Union Elementary Weekly Update

September 7, 2018

Book Fair is Here!

Enchanted Forest Book Fair September 10th-14th!

Look for Flyers and Wish Lists COMING HOME TODAY!

Check out the fun books and follow us on PTO Facebook throughout the week.

Students can shop during lunch and recess with teachers' permission.

Kids love the opportunity to purchase books on their own! Shopping and paying is part of the fun!

If you "wish" you can shop or join your child during 10:30-1:00pm hours.

Volunteers needed to make this a successful event. Set up will start next Thursday, follow the link below to volunteer and get a first look at this year's Enchanted Forest!


This week at Union!

Kindergarten Community Helpers

Upcoming Union Events

September 10-14- Book Fair open 10:30 AM-1:00 PM

September 14- 1st Grade Grandparents Day (look for information from your teachers)

September 14- Movie Night (please see RSVP below)

September 21 - Dads Club Camp Out

September 24-28 - College Go Week!

September 26 - Jog A Thon

Schedule JAT of Events on September 26

1st/2nd Grade: 8:20-9:20

Preschool: 9:25-10:05

3rd/4th Grade: 9:55-10:55

Kindergarten: 1:10-1:55

October 3-4 - Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 8 - Parent Discussion - How to instill confidence with our children - 9:30 AM or 6:30 PM in the Union Cafeteria (See Counselor's Corner for more detail)

October 9 - End of Quarter 1

October 10 - Family Book Club 6-7 PM

Family Book Club

Dear Union Families,

We all know literacy is important and that it is the foundation on which so many aspects of learning are based. What is often overlooked is that it can also be a shared experience and the impetus for positive social interaction at all ages. Discussion about what we read – whether it is news, novels, non-fiction books, or industry specific information – helps us develop relationships, understand varying points of view, and build a community.

On Wednesday, October 10, 2018 we will host Family Book Club Night from 6-7 PM at Union Elementary.

Each elementary student and his/her family will choose a book by author Eve Bunting. Families will have two weeks to read the book together and begin discussion on the rich topics Ms. Bunting’s books provide. At the end of the two weeks, we will gather at Union Elementary for Family Book Club night including a short presentation about the author and breakout discussion groups in a book club-type setting.

The Eve Bunting titles we will explore are: Dandelions, The Wall, The Wednesday Surprise, and The Memory String. Books will be distributed in your child’s class. As all ZCS elementary schools will use the same books, we ask that you return them either at the Family Book Club night or in the book return boxes located around the school.

Please click or type the link below to select your top two book choices for each student.. We understand that schedules are ever changing for the busy families in our school. However, your RSVP will help us to ensure adequate staffing for rich book club discussions during the evening.

2018 Family Book Club Reservation Form

We are grateful to you, our students’ first teachers. We hope you will join us for this exciting evening of discussion, learning, and community. Stay tuned for more information!

Counselor's Corner

Enjoy the Second Step Home Links for this week!

Kindergarten: http://www.secondstep.org/Portals/0/K/Lesson_Materials/Home_Links/KL4_Home_Link.pdf

First Grade: http://www.secondstep.org/Portals/0/G1/Lesson_Materials/Home_Links/G1L4_Home_Link.pdf

Second Grade will have a Home Link next week!

Third Grade will have a Home Link next week!

Fourth grade: http://www.secondstep.org/Portals/0/G4/Lesson_Materials/Home_Links/G4L4_Home_Link.pdf

Parent Discussion Event!

This quarter, our students are learning about the character trait of Confidence as part of our Strong in Every Way initiative. So, how do we promote confidence in our children? This will be the topic for our first of four parent discussion groups held in our Union cafeteria throughout the year. Our goal is to provide a casual format for a discussion about raising confident kids. Mrs. Karnuta (School Counselor), Mrs. Kay (Assistant Principal), and Mrs. Raycroft (Principal) will be a part of the conversation and will be reading Raising Independent Self-Confident Kids: Nine Essential Skills to Teach Your Child or Teen to help guide the conversation. We would love to have you read the book as well but this is not a book study so it is certainly not a requirement! This is open to ALL Union parents. To accommodate busy schedules, we will have two times for parents to choose from for our first discussion on Monday, October 8. One at 9:30 a.m. and another in the evening at 6:30 p.m. Please join us!

PTO News

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Want to see all of the Union STARS cleaned up and looking their best? Be a Picture Day volunteer! On September 25, we are in need of 2 volunteers beginning 10 minutes before the start of the school day. All pictures will be done before lunches begin. Volunteers will receive a $20 gift certificate to go towards the purchase of school portraits, compliments of Cripe Photography. If you are interested, please email Erin Kay at ekay@zcs.k12.in.us.


