Union Elementary Weekly Update

October 25, 2019

A Week in Review

Upcoming Events

October 29- First Grade Field Trip to NIFS and NCAA

October 30- Dads Club Fourth Grade Breakfast, 7 AM; Third Grade Pumpkin Project

November 5- Dads Club Meeting, 7PM

November 8- PTO Movie Night, 6:15

November 9- ZEF Barn Bash

November 11- Veterans Day Programs, 9:30 and 1:15

November 12- PTO Meeting, 7PM

November 13- Picture Retakes; Elementary Conferences after school

November 14- Elementary Conferences (E-day for students). See information below regarding child care options.

Week of November 18- Scholastic Book Fair

November 20- Dads Club Third Grade Breakfast, 7AM

November 27-29- No School: Thanksgiving Break



If you missed this morning's meeting, don't stress...there is plenty of opportunity to help with the Union Soiree. You can reach out to Jayna at JCacioppo@taftlaw.com to get involved.


You know the drill! The Union Café turns into a theater and your Kindy-4th grader is invited to grab a snack and watch 'Toy Story 4' with their friends while you...well...while you enjoy two kid free hours for $5. Drop off starts at 6:10 with the movie starting at 6:20. Pick up from 8:05 to 8:15 at Door 11, please sign your child in and out.

If you don't have plans for those two hours, feel free to give us a hand with chaperoning. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044FADAF2DA75-union1

Or, register your student at https://forms.gle/etebMCrw89FuY32CA


Dig out your winter hats and gloves and save the dates November 18-22 for this year's Artic Adventure Book Fair. The books will be cool, but the deals will be hot. Be on the lookout for a Sign Up Genius and grab your favorite Book Fair Volunteer Spot.

Dads Club

Calling all Dads! Join us the first Tuesday of every month for our monthly meeting. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 7 PM in the Teachers' Lounge.

Our next event is the Fourth Grade Breakfast on October 30 at 7 AM. Please consider signing up to bring an item or volunteer at https://signup.com/go/hjppOQG

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Veterans Day Programs 2019

On November 11, 2019, we look forward to celebrating and honoring our Veterans. We know there are many Union families whose lives have been personally shaped by one of the branches of our Armed Forces. It is our desire to plan experiences that are meaningful for our students while simultaneously appreciative of the brave men and women that have served or are currently serving our country. We welcome all members of our community to attend our celebration.

Union Elementary will be honoring our community’s Veterans with convocations on Monday, November 11, 2019. In order to accommodate all of our guests, this year we will hold 2 separate convocations. Classes will participate as follows:

9:30 AM- Hine, Curdes (Sorgen/Pourcho), Beck, Russell, Michener, M. Smith (Pottorff), Masters, Paunwar, Knue, Hamelmann, Kellum, Valentine, Burns, Tisch, Wuethrich

1:15 PM- Merrell, Williams, Fremion, J.Smith, Boggs, Steward, Voege (Martini), Munley, Manna, Whiteman, Clark, Luke, Off, L.Smith, Magoni

We ask all of our guests to enter the gym directly through door 10. No pre-registration is required. Guests may park in the bus lot. All cars will need to vacate this lot by 2:00 so that our buses may park for dismissal.

If you or a member of your family have served our country in this capacity, we would like to recognize you in a special way. We will hold a brief reception for our Veteran guests before the morning program, beginning at 9:00. You will be able to enter door 10 at 8:50. Veterans will be able to enjoy a treat with their Union student(s) and receive a token of our appreciation before we begin heading into the gym for the morning program around 9:15. If you are a Veteran attending the afternoon program, you are welcome to come to the morning reception and return to school later in the day for the afternoon program.

So that we may plan accordingly, if you have a Veteran guest attending the program and/or reception, please complete the form below:


For additional information, please contact Jen Raycroft at jraycroft@zcs.k12.in.us or 733-4007 x16999.

Veterans Day Collection and Spirit Day

On Monday, November 11th Union Elementary will be celebrating Veterans Day. Your child will learn about what a veteran is and why we celebrate this holiday. Also, please dress in red, white, and blue or camo to celebrate with our country! We are asking for quarter donations to go towards the Honor Flight and helping Veterans get to see the memorial in Washington D.C.! This coin collection will occur the week of November 4-8. Please show your school spirit and dress in red, white, and blue or camo for our convocation on November 11th! Thank you for your support and Happy Veterans Day.

-Your Union Elementary Student Council Members

Elementary Conferences Child Care Information

Dear parents/guardians:

We are looking forward to our upcoming elementary conferences and spending time with you to focus on your child’s goals and educational journey here in ZCS. While conferences are taking place on November 14th, students are offsite spending the day doing their coursework at home, a friend or relative’s house, or a variety of other locations parents have chosen. Some students will also be participating in conferences with their parents as communicated by the classroom teachers. For parents who may be experiencing some difficulty in making arrangements for their child to participate in E-Day away from school as designed during the conferences, each school will have some availability for child care. In order to take advantage of the opportunity, you must register by Monday, November 11th.

Hours of operation:

8:00 am – 2:30 pm on Thursday, November 14th

*Transportation is to be provided by the family. Drop-off/pick-up logistics will be communicated by GROW to participating families in the days leading up to Elementary E-day.

*Students will need to bring a sack lunch.

*Please note that since E-Day homework is not due for one week, access to the computer lab/machines at each school site will be limited. Please contact your child’s teacher for additional access time if your family has needs for a device or does not have access to WiFi at home.

To register for the November 14th E-day, please click on the link below:


Current BAC/Bridge participants: log into your EZChildTrack account and look for November 14th E-day on the left hand side.

New GROW participants choose “New Parents Open Account” then choose November 14th E-day.

For questions contact the GROW office at GROW@zcs.k12.in.us or call 317-733-4847.

Report Cards

Elementary report cards for Q1 are now available. To access your child’s report cards, simply login to PowerSchool (using your parent login or your child’s login) and click on the Report Cards link on the left. If you have forgotten how to login to PowerSchool, your child or their building secretary can assist with this.

Barn Bash 2019 is Almost Here!

Kick up your heels in support of ZCS teachers, classrooms, and students at the 2019 ZEF Barn Bash on Saturday, November 9th. Patron Tickets are $75 before 10/25 ($85 after 10/25) with doors opening at 6:30pm. VIP Tickets are $125/per person and give you access to the VIP and Sponsor Reception from 5:30-6:30pm where you will enjoy exclusive appetizers, entertainment from professional mind reader Chad Collyer, and an open bar throughout the evening. All tickets include dinner, dancing to the band Big Rosco and the Hammers, a live and silent auction, trips of a lifetime, and wine and gift card pull. Reserve your tickets today at www.zionsvilleeducationfoundation.org.



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.


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.

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.