Pleasant View Elementary Flyer

Friday, January 7, 2022

Dear PVE Families

We hope that everyone had a wonderful Holiday Break! It was wonderful to have staff and students return to school this week, as we settle into second semester.


As many of you already may know, Mrs. Rieke, our 2-4 School Counselor had her baby while we were out on break. We want to wish the Rieke Family congratulations on the birth of their son, Dylan Craig. With that in mind, I want to make sure you are all aware that Dana Beatty has joined our PVE Team as our temporary licensed School Counselor while Mrs. Rieke is away. We are excited that she has joined our team. In a similar vein, we are also very happy to welcome an additional staff member to our USS department at PVE. We are thrilled to have added an Essential Skills teacher to our PVE staff, Aimee Simington Pearce. I hope that you will take a few minutes to read the sections below in order to get to know these dynamic women better. We are truly blessed to have them both here at PVE.


Here are a few things to note in this edition of our Friday Flyer:

  • PVE International Week - See the section below regarding our 5th Annual International Week and how you can become involved. It will be virtual again this year!
  • Dining for Dollars Wednesday, 1/12 -Eat at Noble Romans from 5-7pm on this day and part of the proceeds will go directly to PVE!
  • PVE Yearbook Cover Contest - Please see the section below if your child is interested in submitting a design for our 21-22 yearbook cover. All submissions will be included in the yearbook in some fashion.
  • Breakfast Option Begins Late January - Thanks to everyone who completed our survey! We have enough interest to begin offering breakfast each morning here at PVE. Please be on the look-out for information to come out in next week's flyer, along with how to sign-up.
  • Police Officer Appreciation Day 1/14/22 - We are setting aside this coming Friday at PVE as a day to show our gratitude and appreciation for Sgt. Sam. Please have your child wear BLUE on this day for a special spirit day!
  • COVID Communication - Thank you for continuing to notify the office staff regarding any CoVID positives that may be impacting your family. We are experiencing a significant surge in CoVID positive cases amongst students. We are grateful for your kindness, patience, and grace as we continue to respond to the increasing needs associated with this status.
  • Quarter 2 Report Cards - Teachers are finalizing the reports in PowerSchool to be made available early next weeks. You can locate your child's progress reports next Tuesday (1/11/22) in PowerSchool. If you have difficulty accessing, please don't hesitate to contact our office team.


Stacy


Dr. Stacy Smith - Principal of PVE

stacysmith@zcs.k12.in.us

317-873-2376, extension 17999

Upcoming Events & Dates

January 3 - Students return from break; 1st day of second semester

January 11 - PTO Meeting via Zoom at 7pm

January 12 - Dining for Dollars at Noble Romans from 5-7pm

January 14 - Police Officer Appreciation Day at PVE - please have your students wear BLUE on this day in honor of Sgt. Sam!

January 17 - MLK Jr. Day (no school)

January 18 - Teacher professional development day (no school for students)


February 4 - PVE Global School Play Day

February 14 - Valentine's Day

February 15-17 - 4th Grade Famous Hoosiers Presentations

February 18 - Kokomo Beach Day

February 21-25 - Presidents' Day/February Break (no school)


March 2 - 9 - PVE Spring Scholastic Book Fair

March 7-18 - 3rd Grade IREAD-3 Testing Window

March 15 - End of Quarter 3

March 14-31 - Spring NWEA Testing Window


April 1-8 - Spring Break (no school)


May 25 - Last day of school

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

May 30 - Memorial Day (no school)

Aimee Simington-Pearce - Essential Skills Autism Teacher

My name is Aimee Simington-Pearce and I double majored in elementary education and special education, have a masters in curriculum, instruction and assessment, and am National Board Certified in exceptional needs. My family moved to Zionsville almost 4 years ago when my husband took a promotion to his company’s corporate office in Carmel. We are from Washington state originally- where I taught life skills for 9 years before having our son, Benson. I was a stay at home mom until he started school, and then became a part time behavior consultant here in Indy at a local non-profit. My husband and I have been married for 16 years, and our son is 9 (and attends Union Elementary). We love to travel and experience new things together as a family, and are avid Disney(land) junkies!


Looking forward to getting to know the staff, students, and families at PVE!

