BSE Bear Bulletin

December 5, 2014

HSE Redistricting Update

Here is the latest update on the Hamilton Southeastern Schools Redistricting process...

On December 4, the plan was posted on HSE’s Web Site, , along with a short survey. Your input is vital as we approach the final stages of the process. The following meetings are open to any member of the community seeking additional information on the HSE “Preferred Redistricting Plan”:

  • On Monday, December 8th at 7:00 p.m. at Fishers Junior High School the Board will have a Board Meeting/Work Session. This will be the Board’s opportunity to understand the details of the plan. This meeting is informational only with no public comment.
  • On Wednesday, December 10th at 7:00 p.m. at Fishers High School, Café “A” the Board will conduct a public hearing on the proposed redistricting plan. The public will be invited to make comments on the plan in accordance with the Board rules for making public comments.
  • On Monday, December 15th at 7:00 p.m. at Fishers Junior High School, the Board will be presented the final “Preferred Redistricting Plan” for vote.

Come to the MATH Bowl Try-Outs!

MATH Bowl team try-outs will be held from 8:00-8:45 a.m. on Thursday, December 11, and Friday, December 12.

All fourth-graders are invited to meet Mr. Anders at the front entrance on either day. You do not need to attend both days. On each of these days, you will discuss what MATH Bowl is, and students will take a test. Selection will be based on the results of the test.

All participants will be notified if they made the team the following week. The BSE MATH Bowl team will participate in an invitational contest on February 4, and the state contest on February 26. Both competitions will be held at Fall Creek Intermediate School.

Mr. Anders hopes to see you at MATH Bowl try-outs!

Dads Read in the Classroom Again

Our second Dads Read in the Classroom is coming up on Friday, December 12! Please see the message below with instructions on how to sign up for this special event from the chairperson of the Dad's Club, Kyle Hultgren!

We're using VolunteerSpot to organize our upcoming Dad's Read in the Classroom event!

Here's how it works in three easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot:

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me at . I can sign you up manually.

Volunteers must have a current background check on file and have viewed the Anti-Bullying video to participate, which they may obtain by going to the HSE website at and going to Parents, then to PTO and Volunteering.

Thank you!

Classroom Winter Parties Coming Up!

Classroom Winter Parties are coming up at Brooks School Elementary on Friday, December 19, the last day of classes before HSE Winter Break!

Parties for Kindergarten and Grade 1 will be from 10:00-10:45 a.m., and Grades 2, 3, and 4 will be from 2:00-2:45 p.m.

Winter Break for students in HSE schools is December 20 through January 5. Classes will resume January 6.

December Parents Night Out Moved


Not only is the event moving, but it is also EXTENDED! We will be offering an extended evening, complete with a movie and Winter Wonderland Fitness fun with Mrs. Schwoeppe!

Details to come - mark your calendar and save the date for January 23 WINTER FUN!

Book Rental Fees Can Still be Paid on Skyward

Book rental fees can still be paid on Skyward! If you prefer to write a check for payment, you may bring it in to the BSE office.

At this time, a $7.50 late fee is due in addition to the book fees; please be sure to add this to your payment.

Thank you!

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FJH Cheerleaders Host Clinic

Fishers Junior High invites students in Grades K-4 to attend the 4th Annual FJH Cheerleading Clinic, hosted by the 7th- and 8th-grade Charger Cheerleaders, from 4:00-6:40 p.m. on Tuesday, December 16! Participants will have the opportunity to learn cheerleading basics, along with a few chants and a cheer or two.

Details are included on the registration form, which can be found on the FJH Athletics Cheerleading link along with a required waiver form.

Participants will experience the sideline while cheering for the 7th-grade boys’ basketball game vs. Highland. The evening will culminate with the participants performing what they have learned for all of the fans at halftime.

Please email Coach Holly Forman at with any questions. Don’t miss the fun!

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Share Your Ideas with Project Tomorrow SpeakUp

· Share your ideas and opinions in a national online survey.

· Join students, educators, and parents from around the country in speaking up to decision-makers about technology, science, and 21st-century skills.

