Boone Meadow Friday Flyer
April 29, 2022
Dear Boone Meadow Families -
A few new end of year items pop up on the calendar along with other events. Please note details below.
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2 - 6. The PTO has several events planned in May but is asking students and families to show their appreciation next week by writing a thank you note, sending in a favorite treat, or drawing a picture for an impactful teacher or staff member.
ZEF Eagle Honor Awards - Zionsville Education Foundation (ZEF) Eagle Honor Awards are a special recognition of any ZCS teacher of staff members as a way to say "thank you". Eagle Honors are often given in tandem with Teacher Appreciation Week or year-end thanks. (See flyer)
Family Input Survey - We have another week for families to provide input and feedback. Thank you to those families that have submitted responses. We are truly grateful for you sharing your insights. Your input provides us the opportunity to reflect on our strengths and areas to improve. We readily admit that we, as a staff, must always strive to grow in our work and practices. Please complete the feedback form by Friday, May 6th so we may have the opportunity to adequately review your in put before the end of the school year. Click here to access the Family Input Survey
Garden Help Wanted: Interested in helping maintain our garden over the summer? We need you! Summer garden volunteers weed, water, and harvest throughout the summer to prepare our garden classroom for learning in the fall. Help us organize a schedule that can work for all of us. Boone Meadow appreciates your time and efforts toward making our garden a useful learning space. Mrs. Benson will get a schedule to you by the end of the school year and welcome any questions and special requests you might have: INTEREST SURVEY
STEM Newsletter - Mrs. Benson created a new STEM Family Connection for the End of the Year. Click HERE to learn more about our quarter 4 STEM programming.
Continue to read through the flyer for details regarding Kindy registration and a variety of events occurring in our community.
Enjoy your weekend,
Family Input Survey
PTO Board Information for 22-23 School Year
Hello BME Families!
It is hard to believe that the 2022 School Year is already coming to an end! The BME PTO is looking ahead to next year and has the following proposed slate for our 2022-2023 Board. This nominated board will be voted upon during our May 11th @ 6:30 PM IN PERSON meeting (BME Cafe). We invite BME Parents to join us. If you should have any comments for or against, please email the board at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than May 6, 2022.
BME PTO Executive Board : 2022-2023
- President: Torrye Kampen
- Executive Vice President: Lisa Winterbottom
- Treasurer: Vanessa Keadle
- VP of Staff Services VP: Sarah Stuerzenberger & Katherine Brown
- VP Student Services: Whitney Schultz
- Secretary: Carolee Sangueldoce
- Social Media & Communications: Lora Carter & Emily Andrews
- Fundraising & Special Events:
- Vanessa Keadle – Grants Lead
- Libbie Weinheimer --Jog A Thon
- Jackie Lewis – Quarterly Fundraising
Thank you for all you do to support the BME PTO- We are looking forward to the coming year and supporting our BME Students and Staff!
Look forward to seeing many of you this evening at the BME Bash!
Kindergarten Registration and Strong Start
Kindergarten registration is now open, so please register by end of school day, Friday, April 15th. Once a student is enrolled, families will be sent a link to sign-up for a time slot for our Strong Start events (formerly known as Kindergarten Round-Up).
Click here to enroll: https://www.zcs.k12.in.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=2106845&type=d&pREC_ID=2159706
Strong Start Events – 3:00-6:45 (45 min sessions)
May 11: Pleasant View Elementary, Union Elementary
May 12: Boone Meadow Elementary, Eagle Elementary, Stonegate Elementary, Trailside Elementary
BME Kindergarten "Strong Start" Welcome Event (May 12th) - This initial in-person event is geared toward parents/guardians and their incoming kindergarten students. During this first experience at BME, the adults will meet and learn about the mission, vision, and highlights of our programming, while the children spend time with our kindergarten teachers and engage in play with peers.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Your partner in education,
Tom Hundley, Principal
Garden Help Wanted:
The Boone Meadow Garden is used K-4 for learning all spring and fall. To make these lessons work, though, we need volunteers to maintain the garden while we are away at summer break. I am eager to line up volunteers to help with garden maintenance over the summer. Fill out THIS FORM if you would like to be part of the team. It takes just 4 minutes. Contact me at email@example.com if you have any questions. Normally volunteer families simply commit to one day per week (or every other week) for weeding and watering. We have substitutes when you can’t make your day, and can work around vacations. Join us!
