Union Elementary Weekly Update

December 13, 2019

Week in Review

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Welcome, Cocoa! Our new facility dog had a great first week at Union meeting our students!

Upcoming Events

December 2-20- NWEA Testing Window

December 17- Dads Club Winterfest, 6-8 PM

December 19- Third Grade Book Worm Party

December 20- Winter Parties; End of Second Quarter; Frozen Spirit Day

December 21-January 5- Winter Break

January 6, 2020- School Resumes

January 7- Dads Club Meeting, 7 PM in Teachers' Lounge

January 10- Spelling Bee

January 15- Dads Club Second Grade Breakfast, 7 AM in Cafeteria

Brrr... It is starting to feel Frozen at Union!!!

On Friday, December 20th our school will have a “Frozen” Spirit Day! Students are encouraged to wear any sort of frozen theme or winter/snow type clothing to school as we celebrate winter on the last day before Winter Break. With the school play being Frozen this year, student council thought this was a great theme choice to grow excitement for this upcoming event!

Thank you for showing your school spirit and have a wonderful Winter Break!

-Your Student Council Members



The orders are in! We are working hard to get your Union Spirit Wear to you. Orders will be bagged and sent home with one of your students as soon as possible. No date has been set, but we assure that you will get your items BEFORE the break. Thank you!


Absolutely no one deserves a treat like the teachers, administrators and staff at an elementary school in the weeks before Winter Break. Please take a look at the list below and consider volunteering to provide an item for a PTO sponsored party for Union Staff.



The much anticipated Soiree will be here before you know it and planning is well under way. If you are interested in donating an auction item the Soiree Committee is looking for Union families who might be able and willing to provide a unique experience for one of our Stars to win. From a visit to a farm, fishing in a private lake, a stay in a vacation home or a day spent with a vet, no idea is too big or small. Please reach out to Jayna Cacioppo if you would like to provide an auction item. JCacioppo@taftlaw.com

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Dads Club

Calling all Dads! Join us the first Tuesday of every month for our monthly meeting. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 7 PM in the Teachers' Lounge.

In December, we will have our annual Winterfest. It will be held on Tuesday, December 17th from 6:00-8:00 PM. Please note the change of date. We need volunteers to make the event a success. Sign up at to help at: https://signup.com/go/zndFxPz

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Parent STEM Survey

Zionsville Community Schools implemented an innovative STEM program in each elementary school led by STEM teacher/coaches in 2012 and all five elementary schools were STEM certified by the IDOE in 2015. Our elementary STEM programming has grown and developed into a model of best practices in the realm of elementary learning. STEM coaches support classroom teachers and work collaboratively to ensure students are provided rich experiences in all areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). We are asking parent input regarding our STEM program as we look to evaluate our program to improve our practices. Please follow the survey link to answer a few questions about our STEM programs: Parent STEM Survey

BYOD Information

This time of year, the ZCS Technology Department is asked quite often, “what kind of computer should I get my student for the Bring Your Own Device 1:1 program in grades 5th-12th?” Normally we just give the minimum specs for the computers but this year we have worked with Lenovo to provide our families with an option to purchase the same device that ZCS uses for the rental program. It will be at the same discounted price ZCS pays ($506), tax free, and shipped to your door with free shipping in 2-3 weeks. If you wish to purchase instead of rent the device we selected as a technology team for its ruggedness and performance, just follow the link below and create an account with Lenovo.


After creating your account, we will approve you as a ZCS resident and you will receive an email from Customer Registration at ecomm.accounts@lenovo.com. After being approved, simply log in, select products, then “laptops and ultrabooks” in the upper left corner to select the only option, the Lenovo ThinkPad 11e 5th Gen. For a full explanation of the process and detailed instructions for ordering, please visit https://www.zcs.k12.in.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1655035&type=d&pREC_ID=1801359.

ERE Offerings at Union Elementary



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.


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.

Community Events

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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.