Union Elementary Weekly Update

March 15, 2019

A Week in Review

UNION PLAYERS Peter Pan Performance

Thank you to all families who have currently purchased tickets for our Friday and Saturday performances. At this time we are SOLD OUT! All tickets at this point will be waiting under the ticket purchaser name at our will call table before each performance. Doors open at 6:40 on Friday night and 1:40 for our Saturday performance. Please enter the building through the preschool playground doors on the east side of the building. There will be a sign marking the way. As a reminder 2 years old and under were free, but are expected to be on a ticket holder's lap for the performance. Thank you for supporting our amazing 4th graders!

Upcoming Union Events

March 15-16- Union Players Production of Peter Pan

March 18-21- IREAD (3rd Grade)

March 21- Report Cards Available in Powerschool

March 20- Kindergarten Dads Club Breakfast, 8:15 in cafeteria

March 22-23- Spotlight Night

March 26- ZCS Community Forum Event at Union, 6:30 in cafeteria

March 28- Kokomo Beach Day

March 29-April 5- Spring Break

April 9- Dads Club Meeting, 7 PM in Teachers' Lounge

April 10- Kindergarten Round Up at Union

April 11- Union PreSchool to Kindergarten Transition Meeting, 6 PM in Cafeteria

April 12- Animal Specialties (Third Grade), 1:30 PM

April 13- Dads Club Egg Hunt, 8:30 AM on Soccer Field

Superintendent to Speak about Growth and Redistricting

The important topic of redistricting is always part of enrollment growth discussions. Please join us at Union Elementary on March 26 to discuss our facilities needs as a result of continuing enrollment growth. We will meet from 6:30-8:00 PM in the cafeteria.

Please register to attend at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Union2019


Free child care will be provided for children who are toilet trained and three years-of-age or older. You can register for childcare on the link above as well.


We need parents to be aware of the facilities needs, redistricting implications, and funding information related to our enrollment growth in ZCS. Thank you for your consideration of this important community forum in the life of ZCS.


You might have children in other Zionsville schools, and for that reason, I am including the dates of our feeder schools as well. Core content will be similar at each location.


  • February 25th - Zionsville Community High School
  • March 14th- Zionsville Middle School
  • March 26th - Union Elementary School


Click HERE for more information from the February School Board Update

Kindergarten Round Up 2019

It is almost time to welcome our newest class of Union Stars, the class of 2032!


Kindergarten Round Up Registration is live! You will sign up at:

https://www.zcs.k12.in.us/apps/news/article/999047


Kindergarten Round-Up at Union will take place on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 7:30 AM-5:00 PM.


If your child is enrolled in ZCS Universal Preschool at the school they will attend Kindergarten, you received an email with Round-Up information from your Preschool lead. You do NOT need to sign up for using the link above. If your child attends Preschool at Zionsville West Middle School, or a Preschool at a different Zionsville school than their boundary school, you will need to register and sign up for a Round-Up time.

Counselor Corner

Here are our Second Step Home Links for this week. Please take a moment to read your child’s grade level Home Links. These are our final Home Links for this school year.

Kindergarten

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

PTO News

UPCOMING MEETING

Last night's PTO mixer was a success with a nice turn out and we were able to welcome a few new people and I was able to avoid making dinner. We still have some PTO positions available and we'd love for you to fill them. By having a child enrolled at Union you are already a member of the PTO so you might as well serve on the board. We still need someone for Hospitality Manager, Outdoor Education Executive, Staff Services Chair, Movie Night Director, and Union Express Mail Post Master (This is a great job for a 2nd Grade parent). Hurry and reach out to Jayna Cacioppo at jcacioppo@taftlaw.com or Laura Walls at lauwalls@gmail.com to learn more before your spot is taken.


The next PTO meeting will be on April 17 at 7pm in the Union Café. We will vote to accept the Executive Board that night so don't miss it if you still want a PTO spot, want to vote for your favorite board member or stage some sort of a takeover of one of those positions.


SPOTLIGHT NIGHT

ONE MORE WEEK! Spotlight Night is right around the corner and the festivities start on Friday! There is still plenty of opportunity to help so please follow the link below for more information.


Make sure to turn in your registration forms by MONDAY so we can be ready for your student!


https://www.smore.com/7zap6-spotlight-night-2019?ref=email-content#w-8725547853

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, April 9, 2019 at 7 PM in the Teachers' Lounge.


Our next event is the Kindergarten Breakfast, which will be held on March 20, 2019 at 8:15 AM. Sign up to donate items or volunteer at

https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2721470/false#/invitation

Thank you Dads!

Thank you to Geordie Hester, all of our volunteers and participants who took part in our Dads Club 2 on 2 Basketball Tournament. It was a great day of friendly competition and good sportsmanship.

