BSE Bear Bulletin

April 24, 2015

Congratulations to Our Destination Imagination Students!

Brooks School Elementary would like to congratulate all of Destination Imagination teams who competed in the State tournament on Saturday!

The following students have advanced to the Global tournament May 19-23 in Knoxville, Tennessee: Mya Burrow, Wesley Conrad, Miles Hardy, Eli Kibble, Josh Kraus and Sydney Schena, coached by Miss Young!

These students will represent BSE and Indiana against teams from 48 states and 30 different countries!

ISTEP Testing Affects Schedules 4/27-5/15

ISTEP testing will resume at BSE for three weeks starting April 27. Because of the unpredictable and changed schedules throughout this period, we will not be able to accommodate lunch guests at BSE from April 27 through May 15.

Also because of the testing, no parents will be able to volunteer in the third-grade or fourth-grade classrooms during this time.

Thank you for your participation throughout the year, and understanding as we complete this very important testing and wind down for the year!

Support HSE Destination Imagination with Dine and Donate

Destination Imagination (DI) is a school organization that focuses on creativity, team work and problem solving. Students compete on a regional, state and global level throughout the school year. HSE has 10 teams advancing to global competition at the end of May – including the BSE students mentioned above!

Mention Destination Imagination when you order/pickup food at Hot Box Pizza April 24 through May 15 to help support the kids!

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Purdue Varsity Glee Club Performs Tonight!

The Purdue Varsity Glee Club will perform tonight, April 24, at 7 p.m. at HSE High School. The Purdue program will be preceded by HSE Choir members performing a few numbers, including a quartet performance featuring our BSE cadet teacher, Miss Eileen Porzuczek, accompanied by our Music teacher, Mrs. Lehman!
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BSE Supply Kit Information Should be Available Next Week

BSE supply kit information for next Fall should be available after Wednesday, April 29. As soon as the kits are available to be ordered, we will send the information home with students. Information will be sent to other elementary schools who have current students being redistricted to BSE, as well.

Order Your HRE Fall School Supply Kits Now

If your student has been redistricted to Hoosier Road Elementary, please be aware that HRE is offering parents the option of ordering school supply kits which are tailored specifically for HRE students by grade level. Flyers were sent home this week which detail all the information you will need to place your order, including kit prices, extra school-related items for sale, payment methods and of course a list of all the required supplies in each kit.

Kits will be delivered to HRE and available for pick-up at the HRE Ice Cream Social on August 10. Parents who wish to purchase their own supplies should feel free to do so; kits are available to purchase for your convenience, and is not a requirement.

Every student who will be entering Hoosier Road in the fall received an order form. If you have more than one student, please be sure to follow the directions for each child because each grade level has a different supply kit. Parents may elect to use the paper order form or order on-line with the deadlines being Friday, May 1, for paper orders and Friday, May 8, for on-line orders. These are firm deadlines. Paper order forms may be returned to Brooks School Elementary with your student by May 1.

If ordering on-line, please be sure to visit the School Kidz website at and enter the kit number which corresponds to the grade level your student will be ENTERING in the fall:

Kindergarten: 3044609ALL

1st Grade: 3044601ALL

2nd Grade: 3044602ALL

3rd Grade: 3044603ALL

4th Grade: 3044604ALL

Questions? Please call the HRE Treasurer, Jennifer Eichenauer at 915-4240.

After-School Movie Scheduled for May 1

Destination Imagination is sponsoring an AFTER SCHOOL movie on Friday, May 1. Students will stay after school for a movie; pick-up will be at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. There will be popcorn and water for each student, and they can purchase additional snacks for $.50.

Students will be voting for either Big Hero 6 or Penguins of Madagascar. Space is limited, so get your form (shown below) in early! Admission information is detailed on the flyer; if you are paying with a check, please be sure to make the check out to HPE. The form is attached to the Skylert with this newsletter so you can print it.

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Kids Night Out at SPARTA in May

See the flyer below on BSE Kids Night Out at SPARTA on Friday, May 8! The flyer, SPARTA Release and Waiver of Liability form, and HSE Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims, and Assumption of Risk form must all be completed and returned for students attending this event; they are attached to the Skylert with this newsletter.
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Rotation Schedule for Upcoming Week

Here is the Rotation Schedule for the week of April 27-May 1 at BSE:

Monday, 4/27 - Day 3

Tuesday, 4/28 - Day 1

Wednesday, 4/29 - Day 2

Thursday, 4/30 - Day 3

Friday, 5/1 - Day 1

BSE 3rd-Graders Working to End Hunger

Brooks School 3rd-graders are collaborating with the Fisher’s community to end hunger in Fishers. Throughout the year, they have been studying character traits that define a leader along with the action steps leaders take. They have read books and many articles in Time For Kids that show the ripple effect of one child’s voice and leadership in creating a community impact.

