Eagle Friday News and Notes

August 17, 2018

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We had a great first full week of school! Please be sure to note Curriculum Night is this coming Thursday, August 23 as indicated below.

Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you all back on Monday!

Upcoming Events

August 21: PTO Meeting, 1:15 pm

August 23: Eagle Curriculum Night, 5:30-8:00

During this event for parents, each classroom teacher will present a half hour session highlighting the curriculum, events, and expectations for the year ahead. Each grade level has a designated time, indicated in the calendar below. You will also be able to visit informational booths from various district and community organizations.

  • Kindergarten: 5:30-6:00
  • 1st: 6:00-6:30
  • 2nd: 6:30-7:00
  • 3rd: 7:00-7:30
  • 4th: 7:30-8:00

August 31: Kindergarten Dad's Club Breakfast, 8:15 (Information coming home next week)


September 6: Coffee with the Principal, 8:00-8:30 for all parents and 9:00-9:30 for kindergarten parents.

September 7: 1st Grade Dad's Club Breakfast, 7:15 and School Picture Day

September 12: Dad's Club Meeting, 7:00 @Rush on Main

September 14: Dad's Club Tailgate, ZCHS Football

September 25: PTO Meeting. 1:15

September 26: Jog-A-Thon (28th rain date)

October 5: Dad's Club Campout (This is a date change)

Jog-A-Thon T-shirt Sizes

All students will receive a T-shirt for their participation in Jog-A-Thon. This includes all of our preschool friends! Please take a quick moment to fill out the form using the link below.


Click Here to select a T-shirt size for your child and for more information about Jog A Thon.

Arrival and Dismissal

School times:
Kindergarten - 9:00 am until 2:30 pm
Grades 1-4 - 8:00 am until 2:30 pm
*Students are considered tardy if they arrive in their classrooms after 8:00 am.

Students may walk/bike to school, ride in a car, or take the bus. Our ultimate goal is student safety! If we all follow the procedures it really helps us make sure all students arrive to school and back home safely every day.

Bus information: please call Amy Eaton at (317) 873-2852 (ext. 11802). Buses unload at the back of the building with the assistance of our staff.

Walkers - All walkers must cross at the crossing guard. Walkers will be able to enter the building at 7:50 am and go to their classrooms. Students must be accompanied by a parent until the doors open at 7:50 am.
Walkers will be dismissed from the back door after buses leave and walked across the street at the crossing guard to the corner of Beach St. and 6th St. Please meet your child here to help with our safe dismissal.

Car riders - Cars may enter the loop and wait for an Eagle staff member to indicate when they can enter the building. We ask that parents shut off their car to help with emissions if they are early for pick up or drop off. Students exit and enter cars on the passenger side. Please teach your child(ren) to buckle and and unbuckle so that the driver can also remain in the car safely. Car riders will enter the building between 7:50 and 8:00 am. Car riders will be dismissed at 2:30 pm.


***Please Note: We want to be courteous of our neighbors here at Eagle. Please be sure to keep driveways accessible to homeowners while we wait to pick up/drop off students. We also want ensure student safety by being extra cautious and obeying traffic laws especially in the areas surrounding our school.

A Message from PTO

Thanks!!


    • Our first meeting of the year will be Tuesday August 21st at 1:15 at Eagle. All parents or caregivers are welcome - kids and babies are welcome accompanied by a parent.


    • Spirit Wear - we need help manning the spirit wear table on curriculum night please sign up on ivolunteer, http://eaglepto.ivolunteer.com/spiritweartable at if you missed purchasing at back to school night don’t fret! The spirit wear order form is on the PTO section of the Eagle Elementary website. The spirit wear table will also be open on August 23rd for Curriculum Night so you can see items in person before you buy. Those orders should available by the end of September.


    • Order Donatos (106th and Michigan, Dine In and Carry out ONLY) Thursday, August 23and Donatos will donate 20% of your bill to Eagle Elementary! We hope this makes serving dinner on curriculum night easy and you will participate to help our school. ***Must have the flyer to receive the donation***Print out the flyer on our Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/pages/category/School/Eagle-Elementary-PTO-426813357384472/


    • If you are a new family at Eagle and would like to be connected with a mentor family please contact Heather Dinn, heather_dinn@hotmail.com.


    • Jog-A-Thon Kickoff is Thursday, September 6th! If your company is interested in being a sponsor with your name/logo on the t-shirts please email EagleJogAThon@gmail.com. We still have spots available. Deadline to sponsor is August 22nd!


    • If you would like to stay informed about Eagle events subscribe to text messages by texting @eaglepto to 81010. And like us on Facebook at Eagle Elementary PTO. If you have any questions please let me know!


    Kristie Goehausen

    PTO president

    PTOEagleZCS@gmail.com

NWEA

Why Do We Give the NWEA Assessment?

We often get questions from our families about the NWEA assessments which we give in the fall of each year to our students in grades 1-8 (and again in the spring to our K-4 students and some middle school students in order to determine academic growth in math and literacy skills). NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) is a non-profit organization that has developed brief (40-50 question) assessments in math, reading, and language arts which teachers can give to assess their students’ knowledge/skills. At ZCS, we have chosen these standardized assessments to supplement our state-required test for several reasons. First, NWEA gives us instant results that we can use to adjust instruction and group students for learning. The tests are computer-based and yield a score which the teacher can see in a report as soon as the student finishes. Second, unlike the state required test which assesses only grade-level standards, NWEA has a bank of thousands of questions ranging far beyond grade level. The test is “adaptive”—meaning that as a student takes it, the test adjusts the level of questions he/she is presented with based on correct/incorrect answers, so that a student is always working on questions at his/her most appropriate level of difficulty—rather than “one size fits all” questions. Also, as a high-performing school district, we have many students learning and working far beyond their grade level standards. NWEA assessments allow us to see their level of performance and compare it (and their growth from fall to spring) to that of similarly-abled peers nationally. Finally, NWEA is based on one large bank of questions (not different tests divided by grade levels). Thus, the score a student receives each time he/she takes the test can be compared from fall to spring and year to year—producing a graph of a student’s growth over time (a lot like the way we mark a child’s height on a door in our home as he/she grows taller). Even when a student has a one-time drop in a test score, we are still able to see the whole pattern of his/her emerging growth as a learner. Although we typically give the tests in fall, spring and optionally in the middle of the school year, NWEA can be given additional times during the year in order to monitor progress in a goal area. For all these reasons, we are glad to be able to gather this data (and the more specific information it gives us about strengths and areas of challenge) to help us plan learning experiences for our students. Please know that your child’s NWEA scores are available in PowerSchool (under test history) for you to see any time you desire. Scores for most recent tests will typically be added to your child’s data when our testing window closes. The dates for all district assessment windows are available on our ZCS website at this link: add link (https://1.cdn.edl.io/B4ZOBS5F09peWk75c8fwfFDKUlwSnZijYNGypznFlEtbQDJa.pdf)

School Lunch Information

Immunization Requirements


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, 2018. Information regarding immunizations requirements for 2018-2019 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, 2018. 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 2018, must present proof of the scheduled appointment in order to remain in school.



Please contact Kendra Scales in the health clinic with any questions or concerns. kscales@zcs.k12.in.us

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.

Girl Scouts

What: Girl Scout Registration

When: August 30 ~ 6-8:00pm

Where: Zionsville Town Hall

Questions: ZionsvilleServiceUnit@gmail.com

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