Stonegate Elementary Weekly News

Thursday, March 29, 2018

"Perseverance is stubbornness with a purpose." - Josh Shipp

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Have a Safe and Fun Spring Break!

Calendar of Events

March Lifeline - Perseverance

  • March 30 - April 8- Spring Break
  • April 10 - Kindergarten Round-Up
  • April 12 - CO30 Kindergarten Parent Book Talk
  • April 13 - 4th grade instrument selection day
  • April 13 - 2nd grade Market Day
  • April 14 - Math Pentathlon Tournament at Ben Davis HS
  • April 16-May 4: ISTEP+ Multiple Choice window for grades 3 and 4

PLEASE mark your calendars for May 25th as our make-up day and the last day of school due to the 1/12/18 inclement weather cancellation. 4th grade graduation will now be on May 25th.

Look Who Got Sent to The Principal's Office!

These students were sent to the principal's office by their teacher for being kind and a great role model:

Matthew Hauch, Jenna Israel, Emma Auvil, Anna Botkin,

Mrs. Brizzolara's class for using their life-lines and helping each other show how much they care!

SGE Spotlight - Media Center

The Media Center has successfully completed Digital Citizenship classes for all grade levels, which means seeds planted for smarter decisions and choices in the digital world, but also frees more time for fun!

In grades K-2, book choices for the reading sessions over the past month have been books that tie-in to our SIEW (Strong In Every Way) campaign, most recently focusing on compassion and empathy. I’ve also tried some new projects that allow one student to write a book, and another to illustrate later. This has proven to be something students enjoy as well. This collaborative project was inspired by the second in a series of four Library Mouse books we read.

Grade 4 is in the midst of completing the book Rascal, an old classic based in World War I America. The 3rd grade students are finishing Gulliver’s Travels. Each grade is able to enjoy the corresponding movie of each book, followed by discussion of differences between the book and cinema product.

The Makerspace continues to be favorite offering for nearly everyone. Students who will have an upcoming turn are regularly encouraged to have a concept or activity in mind for their visit to be sure their time is used to the full potential. The Media Center has several books to help students brainstorm.

This past week, stop motion filming was a top choice and two students also chose to make speakers for their media playing devices. I welcome more hands-on-deck in the Media Center to make all of our options available to more children each visit, so please consider volunteering sometime!

Kindergarten Registration 2018

It is almost time to welcome our newest class to SGE, the class of 2031!

Registration for Kindergarten Round-Up is officially open. Kindergarten Round-Up at SGE will take place on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 8:30 AM-4:45 PM.

If you have not pre-registered or signed up for a round-up time, and your child will be going to Kindergarten at SGE in the fall please click here.

If your child is enrolled in ZCS Universal Preschool at the school they will attend Kindergarten, you can expect Round-Up information from your Preschool lead. You do NOT need to sign up for one of the above dates. If your child attends Preschool at Zionsville West Middle School, or a Preschool at a different Zionsville school than their boundary school, you will need to register and sign up for a Round-Up time.

Textbook Fees Reminder

As the school year comes to an end, please make sure that your textbook rental fees are paid. Textbook rental fees that are not paid in full by the end of the school year will be sent to a licensed collection agency. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Stonegate Spiritwear

Our Stonegate Spiritwear store is now open. It will close on April 13th, so shop online at:

We have to meet a minimum of 24 on the stadium chair and 36 for the towels so spread the word. If you have friends outside of Stonegate Elementary, they can order and pay online. When the online form asks for a “teacher name”, tell your friends to enter your last name. This will make it easier when everything gets delivered to school.

Check those Coca-Cola Codes

Dear Parents,

We’re excited to share that our school is part of the Coca-Cola Give program. This opens up Stonegate Elementary to new funding opportunities to help improve learning environments for students. The best part? Donations don’t come out of your own pocket.

When you make Coca-Cola purchases, you simply enter the product codes (found on bottle caps or paper packaging) here: and our school receives a donation.Enter the code yourself or drop off your product codes at the front office and we will enter for you. Codes are found on all Coke products which includes Dasani bottled water. Find the codes on the case packaging or bottle caps.

Sincerely, Stonegate PTO

School Supply On-line Orders

Parents - Don't worry about the crowds at the store, or lugging in all the supplies that first week of school. Order your school supplies on-line and have them delivered to your home before school starts. Click on the link starting today and running through the end of this school year to order your child(ren)'s supplies for next school year.

2018 ZCS Jog-a-Thon

Planning for our 8th Annual Jog-A-Thon is underway! Our 2018 Jog-A-Thon will take place on Wednesday, September 27th at each of Zionsville's five elementary schools. The planning committee is accepting bids for the production of more than 3,000 Jog-A-Thon T-shirts. If interested, please email Kristie Goehausen at with notation that you would like the opportunity to bid. Upon receipt of your email, we will forward you a Request For Proposal. All emails of intent are due no later than April 6th.

Heather Vergara 312/848-9009

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.

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ZCS Openings

ZCS Food Service positions now available at several of the ZCS cafeterias. Click here to apply directly and call 317-733-4804 with any questions!


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.

Did You Know?

ZCS, like other public schools, has a no-idling policy for vehicles on campus. The purpose of the policy is to limit vehicle emissions that might be brought into the schools and adversely impact the health of our students and staff. If you are stopped on campus for more than 5 minutes, please remember to turn off your engine. We thank you for abiding by this policy to help reduce the exposure to these emissions.

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