The Blue Review

Stephanie Hofer, Principal

September 16, 2016

A Note from Mrs. Hofer

Dear Blue Families,

We are off and running at the Blue Academy with our PBIS initiative, and many staff and students have already been rewarded for following the HAWK expectations and for having good attendance! I was lucky enough to join a classroom for a dance party because of their 10 days of perfect attendance. We love celebrations and look forward to many more!

It is almost time for our Fall Student Led Conferences. They are scheduled for September 28th and 29th, and you should receive a confirmation letter with a time and day for your child this evening, so please check backpacks for information.

This week we celebrated spirit week at the Blue Academy to support our DCHS football team. It was so much fun to see our staff and students showing their school spirit. Superhero day was my absolute favorite! I hope to see you all tonight at the Homecoming Parade and game as we root our Decatur Central High school football team to victory! Go Hawks!

Have a great weekend!


Stephanie Hofer

Harlem Wizards Video - check it out!!!

The Harlem Wizards are Coming to Decatur Sept 27, 2016


Tuesday, Sep. 27th, 5:30pm

5251 Kentucky Avenue

Indianapolis, IN

The Harlem Wizards vs. Decatur Township teachers & staff. This is a fun-filled, family event that you won't want to miss! Your Decatur Proud Blue Crew team members are Mr. Hoffman and Mr. Starnes!! Tickets on sale NOW at your student's school... prices start at $10 for advance tickets - $12 at the door. You may send in payment with your student - clearly mark the envelope "Wizards". The tickets will be sent home with your student.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Homecoming Spirit Week

Hawk Highlights: Blue Bombers

5th grade teacher, Shawn Powers, and 6th grade teachers, Ashley Zarse and MaryAnn Ross, participated in the 10th annual Adult Spelling Bee sponsored by the Johnson County Public Library on Monday evening. Their team, the Blue Bombers, met their expectation of not finishing last (5th out of 7 teams) while having an "exuberant" time representing the Blue Academy.

Students of the month: August

Congratulations go to the following students for being chosen as August's Student of the Month in their classroom:

Charlie Baldwin

Alyssa Berthiaume

Aaliyah Burns

Caiden Capps

Raeleigh Carmer

Blerta Ceca

Daylen Curtis

Addisyn Dunn-Rich

Kristin Engel

Melyndah Gaffney-Williams

Evan Gasper

Yvette Gray

Dane Jones

Mayar Khaled

Josiah Marble

Carlotta McLin

Ian Moseley

Jerenya Pearson

Adrienne Reeves

Brenton Rhem

Eliese Ross

Audrey Sizemore

Damon Terrell

Jaylen Thompson

Tylar Workman

Amar Zec


Attendance Winners

The following classes had the highest percentage of attendance for the month of August:

3rd place with 98.54% is Mrs. Gray's class

2nd place with 99.23% is Ms. Morrow's class

1st place with 99.36% is Mrs. K. Henson's class

The following classes have had 10 days of Perfect Attendance - and they have each earned a popcorn party!

Mrs. Gray's class

Mrs. K. Henson's class

Miss Ruder's class

Miss Stoner's class

Great job students! Let's keep it up. We'd love to see more classes earn a POPCORN PARTY!

Pasta Drive

Second Helpings provides food to our community at least two nights a week. (Tuesdays at Stephen Decatur Elementary, and Thursdays at DELC). To show our appreciation, we will be collecting boxed pasta for Second Helpings at the Harlem Wizards Game (Sept 27th). You will receive a raffle ticket for each box of pasta you bring. You will then be entered to win Harlem Wizards shirts, basketballs, and more!

Pearson Math

Click the link below for detailed information on how you, as parents, can access the Pearson math materials at home. We know how ever-changing math is, and how new curriculum makes it harder to support your kids with homework. Since the books are not going home as a resource, we hope this will help! Please feel free to call if you have any questions.

Pearson Math Letter

Miss Stoner's class "milking the cow" during their farming unit this week

A Note From The Nurse:

On Friday, Sept. 16th, a letter will go home with any student that is missing immunizations. Please check your student's book bag to see if he/she received a letter. Immunization records or proof of a Dr. appointment is due by Sept. 23rd. Failure to comply will result in your student not returning to school on Sept. 26th until all requirements are met.


* Please make sure your student is wearing tennis shoes or sneakers to gym class. They can not participate if they are wearing dress shoes, boots, or sandals.

Live! Announcements

Our morning announcements are now broadcast LIVE at 8:55 AM! Parents may view the broadcast on our Blue Academy website (link below). Be sure to check it out by scrolling down to the bottom of the page!

