Shoemaker Newsletter

November 2021

Important Dates

11/2 - Election Day

11/7 - Daylight Savings Time Ends

11/9 - PTO Meeting 6:30

11/11 - Veteran's Day

11/12 - World Kindness Day

11/19 - End of First Marking Period

11/19 - Mustang Market for Students

11/24 - Crazy Hat OR Crazy Hair Day

11/24 - Early Dismissal 12:30

11/25-11/29 - Thanksgiving Break

11/30 - Report Cards Available

12/1-12/3 - Parent Teacher Conferences

12/1-12/3 - Early Dismissal 12:30

Be sure to click above to hear more about our Cherrydale Fundraiser!

From Mrs. Vogel ~ Principal

Hello Shoemaker Families!

November 2021

Dear Families,

November marks the end of our first trimester. Parent-teacher conferences will be held December 1st through the 3rd, after our Thanksgiving break. Look for conference sign-ups, which will come from your child’s teacher.

The month of November brings Veterans Day, World Kindness Day, and Thanksgiving. To our military personnel, veterans and current service members: Thank you for your service.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I would like to express my thanks to all of our families for your support and partnership in all that we do.

I wish you a peaceful month and holiday.

Warmest regards,

Jacqueline Vogel


From Mrs. Konjoian ~ IST

Building Effective Study Habits

Elementary school is a great time to help your child develop effective study habits that will benefit him/her throughout their school career. When it comes to studying, the more time you spend does not necessarily mean the more you will learn. Research shows, the more effectively time is used while studying, the greater the learning outcomes. So, study less, but with greater intensity. Here are 5 researched-based study strategies to support this notion:

  1. Pre-test: Practice answering questions, even if incorrectly, before learning the content.

  2. Spaced practice: Space out study sessions. Focus on a topic for a short period on different days.

  3. Self-quizzing: Make test questions for yourself as you learn a new topic and then answer as part of a study session.

  4. Interleaving practice: Work on a set of problems that are related, but not all the same kind

  5. Paraphrasing and reflecting: Think about how new learning relates to prior knowledge, practice explaining the concept to someone else, reflect on and ask questions about the content.

For more information, be sure to click below!

From Mrs. Ringer ~ School Counselor

November 1, 2021

Dear Parents,

Wow! How can it be November already? I feel like time is flying by. This past month we were discussing Respect as our character trait. We talked about being a good sport, treating each other the way we want to be treated, and using manners. It is important that we reinforce the use of please and thank you. In the upper grades we talked about empathy and “standing in someone’s shoes”.

In November, our topic will be citizenship. For citizenship this year we will be doing something different. We will be focusing on careers because it is a state requirement, plus working is part of being a good citizen.

In October, we collected food for the Zionsville Food Pantry. We collected A LOT of food. In the next newsletter we will let you know how much we received. Thank you to everyone who was able to help.

Coming up in November, we will be collecting coats, hats, gloves and mittens for Nativity Cathedral in Bethlehem. They offer clothes to the community and those in need. Please send in any clean, gently used coats, hats, etc that you no longer need. We will take children and adult items. There will be boxes in the lobby for your donations. The collection will run from November 8th - Nov 30th.

Finally, we will be collecting new toys for Toys for Tots. If you would like to send in new, unwrapped toys or books, please send them in by December 10th.

Thank you so much for your help and generosity in supporting our projects.


Mrs. Ringer

Professional School Counselor

610-965-1626 ext 1

Specialists' Spot

Mr. Shreck ~ Art

Art Message From Mr. Shreck

Hello Shoemaker Students and Families!
Your students are flexing their creative muscles in Art class as they create some beautiful works of art! Some of the artists we have looked at in the various grades are Romare Bearden, Georgia O'Keeffe, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Eric Carle! We have also looked at real butterflies and moths, and observed hand-painted Pysanky Eggs before creating our very own projects! During the course of the year I will try to send projects home from your students as frequently as possible, especially after I complete grades for students. I only keep one project from every student for Open House at the end of the year to highlight so look for projects to come home as the weeks go on.

5th Grade Art Club Message From Mr. Shreck

I am SO excited to announce that I have 59 students who are participating in this year's 5th Grade Art Club! These students will take on some massive projects throughout the year from yearbook cover designs, to chorus concert backdrops, and much, much more. A handful of students from the 5th grade Art Club just completed concept drawings and designs for a massive movie window mural at the local AMC Theatre. The movie we are painting is Ghostbusters: Afterlife and they are PUMPED! Look for photos of their work to come out shortly!

If there is any 5th grade student who did sign up to participate in the Grade Art, please feel free to message me via Seesaw and I would love to get you involved!

Thank you to all the Shoemaker Families for all the love and support in the Arts!

- Mr. Shreck

Mrs. Mang ~ Library

The Scholastic Book Fair will be returning to Shoemaker Library in November.

Students will have the opportunity to shop during their library class. More information will be coming soon regarding dates and times.

If you are interested in volunteering your time during the Book Fair to help our Shoemaker shoppers please email Mrs. Mang at

Mrs. Becker ~ Music

What a wonderful start to the school year in the music room. The students have loved getting back to singing and have especially loved playing instruments again. Hopefully, you have heard them humming or singing a few songs around the house.

In the month of November we are going to be honoring our veterans and will be preparing some songs that will be found in the Veteran's day slideshow. The slideshow will be shared on November 11th. I hope you will enjoy hearing the lovely voices of the students of Shoemaker.

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