Aimee

asimingtonpearce@zcs.k12.in.us

Dana Beatty - Temporary 2-4 School Counselor

Hi! My name is Dana Beatty (pronounced bay-tea). I will be filling in as the temporary school counselor for Natalie while she is on maternity leave. I just finished my Master of Science in School Counseling/Counselor Education through the IU School of Education. In 2016, I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice/Public Safety Management. After obtaining my bachelor’s degree, I worked for the Indiana Department of Child Services in Marion County for several years. I also worked at ZCHS as an administrative assistant and counseling intern. I am still involved at ZCHS as a cheerleading coach. Most recently, I worked as an Emotional Disability Instructional Assistant at College Wood Elementary in Carmel. On a more personal note, I was born and raised in Northwest Indiana, also known as the Region, but moved to Central Indiana for college and to be closer to my older sisters. Now that I am an aunt to the sassiest niece and sweetest nephew, I doubt I will ever leave. My fiancé, Matt, and I just bought a new home in Westfield, where we live with our cat, Stevie Wonder (yes, he is blind). I am truly looking forward to meeting you, if I haven’t already, and joining the team at PVE!


Dana

dbeatty@zcs.k12.in.us

Car Arrival Reminders

With the cold weather and bus changes, there is an influx of students arriving by car. We are sending out a few reminders to help keep the flow of traffic smooth and swift as well as to keep everyone safe.


  • Students are to get out of the car on the curbside.
  • Drivers are to stay in the vehicle.
  • Students should be ready to get out as soon as the car stops. (jackets on, backpacks and masks in hand)
  • Cars should pull up as the traffic permits, and not leave room between vehicles. All students in the family should get out at the same time when the car has stopped. Please do not stop in front of a particular door along the way. Keep the traffic moving. There are not certain doors for certain grades… all students in your car need to get out when the vehicle has stopped between the cones. For example, please do not make a quick stop at door 7 for older students and pull all the way up and stop when traffic stops. In addition, do not try to keep younger students in the car in order to drop them off directly in front of Door 14. This significantly slows down our morning arrival process.
  • We allow students to enter at Doors 7,10, 11, and 14 and there are staff along the way and inside those doors to assist.
  • Please watch for Sergeant Sam as he has to stop car traffic for pedestrians in front of door 14.


Thank you! We know it is cold out there and we want to make the car arrival go as smooth and safe as possible.


Mrs. Morrow & Sgt. Sam

PVE's 5th International Week is on again VIRTUALLY this year!

In the same fashion as last year, PVE’s 5th International Week will be an online experience again! Our necessary switch last year to a virtual weeklong format (instead of our one night in-person International Night), was a HUGE success, in large part due to the involvement of our PVE families, students, and staff!


This year our PVE International Week will be open via Canvas for 10 DAYS and will include two weekends so families have plenty of time to enjoy! This year International Week will be live from March 18th-March 27th.


In order for this to be another success this year, we need our students, staff, and FAMILIES to get involved. We are asking families in our PVE community to volunteer to represent a country that is special to them, and help us create content to be shared with the students and families at PVE about that country. We would love to have your family share information, crafts, recipes, and activities that represent the country of your choice. Our PVE community is what helped make each of the last four international night/week events such a HUGE SUCCESS, and we would love your help again!


What will this look like? Our school based team will be creating a PVE International Week Canvas module that will allow our students and families to experience the countries and cultures represented here at PVE at their convenience during March 18-27. Instead of setting up a physical booths with visuals and experiences (like in the past), our parent and staff volunteers will create short video clips, share recipes/crafts/music, and more virtually to give us a taste of their countries' culture and traditions.


If you are interested in volunteering to represent a country, please click the link below to sign-up. This sign-up with be live through Friday, 2/7/22, so please complete within the next few weeks if you want to be a part of our Virtual International Week this year.


For those who sign-up, we will be having an International Night Volunteer meeting via Zoom on Monday, 2/7/22 at 6:30pm to discuss guidelines and help outline the steps for sharing your resources. All materials will be due by Friday, March 4th.


If you have any questions between now and then, please email Ami Fraser at esophoria@hotmail.com.


Your PVE International Night Team- Dr. Ami Fraser (parent), Dr. Smith (principal), Mrs. Katie Nichols (2nd grade teacher), Ms. Stein (3rd grade teacher), & Mrs. Czerwionka (Literacy/AC Coach)

PVE Yearbook Cover Information - Due 1/21/22

If your child would like to submit a design for our PVE Yearbook cover, please see the details below.


Requirements:

1) "Pleasant View Elementary School" or "PVE" written somewhere on the cover

2) The year 2021-2022

3) The paper must be vertically designed

4) Submitted on a 8.5 X 11 paper

5) Artist's name in the bottom right corner of the paper

6) Include our 5 traits: confidence, ethics, wellness, compassion and determination

7) When drawing, think about the following themes: including others, our school phrase "Not only are we stronger together, but everyone belongs here" and the diverse learners that make up our school and community.


