Stonegate Elementary Weekly News

March 16 , 2019

"A good friend is like a four leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have." - Irish Proverb

Calendar of Events

  • March 18-22- 3rd Grade IREAD Assessment (classroom schedules vary-see teacher's newsletter for exact days/times)
  • March 19- PTO Dine for Dollars at Fundae's 4:00-8:00pm
  • March 22 - 1st Grade field trip to Indiana State Fairgrounds
  • March 23 - PTO Stonegate Spring Fling 3:00-7:00pm- Fun for the whole family!
  • March 29-April 5- Spring Break-No School
  • April 8- Welcome Back!
  • April 10 - PTO Meeting at 2:45 in the SGE Media Center
  • April 11 - Kindergarten Round Up
  • April 12 - 2nd Grade Market Day

Miss Wetzel's Counselor Corner

Stonegate does "Do" Day!

Our students continue to learn about how to be Strong in Every Way! Compassion is a trait we often teach our students and find ways to practice it among our school community. One way to promote compassion is by giving back to the community! Our Stonegate students and staff participated in the first annual ZCS “Do” Day! The intention of "Do" Day is to encourage service/volunteer opportunities for our students, and members of our community. We had a variety of students make cards for our local police departments and Zionsville Meadows, clean up the playground, pick up debris around our campus, decorate placemats for Boone County Senior Services luncheons, spread words of encouragement among classrooms, or collect items for the Caring Center. The SGE staff collected items for the Caring Center. Mrs. Farley and I dropped the SGE donations off at Akards Hardware store which is a Caring Center donation location all year long. You can never be too young or too old to make an impact!

A Monday Convocation with a VERY Special Surprise!

On Monday, March 4, SGE participated in our first Strong in Every Way Convocation. It was student led and focused on the 5 traits of SIEW- Compassion, Ethics, Determination, Wellness and Confidence. Students taught and showed examples of each trait. The convocation concluded with a local business showing real life COMPASSION. SGE would like to thank Burlington Coat Factory, in partnership with Adopt a Classroom, for donating $10,000 to our school! The money will be divided equally among our teachers so they can purchase supplies for their classrooms. This was a huge surprise and so exciting for our entire school!

Irish Dancers Visit SGE!-What a Special Treat!

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Princess and Me 2019-Beautiful and FUN!!!

3rd & 4th Grade Parents - Please Read Regarding Upcoming State Testing

Parents/Guardians of 3rd & 4th Graders:

Our first state testing is arriving soon! IREAD-3 (3rd graders only) will be testing on Tuesday 3/19 and Wednesday 3/20. State guidelines mandate that all staff and students must not have access to smartphones, smartwatches, tablets during testing times. We must be void of any electronic device that could audio or video record and/or take photos. We highly recommend on these two dates + during future ILEARN testing dates that students do not wear or bring their smartwatches and/or smartphones/tablets.

However, if these items are worn or brought to school, we will ask students to remove these items and place them in a secure location. We will also ensure they are placed in a way that we can identify which electronics belong to which students. Thank you!

SGE Spotlight: Art

Since January our art room has been a printing factory. Students started using new printmaking tools by using brayers (rollers) to put paint on paper evenly to create a reductive piece of scratch art. This gave them a chance to see what over inking looks like. Over inking, is when your brayer has way to much paint on it.

After practicing, everyone in 1st through 4th grade got down to business creating prints of famous monuments, specialty animals, or pop heroes. As students progressed in their printing skills they started to add layers of color, and background designs. They used the reduction printing process where the artist removes areas from their block each time they print with another color. This allows the old color to show through.

Students created multiple editions of prints and labeled them correctly. After they had looked at what they created they had a chance to build their own art collection by trading with their classmates. Trading was so much fun. It gave students a chance to think about what art they wanted and why they wanted it. They also had to evaluate their prints and think about what ones would be good for trading.

Hopefully all the prints made it home safely.

If you would like to see into the art room at SGE please follow us on Twitter @SGEArtRoom144.

