Boone Meadow Friday Flyer
September 4, 2020
Porch Swing in September
by Ted Kooser
The porch swing hangs fixed in a morning sun
that bleaches its gray slats, its flowered cushion
whose flowers have faded, like those of summer,
and a small brown spider has hung out her web
on a line between porch post and chain
so that no one may swing without breaking it.
She is saying it’s time that the swinging were done with,
time that the creaking and pinging and popping
that sang through the ceiling were past,
time now for the soft vibrations of moths,
the wasp tapping each board for an entrance,
the cool dewdrops to brush from her work
every morning, one world at a time.
Dear Boone Meadow Families-
It has been another successful week at The Meadow, and I assume many are ready to enjoy a 3 day weekend.
A few items to note below:
Our Dine for Dollars event @ City BBQ was a tremendous success on Wednesday evening. Although we don't yet have a count of the proceeds, we were informed that they ran out of food due to such a high level of participation! Wow! It appears the Boone Meadow Community thinks highly of barbeque!
Safety Information - Safety is a number 1 priority at Boone Meadow. I have included information regarding some upcoming safety presentations. See below for more details regarding A.L.I.C.E. & Body Safety presentations.
Student Health Screener Reminders: IMPORTANT NOTE: The screener responses are cleared at the end of each day. We notice that some families are completing mid-day and afternoons the day before they are due. If you complete the screeners the day before, it will most likely not be included in our data pull as we are gathering updated/current data from the screener at arrival each morning.
Thank you, families, for being tremendous BME supporters. We are deeply grateful for your partnerships.
Enjoy your long weekend, and we will see the students on Tuesday, September 8th.
Tom Hundley, Principal
Remote Learners Materials Pick Up
- 2:45-3:30 (following dismissal)
When you arrive on campus, please pull up to the drop-off/pick-up curb, and a staff member will be ready to assist you.
A.L.I.C.E. Safety protocol
In the coming weeks, our school safety team will speak to students on the topic of school safety. As you can imagine, school safety encompasses a wide variety of topics. After a general review with students on how we can remain safe on a daily basis, your child’s class will receive instruction on the A.L.I.C.E. protocol.
What is ALICE?
Very briefly stated, A.L.I.C.E. is a safety philosophy and action plan that seeks to give all school employees information during an intruder situation so that we, as first responders in crisis, can save lives. A.L.I.C.E. is a program used by schools, businesses, and law enforcement across the country. The philosophy of A.L.I.C.E. is to use information in a way so that staff and students can make informed decisions in a crisis, remove as many people as possible from the danger zone, and provide realistic training so that those involved in a crisis have a better chance of surviving.
A.L.I.C.E. is an acronym for, Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. A.L.I.C.E. is not designed to be sequential, but rather to be utilized dynamically in each situation. Teachers will provide direction to the students on what action needs to be taken, so it is very important that students listen and follow the directions given, as this drill is not predictable like a fire drill or tornado drill. This protocol helps us teach students safe decision making skills during a crisis. The A.L.I.C.E. program was introduced to the Zionsville community in the spring of 2014. District parent meetings were held to help inform the public while training took place throughout the 2014-2015 school year with our faculty and staff.
Our local law enforcement and ZCS school safety leaders have been trained in the A.L.I.C.E. protocol. In addition, our ZCS Board of Trustees has met with Boone County and Town of Zionsville police professionals in this regard. Our governing board is in unanimous agreement with law enforcement professionals’ recommendation that we train, communicate, and fully implement the A.L.I.C.E. protocol.
The A.L.I.C.E. program is leveled to be age appropriate and is not meant to scare or frighten children but to empower them with knowledge to make good decisions in a crisis. We will encourage your child to discuss A.L.I.C.E. with you at home. We will continue to highlight the key steps of this protocol with students through daily announcements, safety drills, and classroom conversations. For more information on A.L.I.C.E., please feel free to visit the following website: http://www.alicetraining.com/. If you or your child have continued questions, please contact your school leader.
It is our school and district goal to make our students strong, safe, and empowered.
Thank you for your assistance and support in keeping our students safe.
Stacy Smith, Principal Pleasant View Elementary
Andrew Foreman, Principal Eagle Elementary
Connie Largent, Principal Stonegate Elementary
Jennifer Raycroft, Principal Union Elementary
Tom Hundley, Principal Boone Meadow Elementary
Why Cook Wednesdays - (aka Dine for Dollars)
Upcoming "Dine for Dollars" opportunities include:
- Wednesday, Sept. 9th - Smoothie King (4:00-8:00)
- Wednesday, Sept. 23rd - Panera Bread** (4:00-8:00) (more info below)
- Wednesday, October 7th - McDonalds (APP ordering only) (All Day)
**Panera - When ordering online, enter code PRFUND at checkout to ensure BME gets a portion of the proceeds.
Thank you for considering these future opportunities to support Boone Meadow PTO.
