Stonegate Elementary Newsletter
September 30, 2023
Dear SGE Families,
What a week it's been! The two 2-hour delays were unexpected but keeping everyone safe is always one of our main goals. Our 4th graders enjoyed Camp Tecumseh on Thursday and Friday. Some highlight photos are below. It was brought to our attention that this group of students were a wonderful group and that our parents were amazing. Bravo to all of you! Also, a huge thanks to our 4th grade teachers for their hard work and committing to this annual event for our students to enjoy. We'd also like to give a special shout-out to our transportation department. We were all a bit worried when the 2-hour delay was announced on Thursday morning and how this would impact the departure time for Camp Tecumseh. Due to having all hands-on deck, the buses were able to come to SGE and get our 4th graders on the road.
Now that October is just around the corner, we have some exciting events coming up during these two weeks leading up to fall break. We have Related Arts Family Night, JOG-A-THON, Dine for Dollars at Fundae's with SGE Celebrity Scoopers, and Picture Re-Take Day. Please read below for full details.
Enjoy the summer-like sunshine we are expected to have these next few days. Consider it like summer giving us all one last hug before it officially leaves. ☀️
Mrs. Connie Largent, Principal
Mrs. Kathy Drake, Asst. Principal
Greetings from Camp Tecumseh
Important Dates and Events
Important Dates & Events
4th - PTO Meeting in the Media Center at 2:45
5th - Related Arts Family Night 5:30-7:30pm
6th - PTO Jog-a-Thon
10th- Dine for Dollars at Fundaes
11th - School Picture Re-take Day
12th - Kindergarten to Stuckey Farms
13th - 1st grade to Conner Prairie
13th - End of 1st quarter
16th-20th - Fall Break! No school!
26th - PTO Trunk or Treat
27th - PTO Spirit Wear - Favorite Book Character
31st - Happy Halloween
1st - Parent/Teacher conferences 3:00-5:30pm
2nd - EDay for Students; Parent/Teacher conferences all day
5th - Time Change - Fall Back!
6th-10th - PTO Food Drive
10th - Veterans Day Program (details coming soon)
14th-16th - PTO Scholastic Book Fair
17 - PTO Spirit Day: Flannel Day
22-24 - Thanksgiving Break
Veterans Day Program
Body Systems with Ms. Benefiel's Class
First grade is off to a wonderful start! Over the last few weeks, students have been learning about several human body systems. They have learned about the importance and functions of the skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory and circulatory systems. As part of the learning process, students in Ms. Benefiel's class participated in some fun parent-led activities. The students made spines out of candy, digested bread using soda and their muscles, made x-ray drawings of their hands, watched their pulse using marshmallows, pumped as much "blood" in one minute as they could, and did an asthma simulation! The kids had a blast and the stations really reinforced their learning! Other first grade classes have been celebrating their learning with amazing activities as well!
Related Arts Night-Mark your Calendar!
Related Arts Family Night - Art Volunteers Needed
Come create your own small paper or fabric dress, pants, hat, etc. in the art room! Each table will have examples of different clothing worn during the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. Also, you will be able to create a bracelet, necklace, etc. in Ms. Emenhiser's room. And don’t forget to find your feather on the interactive eagle and share the photo on social media.
- Fashion Art – Design your own outfit.
- Jewelry Art – Design your own bracelet, necklace, etc.
- Take a photo with the interactive eagle inspired by Kelsey Montague and designed by Stonegate artist
Ms E. would love to have volunteers assist in cutting papers for related arts night. Please email her if you are interested. You can pick up the papers in the office and take them home.
Jog-A-Thon is Friday, October 6! Rain date is Monday, October 9th. Students will walk or jog around a 1/4 loop in front of the school (we block off the streets around The Commons). Please have your students wear tennis shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring their water bottle to school.
