Staff Weekly Update

Week of February 4th, 2019

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***So Many Wonderful Events in February***

Calendar Items

Mon. Feb. 4th

  • National School Counseling Week - 2/4 to 2/8
  • Janelle Drisko at SGE all day
  • 7:30 - 10:30 - Candid SGE photos by Cripe Photography
  • 8:05 - Morning announcements + Morning movement minute
  • 8:30 - Staffing for 4th grader - Largent, Farley, Watson, Brown - Connie's office
  • 8:30 - 10:30 - Melanie Bowlin at SGE
  • 8:45 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel/Westin
  • 9:00 - Largent in McDaniel's room for student presentation
  • 9:30 - Farley in Mtg. - ZWest
  • 10:00 - Wetzel meets w/ 1st grader
  • 11:05 - Meeting - Farley/Strawmyer
  • 11:40 - Peer Mentors
  • 12:30 - Meeting - Largent/Budd - Connie's office
  • 1:30 - PTO Wish List Mtg. - Largent, Farley, Evans - Connie's office
  • 2:30 - Speech ACR for 1st grader - Morell, Largent, Westin - conf. room
  • 3:00 - ILEARN Mtg. - Farley - ESC

Tues. Feb. 5th

  • National School Counseling Week - 2/4 to 2/8
  • Due date for "VAL PAL" forms!
  • 7:40 - Meeting - Largent/Skura
  • 8:05 - Morning announcements + Morning movement minute
  • 8:30 - Elementary LT Mtg - Largent/Farley - BME
  • 9:15 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel/Nahrstadt
  • 11:00 - Meeting w/ Parent - Largent/Farley - conf. room
  • 11:00 - Meeting w/ Parent - Wetzel/Slonaker - Jessica's office
  • 12:30 - CC for 4th grader - Largent, Farley, Watson, Brown, Bowlin - conf. room
  • 1:00 - USS Team Mtg w/ Dr. Slonaker - Location TBD
  • 2:25 - Speech ACRs for 1st & 3rd graders - Morell, Wetzel, Strawmyer, Barth - conf. room

Wed. Feb. 6th

  • National School Counseling Week - 2/4 to 2/8
  • Janelle Drisko at SGE all day
  • 7:30 - Neuroscience of Anxiety Mtg. - Largent, Farley, Wetzel - ESC Board Room
  • 8:05 - Morning announcements + Morning movement minute
  • 8:15 - 12:30 - Randee Kleeman at SGE
  • 9:45 - PAR Training - Largent, Farley, Wetzel, Christina Moore - ESC
  • 10:10 - Meeting - Largent/Piotrowski - Connie's office
  • 11:0 - Meeting - Largent/Clare - Connie's office
  • 12:20 - Meeting - Largent/Bourff - Connie's office
  • 12:45 - Meeting - Largent/Delp - Connie's office
  • 1:30 - Meeting - Largent/Budd - Connie's office
  • 1:30 - Meeting - Farley/Watson - conf. room
  • 2:30 - Meeting - Largent/Luchenbill - Connie's office
  • 3:00 - Meeting - Largent/McDaniel - Connie's office
  • 2:30 - 3:30 - Connie/Martha in mtg - Connie's office
  • 2:45 - SPED Mtg. for 3rd grader - Watson, Farley, Lewis - conf. room
  • 4:00 - Meeting w/ Westside Admin Team - Largent/Farley

Thurs. Feb 7th

  • National School Counseling Week - 2/4 to 2/8
  • Largent out all day for PD - ESC Board Room
  • 8:05 - Morning announcements + Morning movement minute
  • 8:45 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel/Frobig
  • 9:30 - KDG OLSAT - Wetzel
  • 10:15 - 2:00 - Randee Kleeman at SGE
  • 12:00 - Parent Mtg. - Largent returns to SGE and then heads back to ESC for PD
  • 12:45 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel/Milam
  • 2:00 - Staffing for 3rd grader - Farley, Slonaker, Rowe, Watson, Lewis - conf. room
  • 2:45 - Building Support Team Mtg. - USS Team & Christina Moore - conf. room
  • 3:30 - Largent leaving Z'ville for dentist appt in Avon

Fri. Feb. 8th

  • National School Counseling Week - 2/4 to 2/8
  • 3rd Grade Specialty Fair
  • K-4th RtI PLC Mtgs w/ Largent & Farley - all day - conf. room (NO PLC w/ 3rd grade)
  • 8:05 - Morning announcements + Morning movement minute
  • 9:30 - KDG OLSAT - Wetzel
  • 11:15 - Counseling Lesson - Wetzel/Shaw
  • 2:45 - Office Team Mtg.

Upcoming Events . . .