Body Safety Presentations
Dear BME Families,
As you know, the safety of our students is our highest priority. We routinely practice safety drills and engage in ongoing safety education of our students throughout the year. We teach guidelines and principles in a way to develop student agency, allowing them to regularly make decisions that prioritize their safety across settings and situations.
One topic within the larger umbrella of Safety Education is that of Body Safety. A few examples of Body Safety topics include wearing seat belts and helmets, looking both ways to cross the street, keeping hands to self, eating healthy foods, and following school procedures such as walking in the hallways. Body Safety education also encompasses the prevention of childhood abuse.
ZCS has partnered with the Indiana Center for Prevention of Youth Abuse and Suicide (ICPYAS) to assist us in providing the instruction of strategies for abuse prevention. This instruction will be provided virtually to all students at Boone Meadow on September 22nd and 23rd. ICPYAS is a non-profit organization that employs certified instructors who deliver research-based lessons to students in developmentally appropriate ways as a means to give children strategies to keep their bodies safe. All students in grades K-12 receive the instruction on an annual basis, in accordance with state legislation SEA 355.
***A special note for families of remote learners: Your child will participate in the scheduled Body Safety lessons based on your teacher's home school. You will receive additional information regarding those details from your child's teacher. Please let us know if you have questions.***
To learn more about these presentations, be sure to visit https://www.indianaprevention.org/parentresources and click on the “Child Lures Video”, which provides information regarding the content of this program. The website also contains links to additional resources. In addition, all Kindergarten families, as well as families new to BME will receive a supplemental guide during the week of September 21st.
Parents have the opportunity to opt out of this program, if desired. The opt-out form is attached at the bottom this message. (We will have additional copies available for you should you need a hard copy - simply call the front office or notify your child's classroom teacher with a request for the paper version.) Please note, this opt-out form should only be completed and returned if you desire for your student NOT to receive this body safety education.
Questions regarding this program should be directed to Kristi Sloan.
Phone: 317-873-2226, ext. 14992
As always, we value your partnership in the education of your child, and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve your family in such meaningful ways.
Tom Hundley, Principal
Lauren Kersey & Deb Pickett, Assistant Principal
Kristi Sloan, Guidance Counselor
The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
In ZCS, students in kindergarten and second grades are typically administered the CogAT assessment in the spring semester of their school year. It is an additional data point used to consider student needs. This year, students in third grade and attending in-person learning will make up the assessment that they missed in second grade last spring due to our Covid-19 shut down. The CogAT is a multiple-choice, computer-based assessment that measures reasoning skills with different types of verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal questions. The results from CogAT use two types of norms when tests are scored: age norms, and grade norms. Age norms compare how a student performed relative to othr children of the same age, and grade norms compare how a student performed relative to other children in the same grade. The scores will be posted on PowerSchool after scoring is complete.
Students will complete the CogAT on September 9th and 10th in their classroom with their teacher. For more information please contact your child’s teacher or school counselor.
PRIORITY ITEM: Daily Student Screener
Before 7:50 (1st-4th gr) & 8:50 (Kindy), you must complete your child's daily screener. This will need to be completed EVERY MORNING prior to arrival on campus. The QR code and the hotlink below provides direct access. We follow up and contact families every day when not completed.
NOTE: The screener responses are cleared daily. If you completed the day before, it will most likely not be included in our data pull.
- QR codes are on backpacks/transportation tags.
- Strategically place the QR code someplace visible at your home and make it part of your morning routine. (We sent home multiple hard copies on Monday)
- You may also want to bookmark the screener on your computer or phone.
- Copy and past the screener link into your phone calendar.
ZCS and the Zionsville Diversity Coalition partnered to create a list of mentor texts that support our elementary adopted literacy curriculum. Books donated will be placed in our elementary classrooms for teachers to use and to offer our students mirrors (seeing themselves), windows (seeing others), and doors (opportunities to learn about differences) because in ZCS, EVERYONE BELONGS!
You can utilize School Pay to pay for textbook rentals and to fund lunch accounts. Information about School Pay as well as additional lunch details, such as the monthly menu, can be found on the Food Services website.
Upcoming Events & Important Info
September 7 - Labor Day (no school)
September 9 - Dine for Dollars - Smoothie King (Order from Smoothie King between 4-8PM & BME PTO receives a percentage of your check)
September 23 - Dine for Dollars - Panera Bread (4-8PM)
October 7 - Dine for Dollars - McDonalds (all day; app only)
October 12-16 - Fall Break
November 2 - Student Conferences
November 25-27- Thanksgiving Break
December 21 - January 1 - Winter Break
January 18 - MLK Jr. Day (no school)
January 19 - No School
February 15 - Presidents Day - No School
April 2 - April 9 - Spring Break
May 26 - Last day of school
May 27 - Teacher work day
May 31 - Memorial Day