Union Elementary Weekly Update

May 18, 2018

Upcoming Union Events

May 21: Fourth Grade Talent Show Practice, 2:30-4:15

May 22: Field Day; Fourth Grade Talent Show Parent Performance, 6:00 PM

May 23: Field Day Rain Date; PTO Meeting, 7PM at LA Cafe

May 24: UE Now/ ZCS Future Presentation by District and Building Leaders, 6:30 PM in Union Cafeteria

May 25: Last Day of School

InfoSnap Registration for 2018-19 (for ZCS Parents):

The week of May 7 you should receive an email from Registration@zcs.k12.in.us with information and instructions on registering your child(ren) in Zionsville Community Schools for the 2018-19 school year. We request that you complete this registration by Friday, May 25.

If your child is returning to Zionsville Community Schools next year and you do not receive this email, please check your spam or junk folder. If you can’t find this email, please let us know.

If your child will not be returning to Zionsville schools next year, please notify your school(s) building secretary at your earliest convenience. For all other residency changes, please contact the Central Office at 317-873-2858.

From Mrs. Raycroft

Thank you all for your well wishes and support as my family and I welcome a new addition. Being pregnant in an elementary school is something every woman should have the joy of experiencing. The candidness of comments regarding the size of my ever-expanding belly and the creativity of suggested names (Crystal Salamander, Sparkles, Pinky, and Gerald, to share a few) have brought me daily laughter!

Baby Raycroft is due June 5th, but as you know, babies sometimes have their own agenda. I am hoping to be able to wave the buses farewell next Friday before spending the summer at home with our new little one. Once there is some baby news, I will be sure to share like any proud momma would!

I have the best job in the world and one that I find hard to step away from fully, so you will likely see me in and around school, particularly during those exciting first days in August. I will return to a normal schedule beginning the Tuesday after Labor Day. In the interim, Mrs. Kay will be leading the building on day to day matters. While I will be checking email semi-regularly, if you are in need of immediate assistance, she will be your go-to person.

I wish you and your family a safe and happy summer full of memories!

UE Now/ZCS Future

If you are a parent of a Union student for the 2018-2019 school year, you should have received an evite this week inviting you to attend a 90 minute session with school and district leaders. There will be a presentation regarding future planning for district facilities, finances, and curriculum, as well as an opportunity to have your questions answered.

The meeting will take place on May 24, 2018 in the Union Cafeteria from 6:30-8:00 PM. Childcare will be provided. Please RSVP via the evite. We hope to see you there!

From the Clinic

It’s hard to believe it is time for the end of the year medication reminder. It amazes me how the school year has flown by. A quick reminder that ALL medication that is in the health clinic must be picked up by May 25, 2018. Medication can be picked up in the clinic on school days from 7:30a-3:30p.

For the safety of our students, we are asking for your assistance in picking up ANY medication that your child may have in the health clinic. ALL medication, including over the counter medication, must be transported to and from school by an adult. Any medication that has not been picked up by the end of the day, May 25th will be discarded by St. Vincent Hospital.

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Thank you!

  • To all of our families, who supported their students in preparation for the multitude of special events this week. We appreciate all of your car painting, habitat building, and costume sewing. We could not provide our students these memorable learning experiences without you!

Field Day

Field Day 2018 will be held on Tuesday, May 22nd (Rain date Wednesday, May 23rd). We appreciate your willingness to assist in leading each of the stations. There will be 3 sessions during the day.

8:20-10:00- Grades 1 and 2

10:10-11:50- Grades 3 and 4

12:30-1:45- Kindergarten

Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time. You can check in at the Dads Club shelter outside. You do not need to go into the building. Please make sure that you have a full background check on file with the school.

We have included sign up for the Field Day Rain Date on Wednesday, May 23rd. Please note that volunteers for this date will only be needed in the event that we have to cancel on Tuesday, May 22nd due to weather.

To sign up to volunteer, click here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0844a8ab2d6-field1

Food Allergy Awareness Week

This week is Food Allergy Awareness Week. Want to know more? Check out this informative link, created by a local parent and allergy awareness advocate: https://spark.adobe.com/page/y2t9yaIq9ZHIg/

PTO News


It's been a great year and being an active part of the PTO has really been, well, fun. To keep the good times rolling the last PTO meeting of the year, open to every Union parent, teacher, and administrator, will be held at LA Café in Whitestown at 7pm on Wednesday, May 23. The PTO is providing appetizers and we will vote on a budget and officers for next year and maybe hand out a couple awards. You'll just have to come and see.


