Stonegate Elementary Weekly News

February 8, 2019

"Time doesn't take away from friendship, nor does separation." - Tennessee Williams

Calendar of Events

  • February 11-15 - PTO Food Drive
  • February 14 - Classroom Valentine Parties
  • February 18 - President's Day - No School
  • February 19 - Staff Professional Development - No School
  • February 22 - 3rd Grade field trip to the Indianapolis Children's Museum
  • February 28- Coffee Talk with ZWest Principal Mr. Doublestein (4th grade parents)
  • February 28 - Family STEM Night - 6:00-7:30 pm
  • March 14- 4th grade visits ZWest
  • March 15- Irish Dancers Convocation
  • March 15- PTO Princess and Me Dance (Parent/Daughter Dance)
  • March 18-28- 3rd Grade IREAD Assessment (classroom schedules vary-see teacher's newsletter for exact days/times)
  • March 23 - PTO Stonegate Spring Fling 3:00-7:00pm
  • March 29-April 5- Spring Break-No School
  • April 8- Welcome Back!

Look Who Was Sent to the Principal's Office!

  • Cole Meyer
  • Daya Redding
  • Luke Jefferson
  • Cass Omlor
  • Ava Vergara
  • Ryan Scheidler

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

Miss Wetzel's Counselor Corner

We started to recognize students who are seen practicing their Steps to Strong in Every Way skills by giving them golden tickets! Students can earn golden tickets when they are seen showing compassion, empathy, managing strong emotions, being assertive, or problem solving!

For the month of January, we had over 100 golden tickets submitted in the raffle!! It has been so wonderful to hear the children share their reason for earning their golden ticket(s). A few stories shared with me include: helping a classmate, giving coins they earned in class to another student, picking up trash in the cafe, inviting a peer to play with them at recess, solving a problem on their own, cheering on a student who won the raffle, offering to help another student, focusing their attention on their work, waiting patiently, and so many more!

The winners of the golden ticket raffle this month were John Florian, Marik Mitchell, Alek Baloski, and June Lambert!

We are so proud of ALL of the students who earned a golden ticket for the month of January!

January Golden Ticket Recipients

SGE Spotlight: Second Grade

In second grade we took a virtual reality field trip to Antarctica! We learned about the climate, penguin life, and what is being done to preserve life on that continent. Little did we know that the Antarctic climate would follow us back to Indiana!!! This was also a good preview of our upcoming science unit on states of matter.

*For All 4th to 5th Grade Parents*

Please join us at SGE for a casual "coffee talk" with Zionsville West Middle School's principal, Mr. Matt Doublestein!

When: Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Where: SGE Cafe

Time: 8:15 - 9:15 AM


  • Coffee and light pastries will be served
  • Regretfully, we cannot provide childcare but please know you're welcome to bring your little ones with you
  • Please RSVP by clicking here. (While RSVP is not mandatory it does help us to ensure we have enough drinks and food. Thank you!)


REUSE Heart and Sole - Shoe Recycling Collection!

The 4th grade house of Tapatahi is sponsoring a shoe collection drive, REUSE Heart and Sole, sponsored by the Boone County Waste Management System. We are collecting shoes to reuse and recycle. You can donate single shoes, pairs of shoes, ones that can still be worn and ones that are too old to be worn. We want them all! You can bring your shoes to the collection bins in the office lobby or outside the library. You can donate shoes February 1st through the 19th. Please Donate ! Thank you!

Valentine Parties - Spread Love and Kindness not Candy

We look forward to celebrating Valentine's Day with our students at their classroom parties on Thursday, February 14th. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to emphasize the life skills of friendship and kindness with all of our students. As you are out shopping for Valentine cards to share with classmates, please select cards void of candy. Regretfully, we will be unable to pass out the candy. We have many students with food sensitivities and allergies and as always, our main goal is to keep everyone safe. If you elect to purchase cards that have contain something extra attached to them, please ensure they are inedible. This could include pencils, erasers, stickers, etc. Thank you for ensuring that all students can have a safe and fun celebration.

