Boone Meadow Community Update
Week of May 17th, 2020
Boone Meadow Families
Thank you in advance for reading the information housed in this flyer. Throughout this update, you will find many details regarding this last week of school! Of note, our upcoming parade, student materials pick up, and celebratory videos are all embedded here.
Team Meadow Parade - Scheduled for this Tuesday afternoon (1-3PM). We will keep you posted if there should be any changes. Click here for details regarding maps and timing. https://www.smore.com/scr7eApproximately 1:00-2:00
- Anson & Clark Meadow
- 525 South
- Blackstone, Maple Grove & Villas at Watermark
- Westwood Landing
- Eagles Nest
Materials PIck Up Procedures: (Thursday/Friday) Please click here for the details for curbside pick up on Thursday and Friday. https://www.smore.com/mrtk4
In a nutshell,
- Please come at your scheduled time to pick up your child's materials (schedule attached)
- If you are returning items that belong to the teacher/classroom, please label in a ziplock back with the teacher's name boldly written on the outside of the bag. One of our team members will receive those on your behalf.
- Library books will be accepted at the curb as you pick up your items. They do not need bagged. (Teachers have been collecting library books found in the classrooms/student cubbies returning them to the library collection.)
- Some families asked if they could drop of cards, notes, etc... for their child's teacher. We will gladly accept those at the curb and will secure them for your teacher/staff member.
Family Field Day is this week - The ZCS Wellness team put together an opportunity for families to engage in our annual field day events. Check out the information in this update.
Last Days for Family Input Survey: Our Family Input Survey access is extended until Tuesday night, May 19th. The survey affords families the opportunity to provide feedback to our Boone Meadow Team. Please see additional information below.
Only 4 days of school remain for the 19-20 school year, and we remain steady to support you and your family so we may all finish the year as strong as possible. We hope to see you at the Team Meadow parade this week!
Again, we miss you, and we are grateful for your partnership.
This Week in Related Arts
Click the link for this week's Related Arts weekly commercial:
Wellness: Beginning Friday, May 15, look for the ZCS Virtual Family Field Day on the Wellness Canvas Course. Families across the district will be getting Strong in Every Way as they play and celebrate together with indoor and outdoor field day events. See the attached flyer for more details.
STEM: The STEM Olympics are always an end of year highlight. Mrs. Benson and her STEM teacher friends from across the district have designed Family STEM Olympics Virtual Challenges related to summer Olympic events. You can do all our events with basic household materials. Try Shotput, Javelin, Long and High Jump, Trampoline, and Sailing challenges with your family and then post pictures or videos to the Boone Meadow STEM Olympics Padlet!
Music: For music this week Mr. Doublestein has prepared two very special end of the year videos. First is a “2019-2020 Boone Meadow Music Year In Review” video where you’ll walk down memory lane watching highlights from this unforgettable school year. Second is Mr. Doublestein’s annual “Kindergarten Interviews” video where you’ll see our youngest students answer some hilarious questions. These celebratory videos are ones you won’t want to miss, so make sure you check them on the music Canvas page or the Bow Tie Music YouTube channel. Happy summer friends!!!
Art: To wrap up our 2019-2020 school year I have created a short video displaying some of the fun we had throughout the year both in class and online. As always… STAY CREATIVE!!! Also, be sure to check out the enrichment page for some new activities for over the summer…
This last week of school holds many celebrations. Celebrations of what students accomplished this year, the goals they’ve met, the friendships made as well as the excitement of what the future holds. This week on SEL day, we will look at gratitude and spend some time identifying what brings us joy. I am grateful for you and your children that make up this incredible BME family. I hope you have a joyful summer break!
Family Field Day - This week!
Field day is an important tradition in our district. It is a significant day for our students and staff to celebrate another successful school year. In these challenging times, this is a unique way that we can stay connected as a community and support each other in a fun and meaningful way.
The ZCS Elementary Wellness Team has put together an opportunity for your family to participate in our Virtual Family Field Day during the week of May 18th - May 22nd. Games can be completed outdoors or indoors with minimal to no equipment. You can choose what day works best for your family and you can choose any number of activities to complete.
FAMILY FIELD DAY Module was posted on your WELLNESS CANVAS COURSE on MAY 15th! Let the planning, playing, and celebrating begin!
Here are some ideas:
- Choose what works for your family: Choose your level of competition. Your family can all be on the same team working together toward a common goal, or you can split up and make teams.
- Make your own team logo or family crests! Whether dividing up by teams or working as one group, design a team logo. Pick a color, animal, flower, or tree. Coordinate team outfits and choose a healthy team snack, or even a picnic lunch.
- Designate roles: Decide on the “jobs” each family member will have. For example, the team chef makes the healthy team snacks, the team stylist picks “uniforms,” and the team manager keeps track of time and checks off activities as you complete them.
- Be sure to take a lot of pictures and share your FUN! Click on the link below to add your family pictures and view other schools to find friends across the district.
Family Input Survey
Dear Boone Meadow Families,
Thank you for taking time to provide feedback regarding your child's learning experience. Your input provides us the opportunity to reflect on our strengths and areas to strengthen. We readily admit that we, as a staff, must always strive to grow in our work and practices.
- Our staff is committed to continuity in relationship with students and families whenever possible. In doing so, we believe we can serve students and families better. Therefore, it is our goal for students to remain with their classroom teacher for more than one year when possible.
- For the upcoming 2020-21 school year, we plan to continue a looping model with 1st grade to 2nd grade. Likewise, we desire to do the same with 3rd grade to 4th grade. Please note: As enrollment changes or other placement needs must be considered, continued placements are not guaranteed.
