Staff Weekly Update

October 29th - November 2nd, 2018

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Dear SGE Family,

Can I get an AMEN?! The quote above couldn't be truer. We've all been there and you are not alone. Our last week of daylight savings time is here and our days are going get a bit darker. Unconsciously, it can even impact our emotions. Take care of yourself and try to find balance and permission to give yourself grace.

For me, last week flew by! It was a busy one. The highlight of our week was the 2nd Annual International Fair! SO grateful for those that signed up to volunteer and loved seeing a few of our staff attend w/ their families! This will be an annual event and it's starting to turn into one my favorites.

Goodbye to October and let's welcome in November!

With much respect,


Calendar Items

Mon. Oct. 29th

  • Janelle Drisko at SGE all day
  • 7:00 - Elem. Principal's mtg. - Largent - PVE
  • 8:30 - 10:30 - Melanie Bowlin at SGE
  • 10:00 - Chaucie's Place mtg. - Largent, Farley, Wetzel - Martha's office
  • 11:30 - HS Peers
  • 2:30 - Pre-Observation mtg. - Largent
  • 2:45 - Speech ACR for 1st grader - Fure, Strawmyer, Wetzel
  • 3:15 - Post-Observation mtg. - Farley

Tues. Oct. 30th

  • 8:15 - Long Observation - Largent
  • 9:15 - Long Observation - Largent
  • 9:30 - 11:00 - K-12 Counselor's mtg. - Wetzel - ZWMS
  • 10:10 - Post Observation - Largent
  • 11:00 - Post Observation - Largent
  • 12:30 - Pre-Observation - Largent
  • 1:00 - USS Team Mtg. w Dr. Slonaker - conf. room
  • 2:00 - ACR for 1st grader - Andries, Largent, McDaniel
  • 2:30 - Wellness Club mtg - Leslie's room
  • 2:45 - CCC mtg. re: 4th grader - Watson, Farley, Brown - TBD
  • 4:00 - District Discussions Mtg. - ESC

Wed. Oct. 31st - HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

  • PTO Book Fair (10/31 - 11/2) - stage
  • Janelle Drisko at SGE all day
  • 8:15 - 12:30 - Randee Kleeman at SGE
  • 8:20 - Pre-Observation - Largent
  • 9:15 - Staffing for 3rd grader - Largent, Farley, Wetzel, Kleeman, Lauer-Jones
  • 11:00 - Long Observation - Largent
  • 12:10 - 3rd Gr. Recess Group - Wetzel - Jessica's office
  • 2:30 - RtI/MTSS Mtg - conf. room
  • 3:30 - 5:00 - Connie/Martha in weekly mtg.

Thurs. Nov. 1st

  • PTO Book Fair (10/31 - 11/2) - stage
  • District Autism Team Training all day - Wetzel - TBD (day 1 of 2)
  • 8:20 - Post Observation - Largent
  • 9:15 - Long Observation - Largent
  • 1:20 - Post Observation - Largent
  • 2:30 - Post Observation - Largent
  • 4:00 - Meeting at Noblesville East MS - Largent

Fri. Nov. 2nd

  • PTO Book Fair (10/31 - 11/2) - stage
  • October/November birthday treats
  • 7:00 - PTO Dads & Donuts - gym, stage, cafe
  • District Autism Team Training all day - Wetzel - TBD (day 2 of 2)
  • KDG-4th Gr. RtI PLC Mtgs all day - Largent/Farley - conf. room
  • 10:25 - ACR for 1st Grader - Andries, Largent, Fure, Benefiel - Abby's room
  • 2:45 - Office Team mtg. - conf. room
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Upcoming Events . . .


  • 6th - Picture Re-Take Day
  • 9th - Veterans Day Program - NO RtI PLC meetings on this date + wear RED, WHITE, AND BLUE!
  • 9th - PTO Mother/Son Event
  • 10th - ZEF Barn Bash
  • 12th - 16th - PTO's Food Drive (DATES CHANGED! It was originally 11/5 - 11/9)
  • 14th - ZEF Family Book Club Night
  • 16th - KDG's Thanksgiving Sing
  • 19th - Drama Club's Fall Play - AM/PM practices + evening performance
  • 20th - Largent out - Personal Day (celebrating Kendrick's 50th birthday!!)
  • 21st - 23rd - Thanksgiving Break


  • 3rd - Coaching Day w/ Jim McMillan from C.L.A.S.S. (click here to sign up!)
  • 13th - Staff Meeting
  • 14th - PTO Dessert Dive
  • 21st - End of Quarter 2
  • 21st - PTO Winter Parties
  • 24th - Jan. 4th - WINTER BREAK

Veterans Day Program: Friday, November 9th, 2018

Veterans Day is officially on Sunday, November 11th this year. Since it falls over the weekend, we will be honoring our Veterans with a well-deserved program on Friday, November 9th at 9:30 AM. The program will last approximately 40-45 minutes.

Also, SGE will run on the 18-19 2-Hour Delay Schedule. Due to this schedule, everyone will still get lunch and a 30 minute RA times, but going out for outdoor recess is NOT a part of the schedule. If your grade level would still like to have outdoor recess, please be sure to check with all of the other grade levels of your time so we do not have so many students outside at once. No need to check with other grade levels if you're doing indoor recess. IF you do an outdoor or indoor recess time, please be sure to tell the office of your final time.


  • This year, in lieu of making decorations, we would love for every classroom teacher to please have a community circle about honoring our Veterans what that means.
  • We have created a list of books that can be found on YouTube as a read aloud (see below).
  • You are also welcome to read a book from your classroom library collection or from our media center. It does not have to be from our list below.
  • What is most important is to please have one (or more!) community circle to have a developmentally appropriate discussion of honoring our Veterans and what that means.

