Boone Meadow Friday Flyer
October 30, 2020
Together, Everyone Achieves More at the Meadow
Look what arrived on the doorstep on Thursday evening.
Celebrations are planned for the week of November 9th.
Team Meadow, Together
Dear Boone Meadow Families -
I hope everyone has wonderful weekend. Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night/Sunday morning. It's time to "fall back" one hour.
Please note the following items:
Important dismissal and arrival information for walkers and car riders located below. Please be sure to read carefully for important updates.
Partnership: Boone Meadow is grateful for the partnership with our local McDonalds in a recent Dine for Dollars opportunity. This afternoon, James Poore and Pam Fisher presented BME PTO with a check for $500. We are thankful for the generous support of our community.
Conferences/EDay on Monday, November 2nd - Student conferences will be held on Monday, November 2nd. Please note the following important components to the day.
- November 2nd will be an Eday for students. So that teachers will be able to meet with families, content/modules will be published for students to access through Canvas, our learning management system.
- Conferences will be held via Zoom/virtually. Due to mitigation requirements, we can not hold in-person family conferences.
- Conferences will primarily be student-led so that they are given the opportunity to communicate their strengths and areas to strengthen. Student-led conferences align with our ZCS district priorities of student agency and empowerment. Concerns that need to be discussed privately should be ongoing throughout the school year as needs or concerns arise, and communication should remain fluid throughout the year. Please do not hesitate to stay in ongoing communication with your child's teacher.
- Teachers have a full schedule of conferences throughout the day and many extend into the evening. Please be timely and aware that they must hold tightly to scheduled times for conferencing with your family.
Boone Meadow/Blue Ribbon Spirit Week: During the week of November 9th-13th, we will celebrate the students, and the school community as a whole for receiving recognition as a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School. More details to come early next week about specific spirit day activities.
End of Quarter 1 Student Progress Reports (report cards) are now available to families in PowerSchool on Tuesday, October 27th.
Online Book Fair - This fall's book fair is going live on Monday, November 2nd and will be available through November 16th. See information located below.
Tom Hundley, Principal
Arrival and Dismissal Notes:
Below, you will find some updates regarding arrival and dismissal:
- 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.
Walker/Bikers: This year, we have 30-40 more daily walkers/bikers than years past. Therefore, 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 7:50 for arrival, and families should wait at the front doors with their students until the doors open.
Dismissal on inclement weather days: Walkers and bikers will be dismissed after car riders (approximately 2:35). This allows families to use the car line for pick up. 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.
As Kids, For Kids
This service learning group will focus on what children can do to help others. Go to the ZCS Eagle Rec website to register for various after school enrichment opportunities.
Creative talent flows at The Meadow. We are grateful for the staff that nurtures the talents of our creative students.
This Is Us
These kindergarteners created self portraits after studying the feature details. There is such sweet beauty in the face of our young learners.
As Kids, For Kids
Boone Meadow and Zionsville Spirit Wear is on sale now! Cooler weather is here and it is the perfect time to start thinking about cozy Zionsville gear and holiday gifting! The online store is open NOW and you can shop through November 4th. Your ordered items will be delivered to your specific address or you may choose to have your order sent home with your child.
New this year, the BME PTO is selling awesome stainless steel tumblers! These have been tested and have been found to be great at keeping your favorite beverage hot or cold! Personalize your BME or Zionsville tumbler design with your name, favorite players number, or even a monogram! The online store closes Thursday, November 5th just before midnight.
Happy Shopping! Thank you for supporting the BME PTO!
Book Fair 11/2-11/15
The BME Book Fair begins Monday, 11/2 and ends on Sunday, 11/15. Visit the BME Book Fair homepage by clicking HERE or the image.
Over 6,000 products including books, boxed sets, gifts and much more. Click HERE to access.
All orders ship to your home & the purchases benefit our school.
Book Fair 11/2-11/15
ZEF - Zionsville Education Foundation
The Boone Meadow Staff is incredibly thankful for the donors and generosity that is displayed through this wonderful organization. Read below to learn more about their recent grants awarded to the ZCS community and upcoming events.
ZEF Grants Awarded This Past Week:
The Zionsville Education Foundation is excited to announce 2020 Fall Grant awards to Zionsville Community Schools teachers, administrators, and staff totaling $26,526.83. These twenty grants result from direct teacher feedback on their immediate needs and creative ideas during this unprecedented time in our world and in education. Please join us in congratulating Boone Meadow Elementary teachers Erika Sorrells and Garrett Stephens on their grant awards. For a complete list of ZEF’s 2020 Fall Grants, please click here: https://zionsvilleeducationfoundation.org/how-we-do-it/latest-grants-awarded/
ZEF Bash on Nov. 14th:
Mark your calendar and recruit your team for ZEF Bash 2020 as we host a fun, interactive Virtual Trivia Night on Saturday, November 14th from 7:00-8:30pm. You won’t want to miss this chance to support our schools while engaging in a little friendly competition with your friends and family. Will the ZEF Bash trophy be yours to keep? Learn more and register today: https://zionsvilleeducationfoundation.org/2020/09/15/zefbash/
Lunch Menu/Cafe Update
GREAT NEWS, the ZCS Elementary Cafeterias are changing up the menu for November!! We will now be on a two week rotation instead of having the same thing every week.