February 2019:

  • 11th - 15th - PTO Food Drive
  • 12th - LT Mtg. w/ Dr. Robison
  • 14th - Valentine's Day Parties
  • 18th - No School - President's Day
  • 19th - Staff PD Day at PVE (no school for students)
  • 22nd - 3rd Gr. Field Trip to Children's Museum
  • 22nd - PTO Spirit Day - ZCS spirit wear
  • 25th - Elem. Principals Mtg.
  • 28th - Family STEM Night


We're looking forward to a great week ahead and celebrating Jessica during National School Counseling Week!
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FEBRUARY IS AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH: "Know the past, shape the future."

Ideas: Do's and Don'ts of Teaching Black History

How do you ensure students get the most out of black history and Black History Month? Here are some suggestions.


  • Incorporate black history year-round, not just in February. Use the month of February to dig deeper into history and make connections with the past.
  • Continue Learning. Explore how to provide an in-depth and thorough understanding of black history. Textbooks are notorious for omitting information about the struggles of communities, and what they include is limited, so use the textbook as one of many resources. While exploring multiple resources, allow for opportunities to learn along with your students.
  • Reinforce to students that "black" history is American history. Make black history relevant to all students.
  • Relate lessons to other parts of your curriculum, so that focusing on a leader, like Fred Shuttlesworth, expands upon rather than diverts from your curriculum. By the time February comes around, the context of the struggle for civil rights and social justice should be familiar to students if you have already addressed such issues across the curriculum.
  • Connect issues in the past to current issues to make history relevant to students' lives. For example, ask students to gather information with a focus on what social disparities exist today and how a particular leader has worked to change society.
  • Include the political and social context of the community's struggle for social justice. For example, talk about Daisy Bates' political affiliations and her political ideologies. You see her bravery not as just a personal act but as coming out of community determination.


  • Stop your "regular" curriculum, to do a separate lesson on Rosa Parks, on the Civil Rights Act or on Martin Luther King Jr. This trivializes and marginalizes anything you are teaching, making these leaders a token of their culture and ethnicity. Students will get the message that the diversion is not as important as the "regular" curriculum.
  • Decontextualize heroes or holidays, separating them from the larger social movement or historical place. Great leaders don't make history all by themselves. For example, if you teach about James Farmer, you must also address the work of the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) and the Freedom Rides.
  • Focus on superficial cultural traits based on stereotypes. It's ok to celebrate black music, but teachers should also explore the political and social contexts that give rise to musical forms like hip hop.
  • Talk about black history in solely "feel-good" language, or as a thing of the past. This fails to help students examine how racism manifests itself today.
  • Limit the presentation to lectures and reading. Be sure to allow students an opportunity for discussion and reflection.
  • Teach with little or inaccurate information. Review resources to make sure they don't promote a Eurocentric perspective, which may misrepresent historic figures and social movements.
  • Shy away from controversial, ambiguous, or unresolved issues. Share the real-life experiences about racial realities in developmentally appropriate ways.

Adapted from material by Pat Russo of the Curriculum & Instruction Department at SUNY Oswego.


Morning Movement Minute

We will continue with our Morning Movement Minute, however, I will be combining TWO exercises for 30 seconds each. They will be a combination of the two out of the ten exercises that Deb taught the students.


This year, in lieu of our PTO Silent Auction, PTO would like to host a family event on Saturday, March 23rd from 3 pm to 7 pm. This event will be held at SGE with final locations soon TBD.

The committee came up with great ideas that will be inclusive of all families at SGE and also allow for PTO to fundraise for a Spring Enrichment Grant (just like our Fall Enrichment Grant, after Jog-A-Thon).

Some example activities during Spring Fling: Upaint Pottery, Dunk Tank, Pie Face, some free games, a concession stand and silent auction using a ticket process vs paper bidding. There may also be a Kiss the Pig/Goat contest leading up to this event!


PTO's Canned Food Drive - New Collection Guidelines

Next week (2/11-2/15) is our PTO Canned Food Drive. Please help PTO by reminding parents of this event.

Also, when students bring in food, there are two NEW guidelines:

  1. PTO will NOT be keeping count of how much was brought in daily by each class. There will be no "contest" for next week.
  2. Instead of having students drop-off their food outside your room, please remind students to drop them off in the MAIN OFFICE. Staff will remind students as they enter through doors 1 and 10.


19-20 Supply Lists

Just to keep you all in the loop . . .

  • Jen Skura has provided us (Connie/Martha) with a copy of your K-4th grade supply lists
  • As we look at all five lists, should we notice any supply needs that are across the majority of your lists, we MAYBE requesting that this item/these items gets taken off and SGE will make a bulk purchase for our students.
  • Also, if applicable, we will also request that you adjust the verbiage on your lists. For example, “If your last name begins A-L – please bring tissue – If your last name begins with M-Z, please bring sanitizer, instead of using boys and girls.

We will update you on any changes we'd like your grade level to make on your supply lists by mid-February.

Eva Kor Documentary - Butler University (Feb. 6th)

Team, this Wed. 2/6, WFYI and Ted Green Films are partnering with Butler COE to host a community screening of the one-hour version of "Eva: A-7063" for teachers at Butler. Following the film, Butler education students will discuss how to incorporate the Eva Educational Toolkit in the classroom.

