Stonegate Elementary Weekly News

December 22, 2018

"The holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for those around us." Terri Marshall

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Calendar of Events

  • December 24-January 4 - Winter Break- No School
  • January 7- Second Semester Begins
  • January 7-25- NWEA Assessments (classroom schedules vary)
  • January 21-MLK Day- No School
  • January 25 - PTO Spirit Day - Crazy Socks
  • February 18 - President's Day - No School
  • February 19 - Staff Professional Development - No School
  • February 28 - Family STEM Night - 6:00-7:30pm

Look Who Was Sent to the Principal's Office!

Gavin Bovenkirk

Johnathan Deneau

Leif Streib

Dean DeBaltzo

Jackson Hutchison

Aiden Morton

Ryan DeMattos

Lizzie Averitte

Colin Edington

Jason Lyles

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

Thank You!

The entire office staff would like to thank you for your generous gifts! Thank you for the special food goodies, gift cards, flowers, and the list goes on and on. You make us all feel very loved and cared for. We have included a couple of pictures that include some of our sweet students from this past week. We hope they bring a smile to you as all the students do for us each day. Cherish this time with family and friends and we look forward to seeing you and your kids back on Monday, January 7th. Happy New Year!

Miss Wetzel's Counseling Corner

So far, our students have learned about skills for learning and empathy. Skills for learning help students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, use self-talk to stay on task and be assertive when asking for help. When discussing empathy, students learned to identify and understand their own and others’ feelings. Students also learn how to take another’s perspective and how to show compassion. Students will now begin to discuss emotional management during their Steps to Strong in Every Way time! Students will learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety or anger. When we are able to recognize and label feelings in oneself and others, we can facilitate problem solving, self-management and social competence much better!

***ZCS District News***

Textbook Rental Fees

Elementary fee statements were emailed several months ago. Payment for the 2018-19 school year were due in September. Didn’t receive your statement? 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

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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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