Union Elementary Weekly Update

May 6, 2022

Dear Union Families -

  • Union Soiree - What a wonderful event! The auction and activities were a big hit. Thank you for your support and for sharing the evening with us. We are looking forward to our next opportunities to gather! A special thank you goes to Katie Hermon and Katee Franson for their work coordinating the awesome event! We raised money to fund musical instruments for our playground!
  • Teacher Appreciation Week was a HUGE success! Thank you for your generosity during this week and for showing how much love and support our teachers have in our community! Thank you to our PTO for providing delicious meals and treats all week!
  • Dads Club 2x2 - Thank you to Dads Club for sponsoring our 2x2 Basketball Tourney! Fun times were had by all!
  • Dance Marathon sponsored by Student Council and the PTO - Monday, May 16 (see below for more information)
  • Various field trips and events for each grade level (please see teacher emails for details)!
  • Ordering school supplies from 1st Day School Supplies (see below)
  • Field Day - Monday, May 23
  • Fourth Grade Celebration - Monday, May 23 (2:30-5:30 PM) - Please see your teacher's email for more information regarding events and volunteer opportunities.
  • Last day of school - Wednesday, May 25
  • Medication Pick Up - A quick reminder that ALL medication that is in the health clinic must be picked up by May 25, 2022. Medication can be picked up in the clinic on school days from 7:30a-3:30p


We are heavily promoting our Kindy registration, so thank you for spreading the word. Registration information is easily accessed on the front page of the ZCS Kindergarten page on our district website.


Family Input Survey will remain open throughout the weekend should you need additional time to complete. Thank you for your feedback. (more info below) Click Here: Parent Input Survey


Sincerely,

Erin Kay

Lost and Found...

Stop by our LOST and FOUND table to claim items that may be missing from your closets!
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Second Grade Market Day!

Third Grade Specialty Animals

First Grade Young Authors Night

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Dance Marathon

Monday May 16th is Union's 2nd Annual Dance Marathon (rain date Thursday May 19th). This year our PTO and our Student Council are working together to create a service oriented event, a food drive to support local families. Keep your eye out for more information coming home next week. We will have a designated parent dancing section this year, all parents are invited to come and join the fun!


The schedule for the day will be:

2nd grade: 8:45-9:45 am

1st grade: 9:45-10:45 am

3rd grade: 10:55-11:55 am

PreK and Kindergarten: 12:00-12:50 pm

4th grade: 1:05-2:05 pm


If you are able to volunteer to help this event run smoothly, please sign up here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4CA8AD2DA5FD0-unions

School Supplies

We are happy to announce our partnership again with 1st Day School Supplies. If there were ever a year to order your school supplies early, this is it! 1st Day School Supplies is convenient, easy and hassle free! Plus, they have guaranteed our school the hard to find and highest quality brands like Ticonderoga, Crayola, Elmers, Fiskars, Purell and Clorox. Please check the school that your child(ren) is attending next year when ordering! The deadline to order is June 15th!


http://1stdayschoolsupplies.com/kits.php?sid=38459

Class of 2035! 2022-2023 Kindy Enrollment - Once a student is enrolled, families will be sent a link to sign-up for a time slot for our Strong Start events (formerly known as Kindergarten Round-Up).


Please click the link for more information regarding: Kindy Registration Link


Union Kindergarten "Strong Start" Welcome Event (May 11th) - This initial in-person event is geared toward parents/guardians and their incoming kindergarten students. During this first experience at Union, the adults will meet and learn about the mission, vision, and highlights of our programming, while the children spend time with our kindergarten teachers and engage in play with peers.


If you are current pre-school family, and your child will be attending kindergarten, please make sure you register your student!


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!

Mark Your Calendar!

May

2,3,4,5, and 9th - Young Author's Night (1st grade)

12 and 13 - 4th grade musical (during the school day)

16 – Dance Marathon

19 – Dance Marathon Rain Date

23 – Field Day (no Rain Date)

23 - 4th grade party (2:30-4:30PM) - Please see your teacher's email for more information and for volunteer opportunities!

25 – Last Day of School for students (if no make-up days are needed)

26 - June 3 - Make up days (if needed)

30 - Memorial Day (no school)


ZCS District Calendars

PTO Information

If you will be making a food item donation, please consider making a BOX TOPS ELIGIBLE food item donation! By donating products from this list, you can double your giving by providing food for local families in need and raising money for our school!

Kindy Items: LIST

1st Grade: LIST

2nd Grade: LIST

3rd Grade: LIST

4th Grade: LIST

New to Box Tops? Visit https://www.boxtops4education.com to learn how to download the app and start scanning. Use the referral code TeachersMakeUsBetter to earn an extra $5 when you scan your first receipt!

Dads Club Information

Our next meeting is NEXT YEAR!


If you have any questions please contact Jake Webster at jwebster1220@yahoo.com.

News from Zionsville Community Schools

ZCS is now hiring Instructional Assistant at multiple locations (including Union!). Join the ZCS team and make an impact on the lives of our students. IAs work in the classroom with individual and small groups of students. Union has a 2 day a week position available with a pay of $13 per hour. Your weekends and evenings are free and you work on the school calendar. Please apply online at https://www.applitrack.com/centralindiana/onlineapp/jobpostings/view.asp?choosedistrict=true&district=1452 or contact Robyn Nelson at rnelson@zcs.k12.in.us with any questions.

Major Changes to the 1:1 Computer Program at the Middle Schools starting in the Fall of 2022

During the November 8 board meeting, ZCS school board members approved an updated 1:1 technology plan. Beginning in the fall next year (2022-2023 school year), Zionsville Middle School (ZMS) and Zionsville West Middle School (ZWMS) will be using a staggered approach to transition into a 1:1 rental program that will eliminate the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). *These changes will only affect the current 4th grade class (class of 2030), students who are incoming 5th graders next year at ZMS and ZWMS.*


How it works.

Current 4th grade students (Class of 2030) will be required to rent a Lenovo 11e from ZCS for the start of their 5th grade year in 2022. Students in grades 6-8 will maintain their BYOD status for the 2022 school year so as not to interfere with already purchased devices. All current middle school students who started with BYOD will have the option to maintain BYOD status throughout their middle school years. The chart attached shows the staggered approach over the next four years as we transition out of BYOD and into this new rental program.



For more details about this change, including financing, please visit the following

link: https://www.zcs.k12.in.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=458767&type=d&pREC_ID=2267749.

If you have questions, reach out to Dan Layton at dlayton@zcs.k12.in.us.

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Volunteer Procedures

We will be welcoming instruction-based visitors/volunteers to our campus per the Eagle Start Guide. In addition to our background check requirements, guests to campus will also be required to complete a C-19 Waiver. Access to campus is subject to change. Note that at this time, we will not have lunchtime visitors or classroom party volunteers.


CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR ALL GUEST TO THE BUILDING

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.


CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR VOLUNTEERS

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.

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Above and Beyond

Please take a moment to share with us when you have experienced something extraordinary because of the work of a ZCS teacher, counselor, bus driver, school administrative assistant, food service worker, coach, nurse, school leader or Board member. When you have an experience, please go to the ZCS website and fill out the Above and Beyond Nomination Form.
Covid Reporting Form

Please use this form to report all positive student cases.

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Union Elementary School

Union Elementary strives to create a nurturing and kid-focused learning environment where teachers, students, and parents work together in supportive and collaborative partnerships so all students can meet their potential.