Boone Meadow Friday Flyer
September 18, 2020
Many Faces of BME
Dear Boone Meadow Families
- All students are engaged in exploring life sciences as we move into the fall season. We have fish, plants, and a plethora of other living things for our students to observe and study.
- Please note the Donation Drive being hosted by our PTO. Detailed information is located below.
- Thank you to our PTO for providing Chick-fil-A sandwiches and chips on Friday. Our staff is very thankful for this special treat and gesture.
Have a great weekend,
*NEW* STUDENT DAILY SCREENER LINK STARTING ON MONDAY 9/21/20! - (linked to PowerSchool/attendance procedures & must be completed each morning before school)
- The new screener alert will go live late Sunday night & be visible by Monday morning.
- To prepare, please be sure you know your parent PowerSchool log-in information. (If you DO NOT have a PS Parent Portal account ready, please set up prior to Monday. If you forgot your log-in information, please use the "forgot username or password" link to reset.)
- The link for the screener will be active on Monday morning.
- The screener is not accessible via the PowerSchool app.
- Please follow the instructions below to create/reset accounts and/or create shortcuts to the screener on your mobile phone's home screen.
Shortcut to PowerSchool screener on iPhone - Step 1
Go to https://ps.zcs.k12.in.us/public/ from a browser on your iPhone. Select the share button(square with arrow on top circled in yellow below).
Shortcut screener on iPhone - Step 2
Select add to home screen and it will appear on your screen thereafter.
Shortcut screener on Android
Launch Chrome for Android and open the website or web page you want to pin to your home screen. Tap the menu button and tap Add to homescreen. You’ll be able to enter a name for the shortcut and then Chrome will add it to your home screen.
Shortcut to PowerSchool screener on iPhone - Step 1
Shortcut screener on iPhone - Step 2
Spirit of Giving - PTO Donation Drive
Hello BME Families!
Boone Meadow PTO is currently hosting a “Spirit of Giving” Donation Drive. Since 2012, Jog-A-Thon has not only been the primary, but also the favorite student fundraiser for Boone Meadow Elementary. On average, BME families have raised between $16,000-$20,000 each year to help fund classroom grants, technology and enrichment at our school. Due to current volunteer and social distancing guidelines related to COVID, we are unable to hold this annual event. The BME students and staff are continuing to adjust and rise to the challenges the 2020-21 school year brings, and the BME PTO continues to support them amidst this unprecedented year. We are committed to our mission to provide assistance and enrichment opportunities for the entire BME community.
We are reaching out today to ask for your financial support of the BME PTO. Without the BME Mixer & Silent Auction in Spring 2020 or Jog-A-Thon this fall, the BME PTO is currently unable to support our students and staff as we normally would during the academic school year. Because most traditional means of fundraising are suspended due to Covid-19, the BME PTO is hosting a “Spirit of Giving” Donation Drive this year to help raise funds. With your support, the PTO will be better positioned to serve our school community.
In years past, the BME PTO has proudly purchased a number of items for our students and staff. Recent examples include:
- the new rock climbing wall in the gymnasium was funded by PTO,
- STEM garden projects,
- the outdoor shade structure,
- Chromebooks and iPads for classrooms,
- various classroom projects & learning opportunities,
- and xylophone stands for our music programming!
- On top of these great contributions, the PTO has funded a variety of teacher grants and numerous appreciation events for the BME Staff.
We need and appreciate your support in our effort to make the 2020-2021 school year the best experience it can be. Every donation, large or small, will make a difference. Although the PTO will accept donations throughout the year, the “Spirit of Giving” Donation Drive is through the month of September.
To participate in our donation drive, a tax deductible donation can be made via check to Boone Meadow PTO or via PayPal to email@example.com. We can accept those donations at the school and deliver to the PTO Board.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to BME PTO President, Torrye Kampen or to PTO Treasurer, Audra Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your consideration is greatly appreciated.
With many thanks,
Your BME PTO
Why Cook Wednesdays - (aka Dine for Dollars)
Upcoming "Dine for Dollars" opportunities include:
- Wednesday, Sept. 23rd - Panera Bread** (4:00-8:00) (more info below)
- Wednesday, October 7th - McDonalds (APP ordering only) (All Day)Friday, October 23rd
- Friday, October 23rd - Hot Box Pizza All Day
- November 4th - 6th- Jill’s Cookies All Day
- November 18th- City BBQ All Day
**Panera - When ordering online, enter code PRFUND at checkout to ensure BME gets a portion of the proceeds.
Thank you for considering these future opportunities to support Boone Meadow PTO.