Third- graders have written letters to local leaders inviting them to share their leadership attributes and what it takes to be a leader. Mayor Fadness; Nancy Chance from Good Samaritan; Linda Williams from the FUMC food pantry; Shon Bolden, Pacer’s basketball trainer; Eric Neal from iTown; and our very own Dr. Kaminski shared their leadership traits and how they add value to their community.

Please support our 3rd-graders as they plan and implement a kick-off event on Friday, May 1, from 5-7 p.m. Bring a food or monetary donation, and enjoy crafts, games, and an ice cream bar!! This is a fun family event that the students are excited about. More importantly, they are applying leadership skills they learned this year and using them to impact their local community.

The video invitation is below.

Please click on “View invitation” below and RSVP

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PTO Survey Feedback Requested

As we begin to wrap up this school year and plan for next, the PTO would like feedback to improve how we support parents, teachers, staff and students at Brooks School. The following survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete and help us focus on the activities and fundraisers you like best:

Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a drawing for their choice of a $25 gift card for Speedway, Qdoba, Kroger or AMC theaters.

Be sure to add the following PTO events to your calendar as well:

  • General PTO meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 - We will vote on the PTO executive board for next year, and teachers and/or students will be talking about Genius Hour projects.
  • Party in the Park 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26 - We will convene at Brooks School Park to celebrate the end of another school year. There will be a dedication of the Free Little Library at 6 p.m.

FCI Orientation Review Available

Fall Creek Intermediate’s 5th-Grade Orientation was a huge success on April 20. For those who were unable to attend or those would like to review the presentation again, please access the following link:

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New Family Orientation Night at Elementaries in May

As HSE School District is preparing for the redistricting transition, we are excited to announce a New Family Orientation Night on Monday, May 18!

If your child will be attending Fall Creek Elementary, Harrison Parkway Elementary, Hoosier Road Elementary, New Britton Elementary, Sand Creek Elementary or Thorpe Creek Elementary next year, please join their staff and community at those schools from 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. on May 18. Similarly, if your child will be new to Brooks School Elementary next year, please join the BSE staff and community at BSE from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., as well.

At this time, you will be able to meet staff, tour the building and learn more about your new school, PTO and community. Your new school is very excited to see you!

Still Time to Enroll for Kindergarten!

If you missed Kindergarten Round-Up last night and still need to register your child for kindergarten, enrollment packets for students entering kindergarten at BSE in the Fall of 2015 are available at BSE from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

You must bring the following documents to enroll your child:

1) Child’s Birth Certificate (must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2015)

2) Child’s Current Immunization Records

3) Copy of Lease or Mortgage

4) Copy of Current Utility Bill

5) Valid Indiana Driver’s License with Current Address or W-2 with Current Address

HSE Summer Sports Camps Brochure Available

The Hamilton Southeastern Schools Summer Sports Camps brochure is on the HSE website! More camps may be added in the future, so stay tuned.

Please click on the link below to access the brochure:

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Volunteering in the Future for Lunch or at School?

We are so appreciative of all of our volunteers who assist teachers and staff at BSE! Most volunteers and lunch guests are aware of the procedures that need to be followed before volunteering or visiting BSE, but this is just a quick reminder that everyone must have a current background check on file and have viewed the Anti-Bullying webinar before volunteering or visiting BSE as a lunch guest. Background checks are considered current for three years, and the Anti-Bullying webinar must be viewed each school year.

Here is how you fulfill the requirements...




1. Go to Hamilton Southeastern Schools website: .

2. Click on “Parent Resources.”

3. On the left of the page, click on “PTO and Volunteering.”

4. Read and follow the instructions for submitting a volunteer background check. Click on the link and submit your background check. (An online credit card charge of approximately $13 is required for processing; expect processing to take up to six business days.)