Human Growth & Development

In our continuing effort to provide comprehensive education for your child, we will be offering a program in human growth and development to be presented in grades 4, 5, and 6. This program will be implemented by Social Health Association of Indiana, recognized as an outstanding provider in this field for over 70 years. Classes are taught by degreed, well-trained, professional Health Educators. These classes will be separated by gender. A parent viewing night will be held for the district at the Blue and Gold Academy on Thursday, September 22nd from 6 pm-7 pm with the video beginning promptly at 6:15 pm. Permission slips will be sent home with students soon and will be required to be signed and returned before students will be allowed to view the video. The program will be offered at Blue Academy on October 6th and 7th during the school day.


Students may bring in 50 cents on Friday mornings and their popcorn will be delivered to their classrooms.

Want to volunteer?

All volunteers must be pre-approved. Just click the link below to be directed to the Volunteer Form.

Student Conferences

On Wednesday, Sept. 28th, and Thursday, Sept. 29th we will be conducting Student Conferences. Information about conferences will be coming home with your student. Please note, these days will be early release days. This means your student will be leaving school ONE HOUR early on these days.

Colts Big Blue Football Camp

Big Blue Football Camps are a free, grassroots program, which features educational benefits as well as recreational opportunities for kids in a safe and fun environment.

Thursday, October 6th 10am-1pm for all 2nd - 5th grade students that return their signed waiver by Sept 30th. Students should wear gym attire (t-shirts, shorts/pants, and tennis shoes)

Visit for more information on camps and programs.


MSD of Decatur Township, along with Second Helpings, are providing free community dinners every Tuesday at Stephen Decatur from 5:30 – 7:00, and every Thursday at the Blue/Gold Academy from 5:30-6:30. These dinners are free, and are not limited to Blue Academy families. Please enter the DELC through door #14 by the cafeteria.

Marsh & Kroger Rewards

The Blue Academy has teamed up with Marsh & Kroger to earn rewards. Simply register your reward card and every time you shop, we will earn awesome rewards here as well!


Register your card number at


Register your card at:

Questions?? Please contact Amy Mikeworth at

Box Tops for Education

Don't forget to save your Box Tops and send them in with your student! The class with the most box tops will receive a special treat!

Decatur Proud License Plates

You may purchase your Decatur Proud license plate here at the Blue Academy for only $10!

Employment Opportunity

Are you or is someone you know looking for a rewarding employment opportunity and the chance to make a difference on a part-time or full-time basis? Do you like working with children with disabilities and helping them reach their highest potential? If so, please consider applying to be a special education substitute teacher in our Comprehensive Intervention Program (CIP) and/or Developmental Preschool classrooms. In Decatur Township our CIP classes are self-contained, special education classrooms designed to support the needs of students with disabilities who require more individualized and small group supports and services. Developmental Preschool is a self-contained classroom for our 3 and 4 years olds with disabilities. In both of these settings, you would be one member of the team as a substitute and would have the support of the other regular staff members in the room to get to know the students and procedures. MSD of Decatur Township currently has openings for these special education substitute positions posted on our website. In addition to working with amazing students, these positions follow the school calendar and would be ideal if you have children already enrolled in our school system. If you are interested or would like more information, please visit our website at and apply today!


Sept 20: Free Community Dinner @ Stephen Decatur

Sept 22: Parent viewing of Human Growth & Development films 6-7pm

Sept 22: Free Community Dinner @ DELC

Sept 27: Harlem Wizards @ DCHS Gymnasium

Sept 27: Free Community Dinner @ Stephen Decatur

Sept 28 & 29: Student-led conferences / Early release days

Sept 29: Free Community Dinner @ DELC

Oct 4: Free Community Dinner @ Stephen Decatur

Oct 4: Grandparent Night 5:30-7:00 pm.

Oct 6: Colts Big Blue Football Camp (2nd-5th grade)

Oct 6: Free Community Dinner @ DELC

Oct 6 & 7: Human Growth & Development films for 4th-6th graders


* The Art to Remember order forms were sent home this week (except 1st grade - they will go out in a few weeks). Orders are due by 9/26.

* The catalog fundraiser items will be delivered in early October - we do not have an exact date yet.

* Chuck E. Cheese night will be Wednesday, October 12th from 3-9pm at the Avon location. More information will sent out at a later time.

DELC Blue & Gold PTO is on Facebook!

"Like" us on Facebook for exciting information from our PTO. Just click on the link below.

Vendors Wanted...

DELC Blue & Gold Academies' 4th annual Santa's Workshop and Craft Fair is being held on Saturday, December 10th from 8:00am-1:00pm. We are looking for vendors to set up booth spaces. The cost is $20 for a regular 10x10 booth, or $30 for a booth with electricity. If interested, please send an email to for more information.

Junior Basketball

Evaluations will be held Oct 26 - 28 at DELC.

3rd & 4th grade from 6-7pm

5th & 6th grade from 7-8pm

7th & up from 8-9pm

Please click the website link for more information

"It is the Board's commitment to provide a safe, positive, productive and nurturing educational environment for all of its students. Any individual who believes a student has been or is the victim of discrimination, bullying, or harassment should report the situation to the building principal or designee or complete the School District's Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying report form, which is available online at ""