Staff Weekly Update

For the Week of April 20th, 2015

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What a wonderful trip it was, but nothing beats coming back home. Thank you all, again, for being so gracious and supportive of this time away. I promise I won't bore you all with pictures, but if you'd like to see any, I'll be happy to share. Last but not least . . . as an expression of my gratitude, please stop by the work room Monday morning for a small "thank you treat." Peace and love, Connie

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . .

Doesn't this time of year feel like this quote from Charles Dickens? It's the time when you're starting to see some blooms of all of the cognitive seeds you've planted this year. Summer break is within arm's reach. It's light out on our way to school and on our way home. It's exciting, but it's also SO busy! Stay strong my friends . . . stay mentally strong. How do I stay mentally strong when the warm sun on my face at recess tempts me to mentally drift away to our summer vacation plans and to start coordinating what outfits I'll be packing?!


I offer you all this list below. I love it. It's from Forbes and it's a nice reminder of what to do in order to stay mentally strong - not just for this time of year, but throughout each and every day.

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4 min video: How to do a close reading from TeachLikeThis

Wow. I really liked this quick and simple 4 minute video on how to do a close reading. The way he has organized his steps is very streamlined! This is great for ALL levels. Enjoy.
How to do a Close Reading - TeachLikeThis

Calendar Items & Reminders

Mon. 4/20

  • End of Mid-Terms!
  • NWEA (4/9-4/23)
  • 8:15 - ACR - Largent, Watson, Knueven, Fure - conf. room
  • 9:30 - Staffing - Largent, Fure - conf. room
  • 12:30 - Staffing - Largent, Spillman - conf. room
  • 2:30 - ACR - Fure, Fitzpatrick, Farley - conf. room


Tues. 4/21

  • NWEA (4/9-4/23)
  • 1st Grade - Eco Lab Field Trip
  • 8:00am - Deadline for teachers to post grades
  • 8:00 - Grade Level & Team Meetings
  • 8:00 - Initial CC - Largent, Cox, Brizzolara, Spillman - conf. room
  • 4:00 - 6:00pm - Active Shooter Training - ZMS (this training will last 2 full hours)


Wed. 4/22 - *ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS DAY!*

  • 8:00am - Grades available for parents to view on MisiPep
  • NWEA (4/9-4/23)
  • 11:30 - Largent & Andries in meeting - Connie's office
  • 11:30 - 1:30 - Cox Cafe - Girls - Lisa's office
  • 3:15 - Set up for KDG Round Up in the gym


Thurs. 4/23 - *KDG Round Up from 8:30 - 5:30!*

  • NWEA (4/9 - 4/23)
  • KDG Round Up - Many staff will be involved for this event!!!! What an exciting day it will be to meet our future students and families! :-)
  • NO RtI or Cox Cafe (boys) due to KDG Round-Up


Fri. 4/24

  • PTO Spirit Day - Twins
  • Pay Day & Jeans Friday
  • April Birthday Breakfast - hosted by KDG & 1st grade
  • 8:10 - Initial CC - Largent, Cox, Frobig - conf. room
  • 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grade lunch times - ZYFL talks to students
  • 12:30 - 2:30 - Literacy Coach's Meeting - Largent/Spillman - Union Elem.
  • 7:00 - 9:00pm - PTO Father/Daughter Dance - gym

April 28th - 8:00AM - Staff Meeting, hosted by Melissa Rent. We will be discussing our End of Year Checklist. AND . . . since we changed it so late in April, we will NOT have a staff meeting in May! You get the gift of time!!!

Let's be sure to spoil Alison and Jen this Wednesday. They SO deserve it!

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Outdoor Recess Time!

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Teachers, just a friendly reminder to please ensure you are walking around the playground during outdoor recess. While we know we cannot have eyes in the back of our heads, walking around and maintaining playground proximity will be our best defense for helping to minimize accidents and negative behaviors. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Important Notes from Our School Treasurer!

Have you worked hard at a grant? Have you ever received a donation of any kind in your role as teacher? If so, please read the bullet points below . . .

  • Any donations you receive through Donors Choose, ZEF Grants, other Grants, or donations of any kind must be reported to the Board of Trustees.
  • When we receive donations such as Chrome Books, iPads, (technology)., IT needs to be notified at the same time as the Board, so they can pick up, tag, and return those items to SGE. The IT department will never be aware unless we signal to them of such donations.
  • Ultimately, it is important to realize the Board accepts the gifts on behalf of ZCS, and they become the property of Zionsville Community Schools. So, you may ask, I do this work and get a grant or a Chromebook and it is the property of the school district? Yes.
  • Always notify Connie, Martha, and Jen of such donations and/or grants/DonorsChoose items for pre-approval.

Custodial Needs? Feel Free to Call Kathy!

Just wanted to make sure you knew that Kathy Boyne is happy to help out if you need her assistance. I highly advise you enter these two numbers in your contacts ASAP:


  • Kathy's personal cell phone: 1-765-894-0606
  • Sodexo cell phone: 1-317-590-3479 - Kathy has this phone during the day & Rose has this phone during the evening!

Here are our beautiful birthday friends for the month of April!

April 2 - Pam Anyaebunam

April 7 - Muff Biber

April 14 - Leslie Frobig

April 20 - Rhonda Munz

April 23 - Joe Budd

Monthly Lifelines

September - Respect

October - Flexibility

November - Gratitude (I am grateful for ALL of you!)

December - Generosity

January - Responsibility

February - Friendship

March - Perseverance

April - Self-Control

May - Integrity

10 min Ted Talk: The Best Kindergarten You've Ever Seen

*WARNING* . . . cuteness overload! It's also filled with great imagination and fuels a creative environment that our students deserve. As you watch it, I also love how the speaker underscores that allowing children to fall is good for them. Fantastic Ted Talk.
Takaharu Tezuka: The best kindergarten you’ve ever seen