Boone Meadow Friday Flyer
November 12, 2021
Dear Boone Meadow Families
It was another busy week at The Meadow as we continue in pursuit of student growth through engaging and thoughtful learning opportunities. Students and staff are digging deeply into quarter 2 curriculum, looking closely at goals shared at recent conferences.
A few important items to note are listed below:
STEM Connection - Our very own STEM Coach, Mrs. Benson, has provided an update on standards and learning experiences for quarter 2. Please visit the link in the newsletter below. I will also send detailed information to families early next week.
Book Fair - Today we began with book fair previews, and more classroom visits will occur throughout next week.
- We need volunteers. Click HERE to sign up for a volunteer slot.
- Family shopping - Families may visit the book fair on Wednesday, 11/17 from 3:30-5:30. If you come to shop on Wednesday with your child/student, do not enter the main entrance/door 1. Instead, please enter the building at door # 13 (south side of building next to playground). The book fair will be inside the building down the hallway to the left in room 162.
PTO Updates - See the information and link below for details.
Dine for Dollars - Our next Dine for Dollars opportunity is this coming Wednesday, November 17th @ Jimmy Johns. Future D4$ dates are located in the calendar section below.
Veterans Day - Hopefully everyone was able to view and enjoy the tribute created for Veterans Day. If you haven't, feel free click the video above to view.
Enjoy the weekend!
Family STEM Connection
Boone Meadow Book Fair is Next Week!
- PTO still needs a few volunteers to assist in managing the book fair. Please click HERE to sign up for a volunteer time. (Note: Volunteers are required to have a full background check on file and will need to complete a COVID screener/waiver upon entering the building. Masks must be worn inside the building during your visit.)
- Teachers will pre-arrange times for their class to visit the book fair. Your child's teacher will communicate the dates and times to families.
- Family shopping date: On Wednesday, November 17 from 3:30-5:30, parents may bring their child/family to the book fair for additional shopping time.
- Do you prefer to shop the book fair online vs. in person? Click you can do your virtual shopping here.
Want to volunteer? Click HERE: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4fa4a82aa7fec16-book
Operation: Adopt Team Meadow (PTO sponsored)
Help us make this holiday extra special for all our amazing BME staff. This includes all Team Meadow staff (teachers, IAs, bus, cafe, preschool, custodial, office team, etc...). This will be our 2nd Annual Operation Adopt Team Meadow, we are excited to help coordinate gifting from our wonderful BME families. We are hopeful this will allow for a lot of contributors to bless the teachers and staff in a BIG way!
We will need one volunteer per staff member in order to coordinate the donations. We are working to make this easier by asking for you information when you sign up! Please sign up by NOVEMBER 12th! Once we have our sign up completed we will send out all the necessary information to those that volunteered. Click image or HERE to sign up!
If your child's teacher is already "adopted", please consider coordinating for another VIP staff member. Thank you for supporting our wonderful staff this holiday season!
PTO Winter Porch Pots & Poinsettia Sale
A few items to note:
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).
November 12 - PTO Winter Porch Pots & Poinsettia Sale orders & payment due
November 15-19 - Scholastic Book Fair
November 17 - Dine for Dollars - Jimmy Johns
November 22 - Poinsettia sale pick up (3-6 PM)
November 24-26 - Thanksgiving Break (no school)
December 1 - Dine to Dollars Fundraiser Nothing Bundt Cakes - 50% of purchase goes to BME PTO)
December 6-17 - NWEA testing window
December 15- Dine for Dollars - Noble Romans
December 17 - End of Quarter 2/Semester 1
December 20-31 - Winter Break (no school)
January 3 - Students return from break; 1st day of second semester
January 5 - Dine for Dollars - Lou Malnati's (All 3 Indy locations)
January 17 - MLK Jr. Day (no school)
January 18 - Teacher professional development day (no school for students)
January 19 - Dine for Dollars- Qdoba (tentative)
February 14 - Valentine's Day
February 21-25 - Presidents' Day/February Break (no school)
March 15 - End of Quarter 3
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)
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How does the new Executive Order from Gov. Holcombe (8/31) impact school contact tracing?
A: IF individuals are wearing masks with fidelity in the classroom & on the bus, people who are contact traced will not need to quarantine unless they are exhibiting symptoms. We will still need to notify and document the contact tracing, but if no symptoms exist and the individuals were properly wearing masks, they would not need to quarantine.
Lunchtime is when contact tracing/quarantine does apply and the 6' rule will apply as well. Quarantined individuals can still return on day 8 if they receive a negative test (rapid in lab or PCR) on day 5, 6, or 7 after exposure - or stay out for the full 14 days.
Q: What about symptoms? What symptoms must we watch and keep our child from school?
A: Every morning, families should take note of if their child is showing symptoms of illness. We know this can be complicated, frustrating, and inconvenient as we strive to keep our learning environments as healthy as possible. Fevers, sore throats, new onset of intense headache, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, coughing or shortness of breath, or new loss of taste or smell are the common symptoms and students will be required (per health department mandates) to quarantine for ten days from the start of symptoms. Student may return to school/activities sooner with a physician document stating they may return OR a negative PCR CoVID test. (This is regardless of vaccination status)
Q: If one child is home with symptoms, must my other children stay home as well?
A: Siblings of ill students will need to be picked up if at school. Siblings will need to follow quarantine guidelines.
More information regarding COVID protocols is located here on the ZCS website.
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.