We will start with a brand new hot lunch item on Tuesday…a Pork Tenderloin Sandwich!!
Here is a link to the November 2020 menu online….check it out!
See you at lunch,
Boone Meadow PTO Dine for Dollars
We have a real "treat" for you! Dine for Dollars presents Jill's Cookies! Place an order between now and Nov 5th and Jill's Cookies will donate a portion of the proceeds to BME PTO! You can place an order via FB Messenger to Jill's Cookies, text (317)446-7022, or fill out an order form: https://forms.gle/8hfLSvL9u2L2fJ6Q8. Use code BMEPTO when placing your order! Orders will be available for pick up between Nov 4th-6th. And yes, its not too early to order extras to freeze for the upcoming holidays! And, yes, you can order extra for the upcoming holidays and freeze them!
The next opportunity to dine to donate will be with City BBQ on "Why Cook Wednesday?", all day, November 18th.
More upcoming events include:
- Soupremacy, (just in time for those cold winter nights)
- Noble Romans and
- Panda Express.
Stay tuned for more information and feel free to reach out to me, if you have any suggestions or if you own a business and you'd like to work with us. Thank you for your support and for helping to make Dine for Dollars a success!
Laura Santos, PTO Member
Upcoming Events & Important Info
November 2 - Student Conferences (Eday for students)
November 3 - Election Day
November 4-6 - Jill's Cookies (Dine for Dollars - all day)
November 9-13 - Boone Meadow/Blue Ribbon Spirit Week
November 11 - Veterans' Day
November 25-27- Thanksgiving Break
December 10 - Hannakah begins
December 18 - End of Qtr 2; Celebrate with dinner from City BBQ (all day, Dine for Dollars)
December 21 - January 1 - Winter Break
January 18 - MLK Jr. Day (no school)
January 19 - No School
February 12 - Chinese New Year
February 14 - Valentine's Day
February 15 - Presidents Day - No School
February 17 - Ash Wednesday
March 12 - End of Quarter 3
March 14 - Daylight Savings Time
March 17 - St. Patrick's Day
March 28 - Palm Sunday/Passover
April 2 - April 9 - Spring Break
April 2 - Good Friday
April 4 - Easter
April 13 - Ramadan Starts
April 15 - ZWest Music visit to BME
May 5 - Cinco de Mayo
May 13 - Eid
May 26 - Last day of school
May 27 - Teacher work day
May 31 - Memorial Day
There is some new information on our radar which was confirmed through a conversation with the Boone County Health Department this past week. We want families informed so they can make the best decision for your respective family members.
Some COVID tests are not currently accepted by the Department of Health for return to school/work –
- The only negative result that will allow a child/staff member back into school is a PCR. (Per IN Dept of Health and Boone County Health Department, a negative rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 is not acceptable for a return to school.)
- Schools can accept any antigen test if it comes back positive---We will treat as a positive case (Through this process, we will inform you of isolation/quarantine protocols as required by the state and county health departments.)
- If a family/household member has a PCR antigen test that comes back negative and the individual has no symptoms, then no other testing is necessary. Students can return to school.
- If symptomatic and rapid antigen comes back negative then a follow up PCR test is required due to the high rate of false negatives in the rapid antigen test.
Important NOTE: * If an individual has had a close contact with a positive COVID case, a negative test cannot shorten the quarantine period.
Local Trick or Treating Information:
Trick-or-Treating in Zionsville
The Town of Zionsville will not be posting official Trick-or-Treat hours this year.
Due to the pandemic and the public health implications of trick-or-treating, the Town of Zionsville is referring people to the Boone County Health Department’s recommendations to observe CDC’s guidelines. The CDC has labeled traditional trick-or-treating (where treats are handed to children who go door to door) as a higher risk activity. The CDC recommends one-way trick-or-treating as a moderate risk activity which includes individually wrapped goodie bags lined up outside (end of the driveway or edge of the yard) for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after preparing bags).
The CDC lists a number of moderate and lower risk Halloween activities on their website here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween.
If you would like to contact the Boone County Health Department, contact information is posted here: https://boonecounty.in.gov/Offices/health-department.
Whitestown Trick or Treat:
Whitestown offered a link with detailed info and also there will be an outdoor trick-or-treat event this Saturday in addition to official trick-or-treat hours from 6-9 p.m. on October 31.
ZCS and the Zionsville Diversity Coalition partnered to create a list of mentor texts that support our elementary adopted literacy curriculum. Books donated will be placed in our elementary classrooms for teachers to use and to offer our students mirrors (seeing themselves), windows (seeing others), and doors (opportunities to learn about differences) because in ZCS, EVERYONE BELONGS!
You can utilize School Pay to pay for textbook rentals and to fund lunch accounts. Information about School Pay as well as additional lunch details, such as the monthly menu, can be found on the Food Services website.