Log on to:

October 6 - December 19, 2014

For more information about the online survey please visit

Thanks for your help!

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Annual Celebration of Lights Adds New Twist

Community invited for musical entertainment and festivities to kick off the holiday season

Jump-start the holiday season with Fishers Parks & Recreation during the Celebration of Lights! Bundle up and stop by the Nickel Plate District on Friday, December 5, from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. as we light the community holiday tree. This Fishers tradition offers holiday celebrations, light concessions and a story from Santa Claus himself.

Arrive early to catch a special guest appearance by Lauren Lowrey with Ashton Wolf, and stick around for a performance by the Fishers High School Choir. Little ones joining in on the fun? The more the merrier! Children can enjoy visiting with reindeer, stopping by local business booths, and enjoying hot chocolate and cookies while Santa Claus reads The Night Before Christmas.

Plan to attend the Celebration of Lights and begin the holiday season with friends and family right here in our community. Bundle up, invite a few neighbors and plan to spend the evening in the Nickel Plate District. The Celebration of Lights is a Fishers family tradition that little ones will remember for years to come. Concessions will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Visit our website for more information about the Celebration of Lights and other holiday events offered by Fishers Parks & Recreation!

Fishers Library Offers December Programs

Enjoy these programs at the Fishers library in December!

Story Time

Saturdays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

This is a drop-in Story Time for all ages and their families. We will read stories at 10:00, followed by an open craft and play time until noon.

Makers’ Meetup

Monday, December 8, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Grades 4-6

Explore interests, learn to use a variety of tools and materials-connect, invent and create! Full STEAM ahead! For more information please contact the Youth Department at 579-0304.

‘Twas the Night before Christmas

Tuesday, December 9, 7:00- 8:00 p.m.

Monday, December 15, 7:00- 8:00 p.m.

All Ages

Join us for a spirited reading of this classic, holiday poem! We will also enjoy cookies and milk, holiday carols and make a craft to take home!

Bricks for Kids

Wednesday, December 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Attendee must be between the grades of 1 and 5, and registration is required.

Bricks 4 Kidz classes provide an extraordinary atmosphere for children, where we learn, we build, we play… with LEGO® bricks. Programs are built around our proprietary model plans, designed by engineers and architects, with exciting themes such as space, construction, and amusement parks. Our specially designed project kits and theme-based models provide the building blocks for the Bricks 4 Kidz approach to educational play. At Bricks 4 Kidz, we believe that kids learn best through activities that engage their curiosity and creativity. LEGO® kits will be provided.

Fisher’s Paws and Read

Saturday, December 13, 12:00 p.m.

For all ages. No registration required. Would you like to read to a dog or just pet a dog and get doggie kisses? Love on a Leash will have local volunteers here with their registered therapy dogs. Reading to dogs helps kids build self-esteem and confidence.

Annual Holiday Program

Thursday, December 18, 6:00- 8:00 p.m.

‘Tis the season for holiday fun! Our annual holiday event is back and better than ever! Jingle your way to the library at 6 p.m. if you want to meet Santa, decorate cookies, and get creative in the elves’ workshop. At 7 p.m., we’re going to have a real reindeer visiting us from Silly Safaris!

Lego Program

Monday, December 22, 7:00 p.m.

Join the Youth Services for our Lego Challenge. If you would like to leave your creation in our display case we will happy to show it off for you. Please bring your own Legos. For more information, call 579-0304.

S.P.O.R.T.S. Information

Fishers-HSE Boys Lacrosse – Join the boys lacrosse league for an afternoon with one of its hometown lacrosse heroes, Garret Holst! On Sunday, December 7, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Delaware Township Building, 9090 E 131st Street in Fishers, come and hang with Garret. He will share his HSE High School lacrosse experience and his transition to playing D1 at the University of Denver. There will be tons of swag, lacrosse trivia prizes and autographs. All high school and youth players are welcome and encouraged to attend! Don’t miss this opportunity to come out and hang with the lax bros of Fishers and meet Garret!
A Boys Youth Lacrosse Parent Call-Out Meeting will be held on December 15, at the S.P.O.R.T.S. building at Billericay Park from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Those interested in trying out for the 2015, 5th/6th or 7th/8th travel teams should attend at 6:30 p.m., and those 3rd-8th graders interested in playing rec should attend at 7:30 p.m.
Stick Skills Training will take place during January and February. This is a great opportunity for new players to improve their skills. For additional details or to register, visit under the LAX Resources tab.