***ZCS District News***

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FREE EVENT . . . REJECT: A Documentary Film

Who: Parents, Students*, Community Members

(*recommended for students 5th grade and above but younger students are welcome to attend)

When: February, 26th, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Where: Zionsville Performing Arts Center

Click here to secure your FREE seats.

FREE childcare provided, register here.

Fairy Tale STEM Night

Join us on Thursday, February 28 from 6-7:30 for a Fairy Tale STEM Night! Will you come help some familiar characters with the problems they face? Build the strongest house to help the three little pigs, construct a bridge for Sleeping Beauty’s prince to cross, create the gingerbread cowboy’s lasso, and so much more! No RSVP is required, and the whole family is invited. Contact Mrs. Skura ( with any questions.

We are in need of empty toilet paper rolls, empty paper towel rolls, masking tape, and bags of pretzels. Any donations are greatly appreciated and can be taken to Mrs. Skura’s room. Thank you!

Clinic Clothing Needs

Cleaning out your closets? Trying to find uses for those extra clothes? The clinic might be able to use them! The clinic is in need of boys shirts size large and girls pants size small. Thank you for considering this donation.
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TWO Spring Running Clubs

2 Spring Running Clubs Complement our mission: Strong in Every Way! Stonegate students are fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in both!


THIRD and FOURTH GRADE: Are your ready to GO FAR (Go out for a run) and be STRONG in EVERY WAY? REGISTER NOW at

SGE Go Far Running Club: Grades 3rd-4th- Go Far is a 10-week comprehensive fitness program designed to teach children of all abilities about healthy eating, goal setting and how to train to walk/run a 5k. Club will meet each Wednesday beginning March 6th. Club will not meet the week of spring break. Our final club meeting will be May 15th. The final 5K event will be the Schools Out 5K on Thursday, May 23rd in Zionsville. GO FAR Club participation fee will cover the cost of entry for this event.

Email Mrs. Torrance or Mrs.Frobig with questions. Lace up your shoes and join us beginning Wednesday, MARCH 6, at 2:30!


Girls on the Run inspires 3rd and 4th grade girls through a 10-week program, with lessons focusing on self-esteem, intentional decision making, empathy, and teamwork! The team positively impacts their community by completing a community project and eventually they will run in the Indy Fuel Girls on the Run 5K, May 11 with over 1,000 participants, running buddies and friends from the community. Girls on the Run will meet Mondays 5:30-6:45 p.m & Thursday’s 2:30-3:45 p.m. beginning March 4th. Register here: Confidential scholarships are available – no girl is ever turned away!

Not sure which club to choose? Sign up for both! No experience is necessary!

***SGE PTO News and Upcoming Events***

PTO Food Drive

The PTO is organizing a small food drive the week of Feb 11th. This food drive will focus on building up the stock of individual portioned foods. Specific needs include dinner type items like soup, mac and cheese, canned pasta, or single serve dinners. Also needed are individual portions of fruit like fruit cups, canned fruits or applesauce.

Save the Date: Stonegate Spring Fling

Save the Date: Stonegate Spring Fling on March 23rd from 3-7pm.

Join the Stonegate PTO for a family fun day at Stonegate Elementary featuring carnival games, paint your own pottery, and a silent auction. All of the proceeds will be given to Stonegate in the form of a spring grant.

The silent auction will feature teacher and staff experiences like we have offered in the past. Also, if you own a business or provide a service and would like to put something in the auction we would love to include it! Please contact Jenni Phenicie (, Kelly Diasio ( or Trisha Benner ( to get your donation included!

Plastic Containers are Needed

PTO is looking for donations of large, clean plastic containers with lids. Think animal crackers, cheese balls, etc. Please send to school with your child and they can drop off at the front office. Thank you for your help!
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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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