Boone Meadow Friday Flyer
February 18, 2022
Mid-Winter Break: Feb. 21-25
Dear Boone Meadow Families
Play Day - "This is the BEST DAY of the YEAR!" echoed throughout the classrooms and hallways at BME today during our School Play Day! Our students shared, invited others to play, created circuits, wrote/acted out plays, put on puppet shows, took turns, showed compassion, and on, and on, and on! The amount of learning that occurred today was off the charts, and we couldn't be more excited as a school community. What a great way to spend a cold day before we launch into our mid-winter break.
February/Mid-Winter Break - Don't forget that school will be closed throughout next week, February 21-25, with classes resuming on Monday February 28th.
CoVID/Masking Update - (From Dr. Robison's email dated 2/17/22)
Last Saturday ZCS announced a move to masks recommended/not required beginning Monday, 2/21/22. Yesterday, (February 16th) the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) announced that contact tracing and quarantining in Indiana schools will no longer be required as of February 23, 2022. Please see a slide from the IDOH website below that pertains to how this impacts Indiana schools. (Note that an "LHD" is a local health department.)
Read Across America Week - We will kick off "Read Across America" the week we return from break. We launch with "The Story of Us" on Monday, March 28th. Wear your BME/ZCS gear as we celebrate our stories together. Reading challenge: Read a folktale, story or poem from around the world that links to your family or ancestry. (See more details below)
Class of 2035! 2022-2023 Kindy Enrollment - Kindergarten registration opens the first week in March. Information about "Strong Start" activities will be coming soon. We are excited to welcome the class of 2035. Information will be posted to the ZCS website as it becomes available.
Disability Awareness Week (Unified Champions/Special Olympics Fundraiser) – March is Disability Awareness Month and our annual fundraiser for Special Olympics is coming. You will receive flyers and envelopes as we get closer to the day.
Best Buddies Fun Night - Don't forget to sign up as the date draws near. Buddy UP Fun Night is a fun-filled evening of activities designed for students in grades 1-4. This annual event is held at Zionsville Community High School on Saturday, March 12th. See information below and/or register HERE.
- Book Fair - Book Fair is coming in March. Volunteers are needed. Click here if you are interested https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/signup/bYxgGhEAN
- BME Mixer - (3/18/22) You have until February 28th to get your early bird ticket prices. More information and details are located below.
Yearbooks Are Now On Sale thru February 28th - Follow the link below to place your order online. Your child will also be bringing home a paper form for cash/check payments by the end of the month.
- Yearbook: $15
- Boone Meadow Yearbooks - ORDER HERE
- ORDER DEADLINE: February 28 (the first day we return from break - late orders cannot be guaranteed a yearbook).
Enjoy your week and be safe! We'll see you on Monday, February 28th.
Read Across America February 28- March 3
Read Across America Day is right around the corner! Boone Meadow will be celebrating reading all week, 2/28-3/4. Read Across America focuses on inspiring readers with all kinds of stories, the art of storytelling, and authors and poets who tell stories well. Powerful and memorable, stories help us understand who we are. When we hear each other’s stories, we are more likely to care about and trust each other.
Check-out the fun school-wide experiences and activities we have planned to help us celebrate.
Monday, 2/28- The Story of Us
- We all live the story of us as a Boone Meadow Family! Wear your BME gear and celebrate together.
- Reading Challenge: Read a folktale, story, or poem from around the world that links to your family or ancestry.
Tuesday, 3/1- Storytellers are Superheroes
- Storytellers have power and voice. Wear something that makes you feel powerful.
- Reading Challenge: read a story with a powerful kid character like you OR tell a story from your own life to a reading partner.
Wednesday, 3/2- We Create Stories together
- Bring your flashlight and get ready for some storytelling fun!
- Reading Challenge: Create a class campfire story with a story circle. Write and illustrate it so we can all share!
Thursday, 3/3- The Art of a Good Story
- Words are powerful, and illustrations are too . Wear your colorful and unique clothes.
- Reading Challenge: read a wordless book and, together with your classmates, tell its story.
