Boone Meadow Friday Flyer
August 19, 2022
Dear Boone Meadow Families,
Last night's Curriculum Night was a tremendous success. Thank you to all the staff and families that showed up to share and learn about the programming and learning design for students at Boone Meadow. We are grateful for the partnership to come together as a community for the good of our children. As I visited each classroom last night, the evidence of time, attention, and care from parents and educators was obvious. Our community cares about our kids. The evidence of families participating in such and event is encouraging and filled with hope. Thank you, families.
Even after a busy evening, the ball rolls forward with continued events and happenings. Please note the following important bits of information:
- Please note that Wednesday is School Picture Day -August 24th. Check out the information located below that shows how to pre-order. All orders for photo packages are online only, and can be accessed HERE - BME Photo Day: CRIPE Photography.
- NWEA testing is underway. Our testing window for NWEA is August 15th - September 2nd. Your child's teacher holds the schedule of testing dates and information.
- Eagle Fest is next Friday, August 26th at Jennings Field (near the ZCHS Football Stadium). Yours truly (Mr. H) will be in the dunk tank for about 15 minutes beginning at 5:20. See the information below to learn more about this family friendly tradition to support ZCS high school and middle school athletic programs.
- Jog A Thon & Movie Night are coming! - Thank you, PTO! Keep your eyes open for more details to unfurl soon! Jog A Thon is September 23rd, and Free Family Movie Night is September 30th. A few teasers are located below.
- BME Spiritwear -Interested in purchasing BME/ZCS spiritwear? The deadline to order from PTO is August 25th (Thursday) Click here to learn more https://bmebts22.itemorder.com/shop/sale/
- Celebrating Summer Reading: Our BME readers "dove" into the Hussey Mayfield Library's summer reading program: Dive Into Reading. 98 of our students recorded over 3,606 hours spent with books! These readers were celebrated this week with a certificate and special recognition during their lunchtimes in the café. Mrs. Howe will continue to celebrate them in a display board in our Media Center. Way to go, Eagles!
With that, I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Grateful to be in this work, together,
Tom Hundley, Principal
Counselor's Corner - Second Step
It is very exciting starting out the school year. While academics are always a focus for learning, we also focus on the whole child and teach emotion regulation, empathy and problem solving skills through Second Step. This curriculum focuses on concepts that provide an extra dimension to education, focusing on improving cooperation, communication, and decision-making. In a world where emotional intelligence is critical for lifelong happiness, successful careers, and healthier relationships, SEL gives students a framework for developing these skills* (*excerpt from https://www.secondstep.org/social-emotional-learning)
Click this link from Second Step to learn more about this curriculum.
Second Step Lesson 1 was introduced in classrooms this past week. Please see below in your child’s grade to see what your child learned.
Kindergarten & 1st Grade: Learning to Listen - Listening is a fundamental skill for learning that helps children focus and pay attention. Following the Listening Rules helps children listen to their teacher and improve their ability to listen and pay attention during class discussions. Kindergarten parents, please click on this Home Link for more on this lesson. First grade parents, please click on this Home Link for more on this lesson.
2nd Grade: Being Respectful -This lesson provides a foundation of respectful behavior for students to use in partner and group activities in subsequent lessons. The respectful behavior skills taught in this lesson contribute to a solid foundation for prosocial, empathic behavior. Thinking about how others want to be treated and treating them that way helps you be respectful. Click on this Home Link for more information about the lesson.
3rd Grade: Being Respectful Learners - Listening is a critical skill for learning. In this lesson, students practice focusing attention and learn specific ways to be good listeners. Students need good attention and listening skills to focus on what their teacher is saying, hear directions, and understand lessons. Focusing-attention and listening skills can also help students get along with peers. Clink on this Home Link for more information about the lesson.
4th Grade: Empathy & Respect - Empathy and communication skills have been shown to increase school success and decrease youth involvement in problem behaviors. Empathy is a crucial foundation for healthy communication and interpersonal relationships. Students with empathy and perspective-taking skills have better peer relationships and offer more help and emotional support to others. These prosocial behaviors, in turn, are linked to better grades and higher achievement. Beginning with this lesson, skills related to empathy are taught throughout the curriculum. Click on this Home Link for more information about the lesson.
If you have any questions or have a need to talk with the school counselor at BME, please contact Kristi Sloan at her email email@example.com or by phone at (317)873-2226 ext. 14992.
Save the Date for Free Family Movie Night 9/30
The School Directory App is Updated for the 2022-23 school year families!
Our Student directory is now complete! Many thanks to the PTO for organizing this helpful resource! To access the directory follow these steps:
- Go to www.directoryspot.net or download the “Directory Spot” app on a smart phone. Click “Login”.
- Enter your email address as your Username, and click on “Reset Password”. An email will be sent to you with a link to set your password.
- Click on the link in the email to set your password and to log in.