Kokomo Beach Spirit Day

Thursday, March 28th is Kokomo Beach Day at Union! Kokomo Beach Day is a day to relax, chill out, and have some fun! Students can celebrate by wearing shorts, bright colored clothes, flower printed shirts, short sleeve t-shirts, sun dresses, sandals, etc. Please make sure to dress appropriate (no swim suits)! Don’t forget we will be heading out to recess, so students may need coats, pants, or other shoes to put over their beach wear. Also, your child may bring his or her BEACH TOWEL to sit on during lunch! Students who normally sit at the peanut-free tables will be able to set their towels up on the stage. Thank you Union Stars and we hope to see you wearing your beach wear!

- Your Student Council Members!

Report Cards

Elementary report cards for Q3 will be available on March 21st. To access your child’s report cards, simply login to PowerSchool (using your parent login or your child’s login) and click on the Report Cards link on the left. If you have forgotten how to login to PowerSchool, your child or their building secretary can assist with this.

Now Hiring

Attention all parents/guardians! Have you ever thought about getting paid for the time you spend at our school? Union is looking for an instructional assistant. This is a 29 hour per week position during the instructional day working directly with our students. If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to Erin Kay at 317-733-4007 x16998 or ekay@zcs.k12.in.us.

ZCS Do Day

SERVING ZIONSVILLE AND WHITESTOWN TOGETHER

ZCS Do Day is a people-powered community day of service.

Friday, March 15 1:00 pm – Saturday, March 16 1:00 pm


On Friday, students in schools will:

· Write letters to service men and women

· Make placemats for the Boone County Senior Services bi-monthly luncheons at Town Hall

· Collect items for the Boone County Humane Society

· Make ‘adopt me’ bandanas and bow ties for the Boone County Humane Society

· Collect items for the Food Pantry

· Make ‘thank you’ cards to deliver to ZPD, ZFD and Boone County officers

· Make cards for the Zionsville Meadows Senior Citizens

· Help clean up around your school’s campus (pick up sticks, rocks, trash)

Families are also welcome to help on Friday night and Saturday morning.

10 ideas for families:

1. Clean out your closet and donate to Goodwill or the Salvation Army

2. Pick up some non-perishables and donate to a local foodbank

3. Trim bushes or shovel snow for a neighbor

4. Offer to babysit for a family

5. Offer to walk a neighbor’s dog

6. Help clean up around your neighborhood

7. Plant a tree

8. Offer to clean the house of a neighbor in need

9. Donate your primary books to a preschool

10. Deliver cookies or snacks to neighbors


Other Optional Activities for families to do together:

We also have a Million Meal Movement meal packing the night of March 15 – anyone can help at it! The link is: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0F4AACA62AA02-million


Lions Park Clean-up:

· Saturday, March 16 (from 10:00am-noon at Lions Park) – LIONS PARK CLEANUP. Help prepare Lions Park for the upcoming seasons by raking, pulling weeds and getting the fields ready. All ages are welcome to volunteer!

Link for information and to register: Lions Park Cleanup


If you participate please tweet out a picture using the hashtags #ZCSdoDAY #SIEW or send photos to Janet Mann at jmann@zcs.k12.in.us

Union students bundled up to do a campus clean up as part of ZCS Do Day.

Important-Updated Immunization Requirements for 2019-2020

The Indiana State Department of Health school immunization requirements for 2019-2020 have been updated. Click here to view these new requirements as they have recently changed. Students who do not have the Hepatitis A series may need to get the first dose as soon as possible as there is a minimum interval of six calendar months between the first and second doses. Religious and medical objections to the immunization requirements must be updated and signed each school year. Please feel free to send updated immunization records to the health clinic as you receive them. Contact the school nurse or your physician’s office with any questions.

Youth Art Month

ZIONSVILLE’S YOUTH ART MONTH

Youth Art Month (YAM) is an annual observation each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs.Established in 1961, Youth Art Month provides a forum for acknowledging skills that are fostered through experience in the visual arts that are not possible in other subjects offered in the curriculum.


THE PURPOSE OF YOUTH ART MONTH:

· To direct attention to the value of art education which develops divergent & critical

thinking; multicultural awareness; as well as technical, communication, and expressive skills.

· To increase community, business, & governmental support for art education.

· To recognize art is a necessity for the full development of a better quality life for all people.

· To expand art programs in schools and stimulate new programming.

· To increase community understanding and interest in art & art education through involvement in art exhibits, workshops, and other creative ventures.

· To provide additional opportunities for individuals of all ages to participate in creative learning.

· To encourage commitment to the arts by student, community organizations and individuals everywhere.

· To recognize art education as a viable component in the total education curricula that develops citizens of a global society.

· To reflect & demonstrate the goals of the National Art Education Association that work toward the improvement of art education on all levels.

· To build the recognition and self-esteem of student artists as true artists in their own right.

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School Delay/ Closing Information

Please see the link here for information regarding school delays and cancellations.

Note that our next school cancellation would prompt an eDay. Lessons will be published on CANVAS the morning of the cancelled date. Elementary students have until the following week to complete all assignments. With this longer window for work completion, we are able to provide support if there are factors that impact accessibility (devices, internet access).

School Calendar- Updated

Please see the updated school calendar below. The last student day will now be Tuesday, May 28, 2019.
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Background Check Information

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.


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.


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.


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.