Stonegate Elementary Weekly News

October 12, 2018

"The expert in anything was once a beginner."

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Calendar of Events

  • October 15-19 - Fall Break-no school
  • October 24 - International Fair 6:00-7:30pm
  • October 31-November 2 - Scholastic Book Fair
  • November 2 - Breakfast with Dads
  • November 5-9 - PTO Food Drive
  • November 6 - 1st grade to Conner Prairie (Strawmyer, Westin, and Benefiel)
  • November 7 - 1st grade to Conner Prairie (Clare, McDaniel)
  • November 9 - Veteran's Day Program 9:30am
  • November 9 - PTO Mother/Son Night

LOOK Who Was Sent to the Principal's Office!

Ty Callen

Kate McClure

Aiden Morton

Ramona Toops

Alia Westin

Max Schenko

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 Counselor Corner

This week during Steps to Strong in Every Way, students continue to learn about empathy! Empathy is defined has feeling or understanding what someone else feels. Our Kindergarten students learned about how to identify anger in themselves and others. First grade is learning about how people can have different feelings about the same situation and that it is okay for people to have different feelings about the same thing. Second grade students learned about how empathy helps you notice when others have different preferences than you and how respecting different preferences helps you get along better with others. Our third graders discussed how empathy helps you understand and accept how others are the same as or different from you and how accepting others’ differences is respectful. Fourth grade students reviewed how to be assertive and the importance of assertiveness can help you join and invite others to join a group!

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! This week, some grade level links will take you to a Brain Builder. Every Steps to SIEW lesson begins with a Brain Building activity. Brain Builders are active, fun games with specific rules and steps to practice paying attention, remembering, and self-control!


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WELLNESS Happenings

Please click on the following link to read more about Wellness times with Mrs. Torrance.

2nd Annual International Fair!


2nd Annual SGE International Fair:

Wednesday, October 24th from 6:00-7:30

at Stonegate Elementary

Enjoy food, music, and learn about cultures from around the world! A fun evening for everyone in the family

PTO Information

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Many Thanks!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping make Jog-A-Thon 2018 a huge success! We have exceeded our goal of raising $20,000 for Stonegate and have a set a new record with more than $26,000 in donations! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

The fundraising competition will end as of Friday, October 12th, but you can continue to send in any last minute donations in your child’s folder or through schoolpay online.

The week after Fall Break, we will raffle off a zoo stuffed animal in each class. Every student who participates in Jog-A-Thon gets one raffle ticket for the raffle. If they bring in at least $50 in donations, they get 2 tickets for the raffle! Plus, the class in each grade with the highest participation percentage gets to choose their own Spirit Day. We will have a preschool winner and a winner for each grade. Lastly, on Friday, October 26th, the class who raises the most money gets to “cream” their teacher and Mrs. Largent and Mrs. Farley! Right now, Mrs. Brown’s class is in the lead!

Scholastic Book Fair - Coming Soon

Book Fair is coming soon to Stonegate! It will be October 31 - November 2. This is a great time to stock up on books. We need LOTS of help to make the event success. Please consider volunteering for a shift at Thank you!!

Donuts with Dad - November 2

Join your child at school for a super fun morning! We will be serving yummy donuts along with juice, milk and coffee. Dad can't make it? NO worries; Grandpas, uncles, neighbors and friends are welcome! Mark your calendar now and plan to join us! Please note: You must stay with your child until the first bell rings at 7:50am. At that time you can drop off your child at his/her classroom. Thank you!

Date: Friday, November 2nd

Time: 7:15am - 7:50am

Place: Stonegate Gym

Cost: $2/person

Payment can be made with cash or check (made payable to Stonegate PTO). Children with food allergies are welcome to attend free of charge. Please RSVP and/or volunteer online using the Signup Genius links:


To volunteer for this event:

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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 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.

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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