Union Elementary Weekly Update

October 14, 2016

This Week at Union

Fourth Grade Field Trip

Our fourth graders had a once-in-a-lifetime experience this week! On Thursday, they took an extra field trip to Lincoln Park in downtown Zionsville for the Bicentennial Torch Ceremonies. This ties in nicely with their study of Indiana history. Students interacted with a Abraham Lincoln impersonator, listened to local government speakers, and danced along with the ZCHS Wind Ensemble as they waited for the torch to arrive. It was a memorable event!

Third Grade Field Trip to Indianapolis Zoo

Third graders traveled to the Indianapolis Zoo this week. They not only got to observe some of their specialty animals, but also learned more about how the zoo supports research and conservation.

Event Calendar

October 17-21: Fall Break

October 24-26- Fire Safety Week- Visits from ZFD for Grades PK-2

October 26 and 27- Presentations by Zion Nature Center Grades K-4

October 27, 28, and 31- FitnessGram by Witham during PE for Grades 1-4

October 27- Hot Box Pizza Night

October 28- Student Council Spirit Day- Wear Pink

October 27-31- FitnessGram during Wellness classes, Grades 1-4

October 31- Kindergarten Field Trip to Dulles Farm

November 1- Dads Club Meeting, 7 PM in Teachers Lounge

November 2- Dads Club Fourth Grade Breakfast, 8 AM

November 4- Family Friday- No lunch guests, please; PTO Movie Night

November 5- ZEF Barn Bash

November 9- PTO Executive Meeting, 6 PM; PTO General Meeting, 7 PM. Childcare Available

November 10- Red Rohal Screen Printing for Fourth Grade; Body Safety Parent Meeting at ESC, 6;30-7:30

November 11- Veterans Day Celebration

November 16- Third Grade Dads Club Breakfast, 8 AM

November 18- Union Elementary Blue Ribbon Celebration

PTO and Dads Club News

Staff Appreciation Lunch

It takes a village…Thank you to all the parents who donated items which enabled us to host a wonderful lunch for our amazing team of teachers. Without your support, none of these events could be possible. So while the lunch was to show our appreciation for the teachers, we wanted to acknowledge the many parents who once again showed why the community is so special. A special thanks to Holly Horton for organizing this event.

Jog A Thon

On behalf of the PTO, we wanted to extend a big “thank you” to all who supported this event by volunteering and/or pledging a student. The deadline to return your child’s pledges was October 14th. For those who missed the deadline or want to provide additional support, you can make payments on-line at http://bit.do/jogathon. Late donations are welcome. Prizes for the top fundraiser, class, and grade will be awarded after fall break.

Box Tops for Education
Box Tops for Education is a national program in which schools can earn cash by sending in Box Tops. Union Elementary has a 2016-2017 goal to earn $3500. Each box top that you collect is worth 10 cents towards Union. More information was sent home last week.
Please refer to this link for further information or Box Tops submission forms:


The class with the most Box Tops at the end of the year will earn a Pizza party! Let the competition begin!

Movie Night

Look out for Movie Night forms sent home once we get back from Fall Break.

PTO Positions open :

PTO President and Vice- President:
The PTO is looking for moms/dads that might be interested in serving at a leadership level with the group. If you are looking to serve the school in a new and exciting capacity please complete the interest form and submit it to the front office. These individuals will begin serving in these roles starting in mid-November. We urge you to consider these important positions that help support our Union Stars! Open interest submission closes on 11/4. Voting will take place at our general session meeting on 11/9.” interest form link

PTO Fundraising Chairperson:
This person would help coordinate with other fundraising committee members. Much of the different event work is already being led by our specific committee leads! We ideally are looking for point of contact person to assist the group. Please consider helping out with this amazing team!

  • Will coordinate (with fundraising event chairs) and serve as single point of contact for PTO events or programs whose main purpose is to raise funds for the PTO.
  • Events/Activities: Soiree, Jog-a-thon, Spirit wear, Box tops and labels, Fall & Spring Book fairs, fall & spring plant sales, DQ and Hot Box nights.

Please complete this form and submit it to the front office.

interest form link

September PTO Finances

Book Fair Sales of $12,800

Hot Box Pizza Contributions of $90

Net Flower Sales income of $2,672

Net Jog-a-thon income of $5,467

Move Night Sales of $930

Accounting fees - $450

Outdoor Enrichment expense of $180

Soiree expense of $500

Staff Appreciation expense of $191

Star lunches expense of $151

Teacher Start-up expense of $493

Welcome Back parent coffee expense of $70

Ending PTO Balance on 9/30 $34,224.02

PTO Involvement
Are you interested in getting involved in PTO or learning more about the organization? The following members of the PTO team are available to answer any of your questions:
Alison Schilling aliscott@hotmail.com
Angie Evers ampindy@yahoo.com
Dawn Kouns dkouns@indy.rr.com

PTO Monthly Meetings (Free Childcare available for evening meetings)

· November 9, 2016: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

· December 9, 2016: 9:15am – 10:15am

· January 11,2016: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

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Be sure to check the PTO website for more information about upcoming events!