Friday, 3/4- Stories make us Cozy
- AHH, let’s all kick back and relax with a stack of our favorite books! Wear your comfiest clothes and bring a blanket for some relaxing reading fun.
- Reading Challenge: share one of your favorite bedtime stories or books with a pal.
BME Mixer 2022
BME Families, the Mixer is is BACK! (March 18th at Golf Club of Indiana Cardinal Room)
Join us for a FUN, adults-only social evening to support Boone Meadow. Come out and meet fellow parents, teachers, staff, and supporters of our awesome school, and help us raise money for a great cause…our school!
The evening will feature an online and mobile silent auction, as well as a DJ, hors d’oeuvres, adult beverages, photo booth - and NEW this year, a VIP Viewing area for NCAA Tournament Games! This year is all about BASKETBALL! Dress up, or dress down.
Just come have a great time and get to know our community! If you are unable to join us for this event, you can still participate in our silent auction from the comfort of your home ONLINE!
Tickets on sale NOW!
Early Bird Tickets are available until February 28th!
Click here to purchase tickets!
Changes to the 1:1 Computer Program at the Middle Schools - Fall of 2022
During the November 8 board meeting, ZCS school board members approved an updated 1:1 technology plan. Beginning in the fall next year (2022-2023 school year), Zionsville Middle School (ZMS) and Zionsville West Middle School (ZWMS) will be using a staggered approach to transition into a 1:1 rental program that will eliminate the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). *These changes will only affect the current 4th grade class (class of 2030), students who are incoming 5th graders next year at ZMS and ZWMS.*
How it works.
Current 4th grade students (Class of 2030) will be required to rent a Lenovo 11e from ZCS for the start of their 5th grade year in 2022. Students in grades 6-8 will maintain their BYOD status for the 2022 school year so as not to interfere with already purchased devices. All current middle school students who started with BYOD will have the option to maintain BYOD status throughout their middle school years. The chart below shows the staggered approach over the next four years as we transition out of BYOD and into this new rental program.
For more details about this change, including financing, please visit the following
If you have questions, reach out to Dan Layton at email@example.com.
February 18 - Our "Global" School Play Day
February 21-25 - Presidents' Day & February/Mid-Winter Break (no school)
March 7-18 - IREAD3 testing window
March 13 - Daylight Savings Time starts
March 14- March 31 - NWEA testing window
March 15 - End of Quarter 3
March 24 - Student Progress Reports posted in PowerSchool
April 1-8 - Spring Break (no school)
May 25 - Last day of school
May 26- June 3 - Make up days (if needed)
May 30 - Memorial Day (no school)
Cold Weather Guidelines for Outdoors -
We attempt to get outside to breathe fresh air as much as possible. Please see the paragraph below taken from page 19 of our ZCS Elementary Handbook:
“Each child is expected to be suitably dressed for play outdoors. As the weather turns colder, each child needs a winter coat, hat, and gloves. Snow pants, waterproof boots, warm gloves/mittens are required to be able to play in the snow. 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. A child who is well enough to come to school is well enough to go outside and play. Exceptions will be made if parent/guardians send in a note from the doctor stating that the child needs to stay inside."
The School Directory App Is Updated
Our Student directory is now updated! Many thanks to the PTO for organizing this helpful resource! If you have never used our student directory, just follow these easy steps:
- Go to www.directoryspot.net or download the “Directory Spot” app on a smart phone. Click “Login”.
- Enter your email address as your Username, and click on “Reset Password”. An email will be sent to you with a link to set your password.
- Click on the link in the email to set your password and to log in.
If you have trouble logging in, please contact PTO volunteer Eileen Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also note that if your information has changed, you can update it by logging in on a computer (not available through the app).
Volunteers and Visitor Background Checks
At this time, due to CoVID 19 restraints, we are "pausing" on volunteers and visitors. When volunteers are needed and approved, appropriate staff members will reach out to you in effort to welcome your support and assistance.
If you plan to volunteer of visit in the future, please note the following information.
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 typically offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.
- Field Trip Chaperones
- Out of Town/Overnight Chaperones
- 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.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR VISITORS
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.
- 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.