Boone Meadow Friday Flyer
March 3, 2023
Kindy Strong Start Event (aka: Kindy Round Up) on March 23rd
Dear Boone Meadow Families
Late winter and early spring finds us working deeply in the current school year while also planning for the next. As you can see with the image above, we are planning and preparing to receive our Kindy learners for the 2023-2024 school year. Simultaneously, our team is navigating current curriculum, diving deep into required testing, assessing and responding to student progress, reflecting on our practices, as well as gazing forward for new resources, celebrations, and plan for the upcoming school year. We are always moving the needle forward while taking time to tend to current needs. It's busy work, but Team Meadow is serving our community with pride.
A few reminders and highlights:
- Youth ART Month - Mrs. Trinosky has shared details regarding this opportunity to celebrate the young artists in our school family. See her info below.
- 3rd Grade & IREAD3 - Next week, our third grade classes will engage in IREAD3. This test is required by the State of Indiana and IDOE to assess reading skills of students across the state. Families, please note that personal devices (smart watches, phones, etc...) are not allowed in the testing environment during testing, and will be collected if needed. We encourage families to leave these non-essential items at home during testing days. Thank you in advance.
- PTO Mtg on Wednesday, March 8th - 6:30 PM in BME Cafe; Dine for Dollars @ Fundae's on March 15th.
- Music Celebrations - You should have received information from Mr. Doublestein (via ParentSquare) regarding upcoming music celebrations for all the grade levels. I've copied his message below for your reference should you need.
- Yearbooks - There's not much time remaining to order your child's 2022-23 Yearbook! Follow the link below to place your order online before March 17th. If you need to pay by cash or check, please contact the office for an order form to be sent home with your student. Yearbook cost is $15 Boone Meadow Yearbooks - ORDER HERE
- Kindergarten registration - Is now open! BME will host our first of a series "Kindy Strong Start" event (formerly known as Kindy Round Up) in the afternoon/evening of March 23rd for registered families. More information and details to come soon.
- Check out the graphics located below for Zionsville Do Days & Buddy Up Fun Night.
Enjoy your weekend with your family.
Kindergarten Registration Open - Kindy Strong Start Mtg on March 23
Pre-registration for 23-24 kindergarten is now open!
Once you pre-register you will be sent a link to sign up for a time at our Strong Start/Round-up event which will be hosted on March 23rd.
Click here to create an account and get started!
You can also visit our website for more information
about kindergarten in ZCS https://www.zcsstrong.org/kindergarten-in-zionsville-community-schools-2023-2024/index.html
Youth Art Month
Howdy from the Creative Corner,
It has arrived!
Tonight from 5-7p we will be gathering with other Zionsville artists and their families to enjoy the opening of Youth Art Month. Boone Meadow will have work displayed at three locations this year, The Sullivan Munce Museum, Robert Goodman’s Jewelers, and at 530 Home. If you cannot make the opening reception the artwork will be on display at these locations and others throughout the businesses in our incredible downtown area for families to enjoy.
Elementary Science Materials Adoption:
All elementary schools are in their last year of our science materials from Purdue University, and ZCS is in process of reviewing new materials. At the same time, the Indiana Department of Education is revising standards over the coming months.
During the month of March, we will have materials for parents to review at the Educational Services Center located at 900 Mulberry Street from 8:00 am-3:30 pm each day. You may view materials in person by appointment, or you may review resources online by using the links below. We ask that parents provide us with feedback by the end of March so that when the standards are finalized, we can decide about materials and order in time for the start of the 2023-2024 school year.
To set up a time to review materials, please contact Kelsey Thompson, Administrative Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For any questions about elementary science or the standards, please contact Christine Squier, Director of Academic Services, at email@example.com.
Click here for digital access to resources.
Spring Music Programs/Celebrations!
I'm so excited to tell you that this year every kindergarten through fourth grade student at Boone Meadow will have a special after-school music performance, and I'd like to send you some information so you can mark your calendars and save the dates :) These programs will be celebrations of our entire year in music class, and we're hoping to have as many students as possible participate. Many of our grade levels have already started preparing, and you can trust me when I tell you that you won't want to miss it! More information will come closer to the event, but here are the details we have so far:
The first grade "Music Is Reading" program will be held Tuesday, March 28th from 6:15-7:00pm in the gym. Come enjoy this unique program where each class turns a picture book into a music performance, either through song, instruments or dance. Books will include Mortimer, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Bedtime At The Swamp, Muncha Muncha Muncha, The Pout-Pout Fish, and Click Clack Moo- Cows That Type. Students should arrive between 6:00-6:10pm, and they don't need to dress up. After the first grade performance, families are welcome to leave or stay and enjoy the second grade program (beginning at 7:15pm the same night).
The second grade "Music Is Reading" program will also be held Tuesday, March 28th from 7:15-8:00pm in the gym. Just like the first grade program (beginning at 6:15pm the same night), each class will turn a picture book into a music performance, either through song, instruments or dance. Books will include Ten Sly Piranhas, Green Eggs and Ham, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly, and The Napping House. Second grade families are welcome to also attend the first grade program if they would like. If not attending the first grade program, students should arrive between 7:00-7:10pm, and they don't need to dress up.
