Boone Meadow Friday Flyer
October 29, 2021
Dear Boone Meadow Families
It's hard to believe that we are getting ready to turn the calendar to November! Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a little more than three weeks away? My how time does fly!
Our team remains busy at the helm, keeping student growth in the forefront of their daily work. Hopefully, conferences allowed you the opportunity to witness how your child is growing and developing. Even though our team met to dialogue about the individual progress of nearly 600 students, know that we are available to dialogue and navigate successes and goals of your children. Please don't hesitate to reach out to our team members when you have a need.
For those families that are trick or treating this weekend, please be safe and enjoy the time together with family and friends. We are preparing to receive your children on Monday following their candy binge and sugar crash!
Family Conference Successes - Thank you for sharing your time to engage and participate in your child's conference this past week. We had a tremendous response as families were updated on strengths and goals of the students. Thank you for being active participants that displayed care and concern regarding your child's learning progress. Remember that our team is open and available to respond to needs as they may arise. We are grateful to be partners in your child's learning.
Veterans Day - The Boone Meadow staff and students are working on a special video project to share with you and your families. A hearty thank you to Mr. Will Doublestein for taking the lead on another most excellent project. More information to share in the coming weeks.
Health Protocol Reminder: Please remember that if one child or other household member is home with CoVID symptoms, or if there is a pending CoVID test due to symptoms, other unvaccinated individuals should be quarantined as well.
Poinsettia Sale - Last year's sale was such a success that PTO will be hosting another Poinsettia Sale this fall. More information and details below.
Why Cook Wednesday - Our next PTO Dine for Donate event is with Marco's Pizza on Wednesday, November 3rd.
We are grateful to each of you for your partnership.
PTO Winter Porch Pots & Poinsettia Sale
More detailed information and flyers will become available soon.
A few items to note:
- Sale will begin soon: Orders and payments due by November 12th
- Checks payable to: BME PTO
- Pick up date & location: November 22 (3:00-6:00 PM) @ BME main entrance
- Contact information: Jackie Lewis, email@example.com
The School Directory App Is Updated
Our Student directory is now updated! Many thanks to the PTO for organizing this helpful resource! If you have never used our student directory, just follow these easy steps:
- Go to www.directoryspot.net or download the “Directory Spot” app on a smart phone. Click “Login”.
- Enter your email address as your Username, and click on “Reset Password”. An email will be sent to you with a link to set your password.
- Click on the link in the email to set your password and to log in.
If you have trouble logging in, please contact PTO volunteer Eileen Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also note that if your information has changed, you can update it by logging in on a computer (not available through the app).
November 3 - Dine for Dollars @ Marco's Pizza
November 7 - Daylight Savings Time ends
November 11 - Veterans Day
November 12 - PTO Poinsettia Sale orders & payment due
November 22 - Poinsettia sale pick up (3-6 PM)
November 24-26 - Thanksgiving Break (no school)
December 1 - Dine to Dollars Fundraiser Nothing Bundt Cakes - 50% of purchase goes to BME PTO)
December 6-17 - NWEA testing window
December 17 - End of Quarter 2/Semester 1
December 20-31 - Winter Break (no school)
January 3 - Students return from break; 1st day of second semester
January 17 - MLK Jr. Day (no school)
January 18 - Teacher professional development day (no school for students)
February 14 - Valentine's Day
February 21-25 - Presidents' Day/February Break (no school)
March 15 - End of Quarter 3
April 1-8 - Spring Break (no school)
May 25 - Last day of school
May 26- June 3 - Make up days (if needed)
May 30 - Memorial Day (no school)
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How does the new Executive Order from Gov. Holcombe (8/31) impact school contact tracing?
A: IF individuals are wearing masks with fidelity in the classroom & on the bus, people who are contact traced will not need to quarantine unless they are exhibiting symptoms. We will still need to notify and document the contact tracing, but if no symptoms exist and the individuals were properly wearing masks, they would not need to quarantine.
Lunchtime is when contact tracing/quarantine does apply and the 6' rule will apply as well. Quarantined individuals can still return on day 8 if they receive a negative test (rapid in lab or PCR) on day 5, 6, or 7 after exposure - or stay out for the full 14 days.
Q: What about symptoms? What symptoms must we watch and keep our child from school?
A: Every morning, families should take note of if their child is showing symptoms of illness. We know this can be complicated, frustrating, and inconvenient as we strive to keep our learning environments as healthy as possible. Fevers, sore throats, new onset of intense headache, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, coughing or shortness of breath, or new loss of taste or smell are the common symptoms and students will be required (per health department mandates) to quarantine for ten days from the start of symptoms. Student may return to school/activities sooner with a physician document stating they may return OR a negative PCR CoVID test. (This is regardless of vaccination status)
Q: If one child is home with symptoms, must my other children stay home as well?
A: Siblings of ill students will need to be picked up if at school. Siblings will need to follow quarantine guidelines.
More information regarding COVID protocols is located here on the ZCS website.
Volunteers and Visitor Background Checks
At this time, due to CoVID 19 restraints, we are "pausing" on volunteers and visitors. When volunteers are needed and approved, appropriate staff members will reach out to you in effort to welcome your support and assistance.
If you plan to volunteer of visit in the future, please note the following information.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR VOLUNTEERS
We value partnerships with our families and welcome parents and guardians to serve as volunteers in our schools. Each ZCS building typically offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.
- Field Trip Chaperones
- Out of Town/Overnight Chaperones
- 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.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR VISITORS
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.
- 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.