As a reminder, all designs will be included in our 21-22 yearbook! If you have questions, please email Ms. Martinelli at: smartinelli@zcs.k12.in.us

Outdoor Recess Reminder

The weather is certainly changing and we want students to be prepared to play outdoors. As the weather turns colder, students will need to come to school with their winter coats, hats, and gloves. Snow pants, waterproof boots, warm gloves/mittens are required to be able to play in the snow. Please reach out to our counselor, Mrs. Mazelin at tmazelin@zcs.k12.in.us , if you are in need of assistance to obtain cold weather gear. All children play outside except on rainy, icy, or very cold days (wind chill below the 10-20 degree range). Inside recess will be held on those exceptional days.

PVE Counselors' Corner

Second Step Update

Second Step is a research based social emotional learning curriculum. Each week a 30 minute lesson during their “Strong Steps” time is devoted to strengthening these skills.


This week was Lesson Sixteen.

  • The lessons this week focused on emotion management.
  • Kindergarteners learned how to name physical signs of anger and to apply the Calming-Down Steps in a game situation.
  • First grade and second students learned how to manage worrying by using calming strategies such as belly breathing, counting and using positive self-talk.
  • Second, third and fourth grade students focused on managing anger by counting and using assertive communication skills to get what they want or need in response to scenarios.
  • Fourth grader students are studying how to solve problems by saying the problem without blame and following steps to help solve the problem.


There is a Lesson Sixteen home link for first and fourth grade students this week. Below are the home link activities if you would like to work with your student on an extension activity together!


Sincerely,

Tammy Mazelin PVE PreK, K-2 School Counselor tmazelin@zcs.k12.in.us

Dana Beatty PVE PreK, Temporary 2-4 School Counselor dbeatty@zcs.k12.in.us

CoVID Quarantine Update - 1/4/22

Governor Eric Holcomb’s executive order changes the quarantine requirements for those masked individuals considered close contacts to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. ZCS will continue to follow our district mask mandate, but effective immediately, anyone identified as a close contact in a masked setting is no longer required to quarantine (as long as the close contact is symptom-free). Please make sure your child(ren) has extra masks in their backpack! ZCS CoVID Protocols


Masked School Settings:

In settings, such as classrooms or on the school bus, where all students are wearing masks, close contacts who are within three feet of positive case will be notified to monitor for symptoms. Those students will continue in school as long as no symptoms develop. If symptoms develop, students must isolate and obtain testing whether or not fully vaccinated.


Unmasked School Settings:

Close contacts within six feet of a positive case and in an unmasked setting (i.e. lunchroom, band) must quarantine with one of the below options.


Current Indiana Department of Health guidelines require quarantine for exposed individuals, and also provides options for return to school.


  • If your child is fully vaccinated, you can provide a copy of vaccination status.
  • If your child has tested positive for CoVID within the past 90 days, you can provide a copy of the dated positive test results. Once received, we will contact you with a date of return.
  • If no recent positive test result or full vaccination proof is provided, your child is to quarantine at home for five (5) days minimum and may return to class on day six (6) if still asymptomatic.



CURRENT CoVID-19 PROTOCOLS

ZCS will continue to follow established CoVID-19 protocols and mitigation strategies including:

  • Masks are mandatory in all district buildings and on school buses.
  • Families of students considered to be close contacts will still be notified.
  • Close contacts in an unmasked setting may need to quarantine. Guidance is above.
  • Close contacts in any setting must quarantine if showing COVID-19 symptoms.


SICK CHILDREN

Please keep your child(ren) home if:

  1. Child (ren) are sick or showing symptoms of CoVID-19.


Please continue to carefully monitor your child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms and do not send any child(ren) to school who show signs of sickness.

Changes to the 1:1 Computer Program at the Middle Schools - 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 below 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.


Thank You

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PVE PTO Update

We are so very thankful for al the ways that our PTO supports us at PVE.


PVE PTO Meetings for 21-22

Time:

  • Jan 11, 2022 07:00 PM
  • Feb 8, 2022 07:00 PM
  • Mar 8, 2022 07:00 PM
  • Apr 12, 2022 07:00 PM
  • May 10, 2022 07:00 PM


Virtual Link:

  • Passcode: 611190

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.

ZCS GROW Child Care Options

Please see the link below for more details and information on how to sign-up for one of the GROW childcard options.


GROW/Child Care Services

Visitor and Volunteer Procedures

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 global pandemic, our procedures regarding welcoming guests to our building continue to evolve, with safety as our top priority. The ZCS Eagle Start Guide will give specifics regarding the most up-to-date district decisions regarding volunteers and visitors.


During the school day, all volunteers are expected to check 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.



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. Visitors other than parents/guardians must be prearranged and organized through the main office.

ZCS Community Events

Please click the link below for information about many community actitivities going on in our area.

https://www.zcs.k12.in.us/apps/pages/community_flyers

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