Stonegate Elementary Newsletter

December 16, 2022

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Dear SGE Families,

We are drawing close to the end of our first semester! After a fun and full semester, we hope that everyone is able to take some time over the next few weeks to enjoy a slower pace and spend time with those they love. Note that we have school next Monday and Tuesday. Beginning on Wednesday, December 21, we will be closed. School will resume on Tuesday, January 3. This will be the last newsletter until after Winter Break. Ahead of our time away, here are some announcements:


4th Grade's Celebration of Indiana Birthday! - See below for details and pictures!


Thank you!- A hearty thank you to our PTO Staff Services for providing us with a pizza lunch last week and this week with Crumbl Cookies! These treats have made us feel so special and loved!


We're Hiring! - SGE is seeking a new front office administrative assistant/treasurer. Mrs. Jen Evans, a 16-year veteran of ZCS schools, has made the decision to spend more time with family. This is a 40- hour per week position with benefits. You can apply online here or contact Mrs. Largent for more information at clargent@zcs.k12.in.us


Student Progress Reports - Student reports (report cards) will be made available to families in PowerSchool on Thursday, January 12th.


PTO Staff Birthday Sign-UP - PTO is now ready for the January, February, March staff birthdays! The link is in our PTO section.


A few important reminders:

  • Calling/Emailing for Attendance
  • Counselor's Corner: Body Safety Information
  • PTO Information - VIP & Me Events in February and April
  • Media Center Volunteers Needed
  • Lost and Found reminder


May your holidays be filled with love, peace and joy!

Mrs. Connie Largent, Principal

Mrs. Kathy Drake, Asst. Principal

Important Dates & Events

DECEMBER

20th - End of Quarter 2 + Winter Parties + Spirit Day: Wear your Holiday Gear

21st - Jan. 2nd - Winter Break (no school)


JANUARY

3rd - Welcome Back!

10th - PTO Meeting - Media Center at 2:45pm - All are welcome to attend!

16th - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

17th - No School for Students - Staff Professional Development Day

20th - School Resource Officer Day

26th - Science Fair - Family Open House 4:00-5:30pm

27th - PTO Spirit Day - Wear your favorite color


FEBRUARY

2nd - 3rd Grade field trip to the Children's Museum

6th - School Counselor Week

7th - PTO Meeting - Media Center at 2:45pm - All are welcome to attend!

10th - Bus Driver Appreciation Day

15th - 4th Graders visit ZWest Middle School

20th-24th - February Break - No School

Celebrations for Indiana's Birthday

Indiana Turned 206!

Fourth grade celebrated Indiana's 206th birthday! Students screen-printed t-shirts of their own templates then participated in birthday rotations where they made felt cardinals, cinnamon smelling ornaments shaped like Indiana, and yarn baskets. They also enjoyed stringing popcorn, punching tin, and playing games as they would have back in 1816.

Attendance Information

Your child feeling sick? Going out of town? Have an appointment? Don't forget to let the front office know. Please be sure to call our attendance line (317-873-8050 extension 2), or email us at stonegateoffice@zcs.k12.in.us.


  • If the absence will be longer than one day, please let us know of the return date and there is no need to call in every day.
  • If you're not sure exactly when your sick child will return (ie, you report they will be out for three days but they return back after two days) we can easily make an attendance adjustment. As long as you let us know approximately how many days, you don't need to call in again, unless it goes past the estimated days you had already given us.
  • If you forget to call, you will receive an automated call at 8:45am (grades 1-4) and 9:45am (kindergarten).
  • After the reminder call, you will receive a reminder email from Mrs. Duncan.
  • If you still haven't called or emailed by 10:30am, you will receive a call from Mrs. Drake or Mrs. Largent. It is imperative that we always know the reason for your child's absence.


Thank you!

Miss Wetzel's Counselor Corner

Body Safety Lessons

Dear SGE Families, Safety of our students is our highest priority. We routinely practice safety drills and engage in ongoing safety education of our students throughout the year. We teach guidelines and principles in a way to develop student agency, allowing them to regularly make decisions that prioritize their safety across settings and situations. One topic within the larger umbrella of Safety Education is that of Body Safety. A few examples of Body Safety topics include wearing seat belts and helmets, eating healthy foods, and following school procedures such as walking in the hallways. Body Safety education also encompasses the prevention of childhood abuse.

