BME Staff Update

January 22, 2019

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Team Meadow -

We're back at it after an extremely cold weekend. I hope everyone was able to relax and enjoy the long weekend, and reflect on the impact of the beloved Martin Luther King, Jr.

Don't forget that tomorrow evening is our STEM Night: Cardboard Challenge. I will be sending another reminder to families today. We are grateful for all that are able to help make it a success. As a small gesture of appreciation for those that are assisting with the event tomorrow evening, please feel free to leave immediately after buses on a day of your choosing before the end of the week.

For those attending the PD Day in February, please don't forget to complete the form by Friday. I've included information below. Your input is vital to create a meaningful day for you.

Thanks and have a wonderful week!


"Souper" Bowl" Pitch-in on Friday, Feb.1

Let's have a staff "Souper" Bowl pitch-in on next Friday, 2/1. We'll get more information out soon for everyone to sign-up and bring your favorite chili, soup, dessert, etc.
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Let’s Play! BME Family STEM Night!

January 23, 2019 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Mark your calendars to join us on Wednesday night, January 23 for the first ever

BME Cardboard Challenge.

Inspired by the annual Global Cardboard Challenge that takes place in October each year, our January Family STEM Activity is a Cardboard Challenge. Families are encouraged to get inspired and creative together. Turn the leftover cardboard and recyclable materials from the holidays into games and interactive activities. We will display and play the Family STEM projects in the gym on STEM Night. Teachers are also planning other interactive stations for the whole family to enjoy.

Please RSVP via this Registration Link. We want to be able to plan for enough space, materials, and volunteers for the evening. Looking for inspiration? Search for the Cardboard Challenge online or take time to watch one of these videos as a family! Caine’s Arcade (10 min. short film)or Caine’s Arcade News Clip (2 min.).

Calendar Items & Information


21st - Dr. MLK, jr Day (no school)

23rd - STEM Night - Cardboard Challenge (6:00-7:30)

28th - Tom out in AM (@ PVE); Staff Meeting

29th - Tom, Lauren, and Bob out for meeting at ESC 9-11:00; District Discussion @ 4:00


1st - "Souper" Bowl - Staff Pitch-in

4th - RtI Redesign Mtg

14th - Valentine's Day

18th - Presidents Day - No School

19th - PD Day at PVE

25th - Family Gathering

26th - Reject - Documentary Film @ PAC @ 6:45 w/ Dr. Kip Williams (see info below)


8th-22nd - DigiLab at BME

21st - Holi

22nd - PTO Boone Meadow Mixer

26th - Kindergarten Round-Up (Pre-registration info will be available for families in mid-February)

29th - April 7th - Spring Break

PD Day - February 19th

Team ZCS/Boone Meadow Elementary –

On February 19th, 2019, we will gather the instructional talent and brains from across ZCS elementary schools for a day of collaborative learning. Our goal is to expand our toolkit of skills and understandings in order to serve our students as best we can. With limited opportunities to collaborate across the district, we desire to maximize our time together.

Nuts and bolts:

  • All certified elementary staff are to report to Pleasant View Elementary on TUESDAY , February 19th. Door 14 (main entrance) and Door 30 (bus lot) will be open.
  • Check-in will begin at 7:40. Please proceed to the check-in table upon arrival.
  • Our first session will begin at 8:00.
  • A portion of your day will focus on Indiana's new dyslexia law with legislative requirements, the impact on student learning, and how it will change our district-wide universal assessments.
  • Per request, a significant portion of the day will be for you to collaborate with your colleagues. You will be provided with the gift of time to work with your individual team from your school and collaborate with others across the district in order to refine curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices. (Please refer to action item below)
  • Lunch will be catered by El Toro.

Time-Sensitive Action Items: (please complete by January 25)

In order to provide proper resources and space, we need your input. Please click on the following link to provide information and insight regarding your goals for the day. We kindly request for teams to complete by January 25th.

Please Note:

  • Grade level teams (K-4): Please discuss as a team and designate one person to fill-out the form for your grade level/team.
  • All others, please complete the form individually.
  • Please seek clarification from your building principal or supervisor should you have any other questions.
  • Additional information and details regarding the day are forthcoming.

Thank you in advance for taking time to provide insight to your goals and needs for this day of learning.

Valentine's Day

  • Valentines Parties on Thursday, February 14th. You select the hour window you prefer for your Valentines Day celebration.
  • Please communicate your V-Day time to Beth and Barb so we can prepare accordingly (times expected for volunteer arrival, etc…)
  • As always, parents planning the parties need to share the snack plan with you at least a week in advance for your approval. Please keep in mind that this might include food items that are used in a craft. If items are not cleared with you in advance they are NOT allowed at the party.
  • Pre-registration of volunteers is needed. Beth will send an email soon with the pre-registration link and information.
  • Not required, but worth considering: Class parties are an excellent opportunity for classroom communities to engage in service projects. How can your students promote love, kindness, friendship, and care to those around them? (classmates, family, friends, others in community,…)

Please communicate the following in your classroom newsletters soon as we know many are already planning.

Blurb for your newsletters:

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 Lifelines of friendship and kindness with all of our students.

As you are preparing Valentine cards to share with classmates, please prepare cards void of candy. Due to many students with food sensitivities and allergies, we will be unable to distribute candy. We appreciate your cooperation as 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.

Let us know if you have questions

Second Step & Lifelines

We are now in Unit 3: Emotion Management. Thank you for your continued attention to increase the infusion of the Lifelines, Life Goals, and SEL language within your classroom community. Being intentional to bring the language to life across the curriculum is necessary for us to increase application of these skills at Boone Meadow. When you live out these skills, you serve as the model of what it looks like and how it is applied. Thank you for being an example of how your words match your actions and expectations within our school community.

Strong in Every Way Trait of Success: Wellness

Lifelines: Resilience, Self-Control, Forgiveness

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Personal Business Leave Requests

For Certified Team Members:

To requests "personal business days," please complete the following process.

  1. Go to the following link, and complete the "personal business request" form.
  2. Once the form is completed, please send a brief email to me (Tom) that includes the date(s) of your request(s).
  3. Enter your upcoming absence in AESOP as soon as possible. (It can always be deleted later should plans change.)

Thanks -

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