The Friday Flyer
From Boone Meadow Elementary School
From the Eagles' Nest:
Mrs. Sorrells' class created a very impressive Dinosaur Museum and invited the school to come visit.
Dinosaur experts share original artwork and interesting facts about specific dinosaurs.
Students share all they've learned about the varied habitats in which different dinosaurs lived.
These creative learners made a replica of the T-rex named Sue. They cut out each piece and assembled for this impressive display.
See the info below about our upcoming Family Wellness Night on Wednesday, March 22nd.
STEM Design Challenge
4th grade students design a land vehicle out of straws, tagboard, tape and mints. The challenge was to create a wind-powered vehicle that moved a designated distance.
Boone Meadow Wellness Night
- Heart Obstacle Course
- Drum Fit
- Jump Rope for Heart Stations
- and many, many more wellness related activities to enjoy as a family.
In addition, any student that is in the top donating class for Jump Rope for Heart will get to HELP SHAVE MR. STEPHENS' HEAD AT WELLNESS NIGHT! Now, you don't want to miss that!
March 8th - Spring BME Blood Drive (BME Cafe 3:00-6:30)
March 9th - PTO Meeting (BME Cafe at 6:00)
March 14th & 15th - IREAD-3 testing (third grade)
March 14th - Jessica Lahey presentation (Zionsville Performing Arts Center 6:00 PM)
March 16th - 4th grade students visit ZWMS; Parent info night at ZWMS
March 20th-23rd - BME Book Fair (M 8:30-4; T 8:30-5:30; W-8:30-4 & 6-7:30; Th 8:30-3)
March 22nd - Family Wellness Night 6-7:30
March 24th - School Dress-Up: Favorite Pro or College Sports Team
March 28th - Kindergarten Round-Up (click here for more info)
Best Buddies Fun Night
ZCHS Best Buddies is gearing up for their annual Buddy Up Fun Night! Buddy Up Fun Night is a fun-filled time for students in grades 1-4. Activities include basketball, swimming, balloon animals, pizza, and more!
This year’s Buddy Up Fun Night is Saturday, March 11 from 4:45-9:00. Registration can be found through the Eagle Recreation site here. Please contact Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org or Karen at email@example.com with any questions.
Hope to see you there!
Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart
For the month of March, Boone Meadow Wellness classes will be participating in the Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart fundraiser! Students will be learning about heart health, jump roping skills, and hula hoop activities. Students also have the opportunity to help the American Heart Association and raise money that goes towards new Wellness equipment!
Each student received a take-home letter and donation envelope from their homeroom teacher that informs them about the fundraising process. It is completely voluntary. Students can earn prizes based on the money they raise, and any donations are due by Friday March 17th. There will be a concluding jump rope and hula hoop station at Boone Meadow’s Wellness night on Wed. March 22nd to end the event.
Questions or concerns:
Garrett Stephens – Wellness Teacher
High Ability Spring Identification Deadlines
The Indiana Department of Education requires school districts to identify high ability (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 high ability identification. While the High Ability designation is a state-required label for students, 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 and 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 High Ability, 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 1st, 2nd or 3rd: If a child is being included in the group of students being further considered for possible high ability identification, then his/her parents will receive an email from the High Ability Office by Friday, March 10th. If a child is not being further considered for possible identification, (i.e. no email has been received by Friday, 3/10), parents may also recommend him or her. To do so, the parents simply complete the Parent Observation Form available on the High Ability website under K-4 High Ability Forms here - and submit to the school counselor by not later than Thursday, March 30th. Students already identified as high ability learners continue with their current placement and do not need to requalify from year to year. If they are identified in only one area (language arts or math) and are being considered for identification in the other academic area, parents will receive notification by Friday, March 10th, that they are in the pool for consideration during the spring process. Parents with questions should contact their school counselor.
For students currently in grades 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th: If a child is being included in the group of students being further considered for possible high ability identification, then his/her parents will receive an email from the High Ability Office by Wednesday, March 1st. If a child is not identified for the next step in the process, (i.e. no email was received by Wed, March 1st), but parents feel strongly that he/she should have been, parents may also recommend him or her. To do so, the parents simply complete the Parent Nomination Form (available on the district website under Academics/High Ability -Gifted Program) – click here and submit to the address listed on the form by Friday, March 17th. Students already identified as high ability learners continue with their current placement and do not need to requalify from year to year. If they are identified in only one area (language arts or math) and are being considered for identification in the other academic area, parents will receive notification by Wednesday, March 1st, that they are in the pool for consideration during the spring process. Parents with questions should contact their school counselor.