If you have trouble logging in, please contact PTO Secretary, Carolee Sanguedolce at firstname.lastname@example.org
Child Find is the process for locating, identifying, and evaluating individuals with suspected disabilities who may need special education services, regardless of the severity of their disabilities. This is the responsibility of ZCS regardless of whether a parent affirmatively requests an evaluation. ZCS provides a Free Appropriate Public Education to any child who qualifies as having a disability, in accordance with federal and state laws. ZCS is responsible for locating all children ages 3 through 22 years of age with a suspected disability who reside within the boundaries of its district. With early identification and intervention, frustration and academic failure can be prevented, which in turn creates a positive learning experience for students. Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), which encompasses academics and/or social and emotional learning, is an essential component of the child find process. Utilizing screening assessments, the ZCS team members identify students in need of intervention, implement action plans, and monitor the response to the targeted interventions. In addition, the evaluation referral procedures in ZCS provide the framework to refer students with suspected disabilities for evaluation.
Speech Assistance Program
The Speech Assistance Program is designed to provide support to students with single sound articulation errors that are not age appropriate within the general education setting. Following the MTSS approach, this program allows for early identification and treatment of mild articulation disorders so students receive assistance without having to be identified under special education. The Speech Assistance Program is a three-tiered system in which progress is monitored to determine if additional supports are needed. If adequate progress is not demonstrated, a referral for evaluation will be prompted to determine eligibility under special education.
School Safety: Visitors & Volunteers Background Checks
When volunteers are needed and approved, appropriate staff members will reach out to you in effort to welcome your support and assistance.
If you plan to volunteer or visit in the future, please note the following information.
Click here for information regarding required Background Checks for volunteers: ZCS Volunteer Background Check
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR VOLUNTEERS
We value partnerships with our families and welcome parents and guardians to serve as volunteers in our schools. Each ZCS building typically offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. If you plan to assist as chaperones or engage with children in a volunteer capacity, we strongly recommend getting a criminal background check completed well in advance to have on file.
- Field Trip Chaperones
- Out of Town/Overnight Chaperones
- 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. Volunteers must also view the state mandated confidentiality/bullying video, provided on the Volunteer/BRAVO website.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR VISITORS
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.
- Lunch Guests
- Classroom Guest Speakers
- Classroom Special Events (Grandparent Day/Famous Hoosiers/etc.)
- Parent/Teacher Conferences
*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.
Upcoming Events & Important Info
August 24 - Picture Day
August 26 - Eagle Fest @ ZCHS
September 1 & 2 - 4th grade to Camp Tecumseh
September 5 - Labor Day (no school)
September 14 - Vision Screening (1st & 3rd grades); PTO Meeting (6:30 BME cafe) Papa John's Dine for Dollars
September 23 - Jog-A-Thon (PTO Fundraising event - rain date is Sept. 30)
September 30 - Free event: Movie Night (Sponsored by PTO) Bring lawn chairs/blankets and your own soft drinks/water. Popcorn provided. Movie starts at 7:30
October 3- 5 - ZFD Fire Safety Presentations
October 5 - Jimmy John's Dine for Dollars
October 7 - End of Quarter 1
October 10-14 - Fall Break (no school)
October 17 - Poinsettia Sale Begins (PTO)
October 18 - Picture retakes
October 24 & 25 - Family & Teacher conferences (evening of 10/24 and all day 10/25; ZCS Elementary School EDay on 10/25)
November 9 - PTO Meeting (6:30 BME Cafe)
November 11 - Veterans Day; Panera Dine for Dollars
November 14-18 - Scholastic Book Fair
November 23 - 25 - Thanksgiving Break
December 14 - PTO Meeting
December 15 - Boone Meadow Voices concert (@ ZWest)
December 19 - January 2 - Winter Break
January 3 - Students and Staff return to school
January 11 - PTO Meeting (6:30 cafe)
January 16 - MLK Jr. Day - no school
January 17 - Teacher professional development day (no school for students)
February 8 - PTO Meeting
February 14 - Valentine's Day
February 20 - 24 - February break
March 20-24 - Scholastic Book Fair
March 31 - April 7 - Spring Break
April 12 - PTO Meeting
April 28 - Boone Meadow Bash!
May 1-5 - Teacher Appreciation Week
May 10 - PTO meeting
May 12 - Field Day
May 22 - Kindy Sing
May 24 - Fourth Grade Celebration
May 25 - Last Day of School
Click below to read the Boone Meadow PTO Newsletter
BME PTO News: Back-to-School!
Email us at email@example.com or message us on Facebook with any questions about PTO. Did you know that PTO provides things like buses to field trips, student gifts, staff support, and funds to build the STEM garden and rock wall? You can make a tax-deductible donation via check to Boone Meadow PTO or via PayPal ( firstname.lastname@example.org).
Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
Arrival and Dismissal Notes:
Within a 10-15 minutes window each morning and each afternoon, we strive to ensure all 550 students are transported safely to where they need to be. At dismissal each day, all students remain in their classrooms until called for buses, cars, BAC, walkers, etc.. Behind the scenes is a network of staff and communication that works cohesively to get children where they need to go. Thank you to all families that follow our daily routines and procedures. We would not be able to keep children safe without your cooperation.
Below, you will find some updates regarding arrival and dismissal:
- All cars should enter the Boone Meadow campus via Eagle Church entrance/access road. This is true for both arrival and dismissal
- When approaching BME lot, near the end of access road, Kindergarten-4th grade vehicles should form 2 lines lines and wait until signaled by staff to approach the front curb.
- Morning arrival/drop off begins at 7:50; Kindergarten drop off begins at 8:50.
- All drop offs should occur at curb, unless a situation necessitates otherwise. Additional foot traffic at crosswalk delays arrival.
- Students must exit on curb side of vehicle.
- Thank you for keeping our fire lane clear until signaled by staff to pull up. The fire lane must remain clear as much as possible for potential emergency needs and school deliveries.
- Displaying car/family numbers in an easy to see manner is greatly beneficial. Ball point pen writing on a post it placed on your dash is hard for my old eyes to see, so bold numbers hanging from the rear view mirror or attached to the passenger sun visor assists in moving vehicles efficiently through the line.
- Please reduce idling when possible. The build up of vehicle emissions is not only harmful for the environment, but also creates unhealthy air quality for staff and students.
Drop off / Pick up Times for Car Riders:
- Universal Preschool - Drop off time is at 8:15am - Drop off at door 1 (main entrance). Your drop off will begin after elementary students (1st-4th) have arrived and unloaded. Please line up in the left lane of the Eagle Church/BME access road, and wait to be called forward by Preschool staff.
- Universal Preschool - Pick up times 2:45-2:50pm - Pick up at door 1 (main entrance)
- Kindergarten - Drop off times are 8:50-9:00am - Drop off at door 1 (main entrance)
- Kindergarten - Pick up times are 2:30-2:45pm - Pick up at door 1. Kindergarten students are dismissed with all K-4th grade students.
- 1st-4th Grades - Drop off times are 7:50am-8:00am - Drop off at door 1.
- 1st-4th Grades - Pick up times are 2:30-2:45pm - Pick up at door 1.
Walker/Bike: We will continue to assist with crossing Main Street by having staff present whenever possible. Please note the following items:
Significant weather (walkers/bikers) - When weather is inclement with heavy rain, heavy snow, sleet, etc...walking to school is highly discouraged. The office team will make the decision if staff will be present at the crosswalk.
- If families decide to walk to school and no crosswalk staff is present, an adult or family member must safely escort students to the front doors. The doors will open at approximately 7:50 for arrival, and families should wait at the front doors with their students until the doors open.
Walkers and bikers will be dismissed after car riders each day (approximately 2:40-2:45). This allows families to use the car line for pick up when needed. Should you decide to pick up your child by car (vs walking) simply display your family number while you are in line and pick up your child(ren) at the front door with staff assistance.
In the event of questionable or severe weather, families must utilize the car rider procedures instead of walking/biking. (stormy weather, lightning, sleet, you need to get Toto before going to the Land of Oz...)
Please do not bypass the car rider line and request to pick up students from the parking lot, other school sidewalks, etc... Again, we must adhere to all procedures for the safety of students and staff
- Families should refer to the teacher assignment email you will receive in the coming days in order to locate your bus transportation information. The email provides bus stop times and location for pick up and drop off.
- Staff readily awaits students at arrival with supervision fully provided from bus to classroom where teachers await their arrival. Kindergarten students are released first off of the buses where staff escorts them into the building for Bridge or Early Start Spanish programming. Following Bridge/Early Start Spanish, they are escorted to their classroom.
Please note: We anticipate a large volume of personal vehicles during arrival and dismissal. Your patience is greatly appreciated as we fine-tune logistics during the first couple of weeks to ensure children are safe and in their proper location.
Health Clinic Reminders
- All medication (prescription and OTC) must be brought in to the clinic (main office) by a parent/guardian. Students are not allowed to have any medication in their backpack, unless authorized in writing by a physician.
- Set a time to meet with our nursing team if your child has severe allergies or a medical condition that may warrant a Health Care Plan. Our nurse will be available at BOTH Meet the Teacher Night Events on August 1st and August 2nd for your convenience.
- As a reminder, when your child is ill, please call the main office and press 2 to leave a message on the attendance line. As always, we ask that children are fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medication prior to returning to school.
- Indiana code (IC 20-34-4-5) states that all children attending public schools in our state shall be immunized according to requirements set forth by the Indiana State Department of Health. Please ensure that the health clinic professional in your child’s school has been supplied with the most up-to-date copy of your child’s immunization records!
- A link to the required immunizations for the 2022-2023 school year can be found here.
Boon Meadow Nurse: Amy Deinlein email@example.com