Spring 2015 Registration for baseball, softball, soccer, boys and girls lacrosse, rugby and track and field will take place during the month of January. Online registration will open on January 1. The registration forms will be available on the S.P.O.R.T.S. website, at all HSE schools (after January 6), the Fishers Library and the S.P.O.R.T.S office. Parents who register with a paper registration form will need to submit the form with check or cash payment. Credit cards are not taken in the office. Parents registering online can pay online with a credit card or can print the form and submit it to the S.P.O.R.T.S. office with check or cash payment.

Photo Opportunity

Capture lifelong memories with the help of Fishers Parks & Recreation.

This season, instead of dressing everyone up, heading to the mall, waiting in long lines and paying expensive prices, join Fishers Parks & Recreation for free Pictures with Santa!

On Wednesday, December 10 and Thursday, December 11, everyone’s favorite jolly old fellow will be at Town Hall from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Pictures with Santa is free for residents of all ages to attend, and families are encouraged to arrive early for this popular program. Children will head upstairs to sit with Santa in his sleigh and share their most precious Christmas wishes.

Fishers Parks & Recreation strives to host diverse programming for the community to enjoy. Not only will families get to enjoy the event, but they will have a lasting memory for years to come. Have an untraditional photo from Pictures with Santa? Tweet us your hilarious photos with Santa using the hashtag #FishersSanta for a chance to win a family session courtesy of Goldberg Photography including a free 8x10 print! This is a $100 valued prize.

Make Meaningful Memories this Holiday Season

Join Fishers Parks & Recreation for Holiday Card Making, spreading holiday cheer.

Embrace the true meaning of the holiday with Fishers Parks & Recreation. Holiday Card Making invites residents of all ages out to Billericay Park on Thursday, December 18, from 6-7 p.m. for some quality card making!

Participants can create as many cards as they would like that will later be distributed to local nursing homes and living communities throughout Fishers. This event is free to attend; however, registration is required by December 11 so that Fishers Parks & Recreation can provide enough materials for everyone! Decorating stations will feature glitter, stickers and scrapbook paper to ensure participants can get as creative as possible.

Secure your spot today by registering online at - Space is first come, first served!

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Enjoy a Buffet Breakfast with the Grinch!

Register your entire family to dine with the Grinch on Saturday, December 13.

Everyone’s favorite holiday villain has returned, and this year Fishers Parks & Recreation is offering your family a chance to have Breakfast with the Grinch!

On Saturday, December 13, families of all ages are invited to Roy G. Holland Memorial Park from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Not only will participants get to dine with the Grinch, but children will be able to complete a craft they can keep for years to come. While dining on Grinch fingers, Cindy-Lou’s sausage and Green Eggs and Ham, children will get to visit and take pictures with the Grinch.

Registration for this program is per person and costs residents $12 and nonresidents $18. Secure your spot before December 5, as registration for this program goes quickly.

Learn more about additional programs the whole family can enjoy by checking out the Families/All Ages section of the Fun Guide!

Ready to secure space for your family? Visit our website to complete you registration online at today!

Hunt for Candy Canes at Billericay Park

Register now for a special winter hunt with a chance to win candy prizes!

Don’t let the snowy season keep you indoors; join Fishers Parks & Recreation for our annual Candy Cane Hunt! On Tuesday, December 16, children ages 6-10 are invited to Billericay Park for a fun holiday twist.

Candy canes will be scattered around Billericay Park and when everyone is released, they can hunt and collect as many as possible! Not only will children be on the lookout for candy canes, but a few pieces of prize candy will be hidden among the bunch. After the hunt is over, families can warm up with hot cocoa, cookies and a craft in the Billericay Park Building.

Parents are encouraged to pack a bag so that their children can collect their candy canes during the event.

Secure your spot in this program by registering online at , today!