Stonegate Elementary Weekly News

November 2, 2018

"The best way to predict your future is to create it." - Abraham Lincoln

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Calendar of Events

  • November 6 - Picture Retake Day
  • November 6 - 1st grade to Conner Prairie (Strawmyer, Westin, and Benefiel)
  • November 7 - 1st grade to Conner Prairie (Clare, McDaniel)
  • November 7- Body Safety Parent Information Night-6-7:00p.m. ZCS Education Service Center-900 Mulberry Street
  • November 9 - Veteran's Day Program- 9:30am
  • November 9 - PTO Mother/Son Night
  • November 10 - ZEF Barn Bash-Golf Club of Indiana, Cardinal Room 6:00-11:00pm
  • November 12-16 - PTO Food Drive
  • November 12 - School Board Meeting at the ESC 6:00-7:00pm
  • November 14 - ZEF Family Book Night 6:00-7:00pm
  • November 19-20-Body Safety Program at SGE (K-4)

Look Who Was Sent to the Principal's Office!

Isla McPike

Paxton McGormley

Josie Newell

Aiden Thompson

We love our students and are thrilled when they are recognized for all the positive acts of kindness they contribute in their classrooms!

Nov. 6-Picture Retakes

The Cripe Retake Policy: Retakes are done at no charge if an initial purchase was made or if your photo is technically flawed (eyes closed, out of focus, etc.). We require the entire original picture packet and envelope to be returned on Make-up day even if you did not purchase a package. If a package was not purchased, there will be a $5 retake fee.

Parents wanting to place an initial order of the make-up or retake image can do so online using the following link:

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Sylvia's Place & Chaucie's Place - Parent Information Night

For Who: Parents with Children in Grades K-6

When: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 6:00-7:00 PM

Where: Zionsville Educational Services Center

Sylvia’s Place has partnered with Chaucie’s Place to provide body safety programming for your children. Think First and Stay Safe™ is being presented in Zionsville Community Schools due to the generous funding from the Community Foundation of Boone County.

Think First and Stay Safe™ is a comprehensive body safety education program that teaches children in grades K-12 ways to keep their bodies safe. Students will learn appropriate ways to prevent, respond to, and report situations such as bullying, cyber-bullying, and all forms of abuse or neglect. These issues will be addressed at an age-appropriate level by trained Chaucie's Place presenters. Topics addressed will be as follows:

  • Think First and Stay Safe: Using our Built-in Computer—our Brain
  • My Body Belongs to Me
  • Trust your Gut
  • Laws Help Protect Me
  • Telling a Trusted Adult
  • All Secrets Can be Told
  • Everyone Deserves to Be Treated with Kindness and Respect
  • I am Special and Deserve Respect

Please join us for our upcoming Parent Night where you can learn more about these programs. Chaucie's Place staff will be available to answer questions. Information about the content of these programs will be provided, as well as tools to continue these important conversations at home and what to do if your child discloses abuse to you. These programs are designed to be the beginning of ongoing conversations empowering children and youth to keep themselves safe. Please join us to learn more!

*Save The Date* for Our Veterans Day Program!

The Stonegate students and staff look forward to celebrating our American heroes on FRIDAY, November 9th, 2018 Our program will begin promptly at 9:30 AM in our SGE Gymnasium. As our honored Veterans arrive, students and staff will give you the option to be escorted to a special room for light treats and drinks. We hope you will be able to join us!

Is your loved one planning on attending our Veterans Day celebration? If yes, please give us the pleasure of honoring him or her at our program. Click here to fill out this form. During our program, we will proudly display his or her information so each attending Veteran can be properly recognized. Please fill out this form on or before Wednesday, November 7th, 2018.

Please Join Us for ZEF/SGE Family Book Club Night!

On behalf of ZEF and SGE, we would like to invite ALL families to participate in our first FAMILY BOOK CLUB NIGHT . . . Wednesday, November 14th from 6:00-7:00 PM!


  • Thanks to the generous donation of Duke Energy, we have received hundreds of copies of four books all authored by acclaimed author, Eve Bunting
  • Our objective is to have as many families participate by selecting one book per family to read together over a week's timeframe.
  • Once your family has had time to read it together and discuss the book (discussion questions will be provided for you), your family will come to SGE on Wed. 11/14 from 6:00-7:00 PM.
  • At SGE, your family will be paired up with other families and a staff member to lead a "book club discussion."
  • Each "book club" will be located in different parts of our building.


