show time starts at 3:45 pm and student pick up is at 5:15 pm. Students attending must fill out the registration forms that went home in their backpacks.

Jog-A-Thon 2016

Would you like your company name or logo on the back of more than 3000 T-shirts? If so, sponsorship opportunities are available for our upcoming September 28th, 2016 Jog-A-Thon! Our sponsors receive company name or logo on the back of each student shirt, depending on the sponsorship level. The T-shirts are used by all five Zionsville elementary schools. In addition to event day, shirts are worn for spirit day and field trips! All donations are tax-deductible! Please email Jog-A-Thon chair, Jennifer Fyffe, at Unionjogathon@gmail.com, for more details!

Eagle Honors

Eagle Honors is a program designed to honor educators within the Zionsville Community Schools. For a minimum gift of $10 per honoree to ZEF, you may send an Eagle Honor Award to a teacher, educator, bus driver, coach or administrator as a unique way of saying thank you. A certificate (front shown here) with your personalized message on the back will be sent to your honoree.

In honor of ZEF’s 20th Anniversary, Eagle Honor Awards are open to ANY Zionsville Community School staff member PAST OR PRESENT! At the end of the school year, all honorees will be listed on a banner to be displayed outside the ZEF office in the Educational Services Center as well as posters distributed to each ZCS school. Additionally, the list will be published in the Zionsville Times Sentinel at the close of the school year.

Your tax deductible contribution helps fund ZEF’s Classroom grants, Imagine Professional Development grants, and Student Enrichment grants. To order an Eagle Honor Award, place your order by Friday, May 20th to guarantee that Awards will reach your honoree before summer break. Order online at: https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/ZionsvilleEducationFoundatio/OnlineGiving.html

Eagle Rec Opportunities

Summer Fun with Sorgen and Dunn:
Are your kids saying they are bored and it’s only the middle of June? Send them to Summer Fun with Sorgen and Dunn, where they will be given opportunities to learn and have fun through engaging, hands-on experiences. The class will include arts and crafts, fun fitness activities, science experiments, games, writing and more. Two experienced Union Elementary Kindergarten teachers will lead this class. Join in on the fun with Mrs. Sorgen and Miss Dunn! June 20th-24th from 9AM-11AM at PVE. Open to incoming 1st - 3rd Graders (Limit of 30 participants). Cost: $131

Jewelry Class with Mrs. Burgin:

Are you ready for some jewelry fun? Get ready! In this class we will: use leather, leather stamping tools, string, cord, various types of beads, make paper beads, learn to add closures such as lobster claw clasps, snaps and more. Each student will receive an awesome pendant from me to attach to one of their wire string necklaces. This pendant will have their name stamped in metal with metal stamping tools. The jewelry making will be incredible! Each student will be making several projects to wear anytime. Projects include necklaces and bracelets. I will have fun options for boys and girls. *Each student will make from 10-12 full pieces of jewelry.

There are 2 different classes held at The Freshmen Center. They run M, W, and F for 2 weeks starting June 6th and ending June 17th. The class for age 7-9 is from 1:00-2:15 and the classes for students age 10-12 starts at 2:30 and ends at 3:45. For more information, please view the Eagle Rec information by going to zcs.k12.in.us and finding the Eagle Rec link or contact Leisa Burgin at lburgin@zcs.k12.in.us for more questions.

Cheerleading Clinic Skills Camp:

Taught my Mrs. Leisa Burgin. Let’s get fired up and have fun!!! Girls in grades 1st-5th will join together to learn how to be a leader when cheering. They will learn chants, cheers, jumps, strong arm motions and stunts. The group will be learning a little dance to Party in the USA. Parents will see a cheer, chants, and dance performed on the last day of class (last 15 min of class). Each girl will be taught safety when stunting using spotters and the proper way to perform stunts. They will also learn proper ways of stretching before performing.

Cheer Classes will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 2 weeks. The class starts June 6th and runs through June 17th. Class 1 starts at 9am-10:15 and class 2 at 10:30 and goes until 11:45. Cheer Clinic Skills Class will be held at Union Elementary Gymnasium. Please see the Eagle Rec Courses or contact Leisa Burgin at lburgin@zcs.k12.in.us for more information.

Computer Skills for 5th Graders

This is a camp designed to give students a kick start to the 1:1 computer program they’ll have at ZMS or Z’West. Lead by middle school teacher Andy Knueven, it will focus on digital citizenship, how to use Canvas, keyboarding skills, and editing tools in word processors. You can sign up http://programs.zionsvilleeaglerec.com/computer-skills.cfm

Parent's Night Out!

Students can enjoy an awesome night of activities while parents get an evening out as well! From 6:00-10:00pm, our wonderful BAC staff care for and entertain your K-6th grade children at our Access Day site, Pleasant View Elementary School and the Zionsville Aquatic Center. You will drop off at PVE any time after 6:00PM and pick up by 10:00PM. Children will get to play games, make a craft, use the two PVE playgrounds, enjoy sports/games in the gym, splash around the pool and watch a Dive-In Movie! Dinner (pizza, etc.) is included too! Send the kiddos with their pajamas and they will be ready for bed when you pick them up.

This will be a monthly Eagle Rec program in the 2016-17 school year!

Date: Friday, May 13

Time: 6:00PM – Drop off at PVE door 2; 10:00PM – Pick up at PVE door 2

Price: $46 for 1st child; $39 for 2nd child, $37 for each additional child from the same family

Register: http://eaglerec.zcs.k12.in.us Bring: swim suit, towel, and pajamas

Contact: Julie Oakley, joakley@zcs.k12.in.us

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