ZCS has partnered with the Indiana Center for Prevention of Youth Abuse and Suicide (ICPYAS) to assist us in providing the instruction of strategies for abuse prevention. This instruction will be provided to all students at Stonegate Elementary either Wednesday, January 11th or Thursday, January 12th ICPYAS is a non-profit organization that employs certified instructors who deliver research-based lessons to students in developmentally appropriate ways as a means to give children strategies to keep their bodies safe. All students in grades K-12 receive the instruction on an annual basis, in accordance with state legislation SEA 355.


To learn more about these presentations, be sure to visit https://www.indianaprevention.org/parentresources and click on “Child Lures Video”, which provides information regarding the content of this program. The website also contains links to additional resources. In addition, all Kindergarten families, as well as families new to SGE will receive a supplemental guide during the week of January 10th . Parents have the opportunity to opt out of this program, if desired. Please click link for opt out form. Boone+County+Opt+2022-2023.pdf

(We will have additional copies available for you should you need a hard copy - simply call the front office or notify your child's classroom teacher with a request for the paper version.) Please note, this opt-out form should only be completed and returned if you desire for your student NOT to receive this body safety education. Questions regarding this program can be directed to Jessica Wetzel: jwetzel@zcs.k12.in.us Phone: 317-873-8050 ext. 19130

Our SGE Media Center Needs You!

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Mrs. Torrance's Monthly Wellness Challenge

This year, our monthly Wellness Challenges will help students and families build HEALTHY HABITS. Each week will have activities that focus on 4 themes: Fitness, Family, Food, and FUN! Get the whole family involved and build those healthy habits together! Students can not only earn getting STRONG IN EVERY WAY but can also earn a "Toe Token" when they turn in the signed challenge to Mrs. Torrance at the end of each month.

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PTO Information

Staff Birthday Sign-Up

Would you like to bring a teacher or staff member lunch or a special treat for their birthday? Simply sign up at the link below, then email the teacher or staff member to schedule a date/time to bring them lunch or a special treat. Thank you for showing your appreciation to our teachers and staff!


January, February, and March sign up:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050D4DACAE2DA1FF2-january2

***ADDITIONAL SGE AND DISTRICT INFORMATION***

Lost and Found

Our lost and found continues to grow! Please feel free to stop in and check it out. It is located in the front office area. We have coats, hats, gloves, water bottles, lunch boxes, and many other items that might belong to your family. Our office is open 7:30-3:30, so come on by and check it out.

Family Assistance Form

When basic needs are met, students are better able to focus on education and learning. Therefore, there is assistance available for our students and their families to help with various needs that may arise throughout the school year. If you are currently in need of assistance, please fill out this Family Assistance form. This information will be kept in strictest confidence.


Warmly,

Jessica Wetzel

School Counselor

Lunch Guests Sign Up!

SGE is now ready to welcome our K-4 Lunch Guests! Here's how it works:

  • Due to limited space, we are happy to welcome one special visitor with each student for a total of four different guests per grade level.
  • Sign-up to reserve your spot by clicking here.
  • Please bring a photo ID and arrive 5 minutes early (lunch times are listed below).

  • Bring a sack lunch from home or purchase a school lunch. We discourage bringing fast food items, etc. School lunch items can be purchased a la carte ranging in price from $0.70 - $1.85. You may use your child's lunch account or pay cash. We cannot provide change but additional money can be added your child's account.
  • We have "Visitor Tables" in the front foyer that you will sit at with your child during their lunch time.
  • HAVE FUN and ENJOY!


Lunch Times:

KDG - 12:50

1st - 11:40

2nd - 10:30

3rd - 11:05

4th - 12:15

2-Hour Delay Information

Inclement weather or outlier events can cause us to have a delayed start. In the event of a 2-hour delay, please be aware of the important information and time changes:


  • 6:45 AM - BAC Opens (no time change)
  • 9:50 - 1st-4th student arrival + KDG Bridge & Early Start Spanish
  • 10:15 - Universal Preschool arrival
  • 10:50 - KDG student arrival

Click here to access the ZCS School Delay & Closing Information page.

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Visitor and Volunteer Procedures

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.

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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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