- Please, do not include requests for specific teachers.
Should you desire to share input and feedback, please complete the survey by Monday, May 18th. This will allow us the opportunity to adequately review your input before the end of the school year.
To access, click here: Family Input Survey
Spring Identification for Advanced Curriculum
The Indiana Department of Education requires school districts to identify gifted students and provide them with appropriately differentiated curriculum and instruction. In ZCS, we reconsider ability and achievement data of all students each spring to identify any who may need further consideration for advanced differentiation in curriculum and instruction the following school year. This spring we will do the same with the data we have collected over the course of the school year. Our team of teachers, licensed in gifted education (representing each elementary building and central office), will look at all data remotely to make sure that we understand the needs of each student.
Our school district is committed to continuous progress for all students, regardless of designation. Accelerated content is common in our classrooms as are heightened expectations, instructional levels and high-achieving peers. Instructional methods regularly group and regroup students with differentiated materials and goals. Whether or not a child is identified as needing advanced curriculum, our teachers are committed to regular assessment of skills and knowledge and matching experiences to challenge each child and help him or her make maximum academic growth. We are proud to be a high-performing school district with high expectations for all students.
For students currently in grades K-3: Programming at the elementary level is based on student need for acceleration and enrichment within a cluster group in a general education classroom and not on labels. All student data is reviewed each year to look for several indicators that a child needs advanced instruction in order to grow academically. Our identification team looks at achievement, ability and teacher observational data. Since these vary from year to year with young students, we re-look at every student each spring. Parents will be notified by June 10 if their child has been recommended for differentiation. If your child was not identified through our extensive process, parents/guardians may appeal the decision. Parents/guardians can complete the appeal process by June 15. Forms are located on the Academics tab of our website under “Advanced Curriculum”: https://4.files.edl.io/039c/01/28/20/182123-3d4a9f45-de63-4549-95a9-0341f67290eb.pdf
For students currently in grade 4: All students are considered and more formally identified for high ability each year throughout middle school where they are placed in a class with high ability curriculum. Our identification team considers either achievement (NWEA) or ability (OLSAT) when making decisions. Parents will be notified by June 10 if their child has been recommended for differentiation based on the need for accelerated instruction or curriculum. If your child was not identified through our extensive process, parents may appeal the decision. Parents can complete the appeal process by June 15. Forms are located on the Academics tab of our website under “Advanced Curriculum”: https://4.files.edl.io/9ed3/07/24/19/163425-9b8daab0-04e6-4efb-acd8-f68c3aec4318.pdf
Next Year's School Supplies
Our school has once again partnered with 1st Day School Supplies in order to assist families with next year's classroom supplies. You can get the exact supplies your teachers requested without the hassle of back to school shopping!
- All kits will be delivered to your student's classroom prior to the first day of school.
- PTO and the school receive no proceeds from the service. The desire is to simply provide a convenient service at a reasonable price.
Note: Deadline to order is June 15.
Any questions can be directed to Andrea Wickard at firstname.lastname@example.org
BME Supply Link: https://www.1stdayschoolsupplies.com/kits.php?sid=1177525)
Kindergarten Pre-Registration for the 20-21 school year -
- If you already pre-registered for Kindergarten Round Up, you need to do nothing at this time.
- We are currently accepting kindergarten registrations for families/students that have not yet registered. Please click on the link below to begin the registration process.
- When we are able to return to school, our team will schedule a special time for you and your child to come to our school and learn about kindergarten. This Kindy experience will most likely occur this summer.
- If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com
ZCS Kindergarten pre-registration link: http://secure.infosnap.com/family/gosnap.aspx?action=22262&culture=en
Not returning to Boone Meadow or Zionsville Community Schools next year?
If your family plans are moving you away from BME or ZCS for the 2020-2021 school year, please email our amazing Administrative Assistant/Registrar, Beth Kiel, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your assistance as we begin preparation for the upcoming school year!
Hussey Mayfield Public Library
Hussey Mayfield Memorial Public Library (the Zionsville Public Library) is still closed, but they have set up a way for people who don't have a library card to register online and get a "card" (an email with card number and pin) within 24 hours.
This is GREAT news for our staff/students/community, because the public library has an absolute treasure trove of digital resources that can be accessed during this time of e-learning.
Here are the instructions to get signed up for a card while the library is closed:
Get a Library Card within 24-Hours
Visit our Get a Card page , fill out the application, and all eligible applicants will receive an email within 24-hours with their new, personal Library Card information.
Please fill out an application for each person in your family who wants their own card. ALL ages are welcome to receive a card.
Cards issued while we are closed will expire within 6 months from the date of issue. When the Library reopens, please bring your valid ID to the Library to extend your expiration date.
Confidential Food Assistance from ZCS
Please use this link to set up a pick-up time for a food package from ZCS Food Service.
Assistance from the Boys and Girls Club
The Boys and Girls Club will also be offering a take out evening meal at the Lebanon Unit, 403 West Main Street. The offering is available to Club members and any community member in need during these difficult times.
Meals will be available Monday through Friday beginning March 16 - March 27 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with a limit of eight carry-out meals per family. We are initially preparing meals for at least 100 people each day and will make adjustments as needed.
Zionsville Food Pantry
4775 W. 116th St, Zionsville
Phone 317-873-8137, ext. 1087
Hours of Operation on Thursdays from 5-6 pm and Fridays from 12-2 pm
The Caring Center
1230 Ransdell Ct.
Hours of Operation on Mondays & Wednesdays from 8 am - 2 pm
Hours of Operation on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays from 11 am - 5 pm
(Closed on 3rd Tuesday and 4th Thursday of each month.)