This is an excellent event and opportunity to continue to develop cultural understanding through our SIEW human capital campaign. Please see details below if you are interested in attending.

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PLEASE JOIN US! FREE EVENT . . . REJECT: A Documentary Film (Feb. 26th)

Who: Parents, Students*, Staff and 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.

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Additional Announcements & Reminders


· Log into PDExpress

· Hover over In District PD then choose In District PD Catalog

· In the top left corner, under your name, you will see 2 tabs: List and Calendar-choose Calendar

· The January calendar will be showing so click the NEXT button to get to the February Calendar

· The Elementary PD Day 2019 will be found on Feb. 19th (there is a green check mark next to it)-choose this!

· A new screen will pop up and in the top right corner will be a REGISTER button-Click it!

· The last screen asks you to submit and that’s it! You are registered!

Please register before February 19th! Thank you!

Valentine's Day Party Details

Be sure to remind your parents to please purchase cards that DO NOT have candy attached to them. You're welcome to use this statement I've written below:

  • 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 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.

Color Printer Reminder

  • REMEMBER . . . PC1-Front Office = Color Printer

Please Join Our REMIND Group

  • SGE (staff only) has an all-staff Remind text messaging group called: 18-19 SGE (all staff).
  • To simply *receive-only* the text messages, please text the number 81010 and in your "message line" type in the code: @k29hfe.
  • If you'd like to be able to text back and forth w/ me via REMIND, please download the app or create an online account.
  • As a friendly reminder, please do not share this code with non-SGE staff members.

Leaving EARLY afterschool and you've gotten permission from Connie/Martha . . .

  • If this is the case for you, please help us by always emailing the entire office team to let them know you've gotten permission and also leave your cell # in the email message, in case we need to contact you.
  • Who is the "office team?" Connie, Martha, Angie, Jen, Jessica, Hailey


Professional Development Requests

  • If you would like to attend any type of professional development, please click here.

Technology Work Orders - Reminder from Dan Layton:

  • Click here to access this link.
  • It is always extremely helpful if you can submit actual technology work orders for any help you need. Please refrain from picking up the phone or emailing a question.

Above & Beyond Nomination Form

  • On our ZCS website, any ZCS staff and/or community member can nominate the work of any ZCS employee that has done extraordinary work. If you've experienced professional support that is above & beyond, feel free to recognize them through this nomination! Please click here to nominate.

Marquis Work Orders:

  • Did your trash not get picked up? Does it seem the carpet didn't get vacuumed? Please help Angie & Jen out by filling out the Marquis work order on your own. Thanks!

  • 1. Go to the Zionsville web site

    2. Click on Teachers/Staff tab

    3. Scroll down about halfway

    4. Look for: Custodial Work Orders by Building

    5. Click on Stonegate

  • Click here to access the Teachers/Staff tab


Personal Business Leave Request - NEW GOOGLE FORM LINK!

  • Please click the NEW LINK HERE to access this form and then don't forget to SAVE this page under your "favorites."
  • Finally, as a friendly reminder of our ZCS Personal Business Leave + good information to know for our newest staff, I have copied/pasted the email about personal days sent by Becky Coffman on 5/8/16. This is per our CBA - Collective Bargaining Agreement
Section 9.03 Personal Business Leave
  • A. Amount – Each employee shall be entitled to be absent from work three (3) days each school year for the transaction of personal business or the conduct of personal or civic affairs. Such leaves may be used in whole or half day increments. Requests for personal business leave should be made 48 hours in advance in writing to the building principal. In cases of emergency or other similar unforeseen circumstance, requests may be made orally to both the substitute coordinator and the building principal.
  • B. Employees are discouraged from using personal business leave on staff development days or to extend a school vacation. If used on a staff development day then the employee remains totally responsible for securing the learning lost from their being absent during that activity.
  • C. Accumulation – If an employee does not use all of the personal business leave in a given school year, the remaining personal business leave shall be accumulated for use in later school year, except that no more than a total of two (2) days may be accumulated from earlier school years for use as personal business leave, so that the maximum total personal business leave available in any one school year is three (3) days earned during the school year and up to two (2) days accumulated from earlier school years or a total of five (5) days.
  • D. Conversion to Sick Leave – Any unused personal business leave not accumulated for use in later years as personal business leave shall be added to the employee’s accumulated sick leave.


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Team, please take the time to look at this document, which is attached to this email. You can also find it here, on our Stonegate Staff Office 365 Shared Drive. It is truly excellent.

Mrs. Shoffner has a 2nd grader in Mrs. Delp's room and she has also been an advocate of our SIEW human capital campaign, particularly our third domain: developing cultural understandings.

Finally, she has created this resource with a total of eight sections (see image below). Not only is this for the classroom teacher, but also a wonderful resource for our related arts staff, too!

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