Union Elementary Weekly Update

November 2, 2018

This week at Union

Third Grade Pumpkin Project

Thank you Scouts!

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A huge thank you to Union Elementary Tiger Scouts. The scouts and their parents took on Union outdoor gardens as their service project. A fall spruce up repaired signs and removal of the broken bridge were the results of an evening's efforts.

Upcoming Union Events

November 5- PTO Meeting, 7PM

November 6- Dads Club Meeting, 7 PM

November 7- Body Safety Parent Meeting at ESC, 6 PM

November 9- PTO Movie Night, 6:15 PM- Sign up at Movie Night RSVP

November 10- ZEF Barn Bash

November 12- Veterans Day Program; Wear Red, White and Blue Spirit Day

November 14- Dads Club Third Grade Breakfast, 7 AM

November 15-Picture Make Up Day

November 20- Kindergarten Friendship Feast

November 21-23- Thanksgiving Break

November 27- CO31 Kindergarten Event, 6:30 in Cafeteria

November 30- Second Grade Vocabulary Parade

Veterans Day 2018

We value the commitments you make each day in your homes as well as in our larger community. On November 12, 2018, we look forward to celebrating and honoring our Veterans. We know there are many Union families whose lives have been personally shaped by one of the branches of our Armed Forces. It is our desire to plan experiences that are meaningful for our students while simultaneously appreciative of the brave men and women that have served or are currently serving our country. We welcome all members of our community to attend our celebration. If you or a member of your family have served our country in this capacity, we would like to recognize you in a special way.

Union Elementary will be honoring our community’s Veterans with an all-school convocation at 9:15 on Monday, November 12, 2018. If you would like more information or are interested in attending, please follow the directions on the Google Doc below:


For additional information, please contact Jen Raycroft at jraycroft@zcs.k12.in.us or 733-4007 x16999.

Student Council Announcement for Veterans Day

On Monday, November 12th, Union Elementary will be celebrating Veterans Day. Your child will learn about what a veteran is and why we celebrate this holiday. Also, please dress in red, white, and blue to celebrate with our country! We are asking for quarter donations to go towards the Honor Flight and helping Veterans get to see the memorial in Washington D.C.! This coin collection will occur the week of November 5-9. Please show you school spirit and dress in red, white, and blue for our convocation on November 12th! Thank you for your support and Happy Veterans Day.

-Your Union Elementary Student Council Members

Body Safety Parent Informational Night

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Counselor's Corner

Here are our Second Step Home Links for this week. Please take a moment to read your child’s grade level Home Link. It provides a great overview of what they are learning in their Second Step class lesson!


Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

CO31- Kindergarten Parent Night

In order to help our children to "transition strong" and to build a web of supports for them that will last for years to come, we will be holding a Kindergarten Parent Night! On November 27, 2018 from 6:30-7:30, come to Union's cafeteria for a parent social event. During the event, you will get to socialize with the parents of your child's classmates as well as hear from Dr. Robison, superintendent of Zionsville Community Schools. All kindergarten families will receive the book One, provided through the funding of our Lilly Grant.

Free childcare will be provided. To RSVP, please click on the link here.

School Pictures

School pictures came home this week. If you have any questions, you can contact the Cripe Customer Service Form on our website. Link is below. Also, you will see on the back of the packets, all the information regarding questions or concerns and also our retake policy.


Contact Form: http://www.order.cripephoto.com/customer-service-form

Cripe Photography, Inc.




Report Card Access

Elementary Parents,

Thank you for joining us for parent-teacher conferences earlier this month. Your child’s report card is now available on Power School for you to view. Power School is where you can go to access report cards, find your child’s test history or view attendance information.

To access your child’s report card, simply login to PowerSchool (using your parent login or your child’s login) and click on the Report Card link located in the left-hand menu. If you need help please visit our website: https://www.zcs.k12.in.us/apps/pages/powerschool_parent_portal All future report cards will be stored in this location, so you will always be able to access/view your child’s report cards in one place.

If you have any problems viewing/accessing your child’s report card, please contact your school’s main office.

PTO News


Don't forget, we have an amazing PTO meeting planned for you on Monday. Come to the Union Café at 7pm on November 5 and have a front row seat to hear all about an issue that is at the forefront of every parent's mind...Internet Safety.
Dan Layton, Chief Technology Officer for ZCS, will be on hand to chat with us a little about technology, internet safety and how it affects our kids. He will also be sticking around to answer questions, so please submit your concerns below, via messenger or at union.pto@hotmail.com.
You won't want to miss this opportunity. Childcare will be provided.


The Union Express Mail is up and running!! Mail will be delivered once a week by our second grade students. Stop by, say hi to Mrs. Edwards and Mrs. Grissom, grab a stamp from the bin in the office and drop a letter in the mail to your Union Star. Students can obtain stamps and letter forms from their teachers to send mail to friends, teachers and administrators. Classroom addresses can be found on the PTO website.


Have you guys seen 'Incredibles 2'?! It's...well...incredible. If adults could come to Movie Night it would be standing room only, I'm sure. But, alas...only K-4, the rest of us will have to drown our sorrows with a quiet night at home while our kids enjoy a night out. Mark your calendars for Friday, November 9th and sign up below. The cost is $5 (pay at the door - cash or check made to Union PTO). Drop off starts at 6:15pm at Door 11, please come in to sign your child in and plan on picking them up promptly between 8:10 and 8:15. Movie goers will receive a snack of SmartPop popcorn, bottled water, and Welch's fruit snacks (please do not send other food or drink with your child).

Sign up to attend using this link: Movie Night RSVP

Parent Volunteer Sign Up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0544a8ad2ba2fe3-movie4


Mark your calendars—your kids are NOT going to want to miss this school event. Spotlight Night is March 22 and 23. Union Elementary students Kindergarten-4th grade will get to experience this event.

What will the students do? They will get to participate in numerous craft, games, and snack stations set up around the school.

How do they get to attend? Students will be asked to read/listen to a required amount of books and magazines. Once those recorded requirements are done they get the pass to attend.

Look for more information in future newsletters and on Facebook.


November 5: PTO Meeting

November 9: Movie Night

November 10: ZEF Barn Bash

February 8: Union Soiree

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Dads Club

Calling all Dads! Join us the first Tuesday of every month for our monthly meeting. Check out our calendar on the Dad’s Club webpage and our Facebook page Union Elementary Dads Club. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2018 at 7 PM in the Teachers' Lounge.

Our next event is the 3rd grade breakfast, which will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 7 AM.

Winter is coming...

While the official start of the season is still weeks away, there has definitely been a chill in the air this week. Please be sure that students are heading to school dressed for the weather (coats, hats, mittens, etc. as needed) since we do head outdoors for recess most days.

Additionally, please see the link below regarding information about school delay/ closure procedures:


Background Check Information


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

Union Elementary School

Union Elementary strives to create a nurturing and kid-focused learning environment where teachers, students, and parents work together in supportive and collaborative partnerships so all students can meet their potential.