Bear Bulletin

January 19, 2018

Message from Dr. Kaminski

Happy Friday BSE Parents and Community,

Today we were excited to consider having recess outside until we realized the ice is outdoing the students. We will keep the kiddos inside and hope the warmer temps this weekend will melt the grounds so we can get outside next week. Remember we WILL go out, all students, if the temp is 15 degrees or higher (with windchill). Please send your children with appropriate hats, gloves, etc. to ensure they are not put in seriously cold situation.

I am excited to announce that both the HSE Preschool of the Natural Sciences and Kindergarten are now open for enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year. I would appreciate any and all help spreading the word that we will have Open House events here at Brooks School for parents and community members who are shopping for, or interested in, learning more about both programs. Details are below.

I hope to see you and your friends at these events in the coming months. Never hesitate to call me if you have any specific questions or needs.



Thank you -

Dr. Kaminski

Community Bulletin Board

Want to know what new and exciting things are happening in 2018? Check out the CBB!

BSE Weekly Broadcasts

Mrs. Murch's fourth graders have produced another edition of the BSE Weekly Broadcast. Due to the school cancellation, this edition encompasses two weeks of hardwork. Each broadcast is an example of work that is student driven and student produced. Enjoy.

SafeVisitor ID Badges

Starting Monday, January 22nd, our office staff will be scanning SafeVisitor badges rather than searching for guests by last name.

Per HSE Policy, visitors must have their SafeVisitor Badge scanned to check-in to the building. Please download the SafeVisitor App (iPhone/Android) or have your badge available when you come into the school. Looking up names occasionally leads to signing in the wrong guest.

To ADD your badge to the app, you'll need the email address used when you went through the background check process and your PASS ID. You should have received a PDF of your badge via email from Below the photo is a number. This is your PASS ID.

Upon leaving the school, please turn your printed badge in to the office staff for quick check-out.


ISTEP (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress) - 3rd & 4th Graders

  • TESTING WINDOW 1: February 26 - March 9
  • TESTING WINDOW 2: April 16 - May 4

IREAD (Indiana Reading Evaluation And Determination) - 3rd Graders only

  • March 12 - March 16

CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test™) - Kindergarten & 2nd Graders

  • January 16-31st

As a reminder, we will not be able to accommodate lunch guests during the ISTEP and IREAD testing windows. Please plan accordingly.

News from the Clinic


From time to time a case of head of head lice is reported to the school throughout the year. Should a case of head lice be brought to the school’s attention, the school nurse will maintain confidentiality of the student’s identity and assist the staff and parents with educational material. While the odds of your son or daughter developing a case of head lice are relatively small, the following includes information on head lice and the signs and symptoms. You may also find more information by going to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at Click here for Head Lice 101.


When you call to report your student will be absent from school because of illness, please report the symptoms of their illness. This is helpful to the school nurse in tracking certain illness rates.

-Fever: A student must be fever free (oral temperature measuring less than 100 degrees Fahrenheit) without
the aid of a fever reducer for 24 hours.

-Vomiting/Diarrhea: A student who has vomiting/diarrhea due to illness must stay home from school and be
vomit/diarrhea free for 24 hours before returning to school.

The HSE Clinical Handbook can be found on the HSE website under the Parent tab, then the Health Services/Immunization tab.


Debbie Sweet, RN

BSE Clinic

Screenagers - Admission is FREE

Join us on February 22nd at 6:00 PM in the Fishers High School auditorium for a viewing of the award-winning SCREENAGERS. This film probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world. Presented By YMI- Fishers Youth Assistance- Parents in Partnership and Peyton Riekhof Foundation, Fishers

Click here for the flyer and reserve your seat at

Are you interested in learning strategies that best meet the needs of your high ability child?

Are you interested in learning strategies that best meet the needs of your high ability child?

Hamilton Southeastern is pleased to offer a four-session book study on A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children by James T Webb, Janet L. Gore, Edward R. Amend, and Arlene R. DeVries. Meetings follow a discussion format. Walk away with strategies for addressing intensities, perfectionism, sibling issues, and underachievement.

Sessions will be on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:00 pm at the Administration Building on 13485 Cumberland Road in the West Conference Room. Meeting dates are:

  • February 13
  • February 20 (Flex Day; only meet if school is in session that day)
  • February 27
  • March 6
  • March 13 (if no school on Flex Day)

The book club is limited to twelve participants (one member per family) and fills up quickly.

Participants are welcome to borrow HSE copies of the book for the duration of the book study.

If you would like to join the group, contact Meg Strnat, HSE High Ability Coordinator and book study facilitator, at Please include contact information (your child’s name, teacher, and school) and whether you would like to borrow the book.

Yearbooks On Sale Now!

Click here for the order form and for additional information.

PTO Information

Dine & Donate Night at Texas Roadhouse is January 24th. Your child should have brought home an envelope with a random prize enclosed (envelopes must be opened at the restaurant in the presence of a manger). 20% of your bill goes to BSE PTO!

Don't forget about Pacers Night! Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM. We also have three great alternate games in case your families can’t make it to your school night:

· Friday, March 9th vs. Atlanta Hawks (7 PM)

· Sunday, March 25th vs. Miami Heat (5 PM)

· Tuesday, April 10th vs. Charlotte Hornets (7 PM)

The deadline for everyone to turn in their brochures is Wednesday, February 07, 2018 and we look forward to seeing you at our games in the spring! GO PACERS!

Contact Stephanie Austgen at with questions.

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Fishers Fusion Dance Team Winter Clinic


WHEN: Friday January 19th 2018

TIME: 4:00pm-7:30 Pregame Performance of Varsity Game

WHO: Kindergarten- 6th Grade

Click here for the flyer with all of the details.

SafeVisitor Reminder

Just a reminder that anyone intending to spend time in the school or chaperone a field trip must have a SafeVisitor ID Badge. If you have not yet completed the background check, click here to get started. If you do have your badge, and still have yet to have your photo taken, visit our office any time between the hours of 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM M-F. Unsure of your SafeVisitor status? Email us and we'll look into it for you.

School Dismissal Manager

REMINDER: Early Dismissals should be called into our office at (317) 915-4250.

All exceptions must be entered no later than 2:00 PM. If students are participating in after school activities but SDM does not reflect that, unfortunately they will not be able to stay.

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