Staff Weekly Update

Week of February 11th, 2019

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Another reason to declare "I heart fonts" (pun intended) and why having so many font options are important!

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Just a little "heart humor" as we embark on Valentine's Day this week! If you can believe it, we are now in mid-February and after these fast five days, we will have a three-day weekend. It's always nice to have this light at the end of the tunnel!

Here's to a great week ahead and also looking forward to next Tuesday's Staff PD! I love our time together to learn, grow, and collaborate!

With much respect,


Calendar Items

Mon. Feb. 11th

  • PTO Food Drive - 2/11 to 2/15
  • Janelle Drisko at SGE all day
  • 8:05 - Morning announcements + Morning movement minute
  • 8:30 - Meeting - Largent & Nahrstadt
  • 8:30 - 10:30 - Melanie Bowlin at SGE
  • 8:45 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel & Benefiel
  • 9:00 - Parent Mtg - Largent
  • 9:30 - Parent Tour
  • 9:30 - Meeting - Largent & Lewis
  • 9:30 - KDG OLSAT - Wetzel
  • 10:10 - Staffing for KDGr - Largent, Dowers, Wagner - conf. room
  • 11:00 - Phone conference w/ Chris Squier - conf. room
  • 11:40 - Peer Mentors
  • 12:50 - Lunch w/ 1st grader - Largent & Wetzel - Jessica's office
  • 1:45 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel & Brown
  • 2:30 - Bi-Weekly Grade Level Mtgs.
  • 2:40 - Meeting - Farley & Munz
  • 2:45 - ACR for 2nd grader - Largent, Bourff, Dowers - conf. room
  • 6:00 - School Board Mtg - ESC

Tues. Feb. 12th

  • PTO Food Drive - 2/11 to 2/15
  • 8:05 - Morning announcements + Morning movement minute
  • 8:30 - Meeting - Largent & Milam
  • 9:15 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel & Luchenbill
  • 9:30 - LT Mtg - Largent/Farley - ESC
  • 9:30 - KDG OLSAT - Wetzel
  • 11:35 - Zeek Squad
  • 12:00 - Parent Mtg - Largent, Farley, Wetzel, Deputy Todd - conf. room
  • 1:00 - USS Team Mtg. w/ Dr. Slonaker - conf. room
  • 2:30 - Meeting - Largent & Brizzolara
  • 2:40 - Gr. Level Collaboration w/ Kyle - 4th grade
  • 2:45 - 504 Mtg. for 3rd grader - Farley, Wetzel, Spillman, Lewis - conf. room
  • 3:00 - Meeting - Largent & Benefiel
  • 4:00 - Cultural Understandings Team Mtg. - Largent - ESC

Wed. Feb. 13th

  • PTO Food Drive - 2/11 to 2/15
  • Janelle Drisko at SGE all day
  • 8:05 - Morning announcements + Morning movement minute
  • 8:15 - 12:30 - Randee Kleeman at SGE
  • 8:30 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel & Bourff
  • 9:00 - Deputy Todd in Monthly SRO Meeting - UE
  • 9:30 - KDG OLSAT - Wetzel
  • 10:30 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel & McDaniel
  • 1:00 - ZWest Transition Mtg. - Largent, Wetzel, Watson - ZWest
  • 2:30 - Speech ACR for 4th grader - Morell, Wetzel, Milam - conf. room
  • 2:45 - PTO Meeting - Media Center
  • 4:00 - District School Safety Mtg. - Largent, Farley, Spillman - ESC
  • 5:00 - Meeting w/ Westside Administrators - Largent & Farley

Thurs. Feb. 14th - HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

  • PTO Food Drive - 2/11 to 2/15
  • Valentine's Day Parties - all day
  • 8:05 - Morning announcements + Morning movement minute
  • 9:30 - Literacy Coach Mtg - Largent & Spillman - PVE
  • 930 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel & Smith
  • 2:00 - ICC for 3rd grader - Slonaker, Farley, Lewis, Watson - conf. room
  • 2:30 - CC for 1st grader - Largent, Dowers, Strawmyer - Cindy's room

