Staff Weekly Update

September 3rd - 7th, 2018

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I hope you're all having a wonderful 3-day weekend. It's an honor to be your colleague in this profession, one that indeed "uplifts humanity." Happy Labor Day!

With much respect,


Calendar Items

Mon. Sept. 3rd

  • No school in honor of Labor Day! Enjoy this well-deserved day!

Tues. Sept. 4th

  • AimsWeb: 9/3 - 10/12
  • 8:30 - ReEval CC for 3rd grader - Farley, Wetzel, Brizzolara - conf. room
  • 8:45 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel/Westin
  • 1:00 - USS Team mtg - USS team & Dr. Slonaker - conf. room
  • 2:30 - Evacutrac Training - Largent, Farley, Wetzel, Torrance, Brown, Skura, Frobig, Watson, Mastin - middle staircase
  • 2:45 - SPED parent mtg - Slonaker, Fure, Clare - conf. room

Wed. Sept. 5th

  • AimsWeb: 9/3 - 10/12
  • Janelle Drisko at SGE - all day
  • 10:30 - 1:20 - PTO's JAT Launch during K-4 lunches - Cafe
  • 2:30 - Speech ACR for 2nd grdr - Wetzel, Fure, Delp
  • 2:45 - Staffing for 3rd grader - Largent, Moore, Watson, Frobig, Hall - Connie's Office
  • 3:30 - Largent/Farley in weekly mtg

Thurs. Sept. 6th

  • AimsWeb: 9/3 - 10/12
  • 8:00 - ACR for 3rd grader - Farley, Watson, Frobig - conf. room
  • 8:45 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel/Frobig
  • 10:00 - MTSS/DSST mtg - Largent, Farley, Wetzel, Frothingham, Ionacci - conf. room
  • 12:45 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel/Milam
  • 1:45 - Parent mtg - Largent/Farley - Connie's office
  • 2:45 - ACR for 3rd grader - Largent, Farley, Watson, Lewis - conf. room

Fri. Sept. 7th

  • AimsWeb: 9/3 - 10/12
  • RtI PLC Mtgs w/ Largent/Farley - all day - conf. room
  • 11:30 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel/Strawmyer
  • 1:30 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel/Clare
  • 2:45 - Parent mtg - Largent/Moore - conf. room

Upcoming Events . . .

Mon. Sept. 10th & Tues. Sept. 11th - Largent out for Advanced School Safety Training

Thurs. Sept. 13th - Staff Meeting

Thurs. Sept. 13th - Fri. Sept. 14th - 4th Gr. at Camp Tecumseh

(Thursday evening from 6-10PM - Largent/Farley travel to camp for the Camp Fire event)

Fri. Sept. 14th - 3rd Gr. Field Trip - Indy Zoo

Thurs. Sept. 20th - Family Wellness Night

Wed. Sept. 26th - PTO's JOG-A-THON

Wed. Oct. 3rd - Parent-Teacher Conferences from 2:30 - 3:30

Thurs. Oct. 4th

  • E-DAY for all elementary students
  • 11:10 - 7:00 - Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • PTO provides lunch for staff

Tues. Oct. 9th - End of Quarter 1

Oct. 15th - 19th - Fall Break


There is a folder FULL of resources for you to use in the Essential Skills folder. Here are the directions to access the folder.

· Log on to ZCS.

· Select Teachers/Staff

· Select Special Education Resources

· Select Essential Skills

· Select TEACCH

· Have fun! Explore!

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Important Announcements & Reminders

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.

Door Checkers, Please!

  • Please assign a student or pair up with a team member to check the doors as you enter/exit the building. We've had some small pieces of mulch and/or pebbles get stuck in the threshold of the door, causing the door not to be 100% latched shut. Thank you!

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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Student Empowerment In Action! Thank you, 3rd Gr. Team & Deb Torrance! Watch as our 3rd graders arrived to school this past Friday. With NO given directions, except to be safe, they chose how to move their bodies when they saw the duct tape!

3rd Gr. Hallway - Arrival