Welcome to the New School Year!


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WELCOME BACK, FRIENDS! And so it begins. . . another wonderful school year! I truly hope you did "whatever" was needed for YOU this summer, just like the quote above. It's important that we first start off by celebrating what we did and what brought us JOY! Be sure to view the video of the summer photos that you all submitted to me this past week. They are wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

As most summer goes, we have much to share with all of you below regarding changes to staff as well as important calendar items. Without drinking too much from the firehose, I've done my best to compartmentalize the information that you need for now. Consider this more like a slow-drip of information!

With much respect,


SGE Summer 2019

Staffing Updates

Change is inevitable! Below is a summary of all of the staffing changes:

The following team members are no longer with us but please join me in wishing them the very best in their future endeavors!

  • Liz Lauer-Jones
  • Jessica Luchenbill
  • Deb Hall
  • Joan Brandt
  • Randee Kleeman (she will still be with ZCS but is now serving ZW & UE)

New Hires:

  • Welcome, Nikki Hartsock - 4th Grade
  • Welcome, Tracy Gucinski - 1st Grade

Team Member Shifts:

  • Melinda Strawmyer - moved to KDG
  • Erin Nahrstadt - moved to 3rd grade
  • Leslie Frobig - moved to 4th grade
  • Brice Piotrowski - still in KDG, but moved to Jessica Luchenbill's old room
  • 3rd Grade - they are down from five to four sections
  • 4th Grade - the fifth 3rd-grade section moved up to 4th grade
  • Amanda Slonaker's office has been officially moved from PVE to SGE. Her new office is Jessica Wetzel's old office.

Team Members still to hire:

  • One UP Lead to replace Peggy Keener

Welcome, Tracy Gucinski! (1st Grade)

Hello! My name is Mrs. Tracy Gucinski and I am thrilled to be joining the first-grade team at Stonegate! Teaching was not my first career path. I spent 15 years in management for three retail corporations. I believe learning is a never-ending journey and received my teaching certification from IUPUI in 2017. I student taught in both first and fourth grade within MSD Pike Township.

After I graduated, I taught kindergarten at Tipton Elementary. I was a first-grade teacher at Fishers Elementary for one year before coming to Stonegate. I create a learning environment and provide experiences that encourage exploration, inquiry and nurture creativity and curiosity. I enjoy learning alongside my students as a reflective co-investigator and I am looking forward to sharing my passion with the Stonegate family!

I am a native Hoosier and currently live in Fishers with my family, fur babies, and a new Dumpy Tree Frog. I have been married to my husband, James for almost 24 years and we have five wonderful children. When I am not teaching I love exploring nature with my family, reading, and everything about cooking. I am looking forward to a new school year of learning, along with serving the students and families at Stonegate!

August 2019 Back To School Schedule

Our first three days is almost here! To find out more about our "Back To School" Schedule, please open the document attached in this email.

19-20 Master Calendar of Events

This is a list of all of our annual SGE and PTO calendar of events, meetings, etc . . . This document will get handed to you at our back-to-school meeting.

OR . . . if you'd like to view this calendar immediately, I strongly recommend you please access the SGE 2019-2020 Outlook Calendar that was shared out by Angie Duncan in early June. If you're NEW to SGE or you can't find the "invite," Angie does plan to re-share this calendar again early next week. THANKS!

What Else Is Coming?

Be on the lookout for the following documents to land in your inbox by Monday 7/29:
  • Master Schedule
  • 2-Hour Delay Master Schedule
  • AM & PM Duty Schedule
  • Calendar of Meetings (PLCs, Grade-level, Tech Integration, etc . . . )
  • Arrival Schedule - for the first three days
  • Dismissal Schedule - for the first eight days
  • District-Wide Assessment Calendar

Important Assessment Dates for the School Year!

While all of these 19-20 assessment dates (see pictures below) may not apply to everyone, please be aware that they will impact all or some of our grade levels. Be sure to place what is applicable to you in your calendar. We will also email this document to all of you, too!

Welcome, Nikki Hartsock! (4th Grade)

My name is Nikki Hartsock and I am absolutely honored to be teaching 4th grade at SGE! I graduated from IU Bloomington and this will be my third year teaching 4th grade. My husband and I recently moved from Bloomington to Indianapolis, but we both grew up in Fishers, Indiana.

I am very passionate about teaching math and finding new ways to incorporate technology throughout the school day. I look forward to a wonderful year ahead full of learning, laughter, and growth. I know this will be the best year yet!

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An easy twist on a classic strategy to promote kindness and to build a positive classroom culture!

60-Second Strategy: Pom-Pom Jar