Fri. Feb. 15th

  • PTO Food Drive - 2/11 to 2/15
  • Payday & Jeans
  • K-4 PLC Meetings all day - Largent & Farley - conf. room
  • 8:05 - Morning announcements + Morning movement minute
  • 8:15 - 9:00 - 2nd Gr. w/ Junior Achievement - classrooms
  • 12:30 - Deputy Todd out for rest of the day - Guest SRO will be in the building.

Mon. Feb. 18th

  • No School in Honor of President's Day

Tues. Feb. 19th - Staff PD Day Details

Click here to view the full document of our Feb. 2019 Staff PD Day. It's the same document that was attached to Friday's Daily Compass.

I've also uploaded it to our SGE Shared Office Drive.

---> Stonegate Staff - Library of Documents

---> Open folder: 18-19 SGE Shared Files

---> Open folder: FEB. 2019 PD DAY DETAILS

---> Open document - it's the only document in this file

Upcoming Events . . .

February 2019:

  • 18th - No School - President's Day
  • 19th - Staff PD Day at PVE (no school for students)
  • 22nd - 3rd Gr. Field Trip to Children's Museum
  • 22nd - PTO Spirit Day - ZCS spirit wear
  • 25th - Elem. Principals Mtg.
  • 28th - Family STEM Night

Val Pal Begins this Week!

If you filled out a Val Pal form, the Valentine's Day fun starts this week! Have fun trying to guess which colleague is your Valentine's Day secret admirer!


This year, in lieu of our PTO Silent Auction, PTO would like to host a family event on Saturday, March 23rd from 3 pm to 7 pm. This event will be held at SGE with final locations soon TBD.

The committee came up with great ideas that will be inclusive of all families at SGE and also allow for PTO to fundraise for a Spring Enrichment Grant (just like our Fall Enrichment Grant, after Jog-A-Thon).

Some example activities during Spring Fling: Upaint Pottery, Dunk Tank, Pie Face, some free games, a concession stand and silent auction using a ticket process vs paper bidding. There may also be a Kiss the Pig/Goat contest leading up to this event!


PTO's Canned Food Drive - New Collection Guidelines

Next week (2/11-2/15) is our PTO Canned Food Drive. Please help PTO by reminding parents of this event.

Also, when students bring in food, there are TWO NEW guidelines:

  1. PTO will NOT be keeping count of how much was brought in daily by each class. There will be no "contest" for next week.
  2. Instead of having students drop-off their food outside your room, please remind students to drop them off in the MAIN OFFICE. Staff will remind students as they enter through doors 1 and 10.

19-20 Supply Lists

Just to keep you all in the loop . . .

  • Jen Skura has provided us (Connie/Martha) with a copy of your K-4th grade supply lists
  • As we look at all five lists, should we notice any supply needs that are across the majority of your lists, we MAYBE requesting that this item/these items gets taken off and SGE will make a bulk purchase for our students.
  • Also, if applicable, we will also request that you adjust the verbiage on your lists. For example, “If your last name begins A-L – please bring tissue – If your last name begins with M-Z, please bring sanitizer, instead of using boys and girls.

We will update you on any changes we'd like your grade level to make on your supply lists by mid-February.

PLEASE JOIN US! FREE EVENT . . . REJECT: A Documentary Film (Feb. 26th)

Who: Parents, Students*, Staff and 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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A round of applause to our 3rd-grade teachers and their students for their tremendous work in putting together another successful Specialty Fair! The students were so proud to show off all that they had learned about their specialty animal! The facts they shared were quite impressive!

