Union Elementary Weekly Update

March 23, 2018

Dads Club Egg Hunt Update

With snow accumulation in the forecast, locating those eggs could get a whole lot more interesting! At this time, the Dads Club Easter Egg Hunt is still on. We will watch the weather and road conditions carefully. We will send an email update by 8 AM if the event is cancelled.

Upcoming Union Events

March 23: Relay for Life Movie Night, 2:30 PM in Cafeteria

March 24: Dads Club Egg Hunt, 9 AM

March 29: Kokomo Beach Day

March 30- April 8: Spring Break

April 9-13: First Grade Music Informances

April 10: Family STEM Night

April 12: Union Kindergarten Round-Up

April 13: PTO Movie Night

April 16-May 4: ISTEP+ Multiple Choice window for grades 3 and 4

April 17: PTO General Meeting, 7 PM in Cafeteria; Dads Club Meeting, 7 PM at Moontown Brewing Company in Whitestown

April 18: Pre-School Dads Club Breakfast, 7:15 AM in Cafeteria

April 19: CO30 Book Club Meeting, 7PM at Union

Union Elementary Student Council Update

Kokomo Beach Day Announcement-

Thursday, March 29th is Kokomo Beach Day at Union! In celebration of Spring Break, the entire school will dress as if traveling to warmer weather. For example, wear shorts, bright colored clothes, flower printed clothes, short sleeve t-shirts, flowered print dresses, sandals, etc! Please make sure to dress appropriate (no swim suits) and wears coats, sweat pants, sweatshirts, and tennis shoes over these “spring” like clothes as your child travels to school and heads out to recess. Also, your child may bring his or her BEACH TOWEL to sit on during lunch!

We hope you have a safe and happy Spring Break,

-Your UE student council members

Family STEM Night

Mark Your Calendars! STEM Family Night will be Tuesday, April 10th from 6:00-7:30. Bring your family to enjoy engineering design stations by Butler students, demonstrations by the high school robotics team, science demonstrations and more. This will be a great opportunity to interact with your child over engaging STEM activities.

PTO News


There are still available positions on the 2018/2019 Union PTO Board. It has been no secret that we've had a great time this year so now is your chance to join the fun. Let us know if you're interested and we'll find a spot for you! The seats are going fast, but we are still looking for a Vice President, Treasurer, Star Student Lunches, Two people for Hospitality, and some Book Fair help. Don't see something that interests you? No worries, we can make a spot!

The next PTO meeting is April 17 at 7pm in the Union Café. At this meeting we will be shamelessly gossiping about anyone who hasn't signed up for one of the open board positions.


Save the date for Kindergarten Round Up! Please be on the look out for a sign up coming soon to help our incoming kindergarteners and their parents feel welcome. Thursday, April 12 is the day we will need a few parents to help make our registration a successful one. Sign up at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0444a9a62ca3fe3-kindy


Planning for our 8th annual Jog-A-Thon is well under way! The event will take place on Wednesday, September 26th at each of Zionsville's five elementary schools. The planning committee is accepting bids for the production of more than 3,000 Jog-A-Thon T-shirts. If interested, please send an email to unionjogathon@gmail.com, and notate that you would like the opportunity to bid. Upon receipt of your email we will forward a Request for Proposal to you. All emails of intent are due no later than April 6th. Thanks!


Next week, Kendra Scott has generously offered a Union PTO shopping night at the Keystone at the Crossing Store. 20% of the profits during the event on March 28 will come right back to your Union PTO. So if you didn't get what you wanted at the Soiree jewelry pull, need something to match what was in your bag or missed it all together, March 28 is your chance. Moms' Night Out?! Who's in?

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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, April 17, 2018 at 7 PM at Moontown Brewing Company in Whitestown.

We will also need help setting up the hunt! Come to the Union Soccer Fields at 7:30 AM on Saturday morning (March 24th) to assist (weather permitting).

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Kindergarten Registration 2018

It is almost time to welcome our newest class of Union Stars, the class of 2031!

Registration for Kindergarten Round-Up is now open! Sign up to attend at:


Kindergarten Round-Up at Union will take place on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 7:30 AM-5:00 PM.