Congratulations to the Zionsville Sports Network and ZCHS Color Guard and Indoor Percussion! Both student groups recently received Student Enrichment Grants from Zionsville Education Foundation.
Zionsville Sports Network (ZSN) is a student-founded, student-run broadcast network for Zionsville schools sporting events. Students started the network with borrowed equipment, and after the network’s popularity grew the students asked ZEF to help them purchase more equipment to broaden their reach. The network can be found on various social media at @ZvilleSports.
ZEF helped ZCHS’s award-winning Color Guard and Indoor Percussion by supplying funds for needed equipment. As the ZCHS band programs have grown and earned state and national recognition, ZEF was able to fund new tarps and backgrounds for both programs.
Your donation to ZEF encourages students to initiate leadership and cultivate responsibility. To help us help fund future student endeavors, visit: https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/ZionsvilleEducationFoundatio/Donate.html/
Parent Tech Night
Do you have questions about some of the technology resources your children utilize at school and with their friends? Join us for our spring Parent Tech Night on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 6:00-7:00PM. We will have a student panel discussion, led by one of our building administrators, where students will share their experiences with technology in the 21st century. We will send out a survey before the event to ask what questions you have and what topics you would like for us to address. Sign up and join us on March 8.
Check here to see what else is going on in our community.
BME Kindy Round-Up
Will you have a Kindergartener attending Boone Meadow in August? Click here for more information!
Hiring Guest Teachers!
Zionsville Community School is hiring Guest Teachers! Quality guest teachers are an important asset to our schools and require special attributes to enhance our students’ learning process. The best guest teachers demonstrate the desire to work well with children ages 3-18, relate well to all students, inspire a love of learning and have a good sense of humor. In addition, they must be flexible, dedicated, patient, kind, fair and consistent.
Guest teachers can manage the days of the week they are available to work through an automated system called Aesop. This user-friendly system is accessible online or through a touch-tone phone which allows ZCS teachers to enter absences and guest teachers to select available jobs.
If you meet the above requirements and would like to start the application process.
After your employment application has been submitted, please send an email to our Sub Coordinator at Subcoordinator@zcs.k12.in.us confirming that you would like to be considered for a guest teacher position at Zionsville Community Schools.
Notes from the Clinic
1- Students MAY NOT bring medication to school. If your child needs to take medicine of any kind while at school an adult must bring the medication to Nurse Amy.
2- Please be advised that, starting with the 2017-18 school year, every student will be required to have two hepatitis A vaccines.
If you have any questions, please contact Nurse Amy, at x14104.
ZCS Winter/Snow Policies
As Old Man Winter prepares to roll in, please be sure to send your student to school appropriately dressed for the weather as it grows colder and snow is on the ground. As stated in the handbook:
As the weather turns colder, each child needs a winter coat, hat, and gloves. Snow pants and boots are required when there is snow on the ground.
Students without snow pants and boots (when there is snow on the ground) will only be permitted to play on the cleared blacktop.
All children play outside except on rainy, icy, or very cold days (wind chill below the 10-20 degree range)." Inside recess will be held on those exceptional days.
For more information regarding our procedures for school delays and closings please visit our website.
Boone County has shifted from NIXLE to SMART911. This is a free service that allows you to receive emergency notifications from the county which may include severe weather warnings and traffic alerts. The program will ask for optional personal information that could be used in the event of an emergency situation in your home. Boone County citizens are encouraged to create their Safety Profile with Smart911 today. To create a safety profile and sign up for updates, go to www.smart911.com
School Visitor Check-Ins at ZCS
Please be aware that we use a visitor management system known as SafeVisitor. SafeVisitor is a 30-45 second check-in process that cross references against all national sex offender registries and prints a visitor badge. Please be prepared to scan a government issued ID (Driver License) when arriving to campus as a visitor or volunteer. The printed badge should be visible at all times while in the building. Thank you!
Please note: Full background checks are still required field trips. Full background checks cost $15.95 and take at least 7-10 days to process. Limited background checks are still required for lunch visits, volunteering in a supervised area, etc.
All volunteers in our district are also required to complete the bullying module, consisting of a short video and a digital signature as proof of watching the video. This video must be watched for either level of volunteer (Full or Limited). Please click here to visit the BRAVO/Volunteers page where all of these items can be completed.