A Glimpse into the Hindu Civilization
The Hindu Community of Boone County, Indiana in collaboration with Zionsville Community Schools and the Zionsville Public Library would like to invite you to this free exhibition to understand Hindu culture and its civilization. This exhibition - Darshana - portrays the 'Hindu way of life,' or Hindu Civilization, which evolved in the Indian subcontinent for over 5000 years.
Over the past two centuries, the Western world, including the United States, has been steadily introduced to Hindu principles and practices, such as Yoga, meditation, vegetarianism, and Ayurveda, the science of holistic medicine, which are now popularly practiced and accepted.
This exhibition, with vivid illustrations and lucid descriptions of 24 different topics related to Yoga, Ayurveda, Dharma, mathematics, architecture, arts, sciences, traditional attire, and present-day global impact, to name a few, will hopefully inspire curiosity towards a deeper study of these topics.
‘Darshana’ will be hosted at the Hussey-Mayfield Library for 3 weeks with an inaugural ceremony on Monday, May 9.
We invite communities to come and explore this poster exhibition supported by audio tours.
Location: Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Library. 250 N 5th St, Zionsville, IN 46077
April 29 - 3rd gr study trip (Conner Prairie); Boone Meadow Bash (5:00-8:30 - see flyer)
May 2 - May 13 - ILEARN Continues
May 4 - 4th grade study trip to IN Statehouse and historical tour (downtown)
May 5 - 2nd grade study trip to IN State Museum
May 6 - 3rd grade study trip - Zionsville History Tour; Family Input Surveys due
May 11 - PTO Meeting (6:30 - BME Cafe)
May 12 - Kindy Strong Start Event (evening 3:00-7:00) (for incoming Kindy families) Must be preregistered
May 13 - Field Day (Volunteers will be needed. More information to come. Note: Rain date on May 16th)
May 17 - 4th grade Hoosier Heritage Impact Projects Showcase (1:00-2:10)
May 20 - Market Day (2nd grade)
May 23 - Kindy Sing (6:30-7:30 in BME gym)
May 24 - 4th grade celebration (time to be finalized) Info coming from classroom teachers
May 25 - Last day of school
May 26- Staff work day
May 26 - June 3 - Make up days (if needed)
May 30 - Memorial Day
ZCS Grow Summer Z'CAMP
Hey parents! Do your kids want more social interactions with their school peers? Do you want to make a difference at your child’s school? ZCS-GROW is looking for adults to help in their aftercare program. The best news is that any of your children who attend this elementary school can attend BAC for FREE as long as you are working! We have a variety of schedule options from a couple hours per day once a week to five days per week. BAC does not meet during school holidays. For more information contact Becca King at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 317-733-4847.
Enrollment is open for Z'CAMP 2022! Z'CAMP is held at Zionsville West Middle School and is led by ZCS-GROW staff, ZCHS high school and local college students. All campers receive swim lessons, field trips and a huge variety of activities. Enroll now as space is limited. Register Here Questions? Email Becca King at email@example.com.
Changes to the 1:1 Computer Program at the Middle Schools - Fall of 2022
During the November 8 board meeting, ZCS school board members approved an updated 1:1 technology plan. Beginning in the fall next year (2022-2023 school year), Zionsville Middle School (ZMS) and Zionsville West Middle School (ZWMS) will be using a staggered approach to transition into a 1:1 rental program that will eliminate the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). *These changes will only affect the current 4th grade class (class of 2030), students who are incoming 5th graders next year at ZMS and ZWMS.*
How it works.
Current 4th grade students (Class of 2030) will be required to rent a Lenovo 11e from ZCS for the start of their 5th grade year in 2022. Students in grades 6-8 will maintain their BYOD status for the 2022 school year so as not to interfere with already purchased devices. All current middle school students who started with BYOD will have the option to maintain BYOD status throughout their middle school years. The chart below shows the staggered approach over the next four years as we transition out of BYOD and into this new rental program.
For more details about this change, including financing, please visit the following
If you have questions, reach out to Dan Layton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.