If your child is enrolled in ZCS Universal Preschool at the school they will attend Kindergarten, you received an email with Round-Up information from your Preschool lead. You do NOT need to sign up for using the link above. If your child attends Preschool at Zionsville West Middle School, or a Preschool at a different Zionsville school than their boundary school, you will need to register and sign up for a Round-Up time.

March is Youth Art Month

Union artwork will be displayed around town coming soon! Please check out these Union artists at the following locations:

4th grade

Emma Hamelmann- Library

Malin Anders- Library

Kira Hunter- Black Dog Books

Geddy Arens- Ballerinas & Bruisers

Neely McElhaney- Sullivan Munce

3rd Grade

Roman Barth- Greeks

Olivia Wollenburg- Greeks

Riley Byers- Library

2nd Grade

Debbi Quick- Black Dog Books

Colton Morehead- Greeks

Sam Robinson- Sullivan Munce

Sarah Robinson- Sullivan Munce

Ela Patel- Goodman Jewelers

Alexis Clark- Sullivan Munce

Troy Clemmer- Black Dog Books

Kaitlyn Hopkins- Ballerinas & Bruisers

Jane Tuffnell- Ballerinas & Bruisers

1st Grade

Alex Deweese- Library

Haley Hunter- ESC

Lucy Brown- Sullivan Munce

Gianna Cappa- Library


Layne Allmand- Library

Cole Cleveland- Library

Megan McBee- Library

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Music Calendar Dates

We are looking forward to a variety of events this semester where our students will be able to showcase what they have been working on in music class with Mrs. Zucker this school year. Please put the dates below in your calendar so you don't miss out!

Week of April 9: First grade music visitations

  • Monday 4/9 Mrs. Smith's class 12:00-12:30
  • Tuesday 4/10 Mrs. Michener's class 12:00-12:30
  • Wednesday 4/11 Miss Clary's class 12:00-12:30
  • Thursday 4/12 Miss Steward's class 12:00-12:30
  • Friday 4/13 Mrs. Pottorff's class 12:00-12:30
  • Mrs. Bogg's class attends with their music class

Thursday, April 26 fourth grade music program at 6:30

Thursday, May 3 second grade music program at 6:30

Kroger Gives Back!


Now that Kroger is rocking our worlds with their new stores and low prices, they’re also going to help our school!

If you haven’t gotten a Kroger Plus card yet, sign up for one and then add Union Elementary to your Community Rewards organization name.

If you already have a Kroger card simply hop on your computer and follow these easy steps…

1.) Scroll down to the bottom of the page.

2.) Click on “Kroger Community Rewards

3.) Click on “View your rewards details

4.) Scroll to “Community Rewards” and click “Edit

5.) Type in 31364 and hit “search

6.)Click on Union Elementary, and hit “Enroll

Let Grandma and Grandpa know how easy that was, and get them signed up too. Now Kroger will give Union a percentage of what you spend which helps in many ways. This small action helps buy school supplies, instruments for music class, and much more. Thanks for your support. If you have any questions or need help please contact Brittany Henney at Brittanykay1@gmail.com

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Zionsville Passing Flag Football League: Grades 2nd-6th

Zionsville Passing Flag Football League is designed to give student athletes an opportunity to participate in football without pads and contact. Practice/Games will be on the same day once a week. There will be 30-40 minutes of practice immediately followed by 80-90 minutes of multiple games. High School/Middle School coaches will be running the practices and games with assistance from ZYFL youth league coaches. We will focus on developing the skills needed to execute and defend the passing game. All participants will have an opportunity to run routes, catch footballs, and defend receivers in practice and games. There is no blocking or tackling involved in the league. Teams will consist of 5 v 5 on a condensed field. Quarterbacks will be selected through an evaluation process. The teams will be grouped by grade level (possibly combining grades 2/3, and 4/5/6 depending on the number of signups). Jerseys will be provided with signups as well as mouthpieces and flags. Football or soccer cleats are recommended but no metal baseball spikes. Registration closes March 25, 2018.

Registration Link: http://programs.zionsvilleeaglerec.com/flag-football-league.cfm

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!

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.