Additional Announcements & Reminders


· Log into PDExpress

· Hover over In District PD then choose In District PD Catalog

· In the top left corner, under your name, you will see 2 tabs: List and Calendar-choose Calendar

· The January calendar will be showing so click the NEXT button to get to the February Calendar

· The Elementary PD Day 2019 will be found on Feb. 19th (there is a green check mark next to it)-choose this!

· A new screen will pop up and in the top right corner will be a REGISTER button-Click it!

· The last screen asks you to submit and that’s it! You are registered!

Please register before February 19th! Thank you!

Valentine's Day Party Details

Be sure to remind your parents to please purchase cards that DO NOT have candy attached to them. You're welcome to use this statement I've written below:

  • 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 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.

Color Printer Reminder

  • REMEMBER . . . PC1-Front Office = Color Printer

Please Join Our REMIND Group

  • SGE (staff only) has an all-staff Remind text messaging group called: 18-19 SGE (all staff).
  • To simply *receive-only* the text messages, please text the number 81010 and in your "message line" type in the code: @k29hfe.
  • If you'd like to be able to text back and forth w/ me via REMIND, please download the app or create an online account.
  • As a friendly reminder, please do not share this code with non-SGE staff members.

Leaving EARLY afterschool and you've gotten permission from Connie/Martha . . .

  • If this is the case for you, please help us by always emailing the entire office team to let them know you've gotten permission and also leave your cell # in the email message, in case we need to contact you.
  • Who is the "office team?" Connie, Martha, Angie, Jen, Jessica, Hailey


Professional Development Requests

  • If you would like to attend any type of professional development, please click here.

Technology Work Orders - Reminder from Dan Layton:

  • Click here to access this link.
  • It is always extremely helpful if you can submit actual technology work orders for any help you need. Please refrain from picking up the phone or emailing a question.

Above & Beyond Nomination Form

  • On our ZCS website, any ZCS staff and/or community member can nominate the work of any ZCS employee that has done extraordinary work. If you've experienced professional support that is above & beyond, feel free to recognize them through this nomination! Please click here to nominate.

Marquis Work Orders:

  • Did your trash not get picked up? Does it seem the carpet didn't get vacuumed? Please help Angie & Jen out by filling out the Marquis work order on your own. Thanks!

  • 1. Go to the Zionsville web site

    2. Click on Teachers/Staff tab

    3. Scroll down about halfway

    4. Look for: Custodial Work Orders by Building

    5. Click on Stonegate

  • Click here to access the Teachers/Staff tab


Personal Business Leave Request - NEW GOOGLE FORM LINK!

  • Please click the NEW LINK HERE to access this form and then don't forget to SAVE this page under your "favorites."
  • Finally, as a friendly reminder of our ZCS Personal Business Leave + good information to know for our newest staff, I have copied/pasted the email about personal days sent by Becky Coffman on 5/8/16. This is per our CBA - Collective Bargaining Agreement
Section 9.03 Personal Business Leave
  • A. Amount – Each employee shall be entitled to be absent from work three (3) days each school year for the transaction of personal business or the conduct of personal or civic affairs. Such leaves may be used in whole or half day increments. Requests for personal business leave should be made 48 hours in advance in writing to the building principal. In cases of emergency or other similar unforeseen circumstance, requests may be made orally to both the substitute coordinator and the building principal.
  • B. Employees are discouraged from using personal business leave on staff development days or to extend a school vacation. If used on a staff development day then the employee remains totally responsible for securing the learning lost from their being absent during that activity.
  • C. Accumulation – If an employee does not use all of the personal business leave in a given school year, the remaining personal business leave shall be accumulated for use in later school year, except that no more than a total of two (2) days may be accumulated from earlier school years for use as personal business leave, so that the maximum total personal business leave available in any one school year is three (3) days earned during the school year and up to two (2) days accumulated from earlier school years or a total of five (5) days.
  • D. Conversion to Sick Leave – Any unused personal business leave not accumulated for use in later years as personal business leave shall be added to the employee’s accumulated sick leave.


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