The Friday Flyer
Friday, May 24, 2019
4th Grade Celebration
After a student-led presentation in the gym and Lifeline awards being shared in the classrooms, 4th grade families and staff made their way outside for our annual 4th grade cookout.
We will miss this amazing group of students that have grown so much over the past years.
The fourth grade celebration this year included student created slide shows, a 4th grade "Top 10" list, classroom awards based on Lifelines/character, cookout, photo booths, Kona Ice, water balloons and so much more.
4th Grade Celebration
A few examples of this past week's learning...
Our young authors shared their creations with family and friends.
First grade students shared their writings with their Kindergarten peers.
We still need to play, exercise, and expend our energy after a hard day's work of learning.
Under Tables - for "U" Day
During the ABC countdown, (Under tables on "U" day) students in this Kindergarten class learned about Michelangelo and how it took him 4 years to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Students tried creating artwork with paper taped under the tables.
Third Grade Fossil Slueths
Did you know the commonly found fossils in Indiana lead us to believe that our land could've once been a shallow sea bed covered with water?
First grade students participated in STEM Olympics this past week!
Under Tables - for "U" Day
Third Grade Fossil Slueths
The explorations continue.
Compassion was displayed when classmates celebrated a classmate's birthday who doesn't speak English. The peers looked up how to translate their birthday messages in her native language.
Our annual Market Day proved much success as students sold their products and services to the school community. This resulted in a significant contribution to School the World service project. Bravo, Second Grade!
What a great year of music we’ve had at Boone Meadow! Take a look back at these incredible student performances, as well as, our hilarious 2019 kindergarten interviews!
- 2018-2019 Kindergarten interviews- https://youtu.be/IpEJRhYE3vU
- 2019 Boone Meadow Voices spring concert video- https://youtu.be/bhPnoLyxO04
- 2018 Boone Meadow Voices winter concert video- https://youtu.be/B6RZmwJbSLE
- 4th grade music program videos- https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3bcvxu_dvqk-WppnEHkM2JfeZnRiW_Pe
- 3rd grade music program videos- https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3bcvxu_dvqnq1fVBJe_Fi3XFnf7be4gS
- 2nd grade in-formance videos- https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3bcvxu_dvqlrDJeZ23cMuM4yIvYvMviK
- 1st grade in-formance videos- https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3bcvxu_dvqlGfchH1taCj_0rlSDapHml
- All school Veterans’ Day program video- https://youtu.be/a10iKVX6KRY
InfoSnap Registration due on or before next Friday!
You should have received several emals from Registration@zcs.k12.in.us with information and instructions on registering your child(ren) in Zionsville Community Schools for the 2019-2020 school year. We request that you complete this registration on or before Friday, May 31st.
If your child is returning to Zionsville Community Schools next year, and you do not receive this email, please check your spam or junk folder. If you can’t find this email, please let us know.
If your child will not be returning to Zionsville Community Schools next year, please notify your school(s) building secretary at your earliest convenience. For all other residency changes, please contact the Central Office at 317-873-2858.
Summer Office Hours
- May 29 - June 21 office hours open to the public are 8:00am - 2:00pm
- June 24 - July 26 office is closed to the public
- July 29 - office hours open to the public return to 7:00am - 3:30pm
Thank you, Deb Roach
Over the past seven years, Deb has done an outstanding job with beautifying our entrances and grounds, we are so grateful.
As Deb said in a recent neighborhood Facebook post "...it's time for me to pass the trowel. My youngest will be moving onto the middle school in the fall & my hope is that BME will continue to improve their landscape & outdoor opportunities for the children. But they will need help"
Is anyone willing? We could use your help to assist our campus remain a beautiful place, as well as, help us expand our vision for outdoor learning opportunities.
Deb, we continue to be grateful for your dedication to this space over the years. Our entire community has experienced the benefit of your generosity.
Attention 4th Grade Parents/Families
2019-20 ZCS BYOD System Requirements
Community Schools is a 1:1 school district that encourages all students to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). We do have rental machines available for $132.50 a year but 85% of the students actually bring a device they own. When purchasing a device, please keep the minimum requirements below in mind. The minimal changes made to the requirements are directly related to the software needed to run ILEARN testing and the ability to access our encrypted network for safety. One item to note is that the 19-20 school year will be the last year that Chromebooks will work in our system.
Device with keyboard
8 GB of RAM recommended (4 GB minimum)
Windows 10, 8 or 8.1, no RT or Windows 10S. Please note that support for Windows 7 will end January 14, 2020.
Mac 10.12 or later
Chrome OS 72 (Chromebooks not supported with Project Lead the Way applications) *19-20 is the last year Chromebooks will work for the 5-12 BYOD program.
Linux OS not recommended
Safari 12 (minimum)
Chrome 71 (minimum)
Firefox 65 (minimum)
Other items to consider
Laptop weight and size (carried all day to classes)
Is there a warranty if the device is damaged? Can it be covered under homeowner's insurance?
If a problem occurs with the device at home or at school, a loaner from ZCS is available for up to 10 days a year.
A list of required and suggested applications is available on the school website>under Parents>on the BYOD & Laptop Rental Program Link.
o This includes information on how to access free downloads of Office 2016.
o Antivirus needed? At no cost, students can download the Avast or AVG as well.
