February Newsletter

Hornet Park Elementary School

I want to write and share about a special opportunity and honor we were blessed to receive. CPT David Shanahan, US Army US-60M Blackhawk helicopter pilot with Operation Freedom's Sentinel, daughter of Kathy Weisenbach and brother of Katie Stafford, has presented HP with an American flag from his active duty.

In efforts to try to find a way to begin to express our gratitude and appreciation of such a wonderful gesture and gift, we flipped the honor and appreciation back to CPT Shanahan and CPT Rebecca Gerard with a special indoor parade this morning.

Please, enjoy this video recap that Colleen Borgert, our home-school advisor, created reflecting the Parade of Patriotism from this morning. You can see that this experience caused our students to direct their admiration towards these two real heroes.

Thanks so much to our military and their families - Land of the Free, because of the Brave!!!

~Erin Probus

HP Patriotic Parade
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Body Safety Program with IMPD

Monday, Feb. 8th, 8am

5249 Hornet Avenue

Beech Grove, IN


It is that time of year to get a 2015-2016 yearbook for your little Hornet!

Buy one today to capture your child’s memories at Hornet Park!

Order forms are due February 26th!

Online ordering available until March 7th!

Go to: ybpay.lifetouch.com

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Mrs. Bennett's Bucket Fillers

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Pink or Red Shirt Day

Friday, Feb. 12th, 8am

5249 Hornet Avenue

Beech Grove, IN


Monday, Feb. 15th, 8am

5249 Hornet Avenue

Beech Grove, IN

President's Day

PTO January Minutes

PTO All Parents meeting 1/12/2016

Present: Mrs. Probus, Mr. Buckler, Tasha Ramey, Alisa Keys, Amy Geralds, MaryGraham, Kristen Skouras

Treasurer: Not present. No report

Update on Game nights at HP Community Center that are hosted by PTO and Parks Dept (Committee chair-Amy Geralds)

- Bookdrive went well at last game night.

- February Game night TBD. May have Face painting and School Supply Drive at this event. In May, perhaps Indy 500 activities

Update on Hornet Park Buddy Bench: H.P. raised $400 with spirit stick sales!

February 24th from 6-8 is next PTO sponsored skating party at Wheels of Wonder. Will make sure flyers say “PTO” on them. Will need folks to volunteer from PTO to be contact person between skating venue and school/principals. Kristen has computer programs for advertising and can help with event advertising if needed!

Body Safety Meeting: For Hornet Park and Central Parents: 1/26 at 5:30pm at Central. (“good touch/bad touch” teaching for students at H.P. and C.E)

For students: H.P-Feb 1st during school hours

C.E. Feb 8th during school hours

Agenda for next All Parent PTO meeting –March 8th Time TBD Ms. Probus and Mr. Buckler will notify all parents beforehand.

-Discuss if we would like to split PTO up into two separate PTO groups..one for each school or divide major events up in order to accommodate parents/students better. Also utilizing Hornet Park Community Center for events.

TBD:PTO advisory board will meet before March 8th

Discuss Advisory board improvements for 2016

Discuss above agenda for All Parent PTO meeting

Other business

PTO Skating Party

Wednesday, Feb. 24th, 6-8pm

175 Southern Plaza Drive

Indianapolis, IN

Heart Disease

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in America? There’s approximately 2,200 deaths1 per day relating to heart health. That’s why February is American Heart Month! Here are some quick pointers to keep you and your family heart healthy.

1) Serve a colorful meal. Add more color on your plate with fruits and vegetables. The more color your plate looks like a rainbow, the more vitamins and minerals you and your family are eating.

2) Add in whole grains. Choose whole grains, such as brown rice, popcorn, whole-wheat bread, and oatmeal, at least half of the day. These powerful grains provide fiber that can help with heart disease.

3) Drink smart. Sugar-sweetened beverages, like soda and energy drinks, can provide many calories with few nutrients. Try incorporating water infused with strawberries, cucumbers, mint or basil.

4) Make a meal together. Whether you look to Pinterest, Google, or recipe books all have great resources for home cooked meals. You can provide your family a low cost meal that benefits them heart and soul.

5) Go explore. Getting out of the house to jog, walk, roller blade, play tag, or any other activity can benefit your heart for years to come. Try to be active at least 20 minutes per day on most days of the week.

1 “Be One in a Million this American Heart Month”. CDC. 2014. http://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/american_heart_month.htm

Hat Day

Friday, Feb. 26th, 8am

5249 Hornet Avenue

Beech Grove, IN


What herb do people wish they had more of? Thyme!

This month we are focusing on the benefits our taste buds and bodies can gain from using herbs and spices. While it can be quite scary to use them in your classic dish, herbs and spices can pack a great deal of color and flavor. Spices, such as paprika and turmeric, provide a beautiful color. Unlike salt, herbs and spices can pack a powerful punch of flavor without increasing blood pressure. Some herbs and spices can also provide health benefits. Garlic can help fight against the common cold, and ginger root can subside a belly ache.

Ever wonder where spices and herbs come from? Both come from a plant. Spices come from the root or seed; whereas, herbs are the leaf part of the plant. Before finishing off your meal tonight, try adding in cinnamon onto apples, basil leaves and strawberries to water, or a turmeric rub to chicken. Go ahead, throw some herbs and spices in - your taste buds and health will thank you for it! Check out this link for a great recipe: (link for Cajun Rub).

College Shirt Day

Thursday, March 3rd, 8am

5249 Hornet Avenue

Beech Grove, IN

More information to be sent home!

Pajama Day

Friday, March 4th, 8am

5249 Hornet Avenue

Beech Grove, IN