The Friday Flyer

Boone Meadow Elementary

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Let’s Play! BME Family STEM Night!

January 23, 2019 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Plans are coming together for the first ever BME Cardboard Challenge STEM Night! Inspired by the annual Global Cardboard Challenge that takes place in October each year, our January Family STEM Activity is a Cardboard Challenge. Families are encouraged to get inspired and creative together. Turn the leftover cardboard and recyclable materials from the holidays into games and interactive activities. We will display and play the Family STEM projects in the gym on STEM Night. Teachers are also planning other interactive stations for the whole family to enjoy including a building station. You can come with or without a project, but please RSVP via this Registration Link. We want to be able to plan for enough space, materials, and volunteers for the evening. Looking for inspiration? Search for the Cardboard Challenge online or take time to watch one of these videos as a family! Caine’s Arcade (10 min. film), Caine’s Arcade 2: From a Movie to a Movement (8 min.), or Caine’s Arcade News Clip (2 min.). We are also collecting boxes (cereal, shoe, soda, etc.) and empty paper towel and toilet paper tubes. Please send them to school to help us collect supplies for our event!

Meet Ms. Trostle,

Boone Meadow Families,

As BME’s new media center /librarian, I wanted to introduce myself and extend the same to you! I hope you will visit, call, or send a message any time you have questions, concerns, celebrations, or ideas to share.

I’m looking forward to meeting each and every student, staff member, parent, and guardian. These first two weeks, I have had the pleasure of getting to know the students. When classes come to exchange books, we get to take some time to ask questions and share more about ourselves. Students have been extremely kind and welcoming, even as we will all continue to miss the amazing and outstanding Mrs. Librarian Leeds. I am grateful for the strong foundation she has built and maintained, as well as the support she has given me as I begin to serve in this valuable role.

In all of my teaching experiences, I have never felt so connected to a school culture so deeply. I especially love how BME values the social and emotional learning of our young people. What I care most about as an educator is deep listening. The library center is a profound place where people can appreciate stories and information – listening to what a collection of ideas holds. Yet also to listen within. To confidently move into their individual curiosities as well as see how they can be in relationship one another, growing academically and compassionately.

In that honor, I am excited to continue building our amazing library media center with academic and social/community engagements and look forward to what will come! I have so many creative ideas to foster and grow with Boone Meadow Families.

Some of the questions our curious students have been asking in getting to know me:

Q. “What college did you go to?”
A. Ball State (with a degree in School Media Services)

Q. “How old are you?”
A. This year will be my fortieth trip around the sun! (And we take a moment to consider the science behind that answer).

Q. “What other places have you taught?”
A. Hamilton Southeastern Schools and, most recently, IPS.

Q. “Are you married?” and “Do you have kids?”
A. “I used to be. Yes, I have two amazing daughters, a sophomore at Ball State and freshman at FHS.”

Q. “What do you like to do for fun?” and “What else have you done?” (Passion and Vocation are the same for me!)
A. I love to teach yoga and even clean houses! I also enjoy nature, reading, writing, learning and visiting new places.

Q. “What’s your favorite holiday?”
A. Memorial Day. I live across from a cemetery and I think it’s beautiful, seeing all the flowers, how we, as a country, take a day to honor and celebrate those we love in such a collective way.

I’m an “open book” and value communication. Again, feel free to contact me in the future. My hope is that BME scholars are going home and saying excitedly what they did in the library!

P 317.873.2226 Ext.14200 E

Valentine's Day Information

We look forward to celebrating Valentine's Day with our students at their classroom parties on Thursday, February 14th. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to emphasize the Lifelines of friendship and kindness with all of our students.

As you are preparing Valentine cards to share with classmates, please prepare cards void of candy. Due to many students with food sensitivities and allergies, we will be unable to distribute candy. We appreciate your cooperation as our main goal is to keep everyone safe.

If you elect to purchase cards that have contain something extra attached to them, please ensure they are inedible. This could include pencils, erasers, stickers, etc. Thank you for ensuring that all students can have a safe and fun celebration.

Pre-registration of volunteers is needed. Please find the link below to do so.

All visitors and volunteers are required to have a background check, and need to pre-register. Please follow these directions for pre-registration:

First, go to

Page 1: Select the green “Next Step” button.

Page 2: Simply enter your name and birthday when prompted. When it asks for "Building" select Boone Meadow Elementary. Select the green “Next Step” button.

Page 3: When prompted for “Person Visiting” use the student’s name, then type “Valentine Parties” when it asks for your reason for visit.

It will then ask for the date of the visit. Please use the date of the actual event.

Disregard the “If you’d like to notify anyone portion…” on this page and hit Next Step.

Page 4: Hit the green “Complete Request” button and you are done!

Contact Mrs. Kiel at x14995 if you have any questions regarding pre-registration.

Lost and Found

A big thank you goes to Nurse Amy for organizing our Lost and Found. We still have alot of unclaimed items. If your child is missing a coat, hat, gloves, sweatshirt, pants, etc, please have them stop by the Lost and Found to look through the surplus of items.

Art Update with Mrs. Albright

4th Grade: Students just finished their Circle Weaving. The loom was created by painting a paper plate in the style of Wassily Kandinsky’s “Squares with Concentric Circles”. Yarn was then woven in the center to create a circle. They turned out beautiful! I am very proud of their hard work and eagerness to learn a new form of art.

Upcoming Events & Important Info


21st - Dr. MLK, Jr. Day (no school)

23rd - Family STEM Night "Cardboard Challenge" 6:00-7:30


8th - Yearbook Candid Photo's

13th - PTO Meeting 6:00pm

14th - Valentine's Day Parties

18th - President's Day

19th -Teacher Professional Development Day (no school)

21st - 1st Grade Field Trip to NIFS

22nd-24th - 1st Grade (and some 2nd graders) OLSAT testing


29th - April 7 - Spring Break

Texts from SchoolMessenger

From time to time Boone Meadow uses SchoolMessenger to send a text to all of the families. If you haven't been receiving texts from us, you may need to opt-in by sending YES to the SchoolMessenger short code of 68453. Contact Beth Kiel in the front office if you have any questions!

Student Progress Reports

Second quarter elementary report cards were available last Friday, January 11, 2019.

To access your child’s progress report card:

  • Login to PowerSchool (using your parent login or your child’s login) - This is the same login process your child uses consistently at school and/or e-day login process
  • Click on the Report Card link located in the left-hand menu.

If you have forgotten how to login to PowerSchool, your child can assist with this as it is identical to their daily login in information. (All current and future student progress reports are stored in this location, so you are able to access/view your child’s report cards in one location.)

If you are in need of additional assistance to view/access your child’s report card, please feel free to contact the main office.

Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT)

The OLSAT is administered to all students in grades 1 and new 2nd grade students this month. This test is given orally January 22-24 depending on the teacher’s schedule. This assessment is used specifically to measure abilities related to success in school, testing critical thinking and reasoning skills. The OLSAT is intended to test memory, speed of thought and ability to see relationships and patterns. Scores are normed based upon a child’s age in months rather than grade level in school and will be posted on each child’s Power School account after scoring has been completed. For more information please contact your child’s school counselor.
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Last Day of School is now May 28, 2019

Since we incurred our school closing on Thursday, November 15th, the last student day is now, Tuesday, May 28th.

Textbook Rental Fees

Elementary fee payments for the 2018-19 school year were due in September.

Didn’t receive your statement? Good news, as 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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Volunteers and Visitor Background Checks


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 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.

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