Union Elementary Weekly Update

October 6, 2017

Camp Out is ON!

After a much needed soaking, the rain is coming to an end, just in time for our big event! Our Dads Club Camp Out will go on as planned! If you are spending the night, you are welcome to come set up beginning at 4:00 PM. The soccer field may still be a little sodden, so bringing an extra tarp upon which to set up camp is advisable. Please be careful as you drive around campus, as we will still have BAC students at school. We look forward to seeing you for at this fun-filled fall family tradition!

The Week in Review

Upcoming Union Events

October 6: Dads Club Campout

October 9: Board of Trustees Meeting, 6 PM at ESC; PTO General Meeting, 7 PM in cafeteria

October 10: End of 1st Quarter; 3rd Grade Field Trip to Zoo

October 11: PTO Staff Luncheon

October 13: Fall Class Parties

October 14-22: Fall Break

October 23-27: Fire Safety Week

October 23: Board of Trustees Meeting, 6 PM at ESC

October 25: Fourth Grade Dads Club Breakfast, 7:15 AM

October 27: Kindy Field Trip to Dulles Farm

October 31: Third Grade Pumpkin Project

November 3: Fourth Grade Red Rohal Shirt Printing; PTO Meeting, 9:15 AM

November 7: Dads Club Meeting, 7 PM

Jog A Thon 2017

The laps are counted, and the Kona Ice served, but Jog-A-Thon isn't over yet! Please continue to send in your pledge money. All pledges are due no later than Tuesday, October 24th.

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A request from STEM

We would love to have about 32 2 Liter plastic bottles. If you have any you could bring in for us this week, that would be wonderful!

School Safety Reminders

  • We began ALICE lessons in classrooms this week. Members of our School Safety committee are working with students to review procedures for a lock down drill. On the day that your child's classroom has a lesson, he or she will bring home a letter that gives more details about the ALICE protocol. Lessons are tailored to each grade level to ensure that they are developmentally appropriate. The focus is on empowering students to feel prepared to know what to do in an emergency situation not just at school, but out in the community.
  • We have noted an increase in the number of car riders in the morning. This is causing traffic to back up onto 300S. Please note that car riders can be dropped off from 7:45-8:00. Students who enter the building after 8:00 will be marked as tardy, so please plan accordingly so that you arrive on time.
  • Please note that all visitors must enter the building through the main office doors during school hours. Any lunch guests must have their IDs scanned to receive a visitor badge.

PTO News


You won't want to miss our first evening PTO meeting on Monday, October 9 at 7pm in the cafeteria. Officer Josh Chapman will be at the meeting to share more about how local law enforcement agencies support our schools. Child care will be available at this meeting.


Keep turning in your Box Tops! Please remember they cannot be expired and the expiration date must be visible to count for your class. The race is on for the first classroom winner! With three weeks to go in the competition, Mrs. Magoni is in the lead with 478, followed by Mrs. Hamelmann with 337 and Mrs. L. Smith with 300.


There are still plenty of opportunities to help with the Teacher Appreciation Lunch next Wednesday. Please sign up below to help make this lunch special for our Union teachers, we all know they deserve it. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0B4BA5AD2BA20-staff2


$112 for 2nd grade stem enrichment
$450 for accounting fees
$233 for classroom literacy material
$1,600 for makerspace
$310 for professional development library

  • Net income of $2,375 for Mums.
  • Net income of $1,328 for Jog-a-thon (much more of this to come!)
  • Movie night income of $805
  • Spiritwear sales of $441
Net cash balance (less funds held for spotlight night and playground equipment) - $13,109


Get your calendars out! Unless, of course, you don't have one. In that case, write these dates on a post it, chisel them into a stone or just plug them into your phone for safe keeping. The PTO has lots of fun things planned that you won't want to miss.

  • October 9 PTO Meeting 7pm
  • October 11 Staff Appreciation Lunch
  • October 13 Fall Class Parties

Dads Club News

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, November 7, 2017 in the Teachers' Lounge at Union.

The Dads Club Campout is tonight! If you are planning to attend, please consider donating your time or lending a supply. Sign up at:


Fourth Grade Breakfast will be held on October 25th. To sign up to volunteer or bring a breakfast item, click here: http://signup.com/go/wSakRUk

“LIKE” us on Facebook to keep up-to-date on all the latest with Union PTO!

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Ya’ll Come and Have Some Fun!

The 2017 Barn Bash to benefit the Zionsville Education Foundation is on Saturday, November 11 at Finley Creek Vineyards from 6:30-11:00pm. Join us as we fund upcoming Classroom, Imagine Professional Development, and Student Enrichment grants. These grants fund innovative projects that directly benefit teachers, students, and classrooms. In 2016, ZEF funded over $80,000 in grants!

Finley Creek Vineyards is the newest event space in town and its shabby chic interior is the perfect complement to your favorite casual western wear. Dinner is served at stations throughout the venue with shared seating and entertainment provided by the band Greta Speaks. A silent and live auction provide additional ways to support ZEF’s mission.

Visit www.zionsvilleeducationfoundation.org to buy your Barn Bash tickets today! Tickets are $75/person before October 27 and $85/person after October 27.

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Transportation News

HELP! My child's bus hasn't arrived home yet . . . what's going on? If this has ever happened to you, you can find out this answer by checking Twitter. Our ZCS transportation department has a Twitter handle and it's an excellent way to receive "on the move" notifications. Please follow @myzcsbus to stay up to date!

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.