5. Return to the original parent resources page that explained the background checks for volunteers.

6. Scroll to the bottom of the page to “HSE Anti-Bullying Training Webinar.”

7. Read the instructions, and note the link for the assessment required after viewing the video.

8. Watch the video (approximately 25 minutes in length).

9. Return to the assessment link and sign off that you have viewed the anti-bullying video.


We love having lunch guests come and visit BSE! After completing the above requirements, please call the BSE Front Office between 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on the day you would like to be a lunch guest to reserve a spot! There is a limit on the number of guests that can be accommodated daily, so please call during these times to reserve a spot, even if you are volunteering that morning and just want to stay for lunch!

Thank you!

Southeastern Dive Club Offering Try-Outs

Southeastern Dive Club is back at HSE! Please join us in celebration of the end of construction and the beginning of a new season as we welcome new athletes to our program. We are offering try-outs and program evaluations every Tuesday and Thursday in April from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. We offer programs for every age and ability.

Please call Debbie Clevenger for more information at 317-410-0706, or e-mail at You can also look for more information and calendar on the website at

We look forward to seeing you there.

FFA Holding Plant Sale

The Hamilton Southeastern FFA will once again be offering a great variety of bedding plants, hanging baskets and combination patio pots (at reasonable prices) for Mother’s Day, and your spring gardening and outdoor decorating needs. Tomato plants and a few other vegetable plant varieties and herbs will be available for purchase, as well.

As in the past, the plant sale will be held on the east side of HSE High School Greenhouse, east of Olio Road on 126th Street. The sale will begin April 25, and continue through May 9, from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Stop by and check out our great selection, and thank you for supporting the HSE FFA program! Go to our website for more information on flowers.

Garage Sale Benefits High School Students

Shop at the Fishers Tri Kappa’s garage sale on Saturday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to noon! It will be held at Fishers Junior High School, 13257 Cumberland Road (just north of the intersection of Cumberland and 131st Street).

The sale will feature items such as gently-used adult and children’s clothing, toys, DVDs, CDs, books, furniture, small appliances, sports equipment, home décor and much more!

All proceeds will go towards Hamilton Southeastern and Fishers student scholarships.

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Charity Golf Classic Benefits HSE Schools

The Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation is hosting the 14th Annual Charity Golf Classic on Monday, June 1, at River Glen Country Club. Proceeds will benefit HSE schools!

For more information, see the flyer below. Registration is available at or by contacting

For more information, please contact Freedom Kolb, Executive Director, Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation, at (317) 594-4100 or or check online at

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Summer Keyboarding Camp Offered

This summer, an Introduction to Keyboarding is being offered in Fishers to incoming 4th- and 5th-graders for the 2015-16 school year. This week-long, half-day camp will help beginning students discover the technique and typing skills necessary to make them successful both in school and life.

Campers will spend each day typing on desktop computers, engaging in fun activities, and learning why the touch-type method is important. Campers will receive a drink and snack each day. All campers will leave camp on Friday with a keyboard blinder and handouts that will help them continue on their journey of becoming a proficient typer.

For more information, please visit WWW.KEYBOARDINGCAMP.COM .

Fishers Police Conducting Citizen Feedback Survey

As part of our ongoing accreditation process through the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, the Fishers Police Department is again conducting a citizen’s feedback survey. The survey addresses specific questions regarding previous citizen contacts with our police department as well as perceptions of safety in our neighborhoods and business areas.

It is the goal of the Fishers Police Department to achieve and maintain the highest level of quality service for our residents and visitors. Input from the citizens of Fishers is essential in the Fishers Police Department’s continued effort to promote effective police services and protection to all members of the community.

Please complete the survey on line at

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

Fall 2015 Open Registration for football, cheerleading, soccer, girls volleyball, Fall baseball, cross country, and boys and girls winter basketball will begin on May 1, and continue through May 31 (basketball registration remains open through August 31). Registration forms will be available on the S.P.O.R.T.S. website, at the S.P.OR.T.S. office, at all HSE schools and the Fishers Library. Parents may also register online and can pay online with a credit card or can print the registration form and submit it to the S.P.O.R.T.S. office with cash or check payment. Credit cards are not accepted in the office.

S.P.O.R.T.S. Youth Volleyball is open to girls in grades 4-8 for the 2015/2016 school year. Registration begins May 1, through S.P.OR.T.S. Enrollment numbers are limited, so register early!

S.P.O.R.T.S. Youth Volleyball Competitive League Evaluations for girls entering 5th and 6th grades in the Fall of 2015 and interested in playing in the competitive league in the Fall, will take place on Tuesday, May 19, and Wednesday, May 20. Girls must be registered for volleyball through S.P.O.R.T.S. to try out. Registration begins May 1. Click here for more information.

