The Friday Flyer
Boone Meadow Elementary
Boone Meadow Voices Holiday Concert
Last night, Jen Welch facilitated yet another enchanting performance by our Boone Meadow Voices. Bravo, students!
Access a recording of the performance by clicking on the video located above.
Music Notes with Mr. Doublestein
Dear Families -
A couple weeks ago I had so much fun surprising our older students with recorders, which for most of them is their very first real instrument that they don’t have to share. It was a day that our fourth graders had waited for all year, a day that our third graders hadn’t expected, and a day that I suspect none of them will soon forget. Needless to say the kids had an absolute blast discovering their new instruments and trying them out. Since then I’ve taught them how to control their breathing in order to produce musical sounds. They’ve learned how to play three notes, G A and B, and they’ve even learned how to play their first song, “Hot Cross Buns.”
So why recorder? First, playing the recorder allows students to apply the musical concepts they are already learning in the classroom. By performing a simple melody on the recorder they are keeping a steady beat, playing a rhythm, reading notes, and making connections to a wide variety of other musical concepts. In addition, the recorder also serves as a stepping stone to learning other more advanced instruments in the future. Before we know it many of our students will use what they are learning to help them transition to band or orchestra instruments for middle school, and it’s my hope that they will do so having already built a strong foundation of musical understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment. This is a big step for them, and super fun for me to encourage.
The kids are dying to bring their recorders home, but before they do I’m making sure that they can make great music that everyone in the house will enjoy (you’re welcome J). Once that happens you can expect to be greeted by happy kids who want nothing more than to delight you with an in-home concert. Once the newness wears off you may notice some discouragement coming from those who are struggling. If your child ever comes home discouraged please remind them that making mistakes is a part of music, that they have already made a lot of progress, and that learning a new skill takes lots of practice. They won’t be perfect right away, but that’s ok, and they can always come to their music teacher for help.
To learn more about why we learn to play recorders, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=87&v=ET9k10btZ0Y
Enjoy this coming season of learning and make sure your kids know how proud of them you are!
This friend is teaching his class how to make origami frogs to his classmates.
Last Day of School is now May 28, 2019
Textbook Rental Fees
Elementary fee payments for the 2018-19 school year were due in September.
Didn’t receive your statement? Good news, as textbook rental fee statements can now be viewed in PowerSchool!
- Simply log in to your PowerSchool parent account or your student’s PowerSchool account, and click on the BALANCE tab on the left side of the screen. You will see your student’s itemized statement, payments made, and current account balance.
- NEW – for a flat fee of $3.80 per transaction, save time and the hassle of writing/mailing a check and make your payment online via SchoolPay.
For answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding Textbook Rental, please visit
Texts from SchoolMessenger
From time to time Boone Meadow uses SchoolMessenger to send a text to all of the families. If you haven't been receiving texts from us, you may need to opt-in by sending YES to the SchoolMessenger short code of 68453. Contact Beth Kiel in the front office if you have any questions!
Volunteers and Visitor Background Checks
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 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.