Boone Meadow Friday Flyer
November 5, 2021
Veterans Day is coming - November 11th
Dear Boone Meadow Families
As we turned the calendar to November, we are anticipating many exciting events and happenings in the coming weeks. With Veterans Day and a number of holidays occurring this time of year, children are eagerly awaiting celebrations. Last night, many in our community witnessed and/or celebrated Diwali. (Thank you, Annangudi family, for the treats last night.) Gratitude captures our attention as we prepare for Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.
Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday night/Monday morning. Don't forget to "fall back" one hour...
PTO is busy! The Book Fair is coming, so keep your eyes open on communication from our PTO. In addition, the Winter Porch Pots & Poinsettia Sale, as well as, Operation: Adopt Team Meadow are in full swing, so please check out the PTO updates below.
Congratulations to the following fourth grade students for making it through the first round of judging for the 2021 Indiana Statehood Day Essay Contest. Well over 400 essays were submitted from all over the state, and a panel of judges reviewed and critiqued student writings to choose 83 finalists. The student essays will go through a final judging process to select 4 individuals to be featured as part of Indiana's Statehood Day on December 10th. Best of luck to the following finalists from Boone Meadow:
- Oviya Annangudi
- Norah Crawford
- Amelia Scotto--Diluzio
- Zoey Hudson
- Dylan Soel
Veterans Day - Keep your eyes peeled for a special presentation to be shared next week to celebrate Veterans Day. A volume of time and energy goes into designing a learning experience for the students, as well as, creating a gift for our community and heroes. A generous thank you to Mr. Doublestein for his facilitation of the project and for all staff and students involved in order to make it come to fruition.
Enjoy the weekend!
Operation: Adopt Team Meadow (PTO sponsored)
Help us make this holiday extra special for all our amazing BME staff. This includes all Team Meadow staff (teachers, IAs, bus, cafe, preschool, custodial, office team, etc...). This will be our 2nd Annual Operation Adopt Team Meadow, we are excited to help coordinate gifting from our wonderful BME families. We are hopeful this will allow for a lot of contributors to bless the teachers and staff in a BIG way!
We will need one volunteer per staff member in order to coordinate the donations. We are working to make this easier by asking for you information when you sign up! Please sign up by NOVEMBER 12th! Once we have our sign up completed we will send out all the necessary information to those that volunteered. Click image or HERE to sign up!
If your child's teacher is already "adopted", please consider coordinating for another VIP staff member. Thank you for supporting our wonderful staff this holiday season!
PTO Winter Porch Pots & Poinsettia Sale
A few items to note:
The School Directory App Is Updated
Our Student directory is now updated! Many thanks to the PTO for organizing this helpful resource! If you have never used our student directory, just follow these easy steps:
- Go to www.directoryspot.net or download the “Directory Spot” app on a smart phone. Click “Login”.
- Enter your email address as your Username, and click on “Reset Password”. An email will be sent to you with a link to set your password.
- Click on the link in the email to set your password and to log in.
If you have trouble logging in, please contact PTO volunteer Eileen Adam at email@example.com.
Also note that if your information has changed, you can update it by logging in on a computer (not available through the app).
November 7 - Daylight Savings Time ends
November 11 - Veterans Day
November 12 - PTO Winter Porch Pots & Poinsettia Sale orders & payment due
November 15-19 - Scholastic Book Fair
November 17 - Dine for Dollars - Jimmy Johns
November 22 - Poinsettia sale pick up (3-6 PM)
November 24-26 - Thanksgiving Break (no school)
December 1 - Dine to Dollars Fundraiser Nothing Bundt Cakes - 50% of purchase goes to BME PTO)
December 6-17 - NWEA testing window
December 15- Dine for Dollars - Noble Romans
December 17 - End of Quarter 2/Semester 1
December 20-31 - Winter Break (no school)
January 3 - Students return from break; 1st day of second semester
January 17 - MLK Jr. Day (no school)
January 18 - Teacher professional development day (no school for students)
February 14 - Valentine's Day
February 21-25 - Presidents' Day/February Break (no school)
March 15 - End of Quarter 3
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)
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How does the new Executive Order from Gov. Holcombe (8/31) impact school contact tracing?
A: IF individuals are wearing masks with fidelity in the classroom & on the bus, people who are contact traced will not need to quarantine unless they are exhibiting symptoms. We will still need to notify and document the contact tracing, but if no symptoms exist and the individuals were properly wearing masks, they would not need to quarantine.
Lunchtime is when contact tracing/quarantine does apply and the 6' rule will apply as well. Quarantined individuals can still return on day 8 if they receive a negative test (rapid in lab or PCR) on day 5, 6, or 7 after exposure - or stay out for the full 14 days.
Q: What about symptoms? What symptoms must we watch and keep our child from school?
A: Every morning, families should take note of if their child is showing symptoms of illness. We know this can be complicated, frustrating, and inconvenient as we strive to keep our learning environments as healthy as possible. Fevers, sore throats, new onset of intense headache, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, coughing or shortness of breath, or new loss of taste or smell are the common symptoms and students will be required (per health department mandates) to quarantine for ten days from the start of symptoms. Student may return to school/activities sooner with a physician document stating they may return OR a negative PCR CoVID test. (This is regardless of vaccination status)
Q: If one child is home with symptoms, must my other children stay home as well?
A: Siblings of ill students will need to be picked up if at school. Siblings will need to follow quarantine guidelines.
More information regarding COVID protocols is located here on the ZCS website.
Volunteers and Visitor Background Checks
At this time, due to CoVID 19 restraints, we are "pausing" on volunteers and visitors. When volunteers are needed and approved, appropriate staff members will reach out to you in effort to welcome your support and assistance.
If you plan to volunteer of visit in the future, please note the following information.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR VOLUNTEERS
We value partnerships with our families and welcome parents and guardians to serve as volunteers in our schools. Each ZCS building typically offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.
- Field Trip Chaperones
- Out of Town/Overnight Chaperones
- 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.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR VISITORS
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.
- 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.