Stonegate Elementary Weekly News

Friday, September 23, 2016

"Show respect even to people who don't deserve it; not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours." ~Dave Willis

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Calendar of Events

September 2016 - Lifeline = Respect

  • 9/28 - Jog a Thon (rain date 9/30)

October 2016 - Lifeline = Flexibility

  • 10/3 - 10/7 - PTO Box Top Collection
  • 10/3 - 10/5 - Fire Safety Lessons from Zionsville Fire Department
  • 10/5 - 2nd Gr. Field Trip to Conner Prairie & Walk to School Day
  • 10/6 - PTO Dine for Dollars at Which Wich
  • 10/7 - 1st Quarter Grading Period Ends
  • 10/12 - School Picture Re-takes
  • 10/14 - Grades from 1st Quarter Available to Parents

Important Note From the Desk of Mrs. Largent, SGE Principal

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At SGE, we love our four-legged babies. However, please keep in mind that some students have a natural and developmental fear of all animals, including dogs.

In order to maintain an absence of threat environment, we kindly request that all adults with animals/dogs please follow the guidelines below:

  1. All animals must be on a leash.
  2. At morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up, please wait by the bike racks (please refer to the picture above showing the requested waiting area)
  3. Adults only must control the leash

Last but not least, should you elect to bring your family pet during drop-off or pick-up, you as the owner, are assuming all liability should an accident occur.

Our goal remains to keep everyone safe - including animals!


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Jog A Thon is this coming Wednesday Sept 28th!

Volunteers Needed! There are still available slots for volunteers. Please check out your child's grade level tab and class name to sign up by clicking here

Donations are still coming in! If you have out of town family or friends that would like to make a tax deductible donation to SGE you can send them to this link

Pledge forms and donations are due by Oct. 7th! We would love to beat our last year total of $21,000 and hope you will help us do that!

T-shirts will come home on Tuesday, Sept 27th. Please have your child wear their Jog A Thon shirt to school the next day. Water and a piece of fresh fruit will be provided to every student during the event. It looks like a sunny day so please apply sunscreen before school or send your student to school with some to apply.

Thanks for your support!

Recently in Kindergarten at SGE!

We have gotten off to a great start in kindergarten! We have been adjusting to all of the new procedures and routines. We have also been learning to be a good friend, work in a group, and demonstrate the September life skill of respect. Mrs. Cox facilitated a lesson with each class about friendship and treating people right. The students also acted out the Little Red Hen to introduce the life skills of cooperation and personal best.

We are looking forward to our upcoming units of study on bees, apples and pumpkins. These units will help prepare us for Fall and our field trip to Stuckey Farm in October.

Counselor's Corner


"Rock bottom is the solid foundation on which I built my life." -JK Rowling

Stonegate Parents,

This video talk about failure by JK Rowling is truly profound. To hear a woman of such success tell how failure in her life was essential for where she is today is such an important message for our students to hear and hear often. While we never wish for our students to experience "rock bottom" in their lives, it is inevitable that they will face some failure. A parent's instinct is to protect, yet if we shield them from mistakes and failures, we deny them valuable opportunities of social, emotional, and cognitive growth.

On a personal note, one of the failures I had to witness was my youngest son experience the loss of the state final baseball game. After so much work, it was heartbreaking to have this loss. I would have loved to have seen the Eagles win the state finals at Victory Field, but instead, I witnessed my youngest boy grow a little closer to becoming a man.

Parents, I know it is difficult to know when to step in and when to stand back, but should they fall keep in mind your love and support will be their safety net.

Sincerely, Mrs. Cox

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To Order ZEF Barn Bash Tickets, please click on the link below

Cardboard Challenge

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Stonegate Elementary is very excited to be participating in the Cardboard Challenge as our STEM Night event this year!

What is the Global Cardboard Challenge?

The Global Cardboard Challenge is an event that encourages creative play for children. It was inspired by a boy named Caine who created an arcade out of cardboard boxes from his father's shop. Our students will be encouraged to create something out of cardboard, and then play!

When is the Global Cardboard Challenge?

This event will have two parts. We will have a "Build Day" on Saturday, November 5, from 8:00-12:00 in the Stonegate Gym, and we will have a showcase event on Monday, November 7, from 6:00-7:00 at Stonegate. On Build Day, we will provide some cardboard and other materials for families to use to create. We also encourage families to build at home before the event or to bring their own materials to our Build Day. On Monday, Stonegate will be open for our families to see the creations from Build Day.

Please click on the link below to watch a video about Caine's Arcade, and keep an eye out for more information about this event in the Stonegate Newsletter each week.

Caine's Arcade
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Visitor Check-in Requirements

All school visitors will be checked in using a new visitor management system known as SafeVisitor.

SafeVisitor is a 30-45 second check-in process that cross references against all national sex offender registries and prints a visitor badge.

Please be prepared to scan a government issued ID (Driver License) each time you arrive to campus as a visitor or volunteer. The printed badge should be visible at all times while in the building. Thank you!

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Background Checks Required for Volunteers

Prior to being a volunteer in a ZCS school, the district requires you complete a background check application. The type of background check required (Limited or Full) depends on the type of volunteering you are involved with and/or the nature of your visit.

Please complete and submit an application for a background check found on the Volunteer/BRAVO website. Descriptions of each type of background check can be found on the Volunteer/BRAVO website to assist you.

Volunteers also must review and electronically sign off on the bullying/confidentiality video found on the Volunteer/BRAVO webpage.

If you have any questions regarding the guidelines and requirements to be a visitor and/or volunteer, please contact, Ann Hall, BRAVO Coordinator at

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