September 1, 2023

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News from the Office

Welcome to a brand new school year!!

Please have your child arrive on time for school. Remember, first bell rings at 7:30 a.m. Students are tardy to class if they are not in their classrooms by 7:40 a.m.

Please use School Dismissal Manager to report how your child goes home. You can also use it to report absences or late arrivals due to appointments. You can also call the Attendance Line at 317-594-4840 to report an absence. If you need help, please call Stacy or Bonnie in office.



Established in 2021, the Food for Thought Community Fund was created thanks to a generous donation by a local community member who is dedicated to supporting food insecurity needs for students and families within HSE Schools. Hamilton Southeastern Education Foundation and Fishers Youth Assistance Program partnered together on ways to best support food insecurity needs for local families.

Food for Thought Community Fund supports:

  • Food pantries housed within HSE Schools
  • Outstanding lunch account balances for low to middle income families in need
  • Community food pantries serving HSE students and families
  • Snack Attack program, led by Fishers Youth Assistance, which currently serves nearly 500 students
  • Summer Meals Program, led by Fishers Youth Assistance, which served 757 students in 2021
  • Courier/Transportation needs for food delivery
  • Transportation/storage assistance for HSEF Turnover Hunger food drive
  • Turnover Hunger 2022 collected 30,702 snack items

September 5-8, 2023

In past years, Hamilton Southeastern Education Foundation has facilitated PastaBowl, a food drive where local students donated pasta that was distributed to local food pantries the same week as the Mudsock football game. In 2021, HSEF partnered with Fishers Youth Assistance Program to support the Turnover Hunger program. Our HSE Schools community collected 30,702 snack items during Turnover Hunger 2022!

We are excited to continue Turnover Hunger this year. From September 5-8, HSE students can bring in food donations to help stock local food pantries and assist with local programs that support food insecurity. There will be collection bins ready for donations at each school location!

  • Grades PreK-4: boxed oatmeal or boxed fruit snacks


A silly and heartwarming picture book about a poop-loving dung beetle who learns not to hide the quirks that make him special. Dougie has a secret: he's not a ground beetle. He's a dung beetle, and he loves eating poop. Dougie knows that if anyone at school saw his lunch, he'd be an outcast. But when the lunchroom bugs out over a classmate eating poop, Dougie has to stand up for his friend and reveal his true self. Dougie's declaration that he's proud to be a dung beetle leads to surprising revelations from his classmates, showing that everyone is a little weird in their own way! I Eat Poop is about friendship, fitting in, and about how different tastes make the world a more interesting place.

YouTube Link to book (for newsletter):


Fishers Youth Assistance Program (FYAP) is offering a free weekend snack program for youth attending one of the Hamilton Southeastern Schools who qualify for the reduced lunch program or have increased need during this time.

To be part of this free program, you must sign up your family online.

If you have any questions about the registration, please email


Hooray! The next few weeks classes will begin visiting and checking out books in the library. We will review book care procedures including:

  • Don’t eat or drink when reading a book.
  • Keep your books away from pets.
  • Keep your books in a safe place.
  • Use a bookmark to mark your place.

We would LOVE to have help in the library. If you are interested in helping out in the library this school year, please visit and answer a few questions about the areas in the library in which you would like to help. We would greatly appreciate help shelving books, labeling books, or help checking out kindergarten/first grade classes. Please keep in mind that to volunteer you will need to have a background check on file with the school. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Carrie Sturges (Teacher Librarian) at Thank you!

Carrie Sturges


Deer Creek Elementary

(317) 594-4840

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand." ~ Albert Einstein

PTO News


PTO Officers

Co-Presidents: Rachel Dyckman and Holly O'Neal

Co-VP: Jill Zeller and Jessica Knudsen

Co-Treasurers: Matt Fisher and Kim George

Co-Secretary: Beth Betten and Heather Frankford

Members at Large/Chairs of Volunteers and Donations: Nicole Lewis and Wendy Sloan

Deer Creek Staff Favorites and Wish Lists



Monday - Calzone

Tuesday - Mini Corn Dogs

Wednesday - Chicken Tenders with Roll

Thursday - Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Friday - Cheesy Omelet and Bacon


Monday - Stuffed Cheese Stick w/marinara

Tuesday - Hot Dogs

Wednesday - Hamburger/Cheeseburger

Thursday - Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl

Friday - Waffles and Sausage


Monday - Chicken Nuggets

Tuesday - Walking Tacos

Wednesday - Breaded Chicken Sandwich

Thursday - Pizza

Friday - Chicken & Mash Bowl

In addition to above hot choices, daily options include PBJ, Salad, Pizza Pack, Turkey and Cheese Sandwich, Veggie Burger, or Bento Box.


The fair will be held at the Noblesville Schools Community Center located at 1775 Field Dr, Noblesville, on 9/7/23 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be information available from HBCU’s, community organizations, and the D9 community. There will also be food trucks and HBCU-themed door prizes.

HBCU Flyer


Blood drive at DCE on October 5th from 1 to 4 p.m.

Please click on below for more information.

R.A.V.E. Reviews

Help us in recognizing and appreciating our talented, hard-working, and dedicated employees by submitting a R.A.V.E. (Recognizing All Valuable Employees) Review.

All HSE staff members are eligible for nomination and may be recognized multiple times. To submit a R.A.V.E. Review, click here to fill out a quick and easy online form and share why the individual is a 5-Star employee.

Recipients will receive a R.A.V.E. Review window cling to proudly display their nomination in their workspace, a certificate and letter of recognition with their review. Each month, one R.A.V.E. Review recipient will be selected at random by the Hamilton Southeastern Education Foundation for a $100 gift card. Thank you for your support!