The Spirit Sara(h)s are looking for input on spirit wear for next year! Email any suggestions or items you would love to see to sarambrauer@gmail.com and sarahjanicki99@gmail.com. Please include both of us on the email!


Would you like your company name or logo on the back of more than 3000 T-shirts?! If so, sponsorship opportunities are available for our upcoming September 26th, 2018 Jog-A-Thon! Our sponsors receive their name or log on the back of each student shirt, depending on the sponsorship level. The T-shirts are used by all five Zionsville elementary schools, and in addition to event day, shirts are worn for spirit day and fields trips! All donations are tax-deductible. Please send an email to unionjogathon@gmail.com if you're interested.


We are so excited to announce a continued partnership with 1st Day School Supplies! We have collaborated with 1st Day School Supplies to help parents and teachers get the exact supplies needed for next school year without the hassle and aggravation of shopping at WalMart, Target or Staples. 1st Day School Supplies is convenient, easy and hassle free! Plus, the prices are competitive! You can make your purchase right now, get started by clicking the link below:


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Dads Club News

Calling all Dads! Join us the first Tuesday of every month for our monthly meeting. Check out our calendar on the Dad’s Club webpage and our Facebook page Union Elementary Dads Club. While we have had all of our meetings for the 2017-2018 school year, planning for next year is underway. Be on the lookout for information regarding our summer meeting! In the meantime, if you are interested in becoming involved, please contact Dads Club President Geordie Hester at geordiehester@mac.com

High Ability Spring Identification Deadlines

The Indiana Department of Education requires school districts to identify high ability (gifted) students and provide them with appropriately differentiated curriculum and instruction. In ZCS, we reconsider ability and achievement data of all students each spring to identify any who may need further consideration for high ability differentiation. While the High Ability designation is a state-required label for students, our school district is committed to continuous progress for all students, regardless of designation. Accelerated content is common in our classrooms as are heightened expectations and instructional levels and high-achieving peers. Instructional methods regularly group and regroup students with differentiated materials and goals. Whether or not a child is identified as High Ability, our teachers are committed to regular assessment of skills and knowledge and matching experiences to challenge each child and help him or her make maximum academic growth. We are proud to be a high-performing school district with high expectations for all students.

For students currently in grades 1-3: All students are considered for high ability each year. Our identification team looks at both achievement (NWEA) and ability (OLSAT). Since these vary from year to year with young students, we re-look at every student each spring. Parents will be notified by June 10 if their child has been recommended for differentiation based on the need for accelerated instruction or curriculum. If your child was not identified through our extensive process, parents may appeal the decision. Parents can complete the appeal process by June 15. Forms are located on the High Ability website: https://1.cdn.edl.io/STFd2znmUm9v64tOK0o5GHa56Sylujl5JYhwFChIXdtXGo0P.pdf

For students currently in grades 4-7: All students are considered for high ability each year. Our identification team considers either achievement (NWEA) or ability (OLSAT) when making decisions. Parents will be notified by June 10 if their child has been recommended for differentiation based on the need for accelerated instruction or curriculum. If your child was not identified through our extensive process, parents may appeal the decision. Parents can complete the appeal process by June 15. Forms are located on the High Ability website: https://1.cdn.edl.io/STFd2znmUm9v64tOK0o5GHa56Sylujl5JYhwFChIXdtXGo0P.pdf

August Calendar Dates

Get those August calendars out and marked!

Open House/Meet the Teacher:

Monday, August 6th, 5:00 – 6:30 pm (PK- Gr. 4)

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Tuesday, August 7th- Enjoy one last taste of summer!

First Day of School for Students:

Wednesday, August 8th

Back to School Curriculum Night: Thursday, August 23rd:

Kindergarten: 5:30 – 6:00 pm

1st: 6:00 – 6:30 pm

2nd: 6:30 – 7:00 pm

3rd: 7:00 – 7:30 pm

4th: 7:30 – 8:00 pm

Textbook Rental Fees

As the school year comes to a close, please make sure your 2017-2018 fee have been paid in full by the last day of school. Accounts with unpaid fees will be sent to Kinum, a licensed collection agency.

Please log into your students PowerSchool account and click on the Balance Tab to determine if you have an outstanding balance.

Transportation News

HELP! My child's bus hasn't arrived home yet . . . what's going on? If this has ever happened to you, you can find out this answer by checking Twitter. Our ZCS transportation department has a Twitter handle and it's an excellent way to receive "on the move" notifications. Please follow @myzcsbus to stay up to date!

Background Check Information


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.

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.