Andrews Elementary

August 2023

Welcome to Andrews

I am so excited for the 2023-2024 school year. Listed below are the staff members at Andrews.

  • Principal: Ms. Rudolf
  • Counselor: Mrs. Terpstra
  • Kindergarten: Miss Bruckner, Mrs. Elliott and Mrs. Till
  • First Grade: Mrs. Adams, Miss Friar and Mrs. Jump
  • Second Grade: Mrs. Buzzard, Miss Neal and Miss Smart
  • Third Grade: Mrs. Birney, Mrs. Booge and Mrs. Millis
  • Fourth Grade: Mrs. Bitzer, Mr. Stevens and Mrs. Thieme
  • Fifth Grade: Mrs. Hoghe and Mr. Moreland
  • Art: Mrs. Little
  • Physical Education: Mr. Childs
  • Music: Mrs. McElhaney
  • Title 1: Mrs. Ganton
  • Resource: Mrs. Hale
  • Speech: Mrs. Landis
  • Paraprofessionals: Mrs. Bales, Mrs. Clements, Mrs. Gerrard and Mrs. Hayward
  • Recess Paraprofessional: Miss Stevens
  • Librarian Technician: Mrs. Frederick
  • Secretary: Mrs. Cocklin
  • Clinic Assistant: Mrs. Sparks
  • Kitchen: Mrs. Reust, Mrs. Kirnberger, Mrs. Ness
  • Food Service Cashier: Mrs. Forth
  • Custodian: Mr. Allen and Mr. Phillips

Help Needed: Recess Monitor

Do you like being outside? Do you like kids? Are you available in the middle of the day from 11:00-1:30? If so, please consider applying for our recess monitor position. For more information, contact Mrs. Cocklin in the front office.

Back to School Night

Back to School Night is Tuesday, August 8th from 5:00-7:00 PM. You can bring your child's supplies, meet your child's teacher and tour the building. We will have a few bus drivers here who can help you with your child's bus number and times of drop off and pick up. You will be able to put money in your child's lunch account. If you have an incoming kindergartener, you can bring a copy of your child's immunizations, birth certificate and proof of residency if you have not already done so. If you are new to Andrews, we also need a proof of residency. We look forward to seeing everyone that night. It is a great way to kick off the new school year!

Upcoming Events:

  • August 8: Back to School Night from 5:00-7:00 PM
  • August 9: First student day (no delay start)
  • August 14: School Board Meeting at 7:00 PM at Salamonie and online
  • August 16: First 30 minute delay Wednesday
  • August 17: Vision Screening for grades 1 and 3 and students new to the district
  • August 21: NWEA testing starts for grades K-5. Testing window is August 21- Sept. 15.
  • August 23: First two hour delay
  • August 28: School Board Meeting at 7:00 PM at Salamonie and online
  • August 30: 30 minute delay start Wednesday

Two Hour Delays

Starting this year, we will start having a two hour delay one Wednesday a month. We will use this time for training and professional development. This delay will fall on the third Wednesday of each month starting in August and ending in April for the 2023-2024 school year. Please mark your calendars so you can arrange childcare for your family. The following Wednesdays will be two hour delays.

  • Wednesday, August 23, 2023
  • Wednesday, September 20, 2023
  • Wednesday, October 18, 2023
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2023
  • Wednesday, December 20, 2023
  • Wednesday, January 17, 2024
  • Wednesday, February 21, 2024
  • Wednesday, March 20, 2024
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Cancellation Days will be Synchronous ("Live") Learning Days

Changes to the 2023–24 calendar include:

---Scheduled two hour delays one Wednesday a month for professional development
— All make-up days will be in a synchronous ("live") learning format, with 2.5 hours per day for elementary and 3 hours per day for secondary, as per IDOE requirements
— Snow make-up days have been removed
— No regular eLearning days where lessons are taped and students watch them at any time.

2023-2024 HCCSC Calendar

Click on the box to open the link to the 2023-2024 School Calendar.

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Safety Reminders

  • All visitors need to bring their driver's license when they come in the building. We scan your license and give you a visitor's badge to wear while you are in the building.
  • We also will check your ID if you come to pick up a child during school hours or are new to carpool. Please don't be offended. It is a way to keep the students safe.
  • Classroom doors will remain locked throughout the day. This includes the gym and cafeteria.
  • Outside doors will remain locked at all times. If you need to come into the school, go to door 1 and ring the buzzer.
  • We have over 30 cameras inside and outside our building.
  • We require background checks for any parent or guardian who wants to attend a field trip or help in the classroom.
  • We will have monthly fire, tornado and/or ALICE drills. We will send home more information about ALICE drills in the September newsletter.
  • Due to safety and COVID, we do not allow lunch or recess visitors.
  • All birthday treats need to be from an "approved" kitchen such as Walmart or Kroger. We cannot take homemade treats.
  • Please send water bottles for your child just as we have the past few years due to COVID. Please do not send anything other than water in the bottles. Red liquids stain furniture and carpet and are really sticky if they spill. Water is the healthiest and best choice.