Although ZCS does not recommend a brand of laptop, if you have questions about a device you are considering, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Year's School Supplies
Our school has once again partnered with 1st Day School Supplies. Now, you can get the exact supplies your teachers requested without the hassle of back to school shopping! All kits will be delivered to your student's classroom on the first day of school. Deadline to order is June 15. Any questions can be directed to Jenn Sproull at email@example.com
Lunch for the last day of school!
Choice of 1 Protein/Grain:
· Assorted Cereal w/ Yogurt
· Assorted Cereal w/ Hard Boiled Egg
· Protein Pack
· PB&J UncrustablePW
· Grilled CheeseMSW
Choice of 1 or 2 Vegetables:
Choice of 1 Fruit:
Choice of 1 Milk:
· Milk VarietyM
Calendar of Events
27th - Memorial Day - No School
28th - Last student day
5th - Open House/Meet the Teacher Night 5:00-6:30pm
7th - First day of school
15th - Picture Day
22nd - Back to School Curriculum Night
(Kdg 5:30-6:00pm, 1st 6:00-6:30pm, 2nd 6:30-7:00pm, 3rd 7:00-7:30pm, 4th 7:30-8:00pm)
Please send a check made payable to BME in the amount of $15.00, or cash (we cannot make change, so it needs to be the exact cash, please). Any questions, contact Barb Bernard in the office.
Spring Identification Deadlines
The Indiana Department of Education requires school districts to identify high ability (gifted) students and provide them with appropriately differentiated curriculum and instruction. In ZCS, we consider ability and achievement data of all students each spring to identify any who may need advanced instruction and/or curriculum. While the official designation is a state-required label for students, our school district is committed to continuous progress for all students, regardless of designation. Accelerated content is common in our classrooms as are heightened expectations and instructional levels and high-achieving peers. Instructional methods regularly group and regroup students with differentiated materials and goals. Our teachers are committed to regular assessment of skills and knowledge and matching experiences to challenge each child and help him or her make maximum academic growth. We are proud to be a high-performing school district with high expectations for all students.
For students currently in grades 1-3: All students are reviewed each year to determine if they need advanced curriculum and/or instruction. Our identification team looks at both achievement (NWEA) and ability (OLSAT). Since these vary from year to year with young students, we re-look at every student each spring. Parents will be notified by June 10 if their child has been recommended for differentiation based on the need for accelerated instruction or curriculum. If your child was not identified through our extensive process, parents may appeal the decision. Parents can complete the appeal process by June 15. Forms are located on the website: https://1.cdn.edl.io/STFd2znmUm9v64tOK0o5GHa56Sylujl5JYhwFChIXdtXGo0P.pdf
For students currently in grades 4-7: At this level students are more formally identified for high ability classes. All students are considered for high ability each year. Our identification team considers either achievement (NWEA) or ability (OLSAT) when making decisions. Parents will be notified by June 10 if their child has been recommended for differentiation based on the need for accelerated instruction or curriculum. If your child was not identified through our extensive process, parents may appeal the decision. Parents can complete the appeal process by June 15. Forms are located on the website: https://1.cdn.edl.io/STFd2znmUm9v64tOK0o5GHa56Sylujl5JYhwFChIXdtXGo0P.pdf
Strong in Every Way Field Day - August 3, 2019
If you love the outdoors, love family time, love your community and enjoy your school and colleagues, you will want to put together a team for this summer's Field Day. The Strong in Every Way Field Day is far ALL community members. Participants can be anyone over the age of 5 including: families, children, adults, and senior citizens (feel free to bring the little ones, they are great cheerleaders).
This year's "Field Day" will focus on:
- Building webs of support within the community
- Promoting wellness
- Developing community pride
The morning event schedule:
- 8:30am DanceFit by Erin in the St. Vincent Stadium
- 9am Competition begins with 30-minute rotations with 15-minute transition time: Kickball, CornHole,
- 4-Square, Track Relays, Tug-Of-War, and Inner Tube Relays in the pool!
- 12:30pm Awards ceremony at the pool!
Time is running out to pick-up medicine in the Health Clinic
A quick reminder, ALL medication that is in the health clinic must be picked up by May 28th. The clinic is open on school days from 7:30am-3:30pm
For safety of our students, all medication must be transported to and from school by an adult (unless other arrangements have been made with the Nurse). Any medication that is left in the clinic will be discarded by St. Vincent Hospital.
Please contact me in the clinic with any questions or concerns.
School Nurse/School Health Program at BME
Important-Updated Immunization Requirements for 2019-2020
The Indiana State Department of Health school immunization requirements for 2019-2020 have been updated. Click here to view these new requirements as they have recently changed. Students who do not have the Hepatitis A series may need to get the first dose as soon as possible as there is a minimum interval of six calendar months between the first and second doses. Religious and medical objections to the immunization requirements must be updated and signed each school year. Please feel free to send updated immunization records to the health clinic as you receive them. Contact the school nurse or your physician’s office with any questions.
Texts from SchoolMessenger
From time to time Boone Meadow uses SchoolMessenger to send a text to all of the families. If you haven't been receiving texts from us, you may need to opt-in by sending YES to the SchoolMessenger short code of 68453. Contact Beth Kiel in the front office if you have any questions!
Attention all parents/guardians! Have you ever thought about getting paid for the time you spend at our school? Becoming a substitute teacher would do just that for you! Think of it as a paid volunteer position. You still get the opportunity to control your schedule and locations you work but have the added benefit of a little extra pocket money! If you are interested in this opportunity you may apply directly on the ZCS website or simply click here! You may also contact the subcoordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org ) for more information.
Volunteers and Visitor Background Checks
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 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.