S.P.O.R.T.S. Youth Volleyball is seeking board and committee members. There are a variety of open positions with varying time commitments. The season is ten weeks, mid-August to mid-October and ends before fall break. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Janet Berg at

Fishers-HSE Youth Cheerleading registration opens May 1, through S.P.O.R.T.S., Cheer is open to girls in grades K-6 for the 2015-2016 school year who live in the HSE school district. Join the Fishers-HSE Youth Cheer Facebook page, .

Fishers-HSE Youth Football will hold an informational Open House and Knights callout meeting on April 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fishers Town Hall. Follow the league on Twitter at @FishersYouthFB for all league information.

Programs Offered by the Fishers Public Library

These programs are being offered by the Fishers library in April and May!

Lego Fun

Monday, April 27, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Join the Youth Services team 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 LEGO® bricks. For more information, call 579-0304.

The Importance of Preparation: Post-Secondary Success While in High School

Tuesday, April 28, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

David Riegle, Student Services Coordinator with Purdue University's College of Technology (Anderson campus) will host an open talk about the admission process (specifically about Purdue, but also in general terms) and the importance of students preparing themselves for post-secondary success while in high school. Guests are encouraged to ask questions and discuss their academic interests.

YOUR DIGITAL FOOTPRINT: Online Safety for Teens

Wednesday, April 29, 6:00-7:00 p.m., (Ages 13-19)

This program will help teens learn techniques and tips to protect themselves online, the importance of protecting personal information (i.e. identity theft, digital footprint, etc.), highlight the latest online scams and provide information about other services provided by the Attorney General’s Office (i.e. Consumer protection, lifeline law and FAFSA).

Star Wars Day

Saturday, May 2, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (All ages)

A short time in the future, in a galaxy very, very close there will be a celebration of all things Star Wars! The Fishers Library Star Wars Day festival returns with even more intergalactic fun. We have activities and exhibits scheduled throughout the day at this fun, free family event that you don't want to miss.

Makers Meet-up

Mondays (May 4 and 11), 4:30-6:30 p.m. (Ages 7-12)

Explore interests, learn to use a variety of tools and materials. Connect, invent and create! Full STEAM ahead!

Tuesday Story Times

Tuesdays (May 5, 12, and 19)

This is a drop-in story time for all ages and their families. The program room will be open from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Make a craft and play with the early literacy toys. Library staff will be on hand to share a story or two.

An Evening at the Ballet

Wednesday, May 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Join us for an evening of ballet at the Fishers Library! Indiana Ballet Conservatory members will present selections from their Spring show, La Fille mal Gardee.

Waggin’ Tales

Thursday, May 7, 6:00 p.m. (All ages)

Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to a trained therapy dog. For beginning or hesitant readers or those who love to read aloud. Call 579-0304 to sign up for 15 minutes of reading time.

Fishers Paws and Read

Saturday, May 9, Noon (All ages)

Would you like to read to a dog or just pet a dog and get doggie kisses? Volunteers with Love on a Leash will be at the Fishers Library with their registered therapy dogs. Reading to dogs helps kids build self-esteem and confidence! No registration is required.

Saturday Story Times

Saturdays (May 9, 16, and 30), 10:00 a.m.- Noon

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

*For more details and library programs, please visit our website at

Perform at the Fishers Freedom Festival!

See the flyer below about performing in the Fishers Freedom Festival! The flyer is attached to the Skylert with this newsletter if you need to print it out.
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Storm Troopers Invade Fishers Library

Grab your blasters! Ready your lightsabers! The Star Wars Day Festival is returning to the Fishers Library! You don’t want to miss the intergalactic fun and activities planned for Saturday, May 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This free, family-friendly event will feature Daniel Wallace and Adam Bray, New York Times bestselling authors of Ultimate Star Wars. The festivities will include an outta sight laser light show with Professor Steve, lightsaber training with Indy Lightsaber Academy, and appearances by our favorite Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion. Throughout the day, children can participate in a Jedi Training Camp, photo opportunities, games and activities with chances to win prizes, and the opportunity to see the work of Sillof, a custom Star Wars toy designer.

Whether you are interacting with real robots or making your own Yoda ears, this event has something for Jedi Masters and Padawans alike. For more information, visit

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