Thank you for your help keeping all of our students and staff safe each day. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Ms. Rudolf in the office at 260-786-3021.

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Mrs. Buzzard

Mrs. Buzzard will join our second grade team.

"I am so excited to start a new adventure teaching 2nd grade at Andrews and can’t wait to dive into new curriculum! I am beginning my 17th year of teaching, 15 of those being in kindergarten. I have been married to my husband, Brad for 19 years and we have 2 kids. Brookelynn is 17 and Jaxton is 12. They both keep us very busy with their sports schedules!"

Mrs. Adams

Mrs. Adams, formerly Miss Rumple, joins our first grade team.

"This will be my third year of teaching elementary, but I also teach ballroom dance part time. Over my summer I got married. I am looking forward to working with a new age group of students. Can't wait for the school year to start!"

Mrs. Bitzer

Mrs. Bitzer will join our fourth grade team.

"My name is Jordan Bitzer. I am excited to start my 6th year of teaching at Andrews Elementary and to join an amazing team of educators. I’ve taught 3rd grade for 5 years, but I am looking forwards to meeting, getting to know, and learning alongside of my first group of 4th graders for the 23-24 school year."

Mrs. Hayward

Mrs. Hayward joins our team as a paraprofessional. She will help with small groups and recess.

"My name is Tiffany Hayward, I have been married to my best friend for 15 years and we have 4 children together! We have a lot of pets as well! Currently we have 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 rats, 1 fish, and 1 frog! I am so excited to work with all of the students for the upcoming school year! I can't wait to get to know everyone! Happy back to school!!!"

Miss Stevens

Miss Stevens joins our recess team.

“My name is Lindsey Stevens I am currently completing my General Education degree through Ivy Tech Community College. After that, I plan to go to Purdue Fort Wayne to finish up my bachelors degree in Elementary Education. Being a recess assistant will be a great learning experience as I plan to teach Kindergarten! I also attended Andrews Elementary, so it will be fun to be back here!”
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Student breakfast will be free again this year. Elementary student lunches are $2.25. Milk is $.50. If you wish to fill out a Free/Reduced Form, please contact Mrs. Cocklin in the front office or click on the link below. You can also go to the HCCSC Website and look under "Departments" for "Food Service" and "Free and Reduced Form". Click on the links below for the lunch menus and other helpful information.


E-Funds for School to pay for lunches online

Free and Reduced Form

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Click on the link below for the 2023-2024 School Supply List

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Parent Square App

As a district, we will be going to a new app for parent communication, starting August 1st. It will allow us to send information back and forth through texting or email. Your information will be linked through Powerschool. To register for ParentSquare please go to the Google Play Store, Apple App Store to download the ParentSquare App or register through the ParentSquare website. Please see the attached Parent/Guardian - Getting Started Guide. There is also a short video below. ParentSquare will take the place of SchoolMessenger beginning Tuesday, September 5, 2023. Once you have the app or have registered, keeping your phone number and email address updated with any changes at your child's school office will ensure you continue to receive these communications.

Parent Square Getting Started Guide - English

Parent Square Getting Started Guide - Spanish

ParentSquare 3 Minute Overview

Here Comes the Bus

Parents can download the "Here Comes The Bus" app to track transportation for their child. You will be able to:

  • View the real-time location of your child's bus.
  • Access the app from your smartphone, tablet or computer.
  • Receive push notifications or email alerts.
  • Send your child to the bus stop at the right time, every time.

How to get started:

1. From a computer, visit

2. Click the Sign Up Today! button.

3. Enter school code 77459 and click "Next" followed by "Confirm".

4. Complete the "User Profile" box.

5. Under "My Students," click "Add." Enter your child's last name and student number. You can locate the student number in PowerSchool next to your student's name. You will need the whole 9 digit number.

6. Once you confirm your information, you're ready to begin using Here Comes the Bus!

If you need to contact HCTB support for any reason, please use the link below:


Adventure is at the heart of Scouting. Whether it's learning new skills or exploring your community during den meetings, racing your pinewood

derby car and having fun as a family, we believe every adventure helps uncover a little more about ourselves. We build the foundation to

humility and compassion-strengthening character through actions — preparing youth to become future leaders.

Scouting is for Boys and Girls in Grades K to age 20. Watch your child's take-home folder in August/September for an invitation to a scouting information event. Like us on Facebook - Wabash Valley District, AWAC, BSA and watch for a scouting event near you. Go to BEASCOUT.ORG to find a scout unit near you. Contact Steve Higgins 260 710-5637 or for more information.

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