Union Elementary Weekly Update
January 26, 2018
Highlights of the Week
Fourth graders worked together to apply their knowledge about forces to create wind turbines.
Genius Hour is in full swing in second grade! Students are utilizing their research skills to become experts in topics of interest.
Fourth graders and their families met for their first Family Book Club this week. Together they are reading and discussing A Wrinkle in Time.
Upcoming Union Events
January 30: Jump Rope for Heart Kick Off
February 1: Family Wellness Night, 6-7:30
February 2: Jersey Spirit Day
February 5: PTO General Meeting at 7 PM
February 6: Dads Club Meeting, 7 PM in Teachers' Lounge; 4th Grade Trip to ZMS
February 7: Dads Club 1st Grade Breakfast, 7 AM in Cafeteria; 4th Grade Parent Meeting, 6:30 PM at ZMS Eagle Hall
Week of February 12th- Informances during Third Grade Music Classes
February 14: Valentine's Day Parties
February 19th - Presidents Day - No School
February 20th - No School for Students (Professional Development Day for Staff)
Please refer to the following information if you have questions regarding E-Day. Also, feel free to contact the school (teacher or office) if you have any questions.
- Attendance for this day of school will be tracked based on completion of the E-Day. As a reminder, students have one full week to complete the E-Day. This means assignments will need to be complete by end of day on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018. Teachers will monitor completion.
- Please have your student check the assignments for the related art/ "special" class they would have attended on Wednesday.
Thank you for your flexibility and support!
Family Wellness Night
Mark your calendars!
Union Elementary 2nd Annual Family Wellness Night
Thursday, Feb. 1st from 6:00 - 7:30
The night will include activities that focus on our Social, Physical, Intellectual, Nutritional and Emotional Health. Some of the activities we will have available are: The Heart Course, healthy lungs, hand washing and germs, making a stress ball, Drum Fit, Minute to Win It games, yoga and more! We would love for your family to join us for a night of family fun!
Fourth Grade Transition to ZMS
February 6, 2018 - Tuesday
4th graders visit ZMS
9:15 AM – 10:45 AM
February 7, 2018 - Wednesday
4th grade parent meeting
ZMS Eagle Hall
COLD WEATHER AND RECESS REMINDER
Winter is here! Please help us ensure that students are dressed appropriately for the weather. This includes warm coats, hats, mittens, and long pants, etc. Once snow arrives, students will also need boots and snow pants if they wish to play in the snow during recess.
Reminder: Our students go outside for recess unless it is raining, icy, or on very cold days (when the wind chill is below the 10-20 degree range).
The eagerly anticipated Soiree invites will be coming home in your child's folder today and the link for ticket sales is live right now. You'll want to act fast because ticket numbers are limited this year. You read that right, tickets will be limited this year!
To get yours now, visit: https://unionelementary.ticket.qtego.net/tickets/list
Looking for a sitter so you can attend the event? Students can come back to school for Parents Night Out. This is led by ZCHS students who are raising money for the construction of homes in Haiti over spring break.
The Soiree Sisters are still looking for silent auction items: vacation home stays, sporting event tickets, unique experiences, gift certificates, etc. If you would like to contribute a tax-deductible item, please reach out to Heather Smith @ firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate!
**The Soiree Sisters and Party Planning Posse will meet again Wednesday February 7 from 9-10AM at Union. EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO JOIN**
Competition is heating up and the last day to turn in Box Tops is February 1st.
SAVE THE DATES
It goes without saying that the PTO is super fun and awesome. Luckily we are all members whether we choose to be or not. That means that everyone is welcome to attend the meetings, get involved and volunteer to help out with all of the exciting PTO events...
*February 5th PTO Meeting 7-8pm
*February 7th Soiree Planning Meeting 9am
*February 23rd Union Soiree
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, February 6, 2018 at 7 PM in the Teachers' Lounge at Union.
Our next event is Dads Club First Grade Breakfast on Wednesday, February 7th at 7:00 AM. You can sign up to provide an item or volunteer at http://signup.com/go/kZsrNJw
Valentine's Day Parties
We look forward to celebrating Valentine's Day with our students at their classroom parties. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to emphasize the lifeskill of friendship with all of our students. As you are out shopping for Valentines to share with classmates, please select cards and/or trinkets that are inedible. This could include pencils, erasers, stickers, etc. Candy will not be distributed. Thank you for ensuring that all students can have a safe and fun celebration.
Student Council Spirit Day Announcement
Friday, February 2nd is Jersey Day at Union! Did you know that the super bowl is on this Sunday, February 4th?
The super bowl is a tradition in America where friends and family get together to watch good football, funny commercials, and of course the half time show! This year the Philadelphia Eagles will play against the New England Patriots for the 2018 title of best football team in America!
Please wear any type of jersey or sports t-shirt! For example, you can wear a Colts, NFL, Zionsville, or college t-shirt or jersey.
Also, we are collecting quarter donations to help support Mrs. Sheppard and her family. Mrs. Sheppard is the resource room teacher for third and fourth grade. Mrs. Sheppard had a baby girl in October named Leena. Recently Lenna was diagnosed with cancer or an illness called LCH. Right now, Leena is going through Chemo so that she can be healthy again. Quarter donations will go towards a Care Package of Kindness from Union Elementary. We will purchase baby books, diapers, and other items that will help Mr. And Mrs. Sheppard and their baby girl, Leena.
Please remember to wear your Jersey and donate quarters!
Thanks for showing your school spirit,
Your Union Elementary student council members!
Textbook rental fees
Elementary school textbook rental and book fees were due by the end of September. Make checks payable to ZCS and place in an envelope marked Front Office. Please contact Mrs. Grissom with any questions concerning your balance owed 733-4007 . Please disregard this message, if payment has already been made. Thank-you. See our newest feature below.
Kindy Fees $93.07
First Grade $140.06
Second Grade $142.89
Third Grade $180.03
Fourth Grade $166.39
Eagle Fans! Save the Date for this year's version of Eagle Madness! We'll be holding a silent auction at ZCHS during the girls/boys varsity basketball doubleheader on Jan. 26! You don’t have to wait until 1/26 to start bidding. Use the following link to register for the silent auctionhttps://qtego.net/qlink/zad
Auction items will be loaded this week and next leading up to the event and you can start your bidding! Proceeds benefit ZCHS, ZMS & ZWEST athletic departments.
Parenting in the Digital Age
Parenting is never easy. But today's parents have to grapple with a wired world in a way that no other generation has ever had to before. This ever-evolving digital landscape can be daunting to navigate.
Join ZCS in a 5-part series on Parenting in the Digital Age. This series will take place over the winter months and focus on keeping our students safe and healthy in the digital world while weighing the potential benefits and possible negative effects of social media. All presentations will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the Educational Service Center.
For more information, visit: https://spark.adobe.com/page/0PMrGrj9rl1Bc/
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Background Check 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 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.