Staff Weekly Update

August 27th - 31st, 2018

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Thank you all for another fabulous week! It was a busy one and now that we've had Curriculum Night and EagleFest, the daily rhythm and cadence of our school year have taken hold.

Sincere gratitude to all of you for working so hard to make Curriculum Night a tremendous success! We had such a fantastic evening and so many comments from parents regarding how thrilled they are to have YOU as their child's teacher. I can't thank you all enough for ensuring that building the home-school relationship was a top priority. Showing them you care takes so little but it truly goes so far. Bravo!

With much respect,


Calendar Items

Mon. Aug. 27th

  • NWEA: 8/14 - 8/31
  • Chris Squier - Office Week at SGE
  • Janelle Drisko at SGE today
  • 7:00 - Connie in Elementary Principals mtg - PVE
  • 9:30 - RtI mtg. - Largent, Farley, Wetzel, Spillman, Hall - conf. room
  • 2:00 - Phone conference w/ parent - Largent/Oakley - conf. room
  • 2:30 - Bi-Weekly Gr. Level Mtgs.
  • 2:45- Parent mtg - Wetzel/Milam - Jessica's office

Tues. Aug. 28th

  • NWEA: 8/14 - 8/31
  • Chris Squier - Office Week at SGE
  • Tech Integration day w/ Kyle
  • 9:30 - LT mtg - Largent/Farley - ESC
  • 11:30 - Elem. Admin. Team mtg - Largent/Farley - ESC
  • 11:45 - District Autism Team mtg - Wetzel - location TBD
  • 1:00 - USS Team mtg - USS Team & Dr. Slonaker - conf. room
  • 2:40 - Gr. Level Collaboration mtg - Kyle & 1st/2nd grade - Media Center
  • 2:45 - ACR for 1st grader - Largent, Fure, Benefiel, Andries - conf. room
  • 4:00 - District Discussions - ESC

Wed. Aug. 29th

  • NWEA: 8/14 - 8/31
  • Chris Squier - Office Week at SGE
  • Janelle Drisko at SGE today
  • 10:00 - 11:00 - Diversity Phone Conference - Largent/Farley - conf. room
  • 2:00 - ACR for 1st grader - Largent, Andries, Strawmyer - conf. room
  • 3:00 - RtI Building Team mtg - location TBA
  • 3:30 - Weekly Meeting - Largent/Farley - Connie's office

Thurs. Aug. 30th

  • NWEA: 8/14 - 8/31
  • Chris Squier - Office Week at SGE
  • 2:30 - Optional Staff Meeting - ZTEP/ZTEP PLUS/SLOs - Location TBA
  • 2:30 - Wellness Club Meeting - Leslie Frobig's room
  • 2:45 - 504 mtg for 2nd grader - Wetzel/Bourff - Jessica's office

Fri. Aug. 31st

  • NWEA: 8/14 - 8/31
  • Chris Squier - Office Week at SGE
  • RtI PLC Meetings - all day - conf. room
  • 2:30 - Joy Club mtg - location TBD

Upcoming Events . . .

Mon. Sept. 3rd - No school in honor of Labor Day

Fri. Sept. 7th - SMILE! School Picture Day!

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

ZTEP, ZTEP PLUS, CLOs, SLOs, E-I-E-I-O . . . What's It All About?

The good news is that you're not alone! Please join us this Thursday, August 30th at 2:40 PM (location TBA) to learn about our Zionsville Teacher Evaluation Process (ZTEP). If you'd like to get a head start on finding out more information, please click here.

If you have a question that you would like answered during this meeting, please click here to submit your question. Thanks!

Please Join Our Remind Group!

SGE (staff only) has an all-staff Remind text messaging group called: 18-19 SGE (all staff). You do not need a Remind account to get Remind text messages nor do you have to download the app.

To simply *receive-only* the text messages, please text the number 81010 and in your "message line" type in the code: @k29hfe. See the image below.

As a friendly reminder, please do not share out this image or this code. Occasionally, I will get parents that try to join this "class" thinking it's all of SGE families. Should I see a name that is not a staff member or a phone number not connected to a staff member, I will remove him/her from this course. At times, sensitive information is shared through Remind so it can reach you all quickly. Thank you!

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Important Announcements & Reminders

Instructional Fire & Tornado Drills:

  • Please conduct an instructional fire drill “walk through” and a tornado drill “walk through” with your class. When this is complete, check off that you have done it, sign and put in Martha's mailbox on or before August 31. These will count as our August drills.

From Nurse Gorham:

  • The clinic door located in the office is now locked and will remain locked to maintain school safety. Please send your students to the clinic by entering/exiting the clinic door located across from the 2nd-grade hallway.

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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Thank you, Abby Andries! Below is a great example of Abby integrating SIEW with her students and helping her learners to consciously understand and realize who the important people are in his/her lives. Some children need this visual in order to raise their own metacognition that they DO have people in their lives that care about them. When they feel sad, angry, upset, or defeated and their negative self-thoughts start to sabotage their mindset and emotions, they tend to forget they have anchors of support that can throw them lifelines!
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