Boone Meadow Friday Flyer
January 14, 2022
Students return to school on Wednesday, January 19th. Enjoy the long weekend
COVID-19: Reporting Positive Cases
Dear Families –
Please report ANY POSITIVE CASES by way of the ZCS CoVID Reporting Form, linked below, instead of emailing school personnel (teachers, nurses or office team) each day. The district will ensure that the school receives this vital information in a timely manner.
Our administrative and nursing teams are still here to answer any of your questions and to provide support as needed. However, please use the form for all reporting of positive cases from here moving forward. We sincerely thank you for your assistance!
In addition, ZCS CoVID protocols can also be found at www.zcs.k12.in.us
Dear Boone Meadow Families
No School on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Observed on Monday, January 17, 2022) - This day honors the life of MLK, Jr and his legacy of service. Teachers will be engaged in professional development on Tuesday, 1/18. Therefore, students return to school on Wednesday, January 19th.
Student Progress Reports - This past week (1/11/22), your child's progress reports were accessible to families in PowerSchool. If you have difficulty accessing, please don't hesitate to contact our office team.
CoVID Communication - Thank you for the communication flow regarding all things CoVID related. Please note the message above to communicate all positive cases through our district portal. I've included the link above, but it can also be accessed via the ZCS homepage. Thank you for your assistance.
Science and Engineering Fair - We are looking forward to our Science/Engineering Fair which is on the calendar for January 26th-28th. Our Help Session was attended by many, and we are extremely excited to see these projects as they will be presented and judged on 1/27 and shared with students on 1/28.
Cold Weather Guidelines for Outdoors - We attempt to get outside to breathe fresh air as much as possible. Please see the paragraph below taken from page 19 of our ZCS Elementary Handbook:
“Each child is expected to be suitably dressed for play outdoors. As the weather turns colder, each child needs a winter coat, hat, and gloves. Snow pants, waterproof boots, warm gloves/mittens are required to be able to play in the snow. All children play outside except on rainy, icy, or very cold days (wind chill below the 10-20 degree range). Inside recess will be held on those exceptional days. A child who is well enough to come to school is well enough to go outside and play. Exceptions will be made if parent/guardians send in a note from the doctor stating that the child needs to stay inside."
Have a wonderful weekend, and stay healthy.
January 17 - MLK Jr. Day (no school)
January 18 - Teacher professional development day (no school for students)
January 19 - Students return to school
January 26 - Set-Up for Science/Engineering Fair (2:45-4:00 - in Gym)
January 27 - Science/Engineering project judging and open house for families (tentative)
January 28 - Science/Engineering Fair concludes w/ winners announced, class viewings & pick up
February 14 - Valentine's Day
February 21-25 - Presidents' Day & Mid-Winter Break (no school)
March 15 - End of Quarter 3
April 1-8 - Spring Break (no school)
May 25 - Last day of school
May 26- June 3 - Make up days (if needed)
May 30 - Memorial Day (no school)
Boone Meadow Elementary Science and Engineering Fair
Take on the challenge to participate in our school-wide
science and engineering competition to change the world!
We very excited to announce Boone Meadow's Science and Engineering Fair will be held on Thursday, January 27th, 2022! This is our first ever Science and Engineering Fair! Other schools host fairs and report huge successes. For example, at Eagle Elementary, they had over 50 projects submitted from 60+ student participants from all grade levels at their last fair. Four of those projects moved on to the Regional Science and Engineering fair to take 1st and 2nd place! Two of the Eagle projects made it to State where one was honored with an Award for Excellence in the Junior Division! We look forward to our achievements this first time of involvement!
We are thankful for those participating in this year’s Science and Engineering Fair! All grade-levels are welcome and encouraged to enter and will be honored for their science and engineering projects! Fourth grade students, who compete in the BME Science and Engineering Fair, could possibly advance to the Central Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair (SEFI) at Marion University in March!
- If you have questions, contact Mrs. Benson, our STEM Teacher, at email@example.com.
Science/Engineering Fair Timeline
Monday, January 10 @ 3:30-5:00pm - Research/Help Session in Media Center – Optional session where parent/s and students can ask questions and develop a research plan with support
Wednesday, January 26 @ 2:45-4:00pm - Set-Up projects in Gym
Thursday, January 27 @ 8:00am-2:30pm - Closed Judging in Gym– Specific judging times will be communicated to students and teachers the day before/of fair.
- (TBD pending COVID protocols - Family Open House in Gym– Families and community members are invited to view projects. Participating students DO NOT have to attend or stay the entire time.)
Friday, January 28 @ 8:00am Winners Announced
- 8:00am-2:00pm - Classroom Open House in Gym– Classes will have an opportunity to view projects during the school day.
- 2:00-4:00pm - Pick-Up projects in Gym – Winning projects will be kept in the Media Center to be on display. ALL other projects MUST be picked up by 4:00pm.
*Monday, February 28 - Registration Deadline – Central Indiana Regional Science Fair!
*Saturday, March 19 - TBD - Central Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair at Mrian University
The School Directory App Is Updated
Our Student directory is now updated! Many thanks to the PTO for organizing this helpful resource! If you have never used our student directory, just follow these easy 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 volunteer Eileen Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also note that if your information has changed, you can update it by logging in on a computer (not available through the app).
Volunteers and Visitor Background Checks
At this time, due to CoVID 19 restraints, we are "pausing" on volunteers and visitors. 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 of visit in the future, please note the following information.
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.
- 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. 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.
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
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.