The first official PTO meeting of the year is Tuesday, September 18 at 7pm in Union Elementary's cafeteria.

This first meeting is one you won't want to miss because aside from loosely establishing where everyone is going to sit, who is willing to make a motion to approve the minutes from last month, and throwing in your opinion for the Soiree theme, the evening PTO meetings provide babysitting. Yep, that's right, babysitting. While you get involved with the school, meet other parents and hear the latest news, your children can play in the library without you personally having to "watch this".


Jog-A-Thon 2018 is well underway! We’re only a little more than 2 weeks away, so keep asking for pledges from family, friends, and neighbors!

Volunteers are needed in various roles throughout the school day. Even if your student may not be in a particular running session, feel free to volunteer! Not only do we need Lap Markers, we need volunteers to pass out Kona Ice, write lap counts on the students’ handmade medals, and sell t-shirts!

Thank you for your support of our only student fundraiser for the year!

In order for Jog-A-Thon to be a success, we need lots of parent volunteers to participate! Please click the link below to sign up for the big day on Wednesday, September 26th!

Jog-A-Thon Parent Volunteer Sign Up

Schedule of Events

1st/2nd Grade: 8:20-9:20

Preschool: 9:25-10:05

3rd/4th Grade: 9:55-10:55

Kindergarten: 1:10-1:55

Would you or your company like to show your support of Union Elementary, and help directly fund our school needs? If so, we have tent sponsorships available for $75! For more information, emailunionjogathon@gmail.com.


Thank you to everyone who ordered spirit wear! I remembered at the very last minute to get my order in, but if you didn't there will still be a few opportunities to buy limited sizes and styles at upcoming events like during Book Fair. If you did order with in the deadline you can expect to receive your purchases via your child some time during the last week of September.


Union Movie Nights have become a tradition that the whole family can look forward to. For $5 a child, your K-4th grade student can sit in the cafeteria with friends, watch a movie, and snack on popcorn. Meanwhile, you can do literally whatever you want during those two hours. You can go to dinner, run a couple errands or just sit quietly in your own home. Don't like the quiet? Consider volunteering as a Movie Night chaperone.

Below is the link to sign up for the first Movie Night on September 14. The Union Cineplex will be showing, 'The Greatest Showman'. Drop off begins at 6:15 with the movie starting at 6:30. Pick up is from 8:10 to 8:15 and promptness is appreciated.

Movie Night RSVP


Welcome to Union Elementary's online directory, courtesy of Union PTO.

Below is a link that will allow you to access the directory from your computer and mobile device. After following the link, scroll down to see instructions on how to install the app on your mobile device.

Check your email for your temporary password for login. You can change this password after logging in by clicking on account on your mobile device, or your account then change login from your desktop computer. You can also change or add information, such as cell phone #, from the your account menu on your desktop computer.

If you have directory questions or need assistance, please contact Karin Romano.

Log via the web https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/login.a5w


Sept 10-14: Book Fair

Sept 14: Movie Night

Sept 18: PTO Meeting

Sept 25: Picture Day

Sept 26: Jog-A-Thon

Sept 27: Jog-A-Thon Rain Date

Dads Club

Calling all Dads! Join us the first Tuesday of every month for our monthly meeting. Check out our calendar on the Dad’s Club webpage and our Facebook page Union Elementary Dads Club. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 7 PM in the Teachers' Lounge. We will be planning the 4th grade breakfast.

Kroger Gives Back!

Now that Kroger is rocking our worlds with their new stores and low prices, they are also going to help our school!

If you have not gotten a Kroger Plus card yet, sign up for one and then add Union Elementary to your Community Rewards organization name.

If you already have a Kroger card simply hop on your computer and follow these easy steps…


1.) Scroll down to the bottom of the page.

2.) Click on “Kroger Community Rewards”

3.) Click on “I’m a Customer”

4.) View Details

5.) Type in AM021 and hit “search”

6.) Click on Union Elementary, 11750 E 300 S, Zionsville, IN and hit “Enroll”

Let Grandma and Grandpa know how easy that was, and get them signed up too. Now Kroger will give Union a percentage of what you spend which helps in many ways. This small action helps buy school supplies, instruments for music class, and much more. Thanks for your support. If you have any questions or need help please contact Brittany Henney at Brittanykay1@gmail.com

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.


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

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.