Union Elementary Weekly Update

December 22, 2017

Dear Union Families,

On behalf of all of us at Union Elementary, I wish you a safe, happy, and healthy Winter Break. As we count our blessings this holiday season, you and the amazing children you share with us each day are near the top of the list. It is people like you that make our school community so wonderful! Thank you for your continued support! We look forward to seeing students back on January 8, 2018.

With Gratitude,

Jen Raycroft

Highlights of the Week

Thank you!

  • To all of our party volunteers, who helped our students celebrate the season today. Thank you for your time and creativity!
  • To Holly Horton, for coordinating our Staff Coffee Bar. It was a welcome treat!
  • To Sara Brauer and Sarah Janicki, for organizing a successful Spirit Wear sale. We are all sporting some stylish ZCS and Union wear because of you!

Upcoming Union Events

December 23-January 7: Winter Break

January 8: School Resumes; Board of Trustees Meeting, 6 PM at ESC

January 8-26: NWEA Testing

January 9: Dads Club Meeting, 7 PM in Teachers' Lounge

January 10: PTO Soiree Planning Meeting, 9 AM at Union

January 12: Spelling Bee; Report Cards emailed home

January 15: No School

January 17: Second Grade Dads Club Breakfast, 7:00 AM in Cafeteria

January 18: PTO Meeting, 9:15 in Cafeteria

January 19: PTO Movie Night

January 24-26: First Grade OLSAT

January 25: Third Grade Field Trip to Clowes

January 30: Jump Rope for Heart Kick Off

February 1: Family Wellness Night, 6-7:30

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: 4th Grade Parent Meeting, 6:30 PM at ZMS Eagle Hall

PTO News


Please note that the next PTO meeting will be Thursday January 18 (instead of the 12th) at 9:15 am in the Union Café.


Planning for the annual soiree is has started!

The Soiree is one of the PTO's largest fundraisers, second only to Jog A Thon. This adult only event is a much anticipated evening in which parents can relax, meet other parents and socialize with teachers and staff members all while raising money for the school. It's a party, that's what it is, and with Kim Hollis and Heather Smith at the helm this year, the Soiree will be almost as fun to plan as it will be to attend.

The Soiree Committee is looking for silent/live auctions items: vacation home stays, sporting event tickets, autographed merchandise, gift certificates, etc. If you would like to contribute a tax-deductible item, please reach out to Heather Smith @ hsmith1007@yahoo.com to coordinate!

**The Soiree Sisters and Party Planning Posse will meet again Wednesday January 10th from 9-10AM at Union. EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO JOIN**


The Union Express Mail is looking for volunteers on Wednesdays from 10:15-11am. There will be a training session Wednesday, January 10 at 9:30am in the PTO room. We will also have detailed volunteer procedures to reference.

Please sign up below if you'd like to be a Union Express Mail Mom...or Dad...



You should have received a winter Box Top collection sheet this week. Please keep in mind that the next contest due date will be February 1st. Keep collecting!


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...

*January 10th Soiree Planning Meeting 9-10am at Union

*January 18th PTO Meeting 9:15am

*January 19th Movie Night

* 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, January 9, 2018 at 7 PM in the Teachers' Lounge at Union.

A Note About Facilities

In the past, our neighbors have utilized Union's dumpsters for their extra holiday trash. Unfortunately, we incurred an extra expense for additional pick ups last year as we needed to clear the trash that had accumulated around our school's service drive. We are not prepared to accommodate the extra trash or the extra cost for additional pick ups, so we do ask that you make other plans for your extra holiday trash.

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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/

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!

ZCS Food Service

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!

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.