Stonegate Elementary Weekly News

January 11, 2019

No one can go back in time to change what has happened. So work on your present to make yourself a wonderful future.

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Calendar of Events

  • January 7-25- NWEA Assessments (classroom schedules vary)
  • January 18 - Nurse Gorham's last day
  • January 21-MLK Day- No School
  • January 22-25- OLSAT testing 1st grade (new 2nd grade)
  • January 25 - PTO Spirit Day - Crazy Socks
  • February 18 - President's Day - No School
  • February 19 - Staff Professional Development - No School
  • February 28 - Family STEM Night - 6:00-7:30pm

Look Who Was Sent to the Principal's Office!

Kayla Shah

Austin Vaught

Liam Nelson

Owen Parent

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

Counselors Corner

We started our first week back with our Steps to Strong in Every Way lessons by discussing emotion management. Kindergarten and first grade students learned about calming down strong feelings, like anger, by using belly breathing. Second and Third grade classes discussed how to manage anxious feelings and disappointment by identifying negative self-talk and practice using positive self-talk to stay calm. Our Fourth grade students had a lesson about avoiding jumping to conclusions by using emotion-management techniques to keep strong emotions from pushing them into jumping to conclusions about others.

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! 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!


First grade

Second grade

Third grade

Fourth grade

Important News from Nurse Gorham

Dear Parents and Guardians of Stonegate Elementary,

I have been at Stonegate Elementary for 6 school years and with Zionsville Community Schools for nearly 7 years. Stonegate Elementary feels like home and the staff and students feel like family. I have recently made the decision to stay home with my new baby, who will be here very soon. I am so thankful for this new opportunity in my life but choosing to leave Stonegate was not an easy decision. Over the years I have grown close to many families and loved watching students grow. It’s been a blessing to be part of everyone’s lives.

I want to take a moment to thank the parents that I worked with for trusting me with the care of their children. Each day in the clinic has brought me new experiences and unknown situations. Thank you for being patient as we learned together along the way. The amount of experience I have gained from this position will transfer over in everything I do.

Nurse Jae Donathen will be taking over the Stonegate clinic once I leave. Jae has been the nurse at Zionsville Middle School for the last 4 school years. Please give her a happy Stonegate welcome. I am grateful to have held my position for the years I was given. I will carry the memories with me forever.

With Love and Gratitude,

Hailey Gorham (Nurse Gorham/Nurse Twitty)

Valentine Parties-Spread Love and Kindness not Candy

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 life skills of friendship and kindness with all of our students. As you are out shopping for Valentine cards to share with classmates, please select cards void of candy. Regretfully, we will be unable to pass out the candy. We have many students with food sensitivities and allergies and as always, 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.

Valentine Parties- Volunteers

Class parties to celebrate Valentine's Day will be held on Thursday, February 14th. Please look for upcoming emails and newsletters from your child's teacher for additional information. If you plan on volunteering for the party, you must have a FULL background check on file. If you don't yet have a FULL background check, you will need to apply for that as soon as possible as it takes 7-10 business days to be completed. You can apply for the background check by going to Zionsville Community Schools website, click the Parents tab; and find the Volunteer/Bravo tab in the drop down.

Elementary Report Cards-Ready to be Viewed

Second quarter elementary report cards will be available after 4:00 pm today, January 11, 2019. To access your child’s report card, simply login to PowerSchool (using your parent login or your child’s login) and 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 you with this or you can contact the school office on Monday. All future report cards will be stored in this location, so you will always be able to access/view your child’s report cards in one place. If you have any problems viewing/accessing your child’s report card, please contact our main office 317-873-8050.

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 the week of January 22-25 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 Jessica Wetzel, SGE counselor.

***ZCS 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

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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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