Body Safety Presentations
Dear BME Families,
As you know, the safety of our students is our highest priority. We routinely practice safety drills and engage in ongoing safety education of our students throughout the year. We teach guidelines and principles in a way to develop student agency, allowing them to regularly make decisions that prioritize their safety across settings and situations.
One topic within the larger umbrella of Safety Education is that of Body Safety. A few examples of Body Safety topics include wearing seat belts and helmets, looking both ways to cross the street, keeping hands to self, eating healthy foods, and following school procedures such as walking in the hallways. Body Safety education also encompasses the prevention of childhood abuse.
ZCS has partnered with the Indiana Center for Prevention of Youth Abuse and Suicide (ICPYAS) to assist us in providing the instruction of strategies for abuse prevention. This instruction will be provided virtually to all students at Boone Meadow on September 22nd and 23rd. ICPYAS is a non-profit organization that employs certified instructors who deliver research-based lessons to students in developmentally appropriate ways as a means to give children strategies to keep their bodies safe. All students in grades K-12 receive the instruction on an annual basis, in accordance with state legislation SEA 355.
***A special note for families of remote learners: Your child will participate in the scheduled Body Safety lessons based on your teacher's home school. You will receive additional information regarding those details from your child's teacher. Please let us know if you have questions.***
To learn more about these presentations, be sure to visit https://www.indianaprevention.org/parentresources and click on the “Child Lures Video”, which provides information regarding the content of this program. The website also contains links to additional resources. In addition, all Kindergarten families, as well as families new to BME will receive a supplemental guide during the week of September 21st.
Parents have the opportunity to opt out of this program, if desired. The opt-out form is attached at the bottom this message. (We will have additional copies available for you should you need a hard copy - simply call the front office or notify your child's classroom teacher with a request for the paper version.) Please note, this opt-out form should only be completed and returned if you desire for your student NOT to receive this body safety education.
Questions regarding this program should be directed to Kristi Sloan.
Phone: 317-873-2226, ext. 14992
As always, we value your partnership in the education of your child, and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve your family in such meaningful ways.
Tom Hundley, Principal
Lauren Kersey & Deb Pickett, Assistant Principal
Kristi Sloan, Guidance Counselor
Upcoming Events & Important Info
September 15-October 15 - Hispanic Heritage Month
September 18 - Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown
September 22 & 23 - Body Safety Presentations
September 23 - Dine for Dollars - Panera Bread (4-8PM)
September 27 - Yom Kippur
October 6 - End of 1st Qtr
October 12-16 - Fall Break
October 20 - Staff Mtg
October 23 - Picture Retake Day
November 2 - Student Conferences (Eday for students)
November 11 - Veterans Day
November 25-27- Thanksgiving Break
December 10 - Hannakah begins
December 18 - End of Qtr 2
December 21 - January 1 - Winter Break
January 18 - MLK Jr. Day (no school)
January 19 - No School
February 12 - Chinese New Year
February 14 - Valentine's Day
February 15 - Presidents Day - No School
February 17 - Ash Wednesday
March 12 - End of Quarter 3
March 14 - Daylight Savings Time
March 17 - St. Patrick's Day
March 28 - Palm Sunday/Passover
April 2 - April 9 - Spring Break
April 2 - Good Friday
April 4 - Easter
April 13 - Ramadan Starts
April 15 - ZWest Music visit to BME
May 5 - Cinco de Mayo
May 13 - Eid
May 26 - Last day of school
May 27 - Teacher work day
May 31 - Memorial Day
ZCS and the Zionsville Diversity Coalition partnered to create a list of mentor texts that support our elementary adopted literacy curriculum. Books donated will be placed in our elementary classrooms for teachers to use and to offer our students mirrors (seeing themselves), windows (seeing others), and doors (opportunities to learn about differences) because in ZCS, EVERYONE BELONGS!
You can utilize School Pay to pay for textbook rentals and to fund lunch accounts. Information about School Pay as well as additional lunch details, such as the monthly menu, can be found on the Food Services website.