  • If your family would like to participate, please click the link below to choose one of the four books.
  • You can select a book even if you CANNOT participate in the evening of Wed. 11/14.
  • While we strongly recommend one book per family, if you'd like to select two books due to the difference in age of your children, feel free.
  • However, during the evening of our book club night, please ensure that if your children separate due to different books, please ensure there is an adult to accompany each child.


Book Title Selections and Grade Level Recommendations for Family Book Club:

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Miss Wetzel's Counseling Corner

This week during our Steps to Strong in Every Way, our Kindergarten and 1st grade classes learned about how people can have different feelings about the same event. This skill is an important part of social perspective-taking. Without this understanding, students would not consider the existence of any perspective other than their own. Think of times throughout the day when you and your child might have different feelings about the same event and discuss these feelings! Our 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade classes learned about Compassion. Compassion means saying kind words or doing something helpful to show you care about how another person feels. Having empathy helps you show compassion.

The grade levels’ link below will take you to a page called Home Links. Some Steps to SIEW lessons have fun activities for you and your child to complete together! If you do not have a home link for the lesson this week, ask your child what they learned and how they plan to practice the skill at school and home. They are a great way for you to understand what your child is learning and for your child to show you what he or she knows!


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Stonegate Spotlight: 2nd Grade

Second grade has been learning about the past and comparing it to the present. We learned about the history of Zionsville and how it got its name. The highlight of our study was traveling through virtual reality to a school house from the 1800’s. The students were amazed at how different things were back then. It was also fun to see how some things are still the same!

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STEM Thanks!

Thanks to ZEF for continuing to support our STEM program! They have funded new robotics equipment that will be used with our youngest programmers here at SGE. These new tools will be the building blocks to the more advanced programming students will do in grades 2-4. Thanks again, ZEF!

November Wellness

Are you ready to take the November Fitness Challenge-DOING PLANKS and GIVING THANKS? Each month, Mrs. Torrance will post a new fitness challenge on the Wellness Canvas Page. Complete the challenge at least 10 days each month and earn a toe token as well as a chance for random prizes. Encourage all family members and friends to participate! Have FUN with FITNESS!

Why Plank Exercises? Plank exercises strengthen the core. Core muscles help support the body and allow us to use our arms and legs strongly and effectively. Strong core muscles form the foundation for good posture, coordination, and balance. All gross and fine motor skills rely on a stable core!

Mrs. Torrance would like to remind children to wear tennis shoes everyday to safely move and play. Tennis shoes are required for wellness. As the weather becomes colder and boots are worn to school, please send a pair of tennis shoes especially on wellness days. Children are not able to participate safely in many activities without proper footwear. If anyone has gently worn shoes that they would like to donate, Mrs. Torrance could use them for children in need. Donations are greatly appreciated.

***PTO Information***

Mother & Son Dance

Come join us for the 2018 Stonegate Elementary Mother/Son Dance!

This year we have Fortnite Mania! Our Fortnite experts will be teaching the moms all the legendary Fortnite Dances. In addition to plenty of dancing, there will be plenty of snacks, activities and there is talk of a llama! So mark your calendar for November 9th and make sure to RSVP now. The cost is $20/family. Payment can be made by cash or check (made payable to Stonegate PTO) and you can either pay in advance or at the door. If you choose to pay in advance, please send your check or money into your child's teacher in an envelope marked "Mother/Son Dance" with the names of those attending. Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 7th.

We will be needing volunteers for set up, during and for clean up. Please be looking for the iVolunteer links to be able to sign up. We appreciate all that are able to help.

And here is the link to the SignUp Genius page to RSVP:


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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 the generous support of our youth and schools. Thank you, too, for supporting the assurance of student and staff safety by completing and paying for a volunteer background check.

Did You Know?

ZCS, like other public schools, has a no-idling policy for vehicles on campus. The purpose of the policy is to limit vehicle emissions that might be brought into the schools and adversely impact the health of our students and staff. If you are stopped on campus for more than 5 minutes, please remember to turn off your engine. We thank you for abiding by this policy to help reduce the exposure to these emissions.

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