Stonegate Elementary Weekly News

January 18, 2019

There is a beauty about winter, that no other season can touch.

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A "Kid-Friendly" Way to Explain the Importance of Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Kid-President

Kid President - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Calendar of Events

  • January 7-25- NWEA Assessments (classroom schedules vary)
  • January 21-MLK Day- No School
  • January 22-25 - OLSAT testing 1st grade (new 2nd grade)
  • January 25 - PTO Spirit Day - Crazy Socks
  • February 18 - President's Day - No School
  • February 19 - Staff Professional Development - No School
  • February 28 - Family STEM Night - 6:00-7:30pm

Look Who Was Sent to the Principal's Office!

Ryan Barnett, Isaiah Garcia, Wyatt Bruner, Adam AlElew, Ryan McKechnie, Kylie Buckhorn, Jozi Shaver, Caleb Voss, Sydney Wetherbee, Janiyah Davis, Aiden Rumboa, Max Duncan, Dryden Nicholson, Beckett Fritz, Bo Finelli, Jackson O'Sullivan, Will Ribolzi

Also, last week Rayla Shah's name was spelled incorrectly, it was misspelled as Kayla. WE ARE SO SORRY, RAYLA!

Wow! We love our students and are thrilled when they are recognized for all the positive acts of kindness they contribute in their classrooms!

Counselors Corner

This week in your child’s Steps to Strong in Every Way lessons, they continue to learn about emotion management. Emotion management teaches students about how to regulate their emotions. When students practice the skills to self-regulate, they are better able to monitor and manage emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. If you would like to learn more about self-regulation, click on the link below!

Self-Regulation: Setting the Course for Success

SGE Spotlight: Universal Preschool (Preschool and Pre-k)

Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Becky Powers as our newest Pre-K teacher (the 4/5-year old group). She has replaced Mrs. Amy Ferguson, whom we all wish the very best on her newest endeavor! Mrs. Ginger Lenig is now the newest assistant in the Preschool classroom (the 3/4-year old group).

Pre-K is continuing their focus on letters and letter sounds, with an emphasis on the letter Qq! In Preschool, they learned all about animals in the Arctic.

Both classrooms were also so grateful for the snow this past weekend! They enjoyed playing and exploring in the snow!

Congratulations, Nurse Gorham!

Please join us in congratulating Nurse Gorham on the birth of her first child, a beautiful baby girl named Mavis. She was born on January 16th. Mom, Dad, and little Mavis are all doing well!

This is bittersweet news for our SGE family! Nurse Gorhan has decided to embrace her newest adventure . . . parenthood! We wish her all the best in this new chapter of life as the mother to sweet Mavis!

Welcome to SGE, Nurse Jae Donathen!

Please join me in welcoming Nurse Jae Donathen to SGE! Please read below to get to know more about Jae!

My name is Jae Donathen and I am the new health care assistant at Stonegate. I have been an HCA at ZMS for the last 4 years. Prior to that I was a teaching assistant for 13 years for Zionsville schools. I have also helped with Stonegate Drama club for the last 10 years.

I am happily married to the love of my life, Tim, for 23 years. We have a son, Austin, who is 21 years old and a Junior in College at IUPUI. We have lived in Zionsville for 18 years. I also have two fur kids- Buddy is a 14 year old Yorkie, and Sadie Lou is a 5 year old (enormous) Great Dane.

I am a U.S. Army veteran, I spent 7 years in the military. I love to paint, read, and spend time with my family and friends.

Valentine Parties-Spread Love and Kindness not Candy

We look forward to celebrating Valentine's Day with our students at their classroom parties on Thursday, February 14th. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to emphasize the life skills of friendship and kindness with all of our students. As you are out shopping for Valentine cards to share with classmates, please select cards void of candy. Regretfully, we will be unable to pass out the candy. We have many students with food sensitivities and allergies and as always, our main goal is to keep everyone safe. If you elect to purchase cards that have contain something extra attached to them, please ensure they are inedible. This could include pencils, erasers, stickers, etc. Thank you for ensuring that all students can have a safe and fun celebration.

Valentine Parties- Volunteers

Class parties to celebrate Valentine's Day will be held on Thursday, February 14th. Please look for upcoming emails and newsletters from your child's teacher for additional information. If you plan on volunteering for the party, you must have a FULL background check on file. If you don't yet have a FULL background check, you will need to apply for that as soon as possible as it takes 7-10 business days to be completed. You can apply for the background check by going to Zionsville Community Schools website, click the Parents tab; and find the Volunteer/Bravo tab in the drop down.

Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT)

The OLSAT is administered to all students in grades 1 and new 2nd grade students this month. This test is given orally the week of January 22-25 depending on the teacher’s schedule. This assessment is used specifically to measure abilities related to success in school, testing critical thinking and reasoning skills. The OLSAT is intended to test memory, speed of thought and ability to see relationships and patterns. Scores are normed based upon a child’s age in months rather than grade level in school and will be posted on each child’s Power School account after scoring has been completed. For more information please contact Jessica Wetzel, SGE counselor.

***SGE PTO News and Upcoming Events***

Crazy Socks Day is Coming Soon! Friday, January 25th!

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SGE collects Box Tops ALL YEAR LONG! Feel free to bring them in anytime. However, each semester we select one week for all-school collection as a way to remind our parents to cut, save, and collect. Our Box Top collection week is Jan. 28th - Feb. 1st. Thank you!

***ZCS District News***

FREE EVENT . . . REJECT: A Documentary Film

Who: Parents, Students*, Community Members

(*recommended for students 5th grade and above but younger students are welcome to attend)

When: February, 26th, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Where: Zionsville Performing Arts Center

Click here to secure your FREE seats.

FREE childcare provided, register here.

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Textbook Rental Fees

Elementary fee statements were emailed several months ago. Payment for the 2018-19 school year were due in September. Didn’t receive your statement? Textbook rental fee statements can now be viewed in PowerSchool! Simply log in to your PowerSchool parent account or your student’s PowerSchool account, and click on the BALANCE tab on the left side of the screen. You will see your student’s itemized statement, payments made, and current account balance.

NEW – for a flat fee of $3.80 per transaction, save time and the hassle of writing/mailing a check and make your payment online via SchoolPay.

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding Textbook Rental, please visit


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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