The Friday Flyer
From Boone Meadow Elementary School
From the Eagles Nest
During the 2017-2018 school year, we have two academic priorities that are primary drivers with our staff. It is our desire to have these priorities are infused throughout our staff learning this upcoming year of opportunity.
BME students will be empowered to learn in a flexible environment that supports their interests and develops their strengths. Boone Meadow is a place where we believe that kids are capable to lead, make choices, drive their own learning, take risks and build their capacity. Our students’ future success depends on their ability to innovate, communicate, problem-solve, create, defend ideas, lead, and work collaboratively with others. We must give students multiple daily experiences and support to learn to do these things well.
“In schools we need to produce people who know how to act when they are faced with situations for which they were not specifically prepared.” - Seymour Papert-
BME students will experience connected, safe, high-relationship learning environments that develop their social-emotional strengths. Boone Meadow is a place where we strive to prepare students for academic success, but we have learned that they may lack strengths and strategies to cope with the pressures of their daily lives. Coming of age in a world driven by ever-present social media and digital connectedness requires different skills to thrive.
“Nothing – nothing – has more impact in the life of a child than positive relationships.”– Peter Benson, PhD.-
We have a lot to learn in these areas, and our staff is committed to build our capacity to support your children in these ways. We are thankful for our engaged and supportive community to help us do this better.
Have a great weekend,
Upcoming Events & Important Info
August 30th - Up With People visits Boone Meadow
August 31st and September 1st - 4th grade to Camp Tecumseh
September 1st - 2nd grade to Up with People performance at ZHS Performing Arts Center
September 4th - No school in observance of Labor Day
September 8th - Jog-A-Thon Launch
September 11th - School Board Meeting
September 27th - Jog-A-Thon
Up With People
We are excited to welcome the Up with People organization to Zionsville later this month. Cast members will be present at Boone Meadow on Wednesday, August 30th. Up with People is an educational organization whose mission is to inspire young people to make a difference in their world. UWP works to break down cultural barriers and create global understanding through volunteer service and a musical show. This directly ties into the cultural understandings pillar of our Strong in Every Way initiative, as it allows students to learn about and interact with young adults from all over the world.
There will also be performances for the community at the PAC on September 1st and 2nd. Order tickets here.
The best way to spend Labor Day weekend!
What better way to spend labor day weekend than with friends and family at a uplifting musical show? After doing volunteer work at both the Zionsville Community Schools and the Boys and Girls Club, the 100 young people from Up with People, representing 20 different countries, will be performing a beneficiary show at the Zionsville Performing Arts Center. On Friday September 1st and Saturday September 2nd at 7pm, the cast will take you on a journey through their countries, through time and through humanity. Original UWP songs and modern songs will introduce timeless themes, and include messages of hope, movement, peace, and an overriding sense of motivation to go out and make a positive change in the world! The show will benefit the Kiwanis Club of Zionsville in their support of local youth organizations. Purchase your tickets at: http://www.zvilleperformingarts.org/ Tickets are $15 dollars for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Don’t miss it!
CoderDojo is Coming to Zionsville with a Special Program Launch
CoderDojo is a global organization devoted to preparing children ages 7 to 17 for many concepts in technology by putting them through FREE coding courses. These courses are taught by volunteers who are technology industry veterans. For more information see the main homepage at coderdojo.com.
On Saturday, September 9th, at 1:00 pm, the Zionsville Dojo team will be launching their program at the ZCHS Learning Center! Special guest (race car driver) Pippa Mann will be speaking on the importance of technology in our everyday lives, we will introduce the Dojo team, and outline the opportunities provided through our organization. The Dojo will continue on Saturdays from 10:00-12:00 in the same location thereafter.
To Sign up to participate check out https://zen.coderdojo.com/dojos/us/zionsville-in/zionsville.
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buses provide an excellent transportation option which results in efficiency for arrival and dismissal on our school campus. However, families always have the option to bring their children in cars, or they may walk or bike with their child to the building during fair weather days. We will have crossing guards available unless weather is inclement.
However, if you are planning to bring your child to school by car, please adhere to the following procedures. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
- All car arrivals should enter the Boone Meadow campus via Eagle Church entrance/access road.
- When approaching BME lot at end of access road, Kindergarten-4th grade vehicles should form line in right lane. Signage will designate lanes.
- Preschool lane forms on the left.
- Wait for staff to motion you forward to begin drop off process.
- 1st-4th grade drop off begins at 7:50; Preschool drop off begins at 8:05; Kindergarten drop off begins at 8:50.
- Please pull all the way up to cone #1 (even if no one else is in front of you) or as far forward as possible before letting your child at the car.
- All drop offs should occur at curb, unless a situation necessitates otherwise. Additional foot traffic at crosswalk delays arrival.
- Students must exit on curb side of vehicle.
- Drivers may not exit the vehicle while in the drop-off line.
- Please enter campus via Eagle Church access road as noted in arrival procedures above.
- Form lines (K-4th in right lane, and Preschool on left lane)
- Display name of student in front window (rear view mirror area) to assist with flow.
- Wait for staff to motion you forward to the numbered cones.
Please note: We anticipate a large volume of personal vehicles during arrival and dismissal. Your patience is greatly appreciated as we fine-tune logistics during the first couple of weeks to ensure children are in their proper location.
State law stipulates that the medical records of children on file at school show the required immunizations have been completed by the 20th day of the school year. That day is September 5, 2017. Information regarding immunizations requirements for 2017-2018 can be found here.
Parents of children whose immunizations are not up-to-date should contact their health care provider or the Boone County Health Department to schedule an appointment for the necessary immunizations. Some pharmacies also carry the necessary vaccines.
If parents object to immunizations, a written objection must be on file in the school office by September 5, 2017. This must be updated yearly. Children who do not have up to date vaccination records by that date will not be allowed to return to school until the proper immunization information is on file. Students who have appointments with their health care provider after Sept. 5th 2017, must present proof of the scheduled appointment in order to remain in school.
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.