Stonegate Elementary Weekly News

March 23 , 2019

"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." - Hal Borland

Calendar of Events

  • March 23 - PTO Stonegate Spring Fling 3:00-7:00pm- Fun for the whole family!
  • March 28- SGE Day of Play
  • March 29-April 5- Spring Break-No School
  • April 8- Welcome Back!
  • April 10 - PTO Meeting at 2:45 in the SGE Media Center
  • April 11 - Kindergarten Round Up
  • April 12 - 2nd Grade Market Day
  • April 15- NWEA begins (please see your child's teacher's schedule)
  • April 19 - 4th Grade Hoosier Exhibition
  • April 22- ILEARN begins for 3rd and 4th grades (please see your child's teacher's schedule)
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SGE Spotlight: Choir

Our music students are continuing their adventures in music literacy. All students in grades 1 through 4 are honing their skills in music reading. Our xylophones are used to apply the written music. While studying the notation, each student practices on sequentially challenging pieces. Students perform their music as a class, in duets, and individually. Some 3rd grade students have been composing their own piece in the pentatonic scale. This project will be put on a video to share with parents. Fourth grade students are playing challenging duets on the xylophone and they are continuing their study of the recorder. All students are able to communicate with Mr. Budd from a distance via our Canvas tools. This has provided the individualized, private lessons necessary to play recorders at an advanced level. New to the music room this semester is the addition of MIDI capable Bluetooth piano keyboards. These piano keyboards have full sized keys, but they are very light and portable. Thanks to a very generous grant from our PTO, we were able to purchase these piano keyboards and the iPads that connect to them. Fourth grade students that pass the gold level of recorder playing have been given the option of studying piano. Nearly all gold level players are now practicing piano daily. This new opportunity has generated quite a bit of excitement and has enabled our most advanced young musicians to remain challenged even after mastering their recorders.


What is "Global School Play Day?"

Play has a significant psychological and cognitive impact on children.

Positively, play...

  • develops physical fitness,
  • refines physical (gross motor and fine motor) skills,
  • provides practice for social and emotion development (requires cooperation, problem-solving, work in close proximity, requires emotional regulation, etc...)
  • at times requires high levels of strategic thinking,
  • and assists in developing skills to navigate risk and fear.

In other words, play can be considered the "work" of children.

Current research bears out significant negative impact on a child’s cognitive, social, and emotional development when play, especially unstructured play, is absent from children.

Research findings illustrate that a decline in play is closely correlated to

  • a decrease in empathy,
  • increase in anxiety and depression,
  • a decline in creativity,
  • and deficits in socialization skills.

Simply put, Global School Play Day started in 2015 with the intent to set aside one day (or a portion of the day) for students to engage in unstructured play. It is an opportunity to introduce and inspire us to consider the necessary benefits of play.

After careful consideration, our staff decided that on Thursday, March 28th SGE will participate in half day of Global School Play Day. This day will provide us the opportunity to:

  • observe and interact with students as they engage in authentic social exchanges,
  • use this time to witness how your children navigate peer relationships,
  • expand our understanding of your child as a person that has academic, social, and emotional aspects of their well-being,
  • witness how they interact, show empathy, assist one another, problem-solve, and create
  • glean more insight and information in order to provide more feedback to you (parents/guardians) that we are often unable to provide from our typical school day programming.

Our staff was inspired to consider participation when we viewed a Ted Talk by Dr. Peter Gray. In this Ted Talk, Dr. Gray shares his research on the impact of decreased play. I have the Ted Talk below. He definitely provides some interesting food for thought.

More information will be coming home soon about Stonegate's participation in the Global School Play Day. Look for this to come home soon.

Kindergarten Preregistration and Round Up

Dear SGE Families,

Our registration for Kindergarten Round-Up is now LIVE! If you have a child who will be in Kindergarten next year, make sure to "Save the Date" for SGE's Kindergarten Round Up (KRU) on Thursday, April 11th, 2019.Then, be sure to sign up for a Kindergarten Round Up Session on our website (you may need to scroll down just a little to see the KRU link). Please share this information with friends and family who have incoming kindergarten students that will be attending Stonegate next year. Thank you!

Clinic Clothing Needed

Doing some spring cleaning and clearing out those closets? The clinic could use some gently used clothing donations. The biggest need is boys pants (size small), boys shirts (size large), and girls pants (size small). Any donation is accepted and always appreciated.

