Stonegate Elementary Weekly News

December 1, 2018

"It always seems impossible, until it's done." - Nelson Mandela

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Calendar of Events

  • December 3-7- OLSAT testing for 3rd grade
  • December 10 - School Board Meeting - ESC at 6:00pm
  • December 14 - PTO Dessert Dive for teachers and staff
  • December 14 - Stonegate Singers Concert at ZWest 7:30pm
  • December 21 - PTO Winter Parties and Holiday Wear
  • December 21 - End of 2nd quarter
  • December 24-January 4 - Winter Break- No School

Look Who Was Sent to the Principal's Office!

Bridget Scheidler

Brody Malott

Harper Witter

Harper Hibbs

Aiden Morton


We love our students and are thrilled when they are recognized for all the positive acts of kindness they contribute in their classrooms!

Miss Wetzel's Counseling Corner

This month, my counseling lessons have been focused on Gratitude! Gratitude means feeling thankful or appreciative of what you already have. Practicing gratitude means taking the time to reflect on the things we are really grateful for. We discussed how to show gratitude, like writing a thank you note or doing an act of kindness, and why we show gratitude. Gratitude is more than just a feeling! We can make it a verb by helping your child practice showing gratitude every day. You can support your child’s gratitude growth by having them reflect on three things they were thankful for in the day, what act of kindness they did for someone else, or keeping a joy journal. By recognizing what we are grateful for, we can multiply our happiness and well-being!

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Holiday Assistance

Please click the link below for more information on Holiday Assistance!


Holiday Assistance

SGE Spotlight: Wellness with Mrs. Torrance

What is Well in Wellness - This month students have been learning and reviewing the importance of making healthy food choices. We refer to our bodies like a car and therefore if we want to go anywhere (play games/sports, learn, be active, reach goals...) we have to fuel our car properly. Junk food to our bodies is like water to a car. Over time it will break down/rust. Therefore, it is important to understand how food fuels our body and be able to make "strong choices". Students have been identifying foods by their food group as well as what benefits they provide for our bodies. I have been amazed at the variety of foods they identify and have tried! I have certainly learned from them as well.

Students have been participating in a variety of games and stations that allow them to strengthen their physical skills of toss, throw, and catch as well as social skills of cooperation/teamwork. Also, we have been working on strengthening our core through various exercises-especially the plank! Hence the "Giving Thanks and Doing Planks" November Challenge. Stay tuned next month for more information on the benefits of having a strong core! This will be a year-long focus for all children as it impacts many aspects of functional movement. Don't forget-CHALLENGES are due by December 3rd. Our next challenge will focus on "PLAY'!

SNEAKERS FOR WELLNESS-As the weather gets colder and students wear snow boots, please remind your child to pack their sneakers each day. Many activities require quick movement as well as moderate impact (jumping, skipping, etc.) Sneakers make such movements and activities safer especially in the gym. If your child does not have a pair of sneakers, please do not hesitate to reach out and I will assist in meeting your needs. Your support is greatly appreciated as we work together to inspire not only an appreciation but a love of physical activity and becoming STRONG in EVERY WAY.

***PTO Information***

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Staff Appreciation

Looking for a way to show your appreciation to your child's teachers? Not sure what they like? By clicking on the link below, you can find the Stonegate Staff Favorites List. There are a variety of items listed, but always remember, these are just suggestions. The Stonegate staff is grateful that you allow them to be such a big part of your family.

***DISTRICT NEWS***

Textbook Rental Fees

Elementary fee statements were emailed several months ago. Payment for the 2018-19 school year were due in September. Didn’t receive your statement? 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

https://www.zcs.k12.in.us/apps/pages/textbook_rental

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BACKGROUND CHECK INFORMATION

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.


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.

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 the generous support of our youth and schools. Thank you, too, for supporting the assurance of student and staff safety by completing and paying for a volunteer background check.

Did You Know?

ZCS, like other public schools, has a no-idling policy for vehicles on campus. The purpose of the policy is to limit vehicle emissions that might be brought into the schools and adversely impact the health of our students and staff. If you are stopped on campus for more than 5 minutes, please remember to turn off your engine. We thank you for abiding by this policy to help reduce the exposure to these emissions.

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