Stonegate Elementary Weekly News

October 5, 2018

"Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow." - Anthony J. D'Angelo

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Calendar of Events

  • October 8 - School Board Meeting at 6:00pm (Educational Services Center)
  • October 9 - End of Quarter One
  • October 10 - PTO meeting 2:45-3:45 p.m.
  • October 10 - PTO Dining for Dollars at Fundae's
  • October 10- Boomer Convocation- Students encouraged to wear Pacer attire or blue&gold
  • October 12 - Kindergarten field trip to Stuckey Farms
  • October 12 - Boys and Girls Club closed ALL DAY
  • October 15-19 - Fall Break
  • October 24 - International Fair 6:00-7:30pm
  • October 31 - November 2 - Scholastic Book Fair
  • November 2 - Breakfast with Dads

LOOK Who Was Sent to the Principal's Office!

Kylie Smith

Grayson Strecker

Reid Lahr

Emersen Ruszkowski

Beckett Fritts

We love our students and are thrilled when they are recognized for all the positive acts of kindness they contribute in their classrooms!

Miss Wetzel's Counselor Corner

Now that our students have learned about the essential Skills for Learning, they will begin to learn about Empathy during their Steps to Strong in Every Way time! Students will be learning about empathy, identify their own and others’ feelings, notice and respect same and different feelings, and show compassion. Compassion involves saying kind words or doing something helpful to show you care how another person feels. When students can identify, understand, and respond in a caring way to how someone else is feeling, it helps create a positive and accepting school climate.

The grade levels’ link below will take you to a page called Home Links. Some Steps to SIEW lessons have fun activities for you and your child to complete together! They are a great way for you to understand what your child is learning and for your child to show you what he or she knows!


1st grade

2nd grade

3rd grade

4th grade

Boomer is coming to Stonegate!

To wrap up the end of the bullying prevention lessons, Boomer, the official mascot of the Indiana Pacers, will be coming to Stonegate on Wednesday, October 10th for an Anti-Bully dunk show/convocation! Students are encouraged to wear Pacers attire or blue and gold on this day.

The Stonegate Spotlight

Fourth Grade

Fourth grade has been immersed in learning over the last month! We took our two day trip to Camp Tecumseh where we spent our days in the Pioneer Heritage village of 1811. In class we have been learning about the environmental factors that impact species through experimentation and observation of different insects. Students have been learning reading strategies that ‘Good Readers’ use and implementing them in their own reading. We are learning how to create goals, track our progress, and communicate our successes and needs. It’s exciting to see students are developing 21st Century skills!

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JAT Update

We had a beautiful day for Jog-A-Thon on Friday, September 28th! Thank you to all who came out to support our students and help with the big event! We couldn’t do it without you! The students jogged their hearts out - many of them running 5-6 miles and some even more! Each lap was 1/4 mile if you want to figure out your child’s mileage. I’m sure they slept well that night!

Jog-A-Thon is our biggest fundraiser of the year. The money raised will support math and literacy materials, technology, enrichment grants, field trips, and special projects for each grade. Our goal is to raise $20,000. To do that, we are challenging each student to raise $50 in donations. 100% of the donations collected by Stonegate students will directly impact our school. We have extended the deadline for return of donations and pledge forms to Friday, October 12th. Please have all donations and forms in before you leave for Fall Break! To donate online,

This year, we are raffling off a zoo stuffed animal in each class. Every student who participates in Jog-A-Thon gets one raffle ticket. They get 2 tickets if they bring in at least $50 in donations! We will raffle off the stuffed animals after Fall Break! Plus, the class in each grade with the highest participation percentage gets to choose their own Spirit Day. We will have a preschool winner and a winner for each grade. And the one class in the whole school who raises the most $ gets to “cream” their teacher, Mrs. Largent and Mrs. Farley!

If you have any questions, please email

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WELLNESS Happenings

Please click on the following link to read more about Wellness times with Mrs. Torrance.

Boys and Girls Club Closed Oct. 12th

Boys and Girls Club will be close all day on Friday, October 12th. Please be sure to make arrangements for your child before and after school if (s)he normally attends Boys and Girls Club.

2nd Annual International Fair!

SGE is excited about its 2nd annual International Fair this Fall! We invite families to sign up, set up a small table or booth, and share their culture or present a country to which they feel personally connected. During this event, our students will have an opportunity to travel the globe to experience the different cultures enriching the Stonegate community. Want to participate but don't have a country to represent? We can help team you up with another family! Please help us kick off the preparation for this event by completing the quick form here. We look forward to your support and participation and can't wait to have you join us for the 2018 International Fair. We will be in touch in September to further coordinate. Questions? Please contact Afshan Paarlberg at

*Please Note* Date Change! (Moving from Thursday, 10/25 to Wednesday,10/24)

2nd Annual SGE International Fair:

Wednesday, October 24th from 6:00-7:30

at Stonegate Elementary

PTO Information

Dining for Dollars

Join us at Fundaes for Dining for Dollars between 4-8pm on Wednesday, October 10th. There might even be some Stonegate Elementary Celebrity Scoopers.

Want to Attend a Pacers Game?

Mark your calendars for this year’s Stonegate night at a Pacers game on Saturday, October 20! Indiana Pacers vs Brooklyn Nets at 7:00PM. This is a fun activity for the family if you are having a stay-cation during Fall Break and if you can’t go on October 20 the Pacers are offering discounted tickets to three other games. Stonegate PTO receives a portion of all ticket sales! Info packets were sent home two weeks ago. If you need another one, please let your child's teacher know.

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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.

Did You Know?

ZCS, like other public schools, has a no-idling policy for vehicles on campus. The purpose of the policy is to limit vehicle emissions that might be brought into the schools and adversely impact the health of our students and staff. If you are stopped on campus for more than 5 minutes, please remember to turn off your engine. We thank you for abiding by this policy to help reduce the exposure to these emissions.

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