Union Elementary Weekly Update

September 23, 2017

Upcoming Union Events

September 25-29: College Go Week- Wear collegiate gear on Monday, Thursday and Friday (Tuesday is Picture Day and Wednesday is Jog A Thon).

September 26: Picture Day; Jog-A-Thon Course Set-Up, 6:30 PM on soccer field

September 27: Jog A Thon

September 29: Jog A Thon Rain Date

Throughout the month of October- Fall Conferences

October 1: Fall Spruce Up, 12-3 PM

October 6: Dads Club Campout

October 9: Board of Trustees Meeting, 6 PM at ESC; PTO General Meeting, 7 PM in cafeteria

October 10: End of 1st Quarter; 3rd Grade Field Trip to Zoo

October 11: PTO Staff Luncheon

October 13: Fall Class Parties

October 14-22: Fall Break

October 23-27: Fire Safety Week

October 23: Board of Trustees Meeting, 6 PM at ESC

October 25: Fourth Grade Dads Club Breakfast, 7:15 AM

October 27: Kindy Field Trip to Dulles Farm

Jog A Thon 2017

PTO's biggest fundraiser of the year is next Wednesday, September 27th. Through the generosity of our community and the support we receive through this event, Union Elementary is able to support student learning through increased literacy resources, educational experiences, study trips, technology integration, campus improvements, and more. The annual Jog-A-Thon fundraiser is an exciting tradition where 100% of the proceeds raised stay at Union for students and the school community. Thank you for your continued support of our school!

Union Jog-a-Thon – 2017

Important information

Event Day Schedule:

1st & 2nd grade - 8:00-9:45

3rd & 4th grade - 9:45-11:15

Preschool- 9:15-10:45 in the gym

Kindergarten 12:15-1:45


  • Students should wear appropriate shoes and their JAT shirt (they will receive this at school on the day of the event)
  • Don’t forget sunscreen and a water bottle!
  • To be eligible for the Early Bird Drawing, pledge $$ of the suggested amount (at least $50 K-4, and $25 pre-school) must be turned in no later than end-of-school day Tuesday, September 26th.

Please don't forget to sign up for a volunteer spot. There are many volunteer opportunities available. If all of the slots are filled while your child is running, don't hesitate to volunteer during another time slot: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ca8ad2da5fd0-2017

A special thanks to our Union Jog A Thon sponsors: Klezmer Maudlin, P.C., OrthoIndy, Fawcett Family Dentistry, indianapolis Pediatric Dentistry, Sky Zone Fishers, & Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, LLP. Can't wait to see all of you next week!

Picture Day

School Pictures are Tuesday, September 26th. Your child should be bringing an order form later this week. You also have the option to go online and place an order. Follow the link below to pay by credit card or to alleviate the need for your child to turn in an order form. Place your order by September 26th to save money on packages and have your order shipped to the school for free. Please direct any questions to Cripe Photography -info@cripephoto.com.


From the Office

Elementary textbook rental fee statements went out via email this week. You are welcome to pay online or send a check into the office in an envelope with your student's name on it.

For more info about textbook rental, click here.

To pay online, click here.

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PTO News


Union Elementary PTO is pleased to again sponsor an online directory available on your computer and mobile devices.

Please double check your email and be sure to use the login and password from the email dated September 14th from Union Elementary Directory with an access link to the directory and your correct individual password. You can change or add to your family's information, such as cell phone numbers, from your desktop account (under your account). Please contact Karin Romano karinpadalino@yahoo.com or Carey Robertsroberts_carey@yahoo.com with any directory needs or questions.


Keep collecting those box tops as this fun and friendly classroom competition is on a roll!! The first contest ends on November 1st so please keep clipping those box tops and sending them in.


Pack a picnic lunch and bring your gardening tools! We need your help on Sunday, October 1st. Enjoy a beautiful fall outdoor picnic with other Union families from 12 to 1, then help us 'Spruce Up' our outdoor classroom from 1 to 3. The class that has the most volunteers at the Spruce Up will win an extra recess and popsicles. Please contact brittanykay1@gmail.com with any questions.


You won't want to miss our first evening PTO meeting on Monday, October 9 at 7pm in the cafeteria. Officer Josh Chapman will be at the meeting discussing his role within our schools and what he does to help ensure the safety of our kids. Officer Chapman is ZPD's Police Partner for Zionsville Schools. You've likely seen him working at many local events, but this is your chance to meet him and hear directly from him. Child care will be available at this meeting.


Get your calendars out! Unless, of course, you don't have one. In that case, write these dates on a post it, chisel them into a stone or just plug them into your phone for safe keeping. The PTO has lots of fun things planned that you won't want to miss.

  • September 27 Jog-A-Thon
  • September 29 Jog-A-Thon rain date
  • October 1 Fall Spruce Up
  • October 9 PTO Meeting 7pm
  • October 11 Staff Appreciation Lunch
  • October 13 Fall Class Parties

Dads Club News

Calling all Dads! Join us the first Tuesday of every month for our monthly meeting. Check out our calendar on the Dad’s Club webpage and our Facebook page Union Elementary Dads Club. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 in the Teachers' Lounge at Union.

The Dads are looking for volunteers to set-up the Jog-A-Thon course on September 26th at 6:30. Sign up at : http://signup.com/go/mAGHTcu

The Dads Club Campout is less than a month away! Send in your registration to eat and/or camp this week! Planning to attend and willing to donate your time or lend a supply? Sign up at:

“LIKE” us on Facebook to keep up-to-date on all the latest with Union PTO!

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Transportation News

HELP! My child's bus hasn't arrived home yet . . . what's going on? If this has ever happened to you, you can find out this answer by checking Twitter. Our ZCS transportation department has a Twitter handle and it's an excellent way to receive "on the move" notifications. Please follow @myzcsbus to stay up to date!

Background Check Information


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.

Examples include:

  • Field Trip Chaperones
  • Out of Town/Overnight Chaperones
  • Tutors
  • 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.


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.

Examples Include:

  • 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.

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.