These books are not in our library but can be found on YouTube as a read aloud.

ZEF Family Book Club Night Information - Revised Timeline

What exactly is the ZEF Family Book Club Night?
  • Last year, ZEF wrote a grant to Duke Energy with the goal of using books as a vehicle for bringing families closer together.
  • Duke Energy provided hundreds of copies of four books, authored by Eve Bunting. The books are shown below.
  • THIS week, families will be getting information about the ZEF Family Book Club and a short book summary about each book.
  • IF they are interested in participating, they will be asked to please select one book title they would like to read as a family. They will select the book through a Google Form link.
  • The books will then get sent home (1 book per family) and the family will be asked to read this book together.
  • Then, the families will be asked to come to SGE the evening of Wed. 11/14 to participate in our ZEF Family Book Club Night! (see timeline below)
  • So far, PVE, UE, and EE have all had this evening and their families enjoyed coming together and talking about their book. Our evening will also be the same time Boone Meadow has their ZEF Family Book Club night, too!


  • Sat. 10/27 - Information sent out via SGE Weekly Newsletter + Google Form Link
  • Wed. 10/31 - Last day for families to fill out the Google Form (form will be closed early Thursday morning)
  • Thurs. 11/1 - Get books organized
  • Fri. 11/2 - Pass out the books to each participating student/family
  • Fri. 11/2 - Wed. 11/14 - Time to read the book at home
  • Wed. 11/14 - 6:00-7:00 PM - ZEF Family Book Club Event
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In order to make this event as successful as possible, Allison Spillman and I will need as many volunteers as possible, PLEASE! How can you help? We need you to please lead a family book club talk! Based off of how many families choose to participate, you'll lead this book club talk on your own OR we will partner you up with another staff member.

For those of you that volunteer, we will provide dinner before the event, a light training session, discussion questions will be provided, too! If you're able to help, please click this link! THANK YOU!!

Important Announcements & Reminders

October/November Birthday Treats

  • This Friday 11/2 the Joy Club will be honoring our October/November birthdays!
  • Treats will be provided in the main office workroom - YUM!

Professional Development Requests

  • If you would like to attend any type of professional development, please click here. Next week, this message will be moved to the "Links to Work Orders and *NEW* Google Form Links" section below and it will remain there for the rest of this year for easy access.

Please Join Our REMIND Group

  • SGE (staff only) has an all-staff Remind text messaging group called: 18-19 SGE (all staff).
  • To simply *receive-only* the text messages, please text the number 81010 and in your "message line" type in the code: @k29hfe.
  • If you'd like to be able to text back and forth w/ me via REMIND, please download the app or create an online account.
  • As a friendly reminder, please do not share this code with non-SGE staff members.

Above & Beyond Nomination Form

  • On our ZCS website, any ZCS staff and/or community member can nominate the work of any ZCS employee that has done extraordinary work. If you've experienced professional support that is above & beyond, feel free to recognize them through this nomination! Please click here to nominate.

Leaving EARLY afterschool and you've gotten permission from Connie/Martha . . .

  • If this is the case for you, please help us by always emailing the entire office team to let them know you've gotten permission and also leave your cell # in the email message, in case we need to contact you.
  • Who is the "office team?" Connie, Martha, Angie, Jen, Jessica, Hailey


Technology Work Orders - Reminder from Dan Layton:

  • Click here to access this link.
  • It is always extremely helpful if you can submit actual technology work orders for any help you need. Please refrain from picking up the phone or emailing a question.

Marquis Work Orders:

  • Did your trash not get picked up? Does it seem the carpet didn't get vacuumed? Please help Angie & Jen out by filling out the Marquis work order on your own. Thanks!

  • 1. Go to the Zionsville web site

    2. Click on Teachers/Staff tab

    3. Scroll down about halfway

    4. Look for: Custodial Work Orders by Building

    5. Click on Stonegate

  • Click here to access the Teachers/Staff tab


Personal Business Leave Request - NEW GOOGLE FORM LINK!

  • Please click the NEW LINK HERE to access this form and then don't forget to SAVE this page under your "favorites."
  • Finally, as a friendly reminder of our ZCS Personal Business Leave + good information to know for our newest staff, I have copied/pasted the email about personal days sent by Becky Coffman on 5/8/16. This is per our CBA - Collective Bargaining Agreement
Section 9.03 Personal Business Leave
  • A. Amount – Each employee shall be entitled to be absent from work three (3) days each school year for the transaction of personal business or the conduct of personal or civic affairs. Such leaves may be used in whole or half day increments. Requests for personal business leave should be made 48 hours in advance in writing to the building principal. In cases of emergency or other similar unforeseen circumstance, requests may be made orally to both the substitute coordinator and the building principal.
  • B. Employees are discouraged from using personal business leave on staff development days or to extend a school vacation. If used on a staff development day then the employee remains totally responsible for securing the learning lost from their being absent during that activity.
  • C. Accumulation – If an employee does not use all of the personal business leave in a given school year, the remaining personal business leave shall be accumulated for use in later school year, except that no more than a total of two (2) days may be accumulated from earlier school years for use as personal business leave, so that the maximum total personal business leave available in any one school year is three (3) days earned during the school year and up to two (2) days accumulated from earlier school years or a total of five (5) days.
  • D. Conversion to Sick Leave – Any unused personal business leave not accumulated for use in later years as personal business leave shall be added to the employee’s accumulated sick leave.


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What a great and quick way for students to self-assess!

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