Stonegate Elementary Weekly News

November 17, 2018

"Children must be taught how to think, not what to think." - Margaret Mead

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Calendar of Events

  • November 19 - Drama Performance 6:30pm
  • November 19-20 - Body Safety Program at SGE (K-4)
  • November 21-23 - Thanksgiving Break
  • December 14 - PTO Dessert Dive
  • December 14 - Stonegate Singers Concert at ZWest 7:30pm
  • December 21 - PTO Winter Parties
  • December 21 - End of 2nd quarter
  • December 24-January 4 - Winter Break

Miss Wetzel's Counseling Corner

This week during our Steps to Strong in Every Way, our Kindergarten and 1st grade classes learned about how people can have different feelings about the same event. This skill is an important part of social perspective-taking. Without this understanding, students would not consider the existence of any perspective other than their own. Think of times throughout the day when you and your child might have different feelings about the same event and discuss these feelings! Our 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade classes learned about Compassion. Compassion means saying kind words or doing something helpful to show you care about how another person feels. Having empathy helps you show compassion.

The grade levels’ link below will take you to a page called Home Links. Some Steps to SIEW lessons have fun activities for you and your child to complete together! If you do not have a home link for the lesson this week, ask your child what they learned and how they plan to practice the skill at school and home. They are a great way for you to understand what your child is learning and for your child to show you what he or she knows!


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SGE Spotlight:

November Wellness

Are you ready to take the November Fitness Challenge-DOING PLANKS and GIVING THANKS? Each month, Mrs. Torrance will post a new fitness challenge on the Wellness Canvas Page. Complete the challenge at least 10 days each month and earn a toe token as well as a chance for random prizes. Encourage all family members and friends to participate! Have FUN with FITNESS!

Why Plank Exercises? Plank exercises strengthen the core. Core muscles help support the body and allow us to use our arms and legs strongly and effectively. Strong core muscles form the foundation for good posture, coordination, and balance. All gross and fine motor skills rely on a stable core!

Mrs. Torrance would like to remind children to wear tennis shoes everyday to safely move and play. Tennis shoes are required for wellness. As the weather becomes colder and boots are worn to school, please send a pair of tennis shoes especially on wellness days. Children are not able to participate safely in many activities without proper footwear. If anyone has gently worn shoes that they would like to donate, Mrs. Torrance could use them for children in need. Donations are greatly appreciated.

***PTO Information***

Stonegate Spirit Wear

Spiritwear is now available through the Stonegate PTO for a limited time. The online store will be open until 11/25. Orders will be fulfilled prior to winter break.

Shop here:


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

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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 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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