Kindergarten Preregistration and Round Up

Dear SGE Families,

Our registration for Kindergarten Round-Up is now LIVE! If you have a child who will be in Kindergarten next year, make sure to "Save the Date" for SGE's Kindergarten Round Up (KRU) on Thursday, April 11th, 2019.Then, be sure to sign up for a Kindergarten Round Up Session on our website (you may need to scroll down just a little to see the KRU link). Please share this information with friends and family who have incoming kindergarten students that will be attending Stonegate next year. Thank you!

Clinic Clothing Needed

Doing some spring cleaning and clearing out those closets? The clinic could use some gently used clothing donations. The biggest need is boys pants (size small), boys shirts (size large), and girls pants (size small). Any donation is accepted and always appreciated.

*SGE PTO News and Upcoming Events*

Kiss A Pig Contest

The Stonegate PTO is hosting a Kiss the Pig contest to benefit the Spring Grant given to SGE each year. Students can vote for their favorite person to kiss a REAL pig during a convocation this spring. Vote with coins or bills in the person's bucket that you would like to win! Buckets are located in the main entry and will also be out on March 23rd for the Spring Fling.

Stonegate Spring Fling

Stonegate Spring Fling is on March 23rd from 3:00-7:00pm.

Join the Stonegate PTO for a family fun day at Stonegate Elementary featuring carnival games, paint your own pottery, and a silent auction. All of the proceeds will be given to Stonegate in the form of a spring grant.

The silent auction will feature teacher and staff experiences like we have offered in the past. Also, if you own a business or provide a service and would like to put something in the auction we would love to include it! Please contact Jenni Phenicie (, Kelly Diasio ( or Trisha Benner ( to get your donation included!

Spring Fling Raffle

One of the many awesome things planned for the Spring Fling is the raffle! Special experiences with teachers and staff, community experiences, toys and business donated items will be available in the raffle!

A complete list will be sent home on Monday for you to preview. Can’t come to the event on Saturday? No worries! Your child can buy tickets and enter the raffle on Friday, March 22 from 7:45am to 9am. Raffle tickets are $5/ticket. Buy as many as you want for a chance to win lots of fun prizes!

Hope to see everyone at the Spring Fling!

2019 Jog-A-Thon

Planning for our 9th Annual Jog-A-Thon is well under way! The event will take place on Wednesday, September 25th at each of Zionsville's five elementary schools. The planning committee is accepting bids for the production of more than 3000 Jog-A-Thon T-shirts. If interested, please email Melissa Waters 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 5th. Thank you!

*ZCS District News*

Anne Frank Panel Exhibit

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis (JFGI) have partnered with the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect (NYC) to bring to Indianapolis their exhibit, “Anne Frank: A History for Today.” The 32 panel exhibit will be displayed at ZCHS until the end of March in the lobby of our Performing Arts Center. The panels tell the story of Anne Frank and her life in the secret annex. We are honored to have the opportunity to join the group of community centers, schools and universities, arts organizations, libraries and museums all around the world who have hosted this display.

Save the Date!

April 23, 2019, from 7:00-8:30PM: In our Performing Arts Center -- first in a series of community gatherings with two brief (15 minutes each) keynote talks followed by a panel discussion on matters of racism, anti-Semitism, ostracism, and more. We are pleased to be able to host the first in this series that we expect to move to Zionsville and Whitestown Town Halls, and elsewhere. Initial planning was an outgrowth of the Zionsville Area Ministerial Association in conjunction with the Zionsville Community Schools and the Town of Zionsville. Admission will be free, but tickets are required and will be made available when the program speakers are confirmed. (Free childcare for threes and above who are potty-trained will be announced on the ticket website.)

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.

Attention: 4th Grade Parents

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.

Hardware Requirements

 Device with keyboard

 8 GB of RAM recommended (4 GB minimum)

Software Requirements

Operating System:

 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

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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 the generous support of our youth and schools. Thank you, too, for supporting the 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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