Stonegate Elementary Weekly News

December 14, 2018

"Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." - Joshua J. Marine

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Calendar of Events

  • December 21 - PTO Winter Parties and Holiday Wear
  • December 21 - End of 2nd quarter
  • December 24-January 4 - Winter Break- No School
  • January 7- Second Semester Begins
  • January 7-25- NWEA Assessments (classroom schedules vary)
  • January 21-MLK Day- No School
  • January 25 - PTO Spirit Day - Crazy Socks
  • February 18 - President's Day - No School
  • February 19 - Staff Professional Development - No School
  • February 28 - Family STEM Night - 6:00-7:30pm

Look Who Was Sent to the Principal's Office!

William He

Sienna Vanzee

Elsa Haupt

Tobias Ayshford

Anna Botkin

Kellan Joyner

We love our students and are thrilled when they are recognized for all the positive acts of kindness they contribute in their classrooms!

Miss Wetzel's Counseling Corner

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. Students also learn how to take another’s perspective and how to show compassion. Students will now begin to discuss emotional management during their Steps to Strong in Every Way time! Students will learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety 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!

Holiday Assistance

As we approach the holiday season, we understand the stress and financial expectations that go along with it. We are happy to assist in connecting families with ongoing and/or holiday support of meals, clothing, and financial assistance. Please contact Miss Wetzel if we can offer any assistance in connecting your family with a helping hand. Some of our partners have rapidly approaching deadlines for applications, so please don’t delay in reaching out.

If you are interested in assisting families in need this holiday season, please also contact Miss Wetzel for more information. Please click here for more information on Holiday Assistance!

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This week on December 11th, our 4th graders celebrated Indiana's birthday! Our beautiful state turned 202 years old. Our 4th-grade teachers worked hard to ensure they learned many wonderful facts about our home state and they even made Indiana T-shirts to commemorate this event!

Thank you, PTO, for funding the new t-shirt press so that our 4th graders can continue their annual tradition!

***PTO Information***

Staff Appreciation

Looking for a way to show your appreciation to your child's teachers? Not sure what they like? By clicking on the link below this message, you can find the Stonegate Staff Favorites List. There are a variety of items listed, but always remember, these are just suggestions. The Stonegate staff is grateful that you allow them to be such a big part of your family.


Textbook Rental Fees

Elementary fee statements were emailed several months ago. Payment for the 2018-19 school year were due in September. Didn’t receive your statement? Textbook rental fee statements can now be viewed in PowerSchool! Simply log in to your PowerSchool parent account or your student’s PowerSchool account, and click on the BALANCE tab on the left side of the screen. You will see your student’s itemized statement, payments made, and current account balance.

NEW – for a flat fee of $3.80 per transaction, save time and the hassle of writing/mailing a check and make your payment online via SchoolPay.

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding Textbook Rental, please visit

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We value partnerships with our families and welcome parents and guardians to serve as volunteers in our schools. Each ZCS building offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.

Examples include:

  • Field Trip Chaperones
  • Out of Town/Overnight Chaperones
  • Tutors
  • 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.


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.

Examples Include:

  • 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 the generous support of our youth and schools. Thank you, too, for supporting the assurance of student and staff safety by completing and paying for a volunteer background check.

Did You Know?

ZCS, like other public schools, has a no-idling policy for vehicles on campus. The purpose of the policy is to limit vehicle emissions that might be brought into the schools and adversely impact the health of our students and staff. If you are stopped on campus for more than 5 minutes, please remember to turn off your engine. We thank you for abiding by this policy to help reduce the exposure to these emissions.

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