Calling all Dads!!! Join us the first Tuesday of every month for our monthly meeting. Our next meeting will be held on November 1st at 7:00 PM in the Teachers' Lounge. Check out our calendar on the Dad’s Club webpage and our Facebook page Union Elementary Dads Club.


We value the commitments you make each day in your homes as well as in our larger community. On November 11, 2016, Veterans Day, we look forward to celebrating and honoring our Veterans. We know there are many Union families whose lives have been personally shaped by one of the branches of our Armed Forces. It is our desire to plan experiences that are meaningful for our students while simultaneously appreciative of the brave men and women that have served or are currently serving our country. If you or a member of your family have served our country in this capacity, we would like to include you in our celebration.

Union Elementary will be honoring our community’s Veterans with an all-school convocation at 9:30 on Friday, November 11, 2016. If you would like more information or are interested in participating, please RSVP using the Google doc link:


For additional information, please contact Erin Kay at ekay@zcs.k12.in.us or 733-4007 x16998.


Witham Health Services will begin FitnessGram screenings during Wellness at Union Elementary on October 27, 28 and 31 for all first through fourth grade students.

FitnessGram is a comprehensive fitness assessment for our youth. It includes a variety of health-related physical fitness tests designed to assess cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. FitnessGram was developed by The Cooper Institute in conjunction with the NFL Play60 Program on Exercise. All testing will be provided by a group of skilled clinicians from Witham Health Services. We will participate in this assessment along with the other elementary schools in ZCS and across Boone County. Witham will then follow up to provide parents with a detailed report.

On the Monday we return from break, all first through fourth grade students will receive a parental consent form. This only needs to be returned if you DO NOT want your child to participate.

Body Safety Programs- Kindergarten, Second and Fourth Grades

Zionsville Community Schools are partnering again this year with Chaucie’s Place, a child advocacy organization in Hamilton County, to bring Smart Steps: A Body Safety Program for Children™ to our Kindergarten, 2, and 4th grade students. Smart Steps is a child sexual abuse prevention and education program that empowers your child to say “NO!” to any unwanted touches that make them uncomfortable from anyone.

We invite you to attend a Chaucie’s Place Parent Night to learn more about the Smart Steps program. We will be hosting one on Thursday, November 10th from 6:30pm-7:30pm at the Education Service Center. This meeting is open to all parents and/or guardians of Kindergarten thru 4th grade students. Please be advised that Parent Night is not open to children. To learn more about Chaucie’s Place visit: www.chauciesplace.org.


-To our PTO, for approving over $6700 in teacher grants and technology requests at last week's meeting. We are so grateful for your generosity and look forward to being able to utilize the new materials with our students.

- To Holly Horton and all those who set up or donated food for this week's PTO Staff Appreciation Lunch.

- To Trever Dixon and the BAC team, for all they do to care for our children before and after school each day.

-To all of our field trip volunteers this week. We hope you had a great trip!

-To our Room Parents and party volunteers. Thank you for a fun way to celebrate the last day before Fall Break!

-To Nicole Robinson, for her assistance with coordinating the PTO Teacher Grant process.


Last year, our school collected 800 lbs of plastic caps/lids, which we were able to turn into 2 benches that will be used in our outdoor meadow area (they are currently housed near the butterfly garden by the library). We will be continuing this program again this year, thanks to the support of the Rothwell family! There is large Coke bottle collection container in the main lobby. Please see the details in the picture for restrictions on what types of caps/lids can be accepted.

Background Checks

The district requires background checks for all adult visitors and volunteers within our school system. There are two types of background checks - Limited and Full.

The "full" background check is required if you chaperone a school field trip and/or if you volunteer in the classroom without the supervision of the teacher.

It does take 7-10 business days to process and there is a cost of $15.95, which is payable online. Once cleared, it lasts for five years.

The "limited" background check is required if you come to visit for lunch, help a teacher with grading papers/making copies, volunteer in the Media Center, or volunteer for a PTO event, serve as a guest speaker/reader, etc. It is free of charge and also lasts for five years.

More details regarding the district policy and links to the forms for the background checks can be found by clicking here.

We thank you for your assistance and cooperation in keeping our students safe.

Safe Visitor

As the 16-17 school year begins, please be aware that we will be using a new 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!

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.