The "Fourth Grade Music Celebration" program will be held Tuesday, April 25th from 6:30-7:30pm in the gym. This program will be a celebration of student's time at Boone Meadow, and it will include songs, dances, recorders, drums, and mallet instrument pieces. More information will follow.
The "Third Grade Recorder Showcase" program will be held Thursday, May 4th from 6:30-7:15pm in the gym. Come see all the hard work your kids have put into learning their new instruments! More information will follow.
The "Kindy Sing" program will be held Monday, May 22nd from 6:30-7:15pm in the cafeteria. This is a performance you won't forget, and kids will be encouraged to dress up to make it extra special! More information will follow.
I'm so looking forward to all these great opportunities for our students and their families. Thank you for encouraging your kids in their love of music, and thanks for saving the dates!
Boone Meadow Music
BME Bash! SAVE THE DATE!
Parent volunteers are hard at work planning the next BME Bash, scheduled for April 28, 2023. The BME Bash is an annual event sponsored by the Boone Meadow Elementary Parent Teacher Organization. Doing double duty as a community-building event and fundraiser for the school, the Bash is one of the most anticipated events of the year! In 2022, the event drew nearly 1,000 people from the Boone Meadow Elementary community!
WE NEED YOUR HELP! This year, the theme is Backyard BBQ and the event will feature inflatables, lots of food, family games, and, of course, the silent auction. We need community help to make this happen! If you know a business that would like to sponsor the event or donate items to the silent auction, please send them to our website (www.bmepto.com), where they will find sponsorship and donation forms.
If you have questions, reach out to the PTO at firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to text or call the BME Bash fundraising chair, Vanessa Keadle at (412) 582-3334.
ParentSquare Notification Settings..
ParentSquare is continually applying system updates to enhance individual communication experiences and offer customized options for receiving messages.
We highly recommend checking your individual ParentSquare settings to ensure you have selected to receive messages that align with your preference in consuming information. You can elect to receive messages instantly or you can choose to put them on a daily digest.
In the event of emergencies, including school closings and delays due to weather, the sender will attempt to override your individual settings to ensure you receive information instantly.
In a recent ParentSquare update, some individual settings were adjusted based on individual user consumption activity.
It is important to check your individual ParentSquare settings to be sure you are receiving the communication you desire on the timeline that you prefer.
This ParentSquare tutorial will guide you through accessing and selecting your individual ParentSquare message settings. If you have any questions, please contact ZCS technology to walk you through this process.
Upcoming Events & Important Info
March 6 - IREAD3 testing window begins (Student testing on March 7 & 8; make-up testing to follow)
March 15 - End of Quarter 3; 3rd Grade Rube Goldberg celebration; NWEA testing window opens; Dine for Dollars @ Fundae's
March 20-24 - Scholastic Book Fair
March 23 - Kindy Strong Start event (3-7PM) for incoming Kindergarteners and families (formerly known as Kindy Round Up)
March 28 - 1st grade "Music Is Reading" Program (6:15 in Gym); 2nd grade "Music Is Reading" (7:15 in Gym)
March 31 - April 7 - Spring Break
April 12 - PTO Meeting
April 19 - Blood Drive @ BME
April 17-May 12 - ILEARN State Testing Window (3rd/4th grades)
April 20 - International Fair Night (tentative)
April 25th - 4th grade Music Celebration (6:30 in gym)
April 28 - 3rd grade State Museum Study Trip; Boone Meadow Bash! (5:30-8:00)
May 1-5 - Teacher Appreciation Week
May 2 - Boone Meadow Voices Concert @ ZWEST
May 4 - 3rd grade Recorder Showcase (6:30 gym)
May 10 - PTO meeting
May 12 - Field Day (Rain date = May 15)
May 22 - Kindy Sing (6:30 in cafe)
May 23 - 3rd grade Zionsville Walking Tour
May 24 - Fourth Grade Celebration
May 25 - Last Day of School
Lunch Guest Sign Ups
We are ready to welcome lunch guests! Students and their guests will have lunch at designated locations in the front lobby area. Please no more than 2 guests per student due to limited space. So that others may have the opportunity, we ask that you not sign up more than 1 time per month. As we implement this new system/procedure, we will limit availability one more week to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday visits.
Here's how it works:
- Sign up for a reservation in advance using this link: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/BMELunchSchedule@zcsk12in.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/ When you sign up, please be certain to complete all fields requested.
- Be sure to notify your child's teacher so they are informed to send your child to the front lobby to meet you/guest during their scheduled lunch time.
- Bring a photo ID and arrive 5 minutes early (lunch times are listed on the signup form link above).
- Your child will meet you in the front office area when they are ready.
School Safety: Visitors & Volunteers Background Checks
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 or visit in the future, please note the following information.
Click here for information regarding required Background Checks for volunteers: ZCS Volunteer Background Check
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. If you plan to assist as chaperones or engage with children in a volunteer capacity, we strongly recommend getting a criminal background check completed well in advance to have on file.
- 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. Volunteers must also view the state mandated confidentiality/bullying video, provided on the Volunteer/BRAVO website.
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
*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.