*SGE PTO News and Upcoming Events*

Kiss A Pig Contest

The Stonegate PTO is hosting a Kiss the Pig contest to benefit the Spring Grant given to SGE each year. Students can vote for their favorite person to kiss a REAL pig during a convocation this spring. Vote with coins or bills in the person's bucket that you would like to win! Buckets are located in the main entry and will also be out on March 23rd for the Spring Fling.

Stonegate Spring Fling THIS Saturday

Stonegate Spring Fling is Saturday from 3:00-7:00pm!

Join the Stonegate PTO for a family fun day at Stonegate Elementary featuring carnival games, paint your own pottery, and a silent auction. All of the proceeds will be given to Stonegate in the form of a spring grant.

2019 Jog-A-Thon

Planning for our 9th Annual Jog-A-Thon is well under way! The event will take place on Wednesday, September 25th at each of Zionsville's five elementary schools. The planning committee is accepting bids for the production of more than 3000 Jog-A-Thon T-shirts. If interested, please email Melissa Waters at with notation that you would like the opportunity to bid. Upon receipt of your email, we will forward you a Request For Proposal. All emails of intent are due no later than April 5th. Thank you!

*ZCS District News*

Elementary report cards for Q3 are now available. To access your child’s report cards, simply login to PowerSchool (using your parent login or your child’s login) and click on the Report Cards link on the left. If you have forgotten how to login to PowerSchool, your child or your child's building secretary can assist with this.

Anne Frank Panel Exhibit

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis (JFGI) have partnered with the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect (NYC) to bring to Indianapolis their exhibit, “Anne Frank: A History for Today.” The 32 panel exhibit will be displayed at ZCHS until the end of March in the lobby of our Performing Arts Center. The panels tell the story of Anne Frank and her life in the secret annex. We are honored to have the opportunity to join the group of community centers, schools and universities, arts organizations, libraries and museums all around the world who have hosted this display.

Save the Date!

April 23, 2019, from 7:00-8:30PM: In our Performing Arts Center -- first in a series of community gatherings with two brief (15 minutes each) keynote talks followed by a panel discussion on matters of racism, anti-Semitism, ostracism, and more. We are pleased to be able to host the first in this series that we expect to move to Zionsville and Whitestown Town Halls, and elsewhere. Initial planning was an outgrowth of the Zionsville Area Ministerial Association in conjunction with the Zionsville Community Schools and the Town of Zionsville. Admission will be free, but tickets are required and will be made available when the program speakers are confirmed. (Free childcare for threes and above who are potty-trained will be announced on the ticket website.)

Updated Immunization Requirements for 2019-2020

The Indiana State Department of Health school immunization requirements for 2019-2020 have been updated. Click here to view these new requirements as they have recently changed. Students who do not have the Hepatitis A series may need to get the first dose as soon as possible as there is a minimum interval of six calendar months between the first and second doses. Religious and medical objections to the immunization requirements must be updated and signed each school year. Please feel free to send updated immunization records to the health clinic as you receive them. Contact the school nurse or your physician’s office with any questions.

Attention: 4th Grade Parents

2019-20 ZCS BYOD System Requirements

Community Schools is a 1:1 school district that encourages all students to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). We do have rental machines available for $132.50 a year but 85% of the students actually bring a device they own. When purchasing a device, please keep the minimum requirements below in mind. The minimal changes made to the requirements are directly related to the software needed to run ILEARN testing and the ability to access our encrypted network for safety. One item to note is that the 19-20 school year will be the last year that Chromebooks will work in our system.

Hardware Requirements

 Device with keyboard

 8 GB of RAM recommended (4 GB minimum)

Software Requirements

Operating System:

 Windows 10, 8 or 8.1, no RT or Windows 10S. Please note that support for Windows 7 will end January 14, 2020.

 Mac 10.12 or later

 Chrome OS 72 (Chromebooks not supported with Project Lead the Way applications) *19-20 is the last year Chromebooks will work for the 5-12 BYOD program.

 Linux OS not recommended


 Safari 12 (minimum)

 Chrome 71 (minimum)

 Firefox 65 (minimum)

Other items to consider

 Laptop weight and size (carried all day to classes)

 Is there a warranty if the device is damaged? Can it be covered under homeowner's insurance?

 If a problem occurs with the device at home or at school, a loaner from ZCS is available for up to 10 days a year.

 A list of required and suggested applications is available on the school website>under Parents>on the BYOD & Laptop Rental Program Link.

o This includes information on how to access free downloads of Office 2016.

o Antivirus needed? At no cost, students can download the Avast or AVG as well.

Although ZCS does not recommend a brand of laptop, if you have questions about a device you are considering, please email us at

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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 the generous support of our youth and schools. Thank you, too, for supporting the 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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