The preschoolers and kindergarteners will walk for 30 minutes while the older kids will walk for 40 minutes. The schedule is as follows:
- 2nd grade 8:15 - 9:20am
- Preschool and Kindergarten 9:20-10:15am
- 4th grade 10:10pm -11:15am
- 3rd grade 11:40am-12:45pm
- 1st grade: 12:40-1:45pm
Our goal is to raise $20,000 to support math and literacy materials, technology, enrichment grants, field trips, and special projects for each grade. To do that, we are challenging each student to raise $50 in donations ($25 for preschool). We are still a ways off from our goal. Every donation is appreciated! 100% of the donations collected by Stonegate students will directly impact our school. Please send the pledge envelope back to school with your child even if you donate online only. This is how we know what student names to enter in the raffle. Money and pledge forms should be returned by Tuesday, October 10th. To donate online https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=FDQ6EXRFD2M72
If you have any questions, please email mailto:SGEJAT@gmail.com
Stock the Lounge & SGE Team Wishlist
Our office team has created an Amazon Wish List. We would love your support in two important ways.
First, our staff works so hard every day. To show our appreciation, help us “stock the lounge” with their favorite snacks all year long! Next, we have also added in items that would be helpful to our team and used in a variety of ways.
As always, we thank you for your partnership!
Miss Wetzel's Counselor Corner
The annual bully prevention lessons have begun! This important topic is discussed with all students every year so they know how to be an ally and how to identify situations that are mean moments, conflicts, or bullying. “Bullying” as defined by State law means overt, unwanted, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications or images transmitted, physical acts committed, aggression or any other behaviors committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate or harm another student and create for that student an objectively hostile school environment. (IC 20-33-8-.2) If a situation does not meet the criteria for bullying, we still take the situation seriously and discuss and follow up with students involved. We encourage you to discuss with your child about bullying prevention, how to be assertive and how navigate through natural peer conflict. Our number one job is to keep students safe, physically and emotionally. We appreciate your partnership throughout your child’s year. For more detailed information about bullying, please refer to page 36 of Zionsville Community Schools Student and Family Handbook.
Family Assistance Form
When basic needs are met, students are better able to focus on education and learning. Therefore, there is assistance available for our students and their families to help with various needs that may arise throughout the school year. If you are currently in need of assistance, please fill out this Family Assistance form. This information will be kept in strictest confidence.
Dining for Dollars - Fundaes
Please Dine for Dollars at Fundaes on Tuesday, October 10th. Some of your favorite teachers and staff will be “celebrity” ice cream scoopers! Be on the lookout—we will post the names and times in the newsletter next week so that you know when to visit. Thank you for supporting Stonegate PTO through our Dining for Dollar events!
Trunk or Treat
Please save the date and join us for Trunk or Treat on Thursday, October 26th! We need trunk volunteers and lots of Trick or Treaters! It will be a fun event for the whole family to enjoy! Please RSVP and sign up at the QR code below.
Information from Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library
Additional Information from SGE and ZCS
Mrs. Torrance's Monthly Wellness Challenge
Check out Mrs. Torrance's quarterly newsletter here. https://www.smore.com/gz7du
Flu Shot Clinic
The Boone County Health Department will be hosting a flu shot clinic on Saturday, October 28th from 9-11 a.m. in the ZCS Boardroom in the Educational Services Center at 900 Mulberry Street. Please enter through Door 30.
All ZCS students and their parents/guardians are eligible to receive a flu shot, free of charge.
If possible, please fill out and bring this consent form:
Lunch Guests Sign Up!
SGE is now ready to welcome our K-4 Lunch Guests! Here's how it works:
- Due to limited space, we are happy to welcome one special visitor with each student for a total of four different guests per grade level.
- Sign-up to reserve your spot by clicking here.
We have "Visitor Tables" in the front foyer that you will sit at with your child during their lunch time.
Visitor and Volunteer Procedures
During the school day, all volunteers are expected to check 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.
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. Visitors other than parents/guardians must be prearranged and organized through the main office.