Eagle Friday News and Notes

August 11, 2017

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What a Great First Week Back!

Beginning of the Year Events

August 14 to September 1: NWEA Testing Window, grades 1-4

August 16: Girls Scouts and Cub Scout Registration Day, 6:30-7:30

Eagle Elementary Cafe

August 18: Eaglefest (Mr. Foreman in the Dunk Tank around 6:00)

August 21: Solar Eclipse (see note regarding protocols below)

August 24: Eagle Curriculum Night, 5:30-8:00

During this event, each classroom teacher will present a half hour session highlighting the curriculum, events, and expectations for the year ahead. Each grade level has a designated time, indicated in the calendar above. You will also be able to visit informational booths from various district and community organizations.

  • Kindergarten: 5:30-6:00
  • 1st: 6:00-6:30
  • 2nd: 6:30-7:00
  • 3rd: 7:00-7:30
  • 4th: 7:30-8:00

August 29: Up With People Visit Eagle

September 1: Kindergarten Dad's Club Breakfast, 7:15-7:45

Dads (or other meaningful adults) of Kindergarten students are invited to join us in the cafe for breakfast with your Kindergarten student.

September 4: Labor Day - No School

August 21st Solar Eclipse


As you may know, we are expected to experience a solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st beginning around 1PM, peaking at approximately 2:30PM, and concluding around 4PM.

Please note that the eclipse will be taking place during dismissal times. Schools will dismiss at normal time and buses will run on their normal schedule.

Because all students will be outside for dismissal during the eclipse, it is important that you discuss eclipse eye safety with your child.

During the eclipse, students may be drawn to look directly at the sun and it may be easier than normal to do so because the sun will appear less bright. However, it is never safe to look directly at the sun without appropriate protective eyewear, including during an eclipse. Normal sunglasses do not provide adequate protection.

The eclipse is an exciting educational experience and our teachers are planning to view it safely with students. You will receive a consent form asking for your approval for participation. Through the generous support of the Zionsville Education Foundation, all students will be provided safety glasses. Again, it is important for parents to discuss eclipse eye safety with their child(ren).

For more information on the eclipse and how to view it safely, please visit https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

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A Message from the Superintendent

Our Strong in Every Way (#SIEW) campaign to build human capital in Zionsville continues to build momentum. On Thursday, August 3, all ZCS teaching, counseling, administrative, and support staff employees were trained by Integrative Youth Development expert Derek Peterson. We learned about the webs of support necessary to ensure that each student can maximize his or her potential. More than 800 parents partnered with us to see Mr. Peterson in our Performing Arts Center that day as well. The SIEW website (http://www.zcs.k12.in.us/apps/pages/strong_in_every_way) can help you get started if you’re just hearing about webs of support. As a result of Mr. Peterson’s training and encouragement from principals and me, many ZCS teachers augmented their usual start-of-the-year relationship building activities when school started this week. We know for certain that this investment pays positive dividends in student engagement and learning across time.

We gained capacity this week among influential adults by learning more about webs of support, anchors, strings, and more. We must continue to partner well with parents to help build the best possible adult people from today’s students. Please be tuned in as we continue to offer school-home alignment information, learning, and action to help our students be as strong as possible in every way possible!

This is how we do it in Zionsville.

Welcome back.

Scott Robison, Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools

Arrival and Dismissal

School times:
Kindergarten - 9:00 am until 2:30 pm
Grades 1-4 - 8:00 am until 2:30 pm
*Students are considered tardy if they arrive in their classrooms after 8:00 am.

Students may walk/bike to school, ride in a car, or take the bus. Our ultimate goal is student safety! If we all follow the procedures it really helps us make sure all students arrive to school and back home safely every day.

Bus information: please call Amy Eaton at (317) 873-2852 (ext. 11802). Buses unload at the back of the building with the assistance of our staff.

Walkers - All walkers must cross at the crossing guard. Walkers will be able to enter the building at 7:50 am and go to their classrooms. Students must be accompanied by a parent until the doors open at 7:50 am.
Walkers will be dismissed from the back door after buses leave and walked across the street at the crossing guard. Please meet your child here to help with our safe dismissal.

Car riders - Cars may enter the loop and wait for an Eagle staff member to indicate when they can enter the building. We ask that parents shut off their car to help with emissions if they are early for pick up or drop off. Students exit and enter cars on the passenger side. Please teach your child(ren) to buckle and and unbuckle so that the driver can also remain in the car safely. Car riders will enter the building between 7:50 and 8:00 am. Car riders will be dismissed at 2:30 pm.

***Please Note: We want to be courteous of our neighbors here at Eagle. Please be sure to keep driveways accessible to homeowners while we wait to pick up/drop off students.

School Lunch Information

School Times for This Year

A Message from PTO

Our first meeting will be Tuesday, August 22, at 1:15 pm at the school. All parents are always invited to attend. We will finish by 2:30 and children are welcome.

One way to support Eagle is to check out the Boosterville app. It’s an easy way to help the school while shopping at local merchants.

If you’d like to stay informed about Eagle events subscribe to text messages by texting @eaglepto to 81010. Like us on Facebook at Eagle Elementary PTO. If you ever have questions please let me know!

Heather Lusk

PTO president



Special thanks to Alana Evans, Sarah Pank, Cristi Pittman, Sarah Sampson and Jennifer Buddenbaum for their work on the many welcoming events for teachers, parents and students.

Immunization Requirements

State law stipulates that the medical records of children on file at school show the required immunizations have been completed by the 20th day of the school year. That day is September 5, 2017. Information regarding immunizations requirements for 2017-2018 can be found here.

Parents of children whose immunizations are not up-to-date should contact their health care provider or the Boone County Health Department to schedule an appointment for the necessary immunizations. Some pharmacies also carry the necessary vaccines.

If parents object to immunizations, a written objection must be on file in the school office by September 5, 2017. This must be updated yearly. Children who do not have up to date vaccination records by that date will not be allowed to return to school until the proper immunization information is on file. Students who have appointments with their health care provider after Sept. 5th 2017, must present proof of the scheduled appointment in order to remain in school.

Please contact Kendra Scales in the health clinic with any questions or concerns. kscales@zcs.k12.in.us


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.

ZCS Food Services Positions Available

ZCS Food Service positions now available at several of the ZCS cafeterias. Click hereto apply directly and call 317-733-4804 with any questions!
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Girl Scouts

Calling all G.I.R.L.s!

Have you ever wanted to go to camp, go rock climbing, plant your own garden, or even become a scientist for a day? These and many other things are just a few of the fun activities you will be able to complete as a Girl Scout. You will make new friends, sell cookies, and create bonds that can last a lifetime! You can help those in your community and even around the world while having so much fun with your friends! As a Girl Scout, you can “Make the World a Better Place” through kindness, courage, and love. Join the scouts, and become a leader in Zionsville today.

Registration Day: August 16th

Time: 6:30-7:30 pm (note: this is a time change from what was published last week)

Place: Eagle Elementary

Questions? Contact Susan Ottinger @ (310)-941-0621 or susan.ottinger@gmail.com